Get to Know Sunspotter Marion Grace Woolley

Advisory Board Member Marion Grace Woolley is a British author of dark historical fantasy, including Those Rosy Hours at Mazandaran, the audio book of which is narrated by Emma Newman, and The Children of Lir. Marion has been published by Ghostwoods, Green Sunset and Netherworld Books. 
She currently works as a ghostwriter and editor in Rwanda, where she is attempting to build pianos. 
Connect with her blog or find out more at her website.  
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Get to Know Sunspotter Angel Leya

USA Today bestselling author Angel Leya creates  clean young adult fiction with a *kiss* of magic. It also happens to be what she enjoys reading, and she regularly blogs her latest reviews.
She’s part of the incredible Shifter Academy world. Diverse shifters, power-hungry vampires, and hunters looking to eradicate them all vie for power in the streets of Chicago and beyond.
When she’s not writing or helping out with Sunspot, you can find her daydreaming about her stories and searching for her own adventures. Feel free to drop her a line any time and join her Legion newsletter to earn your halo and wings. 

Get to Know Sunspotter Richard Ehisen

Sunspot, like most literary journals, runs on love for the written word and art in all its forms. This is the first post in a series introducing our wonderful volunteers.
Advisory Board Chair Rich Ehisen is a nationally published author covering California political, social, and business leaders. 
Since 2016, his blog The Open Mic has featured his interviews with authors, journalists and writers of all kinds about the art and business of writing and publishing. 
Learn about his book, In Their Own Words: Twenty Successful Writers on the Craft and Business of Writing at his website

Resources for Authors & Artists

Sunspot Literary Journal recently added a list of resources for authors and artists to its website. You’ll find websites, podcasts, and YouTube channels with writing tips, and a list of writing workshops. Please send us your favorite resources and workshops for artists so we can serve the entire creative community.

Sunspot Lit Free Summer Edition Available

Sunspot Lit has a lot to offer for your summer reading list. Check out the image contest winner and runner-up, and read the powerful and unique entries that ranked at the top of the Single Word: C*nt Edition contest.

This quarter, we present a story in the original Italian and in its English translation. Many thanks to author Piero Schiavo-Campo and translator Sarah Jane Webb for working with us to bring this story to light. “The Doll” and “La bambola” approach Vienna’s expressionist period from the viewpoint of an artist to tell a tale of “morbid jealousy and furious rage.”

Opportunity for Young Authors & Artists

Sunspot Literary Journal is now open for a special edition showcasing younger authors and artists. Anyone under eighteen should submit using this form.
Accepting fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, and travel; microfiction, flash, short stories, poetry, lyrics, teleplays, film and stage scripts; photography and art.
Maximum length is 3,500 words; individual poems and lyrics should be two pages or less. One piece per submission, please.
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Sunspot Lit’s C*nt Contest Winners

When Sunspot decided to launch an annual contest focused on a single word that would change every year, they deliberately selected a divisive word. They expected that having “cunt” in the title, even when they replaced the vowel with an asterisk, would create problems publicizing the contest, and that turned out to be correct.
They hoped that the focus on an inflammatory word would generate creative responses from authors and artists worldwide. The role of women in different societies, gender identity and fluidity, and human rights are, in some ways, the defining issues of our times.
The creative community responded with powerful works that blew the staff away. The tone of various pieces ranged from angry to empowered, from jackhammer decibels to whispering calm. In every case, the undercurrent lifted veils and carried all people toward a climactic resolution.
The significant quality of so many entries confounded the final judging process. There simply was no way to choose between the top two entries. The decision, therefore, was to declare two winners. As promised in Sunspot’s guidelines, the cash award was not split; it was doubled.
First place for a poem went to Morrow Dowdle for “To Russia with Love.” First place for artwork went to Valyntina Grenier for “Over His Eye.”
The winning entries will be published for the first time in the next edition of Sunspot Lit. The winners will be featured on the website, as well. They each received a $50 cash prize and the awe of the staff.