Monthly Archives: March 2022

Call for Novellas Closing Soon

Sunspot Literary Journal accepts novella-length fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 29,001 to 49,000 words. Graphic novels should run between 51 and 100 pages. A single poem between 21 and 25 pages is also accepted. Check out the Submittable page and send in your work before April 1.


Effort to help Ukrainian writers and their families

From Dzanc Books and Disquiet:

The staff of Dzanc Books and Disquiet have been watching the Russian invasion of Ukraine with horror. Like many, we’re trying to find small ways to help. We’ve secured a donation of $50,000 USD that we’ll be directing to individual Ukrainian writers and their families to help them get to safety. We can also provide support in relocating to the US or Portugal for writers and their families who wish to explore those options. Ukrainian writers and their families wishing to access these funds may contact us directly at (Donors wishing to further support these initiatives may make contributions at this link.) Additionally, all proceeds from sales of Dzanc books for the month of March will be donated 100% to Ukraine humanitarian efforts. The Disquiet International Literary Program annually brings together writers from around the world in Lisbon, Portugal, for a two-week festival of workshops, lectures, readings, and literary cultural exchange. Dzanc Books was created in 2006 to advance great writing and to impact communities in the US and around the world.

Financial Resources for Authors

If you haven’t seen C. Hope Clark’s Funds for Writers website, you’re missing out. The site and newsletter has a huge number of opportunities ranging from paying markets to contests. Hope vets everything to make sure writers are heading for a good place when they click a link.

Another great source for contests, grants and awards is Winning Writers. Jendi Reiter pulls together trusted resources, and offered this description:

“Founded in 2001, Winning Writers discovers the best contests, markets, and resources for creative writers. Our free monthly e-newsletter includes upcoming deadlines, literary comics, and links to our subscribers’ recent awards and publications.”

For authors working with Kindle, Kindlepreneur posts articles listing the best contests they’ve vetted for their members.

Don’t forget that Geminga, a contest offering $250 plus publication to a winning author, poet, or artist for a $5 entry fee, closes March 31.

Open Call for Long-form Fiction & Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry Closing Soon

Sunspot Lit accepts fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words until May 15. Graphic novels should run 5 to 17 pages. A single poem of 4 to 10 pages is accepted. Submit here.  

New Open Calls for Authors, Poets, and Artists

Sunspot Lit just opened its new calls for all lengths of poetry, prose, and art.

The journal offers an Editor’s Prize of $15 for each digital edition and an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual print edition. Artwork selected for a digital or print cover will be paid $20. Visit to download digital editions for free.

They welcome prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, up to 49,000 words. Genre categories are accepted along with literary works. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome. Please note the word count in your cover letter. 

One piece per submission (except flash, poetry, or art). Use the correct form according to the length of your prose and poetry. Works longer than allowed by the form you select will be declined unread.

The Fast Flux options offer a one-week turnaround for short prose and art. Poets and longform prose receive a two-week turnaround, with most responses being sent within one week.  

All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog). Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like. 

Note that the longest prose and poetry works are open for shorter periods of time. Be sure to check the deadlines for the type of work you’d like to submit to get your pieces considered for the next edition.

All submissions must be sent through the journal’s Submittable page.