Monthly Archives: August 2022

Sunspot Lit Editor Featured in Shoutout Atlanta

Ever wondered how lit mags get started or about the people behind them? Check out this feature from Shoutout Atlanta to learn more about Sunspot Lit’s journey.

And thanks to Shoutout Atlanta for all its great work spotlighting real people, artists, and small businesses who make our lives better.


Open call for flash fiction, nonfiction, poetry, artwork, and graphic novels

Ends on August 31, 2022

Sunspot Lit accepts all types of prose including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. This open call accepts:

One or two pieces of flash fiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words


A single work of fiction or nonfiction no longer than 3,500 words


Up to three poems; total of three pages


A graphic novel of 1 to 4 pages


Artwork; total of two images

In your cover letter, please indicate length and whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. 

Please do not mix submission forms (for example, provide one poem and one flash piece as a single entry). Mixed submissions will be rejected without review. 

Submit here.

Open call for long-form fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels

Ends on August 15, 2022

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words can be submitted here.

Graphic novels should run 5 to 17 pages. 

single poem of 4 to 10 pages is accepted here.

Collections are not accepted for this open call.

Join Sunspot Lit, one of the few journals accepting long-form works, by submitting here.

Inception: $250 for Best Opening

Authors and Artists Eligible

Beginnings have the power to spark passion or curiosity. They might immediately connect a specific place and time with an emotional tone. The best openings offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping, and hints at more to come.

Meaning, thoughtfulness, emotions, or tone draw audiences into the moment. A poem handles this differently than a flash piece, which handles an opening differently than a novel. The first photo, painting or frame presented in a gallery, series, or graphic novel strives for the same intent. Openings contain a spark that promises to burn. 

For Sunspot Lit’s current Inception contest, send your best opening. There are no restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece or collection from which the excerpt comes. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry.

Graphic novel and comic book entries should be the first page (unlimited number of panels on that page) with a maximum of 250 words (cut the number of panels in order to meet the word count, if needed). 

Visual art entries should be the first in a series, the first in a gallery lineup, the first in a themed collection, etc. Entries are limited to one image.

Open: July 1, 2022

Close: September 30, 2022

Entry fee: $8.50

Prize: $250 cash plus publication for the winner.

Publication will be offered to runners-up and finalists.

Sunspot asks for first rights only; all rights revert to the contributor after publication. Works, along with the creators’ bylines, are published in the next quarterly digital edition an average of two months after contest completion as well as the annual fall print edition. 

Works should be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Artists offered publication may display their pieces in galleries, festivals or shows throughout the publication contract period.  

Enter as many times as you like through Submittable or Duotrope, but only one piece per submission. Submission files that contain multiple pieces will be disqualified without review. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected.