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Rigel 2021: $750 for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Authors & Artists Eligible

Rigel is the brightest star in the Orion constellation. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single short story, novel, novella, artwork, graphic novel, or poem that outshines all the rest.

Rigel offers $750 plus publication to the winner, and offers publication to select finalists. No restrictions on theme or category. The length for prose is restricted to a maximum of 5,000 words for short stories, or ten pages for poetry and graphic novels. The first 5,000 words of a novel or novella should include a synopsis of the entire work (the synopsis counts toward the total word count). Artwork should consist of a single piece.

Any novels, novellas, or graphic novels selected as the winner or as finalists will be offered publication only for the submitted sample.

Open: April 1, 2021

Close: June 30, 2021

Entry fee: $5

Prize: $750 cash and publication for the winner; publication 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 in 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Works should be unpublished except on a personal blog or website.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, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected.

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form.

Digital Editor’s Prize

Beginning with the first edition of 2021, Sunspot added an Editor’s Prize to the digital editions. The prize offers $35 and a special callout in the publication. The inaugural award has been offered to a contributor in Vol 3 Issue 1. This edition is coming out at the end of March.

Sunspot’s current open call accepts art of all types, poetry up to 1,250 lines, and fiction and nonfiction up to 49,000 words. Quick response times are available through the Fast Flux form. The current open call ends May 31. Visit here for the different submission options.

Geminga Offering $500 and Publication

Authors & Artists Eligible

Sunspot Lit launched Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art in January. The contest closes March 31, 2021. The prize is $500 cash and publication. Runners-up and finalists will be offered publication in the digital edition and the print edition.

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form.

Paying Category for Authors and Artists

Sunspot Literary Journal is seeking articles, essays, fiction and poems that offer advice and thoughts on the creative life related to any creative form. How-to, features, reports on current trends, commentaries, real experiences, and roundups are some of the areas accepted. Examples of the kinds of works we’re interested in include, but are by no means limited to:

Craft tips for authors or artists

Short stories or flash fiction about artists or writers

Tool roundups for heritage craft producers

Thoughtful or lyric essays on the creative lifestyle

Features on the impact of residency programs 

Personal or fictional experiences at retreats

What to expect from a workshop

Artwork/stories/poetry that were generated in a workshop paired with commentary about the process of creating in a workshop setting

Steps for community engagement

Poetry about art’s impact

Marketing advice for authors or artists

No limit on word count, although 1,500 to 3,000 words provides the strongest target range.

Payment for these pieces will be $0.01 per word ($50 US maximum per piece). Please include a third-person bio of 50 to 75 words in your cover letter. Pieces will be published in the final 2021 edition, scheduled for release in December.

One piece per submission. 

All submissions must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like.

Open: January 1, 2021

Close: October 31, 2021

Closing Mar 31: $500 for Tiny Art, Poetry, Fiction or Nonfiction

For 2021, Sunspot Lit is launching Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters.

Titles are not included in the word count. Compound words separated by hyphens, numbers, and letters of the alphabet are counted as a single word. In the micropoetry category, characters include spaces, punctuation, numbers, and letters of the alphabet.

Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).

Open: January 1, 2021

Close: March 31, 2021

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication offered to runners-up and finalists.

Enter here. Good luck!

Open Call for Art and Creative Writing Up to 49,000 Words

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual edition, and pays for artwork selected for a cover. Now open for flash, stories, essays and memoir. Literary and genre welcome. Length up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.

Open: March 1, 2021

Closing: May 31, 2021

Submit here: https://sunspotlit.submittable.com/submit

Closing Feb 28: Open call for authors and artists

WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal is dedicated to amplifying diverse multinational voices. We offer an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual edition. Artwork selected for a cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free.All types of prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, are welcome. We also accept long-form, novelette, and novella length works up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.One piece per prose submission. Use the correct form according to the length of your prose and poetry. Works longer than allowed by the form used will be declined unread.Poets can submit one or two items using different forms. Artists can submit one or two items using different forms.The Fast Flux options offer a one-week turnaround for prose and art. Poets 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. 

Cool New Poetry Project

Here’s a post from a very cool project for writers:

Dear friends,

We’re thrilled to announce the official launch of Midst, a hub for poetry as process. We have an incredible roster of poets lined up for 2021 and beyond, and you’ll be able to see how each of them write and revise: from the blank page to the final draft, and every edit in between. In addition to our pilot poets, you can now play with interactive timelines of brand-new poems from Jos Charles, Imani Elizabeth Jackson, Dan Beachy-Quick, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Gabrielle Bates, and Zachary Schomburg. We hope you enjoy this peek under the hood of the mysterious creative process, whether you’re a writer, a reader, or are brand-new to poetry. There’s no right or wrong way to make a poem. Poems are for everyone, and we’re going to prove it.

Open Call Closes Feb 28

WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal is dedicated to amplifying diverse multinational voices. We offer an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual edition. Artwork selected for a cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free.

All types of prose from flash fiction and poetry to stories and essays, including scripts and screenplays, are welcome. We also accept long-form, novelette, and novella length works up to 49,000 words. Poetry can be up to 1,250 lines. Translations welcome.

One piece per prose submission. Use the correct form according to the length of your prose and poetry. Works longer than allowed by the form used will be declined unread.

Poets can submit one or two items using different forms. 

Artists can submit one or two items using different forms.

The Fast Flux options offer a one-week turnaround for prose and art. Poets 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. 

Culmination Contest Results

The judging for the 2020 Culmination contest is complete. Sunspot Literary Journal received hundreds of entries covering every category.

The winner and finalist were selected by implementing a number of judging rounds. Submissions that advanced through the first round were placed on the longlist. Ones that passed through the second round were added to the shortlist (quarter finalist). The third round resulted in the list of semifinalists.

From this batch, the fourth round chose ten finalists. A winner and two runners-up were winnowed from this top tier.

Finalists:

Jasmine Kapadia for “wet pavement,” poetry

Amanda Bermudez for “Lacquer,” short fiction

Leah Dockrill for “Tuckamore,” art

Sarah Louise for “Real Life,” short fiction

Marieken Cochius for “Oumuamua,” art

Roxanne Bodsworth for “Mardungurra,” poetry

Abbigail Rosewood for The Void of Cards, novel

Runners-up:

Barbara Rugg for “Droplets,” art

Dean Gessie for “whitewash,” poetry

The winner is Christina Fishburne for the ending to a piece of flash fiction called “Outlaw.” Fishburne received the cash prize and will be published in the next digital edition. All finalists and runners-up are being considered for publication in the same digital edition. The works will also be included in the 2021 print edition, to be released in the fall.

People like them shape our world.

Order a copy of the 2020 print edition here.  Shipping to US locations is included, and the drop-down menu has options for shipping outside the US.

Also check out Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry or Art, closing March 31.

Creative Advice for Creatives

Sunspot Literary Journal is seeking articles and essays offering advice and thoughts on the creative life related to any creative form. How-to, features, reports on current trends, commentaries, real experiences, and roundups are some of the areas accepted. Some examples of the kinds of works we’re interested in:

Writing tips for authors

Tool roundups for heritage craft producers

Marketing advice for painters

Thoughtful essays on the lifestyles of creatives

Features on the impact of residency programs or retreats

What to expect from a workshop

No limit on word count, although 1,500 to 3,000 words provides the strongest target range.

Payment for these pieces will be $0.01 per word ($50 US maximum per piece). Please include a third-person bio of 50 to 75 words in your cover letter. Pieces will be published in the final 2021 edition, scheduled for release in December.

One piece per submission.

All submissions must be unpublished. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Submit as many times as you like using Sunspot’s Submittable form. 

Open: January 1, 2021

Close: October 31, 2021

Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Authors & Artists Eligible

Geminga is a neutron star so small it was difficult to detect. It was named, in part, for a transcription of gh’è minga,meaning “it’s not there.”

For 2021, Sunspot Lit is launching Geminga: $500 for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art to honor the power of the small. No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters.

Titles are not included in the word count. Compound words separated by hyphens, numbers, and letters of the alphabet are counted as a single word. In the micropoetry category, characters include spaces, punctuation, numbers, and letters of the alphabet.   

Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).

Open: January 1, 2021

Close: March 31, 2021

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication 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, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected.

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form.

Authors, Poets and Artists Eligible for $500

Authors & Artists Eligible

Endings carry a heavy weight. They must bring all the disparate elements of a poem, work of prose, or art series together while also proving an exit point that will smolder in the reader’s or viewer’s mind. 

This year, Sunspot Lit is launching Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending. No restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece from which the ending is excerpted. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry. 

Graphic novel entries should be the last page with a maximum of 250 words; cut the number of panels to meet the word count, if necessary. 

Visual art entries should be the last in a series, gallery lineup, or themed collection. Artists may use up to 250 words to describe the series, lineup or collection. 

Titles are not included in the word count.   

Open: October 1, 2020

Close: December 31, 2020

Entry fee: $5 

Submit here.

Inception Contest 2020 Results

The judging for the 2020 Inception contest is complete. Sunspot Literary Journal received over 600 entries ranging from a few lines of poetry to novel and novella openings as well as experimental prose and exceptional images.

The winner and finalist were selected by implementing a number of judging rounds. Submissions that advanced through the first round were placed on the longlist. Ones that passed through the second round were added to the shortlist (quarter finalist). The third round resulted in the list of semifinalists.

From this batch, the fourth round chose ten finalists. A winner and runner-up were winnowed from this top tier. The finalists are:

Frances Gufan Nan for “Tell Me the Textures You Were Made to Forget”

Dean Gessie for “[sick]stemic”

Aylah Ireland for Matrilineal Cubes

Janet Garber for The French Lover’s Wife

Andy Carpenter for Blood Creek

Christie Cruise for Pash

Drew Smith for “Out of the Mojave”

Laurie Babcock for “Student Affairs”

The runner-up was Dallas Frederick for the art piece titled Pica Nuttalli—Yellow-Billed Magpie.

The winner is Melisa Casumbal for the opening to a novella called Our Beloved. Casumbal received the cash prize, and the first words of the work will be published in the last digital edition of the year. All finalists and the runner-up are being offered publication in the same digital edition. The works will be included in the 2021 print edition, out in fall of next year.

Order a copy of this year’s print edition here. Shipping to US locations is included, and the drop-down menu has options for shipping outside the US.

Remember to enter the last contest of the year, Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poetry or Art Ending, here for only $5.

Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending

Authors & Artists Eligible

Endings carry a heavy weight. They must bring all the disparate elements of a poem, work of prose, or art series together while also proving an exit point that will smolder in the reader’s or viewer’s mind.

This year, Sunspot Lit is launching Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending. No restrictions on theme, category, or the length of the piece from which the beginning is excerpted. Word limit is 250 for prose, 25 words for poetry.

Graphic novel entries should be the last page with a maximum of 250 words; cut the number of panels to meet the word count, if necessary. 

Visual art entries should be the last in a series, gallery lineup, or themed collection. Artists may use up to 250 words to describe the series, lineup or collection.

Titles are not included in the word count.   

Open: October 1, 2020

Close: December 31, 2020

Entry fee: $5

Prize: $500 cash, publication for the winner, publication 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 one month 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, but only one piece per submission. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please withdraw your piece if it is published elsewhere before the winner is selected.

Visit our Submittable page to enter.