Rigel 2022 Results

The judging for the 2022 edition of the Rigel contest is complete. Although it was difficult to select a single work from the outstanding list of finalists, here are the results:

Winner

“Only Water” by Julie Esther Fisher, prose

Runners-up

“Santa Corona” by Michael Pearce, poem

“Kearney Noir” by Larry Hill, art (below)

Finalists

“The Fall” by Steve Capra, poem

“Under the Spell of Molly Bloom” by Naomi Lowinsky, poem

“Time Enough” by LG Pomerleau, prose

“Donut” by Alan Sincic, prose

“The Weaver” by Serge Lecomte, art

“Being as One” by Dave Sims, art

“Witch of Wals” by Bryan Edenfield, prose

“The Voices of the Doomed” by Jim Gish, prose

The winner receives $250 and will be published in the next digital edition as well as the annual print edition. The runners-up and finalists will also be offered publication. To enjoy their works and support great literature and art, consider preordering a print copy of this year’s editions. Shipping to US locations is included in the price.

All the best to this year’s list of outstanding creatives!

Check out Sunspot’s current open calls.

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Open Call for novelette-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or graphic novel

Ends on July 15, 2022

Sunspot Lit is open for single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words.

Graphic novels should run 25 to 50 pages. 

single poem between 16 and 20 pages is also accepted. 

Story, essay, and poetry collections are not accepted in this category.

Submit here and join the journal changing the world through words and art.

Inception 2022: $250 for Prose, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel, Script, or Screenplay

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.

Closing Soon: $250 for Prose, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel

Authors & Artists Eligible

Rigel is the brightest star in the Orion constellation. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single piece of writing, art, or poetry that outshines the rest. Winner receives $250 plus publication. No restrictions on theme or category. See guidelines for details on preparing your submission.

Open: April 1, 2022

Close: June 30, 2022

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $250 cash and publication

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form or

Duotrope.

Open call for novella-length fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novel

Ends on July 1, 2022

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 29,001 to 49,000 words can be submitted to Sunspot Lit. Graphic novels should run between 51 and 100 pages. 

single poem between 21 and 25 pages is also accepted. 

Story, essay, and poetry collections are not accepted.

Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be declined without review.

Submit your work here before the deadline.

Feedback for fantasy, paranormal, light sci-fi, contemporary romance, and YA

Sunspot Lit’s capable staff offers feedback on genre fiction, with a particular emphasis on novel excerpts. Angel Leya, coauthor of a USA Today bestseller, specializes in fantasy and paranormal, with experience in light sci-fi, contemporary romance, and YA.

For works up to 5,000 words, you will receive a few paragraphs (about half a single-spaced page) of comments intended to strengthen your work. For works up to 12,500 words, you’ll receive around a full single-spaced page of comments.  

Submissions are capped each month, and the form will shut off once the cap is reached. 

Using this form, submit one story or excerpt. Submit as many times as you like using a new submission form for each story or excerpt. 

Rigel: $250 for Fiction, NF, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel

Authors & Artists Eligible

Rigel is the brightest star in the Orion constellation. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single piece of writing, art, or poetry that outshines the rest. Winner receives $250 plus publication. No restrictions on theme or category. See guidelines for details on preparing your submission.

Open: April 1, 2022

Close: June 30, 2022

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $250 cash and publication

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form or

Duotrope.

Open Call for Authors and Artists Closes Soon

Sunspot Lit accepts all types of prose including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. For each form, you can submit:
One or two pieces of flash fiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words

OR

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

OR 

Up to three poems; total of three pages

OR

A graphic novel of 1 to 4 pages

OR

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. Do feel free to submit in separate categories by using the same form any number of times. 

Send your work through Submittable.

Genre Fiction Feedback

Sunspot Lit’s Angel Leya is now offering feedback on genre fiction, with a particular emphasis on novel excerpts. She specializes in fantasy and paranormal, with experience in light sci-fi, contemporary romance, and YA.

For works up to 5,000 words, you will receive a few paragraphs (about half a single-spaced page) of comments intended to strengthen your work. For works up to 12,500 words, you’ll receive around a full single-spaced page of comments.  

Submissions are capped each month, and the form will shut off once the cap is reached. 

Angel Leya is the coauthor of the USA Today bestselling book, Shifted (Siren Prophecy series), with over 12 additional novels, novellas, and short stories to her name. She’s been published in  several anthologies, including Fiddlehead Press and The Alliance of YA Authors.

She reads avidly (and writes) in the fantasy and paranormal genres, but she also has a soft spot for a good light sci fi or contemporary romance. Angel specializes in giving practical advice, with a bent toward characterization and dialog, as well as word flow, breaks in logic, and hooks.

Using this form, submit one story or excerpt. Submit as many times as you like using a new submission form for each story or excerpt. 

Geminga 2022 Results

Sunspot Lit congratulates the winner of Geminga 2022 as well as the runners-up and finalists.

Winner

“Tax Season” by Tifara Brown, poem

Runners-up

“Kishimoto” by Rain Hou, nonfiction

“Her Wildest Dream” by Martha Nance, digital art

Finalists

“Suffers Patiently” by Jessica Ross, prose

“Get All Your Ducks in a Row” by Pamela Viggiani, mixed media

“On Tuesday at Age 21” by Kelly Q. Anderson, nonfiction

“Some Days I Can Taste” by Atma Frans, poem

“Rest Stop, Mile Marker 173” by Jen Payne, prose

“Broken Heart” by Paul Milligan, sculpture

“Fall Tanka” by Sarah Kersey, poem

“Memory Loss Blessings” by Madi Morelli, nonfiction

“Analogy” by JJ Chen Henderson, poem

“Candy Crush” by Jacqueline Schaalje, poem

Sunspot is dedicated to helping authors and artists gain recognition and receive stipends for their work. Check out our new contest, offering $250 plus publication, here.

Rigel: $250 for Prose, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel

Authors & Artists Eligible

Rigel is the brightest star in the Orion constellation. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single piece of writing, art, or poetry that outshines the rest. Winner receives $250 plus publication. No restrictions on theme or category. See guidelines for details on preparing your submission.

Open: April 1, 2022

Close: June 30, 2022

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $250 cash and publication

Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form or

Duotrope.

Open Call for Very Long-form Fiction, CNF, Poetry, Graphic Novel Closing Soon

Fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 7,501 words up to 17,500 words should be submitted to Sunspot before May 1. Graphic novels should be 18 to 24 pages. A single poem between 11 and 15 pages is also accepted. Submit here.

Open Call for Novelette Length Fiction, CNF, Poetry, Graphic Novel Closing Soon

Sunspot Lit accepts novelette-length fiction and nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words. Graphic novels should run 25 to 50 pages. A single poem between 16 and 20 pages is also accepted. Submit here before April 15.

Rigel 2022: $250 for Fiction, NF, Poetry, Art, Graphic Novel

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 $250 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. Excerpts should always be from the beginning of a longer work, and should include a synopsis. The synopsis counts toward the entry’s total word/page 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, 2022

Close: June 30, 2022

Entry fee: $6

Prize: $250 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 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 or

Duotrope.

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.