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 SunspotLit.com 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All submissions must be unpublished (except on a personal blog).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.

Reedsy’s Best Writing Contest

Sunspot has made Reedsy’s list of Best Writing Contests three years in a row. You can check out why by considering the 2022 edition of Geminga, offering $250 plus publication for a $5 entry fee. Enter here through our Submittable page, or here through Duotrope.

Poetry Feedback

Sunspot Lit’s poetry editor, Morrow Dowdle, is now offering feedback on poems. Using this form, submit one poem of up to three pages in length. Dowdle is the author of the chapbook Nature v. Nurture (Artagem Graphic Library). Her poetry has been featured in River and South Review, Poetry South, Dandelion Review, NonBinary Review, Pink Panther Magazine, Panoply, APIARY, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, Edison Literary Review, River Poets Quarterly, The Griffin, Philadelphia Stories, and Prism, among other publications.

She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.  She is an active member of the Living Poetry collective in the North Carolina Triangle area.  She also writes graphic novels, including An Unlikely Refugee, which is now part of a permanent exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Submit as many times as you like using a new submission form for each poem.

Discounted Print Editions from Sunspot Lit

Sunspot Lit started in early 2019. Thanks to all the wonderful creatives who’ve sent in their work, we’ve produced three print editions. A handful of 2019 editions are still available directly through the journal, along with a slightly larger number of 2020 editions.

We’re offering these to our subscribers for a discounted price. The 2020 edition is now available for $20. The 2019 edition is now $15. Both prices include shipping to US locations. A postage add-on button allows individuals who live outside the US to order copies at these reduced prices.

Ordering directly from the journal provides more money than sales through bookstores. These funds help the journal to cover basic operating costs and fund the stipends and awards. Thanks for your continued support as we move forward in 2022!

Changes at Sunspot Literary Journal

Sunspot is dedicated to accepting longform prose as well as the tiniest pieces. To that end, we’ve reduced the submission fees associated with longer works. You’ll find new, lower fees for longform prose applied to the Fast Flux option, as well, which provides a one- to two-week response schedule.

While we continue to use Submittable, we’ve also set up an account on Duotrope for those who prefer to use that submission portal.

Finally, we adjusted the deadlines for longer and midrange prose forms to ensure that each submission receives attention both during the review phase and during layout. Beginning in 2022, longer prose forms will have shorter open call times. The calls for the shortest works, artwork, and Fast Flux turnaround times will be open for longer periods.

Sunspot Lit 2021 Print Edition

Preordered copies of the 2021 annual print edition have all been shipped; the annual edition is also available at booksellers. Discover Malick Ceesay’s play, “a mascu-poem,” which rivals the opera adaptation of Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow for emotional resonance. Peter Newall plays words like notes in “Konrad’s Bukovina Khosidl,” while Jana Harris probes themes of gender, class, and art in and around 19th Century Paris with three poems from The Horse Fair.

The cover art is by Taylor Moon. The piece resonates with what the world has recently undergone as well as with hope for the future.

Order the 2021 edition, or preorder the 2022 edition, here.

Geminga: $250 for Tiny Prose, Poetry, or Art

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.”

Sunspot Lit set up Geminga: $250 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, 2022

Close: March 31, 2022

Entry fee: $5

Prize: $250 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 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.

Culmination 2021: $500 for Prose, Poetry, or Art Ending December 15

Authors & Artists Eligible
Endings carry a heavy weight. They must bring all the 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.
Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending has 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, 2021
Close: December 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Entry fee: $10
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 accepted for publication elsewhere before the results are announced.

Link here to submit through Sunspot’s Submittable page.

Preorder Sunspot Lit’s 2021 Edition

The annual print edition is being put together. The cover art selected for the annual edition is “Blind” by Taylor Moon (image above). The Annual Editor’s Prize went to Lilianne Milgrom for “Girl With an Ermine.”

Preorder your copy of the 2021 print edition now through our Submittable page. Preorders will be shipped in the same package as any earlier editions ordered on the same form.

Ordering directly from Sunspot costs the same as ordering through a bookstore, but it increases the amount of money the magazine receives for each sale. That enables us to add more paying options for contributors.

This year, we added new payments by expanding the Editor’s Prize into every digital edition. We also increased the amount of prize money for two quarterly contests. Finally, we set up the special For Creatives section, which pays by the word. We’ve been able to do this through your continuing support. Thank you!

Normally, purchasers receive their copies between the middle and end of November. Due to continuing supply chain shortages impacting publishing, we anticipate having the editions in your hands by mid-December. We appreciate your patience as we survive the long-term global impacts of world events together.

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.

Culmination: $500 for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending has 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, 2021

Close: December 15, 2021

Entry fee: $10

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 accepted for publication elsewhere before the winner is announced.

Visit our Submittable page to enter, and to check out our current open call.

Lit Journal Open Call

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor’s Prize of $35 for each digital edition (four times per year), and an Editor’s Prize of $50 for the annual print edition (published once per year). Artwork selected for a digital or print cover will be paid $20. Visit SunspotLit.com to download digital editions for free.

We 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 prose submission (except poetry). 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.

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.  

Use the Submittable form to send your work in today.