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The Goldilocks Zone appears wherever conditions make a planet habitable. Sunspot Lit is looking for the single short story, novel or novella excerpt, artwork, graphic novel, or poem that combines excellence in craft with reader or audience appeal, and thus falls into the Goldilocks Zone. Literary or genre works accepted.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee is USD $8.50.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2022

Publication Media & Contest Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationAwarded 1 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 April 2025 12:00 AM UTC (in 254 days) through 30 April 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 2,500 words.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptUp to 2,500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $250 for winner.

Submissions:

Methods: Duosuma submission manager. Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 April 2025 12:00 AM UTC (in 254 days) through 30 April 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 2,500 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $250 for winner.

Submissions:

Methods: Duosuma submission manager. Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 April 2025 12:00 AM UTC (in 254 days) through 30 April 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Open to all/most Genres Open to all/most Genres
Lengths:
Poem PoemUp to 24 lines.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment. Details: USD $250 for winner.

Submissions:

Methods: Duosuma submission manager. Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 April 2025 12:00 AM UTC (in 254 days) through 30 April 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork Artwork
Graphic Narrative Graphic NarrativeNo page limits known.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media, including: Cartoon/Comic strip, Painting, Photography, Sculpture.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per piece) Professional payment. Details: USD $250 for winner.

Submissions:

Methods: Duosuma submission manager. Submittable submission manager.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
Multiple entries: Multiple entries are allowed.
Media: Image.


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Goldilocks Zone Contest for Authors and Artists Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

The statistics in this section are compiled from submission reports sent to us through our submission tracker. They are not provided by the publication's editors/staff or by Duotrope's admins. Information in this section is updated a few times per day. Learn more about the statistics.
AccuracyWe have received 3 reports from 3 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported32 min | 39.7 mean avg | 39.0 median | 48 max days (8.0 std dev)

Other Information

The most common submission fee paid: USD $10.00.
Most recent response reported was received on 21 May 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 11 Apr 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 28 May 2024
Last Audited: 23 Apr 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 26 Oct 2022

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