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Beginnings have the power to spark passion or curiosity. They might immediately connect a specific place and time with an emotional tone. The best offer a feeling, atmosphere, action, or image that is gripping. Too often in commercially driven industries, this results in sensationalism. But meaning, thoughtfulness, emotions, or shadings of tone...that is, connection...are the impulses that 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 collection strives for the same intent. Openings contain a spark that promises to continue to burn. For Sunspot Lit’s Inception contest, send your best opening.

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 2019

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 March 2025* (approx. 223 days from now) through 31 March 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 250 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

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

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 March 2025* (approx. 223 days from now) through 31 March 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Essay EssayUp to 250 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 250 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

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

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 March 2025* (approx. 223 days from now) through 31 March 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Winner's Prize:

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

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 March 2025* (approx. 223 days from now) through 31 March 2025. 0

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

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

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

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.

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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* We do not know the time and/or timezone, so we cannot be more precise. Submit early to avoid disappointment.

Sunspot Lit Inception Contest Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 2 reports from 2 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.

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Most recent response reported was received on 09 Apr 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 30 Mar 2024.

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Dates

Last Updated: 12 Jun 2024
Last Audited: 13 Feb 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 18 Aug 2020

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