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Sunspot Literary Journal

WRITING A NEW WORLD

Sunspot Literary Journal offers an Editor's Prize of $10 for each digital edition and an Editor's Prize of $35 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.

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.

Please take careful note of the submission deadlines. Although the journal is open year-round, the forms that allow submission of longer works close earlier in each open call segment. Submit early to avoid missing a deadline.

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.

Quick Links to Open Calls:

Flash, poetry, graphic novels, art Fee: usd $5.00

Open

Closes on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 11:59 PM EST (in 1 day, 13 hours)

We accept all types of prose including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. Using this form, submit:
One or two pieces of flash fiction or nonfiction; total length of submission not to exceed 1,000 words

OR

Up to three poems; total submission not to exceed 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 formats (for example, provide one poem and one flash piece as a single entry). Mixed submissions will be rejected without review.

Note that submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined without review.

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

Short stories, nonfiction Fee: usd $6.50

Open

Closes on Thursday, December 1, 2022 11:59 PM EST (in 2 days, 13 hours)

We accept all types of fiction and nonfiction including essays, memoir, travel, teleplays, film and stage scripts. Using this form, submit a single work of fiction or nonfiction, no longer than 3,500 words. In your cover letter, please indicate length and whether the piece is fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.
Note that submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined without review.
Do feel free to submit in separate categories by using the same form any number of times.

Long form fiction, CNF, poetry, graphic novel

Temp Closed

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, between 3,501 and 7,500 words can be submitted here.

Graphic novels should run 5 to 17 pages.

A single poem of 4 to 10 pages is accepted here.

Please do not mix formats (for example, submitting a graphic novel and a poem in the same file). Also note that collections are not accepted in this open call.

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

Novelette length fiction, CNF, graphic novel

Temp Closed

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words should be submitted using this form. Graphic novels should run 25 to 50 pages. A single poem between 16 and 20 pages is also accepted. Story, essay, and poetry collections are not accepted in this category. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be declined without review.

Novella-length fiction, CNF, or graphic novel

Temp Closed

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 17,501 to 29,000 words should be submitted using this form. Graphic novels should run 25 to 50 pages. A single poem between 16 and 20 pages is also accepted. Story, essay, and poetry collections are not accepted in this category. Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be declined without review.

Supernova: very long fiction, CNF, graphic novel

Temp Closed

Single works of fiction or nonfiction, including scripts and screenplays, from 7,501 words up to 17,500 words should be submitted using this form.

Graphic novels should be 18 to 24 pages.

A single poem between 11 and 15 pages is also accepted.

Collections are not accepted for this open call.

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

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