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Sunspot Literary Journal

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Sunspot Literary Journal was founded to cut through the blinding flashes. The publications present writing that is meaningful. Writing created by individuals who might not have a large social media following, but who still have something important to say.
Here at Sunspot, we believe in the power of the written word. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and art can speak truth to power with the power inherent in all human beings. Our mission is to amplify every voice.

Fees Notice: This project charges fees (or requires purchases) for all submissions. The fee range is USD $5 to $14.
Important: They may accept different lengths at different times; as always, check their current guidelines before submitting.

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2019

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 1 x per year.

Fiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Novella Novella15,000 - 40,000 words.
Novel Novel40,000 - 49,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pays occasionally, up to Professional payment. Details: USD $10 Editor's Prize for digital edition; $35 Editor's Prize for print edition.

Submissions:

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


Nonfiction Open Fee-based

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Review Review350 - 1,500 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 49,000 words.
Styles:

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

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics, including: Literature/Books (Theory/Analysis/Criticism, See guidelines), Memoir, Travel.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pays occasionally, up to Professional payment. Details: USD $10 Editor's Prize for digital edition; $35 Editor's Prize for print edition.

Submissions:

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


Poetry Open Fee-based

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Genres:
General General
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Unknown number of pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Pays occasionally, up to Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $10 Editor's Prize for digital edition; $35 Editor's Prize for print edition.

Submissions:

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


Visual Art Open Fee-based

Dates:

Rolling Deadlines: Check cutoff dates.

Audience:

Open to a broad Audience.

Lengths:
Artwork ArtworkUp to 2 pieces.
Art Media:

Open to all/most Art Media.

Art Styles:

Open to all/most Art Styles.

Topics:

Open to all/most Topics.

Payment:

No monetary payment to Semi-pro payment (US$10-49 per piece) Pays occasionally, up to Semi-pro payment. Details: USD $20 for art used for digital or print cover.

Submissions:

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


Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Sunspot Literary Journal 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 84 reports from 75 different members within the past 12 months, not including pending responses (see below). The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported3 min | 36.6 mean avg | 32.0 median | 342 max days (43.6 std dev)
Responses97.62 %
Acceptances1.19 % of submissions accepted (27.0 avg. days per acceptance) | 1.33 % of submitters accepted Rejections are often underreported, which skews the statistics in favor of acceptances. Most publishers have a lower acceptance rate than indicated here.
Rejections96.43 % (37.4 avg. days per rejection) | 16.1 % personal, 74.1 % form, 9.9 % unspecified
Non-Responses2.38 %
Lost/Returned-
Never Responded-
Withdrawals2.38 % (10.5 avg. days per withdrawal)
Pending7 responses are pending (3 min | 16.0 mean avg | 18.0 median | 33 max days waiting | 12.4 std dev) from 7 different members This only includes pending reports from users who have been active on Duotrope within the past 30 days

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 180 days. (2.4 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 180 days.)
The most common submission fee paid: USD $5.00.
Most submissions are acknowledged on the same day.
Most recent response reported was received on 16 Jul 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 25 Jun 2024.

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Geminga Contest for Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art Charges fees for all submissions
Goldilocks Zone Contest for Authors and Artists Charges fees for all submissions
A Single Word Contest CLOSED Charges fees for all submissions
Sunspot Lit Culmination Prize for a Prose, Poem, or Art Ending Charges fees for all submissions
Sunspot Lit Inception Contest Charges fees for all submissions
Sunspot Lit Rigel Contest Charges fees for all submissions
Sunspot Lit Solar Flare Contest Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 01 Jul 2024
Last Audited: 13 May 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 14 Aug 2019

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