Sunspots are areas of lower temperatures that appear on the sun's surface. Because of the sun's brilliance, sunspots are not visible to the naked eye. Compare that to the blinding static many publishers use when marketing celebrity rehab stories. The unique and creative get lost.
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.
Sunspot produces four digital-only quarterly editions per year. These editions are free to the website's visitors, and will be sent to subscribers of the newsletter launching this summer.
The digital editions will include art as well as other items, thoughts, and snippets that might shed more light in the world.
For the first year (2019), Sunspot will product one print volume. The content of this edition will blend selected work from the digital editions with new pieces.
Barring solar flares, the number of print editions will increase in 2020.
At times, Sunspot will produce special editions. These might be digital only, print only, or both. Most special digital editions will be free on the website and for subscribers of the newsletter.
A number of contests are run every year. The first two were announced in January of 2019. Contest winners will be published in special editions, digital editions, on the website, and/or in print editions depending on the theme and contest. Prizes will vary, but will always be cold, hard cash (or cold, hard Paypal payments). Brrr! Delicious!
Sunspot Literary Journal is produced by Sun Dogs Creations out of Hillsborough, NC, USA.
Sunspot, like most literary journals, runs on love for the written word and art in all its forms. If you'd like to help, let us know your skill set and how you see yourself fitting in. We're always grateful for the assistance!
Sunspot Literary Journal is funded entirely through private means. If you'd like to help with the costs, consider buying an extra copy of the print edition for your library or a friend.
To send a check, connect with our Senior Sunspotter Laine Cunningham. PayPal tips and donations can be made at any time by linking here.
Donations can be made anonymously. They can also be noted on the website and in the edition published immediately after the donation. You will always receive a huge "thank you!"
To see specific ways you can help fulfill our needs, check out the Support page.
Sunspot appreciates your help spreading the word. We want to reach writers and artists from every type of background. That means looking beyond college campuses to where people live. Every time you share our submission link, you help build a better world.
Laine Cunningham spurs readers to consider their place in the world and the changes they can enact. Her novels received the Hackney Literary Award, the James Jones Literary Society Fellowship, and honors from national and international art councils.
Her short stories won the 2016 Hackney Award as well as the 2017 Writer’s Digest contest, and have been published by Reed, Birmingham Arts Journal, and the annual anthology produced by Writer’s Digest.
Nonfiction credits include the award-winning women’s adventure travel memoir Woman Alone: A Six-Month Journey Through the Australian Outback, a publishing insider book called Writing While Female or Black or Gay, and essays in Fiction Southeast and Wraparound South.
One of her recent poems took second place in the 2017 Hackney Literary Award and was published in Birmingham Arts.
Publisher and Senior Editor Laine Cunningham
USA Today bestselling author Angel Leya creates clean young adult fiction with a *kiss* of magic. It also happens to be what she enjoys reading, and she regularly blogs her latest reviews.
She’s part of the incredible Shifter Academy world. Diverse shifters, power-hungry vampires, and hunters looking to eradicate them all vie for power in the streets of Chicago and beyond.
When she's not writing or helping out with Sunspot, you can find her daydreaming about her stories and searching for her own adventures. Feel free to drop her a line any time and join her Legion newsletter to earn your halo and wings.
Designer Angel Leya
Rich Ehisen is a nationally published author covering California political, social, and business leaders.
Since 2016, his blog The Open Mic has featured his interviews with authors, journalists and writers of all kinds about the art and business of writing and publishing.
Learn about his book, In Their Own Words: Twenty Successful Writers on the Craft and Business of Writing at his website.
Advisory Board Chair Rich Ehisen
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