Contests for Writers and Artists

$100 for 100 Words

100 Bucks for 100 Words Contest

 Microfiction, micro essay, micro memoir, short poem, micro script, micro screenplay...if it's 100 words or less, it might be worth $100. No restrictions on theme or category.
First place winners and finalists in various prose categories will be published in a special edition. A byline and bio will be included, and select pieces will receive special attention on the website.
Enter as many times as you like. One piece per submission. Pieces must be unpublished except on a personal blog or website. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified. Cash award of $100. 

Open March 1, 2019

Deadline: June 30, 2019

Link here to review the guidelines and submit. 

A Single Word Contest

A Single Word Contest for Authors and Artists

Words are important. Words are so powerful that certain ones have been weaponized to use against specific groups of people. 

C*nt is one of many, but in the world today, it is more incendiary than ever. Submit a story, essay, poem, or art piece that tells us about c*nt in your life: When did you first encounter the word? Have you taken on this word and ones like it as a rallying cry? Have you ever used it to refer to someone else?

Send us your rants, your ribald comedy, a poem, or a photo that cuts to the core. You do not have to use the word within your submission as long as you are conjuring the essence of some element of this word and its use. All categories of work are accepted. 

First-place winners and at least two runners-up from each category will be published in a special edition in summer of 2019. Additional notable submissions will be considered for publication. 

The best of the best will receive $50. 

Opens: January 1, 2019

Deadline: March 31, 2019

Link here to review the guidelines and submit.

Image Contest

Sunspot Literary Journal Image Contest

Sunspot Literary Journal launched this year, and needs an image that can be used on the digital and print editions as well as the website. 

Submit your best idea for an image that fits with our mission: Hearing Every Voice, Changing the World Through Words. 

Poke around our website for details on our approach. Then submit your best idea. 

Submit as many times as you like to this contest. Winner receives $40, coverage in the first edition, and coverage on the website. 

Opens: January 1, 2019

Deadline: March 31, 2019

 Link here to review the guidelines and submit. 

Code of Ethics

Sunspot's Contest Code of Ethics

Sunspot Literary Journal supports the CLMP Code of Ethics in its contests. 


CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines—defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage. 


Sunspot will avoid conflicts of interest when judging entries. Specifically, family members (including domestic partners) of the journal's staff are excluded from participation. 

Acquaintance alone (former clients or students, known associates, etc.) does not disqualify any submission. In instances where a contest submission is recognized by any of the judges, including preliminary and final judges, that piece will be judged by an individual without any connection to the submitting artist. 

In the rare case of a tie, the cash prize along with any non-cash prizes (like copies of the journal or special attention on the website) will be doubled, and the full prize amount and coverage will be given to each of the winners. 

In no case will a cash prize be withheld due to a low number of submissions or a "lack of quality" of submissions. Cash prizes will be awarded in every case.