Sunspot FAQs

Publishing in a Sunspot

Sunspot Literary Journal was founded by an author and publishing consultant who has seen many sides of the industry. Your rights are important to us, so you will always be treated with respect.

Rights – We only ever ask for first rights. After publication of your short stories, nonfiction, poems, or art, you have the right to use your work anywhere you like.

Response Time – We read submissions year-round. Every effort is made to respond within three months. In no case will we take longer than six months to respond. If we ever do, it will be because we have fallen into a black hole. 

Fast Flux Response Option - We get it...sometimes you just need an answer right away. Our submissions portal has an option for that. Work submitted under the Fast Flux option receives an answer in two weeks or less. 

New Versions – If you revise a piece after submission and would like us to consider the new version, withdraw the original and resubmit the new version as a new submission.

Length – We really mean it when we say we will consider longer works. That means up to 29,000 words for fiction and nonfiction, and up to 120 pages for a single poem. 

Number of Submissions - Send us any number of submissions in any variety of categories. As long as you submit each piece individually, we will consider any amount of work from you no matter how many of your submissions are active at the same time. 

Review Process - We review pieces in chronological order: first in is first reviewed. We do not have submission deadlines because we keep reading until we have an issue filled. Then we move, quite happily, on to the next edition. 

Prizes - We submit published works to the Pushcart Prize and other small press awards to help our authors and artists get the recognition they deserve.