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September/October 2015

Writing contests, conferences, workshops, editing services, calls for submissions, and more.

Caveat Emptor! Poets & Writers Magazine is unable to check all claims made by advertisers. Readers should be aware of publishers who charge, rather than pay, an author for publication; publishers who do not pay for publication, even in copies; publishers who require a purchase before publication; and contests that charge high reading fees. The magazine recommends that you see the publication and submission guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

Call for Manuscripts: Anthologies

ALLPOETRY Community Anthology —Allpoetry.com, the world’s largest poetry site, seeks poems for its annual anthology. Monthly free contests to enter, pays a free copy. Sick of rejection slips? Get the critical feedback to improve! Classes, contests, friends, and small writing groups. For short stories, visit http://allpoetry.com/pw or http://storywrite.com/pw.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for an anthology of stories and poems about people with disabilities. Seeing Beyond the Surface’s purpose is to foster an understanding of an often misunderstood population. Poems up to 20 lines and stories up to 2,500 words max. Complete guidelines and questions: sbts_16@yahoo.com.

ICE CREAM POEMS anthology, edited by Patricia Fargnoli, to be published by World Enough Writers (imprint of Concrete Wolf) as paperback and ebook. Seeks poems in which ice cream appears. http://worldenoughwriters.com. Submit 1 poem for free, or up to 3 poems for $5, checks payable to Concrete Wolf. Include e-mail address for response. Author must own rights to submitted poems. Accepted authors receive PDF and discount on paperback. Mail to: Concrete Wolf, P.O. Box 1808, Kingston, WA 98346.

INDOLENT BOOKS seeks poems, fiction, essays, memoir, and drama for an anthology about HIV today. Anybody can contribute regardless of HIV status. For further information and to submit, go to our Submittable site: https://indolentbooks.submittable.com/submit/42292.

IRAN MUSINGS seeks creative nonfiction addressing the experiences of Iranians in the U.S. We welcome writing from Iranians, spouses of Iranians, bicultural children, and those who have lived or worked in Iran and feel a connection to the people and place. For submission guidelines visit https://iranmusings.wordpress.com.

RNS AND LPNS: Seeking personal poems and prose about your student nurse days, the good, bad, and life-changing experiences. No clinical essays. Include all contact info. Send 2 copies of up to 5 poems or 10 pages of prose to Student Nurse Days Anthology, P.O. Box 678, Redding, CT 06896.

SUBMISSION CALL for Memoirs of the Feminine Divine, a collection of women’s essays/poetry; no fee. Personal, true stories only on: Rites of passage tales, race, sexuality, oppression, triumph, power as they relate specifically to being female, motherhood, work, woman as a hero, writing on the female body, and family. Visit http://femininedivinebook.blogspot.com.

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN September 1–October 31 for BAX 2016—the Best American Experimental Writing Anthology, published by Wesleyan University Press. Guest editors: Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris. Fee: $9 for 3 pieces or 9 pages (whichever is fewer). www.wesleyan.edu/wespress/bax or wesleyanuniversitypress.submittable.com/submit.  

THE WILD FOOTHILLS of Orange County, CA, are places of great natural beauty—it’s time for the first-ever collection of poems, stories, and essays that celebrate what is here (and what might disappear). Please submit up to 5 poems (3–60 lines) and/or 2 pieces of prose (fiction and/or creative nonfiction; 100–2,500 words). Each piece must name the wild place in Orange County that inspired it (either in the title, epigraph, or piece itself). Deadline December 31. No reading fee. More details at http://tinyurl.com/ke8z2uz or e-mail editor Thea Gavin at ocnaturewriting@sbcglobal.net.

Call for Manuscripts: Books

ANNUAL SETTLEMENT HOUSE American Poetry Prize welcomes submission of book-length poetry manuscripts in English by first-generation Americans (“first generation” includes both immigrants and children born of an immigrant to the United States, as well as individuals with DACA and TPS status). No restrictions on content, theme, form, etc. The 2014 winner was Alicia Partnoy. Standard publishing contract with cash advance. Submission guidelines: www.settlementhouse.us or www.americanpoetryprize.com.

AUTHOR-CENTERED PUBLISHER seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry manuscripts for our unique publishing system. Cawing Crow Press offers a fair evaluation process that works with you to take your manuscript from submission to publication. No charge for our publication services. 70% royalties paid on profits. More information: www.cawingcrowpress.com.

BELLE LUTTE PRESS currently welcomes unsolicited fiction manuscripts. While today’s media maximizes profits by force-feeding the populace cheap and unoriginal thought, Belle Lutte Press is fighting the good fight—hell-bent on publishing original, high-quality fiction novels. We are prepared and excited to provide our authors an abundance of support, ensuring the production of important, beautiful, and successful works of art. To submit, please visit bellelutte.com/submit.

BLUE LIGHT PRESS Book Award— imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest poems that push the edge. Send 50-80 page manuscript, SASE, $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, 1563-45th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122 by January 30, 2016. For guidelines, e-mail bluelightpress@aol.com. Website: www.bluelightpress.com.

BOOK BACKER e-publishing program free to authors of accepted manuscripts at Web-e-Books (www.web-e-books.com). We seek works offering compelling social messages, strong character development, and captivating narrative (with illustration options)...literature of excellence, originality, and authenticity within the parameters of our slogan: Where Reality and Fiction Collide. Submissions: info@tri-screenconnection.com.

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) is seeking submissions for its annual literary award. Publishers and authors are invited to submit books published in 2014 for consideration. Generous monetary prizes are awarded. General guidelines: authors must reside (or previously have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is nonresident) also qualify. Fiction or nonfiction (not poetry). No self-published or e-books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has more than 1 book published during that year, we will consider all of them.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10. No application is necessary. Please send 2 copies of each book as early as possible to: Tammie Bob, Adult Literary Chairman, 474 Stagecoach Run, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: bobtam410@gmail.com. For info on previous awards, please visit www.fawchicago.org/awards.php.

HUDSON WHITMAN/Excelsior College Press: We’re not your father’s college press! Only great nonfiction. Acquisitions: health/nursing, military, alt education, cyber. Electronic submissions via Submittable + editorial support for first-time authors. Look us over! Website: www.hudson whitman.com. Twitter: @ExcelsiorPress.

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Send SASE, sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Suite 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138.

SHAPE & NATURE PRESS is accepting full-length fiction (novellas and collections welcome), poetry, and cross-genre submissions for its 2015 open reading period through December 31. Our mission is to publish the best books we can find with emphasis on work that challenges readers. No submission fees. Option for editor feedback. Visit www.shapeandnature.com.

SUBMISSIONS OF novel-length (50,000+ words) fiction showing literary merit and social relevance sought by SparkLit, a new nonprofit collaborative publishing website. Established and emerging writers welcome. Subscription proceeds shared with authors! For full guidelines, visit our website at www.sparklit.media.

TAKO is a freemium marketplace for serialized content, and seeking 25 original novels that appeal to women in their 20's. Please submit novels and resumes to adrienne@tapasmedia.co as soon as possible.

Call for Manuscripts: Chapbooks

2015 CONCRETE WOLF Poetry Chapbook Contest. Postmark deadline: November 30. Prize: 100 copies perfect-bound chapbook. Fee: $20, checks to Concrete Wolf. Judge: Patricia Fargnoli. http:/patriciafargnoli .com. Submit up to 28 pages, 2 cover sheets, 1 with name, e-mail, phone; one with title only. SASE results. Include 10x12 envelope stamped with $3.60 postage for winning chapbook. http://concretewolf.com. Mail: Concrete Wolf, P.O. Box 1808, Kingston, WA 98346.

LAMBEY PRESS is an independent literary press aiming to publish queer women of color voices from “back home.” Submit fiction or nonfiction manuscripts of short stories, novellas, personal narratives, and other types of storytelling on spiritualism, sexuality, or gender. Seeking editors and manuscripts. No fee to submit. Rolling deadline. http://lambeypress.com.

Call for Manuscripts: Magazines

BELLINGHAM Review welcomes its new editor in chief, S. Paola Antonetta, and announces a call for general submissions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Online submissions only via Submittable from September 15–December 1; $3 reading fee. For those readers who subscribe to the journal between September and December, we will read submissions through June 1. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and 2 gift subscriptions. Complete guidelines at bhreview.org.

BLUELINE: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Submission period July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to blueline@potsdam.edu. Please identify the genre’s work in the subject line. Further information at www.bluelinemagadk.com.

BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its May 2016 issue. Work may be of any style or subject matter. See poetry samples at www.bryantliteraryreview.org. Deadline: December 1. Send submission with cover letter, brief bio, and SASE to: Bryant Literary Review, Faculty Suite F, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917.

CHANGES IN LIFE monthly online newsletter is seeking personal essays from women of all ages. New writers are encouraged to submit their work. For details and submission guidelines, see www.changesinlife.com.

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2016 issue. The 2015 issue includes works by Michael Carroll, Matthew Sharpe, Frances Richard, T. Clutch Fleischmann, Charlie Bondhus, among terrific new voices. Deadline: December 1. For submission guidelines and mission statement, visit www.clockhouse.net.

COLERE, an annual journal celebrating cultural exploration, welcomes thought-provoking fiction, poetry, essays, and artwork for its 14th issue. Please limit submissions to 8 poems or 20 pages on experiences abroad or at home. Deadline: January 15, 2016. Mail to Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

THE COSSACK REVIEW publishes writing that’s persistent, observant, thoughtful; we like work that’s careful, curious, funny. We read fiction, nonfiction, translation, and poetry submissions year-round. Founded in 2012, we publish in print and online, with an emphasis on content that lasts. We especially seek work from writers with new and diverse voices. We are an independent magazine. www.thecossackreview.com.

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is always looking for true stories, well told, on a wide variety of themes. We’re open to all types of narrative nonfiction, from immersion reportage to personal essay to memoir to experimental. See our current calls and complete guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

CUTBANK Literary Magazine is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for 2 upcoming print issues. All genres are open to submission from September 15, 2015–February 1, 2016. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to cutbankonline.org/submit.

EDGE LITERARY JOURNAL published annually by Tahoe Writers Works, seeks provocative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and art. Please send up to 3 poems or 5,000 words of prose during our submission period: September 1–November 15, $5 reading fee. EDGE, volume 10, guidelines at http://tahoewritersworks.com/edge-submissions.html.

EMRYS JOURNAL accepts submissions for the 33rd annual issue August 1–November 1. Prizes of $250 will be awarded to 1 selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. We accept up to 3 poems and up to 5,000 words of fiction and CNF. emrys.org.

ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere) is a new website that welcomes poetry, essays, and short fiction written by mothers who’ve parented alone.  We are especially interested in writing that is inspired by the experience of being a solo mom. For details and submission guidelines, please visit our website, www.esme.com.

FICTION INTERNATIONAL. Call for submissions: Taboo. For an issue on “Taboo,” Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction, and indeterminate prose between October 1, 2015, and February 15, 2016. To submit online or hard copy texts or visuals, go to fictioninternational.sdsu.edu/submit. Queries: hjaffe@mail.sdsu.edu.

THE FIRST LINE seeks submissions for the winter issue. Stories are due by November 1 and must begin with the first line: “George pressed the call button and said, ‘Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.’” Send to: submission@thefirstline.com. Pays: $25–$50. For more information, visit www.thefirstline.com.

FJORDS REVIEW, available in over 1,200 bookstores (find it in yours), accepts articles and reviews, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for each twice-yearly newsstand edition. Fjords will publish a special all-author and LGBT- friendly edition in February 2016, guest-edited by Alex Dimitrov; deadline December 1. Visit us at fjordsreview.com.

FOURTH GENRE: Explorations in Nonfiction is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Go to fourthgenre.submittable.com between August 15 and November 30. Detailed submission guidelines available at fourthgenre.msu.edu.

FRONT RANGE REVIEW seeks literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 14th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. Send all correspondence to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526. For guidelines, see www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview.

GLASSWORKS MAGAZINE seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, craft essays, and art/photography for upcoming print issues. Contributor copies provided. Reading period open until December 15. Also seeking flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays for publication in Flash Glass, our online short work feature. Read guidelines at www.rowanglassworks.org.

THE ODDS ARE 999 to 1 against you that you can write a poem worth reading and remembering. Prove the odds wrong. Submit your poems by e-mail to The Great American Poetry Show. Simultaneous submissions and previously published are welcome. E-mail: larry@tgaps.com, website: www.tgaps.net.

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any place and on any subject. Details and links to our online submissions manager at hawaiipacificreview.org.

THE LONGLEAF PINE, a Southern journal of the arts, is accepting submissions for the October 2015 issue. We accept fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography grounded in the American South. The theme for this issue is Haints and Haunts. Deadline for submissions is September 1. All submissions and questions: submissions@themidwoodpress.com.   

MOUNT HOPE, a literary magazine publishing fiction, photography, nonfiction, graphic storytelling, and poetry, welcomes submissions of original work for upcoming issues. We seek short stories or nonfiction up to 5,000 words, up to 4 poems per author, and graphic novel and photo portfolios of 5–12 images. We publish emerging authors side by side with such established writers as Margot Livesey, Steve Almond, Hester Kaplan, Howard Norman, Steven Church, and Moira Egan. See us online: www.mounthopemagazine.com.

NOW IN ITS 38th year of publication, Indiana Review is a biannual and nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. For full submission guidelines, please visit our website at www.indianareview.org.

PENTIMENTO, a literary magazine for the disability community, is seeking submissions of essays, poetry, short stories, art, and photography for the Winter 2015–2016 issue. Submissions must be by an individual with a disability or a member of the disability community. For more information and to request a free issue, please visit our website: www.pentimentomag.org.

PERFUME RIVER Poetry Review is accepting submissions for our fourth issue. After doing themed issues, in which we had to pass over too many great, but unrelated, poems, we decided that for this issue, there will be no theme, no rules, no limits to what your poetry can do. We just want your best and most fearless work! Send us poems for general submission (no charge) or to enter our poetry contest. First prize: $200. Deadline: December 31. For complete guidelines for general submissions and contest entries, please visit our webpage: http://touranepoetrypress.wordpress.com/about-4.

PINYON invites high-quality submissions of poetry and short fiction from emerging and established writers. Reading period is August 1 to December 1. Send short bio, including e-mail address, and SASE to Pinyon, Department of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122 or, to submit electronically, check our website at thepinyon.wordpress.com.

PINYON is seeking submissions for a special commemorative issue of past contributors to celebrate our 20th year of publication. If you published in Pinyon or Pinyon Poetry at any time in the past 20 years, please send us some new work for this issue to be published in Spring 2016. Please check our website at thepinyon.wordpress.com to use Submittable or submit to our postal address by November 15. Please direct the work to Melissa Statler and note on your submission that the work is to be considered for the “Special Commemorative Issue.”

PMS, poemmemoirstory, seeks submissions during our new reading period: January 1 through March 31, 2016. While PMS is a journal of exclusively women’s writing, the subject field is wide open. For guidelines, see: http://pms-journal.org/submission-guidelines. We look forward to reading your work. Please note: PMS is going all-digital this year on Submittable. Please send all submissions to:https://poemmemoirstory.submittable.com/submit. For any other correspondence: poemmemoirstory@gmail.com.

POETS AND TRANSLATORS: Ricochet Review is now accepting submissions for its fourth issue. The theme is grotesque & macabre. Submission guidelines: http://ricochetreview.net/submissions.

PRINT-ORIENTED BASTARDS is a quarterly online literary magazine that features emerging writers and artists. All genres are welcome, including literary comics, interviews, reviews, and cross-genre work. Simultaneous submissions accepted year-round. Response time is typically 1 month. For guidelines and the latest issue, visit www.printorientedbastards.com.

{PRONG & POSY} is a monthly online magazine publishing inventive fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, literary criticism, and political commentary. We are currently accepting submissions for our inaugural issue. Reading period now open through September 1.  Submission period for October issue will reopen on September 2. Reading period closes October 1. Submission guidelines available on website: www.prongposylitmag.com. E-mail: prongposyeditors@gmail.com.  

RALEIGH REVIEW is a national nonprofit magazine of poetry, short fiction, and art, offering accessible works of experience that are emotionally and intellectually complex. Our mission is to foster the creation and availability of accessible yet provocative contemporary literature. To submit, visit www.raleighreview.org.   

RATTLE SEEKS submissions by Angelino Poets for the Spring 2016 issue: Poets must have lived half their lives in the Los Angeles area. Deadline: October 15. Send up to 4 unpublished poems and/or a relevant essay to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Online submissions accepted. Website: www.rattle.com.

THE SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW is looking for poetry, fiction, art, and short creative nonfiction. Use an SASE for response. Send submissions to SFLR, Miriam Sagan, English Dept., Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508.

SARANAC REVIEW welcomes submissions for its Fall 2016 issue (#12). We are looking for fiction, including flash fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and one-act plays. We read year-round. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please go to our website for complete, specific guidelines and to submit: www.saranacreview.com.

SEEKING POEMS regarding wine (appreciation/imbibing/production), Napa Valley, vineyards, you get the idea. Selected poems will appear on the Judd’s Hill website (www.juddshill.com,  where previous years’ poems can be found), and winner will receive a very big bottle of wine if it is legal in your state. Final judge is Jane Hall, editor of late poetry journal Coracle. No entry fee. Please submit a maximum of 3 poems and a brief cover letter with contact information by November 1 to bunnie@juddshill.com.

SEEMS considers unpublished poems (3–5), literary fiction, and creative nonfiction (5K words max of prose). Submissions in body of e-mail and “P,” “F,” or “CNF” in subject line to seems@lakeland.edu or, with SASE, to Karl Elder, Editor; Lakeland College; P.O. Box 359, Sheboygan, WI 53082. Website: www.seems.lakeland.edu.

THE SENSATION FEELINGS JOURNAL is a media-mythological, post-human online magazine that publishes poetry, art, and audio recordings in the spring and fall of each year. Poetry submissions for the Spring 2016 issue can be sent to: sensationfeelingsjournal@gmail.com. Please send up to 4 poems. For more information, visit www.sensationfeelingsjournal.org.

SLAB WANTS IT ALL, your raise-the-roof, funky creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and text/image pieces. We love flash too. Reading period: late summer until December 1. All submissions read by bipedal mammals, accompanied by the occasional marsupial. Samples and more info at slablitmag.org.

SLANT POETRY JOURNAL accepting submissons for Summer 2016 issue. Send up to 5 poems; include name, address, e-mail. No haiku, translations, previously published submissions. Published poets receive 1 copy. Deadline: November 15. Mail with SASE to James Fowler, Editor, Slant, University of Central Arkansas, P.O. Box 5063, Conway, AR 72035-5000.

SOUNDLINGS REVIEW now pays contributors. We offer $25 for each piece of prose and $10 for each poem. Current reading period: September 1–December 1. Submit online via Submittable for a $3 fee. Soundings is a publication of the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. For writer’s guidelines visit www.nila.edu/soundings.

TERRAIN.ORG: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments seeks fiction, nonfiction, poetry, video, and hybrid submissions on place from established and emerging writers and artists. Terrain.org is a free, award-winning international online magazine publishing since 1998. View submission guidelines and submit at www.terrain.org/submit.

THE MOCKINGBIRD, a new quarterly of culture, faith, and wit, wants poems that respond to upcoming themes. Winter 2016 theme: Church (submit by November 15); Spring 2016: Food and drink (February 15); Summer 2016: America (May 15); Fall 2016: The Bible (August 15). Diverse voices welcome. One submission (1–5 poems) per theme. E-mail submissions only: submissions@mbird.com.

THIRD WEDNESDAY literary arts journal accepts unpublished poetry, short fiction (up to 1,500 words), and b/w art or photography. E-mail only to tw@leadfootpress.com. For details, go to thirdwednesday.org.  

TRANSFERENCE invites submissions of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Please also submit a commentary on the translation process addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. Submission period: September 1, 2015– January 31, 2016. Contact information, earlier issues, and submission guidelines at http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/transference. For more information write to lang_trans@wmich.edu.

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’s BA program in creative writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, and experimental work. Read us. Write for us. Submissions accepted year-round. For guidelines see www.twohawksquarterly.com.

UNDER THE SUN is reading for its third online issue, beginning August 15, 2015 through January 2, 2016. Creative nonfiction and single submissions only. Inquire about reviews. Website: http://underthesunonline.com. New e-mail address: underthesun44@gmail.com.  New address: Heidemarie Weidner, Editor, 1622 Edgefield Ct., Cookeville, TN 38506.

UNIVERSITY OF KNUMBSCULL needs your flash, your humor, your you! Become an honorary adjunct professor in no time flat, at no cost. At U Knumb, the sky is the limit and you are the literary upper stratosphere. Visit www.uknumbscull.com.

VIETNAM: The VietNow National Magazine is looking for some good writers. If you can write about things of interest to Vietnam veterans we’d like to hear from you. Articles and short poetry: PTSD, POW/MIA, Agent Orange, personal experiences, veterans memorials, women in the military—and yes, even war stories. But don’t limit yourself to the topics listed here. We’re open to your ideas. editor@vietnow.com.

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews. Send us narrative nonfiction, personal essays, short stories, short shorts, as well as travel, food and wine, and writing with a strong narrative element. Submissions:  kathleenglassburn@comcast.net. For more, contact nick@thewritersworkshop.net. Websites: www.thewritersworkshop.net, or www.thewritersworkshopreview.net.


12TH ANNUAL Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 18–23, 2016. Focus on your work with 8 of America’s most celebrated poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Carl Dennis, Denise Duhamel, Carol Frost, Thomas Lux, Tom Sleigh, Mary Szybist, and Kevin Young. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript conferences, panel discussions, social events, and so much more. Special guest: Robert Haas. To join our mailing list and to apply, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

23RD ANNUAL Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 15-–18, 2016, Atlantic City, NJ, area featuring Stephen Dunn and Thomas Lux. Join us for small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and more. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Register by November 20 and save: www.wintergetaway.com.

2016 SAN MIGUEL Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival (February 10–14). Eleventh anniversary keynote speakers: Joyce Carol Oates, Scott Simon, Lisa See, Luis Alberto Urrea, Gail Sheehy, Juan Villoro (Mexico), and Elizabeth Hay (Canada). Choose from 70 workshops in all genres. Barbara Kingsolver: “San Miguel is full of unexpected riches...” Details and registration: www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org. CLIFF NOTES Writing Conference in Boulder, UT. Faculty: Alison Luterman, David Lee, and Amy Irvine McHarg: $200 for 3 days of writing and faculty readings. Enjoy beautiful Boulder, located on Scenic Byway 12 between two national parks on the edge of a national monument. Applications and information at www.boulderheritage.org.

GREAT LAKES Writers Festival, November 5–6 at Lakeland College, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: A. E. Stallings and Nicholas Butler. No fee. For details and registration form go to www.greatlakeswritersfestival.org or contact Karl Elder, elderk@lakeland.edu or (920) 565-1000 x2295.

MAGIC OF MEMOIR CONFERENCE, Berkeley, CA: October 17–18. She Writes Press publisher Brooke Warner and National Association of Memoir Writers president Linda Joy Myers. Craft, exploration of truth and family stories, inspiration, publishing panel with agent and editor, and more. Early-bird special through July 31. magicofmemoir2015.com.

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP Pitch Conferences: Improve your pitch and present it to editors from three major New York publishing firms, plus attend Agents Panel. Fiction (adults and children’s/YA) October 16–18 and nonfiction November 13–15. Check the New York Writers Workshop website for information: www.newyorkwritersworkshop.com/conferences.

SAN FRANCISCO Writers Conference and Open Enrollment Workshops: 13th Annual Celebration of Craft, Commerce & Community. February 11–15, 2016, Mark Hopkins Hotel. 100+ agents, editors, publishers, and authors. San Francisco Writing for Change Conference: Writing to Make a Difference. September 12. Details and free SFWC Newsletter at www.sfwriters.org.


$1,000 MONTANA PRIZE for Fiction. Win $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review’s 18th issue (December 2015)—a stunning publication that’s been called “the premier literary journal of the northwest.” October 1 deadline. $15 fee. Rick Bass is judge and guest editor. Theme: “Growing up, growing older.” Submit at www.whitefishreview.org.

4TH ANNUAL Time & Place Prize is now accepting submissions. All genres welcome. The winning writer will be awarded a free, monthlong stay in France, airfare included. The deadline for submissions is November 30. For details and more information please visit us at: www.timeandplaceprize.com.7 REASONS TO Enter New Millennium Writings’ contest by November 17: Best poetry $1,000; fiction $1,000; nonfiction $1,000; short-short fiction $1,000. All submitters receive our anthology. All winners are published in our anthology and online. We have launched careers! “Fiction, poetry and nonfiction that will feed your soul.”—NewPages. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.com.

10TH ANNUAL Smith College Poetry Prize for New England high school girls in 10th and 11th grades. Award: $500 + opportunity to read poem at Smith. Past judges: Sharon Olds, Eavan Boland. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.

10TH YEAR! The 2015 RRofihe Trophy Short Story Contest @ Anderbo. No entry fee. For an unpublished story of 3,500 to 5,000 words, the winning author will receive $500, a trophy, and publication on Anderbo.com. Deadline October 15. Complete guidelines here:  www.anderbo.com/anderbo1/no-fee-rrofihe-trophy2015.html.

13 PRIZES: First prize: a trip to ASU Center for Science & Imagination; two $500 2nd prizes; ten $100 3rd prizes. Dream up a cleanup for our Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest. 1,500 to 3,000 words by September 19. www.sapiensplurum.org/short-fiction-contest.html.

17TH GIVAL PRESS Poetry Award for best original previously unpublished collection of poetry of at least 45 typed pages in any style or form. Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Reading fee: $20 per manuscript submitted. Deadline: December 14. E-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit website www.givalpress.com for complete details. Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

2015 CHARITY SUPPORTING poetry or flash fiction book prize:  The Rousseau Prize for Literature. Winner receives $1,000 plus publication. Profits from submission fees will be donated to an animal welfare charity. All entries considered for publication. We strongly prefer online submissions and payment. Deadline October 31. Please follow guidelines at http://home.comcast.net/~jpdancingbear/rousseauprize.html. THE 2015 NEW WRITER Awards offer more than $500 in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), and 4 runners-up selected. Entry fee $15. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline October 15. sequr.info@gmail.com. Full guidelines:  www.sequestrum.org/contests.   

2015 ORPHIC PRIZE for Poetry, deadline: October 31, 48–80 pages and $27 reading fee. Winner gets $1,000, publication, 10 copies. All entries will be considered for publication. Send to: Dream Horse Press, P.O. Box 2080, Aptos, CA 95001. Before sending please read full guidelines at dreamhorsepress.com. 2015 KNUT HOUSE NOVEL PRIZE. A prize of $1,500 and publication by Knut House Press awarded to an unpublished novel that captures the “(k)nuthouse” spirit authentically. Submit an unpublished manuscript (of at least 44,444 words) with a $15 entry fee via Submittable by December 31. To submit visit: http://knuthousepress.com/2015novelprize.html.

2015 PHILIP LEVINE PRIZE in Poetry: $2,000 award, publication by Anhinga Press, 25 author copies, and public reading at California State University, Fresno. Final judge: C. G. Hanzlicek. Submit previously unpublished manuscript, 48–80 pages. Entry fee: $25 by mail or $28 electronic. Deadline: September 30. Submission details, guidelines, contact info: www.fresnostate.edu/levineprize.

2015 TALKING WRITING Prize for Hybrid Poetry: $1,000 plus publication. Open to all writers who love crossing boundaries. Entries can mix together poetry, prose, even cartooning. “The poetic is not limited to a poem,” says contest judge Amy King, who cites Zora Neale Hurston as a hybrid inspiration. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. http://talkingwriting.com/contests.

2016 MAIN STREET RAG Poetry Book Award. Deadline: January 31, 2016. Length: 48–84 pages of poetry (TOC, title pages, and blank pages don’t count). Reading fee: $25. $1,200 prize plus publication. Blind judging, guideline details available online. All entries considered for publication. Send to: Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001. Website: www.mainstreetrag.com.

2016 NEW AMERICAN Poetry Prize; $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Gabriel Gudding. Deadline: January 1, 2016. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $22.50. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/contests.

THE ATLANTIS AWARD is given to a single best poem. The winning poet receives $200, publication, and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow website. Finalists may be published. We nominate for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best New Poets. Deadline: October 1. thepoetsbillow.org.

BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction Contest: $1,000 and publication for best unpublished poem, story, and creative nonfiction essay. Submit 1 story, 1 essay, or 3 poems with $20. All entrants receive magazine. No manuscripts returned. Contest reading time: August 1–November 1. Name/address on cover sheet only. Open to all writers. Submit online or via snail mail. SASE required. Briar Cliff Review Contest, 3303 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51104. Website: www.bcreview.org. BRIGHT HILL PRESS Book Prize. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $27. A prize of $1,000, publication by BHP, and 30 author copies for a poetry collection judged by a nationally known poet. Submit a manuscript of 48–64 pages with a $27 entry fee by November 30, electronically or via U.S. post. Bright Hill Press, Book Prize, 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846. Phone: (607) 829-5055. Visit the website for complete guidelines: www.brighthillpress.org.

CALVINO PRIZE: Eleventh Annual Italo Calvino Prize. Sponsored by the University of Louisville. Final judge for 2015: Michael McLaughlin, Agnelli-Serena Professor, Magdalen Fellow, Oxford University, Calvino scholar/translator. First prize, $1,500 plus publication in The Salt Hill Journal. Second Prize, $300. For a short story, short story collection, novel or novella in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. First place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. Fee: $25. Deadline: October,15. Submission details: louisville.edu/english.

CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING CONTEST. Manuscript of 600 words or less to be selected for firsteditionproject.com. We’ll hire illustrator, editor, printer, etc… First run will be 2,500 books—most distributed through our nonprofit’s programs. Buy one, give one model, like Tom’s Shoes for retail sales. $1,000 advance for winning author. Learn more at www.firsteditionproject.com.

CIDER PRESS REVIEW Book Award. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $25. Judge: Linda Pastan. Submit 48–80 page manuscript at www.ciderpressreview.com or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.

CODHILL POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 10. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) clip-bound plus SASE for contest results and $30 reading fee: Codhill Poetry Award, P.O. Box 280, Bloomington, NY 12411. Electronic submissions: http://codhillpoetryaward.submittable.com/submit. For complete guidelines: www.codhill.com.

THE COMSTOCK REVIEW biennial Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook Contest submissions accepted August 1 to October 31 (postmark deadline). First prize: $1,000 + 50 copies, $30 reading fee for manuscripts of 25–34 pages. Judge: Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton. All poems screened by The Comstock Review editors. Full guidelines: http://comstockreview.org/comstock-writers-group-chapbook-award-for-2014. More info:  poetry@comstockreview.org. Mail to: 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215.

CONNECTICUT RIVER Review Poetry Contest. Submit up to 3 unpublished poems, 80-line limit each, by September 30. Two copies each, 1 only with contact info. $15 reading fee to CPS. CRR Contest, CPS, P.O. Box 270554, W. Hartford, CT 06127. Prizes of $400, $100, and $50 and publication in Connecticut River Review. Website: http://ctpoetry.net.

CRAB CREEK REVIEW seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, and short creative nonfiction. Open reading period September 15–December 15. Looking for originality, risk-taking, and consummate craftsmanship in all genres. Simultaneous submissions welcome. No fee. Guidelines at http://crabcreekreview.org/submissions.html.

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL accepting contest submissions. 1,000 first prize, $250 second prize, 15 honorable mentions; reading period: September 1–December 31. We particularly enjoy well-crafted nature oriented poetry but will consider well done work on a variety of subjects, and frequently comment on submissions. For guidelines and to submit, visit our website at crosswindspoetry.com.

DANA AWARDS’ 20th anniversary—celebrate with us! A $200 “Best 20” award plus our traditional awards of $1,000 each in the novel (first 40 pages only), short fiction, and poetry. Deadline October 31. Guidelines: www.danaawards.com, or e-mail danaawards@gmail.com,  or send SASE to 200 Fosseway Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455.

DANAHY FICTION Prize/Tampa Review. $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review or a previously unpublished work of short fiction, 500-5,000 words. $20 entry fee includes subscription. All entries considered for publication. Submit by December 31. Danahy Fiction Prize, Tampa Review, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. http://www.ut.edu/tampareview.

ENTER TO WIN the 2016 Miami University Press Novella Prize! Winner receives $750, book publication, and 10 copies. Final judge: Margaret Luongo. Deadline: October 15. Manuscript length: 18,000–40,000 words. Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only. For more info and to submit work, please visit: miamioh.edu/mupress/novella. Questions? E-mail: mupress@miamioh.edu.

EVENING STREET PRESS announces 2015 contests: Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize $250 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up; $15 reading fee, ongoing. eveningstreetpress.com/helen-kay.html. Sinclair Poetry Prize, $500 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up; $25 reading fee, May 1 to December 1. eveningstreetpress.com/sinclair.html.   

THE FOUNTAIN invites all writers to its 2015 Essay Contest: How do you think history will record the 21st century? Word count: 1,500–2,500. Awards $2,950 in total. Deadline: November 30. For details, visit http://essay.fountainmagazine.com.  

GIRL ON A STOOP Press: Fall 2015 Poetry Contest: $1,500 prize for winning poem. Three poems, $20 reading fee, deadline December 31. Featured projects accepting submissions: alphabet poems anthology; children’s storm (weather) stories for illustrated books. Single poem or children’s story, $10 reading fee. See website for contest guidelines and projects accepting submissions: www.girlonastoop.press.

INNER CIRCLE 2015 International Poetry Contest. A prize of $1,500 and publication in Inner Circle is given annually for the best poem. Five poems maximum, up to 14 pages per entry; $20 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription to Inner Circle Magazine. December 31 postmark deadline. See www.platinumplum.net for complete guidelines. Twitter: @platinumplumpub.  Address: Platinum Plum, 7322 Southwest Fwy., Ste. 1090, Houston, TX 77074.

LITERAL LATTE Essay Awards. Submit personal essays, 10,000 words max, by September 30. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. Literal Latte has been stimulating minds and careers for more than 20 years. Now accepting online submissions. Have a sip at www.literal-latte.com. Contact: litlatte@aol.com.

MAY SWENSON Poetry Award. Winning manuscript receives $1,000 plus publication by Utah State University Press. Full-length poetry collection in English; no restrictions on form or subject. Judge will be Stephen Dunn, author of Lines of Defense and many other works. Postmark deadline: September 30. Guidelines available at: usupress.com.

NEIL POSTMAN Award for Metaphor: All submissions to Rattle magazine are automatically considered for the award, which offers $500 for the best use of metaphor in Rattle each year. Send up to 4 unpublished poems to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Online submissions accepted. Website: www.rattle.com.

NEW RIVERS PRESS Many Voices Project Award. Two prizes of $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, 1 in poetry and 1 in fiction or creative nonfiction. Finalist judges TBA. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry postmarked September 15 through November 1, along with $25 entry fee. Submit online at https://newriverspress.submittable.com/submit or see website for complete guidelines: www.newriverspress.com.

NILSEN PRIZE for a First Novel. Winner receives $2,000, publication, distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Postmark by November 1; $25 fee. Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Full guidelines at www6.semo.edu/universitypress/nilsennovel.htm.

OFF THE GRID Press will publish a full-length book of poetry by a poet over 60. Entry fee: $25. Award to winner: $1,000. Postmark deadline August 31. For full submission guidelines please visit: http://offthegridpress.net.

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $1,000 prize for our annual Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest. Brian Evenson will judge. Electronic and postal submissions August 1–October 22. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $18. Entrants who add $2 shipping receive Omnidawn fiction book of their choice. For guidelines, see www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction.

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $3,000 prize for our annual First/Second Book Poetry Contest. Claudia Rankine will judge. Electronic and postal submissions May 1–July 15. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $27. Entrants who add $3 shipping receive Omnidawn book of their choice. For guidelines, see www.omnidawn.com/contest.

THE PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE in Nonfiction offers publication of a book-length work of literary nonfiction, $1,000, and distribution through the University of Alaska Press. Final judge, Scott Russell Sanders. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit: http://permafrostmag.com/1st-annual-book-prize-in-nonfiction.

POETRY & ONE-ACT PLAY CONTESTS. Announcing poetry and one-act play contests opening July 1. The winners of each category will receive $1,500. The deadlines for the one-act play and poetry contests are respectively November 1 and November 15. Winners announced by late February 2016. The one-act play grand prize includes a staged professional reading at the next festival. The poetry contest entry fee is $20, and one-act play fee is $25. Visit the website for complete guidelines: http://con13.tennesseewilliams.net.

PRESS 53 AWARD for Short Fiction awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short fiction. Award includes publication plus $1,000 cash advance and a quarter-page ad in Poets & Writers Magazine announcing our winner. Reading fee: $30. Enter September 1–December 31. Complete details at www.press53.com.

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE: $300 for best unpublished poem. No entry fee. Deadline: September 14. Submit up to 3 poems (princemerepoetryprize.submittable.com). Paper submissions (typed, single-spaced, no names; cover letter with contact info and titles) to Princemere Poetry Prize, Gordon College, Wenham, MA 01984. Previous winners at princemere.com.

REED MAGAZINE, the West’s oldest literary journal, offers $3,333 in prizes: the John Steinbeck Award for fiction; Gabriele Rico Challenge for nonfiction; Edwin Markham Prize for poetry. Submit online June 1–November 1 using Submittable; $15 reading fee includes a free copy. Winners are published in our handsome print journal. Website: www.reedmag.org.

RHINO, an award-winning annual print journal, is accepting submissions September 1–October 31 for our 2016 Founders’ Prize. Winner receives $500; two runners-up receive $50; all submissions considered for publication; $10 reading fee for up to 5 poems. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. Named “one of the best annual collections of poetry you can find” (NewPages), for 40 years Rhino has featured stunning work, perfectly bound and visually splendid. For submission guidelines, to purchase a sample copy, and to read and hear poems, visit rhinopoetry.org.

RIVER STYX Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Microfiction Contest. First place receives prize of $1,500 and 1 case of Schlafly beer. Winners published in River Styx; 500 words maximum per story, up to 3 stories per entry. Entry options: $10 includes a copy of the issue in which the winners appear, $20 includes a 1-year subscription to River Styx. Postmarked by December 31 or enter online via Submittable. www.riverstyx.org/contests. Mail to: River Styx Microfiction Contest, 3547 Olive St., Ste. 107, St. Louis, MO 63103. Richard Newman, Editor: bigriver@riverstyx.org.

ROSE METAL PRESS, an independent publisher of hybrid genres, seeks submissions to its 10th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Please submit your 25–40 page, double-spaced manuscript of flash fiction/nonfiction under 1,000 words from November 1 to December 1; $10 fee. Judge: Ira Sukrungruang. More details at www.rosemetalpress.com.

SCINTILLATING STARTS Contest: Writer Advice’s Scintillating Starts Contest. Entice us. Submit the opening (up to 1,500 words) of your book (any prose genre) to Writer Advice’s fourth Scintillating Starts Contest. I’ll respond like an agent/editor. You get perspective and insight. Finalists can tell prospective publishers they are winners. Current deadline: November 10; $20 entry fee; 3 prizes of $100. Details and submission information at www.writeradvice.com.

SLAB 2016 POETRY PRIZE. First place: $600 + a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook. Runner-up: $400. Judge: Lori Jakiela, most recently the author of the collection Spot the Terrorist, the memoir The Bridge to Take When Things Get Serious, among others. All winners published; all entries considered for publication; $10 reading fee. Reading late summer until December 1. Details at slablitmag.org.

SLIPSTREAM Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copy of winner and 1-issue subscription. Send up to 40 pages and $20 reading fee to Slipstream, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For further details and new guidelines, visit: www.slipstreampress.org.

SOUL-MAKING KEATS Literary Competition: $5 entry fee. Cash prizes. Twelve categories: poetry, literary nonfiction, intercultural essay, short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, humor, memoir, sonnet, religious essay, young adult poetry, young adult prose. Deadline: November 30. Mail: SMK, 1544 Sweetwood Dr., Broadmoor Village, CA 94015. E-mail: soulkeats@mail.com. Visit: www.soulmakingcontest.us.

SPLIT THIS ROCK: Poems of Provocation & Witness Poetry Contest. Judge: Rigoberto González; $20, up to 3 poems; benefits Split This Rock Poetry Festival, Washington, DC: $1,000 in prizes; free festival registration to top 3. Winner reads at 2016 festival, poem published on website. Deadline: November 1. Guidelines: www.splitthisrock.org.

TAMPA REVIEW Prize for Poetry: $2,000 plus hardcover and paperback book publication, and portfolio in Tampa Review for unpublished manuscript by a new or established poet; $25 entry includes subscription. Deadline December 31. See guidelines online or send SASE. University of Tampa Press, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Website: www.ut.edu/tampareview.

THROUGHOUT OCTOBER, Pleiades will be accepting entries into its annual fiction contest, the Gail B. Crump Award for Experimental Fiction, judged by emeritus editor Gail B. Crump. A reading fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to Pleiades. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in the journal. www.pleiadesmag.com/submit.

TOM HOWARD/ Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 13th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,500. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $10 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry.   

TROUBADOURS POETRY AWARD—poems inspired by today’s troubadours. Entry must be inspired by a musician and/or song of the troubadour/story-telling tradition. First prize $1,000 and option to publish in Kansas City Voices magazine. Closes November 30. Send a $25 entry fee for 3 poems. www.wppress.org.

TWO SYLVIAS PRESS: the Wilder Series Prize for Women over age 50. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Two Sylvias Press for a poetry collection (48–75 pages) submitted by women over age 50 (established and emerging writers). Entry fee $20. Submission deadline November 30.  For complete guidelines, visit www.twosylviaspress.com.

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Press is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 in cash in addition to publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. www.uapress.com.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION announces its 2015–2016 Writing Contest. Fiction, poetry, and  creative nonfiction/memoir. Award includes publication for top 4 submissions in a national literary journal. $250 paid for first prize winners. Judges TBA. Submission period September 15, 2015–February 1, 2016. All contest fees fund WNBA literacy programs. Contest guidelines, judges’ bios, and submission link: www.wnba-books.org/contest.

WRITERS & BOOKS announces the ninth annual Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize Competition:  $1,000, publication with Big Pencil Press, and a weeklong residency at the rural Gell Center of the Finger Lakes will be awarded each year to the author of an outstanding, unpublished, book-length manuscript of poems. Timothy Liu will be the final judge for the prize to be awarded in March 2016. Reading fee is $25. Manuscripts must be postmarked between September 1 and December 31. For guidelines and entry form, click on Gell Poetry Prize at www.wab.org.


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ALREADY HAVE your MFA but need help honing that writing project for publication? Many writers who’ve earned an MFA in creative writing have an interest in continuing to work 1-on-1 with a mentor in order to put the final touches on the book-length manuscripts that comprised their creative theses, or to obtain feedback on newer writing projects that are well on their way to being polished but aren’t quite “there” yet. To meet this need, we offer the Solstice MFA Post-Graduate Study Program, open to anyone with an MFA from an accredited institution. For details, visit www.pmc.edu/post-graduate-opportunities.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR! Professional editor, literary midwife, award-winning author (Bantam, Avon, Scholastic, Berkley/Ace, others) offers extensive critiques, tutorials, revisions, support. Upgrade your writing skills; solve problems with plot, character development, pacing. Specialties include literary and mainstream fiction, mystery/thriller, juvenile/YA, general nonfiction, psychology, spirituality. Carol Gaskin. Phone: (941) 377-7640. E-mail: carol@editorialalchemy.com. Website: www.editorialalchemy.com.

AUTHORS NEED instant gratification? We’ll print, bind, and ship your books in 2 days. High-quality, perfect-bound books, full-color covers, easy ordering, helpful staff. Casebound and coil-bound also available. Our authors just love us! For details, visit www.48hrbooks.com or call (800) 231-0521. AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY. Jump-start your ideas or enrich existing work. I specialize in plays, journalism, or screenplays, but can help with any literary form. Credits: Harvard BA, 20 produced plays, many columns and essays in print, 6 screenplays, teaching at 3 Minnesota universities. John Fenn: (612) 371-9010, e-mail: john@johnfenn.net. Website: www.johnfenn.net.

AWARD-WINNING developmental editor praised by Jonathan Kozol and Marian Wright Edelman. I offer careful critiques, kind and constructive criticism, and all types of editorial assistance.  If you have a problem with your book, I can diagnose and fix it.  Free consultation. References on request.  Websites: www.ghostwritingbooks4u.com and www.aldesetta.com. E-mail: aldesetta@gmail.com.

AWARD-WINNING fiction writer, graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, creative writing teacher of 35 years, provides personalized manuscript editing. I offer detailed editing, honest evaluation, and sensitive critique. I work with new and experienced writers, fiction and nonfiction. Contact Hugh Cook. E-mail: jhcook@quickclic.net. Website: hugh-cook.ca.

BEAUFORT WRITING GROUP Developmental Editor. Academic/ nonfiction/novel/ memoir: Same mindfulness pruning apple trees. Copyeditor, grammar, clarity, syntax. Structural/ style critique: focus narrative pacing, voice. Beaufort, NC, rental. New novel: Song of Moving Water, poetry Salt Runs in My Blood: Amazon. www.the-efa.org/dir/memberinfo. Susan Schmidt, PhD (252) 269-0032. E-mail: susu@susanschmidt.net, susankiwi15@gmail.com. Website: www.susanschmidt.net.

DON’T HAVE TIME to submit your creative writing? We can help. Submission leads and cover/query letter guidelines. Join 50,000+ writers who subscribe to Submit Write Now! In our 21st year! Writer’s Relief, Inc., 207 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075. Phone: (866) 405-3003. Website: www.writersrelief.com.

EDITOR. Acclaimed author Marcy Dermansky (Bad Marie) will help you improve your novel, short story, or memoir. I provide a detailed rewriting plan, including big-picture structural suggestions and line edits on the manuscript. E-mail: mdermansky@gmail.com. Website: http://marcydermansky.com/editing-services.

IS YOUR POETRY manuscript ready for publication? Professional evaluation and comprehensive editing provided by acclaimed editor. Workshops, tutorials, publishing advice. Former executive director of Alice James Books, with 12+ years of publishing experience. Author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007). For details, visit: www.aprilossman.com. E-mail: aprilossman@hotmail.com.

LINGLEY EDITING SERVICES, LLC, offers thorough, timely, and cost-effective editing to writers of all skill levels and educational backgrounds. Light edits, moderate edits, and heavy edits available. Please e-mail sarah@lingleyediting.com for a free quote. For more information, visit www.lingleyediting.com.

MALONE-EDITED BOOKS sell to traditional publishers. Turning manuscripts into traditionally published books, and developing writers into successful authors. Malone Editorial Services, www.maloneeditorial.com. E-mail: maloneeditorial@hotmail.com. Website: www.susanmarymalone.com.   

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES by experienced book reviewer and certified copyeditor. Put the perspective of a Publishers Weekly, BookPage, and Kirkus contributor to work for you and learn how to earn 5-star reviews. Clients call me their “secret weapon” for the element-by-element analysis I provide, along with implementable suggestions for revisions. A 6–10 page report addresses organization, structure, style/voice, plot, pace, characters, dialogue, and more. Editing options also available. www.sheilamtrask.com. MANUSCRIPT EVALUATIONS. Expert guidance on perfecting your story. Trusted advice on what agents and publishers want. Award-winning, internationally published author of 10 novels and former University of Toronto instructor Barbara Kyle has launched many writers to publishing success. Start with your first 50 pages for $150. All genres welcome. www.barbarakyle.com.

POETRY, POETRY MANUSCRIPT. Expand your range, syntax, facility with language, grasp. Close editing and attention to big picture. Phone or Skype conference—U.S. or international. References. Roger Weingarten, experienced poet/teacher. All levels. rogw12@comcast.net.

PRIZE-WINNING FICTION WRITER, recipient of 2008 Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, an O. Henry, a Pushcart, publications in the Best American Short Stories, offers writing coaching services. Teaching experience at Barnard College and the New School, 15 years working privately with clients. E-mail: maxine.swann@gmail.com.

PROFESSIONAL WRITING COACHING: Blocked? Struggling? I’ll help you finish that project! Break through blocks with published author, skilled editor, experienced teacher, compassionate mentor. Plays, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, dissertations, children’s books—I can help you get it done right! Carol Burbank, MA, PhD.  Free 30-minute consultation. E-mail: cburbank@carolburbank.com. Website: www.carolburbank.com.

WRITE-GOALS: Editor/Coach (MFA, MA, published writer) will read and critique your work with an eye to bringing out your unique voice. I also help writers get their ideas onto the page by brainstorming with them and setting writing schedules. Contact Joann for a free consultation: joannsmith.writegoals@gmail.com. Website: www.write-goals.com.

WRITING COACH/EDITOR. Nurturing but whip-cracking, well-connected author of Bang the Keys (Penguin) will help you unleash the true fabulosity in your projects and bring them to fruition in the real world before depression or drink destroy your nerve! Fiction, nonfiction, scripts, poetry, doctoral dissertations, and MFA theses. E-mail: jill@jilldearman.com. For more (including exercise app): www.bangthekeys.com.


2016 TODOS SANTOS, Mexico, Writers Workshop, January 24–30, 2016. Five-day intensive workshops for writers at all levels.  Fiction, nonfiction, and memoir in a “Pueblo Magico” by the sea. One-on-one mentoring, manuscript critique.  Faculty: Gordon Chaplin (memoirist/novelist) Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), plus guest writers and seminars. www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com.

28-YEAR-OLD program developed by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Philip Schultz. Fiction + poetry workshops for writers at all levels in NYC, Tucson, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and online. Tutorials available. “The most personal of the programs”—The New York Times. Students publish and win awards. Phone: (212) 255-7075. Website: www.writerstudio.com.

THE ACT OF WRITING. Workshop for Creativity and Movement: October 23–25. Balance Arts Center, NYC. The act of writing comes from your whole being. We’ll explore movement as a source of creativity, a way to move forward when you’re stuck, a means to a fresh perspective on how you move and write, and a way to inspire, sharpen, and energize your writing experience. Sessions include movement as writing prompts, reading your work aloud, dancing the villanelle, and trying your hand at choreography. Fee: $350. www.balanceartscenter.com.   

CREATIVE WRITING CENTER offers online writing classes for aspiring writers. Become the writer you dream you can be! Inspiring exercises teach how-to while building confidence, eliminating blocks. Supportive community. All genres. Five-week sessions. Take separately or combine into an ongoing course. Waterfront writing retreats also. www.creativewritingcenter.com. (800) 510-1049. E-mail: eayres@creativewritingcenter.com.   

FIRST EVER RICK BASS nonfiction place-based workshop in Yaak, Montana, October 2–5. $1,500 includes workshop and all meals. Free camping or private room in riverside lodge $50/night. yaakworkshops@gmail.com.

GREATER PHILADELPHIA WORDSHOP STUDIO supports writers in the development of their individual voices and practice of their craft. Workshops in Center City and Delaware County, PA, following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: ahicks@philawordshop.com. Website: www.philawordshop.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association announces the Emerging Writer Program for writers wanting to become travel, food, or wine writers by working directly with member mentors. The goal is to qualify as a full-fledged member. Cost: $150. For more information go to www.ifwtwa.org or e-mail suemont@aol.com.   

NEED AN ONLINE WORKSHOP focusing on social issues as well as craft? Join a small group of prose writers through weekly video conference; find an attentive teacher, supportive community, and creative inspiration for your socially-conscious stories. Led by Columbia MFA grad, NYU professor, Lambda Literary Award finalist. Website: nancyagabian.com/teaching/current-workshops. E-mail: nancyagabian@yahoo.com.

ONLINE WRITING CLASSES from Creative Nonfiction magazine, the voice of the genre. Our 4-week summer classes in personal essay, magazine writing, and more provide professional guidance, motivating deadlines, and a supportive community of writers. Flexible schedule to suit your needs. Learn more at www.creativenonfiction.org/online-classes.

POETRY IN PROVENCE. The world is sharper at the point of a pencil. Prove that to yourself this fall: Join Carol Light’s poetry seminar, October 16–22 at the Rhone Retreat. Follow the paths of medieval troubadours who, under the enchantment of this landscape, invented courtly love. Carol Light: www.carol-light.com. www.americansinprovence.com.

THOUSAND ISLANDS Writers’ Retreat at Oak Point Lodges, September 24–27.  Stalled on a novel or memoir? Trying to build your idea into a book? This 4-day intensive with Gemma Cooper-Novack will revitalize your writing process, giving you new tools to jump start your longer work! https://thousandislandswritersretreats.wordpress.com.

A WRITER’S RETREAT weekend, Oceanside, in Montauk, NY. Writing exercises stimulate fresh thinking in a supportive, friendly environment. Or bring a work-in-progress. All levels welcome. Attentive instructor with 12 years’ experience. Fee: $650 includes private oceanfront room. May 1–4, 2016. Other locations also available. www.creativewritingcenter.com.   Telephone: (800) 510-1049. Or e-mail Paul Schulkind at writefreely@optonline.net.

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP is an on-campus and online writing program specializing in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, nature, and travel writing. We offer a variety of courses and individual online writing tutorials to meet the needs of a wide range of writers. For more: (206) 284-7121; e-mail: nick@thewritersworkshop.net. Website: www.thewritersworkshop.net.   

WRITE IN ITALY this summer! Poet Kim Addonizio (7 collections, Best American Poetry, Poetry, etc., National Book Award finalist, Guggenheim, NEA, Pushcart recipient) leads a workshop/retreat June 7–21, 2016, at a former monastery in Umbria. Included: incredible meals, trips to Rome & surrounding towns & attractions. www.kimaddonizio.com; www.laromita.org.

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