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November/December 2016

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.COM—Join the largest poetry community, more than 500,000 poets strong. From beginners to experts, get friendly encouragement and detailed critiques when you’re ready. No-fee contests, $50 cash prizes, active discussion forums, and join our annual anthology. Totally free with optional monthly memberships. http://allpoetry.com/pw.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA seeks poetry, flash fiction, short stories, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our annual print anthology. Our focus is on the fearless, the unpredictable, and the experimental. We welcome submissions from national and international writers. Deadline: January 15, 2017. Submission guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com.

IN 2017, VINEYARDS PRESS will publish Heart of a Man, an anthology of men's writings selected to show who men are. We need stories by men about male-unique experiences. The writer must be male, the story must have happened to him, and it must show who men are. www.vineyardspress.com/submissions.

OPEN COUNTRY PRESS seeks submissions for Bright Bones: Contemporary Montana Writing. We seek fresh poems, stories, lyric essays, translations, cross-genre, collaborative, and experimental works from writers with a connection to Montana. Submit 3–5 poems or up to 20 pages of prose or other (no previously published work). Go to: opencountryreadingseries.org.

POETRYSOUP.COM: #1 poetry website in the world with the most features and poetry resources. Run your own poetry contests online. Create blogs and online classifieds to advertise your books, poetry, and/or website. Research famous poets. Connect with poets from around the world. Joining PoetrySoup and posting poems is free. www.poetrysoup.com.  

SUBMIT TO AN ANTHOLOGY of poems assessing the 21st- century American relationship with money: the adversarial and addicted, the private and political, the exuberant and destitute. No entry fee. Original work preferred, but we will look at reprints.  Deadline February 1, 2017.  More info at http://poetryofcapital.wixsite.com/anthology.

Call for Manuscripts: Books

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual literary award. Publishers and authors are invited to submit books published in 2016. Generous monetary prizes awarded. Guidelines: authors must reside (or have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is nonresident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction.No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2016, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Tammie Bob, Literature Awards 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, 2 copies of sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Ste. 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138.

SIDE STREET PRESS, a small Chicago press, is looking to publish the next great Chicago novel or memoir. We have published 3 books to date and are looking to publish 2 more in 2017. Your work must feature Chicago prominently. For more info, e-mail Bill Donlon at billd@sidestreetpressinc.com.

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern California poets. Submission period: November 1, 2016 to February 1, 2017. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to www.sixteenrivers.org.

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: November–December (postmark). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Barbara Duffey, Allison Joseph, Carol Jennings, Luann Landon, James Reiss, Aimee Suzara. Publication in 2018. Must review guidelines at www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.

WROLSTAD CONTEMPORARY POETRY SERIES—Tavern Books seeks submissions of new, full-length poetry manuscripts. Open to female poets 40 years of age and younger, regardless of publication history; $1,000 book sales advance, paperback and hardcover publication in the Tavern Books catalog, national distribution. Postmark deadline: January 15, 2017; $25 reading fee. Submission guidelines: tavernbooks.org/wrolstad-series.

Call for Manuscripts: Chapbooks

THE JEANNE LEIBY CHAPBOOK AWARD in short fiction, novella, creative nonfiction, or graphic narrative. Deadline: December 31. Winner receives $1,000 and chapbook publication. All submissions considered for publication in The Florida Review. Submit up to 40 pages with $25 entry fee. For guidelines and to submit online, visit http://floridareview.cah.ucf.edu.

SUBMISSIONS TO WORDRUNNER eChapbooks’ annual themed anthology are open December 1 through January 31. No fee to submit. Authors are paid. For our winter 2017 issue, submit poetry, flash or short stories, novel or memoir excerpts about pushing boundaries or breaking barriers. We’re interested in emotional complexity. Details, guidelines: www.echapbook.com.

Call for Manuscripts: Magazines

ACCEPTING POETRY, short prose, cross-genre and innovative text, video poems and literary videos for the second issue of Hofstra University’s stunning digital literature magazine, cosponsored by our Digital Research Center and MFA program. Send us your beautiful, your strange, your well-crafted and heartfelt best! AMP: always electric. Read us and submit online: amp.hofstradrc.org.

ARROYO LITERARY REVIEW is an award-winning national magazine with a West Coast orientation. We are seeking fiction, flash fiction, poetry, essays, and translation for our 10th issue. Open reading period from December 1 to May 31. No e-mail submissions. Please see our website for submission guidelines: www.arroyoliteraryreview.com.

ATLANTA REVIEW has a new editor and a new home at Georgia Tech! Mail submissions to Karen Head, Editor, 686 Cherry St. NW, Ste. 333, Atlanta, GA 30332. You may also submit online at atlantareview.submittable.com.

BASEBALL BARD. Online literary magazine with annual printed book seeks poems up to 32 lines on subject of baseball. All properly submitted poems are published. Poets new to Baseball Bard are invited to submit on a free trial basis. For guidelines, see “Poem Submit” at baseballbard.com. E-mail: baseballbard@yahoo.com.

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks submissions for a theme issue on family—the primary latticework and laboratory of human nature. Fiction, nonfiction (5,000 words max). Poetry (3 poems max). Deadline January 1, 2017. www.blreview.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 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 2017 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 Ste. F, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917.

CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks poems year-round for its California Quarterly, its Poetry Letter and monthly contests.  Poems are accepted for CSPS Annual Contest March 1– June 30. See californiastatepoetrysociety.org for publications, membership, submission requirements, contest rules, etc., or mail inquiry to: CSPS, P.O. Box 7126, Orange, CA 92863.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Westchester Review, an annual print journal, seeks short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, excerpts of plays and graphic novels, for its 10th issue. Submissions accepted year-round. Writers should have a connection to Westchester County, NY, area. See website for guidelines: www.westchesterreview.com.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS at decasp.com (gesundheit)—Let your literary hair down. As a matter of fact cut it off. We’re looking for absurd humor. Flash, Limericks, one-liners, character sketches, cartoons, almost anything you see on the site is open for submission! Please ignore the gorilla. decasp.com.

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.  

CLAUDIUS SPEAKS, a literary journal, is accepting submissions of personal essays, narrative nonfiction, poetry, photography, painting, and illustration. We are a platform for emerging voices to challenge the mind and move the heart. You can view the latest theme and submission instructions on our website, claudiusspeaks.com.

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions for its 2017 issue. The 2016 issue includes works by Samiya Bashir, Lucas de Lima, Eunsong Angela Kim, and Robin Black, 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. Please limit submissions to 8 poems, 20 pages, or 2 photos on experiences abroad or at home. Deadline: January 15, 2017. To submit via e-mail, see our website, https://sites.google.com/a/coe.edu/colere/home. Via post, mail to Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

COMSTOCK REVIEW enters its 31st year of publishing well-crafted, unique poetry in 2017. Open reading period January 1– March 31. Paper submissions preferred: No previously published or simultaneous submissions, include complete contact information and SASE. Check our website for e-mail submission details still in the works. For guidelines and more: www.comstockreview.org. Also check for us on Facebook. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215.

CUTBANK LITERARY MAGAZINE is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the upcoming summer issue. All genres are open to submission until February 1, 2017. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to cutbankonline.org/print-edition.

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is now reading for its 10th print issue to be published in May 2017! We are looking for short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 1,500 words). Reading period closes January 31, 2017. Submissions accepted through Submittable: dash.submittable.com/submit.

THE DERONDA REVIEW seeks poems and short prose for an issue with the theme “The Significance of Form.” Poems on coincidence/Providence still welcome. Please see our site (www.derondareview.org) before submitting. Send up to 5 poems to derondareview@att.net, maber4kids@yahoo.com, or P.O. Box 6709 Efrat 90435, Israel.

DUENDE, the online literary journal run by the BFA program at Goddard College, is reading for Issue 5. We welcome submissions in all genres. Please check the website for more details on how to submit and to view our previous issues. duendeliterary.org.  

EASTERN IOWA REVIEW is accepting exceptional lyric essays, 500-10,000 words, and the best single piece of fiction offered for Issue 3. One longform essay will be selected for a $250 prize. We also have a special TEN Debut Authors Only issue. No reading fees. Small honorarium or contributor copies. www.portyonderpress.com/eastern-iowa-review.html.

FOR A NEW monthly magazine entitled True Story, Creative Nonfiction seeks unpublished works of narrative nonfiction between 3,500 and 7,000 words long, on any subject and in any style. No deadline. Complete guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.

FRONT RANGE REVIEW seeks literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 17th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. Send all correspondence to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Adviser, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Fort Collins, CO 80526. For guidelines, see our website: www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview.

FULL BLEED, a new journal for art, design & cultural criticism, seeks essays for first issue. We are especially interested in criticism that concerns migration and exile. Send proposals to pjaskunas@mica.edu, by January 1, 2017, or completed works by February 1, 2017. If funding allows, we will pay all contributors. More information at full-bleed.org.

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.

J JOURNAL: NEW WRITING on Justice seeks submissions for its 19th issue. Fiction (not genre), personal narrative (6,000 words max), or poetry (3 max) to submissionsjjournal@gmail.com or J Journal, English Department, John Jay College, 524 West 59th St., 7th Fl., New York, NY 10019. Justice, approached tangentially, is journal’s theme. www.jjournal.org.

THE MEADOW, a free print and online literary journal, seeks poetry, nonfiction, fiction, black and white comics, and cover art work for our Summer 2017 issue. We only accept work through Submittable. Deadline: February 1, 2017. For our submission guidelines and current and past issues, see our webpage: www.tmcc.edu/meadow.

MISTAKE HOUSE: Show us your world and voice. We welcome the familiar revealed in new ways, the curious, inventive, tenacious. Poetry and fiction submissions open to students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs. Submission window: October 15, 2016, to February 15, 2017. Submission fee $2. See guidelines at our website: www.mistakehouse.org.

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.  

NEGATIVE CAPABILITY PRESS seeks poetry, flash fiction, nonfiction, hybrid work, and art for special journal issue on “Secrets.” Please send by January 15, 2017. For guidelines, visit negativecapabilitypress.org.  

NOW ONLINE, riverrun, the literary magazine of Quincy University, published more or less annually since 1975, seeks eclectic submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. By January 15, please send submissions of no more than 2,500 words of prose or 3 poems to riverrun.qu@gmail.com.

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will be receiving submissions of speculative poetry for Issue 79 (December 2016). Speculative includes science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, science, surrealism, and experimental. For further information, please visit www.thepedestalmagazine.com.  

THE PERCH IS A (non-academic) literary journal of the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health. We conceptualize a “perch” as a vantage point from which to gain certain perspectives, and a place for taking off, incorporating those perspectives. We invite many voices, including those with a broad, artistic interest in mental health. To submit poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, visit https://theperch.submittable.com/submit. Our next reading period is November 15, 2016 to May 15, 2017. You may also visit our website, http://medicine.yale.edu/psychiatry/prch/the_perch.   

PMS, poemmemoirstory, seeks submissions during our new reading period: January 1 through March 31, 2017. 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 all-digital on Submittable. Please send all submissions to: https://poemmemoirstory.submittable.com/submit. For any other correspondence: poemmemoirstory@gmail.com.

PRINT-ORIENTED BASTARDS is a quarterly online literary magazine that features award-winning writers and artists. We invite all genres, including literary comics, interviews, reviews, and uncategorizable hybrids. Simultaneous submissions accepted year-round. Response time is typically 3 months. For guidelines and the current issue, visit www.printorientedbastards.com.   

RAISE THE ROOF! SLAB wants your funky creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and text/image pieces for issue #12. Send us your traditional and medium-length work. We love flash too. Reading period: August 1 until December 1. All submissions read by sentient bipeds. Samples and loads more info at slablitmag.org.

RATHALLA REVIEW seeks submissions for our Spring 2017 issue. We are looking for well-crafted fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, or art from emerging or established authors or artists. For more information and to see our guidelines go to our Submittable page or website, rathallareview.org.

RATTLE SEEKS submissions by poets with mental illness for the Summer 2017 issue: poets must have themselves lived with mental illness. Deadline: January 15, 2017. Send up to 4 unpublished poems to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Poets published receive $100. Online submissions accepted. Website: www.rattle.com.

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW, a print journal of poetry & art, opens January 2017. Theme: “Back Roads & Byways.” Guidelines at www.bluehorsepress.com.

SARANAC REVIEW welcomes submissions for its Fall 2017 issue (#13). 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.

SOUNDINGS EAST, the literary journal of Salem State University, seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for publication in Vol. 39, Spring 2017. We read from September 1 to February 15, and respond within 2 months. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please send up to 5 poems in a single file, or prose up to 10,000 words, to https://salemstateuniversitysoundingseast.submittable.com/submit.

SPORT LITERATE remains a unique offering within the literary landscape. Neither oxymoron nor ear-splitting sport debate, SL offers intelligent takes on life’s leisurely diversions, earning nearly 20 nods in two Best American anthologies (Essays and Sports Writing) over 21 years. Read for yourself, buy our latest, and submit at www.sportliterate.org.

SUBMIT WHATEVER POEMS WHENEVER. Please e-mail your poems in just 1 attachment or in the body of the e-mail. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show. E-mail: larry@tgaps.com; website: www.tgaps.net.

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW believes in diversity, transparency, and supporting writers with professional compensation and exposure. Now paying minimum $50 for poetry, $200 for fiction, pro pay for nonfiction. Work from our journal has appeared in many major anthologies. For guidelines and editorial philosophy please visit us at tahomaliteraryreview.com.

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.  

THIRD WEDNESDAY literary arts journal accepts unpublished poetry, short fiction (up to 1,500 words), and b/w art or photography. Submit to https://thirdwednesdaymagazine.submittable.com/submit. For details, go to thirdwednesday.org.

THE TIMBERLINE REVIEW, a new literary journal published in the Pacific Northwest, seeks short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and essays for the Summer/Fall 2017 issue. We’re looking for powerful work that speaks to the times we live in. Submission period January 1 through April 15. All the details at timberlinereview.com/submissions.

TRANSFERENCE invites submissions of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese. Along with your translations, please submit a commentary on the translation process, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. Submission period: September 1– March 31. Read Transference and submit up to 4 poems 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.


THE 2017 LAS VEGAS Writer’s Conference, hosted by Henderson Writers’ Group, is scheduled for April 20–22 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. Join keynote author Donald Maass, fellow writers, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops on the publishing industry. Registration is limited to 150 attendees. Sign up now! www.lasvegaswritersconference.com.

2017 SAN MIGUEL Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival February 15–19 (Mexico). The 2017 keynotes include Mary Karr, Billy Collins, Naomi Klein, David Ebershoff, Judy Collins, Lisa Moore, Pedro Ãngel Palou, Robert Moor! The most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas. Attracts 600+ established and emerging writers and industry experts from the US, Canada, Mexico. Readers and writers fill 10,000 seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, cultural celebration, and community connection. San Miguel de Allende: #1 City in the World, CN Traveler. sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

13TH ANNUAL Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 16–21, 2017. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets: David Baker, Tina Chang, Lynn Emanuel, Daisy Fried, Terrance Hayes, Dorianne Laux, Thomas Lux, Carl Phillips, and Martha Rhodes. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussions, manuscript conferences: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nicole Brown, and Ginger Murchison; social events, and so much more. Special guest: Charles Simic. To find out more, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

ADVANCE YOUR CRAFT and energize your writing at the 24th Annual Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 13–16, 2017, Atlantic City area. Enjoy challenging and supportive workshops, insightful feedback, and encouraging community. Choose from workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Special guests: Stephen Dunn and Sharon Olds. Scholarships available. Register early and save: www.stockton.edu/wintergetaway.

BLUE FLOWER ARTS Writers’ Conference, November 9–13. Featuring master writers Andre Dubus III (fiction), Nick Flynn (poetry), and Dani Shapiro (memoir). Class size is limited to 13 participants for each master writer, making the conference intimate and engaging. For more information, please visit www.blueflowerarts.com/wwc or telephone (386) 427-6975 x 16.

GREAT LAKES Writers Festival, November 3–4 at Lakeland University near Sheboygan, WI, featuring David Steingass and Joe Wilkins. Readings and workshops. Free and open to the public. Register with Karl Elder (elderk@lakeland.edu). Additional information at www.greatlakeswritersfestival.org.

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE held at Mayacamas Ranch in the rolling hills of Napa Valley, CA. Thursday, May 18 through Sunday, May 21, 2017. Only 40 participants, more than a dozen prestigious & Pulitzer Prize–winning faculty members. Workshops, master classes, editor & agent panels. Submission deadline: January 31, 2017. litcampwriters.org.

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP offers 3-day Pitch Conferences, held twice a year in spring and fall, for writers of nonfiction and fiction. Our instructors lead year-round classes and workshops for all writing levels, at venues in New York City, nationwide, and abroad. Learn more: www.newyorkwritersworkshop.com.

PONTELANDOLFO, ITALY—Out of the Castle Writing Conference & Retreat. Women writers of fiction and nonfiction, take advantage of the beauty, space, time, and community needed to move forward in your work.  Daily workshops, award-winning teachers, focused writing time, evening readings, plus Italy! Food, wine, art! June 3-10, 2017. Application deadline: November 30. www.shapeandnature.com.

THE WORK CONFERENCE, March 24-26, 2017 (NYC). An intimate weekend for authors of YA/A fiction or CNF/memoir; attendance limited to 30. Agent one-on-ones, small-group workshops, panel programming, readings, query master class, bookish gifts, social events & catered meals included. Application window October 1-31. More information & submission form at www.theworkconference.com.


$1,000 CHAPBOOK PRIZE and publication for 15-30 page manuscripts of prose poetry, flash fiction, or nonfiction. ELSEWHERE loves short prose works that cross, blur, and mutilate genre. Give us your homeless, your animals, your lunch money: we're hungry. Judged by Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen. http://elsewheremag.org.

$12,000 IN PRIZE MONEY! PNWA Literary Contest. Call for unpublished novels in both literary and genre fiction, as well as poetry, short story, nonfiction, and memoir. Twelve categories total. Every qualified entry receives 2 written critiques. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category are selected by agents and publishers actively acquiring new authors. Entries per category ($35/PNWA members, $50/nonmembers) must be received by February 17, 2017. pnwa.org. E-mail: pnwa@pnwa.org, phone: (425) 673-BOOK.

2016 ALLIGATOR JUNIPER Contests in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction are now open. Alligator Juniper awards first-place prizes of $1,000 in each genre, and publication for first-place winners and finalists. Dale Ray Phillips will be the guest fiction judge. All entrants pay the $18 entry fee ($21 for digital submissions) including a year’s subscription. Deadline: November 1. For complete guidelines, please visit alligatorjuniper.org.

2016-17 CONTEST. Theme: Work—poems reflecting activities, experiences, feelings, thoughts, impact on your life, etc. Fee: $7.25/per poem; $20/3 poems; $30/5 poems. Prizes: 1 month’s salary ($1,160.00); 2 weeks wages ($580.00); 8 hour day ($58.00) at $7.25 minimum wage. Guidelines and entry form: https://publicpoetry.submittable.com/submit/65109. Organized by Public Poetry, www.publicpoetry.net.

THE 2017 EDITOR’S Reprint Award offers $200 and publication in Sequestrum for 1 previously published selection of fiction or nonfiction, and (minimum) 2 runners-up publication and cash prize. Entry fee $15. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline April 30, 2017. Generally prefer prose under 8,000 words. E-mail: sequr.info@gmail.com.  Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org/contests.

2017 MAIN STREET RAG Poetry Book Award. Deadline: January 31, 2017. Length: 48–84 pages of poetry. Reading fee: $25; $1,200 prize plus publication. Blind judging. All entries considered for publication. Mailing address for hard copy entries: Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001. For guideline details, online entry: www.mainstreetrag.com.

2017 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE: $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Jesse Lee Kercheval. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $22.50. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/contests.

2017 PRESS 53 Award for Short Fiction. $1,000 advance, publication, and 1/4-page color ad in Poets & Writers. Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading Fee $30. Enter September 1–December 31, 2016; winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 2017. Complete details at www.press53.com.

THE 2017 Waterston Desert Writing Prize will accept submissions January 1, 2017, through April 1, 2017. The prize honors nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as subject and setting. It recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career, or established nonfiction writers are welcome to apply. The prize will recognize 1 writer with a $2,000 award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR, and a 4-week residency at Playa at Summer Lake, OR. For submission guidelines, visit www.writingranch.com.

11 BEST REASONS to Enter New Millennium Writings literary contest by November 30—20 years of literary excellence, $200,000 awarded, 1,600 writers published. All writers welcome. Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. Winners published in our anthology and online. “Highly recommended. NMW is one of  our favorite journals.” —Winning Writers. We have launched careers! Visit  www.newmillenniumwritings.org.

11TH 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, Marilyn Chin. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.

18TH 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 15. E-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit website www.givalpress.com for complete details. Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Chapbook Prize offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 6,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2017. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/chapbooks.

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST—TallGrass Guild/Outrider Press. Poetry, 32 lines with spaces, max; prose to 2,500 words on “The Moon”—broadly interpreted. Deadline: February 28, 2017. Prizes: $500 each category. Entry fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry—$18. Or $14 each: TG members. No submission limit. For complete guidelines and entry form: outriderpress@sbcglobal.net.

ARKANA, THE NEW, online journal of the Arkansas Writers MFA Program, is excited to offer prizes in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, and Illustrated Narrative. Winners in each category will receive $400 and publication in the Spring issue. Additionally, 4 runners-up will receive $75 and, potentially, publication. Final judges: emily m. danforth for fiction, Scott Russell Sanders for creative nonfiction, Oliver de la Paz for poetry, and Dusty Higgins for illustrated narrative. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 1, 2017. Guidelines: https://arkana.submittable.com/submit.

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 the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and Best New Poets. thepoetsbillow.org.    

BALTIMORE REVIEW Winter Contest—Theme: Milestones. Roadside marker. Turning point. Life changer. Make a milestone play a role in your poem, story, or CNF. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 30. For more details and to submit online: www.baltimorereview.org.

BELLINGHAM REVIEW announces its 2017 annual literary contests: the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Each contest offers a $1,000 first-place prize. Online submissions only via Submittable from December 1, 2016–March 15, 2017; $20 entry fee. General submissions are also open until December 1. 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.   

BELOIT FICTION JOURNAL Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. $20 entry fee. A prize of $2,000 and publication in the Beloit Fiction Journal is given annually for a short story. Dean Bakopoulos will judge. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 10 to https://beloitfictionjournal.submittable.com/submit.

BRIGHT HILL PRESS 23rd annual Full-Length Poetry Book Competition, $1,000 and publication plus 30 copies for winner and national distribution of published book. Entry fee $27. 48–64 paginated pages (plus separate bio and acknowledgments) may be submitted electronically or via USPS. Results via e-mail. Complete guidelines: wordthur@stny.rr.com or www.brighthillpress.org. Deadline for manuscript receipt at BHP: November 30. BHP Poetry Book, 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846-4607.

CARVE MAGAZINE’S annual Premium Edition Contest open October 1–November 15. Seeking entries in short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction essay; $1,000 prize in each category and all published exclusively in our Premium Edition in print and featured online. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. For full guidelines, visit www.carvezine.com/premium-edition-contest.

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: Anne Harding Woodworth. Submit 48–80 page manuscript to 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.

COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY: $2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2017. Final judge is Susan Howe. A $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review. Complete guidelines at http://coloradoprize.colostate.edu or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

THE COWLES OPEN Poetry Book Prize: $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pp., $25 reading fee. Deadline: postmarked by April 1, 2017. Guidelines at www.semopress.com/events/cowles-prize. Send to: Cowles Prize, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Adaptation.” Send your best work, 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: December 5, 2016; $3,500 for best essay. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Dangerous Creations: Real-life Frankenstein stories.” Send your best work, 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: March 20, 2017; $10,000 for best essay; $2,500/each for 2 runners-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “The Dialogue Between Science & Religion.” Send your best work, 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: December 12, 2016; $10,000 for best essay; $5,000 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL awards $1,000, $250, and $100 respectively plus publication. Fifteen honorable mentions. All entries considered for publication. Approximately 100 poems published. Pays 1 contributor’s copy. Judge: Lisa Starr, poet laureate of RI emeritus. For guidelines, please visit: crosswindspoetry.com.

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

ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2017 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest, $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story; $1,000 total awards. Deadline: February 17, 2017. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available: www.artsandheritage.com/thearts/literaryarts.aspx.  

ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere) announces its second annual writing contest, which is open to all Solo Moms—women who parent on their own due to choice or circumstance. Prizes of $500, $350, and $150 will be given to the first, second, and third place winners in 3 categories: poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction essay. There is no entry fee, and the deadline is March 15, 2017. All submissions will also be considered for publication on the ESME website. For complete guidelines, please visit our website: www.esme.com.

EVENING STREET PRESS announces 2017 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, 2017. http://eveningstreetpress.com/sinclair.html.

THE FOUNTAIN 2016 Essay Contest: “I Am an Immigrant.” Word count max 2,500. Awards $2,100 in total. Deadline: December 31, 2016. For details, visit http://essay.fountainmagazine.com.

FROM JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 31, Crazyhorse will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winners receive $2,000 and publication. $20 entry fee includes a one-year subscription to Crazyhorse; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. For more information, please visit our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu.

GRAYSON BOOKS  Chapbook Competition: $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. Submit 16–24 pages of poetry by January 31, 2017 with a $20 reading fee. Leslie Ullman to judge. See guidelines at www.graysonbooks.com. Electronic submissions encouraged. https://graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit. Postal submissions also accepted. If submitting by mail, include 2 cover sheets (1 with contact information and 1 anonymous) and SASE. Grayson Books, P.O. Box 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127-0549.

HOLY COW! PRESS announces “First Fiction” contest for an author’s first published collection, short story, or novella: $5,000 cash prize, publication contract. For writers living in the American Midwest (MN, WI, IA, ND, SD, MI, IL). Deadline: December 1. A $20 reading fee requested. Finalist judge: Linda LeGarde Grover. Guidelines: www.holycowpress.org; e-mail: holycow@holycowpress.org.

IN 2017, Writer Advice, www.writeradvice.com, is offering 4 contests, 1 per issue: Flash Memoir; Flash Fiction; Openings of Middle Grade, Young Adult, or New Adult; and Openings of other prose genres. Lower fees. New due dates. New word limits. Same detailed responses. Submission information and fees for all contests are at www.writeradvice.com/guidelines.   

INDIANA REVIEW and Indiana University Press will accept submissions of poetry collections for the Blue Light Books Prize between December 1, 2016, and February 15, 2017. The winner receives a publication contract with IU Press and a prize of $2,000 against future royalties. See our website for full guidelines: https://indianareview.org.

INDIANA UNIVERSITY South Bend’s 42 Miles Press Poetry Award will be awarded to an emerging or established poet for a book-length manuscript of at least 48 pages. Winner receives $1,000, 50 copies, and will be invited to give a reading in South Bend. Deadline is March 1, 2017. David Dodd Lee, Series editor, will judge. Entry fee: $25. For complete guidelines, go to www.42milespress.com.

ISLAND VERSE STORY LAB is accepting entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize. Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22–28 pages, by November 30. The winner will receive a $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies. Visit www.islandverse.com for complete guidelines.

LITERAL LATTE Food Verse Contest. Seeking poems with food as an ingredient. First Prize: $500 and publication. Postmark deadline March 15, 2017. All styles and subjects welcome, up to 2,000 words per poem. Entry fee for up to 10 poems is $10. For tastes and online submissions, go to www.literal-latte.com. Or send to: Literal Latte Food Verse Kitchen, 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003.

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 between 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.

OMNIDAWN OFFERS  $3,000 prize for our annual Open Book Poetry Contest. Terrance Hayes will judge. Electronic and postal submissions November 1–December 31. 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 Poetry offers publication of a book-length work of poetry, $1,000, and distribution through the University of Alaska Press. Final judge, Jericho Brown. Deadline: January 15, 2017. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit: http://permafrostmag.com/contests/permafrost-book-prize-in-poetry.

POETRY SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA Annual Contest for Grades 1–12 and Adult Contest; $3,000 in prize money. Many categories. Entries must be submitted between November 1, 2016, and January 19, 2017. Member entries free. Nonmember entry fee $4/poem. For guidelines and membership application: www.poetrysocietyofvirginia.org or psvcontest@gmail.com.

PRISM REVIEW Poetry/Story Contests: $250 prizes! Check our fantastic judges! Poetry: Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer (Cleavemark, BOAAT Press). Fiction: Sean Bernard (Studies in the Hereafter, Red Hen Press). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at prismreview.submishmash.com/submit.

QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS. Fall Poetry Book Award: $1,000 prize, book publication, generous royalties. Deadline: December 16. Submit online or send manuscript and $25 reading fee to Quercus Review Press, Dept. of English, Modesto Junior College, 425 College Ave., Modesto, CA 95350. New and emerging writers encouraged to submit. Info: quercusreviewpress.com.  

RED BERRY EDITIONS announces its 2017 Valentine’s Day Broadside Contest for poems about love lost and found, loss, passion. Submit up to 3 poems or 1 short prose piece, 25-line limit; $15 entry fee; December 31, 2016 deadline. Winner receives 35 broadsides beautifully produced. For guidelines see redberryeditions.com.

REED MAGAZINE, the West’s oldest literary journal, was established in San José in 1867. We offer $3,833 in prizes: the John Steinbeck Award for fiction; Gabriele Rico Challenge for nonfiction; Edwin Markham Prize for poetry; Mary Blair Award for art. 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.  

RUBERY BOOK AWARD Book of the Year £1500 (approximately $2,000 U.S.) and read by MBA Literary Agent. Plus category winners. Closing date: March 31, 2017. Judges include: MAN Booker-longlisted Gaynor Arnold. For self-published and indie published books and ebooks. Entry fee: $60. See website for details: www.ruberybookaward.com.

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. Prize includes $1,000; publication on electricliterature.com; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Judge: Lauren Groff. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 1. For complete guidelines, visit www.selectedshorts.org.

SLAB’S 2017 Curry Prize in Poetry contest is accepting submissions: $600 first place/$400 second. All winners published. Judge: Lori Jakiela, author of the memoir Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, the poetry collection Spot the Terrorist, etc. Reading period runs from August 1–December 1; $10 reading fee. Details at slablitmag.org.

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

TEBOT BACH announces the 2017 Patricia Bibby First Book Award: $500 and book publication. Deadline: November 30 postmark. Winner announced April 2017. Send manuscript and reading fee of $20 for each manuscript submitted to Tebot Bach, Bibby, Box 7887, Huntington Beach, CA 92615. Complete guidelines: www.tebotbach.org.

TELLURIDE INSTITUTE’S Fischer Prize expands its contest to poets in the entire US—offering $1,000 first prize (plus $500 travel allowance to attend award ceremony at Telluride LitFest, May 19–21, 2017), plus five $200 finalist prizes, with $100 travel allowance each. Deadline April 22. For more info, visit talkinggourds.weebly.com.

THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/New Orleans Literary Festival announces 3 writing contests with prizes of cash, festival packages, publication, and festival public readings. Deadlines: One-Act Play—November 1; Poetry—November 15; Fiction—November 30. Judges include award-winning novelist Dorothy Allison and Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley. For more information and to submit, visit www.tennesseewilliams.net.

THIRD WEDNESDAY annual contest. A prize of $50 each goes to the best 3 poems. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: the end of January 2017. Include e-mail address or SASE. Send up to 3 unpublished poems via USP, not over 2 pages each, to: Third Wednesday Contest, 174 Greenside Up, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.

TWELVE WINTERS PRESS’S Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize is accepting submissions of an unpublished collection of poems. Print & digital publication, cash prize, global distribution. Final judge: Pauline Uchmanowicz, author of the collection Starfish. Follow @twelvewinters on Twitter or twelvewinterspress on FB and visit our website: twelvewinters.com.

TWO PRIZES OF $1,000 and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction. Submit November 1, 2016–January 31, 2017. Early submissions are encouraged. An entry fee of $18 includes a subscription. For complete guidelines, visit: http://thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu.

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. Website: www.uapress.com.   

WEEKLY POETRY CONTEST  at poetrynook.com, $100 prize each week for the winner, $10 prizes for any honorable mentions. No charge of any kind. Contest guidelines at poetrynook.com.

WESTERN HUMANITIES REVIEW (WHR) invites entries to its annual writing competition, open to writers currently living in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wyoming. Winners in poetry and prose receive $500 and publication. Submissions due November 18. Judges: Monica de la Torre (Poetry) & Brian Evenson (Prose). www.westernhumanitiesreview.com.

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION announces its 2016–17 Writing Contest. Fiction, Poetry & Creative Nonfiction/Memoir. Award includes publication for top four submissions in The Bookwoman, WNBA’s national magazine; $250 award for first prize winners. Submission period September 15, 2016–January 15, 2017. All contest fees fund WNBA literacy programs. Submission guidelines, judges’ bios available on our website: www.wnba-books.org/contest.  


HOLDEN CAUFIELD meets Lucky Jim! A novel of dire winter in a New England boarding school. The strange stresses and public freak-out of the young teacher, Rhodes. Funny and dark. Winter Light, by poet and translator Peter Thompson. Order at lavenderink.org or amazon.com.

NEW ANTHOLOGY: One Hundred Voices Anthology, the first from Centum Press, features 100 short stories and flash fiction from 100 authors. Some of the authors have never been published, while others have published multiple books and received awards. The paperback can be purchased at centumpublishing.com and on amazon.com.

WRITINGCAREER.COM—free online resource to find paying markets for your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Updated daily, we report on editors, publishers, literary agents, and anthologists who are actively seeking submissions from poets, fiction writers, and freelance writers. Website: http://writingcareer.com.


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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2016. Camac is now accepting applications for its residency program 2016 for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. In the village of Marnay-sur-Seine within the scenic Champagne-Ardenne region of France, on the banks of the river Seine, only 1 hour from Paris. No application fee. Rolling admission. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines. CAMAC, 1 Grande Rue, 10400 Marnay-sur-Seine. Phone: 00 33 3 25 39 20 61. Jean-Yves Coffre, Director. E-mail: jycoffre@camac.org. Website: www.camac.org.

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JAMES MERRILL HOUSE Writer-in-Residence Program invites writers of all genres, including translators, to apply to live rent-free next door to and work in James Merrill’s Stonington, CT, apartment for 4–6 week fall residencies or a 4 1/2-month spring residency. A stipend is offered. The application period for Fall 2017/Spring 2018 residencies begins October 1, 2016, and ends January 15, 2017. For further information, please visit http://jamesmerrillhouse.org/residency/writer-in-residence-program.

NOEPE MARTHA’S VINEYARD Center for Literary Arts Residency (formerly Martha’s Vineyard Writer’s Residency) offers 2–6 weeklong residencies surrounded by the inspiring beauty of the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. April 2–May 27, 2017, and September 15–October 31, 2017. To learn more or to apply, visit our website at noepecenter.org.

SPEND 3 WEEKS AT Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists in-Residence.  Sigrid Nunez, fiction/memoir—Residency #165, May 14–June 3, 2017 (Application deadline: December 4, 2016). Terese Svoboda, poetry—Residency # 167, October 15– November 4, 2017 (Application deadline: May 14, 2017). Participation is limited to 8 people for each residency. For more information, please visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org.

WRITERS, APPLY FOR A SALTONSTALL FELLOWSHIP and come to Ithaca, NY, next summer. The beautiful Saltonstall Arts Colony offers all-expenses-paid residencies to New York State artists and writers. Free to attend, and for the first time—no application fee! Monthlong residencies are available from mid-May to late August. Two-week residencies are offered in September. Just 5 artists and writers are in residence at a time. Fellows are provided with a private apartment, a stipend, prepared vegetarian dinners, stocked kitchen, and access to 100 acres of hiking trails. Located just 8 miles from downtown Ithaca. Application deadline: January 2, 2017. Visit: www.saltonstall.org.


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AN MFA OR A MENTOR? If you’re not sure an MFA is right for you, consider a writing mentor. For a much lower cost, I’ll provide personal, focused feedback that will help you learn to write powerful, compelling fiction or creative nonfiction. And isn’t great writing your goal? garyleestories@icloud.com.

POETRY, HELP IS on the way. Widely published, award-winning poet and experienced educator will give critiques and detailed line editing of your MS with big-picture feedback and book publication as the goal. Inquiries and rates at susansonde@msn.com.

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WRITING COACHING, manuscript evaluation, and editing. Widely published (Glimmer Train, Missouri Review, Notre Dame Magazine), Pushcart Prize winner in nonfiction, anthologized and award-winner in fiction, and New York City-produced playwright. Works with established fiction and nonfiction writers as well as beginners. Specializes in process and structure. www.steveadamswriting.com.


2017 TODOS SANTOS Writers Workshop, February 5–11, 2017. Five-day intensive 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 (novelist), Jeanne McCulloch (editor), Rex Weiner (journalist), Jonathan Penner (novelist), plus guest writers, agents, and editors. www.todossantoswritersworkshop.com.

30 YEARS OF helping fiction writers and poets reach their potential. Program developed by Pulitzer Prize winner provides supportive, technique-oriented workshops and a literary community. Classes in NYC, Tucson, San Francisco, Hudson Valley, Amsterdam, and online welcome beginning and advanced poets and writers. Tutorials available. “The most personal of the programs.” —The New York Times. Phone: (212) 255-7075. Website: www.writerstudio.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.  

DONALD MAASS WORKSHOP: Writing the Breakout Novel. Sunday, April 23, 2017. Following the Las Vegas Writer’s Conference at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. Join Donald Maass of the Maass Literary Agency to learn techniques to improve your writing with a hands-on learning experience from 8:00 am for only $250 for a full day (lunch included.) http://lasvegaswritersconference.com/donald-maass-workshop.

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. (610) 853-0296. E-mail: ahicks@philawordshop.com. Website: www.philawordshop.com.   

ONE-ON-ONE NOVEL WORKSHOP. Three days of intense analysis and brainstorming. Virginia Pye’s River of Dreams came out of this workshop. Choose among Geeta Kothari, Man Martin, Greg Michalson, or Nancy Zafris. Idyllic setting at The Porches near Charlottesville, VA. Contact Trudy Hale at www.porcheswritingretreat.com.  

ONLINE WRITING CLASSES from Creative Nonfiction magazine, the voice of the genre. Our 10- and 5-week classes in memoir, personal essay, magazine writing, online workshops, 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.

WRITING RANCH Announces 8th Annual “Writing Down the Baja” Creative Writing Workshop. Todos Santos, BCS, Mexico. February 5–11, 2017. For all levels of writers. Led by award-winning author and poet Ellen Waterston. Fee includes lodging and meals at Serendipity hotel, daily workshops, anthology of the group’s work, guest author presentations, optional excursions. Website: www.writingranch.com; e-mail: info@writingranch.com; phone: (541) 480-3933.

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