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July/August 2015

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

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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 discussion, social events, and so much more. Special guest: Robert Haas. To join our mailing list and to apply, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

37TH ANNUAL Stonecoast Writers’ Conference. Portland, ME, July 19–25. Don’t bring a book on your vacation. Take a vacation with your book! Writing workshops in the foodiest town in New England. Prizewinning faculty include: Peter Behrens, Elizabeth Peavey, Lewis Robinson, and Betsy Sholl. Workshops span 4 genres and cater to a variety of experience levels. Out of writing shape? Try our Creative Writing Bootcamp. Learn more at www.usm.maine.edu/summer/stonecoast-writers-conference.

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.

THE NORTH COAST Redwoods Writers’ Conference will be Friday and Saturday, September 18–19, Crescent City, CA. More information: www.ncrwc.org or SASE to Ken Letko, North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference, College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531.

RIDGEFIELD WRITERS Conference, September 25–26, Ridgefield, CT. Faculty: Michael White (fiction, master class), Chris Belden (fiction), Sonya Huber (nonfiction), Karen Osborn (storytelling), Adele Annesi (narrative), James Chesbro (creative nonfiction). Panels with editors, agents, publishers. Keynote by Lary Bloom. Friday and Saturday evening readings/receptions. Fee: $175 ($150 before July 1). www.ridgefieldwritersconference.blogspot.com.

SAVE THE DATES! 2016 San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival: (February 10–14); 11th annual keynote speakers and faculty will be announced August 1. Choose from 50+ workshops in all genres. Explore the #1 City in the World (Condé Nast Traveler, 2013). Barbara Kingsolver: “San Miguel is full of unexpected riches...” Details and registration available August 1: www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.

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.

ALTAIRE PRODUCTIONS and Publications is open for submissions to No Man’s Land: The Crime Edition. Submit short stories of traditional and nontraditional crime fiction by July 31. Guidelines can be found at: www.altaireproductions.com.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS for possible anthology on women as caregivers. Experienced editor seeks submissions from women of all ages caring for kids, parents, friends, family. Share true first-person tales, tips, encouragement, lessons (serious and humorous); 2,500 word max. Complete guidelines and questions: eclift@vermontel.net.

INDOLENT BOOKS seeks poems for an anthology about living with HIV in 2015. No restrictions as to sex, gender, race, ethnicity, or any other identity category. No restrictions in terms of HIV status: the poet can be HIV-positive or HIV-negative or not know their HIV status. As long as the poems are about living with HIV, living with the risk of HIV, or living in proximity to HIV in the here and now of 2015. Poz for days or decades. Neg trying to stay that way. Neg partners of poz people. Men, women, LGBTQ, straight, any race, age, mode of transmission. Submissions accepted on a rolling basis (submit ASAP) through September 30. Submit your best poems in a Word doc. Up to 10 poems but not to exceed 10 pages. For further information or to submit, e-mail editor Michael Broder: livingwithhivpoetryanthology@gmail.com.

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.

MAIN STREET RAG seeks submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction on the following theme: suspense. Submit 1–2 poems or story up to 10K words. Reading May 31–July 31. All submissions by e-mail only. Previously published OK, simultaneous submissions not. Guidelines for this and other opportunities can be found at: www.mainstreetrag.com.

MEN & WOMEN are invited to complete this phrase in one sentence: “A man is… ” Entries will be considered for publication in Passions of a Man, an anthology to be published by Vineyards Press in 2016. Guidelines for submitting your sentence are at www.vineyardspress.com/quotes.

SECONDHAND SMOKE-THEMED anthology seeks submissions; P.O.V. of smokers and nonsmokers alike. Seeking thought-provoking writing with hope to open dialogue and awareness surrounding secondhand smoke in our lives. Looking for more personal experience than scientific research, but educational is OK; i.e. How smoke travels in apartment buildings, homes, etc. Topics might include: struggle to stop smoking, affected relationships, conflict resolution, children’s health, etc. Nonfiction, fiction, poetry; deadline: September 15. Send in Word document via e-mail to annette.kraus@gmail.com.

Call for Manuscripts: Books

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.

HUDSON WHITMAN/Excelsior College Press: We’re not your father’s college press! No tomes, no scholarship, only great nonfiction. Acquisitions: health/nursing, military, alt education, biz, and tech. Electronic submissions via Submittable. Look us over! www.hudsonwhitman.com.   Twitter: @ExcelsiorPress.

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

STILLHOUSE PRESS is requesting complete manuscripts of narrative nonfiction (a collection of linked essays or memoir) between 60,000-90,000 words. Prize: $1,000 + publication, 20 gratis copies, and paid transport to 2016 Fall for the Book festival. Guest judge: W. Ralph Eubanks. Reading fee: $25/submission. For detailed guidelines, please visit: www.stillhousepress.org/contest.

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.

Call for Manuscripts: Chapbooks

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

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.

CECILE’S WRITERS e-zine focuses on publishing intercultural writers. Writers with a mixed heritage or who have lived abroad or write in English as a second language will find a home on our platform. We accept flash fiction, short stories, novellas, novel excerpts, personal essays, and literary essays. Check: www.cecileswriters.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.

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 seeking new essays for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Marriage.” Send your best work: 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: August 31; $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

EDGE LITERARY JOURNAL published annually by Tahoe Writers Works, seeks provocative fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and art. Please send up to 6 poems or 5,000 words of prose during our reading period: September 1–November 15. Electronic submissions only. EDGE, Volume 10 guidelines at http://tahoewritersworks.com/EDGE-submissions.html.    

EKPHRASIS, a biannual journal, seeks poems, each based on a single work of art. Free or formal verse considered. No simultaneous submissions. Previously published OK if credited. Send 3 to 5 original poems, bio, e-mail, SASE, to:Ekphrasis, Laverne & Carol Frith, P.O. Box 161236, Sacramento, CA 95816-1236. Website: ekphrasisjournal.com.  

ESME (Empowering Solo Moms Everywhere), a new website for solo moms, announces its first annual writing contest, which is open to all solo moms—those who’ve parented on their own. 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 September 25. All submissions will also be considered for publication on the ESME website. We are proud to present our judge Goldie Goldbloom, a solo mom, novelist, and short story writer. For complete guidelines, please visit our website: www.esme.com.

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, a journal of literature and art, currently seeks flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays for publication in Flash Glass, our online short work feature. Submissions accepted year-round. General reading period for print issues reopens August 1. Read guidelines at www.rowanglassworks.org.

GOT POEM? 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.

GOT TO MAKE IT REAL—compared to what? For 23 years, Iconoclast Literary Magazine has brought words and pictures from one mind to others through paper. No contests, no deadlines, no reading periods, no interns, no badges. Pays modest honoraria, copies, and discounts for first North American serial rights. Guidelines and information at website: iconoclastliterarymagazine.com or SASE. Sample: $5. Mention ad and get 8-issue subscription, $20. Editor/Publisher: Phil Wagner, 1675 Amazon Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10547-1804.

KENTUCKY REVIEW, an ongoing Good Works Project from FutureCycle Press, seeks submissions of poetry and flash fiction. We publish high-quality writing both online and in print. Online submissions only. No fee. All profits from KR go to charity. Please read guidelines on our website at www.kentuckyreview.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.

OYEZ REVIEW, award-winning journal established in 1965, seeks poems, fiction, and especially creative nonfiction. Send best work only. Reading period: August 1–October 1. Sample copy: $5. We prefer online submissions: oyezreview.submittable.com/submit.  Hard-copy submissions with SASE: Oyez Review, Department of Literature & Languages, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. Attention: Janet Wondra. Website: www.roosevelt.edu/oyezreview.

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.

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.

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.

RHINO, an award-winning annual print journal, accepts submissions of poetry, flash fiction (750 words max), and translations, April 1–August 31 with no reading fee, for consideration of publication and the Editors’ Prize; and submissions September 1–October 31, for our Founders’ Prize ($10 reading fee for up to 5 poems) and publication. 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” (New Pages), for almost 40 years Rhino has featured stunning, eclectic work, perfectly bound and visually splendid. All poems receive online publication and invitation for audio component. For submission guidelines, prize details, to purchase a sample copy, and to read and hear poems, visit rhinopoetry.org.

ROCKHURST REVIEW seeks lively material for 29th edition, Spring 2016.  Submissions accepted September 15–January 15. Typed. SASE for acceptance. Maximum lengths for submissions: fiction/essay: 2,500 words; drama: 10 pages; poetry: 10 pages/5 poems; 5 b/w or color, glossy photographs. No return of materials. Send name, address, phone, e-mail, bio to Elizabeth Barnett, Rockhurst Review, Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd., Kansas City, MO 64110. Or submit to rockhurstreview@hawks.rockhurst.edu in a Word document attachment or in e-mail body. In subject line put your name andthe word Submission, e.g., John Smith—Submission. www.rockhurst.edu/center-arts-letters/rockhurst-review.

SNAPDRAGON: A Journal of Art & Healing, an online publication, is open the months of July and October for poetry, creative nonfiction, and photography submissions about the healing journey. Move us with your words. Previously published work is fine if you own the rights. No fee. Complimentary copy. www.snapdragonjournal.com.

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is a journal of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction that pays contributors $25 to $50 for poetry; $100 to $300 for prose. We believe in diversity, transparency, and accountability. We’re open for submissions of the highest literary standards. For guidelines and editorial philosophy please visit us at tahomaliteraryreview.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 submissions@thirdwednesday.org. For details, go to thirdwednesday.org.

TRAJECTORY, a literary journal, actively seeks unpublished short stories (no word limit), poetry (3–5 poems), CNF, b/w photos & art. Send with cover letter and SASE. Simultaneous submissions OK—notify if accepted elsewhere. Subscriptions $20 annually (checks payable to Trajectory). Publishes twice per year. For more info, go to www.trajectoryjournal.com. Submit to Trajectory, P.O. Box 655, Frankfort, KY 40602.

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.

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.

Contests

$750 PRIZE from the Wonder Institute, Santa Fe, NM, for essays on personal experiences of awe and wonder; 1,500 word maximum. Deadline September 1. Final Judge: Laura Hays. Fee: $21. Full guidelines: www.thewonderinstitute.org/contest.

7 REASONS TO enter New Millennium Writings contest by July 31: Best poetry $1,000; fiction $1,000; nonfiction $1,000; short-short fiction $1,000. All submitters receive our 2016 anthology. All winners are published in our anthology and online. We have launched careers! “Fiction, poetry and nonfiction that will feed your soul.”—New Pages. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.com.

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.

12TH GIVAL PRESS Short Story Award for best original previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize: $1,000 and publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. E-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit our website www.givalpress.com for complete details. Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

2015 CONFRONTATION Magazine Poetry Prize: $750 and publication in a 2015 issue, for a single poem. Submit up to 4 previously unpublished poems with a $10 entry fee (includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine). Postmark entries August 16–October 1. For details, see confrontationmagazine.org.

THE 2015 EMERGING Writer Awards offer over $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 December 10. E-mail: sequr.info@gmail.com. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org/contests.   

THE 2015 NANO Prize is now open: $1,000 prize for 300 words; $20 to enter. Judge: Amber Sparks. Deadline: September 1. Website: nanofiction.org.

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.

ANNOUNCING BLACK WARRIOR Review’s Eleventh Annual Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1,000 and publication. Cost to enter: $20 (includes a 1-year subscription). Judges: Heather Christle (poetry), Alissa Nutting (fiction), Mary Roach (nonfiction). Deadline: September 1. bwr.ua.edu.

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,500 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/poetry/prize.

ARTS & LETTERS announces the Unclassifiable Prize judged by Michael Martone. We seek works that blur, bend, erase, or obliterate boundaries imposed by genre. Works of up to 5,000 words will be considered. Winner receives $500 and publication. Entries accepted May 1 to July 31. For guidelines visit: artsandletters.gcsu.edu.

BAUHAN PUBLISHING is now accepting submissions (U.S. mail and Submittable.com) for the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize: $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged exclusively this year by Mekeel McBride. For guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/contest.

BONA FIDE BOOKS, the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize. An award of $500, publication, and a reading at Lake Tahoe is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit manuscript of 48–100 pages with $20 entry fee by August 31. For complete guidelines, see www.bonafidebooks.com/contests.

BRIGHTHORSE BOOK PRIZE: $1,000 and publication for a novel, a collection of poetry, or a collection of short fiction. Reading period: February 15–August 16; $25 entry fee. All submissions considered for publication. https://brighthorsebooks.submittable.com/submit.  To learn about the 2014 winners and for more information about the 2015 contest, visit http://brighthorsebooks.com.

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.

THE CRAZY-SHORTS! Contest: From July 1 to July 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a subscription to Crazyhorse. Visit our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu.

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.

DOROTHY ALLISON, best-selling author and National Book Award finalist, will be the final judge for Twisted Road Publications 2015 anthology contest. Calling for short stories that feature marginalized groups or individuals, 6,000 word limit. Submit online or in print with a $16 entry fee through July 31. Visit our website for complete guidelines: www.twistedroadpublications.com.

EIGHTH ANNUAL Littoral Press Poetry Prize! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem. Three honorable mentions: earlier broadsides. Judge: Anita Barrows. Entry fee $10 one poem; $5 each additional. Mail to 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 3. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at www.littoralpress.com.

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 GRAYSON BOOKS Poetry Prize, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit by August 15. Use submission manager: https://graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit. No contact info on manuscript if submitting electronically. Or mail with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, P.O. 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. If mailing, include 2 cover pages (1 with complete contact info, 1 with no contact info) along with your 50–80 page manuscript, and SASE. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Mekeel McBride to judge. www.graysonbooks.com.

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.

THE INTERNATIONAL Lawrence Durrell Society announces the White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on drink; prizes ($100, $50) and publication in Deus Loci. Entry fee: $10; $15 with subscription. Deadline: October 1. David Radavich, 6216 Glenridge Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211. Guidelines: www.lawrencedurrell.org.

JESSIE BRYCE Niles Chapbook Competition sponsored by Comstock Review. Prize: $1,000, publication, 50 copies to winner, contestants receive winning chapbook. Entry fee $30. Manuscripts 25–34 pages accepted only between August 1– October 31 (postmark deadline). Complete rules must be followed or entry will be disqualified. Check website or SASE. Comstock Review Chapbook Contest 2015, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: www.comstockreview.org.

LITERAL LATTE Essay Awards. Seeking personal essays, 10,000 words maximum. Postmark by September 30. All subjects welcome. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. All entries considered for publication. Include e-mail for reply. Literal Latte, 200 East 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. Have a sip at www.literal-latte.com.

LONGLEAF PRESS Novel Contest, 2015. Prize: $1,000 and publication; $30 entry fee. Send manuscript of 50,000 to 150,000 words to Longleaf Press, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311. Deadline: December 1. After September 1, you may submit electronically via a submittable.com link available at www.methodist.edu/longleaf/contests.htm.

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.

MIGHTY RIVER Short Story Contest. Deadline: October 1; $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme; $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. MRSS Contest, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Website: www6.semo.edu/universitypress/mrss.

MOLLY IVORS Prize for Fiction. Gorsky Press awards a $1,000 advance plus publication to the winning manuscript. We accept book-length submissions of fiction (novels, novellas, short stories, blended genres); $25 entry fee. The deadline is September 1. See website for complete details: www.gorskypress.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 ORISON ANTHOLOGY Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry: $500 and publication by Orison Books in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. Judges: Kevin McIlvoy (fiction), Ann Hood (nonfiction), and Claire Bateman (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Submission deadline: August 1. Complete details at www.orisonbooks.com/submission-guidelines.  

PATRICIA DOBLER Poetry Award 2015: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices from the Attic, round-trip travel, lodging and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with judge Lynn Emanuel. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by September 5. For complete rules: (412) 578-6346; e-mail: sewilliams412@carlow.edu, or website: www.carlow.edu.

PRESS 53 Award for Poetry: $1,000 advance awarded to an unpublished poetry collection. Includes travel and lodging for a book launch party in Winston-Salem, NC, and attendance at the Gathering of Poets. Reading fee: $30. Open: April 1–July 31; finalists announced September 1; winner November 1. Complete details: www.press53.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. www.reedmag.org.

RIVER STYX Schlafly Beer Micro-Brew Micro-Fiction 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.

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 4th 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.

SLEDGEHAMMER 36-Hour Writing Contest. July 25–26. Join the online scavenger hunt for prompts, and write a short story solo or with a team within 36 hours: $1,000+ in cash prizes. Judged by editors of Indigo Editing & Publications and author Kate Gray. Entry: $25/adult, $5–$10/student. Website: sledgehammercontest.com.

STORIES THAT NEED to Be Told: The Contest. The first annual TulipTree writing contest offers cash prizes starting at $1,000 for a story. Whether you call it fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, if it tells a story, it fits. All entries considered for publication in TulipTree Review. www.tuliptreepub.com/contests.html.

TEBOT BACH announces the 2016 Patricia Bibby First Book Award: $500 and book publication. Deadline: October 31 postmark. Winner announced April 2016. Send manuscript and reading fee of $30 for each manuscript submitted to Tebot Bach, Bibby, Box 7887, Huntington Beach, CA 92615. Complete guidelines: www.tebotbach.org.

TERRAIN.ORG: A Journal of the Built + Natural Environments 6th Annual Contest in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Theme: (Dis)placement. Judges: Luis Alberto Urrea (fiction), Scott Russell Sanders (nonfiction), and Pattiann Rogers (poetry). All submissions considered for publication; $15/entry, $500 prize/genre. Deadline: September 1. Full guidelines at www.terrain.org/submit/contest-guidelines.

TINDERBOX Poetry Journal presents its first annual poetry contest! First prize $500; runner-up $250. Three poems per entry; multiple entries welcome. All forms: traditional to free verse to lyric essay. All work considered for publication. Contest runs June 21–August 21 with Ocean Vuong as judge. Please visit www.tinderboxpoetry.com.

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.

TWO AWARDS OF $1,000 each and publication in Third Coast are given annually for a short story and a poem. Submit up to 3 poems or a story of up to 9,000 words with a $16 entry fee, which includes a 1-year subscription, between October 15, 2015–January 15, 2016. Judges TBD. For complete guidelines visit thirdcoastmagazine.com.

THE UNIVERSITY OF Arkansas Press is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, edited 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.

UTICA COLLEGE Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit 2 copies of a book of at least 48 pages, published between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015, and a curriculum vitae by August 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines. Utica College, Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, School of Arts and Sciences, 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY 13502. Gary Leising, Contest Coordinator: gleising@utica.edu. Website: utica.edu/nassarprize.

WILDA HEARNE Flash Fiction Contest. Deadline: October 1. Prize: $500, publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less, any theme: $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest, Southeast Missouri State University Press, MS 2650, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. Website: www6.semo.edu/universitypress/hearne.

Jobs

WRITER SEEKING part-time personal assistant. Formatting/sending poetry/prose. Help with online presence. Promotion. Must have familiarity with Wordpress/live in Boston area. Prefer someone with knowledge of addiction/ alcoholism, 12-step programs. Please send e-mail with relevant experience/salary requirements. Reply to: tootiedreams@aol.com.

Miscellaneous

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.

Publications

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.

Rentals/Retreats

BRITTANY WRITER’S HOUSE: 19th-century stone house on a river/canal; 5 fireplaces, tile and wood floors, beamed ceilings; modern heat, electricity, plumbing, and conveniences; small village, next to a large town, near a city, 15 miles from ocean beaches; 5 hours from Paris. For details and photos contact: Phone: (510) 866-5496. E-mail: mgdonna@aol.com or dmu4mg@aol.com.

FIND YOUR INSPIRATION in a rustic, cozy, and enchanting 200-year-old farmhouse authentically restored for modern life. The 18th-century Amos Brown farmstead, Whitingham, VT, surrounded by hay meadows, stone walls, and forests, is the perfect peaceful space to finish your novel. Special $600 weekly rate, request PW15 code, see photos, and reserve at www.landmarktrustusa.org.

GREEN HILL Artist Retreat. Affordable and quiet artist retreat in rural southwest VT. Offering time and space to write in the gentle Green Mountains. Comfortable lodging, wholesome meals, meditation gazebo, library with woodstove, miles of walking trails and morning yoga available. Artist owned. Inquiries: www.greenhillartistretreat.com.

PORCHES WRITING Retreat, a historic 1854 farmhouse overlooking the James River in the Virginia foothills of the Blue Ridge. Spacious porches, comfortable, high-ceilinged rooms, WiFi, communal kitchen and library. Experience creative solitude in beautiful environment. Open year-round, availability by day, week, month. Three hours from D.C. Website: www.porcheswritingretreat.com. E-mail: trudyhale@gmail.com.  

WELLSPRING HOUSE Retreat Center for writers and artists in the MA hills, 35 minutes from Northampton/Amherst. Sheltered by towering spruce, secluded but in town. Private rooms, communal kitchen. Four hours from New York City. Unspoiled village where writers write, painters paint: $220/week, single; $275/week, double. Special winter rates November 15–April 1. Résumé to P.O. Box 2006, Ashfield, MA 01330. Phone: (413) 628-3276. E-mail: browning@wellspringhouse.net. Website: wellspringhouse.net.

Residencies

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS Colony located in beautiful hills overlooking wine country of Temecula Valley in Southern California. Private cottages with bath, bedroom, kitchen, work space, porch, piano: $300/week, $1,000/4 weeks. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. For more information and application, go to www.dorlandartscolony.org, e-mail info@dorlandartscolony.org, or call executive director Janice Cipriani-Willis, (951) 302-3837.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD Writers’ Residency. Two-week and monthlong residencies on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, MA. April 1–May 15 and September 15–October 31. To learn more or to apply, visit www.writersresidency.com, or send manuscript, cover letter, bio, with $10 application fee to Justen Ahren, P.O. Box 1041, West Tisbury, MA 02575.

SINCE 1982, Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) has provided international masters of the creative arts with spaces to live and work during collaborative interdisciplinary residencies. 2015 Residencies (open): Residency #159, October 12–November 1 with Julie Ezelle Patton (poet/performer); 2016 Residencies (open): Residency #160, February 21–March 12 David Shields (author). For more information and to see ongoing residency schedule and application deadlines, please visit www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org.

Resources

BOOK SIGNING coming up? We’ve got you covered. We’ll print, bind, and ship your books in 2 days. High-quality, perfect-bound books, full-color covers, easy ordering, helpful staff. Order 100 or more and get 25 free. Casebound and coil-bound also available. Our authors just love us! For details, visit www.48hrbooks.com or call (800) 231-0521.

WRITE YOUR LIFE in letters. Cultivate the letter-writing practice to which you aspire. Supportive, experienced partner in thought, with background in psychology, teaching, writing consultation, art, and music. Offering writing and process-oriented workshops and individual consultations. To schedule, contact writingconsults@juno.com.

YOU DON’T KNOW where to send your creative writing? Submission leads/guidelines. Cover/query letter tips. 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.

Services

4REVISIONS. Your book: as good as you can make it? Before submitting to an agent or publishing as an e-book, make sure you’ve put your best work, your best words forward. A second pair of eyes is always helpful. No flattery, but constructive criticism, useful suggestions, editing, and proofing.  www.4revisions.com.

1,000+ SALES per month, Amazon best-seller marketing plans. Ghostwriting, rewriting, development, editing results in awards, contracts, film options, readers. Forty-seven adult, YA, and juvenile titles currently under contract. Queries, proposals, speechwriting, book-to-blog, script-to-novel, crowdfunding, grants. Twenty years of experience. Laine Cunningham of Writer’s Resource. E-mail: consultant@writersresource.us.  

ABOUT READY TO publish? Need guidance? Traditional vs. self-publishing? To agent or not to agent? Maybe you’re looking for a manuscript critique? A ghostwriter? Let Chrysalis Editorial help you. Our services include critiques, coaching, ghostwriting, publishing/agent advice, and copyediting. We’ll take the mystery out of the writing process! www.chrysaliseditorial.com.   E-mail: herta@chrysaliseditorial.com.

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE services: Visit my website for detailed info on rates, budget-sensitive options, discounts, and sample estimates. Marcia Trahan, experienced writer (Bennington MFA) and teacher offers copyediting, critique, mentoring, and consultation. Memoir, personal essays, novels, short fiction. Patient, supportive approach. References available. E-mail: info@marciatrahan.com. Website: www.marciatrahan.com.

ACCOMPLISHED EDITOR Wyn Cooper seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. I help writers revise and perfect their manuscripts, and offer publishing advice. Eighteen books I edited have been published in the last 2 years; 4 have won awards. Free consultation. Sliding scale fees. See website for testimonials: www.wyncooper.com. E-mail: wyncooper@gmail.com.

ADEPT EDITOR, experienced in multiple genres, prizewinning author of poetry and literary fiction, is looking to assist you. Respectful. Thorough. Together, we can raise your novel, poetry manuscript, short story, memoir, query, or application letter to the next level. Free initial consultation. dmgordon@comcast.net. Website: www.dmgordoneditorial.com.

ADRIFT NO MORE! Experienced writing teacher, editor, memoirist, and published poet (Bluestem Award, Milkweed Editions) will help you begin or complete your personal/family/literary memoir, poetry, nonfiction, or academic writing. Specialties: overcoming writing blocks, in-depth critiques, and reasonable rates. MFA in creative writing; master’s, counseling psychology. Call Jill Breckenridge at (612) 371-9010. E-mail: jbreckenridge@visi.com. Website: www.jillbreckenridge.com.

AFFORDABLE, powerful, and comprehensive editorial services give your manuscript an edge. Unlock the potential of your manuscript with in-depth evaluation, plot/character development, line editing, revisions. Benefit from years of editorial experience at Big 5 publishers. Want to write a good book? Let me help! Helga Schier, PhD, helga@withpenandpaper.com.  Website: www.withpenandpaper.com, telephone: (310) 828-8421.

AFFORDABLE WEBSITES for Writers. I charge about half the amount of the going rate and because I have writers in my family, I offer an additional 30% discount for writers. Free domain name for one year, free hosting, free coordinating business cards and Facebook pages. Flat- rate prices and flexible payment arrangements. For more information, visit www.plainbellysneetch.com or www.facebook.com/pbsneetch.

AGENT SEARCHES and professional book editing. Need help polishing (or finishing) your book, or finding an agent? PhD, award-winning writer/editor offers expert manuscript upgrades in your own style and customized agent searches, pitch letters, and synopses to get your work into print. Two NY agents recently asked for the latest novel I edited. Another author has a publisher for his memoir. Competitive rates. Michele Cooper at michelefcooper@gmail.com.  Website: www.bookeditingsolutions.com.

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 one-on-one 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.

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 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.

EDITOR/COACH (MFA, MA, published writer) will read and critique your work with an eye to bringing out your unique talents. 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.

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.

LARRY FAGIN, poet, editor, teacher, publisher, has worked with a wide variety of prose writers and poets for more than 35 years. “Maybe the best editor we have.”—Allen Ginsberg. Fee negotiable. E-mail: larryfagin@earthlink.net, or call (212) 254-6621. More at: http://larryfagin.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. Put the perspective of a regular Publishers Weekly, BookPage, and Kirkus contributor to work for you and learn how to earn 5-star reviews. Element-by-element analysis of fiction and nonfiction, with implementable suggestions for revisions. A 6–10 page report includes analysis of organization, structure, style/voice, plot, pace, characters, dialogue, and more. Sheila M. Trask, MS/LIS: 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.

Workshops

AUGUST FICTION WORKSHOP in France. Join author Ann Tashi Slater (published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Huffington Post & many others) in a medieval Burgundy village near Paris. Critique, revision, publishing tips. You’ll come away with freshly honed writing skills and renewed inspiration!  Websites: www.laportepeinte.com; www.anntashislater.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.  

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.

LIVE FREE AND Write. August 16–21, writing getaway in Sunapee, NH. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals, and time to relax. Spend the week in either “Writing and Publishing Retreat” with Amanda Morris or “Free-Writing Intensive” with Douglas Goetsch. Register by July 1 and save: www.murphywriting.com/nh.

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.

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