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May/June 2015

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

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

Call for Manuscripts: Anthologies

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

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.

RATTLE SEEKS submissions by children for our annual Young Poets Anthology. Poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: June 15. Parents or teachers (with parents’ permission and contact information) may send up to 4 poems by e-mail to: children@rattle.com. Website: www.rattle.com/children.

SECOND HAND SMOKE–themed anthology seeks submissions; P.O.V. of smokers and non-smokers alike. Seeking thought-provoking writing with hope to open dialogue and awareness surrounding second hand 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.

TWELVE WINTERS PRESS is looking for paradigm-defying material for a new anthology in print and digital. Material should be narrative in nature, widely defined. Acquiring first serial rights with rights reverting to author on publication. No payment for contributions but worldwide distribution via Amazon, B&N, EBM, etc. See http://twelvewinters.com/submissions.

Call for Manuscripts: Books

AHSAHTA PRESS open reading period during the month of May. Submit a manuscript of 50–100 pages using our submission manager. Selection announced in August, published in May 2016. Author receives a standard Ahsahta Press royalty contract. $5 submission fee covers operating expenses. To enter, visit ahsahtapress.org/secure/submissions.

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, with 70% royalties paid on profits. More information: www.cawingcrowpress.com.

FIG TREE BOOKS is accepting literary and mainstream novels that speak specifically to the American Jewish experience. Agents, established authors, and emerging writers with no prior publishing credits welcome. All novels will be available in print and e-format, backed by a major distributor. For guidelines, visit our website: www.figtreebooks.net.

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 & tech. Electronic submissions via Submittable. Look us over! www.hudsonwhitman.com. Twitter: @ExcelsiorPress.

NEW INDEPENDENT literary publishing imprint seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction work for Fall 2015 publication. MS must be complete when submitted. Reading period ends June 30. See complete guidelines at www.leforapublishing.com.

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

ROSE METAL PRESS, an independent publisher of hybrid genres, seeks full-length (48+ pages) art-and-text works in any genre and/or full-length prose poetry collections both linked and unlinked. Single or multiauthor submissions accepted. Submission period from May 1 to June 1 through Submittable; $15 reading fee. Full details at www.rosemetalpress.com.

SECOND ANNUAL Settlement House American Poetry Prize welcomes submission of book-length poetry manuscripts in English by first-generation Americans (“first generation” includes both immigrants and children born of immigrants to the United States). The 2014 winner was Alicia Partnoy; $10 submission fee; standard publishing contract with cash advance. Submission guidelines: www.settlementhouse.us or www.americanpoetryprize.com.

WEB-E-BOOKS (www.web-e-books.com) publishes bold, contemporary, and classic novels and creative nonfiction within the parameters of our slogan: Where Reality and Fiction Collide. We seek works offering compelling social messages, strong character development, and captivating narrative (with illustration options)...literature of excellence, originality, and authenticity. Ask about our Book Backer program. Submissions: info@tri-screenconnection.com.

Call for Manuscripts: Chapbooks

2015 BURNSIDE REVIEW Poetry Chapbook Contest. Judge: Jennifer L. Knox. Contest runs March 15–June 30. Winner receives $200, plus 10 copies. Beautifully designed chapbooks with letterpress covers. Submit 18–24 pages of poetry through our online submission manager with a $15 entry fee. Complete details at www.burnsidereview.org.

2015 TWO SYLVIAS Press Chapbook Prize, judged by Keetje Kuipers, is now open. Winner receives $300, book published as both a print & e-book, 20 copies of print book, and an amethyst depression glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for possible publication. Deadline is June 15. Full guidelines: www.twosylviaspress.com/chapbook-prize.html.

BOAAT CHAPBOOK COMPETITION. Guest judge: Mary Ruefle; June 1–July 31; entry fee: $14. Winnings: publication, $500, 5 copies, and a BOAAT T-shirt. Guidelines: 15–30 pages of poetry. All entries are read blind. More information on guidelines & how to submit at www.boaatpress.com.

LAMBEY PRESS is a new and independent literary press seeking editors and manuscripts. Submit manuscripts of short stories, novellas, zines, chapbooks, novels, personal narratives, and other types of storytelling. Specifically: queer and POC fiction or nonfiction that embraces spiritualism, sexuality, or gender. No fee to submit. Rolling deadline. http://lambeypress.com.

LONGLEAF PRESS 2015 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Open to residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Maryland, Delaware, and Florida who have not yet published a full-length collection. Prize: $200 and 50 chapbooks. Send 18–22 page manuscript and $20 entry fee by May 15 to Longleaf Press, Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311, or submit online: www.methodist.edu/longleaf/contest.htm.

WORDRUNNER ECHAPBOOKS publishes online collections of fiction or memoir, each featuring one author, and an annual themed anthology. No fee to submit. Authors are paid. For our Summer 2015 fiction issue, submit at least 5 linked short stories or a novel excerpt, April 1 through June 30. Guidelines: www.echapbook.com.

WORDTECH Communications LLC is holding a reading period for chapbook-length poetry manuscripts. No reading fee. Deadline: May 31 (postmark). We have published Christopher Bursk, James Reiss, Mary Swander. Publication in 2016. Must read guidelines at www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.

Call for Manuscripts: Magazines

ANDERBO.COM, “Best New Online Literary Journal,” publishes writers in fiction, “fact” (creative nonfiction), and poetry; we're always looking for new voices. We will also consider nonfiction features, short memoirs, novellas, published-book excerpts, photography, essays, and photo essays. Now in our 10th year! For submission information and guidelines, visit www.anderbo.com.

APPLE VALLEY REVIEW seeks fiction, flash fiction, essays, and poetry for Vol. 10, No. 2 (Fall 2015). Previously published work has been recognized by Best American Essays, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, New Poetry from the Midwest, Wigleaf Top 50, and others. Submissions are read year-round. www.applevalleyreview.com.

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.

BRAIN, CHILD: The magazine for thinking mothers. Call for submissions: Personal essays and short fiction that explore all aspects/stages of motherhood and family, including parenting teenagers. Pays $40–150 per essay. Submit to:editorial@brainchildmag.com; check submission guidelines at: www.brainchildmag.com/about/writers-guidelines.

CALIFORNIA STATE Poetry Society seeks poems year-round for its California Quarterly, its monthly contests, and its Poetry Letter. Poems are accepted for CSPS annual contests March 1–June 30. Send SASE for submission requirements, contest rules, sample CQ ($10), and/or Poetry Letter ($1) to: CSPS, P.O. Box 7126, Orange, CA 92863.

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.

CHEST, the Journal of the American College of Chest Physicians, invites submissions of up to 2 previously unpublished, quality poems, maximum 350 words on subjects of some medical relevance. See instructions at http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/ss/forauthors.aspx.  

COMMON GROUND REVIEW invites submissions for Fall/Winter 2016 issue. See guidelines and submit work at www.cgreview.org or mail 3-5 poems and/or creative nonfiction (12 pages max) to Janet Bowdan, H-5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA, 01119.

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.

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.net.

THE EVENING STREET REVIEW is centered on the belief that all men and women are created equal. Reads poetry/prose submissions year-round. Replies in 3 months or less. Sometimes includes comments. Send 4–6 poems or 1–2 prose pieces. 7652 Sawmill Rd., #352, Dublin, OH 43016 or editor@eveningstreetpress.com. For contests and guidelines: www.eveningstreetpress.com.

FJORDS REVIEW, available in over 600 bookstores nationwide (find it in yours), accepts fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for each twice-yearly newsstand edition. Fjords will publish a special all-author and LGBT-friendly edition in February 2016, guest-edited by Alex Dimitrov; deadline December 1. Visit us at fjordsreview.com.  

FOR A BOOK on the challenges of wearing glasses (and contact lenses), the author gratefully requests anecdotes, letters, jokes, and other memorabilia. This is not an anthology, but if your writing is quoted, you would of course be acknowledged. Submissions accepted at: dunaway@unm.edu.

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.

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.

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.

HEARTLAND REVIEW WEST, a startup online literary magazine, welcomes submissions of poetry, graphic art, photos, and stories. Themes should be close to the U.S. heartland (loosely defined as stretching from Ohio to Nevada) and its people. Environmentally-sensitive work is encouraged. Help define this new little mag! For more information, go to heartlandreview.com.

HELEN: A LITERARY MAGAZINE, a biannual magazine published in print/digital media, is currently looking for quality submissions for our next issue. We appreciate well-written literary fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction in all genres and styles. Our theme is “Animal.” Deadline: August 1. www.helenpresents.com.   

MIRAMAR—old-school truth and beauty. Reading for #6 June–August. Issues 1–5: Stern, Levis, Levine, Wakoski, Shihab-Nye, Laux, Soto, Jarman, Al Young, David Young, Charles Wright, Jean Valentine, Simic, Dennis Schmitz, Fleda Brown, Kate Daniels, Virgil Suarez, Peter Everwine, C. G. Hanzlicek, Christopher Howell. Single issue $15, 2-issue subscription $25. miramarmagazine.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.

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will be receiving speculative poetry and humorous flash fiction May 1–31. For further information, please visit www.thepedestalmagazine.com.

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.

PROFANE is an annual print and audio journal seeking an eclectic mix of poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. We record every poem and piece of prose we publish in the author’s own voice. We publish work by both emerging and established authors. Submit your manuscript at www.profanejournal.com.

PUERTO DEL SOL seeks high-quality fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Submit up to 10,000 words of prose or 5 poems during our regular reading periods (September 1–December 1 and January 1–March 1). Our Fiction & Poetry Contests are open from March 15–April 30. For more information, visit puertodelsol.org.

QUAIL BELL Magazine is a place for real and unreal stories from around the world. We seek imaginative, intelligent, and quirky essays, fiction, poetry, art, and multimedia year-round for Web and print. No monetary compensation, but we do pay in major fairy punk cred. Art + Ideas = Magic. www.quailbellmagazine.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.

SPANK THE CARP call for submissions. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, and poetry, including shape poetry. If your work is thought-provoking, sophisticated, yet not pretentious or obscure, we’re interested. For submission guidelines and more information visit www.spankthecarp.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.

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.

UNTUCKED MAGAZINE is currently seeking submissions for both online and in print. Established in 2012, Untucked aims to showcase the best and brightest in new art, writing, and music. For more information on our submissions policy please visit our website at www.untuckedmagazine.com/submit or e-mail the editors at submissions@untuckedmagazine.com.

VOICEMAIL POEMS merges text and audio, publishing intimate recordings for the online world. Submissions are open year-round for quarterly issues. All welcome. Especially seeking poets of color, women writers, queer/trans poets, and emerging voices. A wide range of styles are accepted from slam to traditional. http://voicemailpoems.org.

YOU WRITE POETRY and we want it! PunksWritePoemsPress is currently accepting submissions for the inaugural edition of RoguePoetry: an annual review. We are interested in unique, developed poetic voices in any style. For all the particulars, visit us at www.punkswritepoems.com.


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.

THE 2016 LAS VEGAS Writer’s Conference, hosted by Henderson Writers’ Group, is scheduled for April 2016 at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall. Join 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.   

CALL FOR PAPERS that explore pedagogical innovations beyond the workshop. The Creative Writing and Innovative Pedagogy (CWIPs) Conference will be held at the University of Central Missouri on October 16–17. Proposals welcomed from all creative writing teachers, including graduate students.Submit a 1-page proposal for your paper, CV, and indicate if you wish to be considered for a teaching fellowship. Deadline for proposals: June 1. Send materials to:knuernberger@ucmo.edu.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS —Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2016. Split This Rock invites proposals for interactive workshops, readings, and panel/roundtable discussions for our fifth national poetry festival, scheduled for April 14–17, 2016, in Washington, DC. Deadline: June 30. Details and guidelines: www.splitthisrock.org.

THE CARNEGIE BOOKS-IN-PROGRESS Conference will be held in picturesque Lexington, KY, June 5–6, with optional pre-conference sessions and a welcome reception on June 4. Bobbie Ann Mason (Clear Springs, In Country, and The Girl in the Blue Beret, among others) will keynote. Immerse yourself in craft & business workshops led by Erik Reece, A. J. Verdelle, Marcia Thornton Jones, Chuck Sambuchino, and other top professionals. Topics include revising for publication, children’s lit, poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. One-on-one pitches with literary agents available. www.carnegiecenterlex.org.

JOIN OTHER FICTION WRITERS at the Mid-Atlantic Fiction Writers Institute (MAFWI) (formerly the Nora Roberts Writing Institute), August 7–9 at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. The annual MAFWI summer conference offers workshops and breakout sessions by best-selling authors, college faculty, and experienced public relations professionals. The 2015 keynote speaker is best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. From story fundamentals like plot and point of view to seasoned advice on how to market your work, there is something for writers of every genre at MAFWI. MAFWI also features the Hub City Teen Writers Institute. Register or learn more at www.mafwi.org.

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 11–12, in Lexington. Workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting. With Ann Beattie, Angela Ball, Meghan Daum, Kathleen Driskell, Jessica Helen Lopez, Hannah Pittard, Jacinda Townsend. Fee: $175 until August 1, $200 thereafter, $125 no-workshop rate, $30 students. Scholarships available. www.kentuckywomenwriters.org; phone: (859) 257-2874.

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.

STEEL PEN Writers’ Conference 2015: October 10 in Merrillville, IN at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza. Dinner keynote: Bryan Furuness. Includes 20 breakout sessions to choose from, book fair, cocktail hour, dinner, and additional on/off-site events throughout the weekend. Cost: $50. Early registration begins June 1. Register at indianawritersconsortium.org.


$1,000 & PUBLICATION. Pat Schneider Poetry Contest. Send 3 unpublished poems; separate sheet with name, mailing & e-mail addresses, phone, & titles; & check or money order for $18 payable to Amherst Writers & Artists, P.O. Box 1076, Amherst, MA 01004. No signature confirmation. Postmarked July 1. Chief judge: Dr. Sue Walker. Poems not returned. Details: www.amherstwriters.com.

THE 3RD ANNUAL Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize will accept submissions April 1 through June 1. An award of $250 and publication via our website will awarded. Entry fee is $10. Sharan Strange will judge. See our website for complete guidelines: www.backbonepress.org/contests.

7 REASONS TO Enter New Millennium Writings contest by June 17: 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.

11TH ANNUAL Gival Press Novel Award for best original previously unpublished literary novel in English, approximately 30,000 to 100,000 words. Prize: $3,000, copies and publication. Reading fee: $50 per novel submitted. Deadline May 30. For complete details, e-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit our website www.givalpress.com. Mail: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

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.

15TH ANNUAL Spokane Prize for Short Fiction: $2,000 plus publication. U.S. authors eligible. Postmark deadline: May 15. Send: manuscript (98 pages, 3–story minimum); $25 entry fee; and SASE to: Willow Springs Editions, 668 N. Riverpoint Blvd., 2 RPT—#259, Spokane, WA 99202. Or submit at wse.submittable.com. Guidelines: sites.ewu.edu/wseditions.

THE 18TH ANNUAL Blue Lynx Prize, $2,000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems by a U.S. resident or citizen. Postmark deadline: May 15. Make checks payable to Lynx House Press. The 2013 winner was Prartho Sereno for Elephant Raga. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Robert Wrigley, Dorianne Laux, Dara Wier, and David Wojahn. Send manuscript of at least 48 pages, a $28 reading fee plus SASE (for notification) to Lynx House Press, P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210; or electronically to lynxhousepress.submittable.com.   

2015 GUY OWEN PRIZE: $1,000 and publication for an unpublished poem. Submit 3–5 poems (10 pages maximum), $20 check or money order for entry fee (includes 1-year subscription), and SASE for reply only, between March 1 and June 15 (postmarks). Contact information on cover sheet only. Southern Poetry Review, Guy Owen Prize, Department of LLP, Armstrong State University, 11935 Abercorn St., Savannah, GA 31419-1997. Or submit online, same fee, same deadline: southernpoetryreview.org/guyowen.

2015 MEYERSON PRIZE for Fiction: $1,000 plus publication. Open to writers who have not published a book of fiction. Deadline: May 1. Entry fee: $25 per story. Mail entries to: Meyerson Fiction Prize, Southwest Review, P.O. Box 750374, Dallas, TX 75275, or enter online at www.smu.edu/southwestreview.

2015 NATIONAL POETRY Review Press book prize. Submit 45–80 pages of poetry, $27 reading fee, your bio, and manuscript’s acknowledgments. Deadline June 30. Winner receives $1,000 prize, plus author copies, and a beautifully designed book. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Please e-mail submissions, carefully following the instructions at www.nationalpoetryreview.com.

2015 NEW AMERICAN Fiction Prize: $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Larry Watson. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $22.50. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: http://newamericanpress.com/contests/fiction2015.php.

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

2016 USPIM FELLOWSHIP—Oaxaca, Mexico, January 2–9, 2016. Judge: Wanda Phipps. Award includes full conference, 7 nights hotel, 2 excursions (approx. $1,200 value). Submit 4 pages of poetry by August 1. Recipient announced September 1. Submission fee: $25. Details at: www.uspoetsinmexico.org/fellowship-award.

THE ALTAIRE Short Fiction Award: A prize of $1,000 will be given to what Altaire Productions and Publications deems the best story entered into No Man’s Land: The Crime Edition. All other published stories will win $200. Using the online submission system, submit a crime fiction piece of up to 7,000 words with a $10 entry fee by July 31. Full guidelines can be found at: www.altaireproductions.com/productions.html

AMERICA’S BRIDGES are failing. To inspire engineers, Motionpoems and Target Studio at the Weisman Art Museum of the University of Minnesota invite poets to dream big about bridges. Judge: Alice Quinn. Five winners will receive: $1,000, poems turned into short films, airfare/accommodations to WAM screening. Deadline: May 15. Guidelines: motionpoems.com/big-bridges.

ANABIOSIS PRESS announces its 2015 Anabiosis Press Chapbook Contest. Send 16–20 pages, $15 reading fee by June 30 postmarked deadline. For contest guidelines and the Albatross poetry journal online, go to www.anabiosispress.org. For more information, contact Anabiosis Press, 2 South New St., Bradford, MA 01835 or rsmyth@anabiosispress.org.   

ANNUAL BYWATER PRIZE for Fiction for best original, previously unpublished literary novel targeted to lesbian readers, 60,000+ words. Prize $1,000 and publication. Second– and third–place winners will receive honoraria of $200 and $100, respectively. Deadline June 30. For complete details, visit website www.bywaterbooks.com/bywater-books-writing-contest. Address: Bywater Books, P.O. Box 3671, Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

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.

ANNUAL WHISPERING PRAIRIE PRESS Awards. Cash prizes in: poetry, flash fiction, personal essay, and art. $100/$50/$25/HM. Closes June 30. Entry fees: $10 each, or 3 for $25 with chance for publication. Option to compete for prize money, only, $5 single entry. May mix categories. For complete guidelines, visit www.wppress.org/main/contest.

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.  

AUGSBURG COLLEGE. Augsburg’s MFA publishing house, Howling Bird Press, welcomes submissions for 2016 Fiction Award. Seeking innovative short story collections and short novels (40,000–60,000 words) for distinctive imprint; $1,000 prize (as advance) and book publication. Submissions open April 1–June 30. MFA faculty and publishing students will judge. Entry fee: $25.Contest guidelines: www.augsburg.edu/mfa/howling-bird-press.

BACOPA LITERARY REVIEW invites contest submissions April 1–June 30 for sixth annual volume. Open to all genres. We welcome national/international submissions and diversity of topics/styles for this beautiful annual print journal. Sponsored by Writers Alliance of Gainesville, FL. For prizes and submission guidelines: writersallianceofgainesville.submittable.com/submit.

BALTIMORE REVIEW Summer Contest—theme: Crime. From misdemeanor to felony. Make crime play a role in your poem, story, or CNF. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: May 31. For more details and to submit online: www.baltimorereview.org.

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.

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’s annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind: $1,000 fiction prize (Judge: Paul Harding), $1,000 nonfiction prize (Judge: Mark Vonnegut), $1,000 poetry prize (Judge: Ada Limón). Deadline July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Submit online: www.blreview.org.

BIG LUCKS presents the Ruth Stone First Book Prize for Women: $500 and a full print run will be awarded to 1 female/nonbinary author. Judged by Rachel Glaser. Genres: Poetry and prose. Reading period: May 1–June 15. Entry fee: $8. More info at: biglucks.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.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz 21st Annual 10-Minute Play Contest. Sixteen winners selected with performances in January–February 2016. All styles, all genres accepted. Deadline: July 1. For guidelines: www.sccat.org.

CALYX: A JOURNAL of Art and Literature by Women. Lois Cranston Memorial Poetry Prize open March–May. Margarita Donnelly Memorial Prose Prize open July–September. For contest and submission information please visit our website: www.calyxpress.org.

CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2015 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest open April 1–May 15. Prizes: $1,000, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2015 issue and considered by lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. No limit to number of entries. Max 6,000 words. www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest.

THE CHARITON REVIEW Short Fiction Prize: Monetary award and publication for finalist and runners–up. Description: Awarded for single short story of up to 5,000 words. Simultaneous submissions allowed. Submit online or by mail. Entry fee: $20 per submission. Deadline: September 30. Website: http://tsup.truman.edu/chariton/guidelines.asp.

CIDER PRESS REVIEW Editors’ Prize for a first or second book-length poetry collection. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $25. Judges: CPR editors. Submit 48–80 page manuscript at www.ciderpressreview.com or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.

COMSTOCK REVIEW’s annual Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award announces 2015 judge: Allison Joseph. Total prizes: $1,350. Deadline: July 1 (postmark). Entry fee: $25 for 1–5 poems, 40 lines max./poem, includes 1-year (2 issue) subscription. Additional poems: $5 each. Blind submissions. No simultaneous submissions or previous publications, including digital publication. For complete guidelines (must be followed): www.comstockreview.org. Address: Comstock Review Contest PW2015, 4956 St. John St., Syracuse, NY 13215.

CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2015 Poetry Prize. Judge: Erin Belieu (Slant Six; Black Box): $500 plus publication. Submit up to 4 poems; $16 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. Winner & finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review. Deadline May 15. Full guidelines: http://crabcreekreview.org/contests.html.

DOCK STREET PRESS announces first annual Sou’wester First Book Award. Prize: $1,500 and publication with standard royalty contract. Open to any writer who has not published a full-length book. Entry: $20. All entries are considered for publication. Final judge: David Abrams. For more information, visit www.dockstreetpress.com.

DZANC BOOKS announces Seventh Annual Short Story Collection Contest. Deadline September 1. Also open is Dzanc’s Second Annual Nonfiction contest. Deadline December 31. Both winners receive publication and $1,000 advance. Entry fee is $25 for each. Submit full manuscripts per instructions at www.dzancbooks.org/submissions.

ENGINE BOOKS Fiction Prize: $1,000 advance plus publication by Engine Books in 2016. Judge: Rebecca Makkai. Submit your novel or story collection manuscript and $30 entry fee at enginebooks.org.

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 May 20. All submissions should be thematically linked to, or inspired by, the experience of parenting on your own. 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.net.

FOR A SPECIAL FICTION ISSUE, The Hudson Review is sponsoring a story competition. First prize $500, second and third $250 each; 10,000 words and under. Submissions accepted between June 1 and September 1. No submission fee. Please submit hard copies to The Hudson Review, 33 W. 67th St., New York, NY 10023.

GHOST PROPOSAL inaugural chapbook contest. Publication + 25 copies. We seek cohesive, genre-bending manuscripts of 16–32 pages. Browse our archives for a sense of the hybrid work we publish. Reading period: May 1–June 30. $5 reading fee. Winner announced: August 1. Guidelines: http://ghostproposal.com/submit.

GREAT RIVER Shakespeare Festival: Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest: $2,000 in prizes; no entry fee. Three sonnets maximum, submitted by June 1; either by mail to: Maria W. Faust, Sonnet Contest of the GRSF, Ted Haaland, Director, P.O. Box 827, Winona, MN 55987-0827, or electronically via our webpage forms. Complete info is on webpage: www.sonnetcontest.org.

HOSPITAL DRIVE Poetry and Prose Contest. Editors will award $500 for the best poetry submission and $500 for the best prose submission exploring the theme of “Identity” within the context of health care. All submissions will be considered for publication in a special print anthology of the magazine. Up to 5 poems (10 pages total) or a story/essay of up to 5,000 words by June 15. See http://news.med.virginia.edu/hospitaldrive for complete guidelines. Contact us at hospitaldrive@virginia.edu.

HOUSATONIC Book Awards: $1,500 and appearance at WCSU low-residency MFA program in January or August 2016 for the best books published in 2014 in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for middle grades and YA. Authors, agents, editors, and publishers may nominate. Deadline June 15. Guidelines at http://housatonicbookawards.wordpress.com.

KENTUCKY WOMEN Writers Conference: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 11–12 conference and 1 workshop, a reading, and $200. Fee: $10 for up to 5 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Postmarked by June 1. Guidelines: www.kentuckywomenwriters.org or kentuckywomenwriters@gmail.com.

LILITH MAGAZINE—independent, Jewish, and frankly feminist—invites submissions of quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. When selecting what you’ll submit, please remember our tagline. The magazine proudly spotlights both emerging and established writers. Winner receives $250 + publication. Deadline: May 31. Put “Fiction Contest Submission” as subject line and send to info@lilith.org. For more info and to subscribe: lilith.org.

MIDWAY JOURNAL is accepting submissions now through May 31 for its “Monstrosities of the Midway” literary contest. Entry fee is $15. Grand prize is $1,000. Dorianne Laux will judge. For complete contest details, please visit www.midwayjournal.com/contest.

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.

NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW’s seventh annual Narrative Poetry Contest! Top prize is $1,000. All winners and finalists published in the journal. Submit July 1–September 1; $20 fee. This year’s judge is Patricia Fargnoli. Guidelines: http://naugatuckriverreview.com/contest.

NEW RIVERS PRESS will publish approximately 20 short stories in American Fiction, Volume 15, subtitled the Best Unpublished Stories by Emerging Writers. We seek well-crafted, character-driven literary fiction in any genre with a maximum of 10,000 words per story. Each of the selected story authors will receive national publication and distribution, author discount, and 2 complimentary copies; $1,750 in prizes will be awarded ($1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place). Previous finalist judges include Louise Erdrich, Tobias Wolff, and Elizabeth Strout. This year’s finalist judge is Steve Almond. There is a reading fee of $16 for each online submission from February 1 through June 15 at http://newriverspress.submittable.com.

NEW TEBOT BACH announces the 2015 Clockwise Chapbook competition. Deadline: July 15 postmark. Gail Wronsky, judge. Winner announced in September 2015. Publication in April 2016. Full guidelines: tebotbach.org.

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.

NORTH STREET Book Prize for Self-Published Books. A new contest from Winning Writers. Three authors will each win $1,500 plus expert marketing services. Categories: Mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, and creative nonfiction; $6,000 in total cash prizes. Fee: $50. Submit by June 30. Cosponsors: BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of The Frugal Book Promoter. Judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines: www.winningwriters.com/north.

NUCLEAR AGE Peace Foundation presents the Barbara Mandigo Kelly Annual Peace Poetry Awards. Encouraging poets to explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. $1,000 prize for the winning adult poem. Deadline: July 1. For more information: www.peacecontests.org.

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 $3,000 prize for annual Open Book Poetry Contest. Claudia Rankine will judge. Electronic and postal submissions May 1–June 30. 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.

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.

PLEIADES PRESS Editors Prize for Poetry. A prize of $2,000 and publication by Pleiades Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit a book-length poetry manuscript by May 4; $25 entry fee. Complete guidelines at www.pleiadespress.org.

POETRY CONTEST. Deadline: May 15. Winners read at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Any subject, 40 lines max, 51 cash awards. Three grand prizes choreographed. Send 2 copies, 1 with ID. One/$5, 3/$10, no limit. To: Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Website: www.dancingpoetry.com.

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.

A PRIZE OF $500 and publication in our winter anthology will be given for a short story that features marginalized groups or individuals. Cash prizes also for second- and third- place winners. Dorothy Allison, best-selling author and National Book Award finalist, will be the final judge. Submissions accepted either in print or online with a $16 entry fee through July 31. Joan Leggitt, editor. Twisted Road Publications, 1400 Village Square Blvd., Suite 3-234, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Telephone: (850) 570-0631. Visit our website for complete guidelines: www.twistedroadpublications.com.

QUARTERLY WEST’s 2015 novella contest is now open! Send 17,000–35,000 words. Entry fee: $25. Cash prize + publication. This year’s judge is Lily Hoang. Deadline May 15. Details and guidelines available at http://quarterlywest.com.

RED BERRY EDITIONS invites submissions to the Sixth Annual Summer Chapbook Contest. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or prose on any subject. Winner receives 20 chapbooks beautifully produced and hand bound; $25 entry fee. Deadline: August 31. To see previous winners and view guidelines visit www.redberryeditions.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 2015 International Poetry Contest. A prize of $1,500 and publication in River Styx is given annually for the best poem. Andrew Hudgins will judge. Three poems maximum, up to 14 pages per entry; $20 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription to River Styx. May 31 postmark deadline. See riverstyx.org or riverstyx.submittable.com for complete guidelines. River Styx, 3139A S. Grand Blvd., Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63118. Richard Newman, Editor: bigriver@riverstyx.org.

SHEEHAN YA BOOK PRIZE. Elephant Rock Books YA is pleased to announce the second Sheehan Book Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Looking for realistic, voice-driven manuscripts. A stellar follow-up to our Printz Honor Winner The Carnival at Bray. Deadline: June 30; $20 entry fee. Complete submission guidelines at elephantrockbooks.com.

SOLSTICE: A Magazine of Diverse Voices announces annual contest: $1,000 fiction prize, judge: Kim McLarin. The $500 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry, judge: Martha Collins. The $500 Nonfiction Prize, donated by Michael Steinberg, judge: Richard Hoffman. Deadline: May 2. Reading fee: $18. Website: http://solsticelitmag.org.

SPORT LITERATE, to celebrate our 20th anniversary, is holding a “sport shorts” contest. Brevity’s Dinty W. Moore, our guest judge, will pick an anonymous winner for the $500 prize. With a $25 entry, send your flash nonfiction pieces (750 word limit on 2). Deadline: June 30. Guidelines online: www.sportliterate.org.

STRIP OFF YOUR SHORTS and send them to us! Literal Latte Short Shorts Contest is looking for great shorts, all styles and subjects, 2,000 words max each. $500 First Prize. All work considered for publication; $10 entry for up to 3 shorts, $15 for 6. Postmark by June 30. Have fun. Literal Latte, Shorts Contest, 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003.

SUBMISSIONS FOR Indiana Review’s 2015 1/2K Prize are open from July 1 to August 15. This year’s prize judge is Kim Chinquee. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. Entry fee: $20. All entries are considered for publication. For complete guidelines, visit www.indianareview.org.

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS,  founded by poet Sandra McPherson in 2000, announces its 2015 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. Postmark deadline: June 15. Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect- bound chapbooks. For full details and guidelines, visit www.swanscythe.com.

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.

TIFERET JOURNAL is now accepting submissions to our 2015 Writing Contest: $1,500 in prizes will be awarded to best short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Please see our contest guidelines for more information, and we look forward to reading your work! Fee: $15 per entry. Deadline: June 1. Guidelines: http://tiferetjournal.com/2015-writing-contest.

TOM HOWARD/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, 23rd year. Prize for best short story: $1,500. Prize for best essay: $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $16. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Final judge: Arthur Powers. Enter at www.winningwriters.com/tomstory.

TRUMAN STATE University Press T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. Prize: $2,000 and publication. Description: Awarded for book-length collection of poems originally written in English. Manuscripts should be 60–100 pages in length. Simultaneous submissions allowed. Mail submissions. Entry fee: $25 per submission. Deadline: October 31. Website: http://tsup.truman.edu/tseliotprize/guidelines.asp.

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, by January 15, 2016. 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.

VALLUM AWARD for Poetry 2015. Deadline: July 15. First prize: $750, second prize: $250 and publication in Vallum. Judge: Stephanie Bolster. Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poems for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2015. Entry fee: $25, includes a free 1-year subscription to Vallum. www.vallummag.com/contestrules.html.

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.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Book Industry Guild of New York invites applications for the 29th Annual New York Book Show. The New York Book Show encourages, recognizes, and celebrates excellence in book production and design. Eligible publications include books, book covers, and literary magazines. Authors and publishers are encouraged to apply. Deadline is April 29. Details at www.bookindustryguildofny.org/annual-events/book-show.


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UNKNOWN AUTHOR NEEDS HELP selling book. Contains stuff most publishers ignore such as poems, short stories, graphic art with poetry. All works previously published in magazines. Great cover featuring poetic depiction of Chief Justice Roberts. Will pay for suggestions and trade tips. Call Dick Bentley at (413) 256-0240. E-mail: dick@dickbentley.com.


BO KYUNG KIM’S EXPLORATION of universal and national issues. Focusing on the Ferguson tragedy, Kim accepts her fate to live nearly like a slave and as a victim of gun violence. Her sharp, earnest poems fuel the fire in our hearts and she performed peace dances in memoriam of war victims. This book is submitted to Pulitzer Prize and Kingsley Tufts awards. E-mail: bokim137@gmail.com.

GREAT TRANSLATIONS! New from Diálogos Books (imprint of Lavender Ink): The Weight of the Island, well-known translator Pablo Medina’s version of dazzling Virgilio Piñera poetry (Cuban); Kateb Yacine Award winner Nabile Farès’s Exile and Helplessness, an experimental novel about homecoming after the Algerian War of Independence against the French; a 2-novella set (Father/Son) by the important Algerian writer Abdelkader Djemaï, the last 2 titles translated by Peter Thompson. Diálogos Books will continue to specialize in transcultural literature and translations. Buy anywhere or at lavenderink.org.

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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. My new novel: Song of Moving Water. New poetry book: Salt Runs in My Blood. Academic/fiction/memoir copy editor: Same mindfulness pruning apple trees. Structural/style critique: Focus, polish narrative voice & trajectory. Beaufort, NC, Writers Retreat rental. Published by Johns Hopkins, Milkweed, UNC. English professor. EFA member. Awards fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Susan Schmidt, PhD: (252) 269-0032; susu@susanschmidt.net or susankiwi15@gmail.com. Website: www.susanschmidt.net.

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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.

EXPERIENCED EDITOR, prizewinning author of poetry and literary fiction, is looking to assist you with your next step. Respectful. Thorough. Could be the catalyst for your novel, poetry manuscript, novel-in-progress, or memoir. Free initial consultation. Send inquiry to Diana Gordon, dmgordon@comcast.net. Website: www.dmgordoneditorial.com.

GET PUBLISHED this year! Award-winning writer & writing coach helps plan your path to success! With programs designed for your individual goals, I work with authors who have developed a body of work. Read testimonials: www.joangelfandcoaching.com. Contact: joan@joangelfand.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.

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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.

A MANUSCRIPT you’ve worked on for months, or more likely years, deserves honest criticism, thoughtful suggestions, and encouragement from someone who’s been there. I’m a New York Times–praised novelist and memoirist who has edited fiction and nonfiction for more than a decade. Whether you’re sending your book to agents, or plan to self-publish, I can help you present your book at its best. Reasonable rates. www.mkdiehl.squarespace.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.

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WRITE-GOALS. Every writer needs a reader. I am a published writer and a very attentive reader who will honestly and thoroughly critique your novel, short story, or memoir. Editing services, school application consulting, and creative coaching also available. Reasonable rates. Joann Smith, MFA, MA, MS. http://write-goals.com. E-mail: joannsmith.writegoals@gmail.com.


27-YEAR-OLD PROGRAM developed by Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Philip Schultz. Fiction and poetry workshops for writers at all levels in NYC, Tucson, San Francisco, Amsterdam, and online. Tutorials available. “The most personal of the programs.”—The New York Times. Former students include Pulitzer Prize– winning novelist, National Book Award finalists, Pushcart Prize winners, and more. Phone: (212) 255-7075. Website: www.writerstudio.com.  

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.

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

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