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July/August 2014

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. Visit http://allpoetry.com or, for short stories, http://storywrite.com.

ARE YOU A MAN? Then send us a true story, essay, or poem, about something that happened to you, that could only have happened to a man, and that shows who men are. For an anthology of men’s writing. No reading fee. For submission details see www.vineyardspress.com/submissions.

HOLY COW! PRESS is seeking poems about Lake Superior that are environmental, ecological, historical, spiritual, geographical, etc. New work, previously published poems welcome—3 poems limit. $10 reading fee requested. Deadline: October 1. Include a SASE (no electronic submissions), send to: The Editors, Lake Superior Anthology, Holy Cow! Press, P.O. Box 3170, Duluth, MN 55803.

THE TEACHER’S VOICE is still independent and free. Please see our Race in U.S. Education anthology in progress online (a hard copy forthcoming). We need strong work from established and emerging poets and writers. Carefully examine the needs of the anthology before sending work. Guidelines available online. Visit: www.the-teachers-voice.org. Mail: The Teacher’s Voice, P.O. Box 150384, Kew Gardens, NY 11415.

Call for Manuscripts: Books

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 commercially viable nonfiction in select areas: health/nursing, military, alt education, biz & tech. 2012 Foreword Book of the Year: The Language of Men. Electronic submissions via Submittable. Look us over! www.hudsonwhitman.com.

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction and nonfiction. Send SASE, sample chapter and outline to 5501 Murray Rd., Memphis, TN 38119.

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

Call for Manuscripts: Magazines

AJN, the American Journal of Nursing (circ. 120,000), seeks poems, “flash” fiction, and visual art related to health or health care for its Art of Nursing department. Authors need not be health care professionals. Original perspectives and clear, unsentimental writing are preferred. $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Query Art of Nursing coordinator before submitting (use Art of Nursing in subject line): sylvia.foley@wolterskluwer.com.

AJN, the American Journal of Nursing, seeks personal essays (850-word limit) describing experiences related to health and health care for its monthly Reflections department. Authors do not have to be health care professionals. We prefer clear writing with strong details and vivid characterization; $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Go to this website for guidelines and examples: http://edmgr.ovid.com/ajn/accounts/authorguidelinesreflections.doc, or query the Reflections coordinator Madeleine Mysko: mmysko@comcast.net.

ANTERIOR REVIEW is a multilingual literary print magazine seeking thought-provoking and engaging art, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and book reviews. We currently accept submissions in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Non-English pieces chosen will appear both in their native language and in English. See the full guidelines for submissions here: http://anterior.us/submit.

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

BLUELINE seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Creative nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture is welcome. Submission period July through November. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. No simultaneous submissions. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to blueline@potsdam.edu. Please identify the genre’s work in the subject line. Further information available at www.bluelinemagadk.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 CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW seeks submissions for its Fall/Winter 2014 double issue with a special focus on Skin. Literal and figurative explorations of the theme welcome. We’re particularly interested in sophisticated treatments, whether of sexuality, race, health, species, food, anatomy, or surfaces. Please submit online by September 1 at http://thechattahoocheereview.gpc.edu.

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#PoetryPectoriloquy. E-mail submissions to poetrychest@aol.com.

COMMON GROUND REVIEW invites poems and lyric nonfiction for the Fall/Winter 2015 theme issue on stars. Astronomy? Geometry? Celebrity? All or other? Yes! See website for details: www.cgreview.org. Send work to Janet Bowdan, Editor, 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 “Waiting”—patiently or not, on tables or for Godot. Send your best work. 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: September 22. Cash prize for best essay. Guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submit.

EAST END ELEMENTS, the annual literary magazine of Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, seeks submissions of poetry, short fiction, dramatic writing (one acts, scenes, and monologues), and creative nonfiction. Submissions accepted August 1–May 1. For guidelines and the online submission manager, please visit www.eastendelements.wordpress.com.

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 8 guidelines at http://tahoewritersworks.com /EDGE-submissions.html.

EKPHRASIS a biannual journal, seeking 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, website: ekphrasisjournal.com.

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.

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.

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.

HOSPITAL DRIVE (www.hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu), an online journal of literature and the arts at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, publishes original creative work that examines themes of health, illness, and healing. The journal welcomes new voices. Poems, short fiction, personal essays, reviews, and photography and visual art (painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media) will be considered. To submit: http://hospitaldrive.med.virginia.edu/hospital-drive/archives/about/submissions.

THE MOCHILA REVIEW has taken a turn in a new direction! The literary journal from Missouri Western State University now publishes undergraduates from around the country. Send us your most vivid and energetic poems, stories, visual art, and comics. Teachers, encourage your students to submit! For details and submission guidelines, visit https://www.missouriwestern.edu/apps/mochila/.

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.

OFF THE COAST—Now in its 20th year! Seeks poetry, any subject/style & photography/artwork. Deadlines: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. Send 1–3 poems, previously unpublished, via Submittable: https://offthecoast.submittable.com/submit. Pays contributor copy, half off additional copies. Subscriptions $35. For guidelines and examples from the magazine, visit our website: www.off-the-coast.com.onlinelitmag

THE PROMPT is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, CNF, and more. All writing must be based on prompts or exercises; submissions must include the prompt they are based on. Each issue also highlights a new Editor’s Challenge. Accepts submissions year-round. See guidelines at www.promptlitmag.org.

OYES REVIEW, award-winning journal established in 1965, seeks poems, short 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. Submissions must be by an individual with a disability or a member of the disability community such as a family member, special educator, therapist, etc. For more information, please visit www.pentimentomag.org.

THE PROSE MARKETER seeks creative nonfiction (about writing and business). The Prose Marketer is seeking short critical essays and creative nonfiction about the intersection of writing and marketing/business. The blog of a writing agency (founded by an MFA), we want to move beyond cliches and explore deeper themes behind “storytelling,” “branded journalism,” and “content marketing”—as well as lessons entrepreneurs and marketers can learn through literature. Gain visibility among potential brand clients. See our site for details: blog.prosemedia.com/blog-for-us.

PROSE ‘N CONS MYSTERY MAGAZINE, currently under development, is a quarterly publication for fans of mystery/suspense/crime. Seeking: fiction (short and flash), nonfiction features, poetry and cartoons. Visit www.prose-n-cons.com to request writers’ guidelines. Or e-mail prosenconsmag@gmail.com.

RATTLE seeks submissions in Japanese forms for the Spring 2015 issue: haiku, tanka, renga, haibun, etc. Translations welcome. Deadline: October 15. Send up to 4 pages of poetry and/or a relevant essay (plus SASE) to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Online submissions accepted. E-mail: submissions@rattle.com. Website: www.rattle.com.

RAY’S ROAD REVIEW, an online journal, is seeking creative nonfiction up to 3,000 words. We are looking for insights into the human experience that change the way we breathe, points of view that make us laugh, or cry, or poke the stranger sitting next to us at Starbucks and say, “Dude, you gotta read this.” For guidelines visit raysroadreview.com.

REFERENTIAL MAGAZINE (referentialmagazine.org) has been included in About.com’s list of “Eight Innovative Online Magazines.” Referential is the magazine of literary connectedness. Please join us by reading and/or submitting.

RHINO. Annual journal of more than 38 years seeks poetry, flash fiction, and translations. We welcome experimental and formal constructions and read for originality, musicality, and provocation. All entries considered for the Editors’ Prize. Cash awards for first, second, and third place winners.  Regular submissions April 1–August 31 and Founders’ Prize submissions September 1–October 31. For information, including guidelines, events, and prizes (Editors’, Founders’, Translation) visit rhinopoetry.org.

ROCKHURST REVIEW seeks lively material for 28th edition, Spring 2015.  Submissions accepted September 15–January 15, 2015. 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 Patricia Cleary Miller, 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 and the word Submission. eg., John Smith—Submission.

SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW seeks poetry and flash fiction with an edge. Surprise us! No previously published work, please. SFLR accepts submissions year round, to be read in the fall. Send 4–7 pages and SASE for reply only to: Miriam Sagan, Santa Fe Literary Review, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508.

SHADOWGRAPH MAGAZINE, a biannual print journal and online magazine, is seeking intelligent and well-crafted essays, poetry, and fiction. We’re especially interested in lyric essays, translations, and minimalist and/or unconventional fiction. But we seek to represent a wide variety of work, so please check out our website: www.shadowgraphmagazine.com.

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is a new, quarterly journal of fiction and poetry that pays professional rates to our contributors. We open March 1 for submissions of the highest literary standards. For guidelines, payment details, and editorial philosophy, please visit us at tahomaliteraryreview.com.

THIRD WEDNESDAY Literary Arts Journal, seeks unpublished poems no more than 2 pages each, fiction to 1,500 words, and b&w artwork from experienced writers and artists. See: thirdwednesday.org. Send up to 5 poems, any form, any subject. We pay $3 per poem, story, and artwork/photography. Details of our annual poetry contest, deadline January 31, are available by e-mailing us. E-mail submissions only (no snail mail, please) to: submissions@thirdwednesday.org.

TWO CITIES REVIEW Call for Submissions. New online literary review seeks submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry up to 3,000 words. Two Cities Review seeks high-quality writing and images that bridge the gap between forms, genres, or realities.  Simultaneous submissions OK. For more info, visit twocitiesreview.com/submit.

THE WHIRLWIND REVIEW, an online literary journal focusing on the connections between writing and spirituality, is accepting poetry, prose, and creative nonfiction. New and emerging writers are encouraged to submit. For editorial guidelines go to www.writingthewhirlwind.net/about or e-mail contact@writingthewhirlwind.net.

WOMENARTS QUARTERLY JOURNAL seeks essays, fiction, poetry, visual art, reviews, and interviews by women. For submission guidelines and more information, visit www.vivacepress.com/waq.

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.


11TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 19–24, 2015. Focus on your work with 8 of America’s most celebrated poets: Linda Gregerson, Thomas Lux, Chard DeNiord, Maurice Manning, Molly Peacock, Brenda Shaughnessy, Patricia Smith and Robert Wrigley. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript conferences, panel discussion, social events and so much more. Special Guest, Dana Gioia. To join our mailing list and to apply, visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org.

JOIN OTHER BEGINNING AND ASPIRING WRITERS on August 8–10, for the Nora Roberts Writing Institute (NRWI) at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. Learn the craft and techniques of fiction writing. Named after local resident and best-selling author Nora Roberts, this 3-day retreat features breakout sessions on topics such as screenwriting, plot development, and publishing. Keynote speakers are renowned authors Sylvia Day and Hank Phillippi Ryan. NRWI also features a Young Writers Institute for teen writers who are interested in fiction writing. Bring the family and make a weekend of it in historic Western Maryland. Register or learn more at www.nrwi.org.

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 12–13 in Lexington. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction workshops. Tracy K. Smith, Jill McCorkle, Asha Bandele, Tina Chang, Leslie Jamison, Rebecca Makkai, Sarah Combs. Wild Women of Poetry Slam with Ellen Hagan and Bianca Spriggs. $175 until August 1, $195 thereafter, $30 undergraduates. www.kentuckywomenwriters.org, phone: (859) 257-2874.

THE NORTH COAST REDWOODS WRITERS’ CONFERENCE will be Friday and Saturday, September 19–20, 2014, 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 26–27, Ridgefield, CT. Faculty: Michael White (fiction, master class), Carol Ann Davis (poetry), Pete Nelson (creative nonfiction), Chris Belden (fiction), Steve Otfinoski (YA). Panels with editors, agents, publishers. Keynote by Dani Shapiro. Friday and Saturday evening readings/receptions. $175 ($150 before July 1). www.ridgefieldwritersconference.blogspot.com.

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & LITERARY FESTIVAL. Save the 2015 dates: February 11–15. Barbara Kingsolver: “San Miguel is full of unexpected riches...” Tom Robbins: “If Dante had had the San Miguel experience, he would have written more about heaven and less about hell.” www.sanmiguelwritersconference.org.


$1,000 RICK BASS/MONTANA PRIZE FOR FICTION. Tom McGuane calls us “A reliable beacon of literacy.” Rick Bass is contest judge. Win $1,000 and publication in Whitefish Review. September 15 deadline. $15 fee. “One of the most refreshing journals to hit the literary scene in years.”—Doug Peacock. Submit at www.whitefishreview.org.

11TH 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 the website at www.givalpress.com for complete details. Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

13TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS OSCAR WILDE AWARD for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBT life. Prize $100 and publication on website. Reading fee $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline June 27. For complete details, e-mail givalpress@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.givalpress.com. Mail: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

THE 1ST ANNUAL STORYQUARTERLY ESSAY CONTEST. The winner will receive $1,000, the first runner-up $500, and the third $250. All three winners will be published in StoryQuarterly 48. Limit: up to 6,250 words, double-spaced. Judge: Maggie Nelson, author of Bluets, The Art of Cruelty, and the forthcoming The Argonauts. $15 per entry. Submission deadline: August 1. https://storyquarterly.camden.rutgers.edu.

7 BEST REASONS to enter New Millennium Awards’ contest by July 31—Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Short-short Fiction $1,000. All submitters receive our 2015 anthology. All winners are published in our anthology and online. We have launched careers! Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.com. “Fiction, poetry and nonfiction that will feed your soul.”—New Pages.

7TH ANNUAL LITTORAL PRESS POETRY PRIZE! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem. Three honorable mentions: earlier broadsides. Judge: Gary Young. Entry fee $10 one poem; $5 each additional. Mail to 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 15. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at www.littoralpress.com.

THE 2014 NANO PRIZE is now open. This year’s contest will be judged by Kim Chinquee. Entry is only $15 for 3 short-shorts and all entrants receive a one-year subscription to NANO Fiction. Contest deadline is September 1. For more information on how to enter, visit nanofiction.org.

ANNOUNCING BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW’S 10th-Annual Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1,000 and publication. Runner-up prize in each genre: $100 and publication. Cost to enter: $20 (comes with one-year subscription). Deadline: September 1. bwr.ua.edu.

ASHLAND CREEK PRESS announces The Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. $1,000 and book publication. Open to book-length prose manuscripts including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections with environmental themes. Final judge: Karen Joy Fowler. $25 reading fee; deadline September 30. For more info, visit siskiyouprize.com or ashlandcreekpress.com.

BAUHAN PUBLISHING is accepting submissions (US 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. Judged exclusively by Gary Margolis. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. 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.

BRIGHT HILL PRESS 20th Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition. Winner receives $350, publication, 25 copies, and national distribution. Reading fee: $17, $12 BHP members. Deadline: July 31. Last year's winners were Scot Slaby’s “The Cards We’ve Drawn” and Claudia T. Stanek’s “Language You Refuse to Learn,” published in 2014. Submit electronically or via USPS. For full details and rules, contact brighthillpress@stny.rr.com or see www.brighthillpress.org.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz announces its 2015 season of 8 Tens @ Eight short play festival. This year, for our 20th anniversary, we will have 16 winners presented in two nights of 8 plays each in repertory throughout January 2015. Send us your best ten-minute-or-less scripts. All styles, including ten-minute musicals. Deadline postmarked July 31. For information contact: www.sccat.org.

CALVINO PRIZE: the 10th annual Calvino Prize. Sponsored by the University of Louisville. Final judge for 2014: Robert Coover, one of the world’s leading postmodern writers, Brown professor and Faulkner and Rhea award winner. First prize, $1,500 plus publication in The Salt Hill Journal. Second Prize, $300. For 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 1. Submission details: louisville.edu/english.

THE CHARITON REVIEW Short Fiction Prize. Monetary award and publication for finalist and runners-up. 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.

COMSTOCK REVIEW Chapbook Contest. A prize of $1,000, publication sponsored by Comstock Writers Group, Inc., and 50 author copies will be given annually for a poetry chapbook. A selected editor of Comstock Review will judge in 2014. Submit a manuscript of 25–34 pages with a $30 entry fee, which includes a copy of the winning chapbook, by October 15. Comstock Review Chapbook Contest 2014, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Betsy Anderson and Michael A. Sickler, Managing Editors. Visit the website for complete guidelines: www.comstockreview.org. E-mail: poetry@comstockreview.org.

THE CRAZY-SHORTS! Contest: From July 1– July 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit three short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: crazyhorse.cofc.edu. 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.

DANA AWARDS, 19th year. We’re eager to read your awesome work (in the old sense of that word). $1,000 awards each in novel (first 40 pages only), short fiction, and poetry. Deadline October 31. For crucial guidelines: www.danaawards.com or e-mail danaawards@gmail.com or send SASE to: 200 Fosseway Dr., Greensboro, NC 27455.

ENTICE US. Submit the opening (up to 1,500 words) of your book (any genre) to Writer Advice’s Third Scintillating Starts Contest. I’ll respond like an agent/editor. You get perspective. All finalists are winners & can say that to prospective publishers. Small cash award and publication. Deadline: October 18. Cost: $20. Details at www.writeradvice.com.

EUGENE PAUL NASSAR POETRY PRIZE. Annual competition presented by Utica College celebrating upstate New York poets. $2,000 cash prize for winning English language poetry collection published between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, by upstate author. Vanity press and self-published works excluded. Must be single-author collections. No works in translation. Submission deadline: August 31. No entry fee. For detailed guidelines and entry form, visit www.utica.edu/nassarprize.

THE GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Use submission manager for electronic submission by August 15. https://graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit or send with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, P.O. Box 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. Include 2 cover pages (1 with complete contact info, 1 with no contact info) along with your 50–80 page manuscript, and SASE for results. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Dick Allen to judge. www.graysonbooks.com.

LITERAL LATTE Essay Awards. Send personal essays, 10,000 words max by September 30. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. All entries considered for publication. We have been caffeinating words for 20 years. Include e-mail for reply. Literal Latte, 200 E. 10th St., Suite 240, New York, NY 10003. Have a sip at www.literal-latte.com.

LOGAN HOUSE announces the 10th annual Holland Prize for the best unpublished book of poetry in American English. The winner will receive $500, and the winning manuscript will be published in 2015. For complete guidelines, visit www.loganhousepress.com.

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

THE MIND MAGAZINE Insight Poetry Prize Competition; $10 for 3 poems, 3 pages each maximum. $600 prize pool and publication. $300 first prize. Website: www.mindmagazine.net. Judged by award-winning poet Michael Spring. August 15 deadline. September 30 prize announcement. Checks to Mind Magazine, P.O. Box 387, O’Brien, OR 97534.

NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW 6th annual Narrative Poetry Contest call for submissions. $1,000 first prize for 1 poem. Submit July 1-September 1. All finalists and semi-finalists published in Winter 2015 issue. For guidelines go to http://naugatuckriverreview.com/contest.

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 third annual Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Contest. Kate Bernheimer 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. See www.omnidawn.com/contest/fiction for guidelines.

OMNIDAWN offers $3,000 prize for our annual First/Second Book Poetry Contest. Timothy Donnelly will judge. Electronic and postal submissions. Deadline extended: 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.

PINYON invites high quality submissions of poetry and short fiction from emerging and established writers. Reading period is August 1–December 1. Send short bio, including e-mail address, and SASE to Pinyon, Department of Languages, Literature and Mass Communication, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 N. Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501.

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

TALKING WRITING Flash Nonfiction and Writing Advice Contest. Talking Writing Prizes are awarded annually. The 2014 categories are flash nonfiction on any theme and advice articles that offer creative suggestions to writers. Winners receive $250 plus publication in Talking Writing. Judges: Dinty W. Moore (flash nonfiction), Emily Toth (writing advice). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 1. Website: http://talkingwriting.com/contests.

TEBOT BACH announces the 2015 Patricia Bibby First Book Award: $1,000 and book publication. Deadline: October 31 postmark. Winner announced April 2015. 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.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS / NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL Poetry Contest. A single entry is 2–4 unpublished poems of any theme with combined length of up to 400 lines. Prize: $1,000, public reading, VIP festival pass ($500 value) at 29th annual Festival (March 25–29, 2015), and publication. Judge: TBA. Deadline: August 15. $20 entry fee. Poetry Contest, 938 Lafayette St., Suite 514, New Orleans, LA 70113. Guidelines and online submission: www.tennesseewilliams.net/contests.

THIRD COAST 2015 Poetry & Fiction Contests. Prizes: Publication and $1,000 for best poem/$1,000 for best short story. Postmark deadline: January 15. For complete details, visit: www.thirdcoastmagazine.com/contests.

TREASURE CHEST PRESS seeks fiction/nonfiction manuscripts that are unique, clever, idiosyncratic, stylish, dark, gritty-as long as they are intriguing. Currently soliciting short erotic mysteries for upcoming anthology. We are anxious to help develop unique voices and/or points of view. For info and guidelines, visit www.treasurechestpress.com.

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.


THE RHODE ISLAND WRITERS’ CIRCLE online magazine is proud to present Peter Bourret's memoir, WAR.  "An intense, challenging, in your face, gut-wrenching mixture of narrative and poetry. More disturbing than most people can handle"--author Tony DiBella.  Sometimes a story comes along that must be told.  A riveting  free read at www.riwriterscircle.com. Reader's reviews are. appreciated.  Send to thewriterscircle@aol.com

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


BRITTANY WRITER’S HOUSE. 19th-century stone house on a river/canal; five 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; five hours from Paris. For details and photos contact: Phone: (510) 866-5496. E-mail: mgdonna@aol.com or dmu4mg@aol.com.

WELLSPRING HOUSE RETREAT CENTER for writers and artists in the Massachusetts 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.


JAMES MERRILL House Writer-in-Residence Program invites writers to work in James Merrill’s Stonington, CT, apartment for brief residencies of two to six weeks during the fall or a four and a half  month period in the spring. Adjacent living quarters are provided rent-free. A stipend is offered. Application deadline for 2015–2016 is January 15, 2015. Please visit www.jamesmerrillhouse.org.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD Writer’s Residency. Two-week and month-long 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, W. Tisbury, MA 02575.

OUTLINE YOUR NEXT NOVEL: one or two week retreat at idyllic Salem Art Works, Salem, NY, July 7–20. Emerging and established novelists. Pair up with a peer to hash out a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of your book, then go off and write. Submission deadline: June 7. Room/board: $50/day. Details at www.salemartworks.org/writing-residency/ and www.outlineyournovelworkshop.com.


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.

YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE to send your creative writing? Submission leads/guidelines. Cover/query letter tips. Join 30,000+ writers who subscribe to Submit Write Now! In our 20th year! Writer’s Relief, Inc., 207 Hackensack St., Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075. Phone: (866) 405-3003. Website: www.writersrelief.com.


1A EDITING at Jacob’s Studio Workshop. Jump-start stalled work. Refine your manuscript to completion and publication. Teacher and award-winning writer and editor Jacob Miller (editor of Empyrea, Times-Mirror, The Yorkville Anthology; recipient of Hopwood Award—Poetry; Best of Lit. Prize—Nonfiction; NYFA grants—Fiction) offers workshops and private editing in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Phone: (917) 279-3018. E-mail jbmil@prodigy.net. Website: www.jacobs-studio.org.

20 YEARS GHOSTWRITING, book marketing experience. Attention from top publishers and agents, and self-publishing success. Bulk sales, indie funding assistance. Queries, proposals, development, editing for fiction and nonfiction from creation to contract. 22 clients currently under contract with publishing consultant Laine Cunningham. E-mail: consultant@writersresource.us. Toll-free (866) 212-9805. Website: writersresource.us.

ACCELERATE YOUR WRITING! Let an award-winning author, experienced editor, and Johns Hopkins MA help you transform your manuscript. Honest, sensitive, affordable critiques, mentoring/coaching, ghostwriting. Contact: herta@chrysaliseditorial.com, (301) 704-1455. Already looking for an agent? Chrysalis offers representation for literary fiction & memoir. Currently seeking YA fiction for submission guidelines see www.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), editor, and teacher offers copyediting, critique, mentoring, and consultation. Memoir, personal essays, novels, short fiction. Patient, supportive approach. References available. E-mail: info@marciatrahan.com. Web site: www.marciatrahan.com.

ACCOMPLISHED EDITOR Wyn Cooper seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. I’ve published four books; 11 books I edited in 2012 are being published this year. I help writers revise and perfect their manuscripts, and offer publishing advice. Fee negotiable. Free consultation. See website for testimonials: www.wyncooper.com. E-mail: wyncooper@gmail.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; Masters, counseling psychology. Call Jill Breckenridge at (612) 371-9010. E-Mail: jbreckenridge@visi.com. Website: www.jillbreckenridge.com.

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. Contact Michele Cooper at mapleaspen@aol.com Website: www.bookeditingsolutions.com.

A MANUSCRIPT you've worked on for months or years deserves educated attention, honest criticism and creative suggestions. I'm a New York Times praised novelist and memoirist who has edited fiction and nonfiction for over a decade, for individuals and organizations. Whether you plan on sending your work to magazines or book agents, or intend to self-publish, I can help you present your writing at its best. Reasonable rates. www.mkdiehl.squarespace.com.

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

AUTHORS NEED INSTANT GRATIFICATION? We’ll print, bind, and ship your books in two days. High-quality, perfect-bound books, full-color covers, easy ordering, helpful staff. Casebound and coil-bound also available. Our authors just love us! For details, visit www.48hrbooks.com or call (800) 231-0521.

AWAKEN YOUR CREATIVITY. Jump-start your ideas or enrich existing work. I specialize in plays, journalism, or screenplays, but can help with any literary form. Credits: Harvard BA, 20 produced plays, many columns and essays in print, 6 screenplays, teaching at 3 Minnesota universities. John Fenn: (612) 371-9010, john@johnfenn.net. Website: www.johnfenn.net.

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

BEAUFORT Writing Group Developmental Editor. Academic/fiction/ memoir copyeditor: 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. Phone: (252) 269-0032. E-mail: susu@susanschmidt.net, susankiwi15@gmail.com. Website: www.susanschmidt.net.

BOOK EDITOR: I am a developmental book editor of fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Formerly a literary agent’s assistant, I shoot straight at the mark; I won’t b.s. you. Insightful, honest, helpful feedback is what every author needs, and the due diligence and respect that go along with that. My website/blog: michaelmohrwriter.com. Twitter: Michael_Editor. Member: Bay Area Editors’ Forum. E-mail: michaelmohreditor@gmail.com.

CARVE LITERARY SERVICES, under the umbrella of Carve magazine, provides professional one-on-one assistance for a variety of writing, editing, and publishing needs. Choose your service and consultant online and get started immediately. Our popular Writer’s Coach service will help develop your skill and craft. All genres, lengths welcome. Website: http://carvelit.com.

DON’T HAVE TIME to submit your creative writing? We can help. Submission leads and cover/query letter guidelines. Join 30,000+ writers who subscribe to Submit Write Now! In our 20th 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 manu-script. 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.

EXPERIENCED YALE and Columbia trained psychologist-psychoanalyst and award-winning fiction author available to work with writers and other artists on inner blocks to creativity and productivity. (212) 749-5304.

IS YOUR POETRYmanuscript 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.aprilossmann.com. E-mail: aprilossmann@hotmail.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. Phone: (903) 326-4945.

A MANUSCRIPT you’ve worked on for months or years deserves educated attention, honest criticism and creative suggestions. I’m a New York Times praised novelist and memoirist who has edited fiction and nonfiction for over a decade, for individuals and organizations. Whether you plan on sending your work to magazines or book agents, or intend to self-publish, I can help you present your writing at its best. Reasonable rates. Website: www.mkdiehl.squarespace.com.

POETRY MANUSCRIPT CONSULTATION to meet your needs. Personal, comprehensive editing by senior editor and copublisher of Omnidawn Publishing (2001 to present) and winner of Laughlin Award, Colorado Prize, Ahsahta Prize, Dorset Prize, and four PSA Awards. Experienced teacher of MFA workshops. Visit www.rustymorrison.com for more information. Phone: (510) 237-5472; E-mail rusty@omnidawn.com.

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.

UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL of your manuscript! Want to write a good book? I can help. My powerful and comprehensive editorial services will give your manuscript an edge. In-depth evaluation, plot/character development, line editing, rewrites. Benefit from years of editorial experience at major publishing houses. Helga Schier, PhD, website: www.withpenandpaper.com, phone: (310) 828-8421, e-mail: withpenandpaper@verizon.net.

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. Website: http://write-goals.com. E-mail: joannsmith.writegoals@gmail.com.

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

2015 MEXICO MASTER CLASSES. Join accomplished peers from around the world for our 12th season. Small, selective workshops in legendary village near the great volcanoes. January 9–18, 2015. Optional residency extension. Faculty: Jennifer Clement, Owen Sheers, Alison Wearing, Magda Bogin, Jonathan Levi, Ben Clark. www.underthevolcano.org.

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. Phone: (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.

LIVE FREE AND WRITE August 17–22, writing getaway in Sunapee, NH. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, workshops, homemade meals and relaxing by the pool. Choose from “Reimagining Memoir” with Mimi Schwartz or “Free-Writing Intensive” with Douglas Goetsch. Register by July 1 and save $75: www.murphywriting.com.

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

WRITING AND YOGA RETREAT February 7–14, 2015. Experience the magic of Guatemala at Villa Sumaya along beautiful Lake Atitlan with Patricia Lee Lewis, Jacqueline Sheehan and yoga instructor Jane Mortifee. Daily workshops and MS critiques. Website: www.writingretreats.org.

THE WRITING BY WRITERS WORKSHOP at Tomales Bay, California will be held on October 22–16, 2014.  Our faculty includes Dorothy Allison, Robert Boswell, Kwame Dawes, Andre Dubus III, Pam Houston and Antonya Nelson. Workshops will be offered in fiction, memoir and poetry —including a full manuscript master class. www.writingxwriters.org.

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