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ANTHOLOGY OF WRITING on domestic verbal, emotional, and physical abuse. We are seeking work by survivors of domestic abuse. Creative nonfiction, memoir, flash nonfiction. Please note that at this time we are not accepting poetry. Deadline: October 15. The book will be published by McFarland & Company; contributors will receive a complimentary copy. Please send your submission in Word, with a brief cover letter and 50-word bio to Judith Skillman,, and Linera Lucas, This text is dedicated to all those who dared to break the silence.

THE CHRYSALIS PROJECT seeks poems for an anthology about caregiving for any form of dementia. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works accepted as long as the writer holds rights. Submit up to 3 poems/5 pages of poetry. Deadline: September 30. For complete guidelines visit:

FOR POETRY/PROSE ANTHOLOGY, A 21st Century Plague: Poetry and Prose of a Pandemic, writer/editor seeks submissions. 36 lines of poetry, counting spaces. Short prose: 1,000 words max, double spaced. Include all contact information. Deadline: November 30. Please submit via e-mail with work embedded. E-mail:

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS BY CHILDREN for our annual Young Poets Anthology—poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: November 15. Children, parents, or teachers may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

THE 6TH ANNUAL BRIGHTHORSE BOOK PRIZE will award $1,000 and publication to the writers of the best novel, collection of poetry, and collection of short fiction. Deadline: October 1. $25 entry fee. All submissions considered for publication. More information: To enter:

ATMOSPHERE PRESS is currently seeking submissions of full-length book manuscripts in all genres—from poetry to fiction to memoir and beyond—with no reading fee. Atmosphere Press is an independent publisher dedicated to honesty, transparency, professionalism, kindness, and making your book awesome. Learn more at

BLUE LIGHT PRESS BOOK AWARD—Imagistic, inventive, honest poems that push the edge. Send 50- to 80-page manuscript, SASE, $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by January 30, 2021. For guidelines, e-mail Website:

DOES YOUR WRITING ENGAGE DEEPLY WITH PLACE? Nonprofit Torrey House Press seeks book-length literary fiction and nonfiction by new and diverse voices that inform, expand, and reshape the dialogue on environmental justice and stewardship for the human and more-than-human world. Full submission guidelines at

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual, 98-year-old literary awards in 2 categories: Literature for adults and literature for children and young adults. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit books published in 2020. Generous monetary prizes awarded. Guidelines: Authors must reside (or have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is non-resident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction, please. No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2020, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 hard copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Karen Pulver, Literature Awards Chair, 748 Western Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

JADED IBIS PRESS CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: the Black Voices Prose series, the Black Voices Poetry series, and the Latinx Voices series. See submission guidelines for manuscripts as well as guidelines for the submission of short pieces to Scarlet, a literary blog, which pays $80 for selected work. Website:

SARABANDE BOOKS OPEN ESSAY MONTH is open for submissions September 1–30. Submissions are open to essay manuscripts in English and may be a single essay or collection of essays between 150–250 pages. Complete guidelines at

VINAL PUBLISHING INC. is seeking exceptional novels, YA, middle grade, and children’s books. We pay fair royalty plus small cash advance. Address: 193 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202. Website: See our display ad on page 161. 

JEANNE LEIBY ANNUAL CHAPBOOK AWARD by The Florida Review. Winner receives chapbook publication plus $1,000. Accepts fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative (flash collections or long-form). Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. For guidelines, see

2018 NOMINEE: ONE OF THE TOP 10 LITERARY BLOGS ON THE WEB. The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at

THE 2020 SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER THEME at Sequestrum is for reprints! We’re accepting previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Standard pay rates and publication applies. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: December 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

AJI MAGAZINE is calling for poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, reviews, photography, and graphic art from emerging and established writers and artists. Submissions open on May 1 and November 1 and close once the upcoming issue is filled. Back issues are available at; e-mail queries can be sent to

BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and nonfiction about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submission period July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Please identify simultaneous submissions; notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Website:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Creosote: a journal of poetry and prose. Please submit hard copies of 3–5 poems, or prose up to 5,000 words. Submission deadline: March 1, 2021. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, Editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO SPANK the CARP. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, CNF, 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

CHANGES IN LIFE monthly online newsletter is seeking personal essays from women of all ages. New writers are encouraged to submit their work. For further details and submission guidelines, please visit the website at:

EMRYS JOURNAL accepts submissions for its 38th issue August 1–November 1. Prizes of $250 will be awarded to 1 selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. This year’s theme is “Embodied.” For more information, visit

EVENING STREET REVIEW seeks previously unpublished work. Submit 3–6 poems or 1–2 prose pieces. Payment is 1 contributor’s copy. E-mail submissions are preferred as a single .docx or .rtf file. Mail to: or Evening Street Press, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

FOR AN ISSUE ON “COMPASSION,” Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction, & indeterminate prose between October 1, 2020, and February 15, 2021. To submit online or hard copy texts or visuals, go to Queries:

FOURTH GENRE: EXPLORATIONS IN NONFICTION is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Go to between August 30 and November 30. Detailed submission guidelines available at

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 21st annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit

FULL BLEED, annual journal of art and design, seeks new writing and artwork for our fifth issue. Deadline: January 10, 2021. For details, see

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fifth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to by December 31. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.

GLIMPSE SEEKS POEMS for Issue #53! For submission guidelines, please send SASE to George J. Searles, Editor, Box 51, Clinton, NY 13323. E-mail:

THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Submit at Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New Her Words literary magazine for women.

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees and reads submissions August through April. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Details and links to our submission manager can be found at

ITALIAN AMERICANA wants poems on any subject in any style by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Fiction and creative nonfiction also welcome. Deadline for winter 2021 is November 1. For full guidelines, visit

LIPS POETRY MAGAZINE (founded 1981 by poet Laura Boss) is seeking submissions for a Lyn Lifshin Tribute Issue. Deadline: November 30. Only unpublished work. No submission fee. SASE. Guidelines: LIPS, Laura Boss, Editor, P.O. Box 616, Florham Park, NJ 07932.

MONTHS TO YEARS seeks submissions of creative nonfiction (up to 2,500 words), poetry, photography, and art related to death and dying. Submission guidelines:

MUSE SEEKS WORK FOR SPRING 2021 ISSUE. Up to 3 poems or 1 prose piece (1,500 words max): include e-mail, address, phone, & short, third-person bio. Send: Attn. James Ducat, RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Due to the pandemic, we are accepting submissions at Please e-mail attachment in .doc, .pdf, with “LastName – Genre – Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. FB: @RCCMuseMagazine; IG: @rccmuse.

PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT, the publishing arm of a nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career artists and writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and nonbinary authors. No submission fee! We also accept novels and short story collections: See our website for more information:

PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS. New online publication from the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service at Northeastern University in Boston. November 15 deadline for unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. Submit work that deepens the inward life; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; and advances dialogue. Seeking pieces for feature section on spiritual/humanist responses to Black Lives Matter and movements to dismantle oppression. International and underrepresented groups especially welcome. Submit 3–5 pieces; simultaneous submissions OK. Send in a single doc, 12-point TNR with bio in third person, via Submittable or to Currently non-paying; no fee. Questions? E-mail Alexander Levering Kern, co-editor, at, or visit

RADICAL TEACHER seeks well-crafted, vivid poems, traditional to experimental, feminist, socialist, anti-racist, inclusive, focused on social justice and/or radical pedagogy. Send 2 to 4 poems to Send inquiries to

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS BY NEURODIVERSE POETS for the Spring 2021 issue: Poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written by those with neurological differences who identify with the idea of neurodiversity. Deadline: October 15. Online submissions accepted as image files. For more information, visit our website:

RÉSONANCE, AN ONLINE LITERARY JOURNAL, invites submissions of previously unpublished fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, graphic fiction, translations, and reviews for an issue focused on Latinx (especially Chicanx) and Franco-American experience in relation to the theme of “Borderlands: North and South.” Please review the submission guidelines for more information:

RIVERSEDGE accepts fiction, poetry, and CNF submissions from October 1 to March 1. Previous contributors include Sandra Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye, Denise Duhamel, and Jason Allen. All entries eligible for annual contests. Visit

THE SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites mailed submissions of CNF, fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and cross-genre material. 2020 theme is “Tapestry: Culture, Diversity, and Common Ground.” Mail typed, double-spaced submissions of 2,000 words or fewer (all genres) + SASE to SFLR, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508 by November 1. Website:

SAPIENS—A DIGITAL MAGAZINE that illuminates anthropology for a general audience—invites submissions of literary anthropological poems. Submit up to 3 poems. Must have an anthropology background. For guidelines and to submit: Queries:

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR A LITERARY MAGAZINE that includes an artist of the issue and their work. Poetry, short stories, essays, comics, art, photography, etc. are welcome at any time for possible publication. Magazine pays in copies. Submit to For questions, check out

SLAB IS SEEKING CNF, fiction, poetry, and text-based graphic art documenting the state of American unrest for its upcoming issue. Send us your work limning injustice, resistance, violence, change, representation, et al. More info at

SUBMIT WHATEVER POEMS WHENEVER in the body of an e-mail or in just 1 attachment. The Great American Poetry Show. Website: E-mail:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open September 1 through November 30 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:

TINT JOURNAL, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by non-native English or ESL writers. See our homepage for the next open call and our guidelines, and submit via; #showyourtint and follow us @tintjournal.

TIPTON POETRY JOURNAL. Published quarterly by Indiana nonprofit Brick Street Poetry Inc. $25 payment for 1 Featured Poem per issue. Online and print versions. TPJ nominated poet Christopher Todd Anderson was selected for the 2018 Pushcart Prize anthology. Details and links to our submission manager can be found at

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 quality experimental work. Read us. Write for us. Submissions accepted year-round. For guidelines, see

UNDER THE SUN, A JOURNAL OF CREATIVE NONFICTION, will be reading submissions for its 25th annual edition from September 1 till January 2. Please address all correspondence to Martha Highers, editor, at (preferred) or via ground mail at Under The Sun, P.O. Box 332, Cookeville, TN 38501.

UPSTREET: Award-winning annual’s 17th issue seeks quality submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. Past issues feature interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Robert Olen Butler, Joan Wickersham, Andre Dubus III, Robin Black, Ann Hood, and David Jauss. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews and pays for published stories. 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: For more, contact Websites: or

BLUE MARBLE REVIEW is an online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages 13–22. We are looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, personal essays, as well as art and photography. The goal of our journal is to assemble in each issue a broad range of voices, perspectives, and life experiences. Website:

17TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL, Delray Beach, FL, January 18–23, 2021. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Vievee Francis, Kevin Prufer, Martha Rhodes and Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Special guests: Gregory Orr and the Parkington Sisters. Poet At Large: Brian Turner. To find out more, visit Apply to attend this year’s virtual workshops!

21ST ANNUAL SOMOS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, October 9–10. Online via Zoom, the premier Southwest Storytelling Festival features storytellers Gayle Ross, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation; Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) a Diné (Navajo); and Cisco Guevara, a multigenerational New Mexican. FMI, go to: or call SOMOS at (575) 758-0081.

BIPOC & VETERAN SCHOLARSHIPS OPEN for apps August 1! Join Kiese Laymon, Jennifer Haigh, Ravi Howard, & many more for a week (May 10–17) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, & social events. This working/writing vacation happens every year in the beachside town of Seaside, FL. See what you missed at

LIT YOUNGSTOWN FALL LITERARY FESTIVAL. Online, September 24–26, “In Many Tongues,” featuring Cynthia Atkins, poetry; Quincy Flowers, fiction; David Giffels, creative nonfiction; Janet Wong, children’s literature. Readings, craft talks, sessions on publishing, eco-poetry, animation, children’s literature, family narratives, code switching, more. Registration: $45; grad students/part-time faculty: $10; undergraduate: free. Website:

$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by November 30—best poetry: $1,000; fiction: $1,000; nonfiction: $1,000; flash fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “The entry fee is reasonable, and I love the structure of NMW. It allows writers to submit all types of work, and the site is incredibly user-friendly.”—Arvilla Fee, recent submitter. Visit

2020 WILDER SERIES POETRY BOOK PRIZE FOR WOMEN OVER 50 is now open. Winner receives $1,000, book published by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of print book, and a vintage art nouveau pendant. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: December 31. Full guidelines:

2021 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Quan Barry. Deadline: January 15, 2021. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2021 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION. $1,000 advance, publication and 50 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading fee: $30. Enter September 1–December 31. Press 53 Publisher Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2021. Complete details at

2021 WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE will accept submissions January 1 through April 1, 2021. The prize honors nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as subject and setting. It recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career, or established nonfiction writers are welcome to apply. The prize will recognize 1 writer with a $2,500 award; a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR; and a residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, OR. Submission guidelines:

15TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & NY High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present poem. Judge: Erika Meitner. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

THE ALICE JAMES AWARD PRIZE. $2,000, book publication. Description: AJB is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts postmarked or via Submittable until November 2. Entrants must reside in the U.S. Additional manuscripts may also be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. Guidelines:

THE AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW’S ANNUAL WRITING AWARDS are open for submissions through October 1. Send us your best work in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. $1,000 will be awarded to each winner. Find complete submission details at:

THE ATLANTIS AWARD is given for the best poem. The winning poet receives $300, publication, and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow website. Finalists may be published. We nominate for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best New Poets. Deadline: October 1. Website:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MONADNOCK ESSAY COLLECTION PRIZE open for submissions. Prize: book-length collection of essays, $1,000, book publication with our Fall 2021 titles. Entry fee: $30. Postmark/submission deadline: December 15, 2020. Judge is essayist Steven Harvey. Check our website for details:

BE PART OF A 150-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine. Each of our 4 contests awards $1,000 or more, and applicants receive a complimentary copy. Submissions June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard. Website:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW’S ANNUAL CONTESTS for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are open December 1 to March 15. $1,000 first-place prizes. $20 entry fee. General submissions are open September 15 to December 1. Bellingham Review is dedicated to offering continual support to our authors. See complete submission guidelines at

THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Books. $1,000 cash prize, publication, and 50 copies. Submit 1 full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Entry fee: $25. Submissions open: September 1 to December 1. Learn more:

BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction contest. $1,000 and publication for best unpublished poem, story, and creative nonfiction essay. Submit 1 story, 1 essay, or 3 poems with $20. All entrants receive magazine. No manuscripts returned. Contest reading time: August 1–November 1. Name/address on cover sheet only. Open to all writers. Submit online or snail mail. SASE required. Address: Briar Cliff Review Contest, 3303 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51104. Website:

CALL FOR PROSE POEMS. Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition. Deadline: November 30. Send us your best work. Two hundred words or fewer per prose poem. Three prose poems per entry. $5 per entry. Cash prizes. See submission details at Twelve other categories including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and youth.

CALLING ALL GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—seeks quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. First prize: $250 + publication. We like work with both feminist and Jewish content. Please send submissions to:, with Fiction Contest Submission and your name in the subject line. Be sure to include full contact info on the ms. Deadline: December 31.

CAVE WALL SEEKS NOMINATIONS by November 1 for the Nina Riggs Poetry Award, recognizing the finest poems about relationships/family/domestic life published in the last 3 years. No self-nominations. Congratulations to our 2020 winner, Rachel Eliza Griffiths. Details: or SASE to Cave Wall Press, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546.

CHARLES B. WHEELER POETRY PRIZE. Submissions open: September 1. Judge: Marcus Jackson. A $2,500 prize and publication by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of OSU Press, is awarded for a poetry collection. $23 entry fee includes a subscription to The Journal. For guidelines, visit

CIDER PRESS REVIEW BOOK AWARD. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $26. Judge: TBD. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CODHILL PRESS PAULINE UCHMANOWICZ POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 30. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgements, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) to: $30 entry fee. For complete guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW presents their Comstock Writers Group Chapbook contest. Top prize: $1,000 and 50 author’s copies. Submit manuscript of 25–34 pages (see line limit per page) between August 1–October 31. Entry fee $30 includes copy of winning chapbook. Visit the website for complete guidelines, which must be followed. Online submission fee extra. Peggy Miller, Comstock Review editor, will judge. Address: CR Chapbook, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: Facebook:

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FIRST PAGES PRIZE 2020 WINNERS: Pip McKay, NZ, first; Jessica Elisheva Emerson, USA, and Carrie Cogan, Canada, second equal; Tej Rae, USA, fourth place. Submit your first 5 pages of a longer fiction or nonfiction manuscript for the 2021 prize. For details, visit

THE CONNECTICUT POETRY SOCIETY (CPS) devotes its 2020 Connecticut River Review Contest to the natural world. Call it wild, wilderness, environment, the place of the soul. We want great, ecological, and ecocritical poems of praise, complication, outrage, and concern that move us, enlighten us, provoke us. The contest judge is CT Poet Laureate Margaret Gibson. Submissions August 1 to September 30 via Previously unpublished, 80-line limit. Prizes: first: $400; second: $100; third: $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. Guidelines on Submittable and CPS website:

CROSSWINDS SIXTH ANNUAL CONTEST begins November 1. Deadline is December 31. Awards $1,750 in prizes. Winner receives $1,000, with $500, and $250 for the second and third place. $20 for up to 3 poems. We publish 100 poems in our annual contest issue. Judge will be Margaret Gibson, poet Laureate of CT. Pays 1 contributor copy. The 10 finalists will receive 2 contributor copies. Guidelines at

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2021 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge—Carl Phillips is the author of 14 books of poetry. His poetry collection, Double Shadow, was a finalist for the 2011 National Book Award for poetry and won the 2011 Los Angeles Book Prize for Poetry. $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention); all finalists will be published in the 2021 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines, please visit our website:

DZANC BOOKS seeks innovative and incendiary literary fiction novels and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication; and the Short Story Collection Prize, offering $2,000 and publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Contests close September 30. Details at

DZANC BOOKS seeks literary fiction and nonfiction submissions for the inaugural Dzanc Diverse Voices Prize, open to writers from minority, underrepresented, or marginalized communities. Guest-judged by Charles Johnson, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and Robert Lopez. Winner will receive a $3,000 advance and publication. No reading fee. Closes September 30. Details at

FISCHER PRIZE/CANTOR AWARD: $1,000 national prize, five $200 finalist prizes, and $500 for best CO entry, plus partial travel stipends to Talking Gourds Awards in Telluride (CO) October 9–11. Judge: CA performance poet Claire Blotter. August 30 deadline. Fees are $10 per poem ($25 for 3). Guidelines:

GREEN LINDEN PRESS announces The Wishing Jewel Prize, honoring a manuscript that challenges expectations of genre, form, or mode while engaging the rich possibilities of lyrical expression. Named for an essay in Anne Carson’s innovative book Plainwater, we look forward to work that questions the boundaries of what poems and books can be. Winner receives $1,000 and publication. Finalists considered for publication. Deadline: November 30. $25 fee. Visit

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: First prize: $2,500, publication, & agency review. Deadline: December 31. Entry fee: $20. // LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction: First prize: $1,250, publication, & agency review. Deadline: November 15. Entry fee: $16. All entries will be considered for publication. Guidelines:

NEW RIVERS PRESS MANY VOICES PROJECT AWARD. Two prizes of publication and $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, 1 in poetry and 1 in prose. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry September 1–December 31 with $25 entry fee. Submit online at

NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD Poetry Award: 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). 2020 Award update: Winner receives $2,500 and publication in Voices from the Attic. Judge: Jan Beatty. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 4 poems, any style, per submission. No entry fee. Submissions by e-mail only to Receipt deadline: October 1, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. For complete rules, call: (412) 578-6346; e-mail:; or visit

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE. $300 for winning poem, $200 divided among runners-up. $5 fee for 3 unpublished poems. Deadline: September 15. Submit online at Submittable ( Paper submissions accepted from incarcerated poets; address: Princemere Poetry Prize, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA 01984. Previous winners at

PUBLIC POETRY: VIDEO PROMPT POETRY CONTEST starts September 1. Writers are invited to craft poems in response to videos provided. Best poems will be used to create poetry films that will premiere at REELpoetry/HoustonTX, an annual international poetry film festival online in February 2021. Complete details & guidelines at

RALEIGH REVIEW is open for regular submissions and 2 contests: the Flash Fiction Prize and the Geri Digiorno Multi-Genre Collage Visual & Literary Award. RR is a nonprofit literary arts organization now in its eleventh year. Works selected during the fall submission period will appear in the spring issue. To submit, visit

RHINO IS OPEN September 1–October 15 for submissions of poetry, flash (500 words max), and translations for its annual Founders’ Contest. Entry fee of $15 per submission; first prize of $500 and 2 runners-up prizes of $100 each. All submissions considered for publication in our 2021 issue, and for our $500 Editors’ Prize. For 40+ years, RHINO’s award-winning annual print journal has featured stunning, eclectic work—“powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). To buy our gorgeous 2020 issue; to read RHINO Reviews, our online magazine reviewing the most compelling new American poetry; and for submission guidelines:

RIVER TEETH LITERARY NONFICTION BOOK PRIZE. A prize of $1,000 and publication with University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book of creative nonfiction. Megan Stielstra will judge. Submit a manuscript of 150 to 400 pages with a $27 entry fee (which includes a 1-year subscription) to River Teeth via Submittable between August 1–October 31. Visit for complete guidelines. Submissions for the journal and our online weekly feature, Beautiful Things, both open on September 1; please visit our website for guidelines and submit to us via Submittable. River Teeth encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers. E-mail us at with questions; find us on Instagram
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THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approx $2,800 for Book of the Year and category winners. Winners also receive write-ups on Goodreads and a glass plaque. Reputable judges. Entry fee: $60. Closing date: March 31, 2021. Website:

SAINTS + SINNERS LGBTQ+ LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 2 contests opening May 1. Deadlines are October 1 for fiction and October 15 for poetry. Prizes include cash, publication, public reading, and festival passes. SASFest is held in late March in the New Orleans French Quarter. Visit

SEEKING POEMS REGARDING WINE (appreciation/imbibing/production), vineyards, Napa Valley, etc. Selected poems will appear on the Judd’s Hill website (, where previous years’ poems can be found and enjoyed. Contest winner will receive a very big bottle of Judd’s Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Final judge is award-winning writer Leza Lowitz, author of over 20 books of poetry and prose. No entry fee. Please submit a maximum of 3 poems and a brief cover letter with contact information by November 1 to

SELECTED SHORTS’ STELLA KUPFERBERG MEMORIAL SHORT STORY CONTEST judge by author Joshua Ferris. Prize includes $1,000; publication on; a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 5, 2021. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’S 2021 BOGGS FICTION PRIZE seeks flash, medium, and traditional-length stories for its upcoming issue. First place: $650, publication, & a hand-bound, artist chapbook; second: $400 and publication. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Anjali Sachdeva, author of All the Names They Used for God, winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, named a Best Book by NPR, and NEA Creative Writing fellowship recipient. Reading September 1, 2020–February 1, 2021; $10 reading fee. Details:

SLIPSTREAM ANNUAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copy of winner and a classic issue of Slipstream. Send up to 40 pages and $20 reading fee to Slipstream, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For further details and new guidelines, visit:

SOUL-MAKING KEATS LITERARY COMPETITION. $5 entry fee. Cash prizes. Thirteen categories: Poetry, literary nonfiction, intercultural essay, short story, prose poetry, flash fiction, novel excerpt, humor, memoir, sonnet, religious essay, young adult poetry, young adult prose. Ongoing deadline: November 30. Mail: SMK 1544 Sweetwood Dr., Broadmoor Vlg., CA 94015. E-mail: Website:

STORY MAGAZINE AWARDS $1,500 and publication in our summer 2021 issue for a single short story. $25 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription (3 issues). Deadline is December 15. Winners will be announced in March 2021. For complete guidelines, visit

SUNDOG POETRY CENTER will accept submissions for manuscripts of a first book or second book by a VT poet from September 1 to October 31. A cash prize of $500 will be awarded along with 50 copies and assistance with promotion through a featured book launch and readings. Manuscripts between 48 and 64 pages must be authored by a poet who resides in VT; proof of residency required along with a $20 application fee via Submittable. Final judge: Mary Ruefle. Website:

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 4 contests opening May 1. Deadlines: October 1 for one-act play and fiction; October 15 for very short fiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, festival tickets, publication, and public readings. The festival is held in late March in the French Quarter. Visit

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST. 18th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $3,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $15 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, edited by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 and publication. Up to 3 additional books also receive publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website:

VERN RUTSALA BOOK PRIZE: $1,000 prize and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Christopher Buckley will judge. Submit a 60- to 90-page manuscript with $25 entry fee by October 31. For complete guidelines, visit

THE WICKED WOMAN POETRY PRIZE, founded by Doritt Carroll, seeks submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.” Submissions accepted September  1, 2020–January 1, 2021. Contest judge: Nancy Naomi Carlson. Winner receives $250 and publication by Brickhouse Books. For contest guidelines, see

AWARD-WINNING ACTOR/SINGER Frank Shiner of Bakerson Records announces the launching of its new division—Bakerson Productions. Currently seeking straight plays and also musicals featuring role for a male 40s–50s. Please send submissions with your name and address on the cover page. Include a SASE if you would like your submission returned. We also take online submissions; please send to or send submissions to Bakerson Productions, P.O. Box 345, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

IKE’S CANYON RANCH WRITER’S RETREAT is a remote, high plains desert retreat, maintained by writers for writers in the spectacular Monitor Valley of Central NV. Our residencies, retreats, and workshops June–October are for writers seeking true silence and wild beauty to concentrate on their work. More info at

THE MASS MOCA EKPHRASTIC POETRY RETREAT, October 7–13. Explore the ways that visual art can open your perception and imagination to help you access emotion, memories, and find new forms of expression. Via Zoom if travel is restricted. Website: Contact with questions. Deadline: September 1.

WELLSPRING HOUSE RETREAT for writers, artists, scholars, east of the Berkshires, 35-min drive to Northampton/Amherst, 5-min walk to scenic lake. Four hours from NYC. Sheltered by towering spruce; secluded, but nestled in Ashfield village, with cafe, library, pub. Private room & workspace; communal kitchen, sun-porch, living room. Fees are $360/wk for a double, $330 for a single. Send résumé & work sample to Find out more:

WRITER’S HOUSE, BRITTANY, FRANCE. 150 years old. Beamed ceilings, original floors, quiet, safe, antique furnishings and all modern conveniences: shower, electricity, dishwasher, washer-dryer, DVD, Wi-Fi; ¾ acre with flowers and fruit trees; facing river/canal. Gorgeous. Contact Mark at; phone: (510) 866-5496 or (510) 290-9497.

26 SPLIT ROCK COVE RETREAT. A perfect space for writers in every season. Beautiful 1-bedroom apartment overlooking Mussel Ridge Cove, South Thomaston, ME. Apartment includes living room, eat-in kitchen, bath, laundry, and patio. Cable and internet access. Additional studio space possible. Preference given to those renting 2 weeks or more. Art/ writing workshops also offered. For more information, see Contact or call (207) 596-7624.

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS COLONY located in the hills overlooking beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five separate self-contained cottages with workspace & porch—easily providing social distancing. Cleaned/sanitized/3 days between residents. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. Apply/reserve now! E-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

JAMES MERRILL HOUSE invites writers of all genres, including translators and playwrights, to apply for its Fall 2021/Spring 2022 residencies. A stipend is offered, along with rent-free living space and access to James Merrill’s apartment, a National Historic Landmark in Stonington, CT. We offer 5–6 residencies per year. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2020, and will close on January 15, 2021. For additional information, please visit

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ABLE AND EXPERIENCED EDITOR for poetry and prose. Respectful. Thorough. Prize-winning author in multiple genres. As a team, we can raise your work—poems, flash, short stories, novel, memoir, query, or application letter—to the next level. Publication advice available. E-mail: Website:

AN ABLE AND WELL-KNOWN WRITER, TEACHER, EDITOR (Scribner, Random House, Bantam, Dell, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Narrative, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The American Scholar, Esquire, GQ, Ploughshares) offers manuscript critique, editing, private tutorials on short stories, novels, and literary nonfiction. Authors edited include Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, T. C. Boyle, Jennifer Egan, Min Jin Lee, Anthony Marra, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, James Salter, Robert Stone, and many others. Contact: Website:

ACCLAIMED POETRY EDITOR, former executive director of Alice James Books, 20 years of editing experience. Provides professional manuscript evaluation, comprehensive editing. Edits to suit various budgets. Workshops, tutorials, publishing, publicity advice. Author of Event Boundaries and Anxious Music (Four Way Books). CW MFA faculty editor at SNC. For further details, please visit website at: E-mail:

ACCOMPLISHED EDITOR WYN COOPER works with writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. I help you revise and perfect your manuscript, and offer publishing advice. Fifty-four books I edited have been published in the last six years; nine have won awards. Free consultation. See website for details: E-mail:

ACHIEVE YOUR WRITING GOALS. Respectful, affordable feedback in any genre. Award-winning writer with over 15 years of college teaching experience. From line edits to global revisions, character work to creative coaching, brainstorming to final draft, I’m here for what you need. MFA, PhD in CW. Initial consultations are free. Website:

AFFORDABLE, POWERFUL, AND COMPREHENSIVE EDITORIAL SERVICES give your manuscript an edge. Unlock the potential of your manuscript with in-depth evaluation, plot/character development, line editing, revisions. Benefit from years of editorial experience at Big 5 publishers. Want to write a good book? Let me help! Helga Schier, PhD, Website: Telephone: (310) 828-8421.

AMERICAN BOOK AWARD-WINNING NOVELIST available for editorial consultation. My clients have gotten agents, sold 6-figure debut novels, been accepted to MFA programs and residencies. I have a decade of experience teaching advanced novel writing, am a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN America. Full manuscript evaluations or ongoing 1-on-1 coaching and editing. References and discounted hourly packages available. Website:

ART OF THE NOVEL: I work with published and unpublished novelists in all phases of development, both privately and through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where I teach the Master Course in Novel Writing. I seek to combine the best of an experienced editor and inspiring teacher, helping writers revise their manuscripts. For testimonials, visit

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

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR offers sensitive, personalized coaching and editing. Recipient of Harold Vursell Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, an O’Henry, a Pushcart, publications in the Best American Short Stories. 25 years teaching experience, Barnard College, MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte, private practice: Website:

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: Website:

AWARD-WINNING, WIDELY PUBLISHED POET (National Book Critics Circle Award, Guggenheim fellowship, Best American Poetry) offers manuscript critique, editing, and support services. I will work with you to identify and bring out the secret potential in your writing, and help you create the poems you were meant to write. E-mail me at

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JAN FREEMAN, Paris Press’s founding director (1995–2018), provides coaching, manuscript consultations/development, and editing services for poets and writers. Let’s get your work ready to submit during this challenging time. Full-length manuscripts, new-and-selected collections, poetry chapbooks, works in progress, and projects you’d like to begin. Contact; website:

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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 (online during COVID-19 crisis) following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: Website:

ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOPS: Looking for feedback on your work? A great community of women writers? HerStry offers 6-week online writing workshops for writers looking to workshop novels, essays, and short stories. Personalized feedback and line by line edits included. To sign up, visit

UNDER THE VOLCANO 2021! Join accomplished peers from around the world in a virtual Community of the Imagination. Our 18th season. Three weeks of master classes and intergalactic conversation with stars of science and literature as we mark the first anniversary of the pandemic. World-class faculty. Selective, intimate workshops. January 9–29, 2021. Details:

THE YMCA’S DOWNTOWN WRITERS CENTER in Syracuse, NY, now celebrating its 20th anniversary season, offers a wide range of online creative writing workshops and literary readings. Workshops and craft courses are available in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and more—all taught by widely published writers who are serious both about craft and community. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced, publishing writer, we have programs that will keep you engaged and learning. For more information, visit or e-mail