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

RIVERFEET PRESS CALL for nature-themed fiction, nonfiction, and poems for the 2018 anthology Awake in the World, Vol. II. The first volume included over 40 writers, became a bestseller at several bookstores, and is available in Yellowstone National Park gift shops. Submission fee: $10. Deadline: September 30. Submit at

SOCIAL JUSTICE ANTHOLOGIES is seeking submissions for The Dreamers: Writing Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr & Anne Frank. Publication: early 2019 in honor of their 90th birthdays. Previously published work is allowed. For full details and Submittable link, visit

WE WANT DIVERSE VOICES from Puerto Rico: Stories, poems, experiences, those things that you want to tell the world and haven’t yet. Work may be on any subject, but should reference or relate to Puerto Rican identity. Work may be in Spanish, English, or both; we are open to work in translation, but require translated artist or estate permission. We will not consider work that is sexist, racist, or in other ways bigoted. Submit PDF or .doc/.docx attachment of 1–6 poems, 1–3 flash fiction or nonfiction, or short stories or essays up to 3,000 words to by September 30. Please include a brief biographical note of up to 50 words. Please place title(s) of work in a list within the e-mail, and include name and contact information on the first page of your submission. Previously published works considered. We acquire one-time print and electronic rights. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but if a work is accepted elsewhere, please alert us at the above e-mail. All contributors will receive a copy of the anthology, which will be distributed in both print and electronic forms. We look forward to reading your work! Contact:

2018 WILDER SERIES Poetry Book Prize for Women Over 50 is now open. Winner receives $1,000, book publication by Two Sylvias Press as both a print & e-book, 20 copies of print book, and a vintage art nouveau pendant. All entries considered for publication. Deadline: November 30. Guidelines:

BLUE LIGHT PRESS Book Award—imagistic, inventive, honest poems that push the edge. Send 50–80 page manuscript, SASE, and $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by January 30, 2019. For guidelines, e-mail Website:

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual 93-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 2018. 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 a nonresident) 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 2018, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Tammie Bob, Literature Awards Chair, 474 Stagecoach Run, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: Or Angela Gall, Young People’s Literature Awards Chair, 13325 S. Columbine Cir., Plainfield, IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

KENSINGTON PLACE BOOKS will produce your self-published book with imprint. Not a dashboard, but a publishing professional, I will answer your calls and consult with you on every detail. Offering a modestly priced standard book by designer of museum catalogues, or design to order. See Facebook page and message me:

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Send SASE, 2 copies of sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Ste. 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138. 

PEN + BRUSH BOOKS, the publishing arm of a 123-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and nonbinary authors. We also accept novels. No submission fee. See our website for more information:

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

WROLSTAD CONTEMPORARY POETRY SERIES—Tavern Books seeks submissions of new, full-length poetry manuscripts from female poets 40 years of age and younger, regardless of publication history. $1,000 book sales advance, paperback and hardcover publication, and a month-long writing residency in OR. Reading period: October 1, 2018–January 15, 2019. $15 reading fee. Submission guidelines:

CONCRETE WOLF Poetry Chapbook Award, judged by Amy MacLennan. Prize: 100 copies of perfect-bound chapbook available for sale on Amazon & elsewhere. Deadline: November 30. Fee: $20. Mail and e-mail submissions accepted. For details, go to or e-mail

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

ALGORITHM-FREE READERS! Actual human beings will read your submissions of funkadelic, saucy, and will-o’-the-wispy creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and text/image pieces for issue #14. Send us your traditional and medium-length work. We dig flash too. Reading period: August 1 until December 15. Yummy samples and loads more info at

AMP: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Accepting poetry, short prose, innovative text, cross-genre, multimedia, video poems + literary videos for Issue 4 of Hofstra University’s stunning digi-lit magazine. Send us your beautiful, your strange, your well-crafted, and heartfelt best! AMP: always electric. Submittable guidelines:

BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Blueline will celebrate its 40th anniversary with our summer 2019 issue. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions: mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify us immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its twentieth anniversary issue. Submission period: September 1–December 1. Send submissions to as PDF attachment(s) with subject line “BLR Fiction Submission” or “BLR Poetry Submission.” Limit 1 submission per author (1 short story for fiction and up to 3 poems for poetry). For samples of previously published work, see

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

CAVE WALL is reading poetry submissions postmarked September–October. Recent/upcoming contributors include Dan Albergotti, Sandra Beasley, Nickole Brown, Jennifer Grotz, Lola Haskins, Jessica Jacobs, Judson Mitcham, and Maxine Scates. For guidelines, send SASE to Cave Wall Press LLC, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546. Or 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:

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 E-mail submissions to

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2019 volume. Past volumes include works by Samiya Bashir, Lucas de Lima, Cynthia Manick, Paisley Rekdal, Ira Sukrungruang, among terrific new voices. Reading August 15 through December 1. Submission guidelines and mission statement:

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Games.” We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: November 19. Guidelines at

CUTBANK LITERARY MAGAZINE is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the upcoming winter issue. All genres open for submissions on September 15. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to

DECASP COMEDY GAZETTE is looking for comedy sketches, cartoons, limericks, poetry, flash, anything you’ve got that’s not merely humorous, but outright absurdly funny, emphasis on absurd. For examples and submission guidelines, check out

DUCTS, AN ONLINE lit mag, seeks original essays, fiction, memoir, humor, and poetry for 2018–2019. Authors receive $20 payment per published submission. Select submissions will be accompanied by artwork in the magazine and performed at an NYC reading series. Established and new writers welcome. Simultaneous submissions permitted. Guidelines and submission system at

EVENING STREET REVIEW (published twice a year) 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:

FICTION INTERNATIONAL. Call for submissions: “Body.” For an issue on “Body,” Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction, & indeterminate prose between October 1, 2018, and February 15, 2019. To submit online, hard copy texts, or visuals, go to Queries:

FOR ISSUE 54, Puerto Del Sol is seeking submissions that engage the theme of absence. Engage the fact of its ever-presence and show how it can define and concern. We are interested in negative space, blank maps, ephemera, and the partial. We are interested in what cannot always be measured in a world that constantly seeks to count and quantify. Send us formal engagements of absence and accounts of exile. Send us the vanished, the unrecognizable. Answer the question, what’s missing? Show us your ghosts. Show us what can be found. We encourage established and emerging writers and artists in all stages of their writing careers to send us their work. Submissions for the Absence Issue are open from August 1 to October 31. Submit for free at

A FORUM OF FICTION and poetry for over 50 years, descant seeks high-quality work in both innovative and traditional forms. Former and recent contributors include Ada Limón, Nancy Reddy, Clyde Edgerton, and Joyce Carol Oates. descant specifies no particular subject matter or style. We welcome online submissions (up to 5 poems or a single story of up to 5,000 words) at from September 1, 2018, through April 1, 2019. Deadline: April 1, 2019. Website:

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 19th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit Hardcopy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526.

FULL BLEED, an annual print journal of art and design, seeks new writing and artwork for our third issue. Deadline: January 1, 2019. For details, see

GLASSWORKS MAGAZINE seeks poetry, fiction, nonfiction, craft essays, and art/photography for upcoming print issues. Contributor copies provided. Reading period open until December 15. Also seeking flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays for publication in Flash Glass, our online feature. Read guidelines and submit at:

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

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2019 issue. Submissions will be accepted from August 1 through October 24. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at

LUMINA JOURNAL is open for submissions! We are looking for poetry, fiction, speculative fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and multimedia pieces. Lumina prides itself on giving space to work that’s bold, experimental, and diverse. We want to shine a light on writers and artists who take creative risks and empower communities:

THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Our online submissions are free and are accepted on a rolling basis. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger and visit us at

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE seeks remarkable fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. Share your world and your voice. Submission window: October 15, 2018, to February 16, 2019. Submission fee: $3. See guidelines at

MONTHS TO YEARS is a quarterly digital literary journal dedicated to writing about mortality. We seek creative nonfiction submissions up to 2,500 words exploring the wisdom, insight, and humor related to death and dying. Months to Years addresses topics rarely spoken about: How do you live well when you know you’re dying? How do you face death when you know it is likely sooner than you expected? (Writers we admire: Paul Kalanithi, Oliver Sacks, Nina Riggs, Joan Didion.) Submission guidelines: Submissions deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Submissions accepted continuously and will be considered for subsequent issue if received after deadline. Send submissions to:

MUSE SEEKS poetry, short fiction, and CNF for Spring 2019 issue. Simultaneous submissions okay. Hard copies only. Mail up to 3 poems or 1 prose piece (1,500 words max), along with SASE and cover letter, by February 10, 2019. Include e-mail address and short bio to: Attn. James Ducat, Advisory Editor, Riverside City College, Dept. of English, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Connect on FB @RCCMuseMagazine:

OFF THE COAST, Maine’s international poetry journal, seeks poetry of any subject/style, particularly translation & photography/artwork. No fee, rolling reading period. Send 3–5 unpublished pieces via Submittable: or to P.O. Box 266, E. Machias, ME 04630. To read past issues, visit

OTHER PEOPLE’S FLOWERS is a literary podcast showcasing fiction, essays, and poetry. We aim to give voice to emerging and established writers by featuring them on our podcast. Send your work to Submissions are open throughout the year. There is no reading fee, but please be aware that response times can vary during busier periods. Find us on iTunes or your favourite podcasting platform or visit:

THE PERCH IS accepting submissions for its 2019 issue. The Perch is the (non-academic) literary journal of the Yale Program for Recovery & Community Health. We have a broad interest in mental health, including but not limited to people’s lived experience, and in the social contexts of mental health. We conceptualize a “perch” as a vantage point from which to gain perspective and as a place for taking off. Our next submission period is August 1–September 30. To submit poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction, please visit our website:

RAGAZINE.CC, an eclectic global online zine, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photo essays, art, reviews, and interviews for upcoming issues (no submission fees; we use Submittable). We like strange, honor diversity, appreciate inventiveness, inclusiveness, and sensible, organized social, environmental, & political commentary about contemporary issues. Dig it. For guidelines,

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS of persona poems for the Spring 2019 issue: Poems may be on any subject, length, or style, but must be written in the voice of someone other than the poet. Deadline: October 15. Send up to 4 unpublished poems to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Poets published receive $100. Online submissions accepted. Website:

SARANAC REVIEW welcomes submissions for its Fall 2019 issue (#15). We are looking for fiction, including flash fiction, poetry, nonfiction, 1-act plays, and submissions to our special section on “The Wild.” Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please go to our website for complete, specific guidelines and to submit:

SLANT POETRY JOURNAL accepting submissions for Summer 2019 issue. Send up to 5 poems; include name, address, and e-mail. No haiku, translations, or previously published submissions. Published poets receive 1 copy. Deadline: November 15. Mail with SASE to Sonya Fritz, Editor, Slant, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, AR 72035.

SUBMIT TO The Halcyone Literary Quarterly your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Payment for featured writers and artists. Publication with the Black Mountain Press possible for contest entries. Other opportunities for artists, filmmakers and writers. Website:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open September 1 through November 30 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay professional fees and everything that we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:

TIPTON POETRY JOURNAL. Published quarterly by Indiana nonprofit, Brick Street Poetry. Submissions read year-round. Both online and print version (sold through Amazon). 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

TRANSFERENCE INVITES SUBMISSIONS of poetry translated into English from Arabic, Chinese, French, Old French, German, Classical Greek, Latin, or Japanese until May 31, 2019. Along with your translation, please submit a commentary on the translation process, addressing particular challenges posed by the text or specific translation choices. New voices especially welcome. Transference appears both online and in print. Read previous issues and submit at Published by faculty of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University using a double-blind review process. Contact:

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 is reading for its 7th online issue, beginning August 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019. Creative nonfiction and single submissions only. Inquire about reviews. Website: New editor, new e-mail address, and new mailing address: Dr. Martha Highers at or 2121 Hidden Cove Rd., Cookeville, TN 38506.

UPSTREET: AWARD-WINNING annual’s fifteenth 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, and Robin Black. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions, Disticor (Canada). Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1, 2019. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

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: For more, contact Websites:, or

YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE, but maybe you can’t. You think you have something to say, but maybe you don’t. But, then again, maybe you excel at both. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show. Submit whatever poems whenever by e-mail to i//">

ZIZZLE LITERARY MAGAZINE. Payment: $100/flash fiction piece. Submission: Free. Description: Zizzle is a new international literary magazine for young minds. We seek flash fiction that will not only surprise, move, and amuse children as young as age 10 (grade 5), but grown-ups as well. We like stories that dive deep into meaning and resist banality. Word limit: 500–1,200. Follow @zizzlelit on Twitter. Guidelines:

2017 NOMINEE: One of the top 100 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

RÉSONANCE, A NEW online literary journal dedicated primarily to work by and about Franco-Americans, is seeking previously unpublished fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, drama, graphic fiction, translations, and reviews for its inaugural issue. We look forward to receiving your work! Please review the submission guidelines for more information:

15TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 21–26. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Stephen Gibson; Special guest: Sharon Olds and Poet-at-Large Tyehimba Jess. Apply to attend a workshop! To find out more, visit

GREAT LAKES WRITERS FESTIVAL, November 1 & 2 at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Barton Sutter and Christian Wiman. Readings, panel discussion, and workshops. No fee. For details and registration form, go to or contact Karl Elder at or (920) 565-1000 x2295.

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE. Held at Esalen in Big Sur, CA. Limited to 40 participants. This year’s faculty includes Jonathan Lethem, Dana Spiotta, and Alexander Chee, plus NY agent Brettne Bloom. Yoga, meditation, hot springs. Sunday, May 12 through Friday, May 17, 2019. Accepting submissions: October 1, 2018–January 31, 2019. Website:

SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 14–17, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Join 100+ presenters—agents, editors, publishers, poets, and authors. Keynoters include Catherine Coulter and Jane Friedman. Also: 2018 San Francisco Writing For Change is September 8, featuring Daniel Ellsberg. Event, classes, contest details, and free SFWC newsletter at

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ Conference & Literary Festival: February 13–17 (Mexico). 2019 keynoters:, Jennifer Clement, Adam Gopnik, Cristina Garza, Paul Theroux, and Sandra Gulland. The most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas attracts 600+ established and emerging writers and industry experts from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Readers and writers fill 10,000 seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange and cultural connection. San Miguel de Allende: #1 City in the World, CNTraveler. Registration begins August 1:

$1,234 PRIZE! Join Our Story Paradigm Prize. Best original story under 3,000 words utilizing our platform. Winner featured on site. All entries considered for publication. $15 fee. Judge: Celeste Davidson—IRA, CLA, NCTE winner. Deadline: October 25. We foster happier souls and healthier minds through self-expression, personal development, and social connection. Guidelines:

$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. “Highly recommended. NMW is one of our favorite journals.”—Winning Writers. Twenty-two years of paying and publishing writers—we have launched careers! Visit

THE 2018 NEW WRITER Awards offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 30. E-mail: Full guidelines:

THE 2018 JOE BOLTON Poetry Award will award $400 and publication in the winter issue of Twyckenham Notes to a single poem or small group of poems. Poet David Dodd Lee will judge. Deadline: October 20. $10 entry fee via Submittable:

2018 TALKING WRITING Prize for Personal Essay: $500 plus publication. Topic: Place and identity. How do places shape you? We want short essays that combine a powerful sense of place with reflections on the meaning of particular landscapes or neighborhoods. Judge: Julie Phillips, author of James Tiptree, Jr. and an upcoming biography of Ursula Le Guin. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 15. Website:

THE 2018 WATERSEDGE Poetry Chapbook Contest: $500, publication of poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats, Amazon distribution for Kindle and print chapbooks, and 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Judge: Susanna Lang. Contest ends: October 31. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. See complete submission guidelines at:

2019 NEW AMERICAN Fiction Prize: $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Sara Gelston. Deadline: January 1, 2019. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2019 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, 2019. Complete details at

2019 THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW Flash Fiction Contest: $100 and publication. Compelling, previously unpublished stories up to 500 words with no restrictions on subject, style, or genre. Open to writers who live, work, or study in Westchester County, NY, area. $10 entry fee per submission. Deadline: November 30. Guidelines at:

2019 WESTCHESTER REVIEW Writers Under 30 Contest: $100 and publication. Prizes for fiction and poetry by writers under 30 who live, work, or study in Westchester County, NY, area. Submit 3 poems maximum or 1 story 5,000 words or less. $10 entry fee. Deadline: November 30. Guidelines at:

2ND ANNUAL SUNSHOT Book Awards seeks manuscripts and collections of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Full publication, 100 author copies, and large cash prize. Winners nominated for National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prize, and other prestigious awards. Sponsored by New Millennium Writings—awarding and publishing poets and writers since 1996. Deadline: September 30. Website:

13TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE Poetry Prize for New England high school girls in 10th and 11th grades. Award: $500 + opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Jenny George. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, and required entry form:

24TH ANNUAL LITERAL LATTE Essay Awards. Submit personal essays, 10,000 words max, by September 30. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. Literal Latte stimulates minds and careers. Now accepting online submissions. Sip and submit at Questions:

49TH JERRY JAZZ MUSICIAN Short Fiction Contest. $100 prize. Submit original, previously unpublished work appealing to those with interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, and the counter-culture of mid-20th century America. Website:

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. You can find complete submission details at:

THE ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL Emerging Writer’s Prize, $1,000 plus publication, is open to fiction from writers who haven’t yet published a book-length manuscript. Entry fee ($20) includes a 1-year subscription to The Arkansas International and all work will be considered for inclusion in the print journal. Deadline: October 20. Full guidelines:

BE PART OF California’s oldest literary journal, established in San José in 1867. Reed Magazine’s contests offer prizes for nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and art. Submit online June 1–November 1 using Submittable; $20 entry fee includes a free copy. Winners are published in our handsome print journal. Details:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW announces its 2019 annual literary contests: The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Each contest offers a $1,000 first place prize. Online submissions only via Submittable from December 1, 2018–March 15, 2019. $20 entry fee. General submissions are also open from September 15–December 1. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and 1 gift subscription. Complete guidelines at

THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE by Meadowlark Books. Prize: $500, 50 copies, and publication. Submit 1 full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Guest judge: Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: December 1. Guidelines:

BLUE LIGHT BOOKS Prize: This year’s Blue Light Books Prize will be awarded in poetry. Send us 48–75 pages with a $20 entry fee September 1–October 31. Winner receives $2,000 and publication by Indiana University Press. Final judge: Adrian Matejka. Find more info here:

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. Briar Cliff Review Contest, 3303 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51104. Website:

BRIGHT HILL PRESS 26th annual Poetry Chapbook Competition, $350 and publication plus 30 copies for winner and national distribution of published book. $17 entry fee. 16–24 paginated pp (plus separate bio and acknowledgments). May be submitted electronically or via USPS. Results via e-mail. Complete guidelines: or Deadline for ms. receipt at BHP: September 30. Submissions: BHP Poetry Chapbook Comp., 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846-4607.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: New Hampshire Institute of Art’s Writing Award: Narratives in Prose, Poetry, and Hybridity. Looking for submissions from any genres that successfully tell a story with innovation and purpose, particularly from new and emerging writers looking to network with the literary community. Pieces that speak to our upcoming January 2019 MFA residency theme The Rest are encouraged, but not required. (The Rest is the space between things: “Negative space” in a work of visual art; a narrative pause in literature, comedy, or drama; the literal rest in a musical composition.) Submissions being accepted until October 31st to For questions, e-mail or call (603) 836-2122.

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. Leona Sevick will judge. Submit 48–80 page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CODHILL POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 20. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) clip-bound plus SASE for contest results and $30 reading fee: Codhill Poetry Award, P.O. Box 280, Bloomington, NY 12411. Electronic submissions: 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 2018, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: Facebook:

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2018’s First Pages Prize winners: Adam McCulloch 1st, Kristy Keller 2nd, R.S. Deeren 3rd, Katie Simon 4th, Anna Delany 5th. Submit your First Pages of fiction or creative nonfiction when submissions open December 2018. Prize package: $2,250 in cash awards, travel to SWF19, and developmental editing. See:

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW Poetry Contest of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee: $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80-line limit. Submit via Opens: August 1. Deadline: September 30. Prizes—1st: $400; 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. See guidelines on Submittable and CPS website:

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S fourth annual poetry contest starts July 1! Awards: $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. One hundred poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit:

CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL of the Arts announces its 2018 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize judged by Patricia Spears Jones, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Prize judged by Mona Susan Power, and the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize judged by David Quammen. $1,300/first, $250/second, & honorable mentions in each genre. July 30–October 30. For full guidelines and to submit:

DANAHY FICTION/TAMPA REVIEW. $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review for a previously unpublished short story, 500–5,000 words. $20 entry includes free subscription. All stories considered for publication. Enter now! December 31 deadline. Danahy Fiction Prize, Tampa Review, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Visit:

EMRYS JOURNAL ACCEPTS submissions for its 36th 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. For more information, visit

ENGINE BOOKS FICTION Prize with a new deadline. $2,000 advance plus publication by Engine Books. Judge: Susan Perabo. Submit your novel or story collection manuscript and $30 entry fee by October 31 at

EYEWEAR PUBLISHING LTD of London, England, announces the 2018 Sexton Prize: A $1,500 award and publication for a poetry collection by an American poet. The winner will be published in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously in 2019. Judge: Lloyd Schwartz, poet and critic. Deadline: October 1. Guidelines:

THE FAMILY NARRATIVE PROJECT invites entries to our personal essay contest on the topic of family. We define family broadly. $500 prize for winning essay. $10 entry fee. Deadline: October 31. Full guidelines: Winning entry announced on January 4, 2019. Interview with winner published at

JUXTAPROSE IS NOW accepting submissions for its 2018 fiction and poetry contests. $1,000 grand prize in each category. We also accept general submissions year-round and emphasize featuring work by both emerging writers and established professionals. Recent contributors include Lydia Davis and Rae Armantrout. For full details, see

LILITH MAGAZINE—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—invites submissions of quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our annual fiction contest. The magazine proudly spotlights both emerging and established writers. When selecting what you’ll submit, please remember our tagline. See more at Winner receives $250 + publication. Deadline: September 30. With “Fiction Contest” in subject line, send to

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF AWARD for Short Fiction. First prize: $3,500 plus publication in LitMag; second prize: $1,000; 5 finalists: $100 each. All entered short stories will be considered for publication. Deadline: December 31. Entry fee: $20. Guidelines at

MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY Contest Deadline: October 1. $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme. $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website 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. $30 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $1,000 prize for our annual Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize. Meg Elison will judge. Electronic and postal submissions: September 1–October 22. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $18. Entrants who add $2 shipping receive Omnidawn fiction book of their choice. For guidelines, see

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $3,000 prize for our annual Open Poetry Book Prize. Mei-mei Berssenbrugge will judge. Electronic and postal submissions: September 1–October 15. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $27. Entrants who add $3 shipping receive an Omnidawn book of their choice. For guidelines, see

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 11th year. We feature newer and/or relatively unknown writers who write creative, compelling, well-crafted stories that use our contest premises well. We are open to authors from any country if their stories are written in English. Winning entries in no-fee short story contests launched each December and June are published in On The Premises. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise that we supply. Winning stories are published in individual magazine issues each April and October and pay up to $220. We also hold no-fee “mini-contests” 4 times a year in April, May, October, and November. Winning mini-contest entries are published on our website and pay up to $25. OTP does not charge fees for entering its contests. To learn more about OTP, write to or visit

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2018: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices from the Attic, round-trip travel, lodging, and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with judge Judith Vollmer. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October. For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail, or visit

THE PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE in Nonfiction offers publication of a book-length work of nonfiction (essay/story collection or memoir), $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Deadline: January 15, 2019. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit:

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE. $300 for winning poem, $200 divided among runners-up. $5 fee for 3 unpublished poems. Deadline: September 11. Submit online at Paper submissions accepted from incarcerated poets: Princemere Poetry Prize, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA 01984. Previous winners and complete details at our website:

QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS. Fall poetry book award. $1,000 prize, book publication, and generous royalties. Deadline: December 28. Submit online or send manuscript and $25 reading fee to Quercus Review Press, Dept. of English, Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto, CA 95350. New and emerging writers encouraged to submit. For more info, visit our website:

RHINO, AN AWARD-WINNING, annual print journal, is accepting poetry submissions September 1–October 31 for its 2019 Founders’ Prize. Winning poem will receive $500 and publication in 2019 issue; 2 runners-up will receive $50 and publication. All Founders’ Prize submissions considered for publication. $15 entry fee. Purchase beautiful sample issues and find full submission guidelines at

RIVER STYX ISSUE 102. Enter our 2019 Microfiction Contest! Winners will be featured in Issue 102. Submit up to 3 stories of no more than 500 words each with entry fee, which includes a prize issue copy. All entries are considered for publication. Visit for complete details. E-mail:

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. 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. Judge: Kelly Link. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 1, 2019. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’S 2019 CURRY Poetry Prize contest is accepting submissions. 1st place: $600; 2nd place: $400. All winners published. Judge: Kathy Fagan, author most recently of Sycamore, of national poetry selection The Raft, et al. Reading period: August 1–December 1; $10 reading fee. Yep. 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. Cash prizes. Twelve categories: poetry, literary nonfiction, intercultural essay, short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, humor, memoir, sonnet, religious essay, young adult poetry, young adult prose. Deadline: November 30 annually. Mail: SMK, 1544 Sweet- wood Dr., Broadmoor Vlg., CA 94015-2029. E-mail: Visit:

SPLIT THIS ROCK Sanchez-Hughes Poetry Contest seeks poems of provocation & witness. Judge: Franny Choi; $20 to enter, up to 3 poems. $1,000 in prizes, free 2020 festival registration, and poems published on website to top 3. Winner reads at 2020 festival. Enter via Submittable by November 1. Guidelines:

TAMPA REVIEW PRIZE for poetry. $2,000, hardcover and paperback book publication, portfolio in Tampa Review for unpublished manuscript by new or established poets. $25 entry includes subscription. Enter now! December 31 deadline. Address: Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. For further details, please visit:

TEACHERS & WRITERS Collaborative Bechtel Prize. Call for submissions: Teachers & Writers Collaborative seeks submissions for the Bechtel Prize, awarded for an essay that explores creative writing and arts education, the theme of the imagination, and/or creative writing. For submission guidelines, go to

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID Poetry Contest. 16th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,500. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $12 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at

TWO TIMELY PRIZES: Vern Rutsala Book Prize: $1,000 plus publication for a full-length collection of poems/flash fiction. Contest judge: Christopher Buckley. Due date: October 31. Cloudbank 13 Prize: $200 for 1 poem or flash fiction. Due date: February 28, 2019. Submit by mail or Submittable. For submission details, visit

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS Press is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 in cash in addition to publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website:

WILDA HEARNE Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: October 1. $500 and publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less, any theme. $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at:

WIN $1,000 FOR YOUR BEST short story of up to 5,000 words in the inaugural Into the Void Fiction Prize! There are also prizes for 2nd and 3rd places. Prizes include publication in Into the Void. For more details and the link to submit your story, visit

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THE ARGS Writer-in-Residency in Petersburg, VA, is accepting applications for a 1- or 2-week residency for spring 2019. In exchange for lodging in our refurbished, historic alumni house, writers agree to teach a workshop to our literary arts students. Application deadline: December 30. See website for details:

ATLANTIC CENTER for the Arts Residency Program—Spend 3 weeks at ACA in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed master artists-in-residence. Participation limited to 8. Application deadlines: Bonnie Jo Campbell (fiction), September 16, James Lecesne (playwright), December 2, Ben Percy (fiction), January 20, 2019, Joy Harjo (poet), May 12. For full details, visit

CARL SANDBURG Writer-in-Residence Program invites a writer to live on the grounds of Sandburg’s home, a national park, in Flat Rock, NC, for 3 weeks in March/April 2019. Program includes stipend and housing in historic cottage with studio. Application deadline: October 15. For more information, visit

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