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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: www.allpoetry.com/pw.
ANTHOLOGY: RELATIONAL AGGRESSION IN FEMALES. Seeking essays from women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations who have experienced bullying during their developmental years from other girls or who have been victims in their adulthood of aggressive, demeaning, or disempowering behavior from other women. The ideal essay will include observations about the emotional impact such experiences have had. Word limit: 1,000. Visit www.changesinlife.com to submit your essay. Click on the Submit link in the right-hand column. Type “Anthology” on the title line and include the title of the essay in the body of your submission. Deadline: February 15, 2020.
BEST PEACE FICTION (UNM Press), a new biennial anthology, is looking for stories published from 2018–2019 that pertain to the subject of peace and/or the effects of war upon individuals and society. Final decision will be made by guest judge Robert Olen Butler. Contributors receive $100 for the reprint of their work; authors shall retain the rights to their stories and sign a contributor release form allowing their stories to appear in the anthology. To submit your story for consideration by Best Peace Fiction anthology, send it as a Word attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org with “bpf1 submission” in the subject field and include in your e-mail (1) the title of the story, (2) the name of the journal in which it appears, and (3) the issue number. Deadline: December 1.
FLEXIBLE PRESS AND SPLIT ROCK REVIEW seek poems for an anthology that explores the current state of the natural environment. All proceeds go to an environmental nonprofit. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works OK. No submission fee! Reading period: September 1 to December 31. For guidelines, visit http://flexiblepub.com or http://splitrockreview.org/submit.
GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA seeks poetry, short stories, flash fiction, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our next anthology. Focus is on experimental and risk-taking themes and styles. Deadline: January 15, 2020. Submission guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com.
WISING UP PRESS: Wising Up Anthologies. Calls for submissions: Freed by Failure. What we discover through—not in spite of—failure. Deadline: February 15, 2020. Choosing to Care: Why We Hang in There: March 15, 2020. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. Guidelines: http://universaltable.org/wisingup.html. Wising Up Writers Collective: Full-length fiction and poetry manuscripts.
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 atmospherepress.com.
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 2019. 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 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 2019, 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: Karen Pulver, Literature Awards Chair, 748 Western Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: email@example.com. Or Angela Gall, Young People’s Literature Awards Chair, 13325 S. Columbine Circle, Plainfield IL 60585. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For info on previous awards, please visit www.fawchicago.org/awards.php.
MANZANITA WRITERS PRESS, a nonprofit independent publisher, offers CA writers personalized editing services, book publishing, and assistance with marketing. Creative opportunities for autonomous writers. Seeking content and literary genres reflecting the Sierra, Mother Lode, and foothill regions and readerships. No fees for initial short review. E-mail: email@example.com. See guidelines at manzapress.com.
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1–February 1. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to www.sixteenrivers.org.
VINAL PUBLISHING INC., 193 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202: A new traditional publisher looking for fiction, children’s, middle grade, graphic novels, & creative nonfiction. We pay in fair royalty with small advance. We advertise our titles well. We print in exploitation-free facilities without child labor or sweatshop labor. Website: www.vinalpublishing.com.
WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: November 1–December 31 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Brice, Rhina Espaillat, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, George Keithley, Lehua Taitano. Publication in 2021. Guidelines: www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.
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. Reading period: October 1, 2019–January 15, 2020. $15 reading fee. Submission guidelines: www.tavernbooks.org/wrolstad-ser.
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 www.ajimagazine.com; e-mail queries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 our upcoming issue. 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 slablitmag.org.
THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, a leading lit mag for writers and poets with a relationship to mental illnesses—either self, family member, or friend—is now accepting e-mail submissions to its 2020 issue. Send your work with a cover letter to email@example.com or by mail to The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. See new submission guidelines at www.awakeningsproject.org.
BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special issue—“Reading the Body”—focused on anatomy and its metaphors. Fiction, nonfiction (5,000 words max). Poetry (3 poems max). Deadline: January 1, 2020. Info at https://bellevueliteraryreview.submittable.com.
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. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at bluelineadkmagazine.org.
BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its 21st issue. See www.bryantliteraryreview.org for samples of previously published work. Submission period: September 1–December 1. Send submissions to email@example.com 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).
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, 2020. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, Editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.
CAW, A MAGAZINE of underdog excellence, is seeking submissions. The magazine will be published quarterly and issues will appear in January, April, July, and October, beginning in 2020. Details regarding guidelines and compensation are available at: www.cawthemagazine.com. If you have any questions, please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
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: www.changesinlife.com.
CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers for Volume Eight 2020. Past volumes include works by Adrian Shirk, Anne Panning, Cara Hoffman, Ira Sukrungruang, Lloyd Suh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paisley Rekdal, and talented new voices. Reading August 15 through December 15. Guidelines: www.clockhouse.net.
THE COE REVIEW, an undergraduate-run literary magazine established in 1971, is currently accepting submissions for our Spring 2020 Fiction issue. Send in your stories by March 18 and our passionate staff will fight to include the best pieces. See full submission guidelines at coereview.org/about-us/submissions.
COLERE, AN ANNUAL JOURNAL celebrating cultural exploration, welcomes thought-provoking essays, fiction, poetry, and artwork. Please limit submissions to 8 poems, 20 pages, or 2 photos on culture and cross-cultural experience abroad or at home. Deadline: January 1. E-mail submissions to email@example.com or mail to Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.
COMSTOCK REVIEW OPEN READING PERIOD (no fee) opens January 1 through March 31, 2020. See website for details for paper and online submissions. Now entering our 34th year, we choose poems solely on the basis of artistic merit. Our editors appreciate, among other things: well-crafted verse; consistency of metaphor; refreshing, distinctive imagery; effective use of poetic devices; and themes that cast new light on the world and the human condition. Also consider our contests (first prizes: $1,000): Single poem contest begins April 1; chapbook contest begins August 1. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: www.comstockreview.org.
CREAM CITY REVIEW is Milwaukee’s leading literary journal devoted to publishing memorable and energetic pieces that push the boundaries of writing. We want to read your best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction this fall! Submit your work for free until November 1. For full guidelines, please visit www.creamcityreview.org.
CREATIVE WRITING IN NON-NATIVE ENGLISH OR ESL: Tint Journal is calling ESL writers for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry and those of all linguistic backgrounds for essays, interviews, reviews, and art. Deadline: December 12; no reading fee. See guidelines and submit via www.tintjournal.com/submit.
DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 2,000 words), and artwork. The reading period opens in mid-October and closes March 1 with all decisions made by April 2020. Submissions accepted through Submittable: dash.submittable.com/submit.
THE DERONDA REVIEW seeks poems and short prose for an issue with a section on the theme of “building.” Other topics, especially seasonal poems, also welcome. Please see our site (www.derondareview.org) before submitting. Send up to 5 poems to firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or P.O. Box 6709, Efrat 90435, Israel.
FOR THE DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE, Pedestal Magazine editors will be accepting submissions of poetry. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Please visit the site for additional details and to view current and archived work: www.thepedestalmagazine.com.
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 www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview. Hard-copy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526.
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 fourth 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. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to firstname.lastname@example.org between September 1 and December 31.
GYROSCOPE REVIEW seeks contemporary poetry for its quarterly digital/print journal. No-fee submissions accepted through Submittable; no more than 4 poems per reading period. If you write seasonal poetry, winter-themed only, please. Back issues available online. Next reading period: October 1–December 7, 2019. For guidelines, visit www.gyroscopereview.com.
THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New residency awards for artists and writers. Website: https://thehalcyone.submittable.com.
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 hawaiipacificreview.org.
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 2020: November 1, 2019. For full guidelines, visit http://italianamericana.ysu.edu.
LEAPING CLEAR’S SPRING 2020 ISSUE will feature works by accomplished writers and artists with a dedicated meditation practice. Any and all traditions of meditation are acceptable: Buddhist, Sufi, Yoga, Christian, Jewish, TM, Mindfulness, and integrated mind-body practices such as yoga and qi gong. Please let us know if your dedicated practice is in a tradition we haven’t mentioned. The works themselves need not speak directly to the subject of meditation or contemplation, but we will only accept work from those who describe their practice and its influence on their lives and/or their art. Submit October 1 through November 30, 2019. Website: www.leapingclear.org.
THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Online submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis. Visit us at https://med-lit.vcu.edu for more information. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger.
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, 2019, to March 15, 2020. Submission fee: $3. See guidelines at www.mistakehouse.org/submit.
PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT, the publishing arm of a 125-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; see our website for more information. No submission fee! Website: www.penandbrush.org/exploreliterary.
SAPIENS—a digital magazine that illuminates anthropology for a general audience—invites submissions of literary anthropological poems to celebrate World Poetry Day and National Poetry Month in 2020. Submit up to 3 poems. Must have an anthropology background. Guidelines and to submit: www.sapiens.org/poetry. Deadline is January 7, 2020. Queries: email@example.com.
SIJO—AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POETRY AND SONG seeks submissions of sijo poetry, as well as art and music inspired by the sijo tradition, to publish in its 2020 issue. Sijo is a 3-line Korean verse form, as well as a Korean musical form. We primarily publish poems in English but also accept work in mixed script, multilingual, and multimedia formats. No submission fees. More information at the website: www.sijopoet.org. For submissions: www.sijopoet.submittable.com/submit. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open October 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: tahomaliteraryreview.com.
TRUE STORY, a monthly mini-magazine from the editors of Creative Nonfiction, seeks unpublished works of longform narrative nonfiction between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject and in any style. No deadline. Complete guidelines at www.creativenonfiction.org/submissions.
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 www.twohawksquarterly.com.
THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW, an annual print journal, seeks poetry, short fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and one-act plays for its upcoming issue by established and emerging authors wherever they reside. We continue to spotlight Westchester authors in a dedicated folio. See website for guidelines: www.westchesterreview.com.
HOT DISH MAGAZINE, an online journal serving up a bubbling mixture of poetry and fiction by teens (grades 9–12), wants your voice to be heard! We award cash prizes for fiction, poetry, and the Hot Dish Challenge. Visit us at www.hotdishmagazine.com. Submit for free by January 5, 2020, at https://hotdishmagazine.submittable.com/submit.
16TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 20–25, 2020. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs, Reginald Gibbons, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Angela Narciso Torres. Poet At Large is Patricia Smith and Special Guest is Joy Harjo. Visit www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org. Apply to attend a workshop!
26TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 17–20, 2020, Atlantic City, NJ, area. Featuring: Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and Denise Duhamel. Join us for small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and more. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Register early and save: www.stockton.edu/wintergetaway.
GREAT LAKES WRITERS FESTIVAL, November 7 & 8 at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Kathleen M. Heideman and Paul Hostovsky. Readings and workshops. No fee. For details and registration form, go to www.greatlakeswritersfestival.org or contact Karl Elder, email@example.com or (920) 565-1000 x2295.
LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE Conference. Held at Esalen in Big Sur, CA. Limited to 40 participants. This year’s faculty includes Rebecca Makkai and Dana Spiotta, plus NY agent Brettne Bloom and Graywolf editor Ethan Nosowsky. Yoga. Meditation. Hot springs. Sunday, May 10 through Friday, May 15, 2020. Accepting submissions October 1–January 31. Website: litcampwriters.org.
SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 13–16, 2020, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Keynoters include Walter Mosley, Jonathan Maberry, and Brooke Warner. Network with 100+ presenters—agents, editors, publishers, poets and authors. For details on the event, SFWC Writing Contest, Screenwriting and Poetry Summits—and the SFWC Newsletter: www.sfwriters.org.
SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & LITERARY FESTIVAL: February 12-16 (Mexico). 2020 Keynoters: Delia Owens, Tommy Orange, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Felipe Herrera, Madeleine Thien, Rosa Beltran, and more! This is the largest, most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas, attracting faculty, writers, and industry experts from the U.S., Canada, Mexico. Readers and writers fill 10,000 main stage 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: sanmiguelwritersconference.org.
YOU CAN SAVE 20% ON REGISTRATION until February 1! Join award-winning poets and authors Kiese Laymon, Jennifer Haigh, Julianna Baggott, Ravi Howard, Rose McLarney, Caitlin Horrocks,Seth Brady Tucker, Matt Bondurant, Adam Vines, and many more for a full week (May 9–16) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, social events. LWC takes place on the welcoming open sand and clear blue waters of Seaside, FL—this is a conference festival that celebrates writing, networking, craft, community—apply for fellowships and scholarships up to January 10! Website: www.longleafwritersconference.com.
$1,000 + PUBLICATION + invitation to read in Houston, TX. “Wicked Wit” is the theme of this year’s Public Poetry contest. Top 45 poems also included in print and e-book anthology. Poems that produce a smile, tickle the funny bone, provoke laughter. Amusing nonsense; wry humor. Guidelines & details: www.publicpoetry.net/contests.
$1,000 IN PRIZES AND PUBLICATION IN The Mountain Troubadour. The Poetry Society of Vermont. Founded 1947. 2020 National Contest. Submit 3 poems with $15 entry fee by February 1, 2020. Winner and 5 runners-up published. Visit our website for complete guidelines: www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org.
$1,500 PRIZE! River Styx Microfiction Contest. 500 words maximum per story, up to 3 stories per entry. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription, or $15 fee for 1 issue with the winning stories. Mail or submit via Submittable by December 31. River Styx, 3301 Washington Ave., Ste. 2C, St. Louis, MO 63103. Website: www.riverstyx.org/submit/microfiction-contest.
$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. “This feels like a safe place for artists...Every communication I get from you has the same encouraging tone: Never give up. Keep writing. Your gift is important.”—Jessica M. (recent contest submitter). Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
2019 WATERSEDGE POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: $500; publication of poetry chapbook in print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution; 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Judge: Tami Haaland, past Poet Laureate of Montana. Contest ends: December 13, 2019. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. See guidelines: https://writersrelief.com/watersedge-poetry-chapbook-contest.
2019 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: www.twosylviaspress.com/wilder-series-poetry-book-prize.html.
THE 2020 EDITOR’S REPRINT AWARDS offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry) and minimum 2 runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Doors open October 15. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org/contests.
2020 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,200 award and book publication. Final judge: Corey Van Landingham. Deadline: January 15, 2020. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: http://newamericanpress.com/contests/poetry2020.php.
2020 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, 2020. Complete details at www.press53.com/award-for-short-fiction.
2020 WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE will accept submissions January 1 through April 1, 2020. 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 in Central OR. Submission guidelines: www.waterstondesertwritingprize.org.
14TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Paisley Rekdal. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.
19TH GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD (given in odd years) for best collection in English of at least 45+ pages. Prize: $1,000 and copies; publication in 2020. Reading fee: $20 per entry. Deadline: December 15. Details, visit website: www.givalpress.com or givalpress.submittable.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
THE ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 7,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/chapbooks.
BALTIMORE REVIEW WINTER CONTEST—theme: “Rituals.” Rituals, rites, routines, ceremonies. Religious, mating, workplace, home life, secret. Rituals make us feel accepted or excluded, comfortable or uncomfortable. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 30. For more details and to submit: www.baltimorereview.org.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MONADNOCK ESSAY COLLECTION PRIZE is open for submissions. Prize: book-length collection of nonfiction essays, $1,000, book publication with our Fall 2020 titles. Entry fee: $25. Postmark/submission deadline: January 31, 2020. Aine Greaney will judge. Check our website for more information and submission guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/the-monadnock-essay-collection-prize.
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. Our 4 contests award $1,000 each and applicants receive a complimentary copy. Submissions open June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard. Website: www.reedmag.org/submit.
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 bhreview.org.
BELOIT FICTION JOURNAL HAMLIN GARLAND AWARD for the Short Story. $20 entry fee. A prize of $2,000 and publication in the BFJ is given annually for a short story. Bonnie Nadzam will judge. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 10 to https://beloitfictionjournal.submittable.com/submit.
BLACK MAGNOLIA BOOKS announces its inaugural contest awarding a $500 prize and publication in 2020 for the best mystery novel. E-mail your unpublished manuscript of 150 pages or more to us at Black Magnolia Books. Visit our website for our guidelines, e-mail address, credo, and submission details: www.blackmagnoliabooks.com.
BRICKHOUSE BOOKS, INC. Books, the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize. Publication plus $250 for the winning full-length (42–64 pp.) manuscript about a unique woman (or women). Enter September 1, 2019, to January 3, 2020. Entry fee: $10. Submit via Submittable. Accommodations available for visually impaired. Website: www.brickhousebooks.com.
C&R PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE our $1,000 prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and memoir are open. Winners, runners-up, and a shortlist are announced in January 2020. Winners receive the prize and publication. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Authors are invited to read at our spring AWP and summer and fall New York City events. C&R Press publishes a range of work from a variety of voices. Website: www.crpress.org.
CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks poems year-round for its California Quarterly, its Poetry Letter, and monthly contests. Poems are accepted for CSPS Annual Contest March 1–June 30. For publications, membership, submission requirements, contests, etc., see californiastatepoetrysociety.org or mail inquiry to: CSPS, P.O. Box 4288, Sunland, CA 91041-4288.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Teachers & Writers Collaborative seeks submissions for the Bechtel Prize, to be awarded to a classroom teacher or teaching artist for an innovative classroom project that supports student development as creative writers. Deadline: January 6, 2020. For submission guidelines, go to: www.twc.org/programs/bechtel-prize.
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: email@example.com, with Fiction Contest Submission and your name in the subject line. Be sure to include full contact info on the ms and indicate where you saw the ad. Deadline: December 31.
CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2019 PROSE & POETRY CONTEST open October 1–November 15. $1,000 prize each for fiction, poetry, nonfiction. All 3 winners published in Spring 2020 issue. Entry fee $17 online only. No limit to number of entries. Max 10,000 words. Open internationally. Three guest judges TBA. Website: www.carvezine.com/prose-poetry-contest.
CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW. Lamar York Prizes, November 1–January 31. Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Anthony Varallo will judge in fiction and Alice Bolin will judge in nonfiction. Visit the website for complete guidelines: chattahoocheereview.gsu.edu/lamar-york-prizes.
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: Lesley Wheeler. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript at www.ciderpressreview.com or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.
CODHILL PRESS PRESENTS the Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Prize. A prize of $1,000, publication by Codhill Press, and 25 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. James Sherwood will judge. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 70 pages with a $30 entry fee by December 30. All entries are considered for publication. Address: Codhill Press, Attn: James Sherwood, Contest Coordinator, P.O. Box 4263, Kingston, NY 12402. Visit the website for complete guidelines: www.codhill.com/submissions/codhill-press-poetry-award-guide.
COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. $2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2020. Final judge is Kiki Petrosino. $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review. Complete guidelines and submit at https://coloradoprize.colostate.edu or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.
CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S fifth annual poetry contest starts July 1! Awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. 100 poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and recipient of numerous literary awards, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit crosswindspoetry.com.
DANAHY FICTION PRIZE/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. Address: Danahy Fiction Prize, Tampa Review, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Website: www.ut.edu/tampareview.
DECEMBER MAGAZINE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS for our 2020 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of 4 poetry collections, a collection of illustrated nature essays, and an epistolary nature chapbook (with Ross Gay). She has received fellowships from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, and has been included in the Best American Poetry series. Prizes—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2020 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 http://decembermag.org/2020-jeff-marks-memorial-poetry-prize.
ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2020 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story. $1,000 total awards. Award winners may read on stage. Deadline: January 17, 2020. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available: www.artsandheritage.com/the-arts/literary-arts.
EVENING STREET PRESS announces the deadline for the $500 Sinclair Prize is December 1 ($25 fee). Submissions for the $250 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize are accepted until December 31 ($15 fee). Send to firstname.lastname@example.org or 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Guidelines: https://eveningstreetpress.com/contests.html.
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, 2020. Judge: CA performance poet Claire Blotter. August 30, 2020, deadline. Fees are $10 per poem ($25 for 3). Guidelines: www.tellurideinstitute.org/fischer-prize.
FLYING KETCHUP PRESS: To discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction, and memoir, with a special emphasis in short stories. Looking for wild new worlds of wonder and delight—fantasy, sci-fi, personal interest, and more. Enter through Submittable. Winners published in print and e-book. Website: www.flyingketchuppress.com.
GRAYSON BOOKS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. 16–32 pages of poetry, $20 reading fee. January 31 deadline. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Christine Beck to judge. For complete guidelines, see www.graysonbooks.com.
THE HENRY MORGENTHAU III POETRY PRIZE: First book by a writer age 70 or older. Deadline: December 1. Award: $3,000 and publication by Passager. Entry fee: $25. Send: 30–40 poems, SASE/e-mail for notification only. Hard copy or use Submittable. Address: 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. Complete guidelines: passagerbooks.com.
KALLISTO GAIA PRESS announces the annual Contemporary Poetry Chapbook contest. Submit 28–48 pages of poetry. 2018 TX Poet Laureate Carol Coffee Reposa will judge. Winner receives $800 + $300 travel stipend + 20 copies and distribution. Fee: $20. Opens October 15, 2019. Closes midnight December 31, 2019. For more info, visit https://kallistogaiapress.submittable.com/submit.
LITERAL LATTE FICTION AWARDS. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. Winners published in Literal Latte. Stories of all flavors and styles welcome, up to 10,000 words, entry fee: $10. Celebrating 25 years of caffeinating the minds of readers and the careers of writers. For tastes, entry details, and submitting choice words by January 15, go to literal-latte.com.
THE MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW’S $2,000 LAWRENCE PRIZE in fiction is awarded annually to a story published in the journal that year. All stories accepted for publication will be passed on to a judge as finalists. No additional fee beyond submission. The 2019 winner will be announced in April 2020. Website: www.michiganquarterlyreview.com.
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, 2019, with $25 entry fee. Submit online at https://newriverspress.submittable.com/submit.
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: www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize.
ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 12th 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 email@example.com or visit www.onthepremises.com.
PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2019: Extended postmark deadline: December 2, 2019. 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 Denise Duhamel. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Phone: (412) 578-6346. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.carlow.edu for complete rules.
POETRY BOOK AWARD for North American Writers and Publishers. The Poetry Society of Virginia announces the 2020 PSV North American Poetry Book Award for books, in English, published in 2019. Submissions from authors and publishers welcome. Submission period: October 15, 2019–January 15, 2020. For full details, see website: https://poetrysocietyofvirginia.org/annual-book-award.
PRISM REVIEW POETRY/STORY CONTESTS! $250 prizes! Award-winning judges! Poetry: Michelle Brittan Rosado (Why Can’t It Be Tenderness, UWisconsin/Felix Pollak Prize). Fiction: Aurelie Sheehan (Once into the Night, FC2/Doctorow Prize). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at prismreview.submittable.com/submit.
SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. Prize includes $1,000, publication on electricliterature.com, a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop, and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story chosen by judge Nicole Chung. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 3, 2020. For complete guidelines, visit www.symphonyspace.org/selected-shorts/the-stella-kupferberg-memorial-short-story-prize.
STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2020. First prize: €2,000; second prize: €700; third prize: €500. Reading fees of €300 for 7 shortlisted poets. Competition closes December 6, 2019. Entry fee: €6 per poem. Judges: Enda Wyley & John F. Deane. The 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Strokestown Anthology 2020. Competition details and entry forms on website: www.strokestownpoetry.org/competitions-2020.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2020 TOMAŽ ŠALAMUN Prize are being accepted until March 15, 2020. The winner receives $500, chapbook publication, and a 1-month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The prize is open to poets at any stage of their career. To submit, go to: https://verse.submittable.com.
TAMPA REVIEW PRIE 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 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Website: www.ut.edu/tampareview.
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: www.uapress.com.
ZONE 3 PRESS IS EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE the 2020 First Book Award in Poetry. We are looking for poetry manuscripts of 48–80 pages. The reading period is January 1–April 1, 2020. Winner receives $1,000 and publication. Find us on Submittable or visit zone3press.com/books/poetry-contest.
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ONLINE WRITING CLASSES from Creative Nonfiction magazine, the voice of the genre. Our 10- and 5-week classes in memoir, personal essay, magazine writing, book proposals, and more provide professional guidance, motivating deadlines, and a supportive community of writers. Flexible schedule to suit your needs. Learn more at www.creativenonfiction.org/online-classes.
WINDBREAK HOUSE WRITING RETREAT. Award-winning author (17 books), poet, and teacher Linda M. Hasselstrom creates individualized retreats, providing written appraisals, private conferences, encouragement to reach your goals. Fully furnished house, miles of grasslands, birdsong, peaceful solitude to write. Women or men; all experience levels welcome. Also offering online Writing Conversations. Website: www.windbreakhouse.com.