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- Call for Manuscripts: Anthologies
- Call for Manuscripts: Books
- Call for Manuscripts: Chapbooks
- Call for Manuscripts: Magazines
RECENTLY FOUNDED, annual Coolest American Stories Anthology seeks engaging, courageous, empathetic, down-to-earth short stories written by people from all walks of life. No nominations required; unpublished, previously published fine—novel excerpts considered. Pays $100. Send us that vibrant story that’s “not quite right” for others. CASA: “Where storytelling thrives.” www.coolestamericanstories.com/submit.html.
WISING UP PRESS: Wising Up Anthologies. Call for submissions. Adult children: Being one, having one & what goes in between. Deadline: August 15. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. Guidelines: universaltable.org/wisingup.html. Also considering book-length manuscripts of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and memoir through Wising Up Collective. Guidelines: universaltable.org/writerscollective.html.
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 100-year-old literary awards in two categories: Literature for adults and literature for children and young adults. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit books published in 2021. 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 2021, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries as soon as possible. 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. For info on previous awards, please visit www.fawchicago.org/awards.php.
HAVE A STORY TO TELL? Legacy Book Press is open for submissions, accepting book-length personal stories in nonfiction, autobiographical fiction, and/or poetry formats. Collaborative relationship, generous royalty splits, and easy to work with. No upfront fees. Tip: Follow submission guidelines exactly. For details, visit legacybookpress.com.
READING BOOK LENGTH MANUSCRIPTS! Burning Daylight (nonfiction and fiction), and Indian Paintbrush Poets (poetry). Publishing books people love reading. Established 2005. Submit in July to firstname.lastname@example.org; address: Pearn and Associates, Becky Shadlich, Editor, 4322 W 22nd St., Greeley, CO 80634. (Please include SASE for manuscript return.)
2021 BURNSIDE REVIEW CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Judge: Ari Banias. Winner receives $200 and 10 copies. Chapbooks are elegantly designed with letterpressed covers. Runs May 1–June 30. Submit 18–24 pages of poetry. $15 entry fee. All submissions must be made through our submission manager, www.burnsidereview.org.
HEADMISTRESS PRESS, a lesbian-identified poetry press, is excited to announce our seventh annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Judge will be Julie Marie Wade. Winner receives $300. All entries are considered for publication. Submissions accepted May 4 to July 4, through Submittable. Sliding scale fee. Full details at: headmistresspress.blogspot.com/2017/07/2020-charlotte-mew-chapbook-contest.html.
WORDRUNNER ECHAPBOOKS, a hybrid online chapbook series and literary journal, seeks 2 mini-fiction collections for fall and winter 2021. Submit 4–6 short stories or novel excerpts, May 1 through June 30. Thematically linked stories are a plus. Published authors receive $125 plus royalties from epub sales. Guidelines: www.echapbook.com.
WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for chapbook poetry manuscripts. Dates: May 1–June 30 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Bowles, Judith Brice, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, George Keithley, Kareem Tayyar, Lehua Taitano. Publication in 2022. Guidelines: www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.
2018 NOMINEE: One of the Top 10 Literary blogs on the web. One of the top literary magazines to follow in 2021 (Feedspot). The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at theravensperch.com.
THE 2021 MAY & JUNE Sequestrum themes are 1) family & 2) place! That’s 2 separate themes opening mid-April! Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment + publication. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: June 15. email@example.com. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org.
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.
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 email@example.com. Please identify the genre in the subject line. bluelineadkmagazine.org.
CAESURA REQUESTS submissions of poetry, fiction (science fiction, nonfiction, flash), and all visual art forms, from March 1 to June 1, for 2 unique volumes, 1 print, 1 online. No fees. Call will post by February 26. To read the call and guidelines, view online editions, and order print editions, visit www.pcsj.org/caesura.
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.
DARK MOON LILITH: Dedicated to the Wondrous Strange. Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art that lifts veils to expose the unseeable, unspeakable, unbelievable—that which has been hidden, silenced, marginalized by the “reality” of mainstream status quo. Fall submissions—May 1–July 31. Guidelines: darkmoonlilithpress.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Evening Street Press, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website: www.eveningstreetpress.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 Her Words literary magazine for women. Submit at 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 summer is May 15. For full guidelines, visit blogs.luc.edu/italianamericana/authors-guidelines-italian-americana.
LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its un-themed Winter 2022 issue. Submissions will open and 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 littlepatuxentreview.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.
MOM EGG REVIEW seeks poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction for our annual print issue. We publish work about mothers, mothering, and motherhood. Submissions open May 1 through July 15. For full guidelines, please visit themomegg.submittable.com/submit.
NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW, a print journal of narrative poetry, announces our 13th annual narrative poetry contest. Destiny O. Birdsong will judge. Submissions are July 1–September 1. $20 submission fee. All winners and finalists will be published in the Winter 2022 issue. More info at naugatuckriverreview.com.
OYSTER RIVER PAGES seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch creative and social boundaries, especially from decentered or marginalized voices. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity. Submissions accepted through May 31. For details, see www.oysterriverpages.com.
PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will accept submissions of poetry for the June 2021 issue. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Open for submissions: May 3–May 30. Please visit the website for details and to view current/archived work. www.thepedestalmagazine.com.
PENSIVE: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts (www.pensivejournal.com), online publication from Northeastern University’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service. Contributors include Baca, Bruchac, M. Collins, Chess, Cording, Espada, Finch, Glancy, Gundy, Hoffman, Lea, Lindsay, Maitland, Marchant, Metres, Piercy, Samaras, Sanders, Starnes, and more. Submit work that deepens the inward life; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; and advances dialogue across difference. February 1–May 15 and August 1–November 15 reading periods for unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. International and underrepresented community submissions especially encouraged. Guidelines on website; submit 3–5 pieces and 3–5 sentence bio via Submittable. Questions? E-mail Alexander Levering Kern, editor, at email@example.com.
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: www.rattle.com/children.
SANGAM LITERARY MAGAZINE. Our fall 2021 submissions are now open. Home to Louisiana’s poet laureate and Southern University’s Languages and Literature Department—Sangam welcomes your best work for our next issue. We are looking forward to you being part of Sangam’s emerging position in today’s literary tradition. For details, see www.subr.edu/page/submissions.
THE SARABANDE SERIES in Kentucky Literature will be open for submissions July 1–July 31. Open to any Kentucky-affiliated writer of English. Complete guidelines at www.sarabandebooks.org/ky-lit.
STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2022 issue. The journal is open to work by poets, writers, and artists who are either current or former residents of upstate NY. When funds permit, prizes of $500 are also awarded to emerging writers and artists; awards are selected by our editors, from among works accepted for publication, and no entry is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit https://ycny.org/stone-canoe or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMIT WHATEVER poems whenever in the body of an e-mail or in just 1 attachment. The Great American Poetry Show. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. Website: www.tgaps.com. E-mail: email@example.com.
TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open May 1 through June 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.
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 our current open call and our guidelines, and submit via www.tintjournal.com/submit; #showyourtint and follow us @tintjournal.
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 WOVEN TALE PRESS magazine, both online and print, features the finest of the literary and visual arts from around the world. Submit (free!) poetry, flash fiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. Go to our “submit” page at www.thewoventalepress.net.
5TH ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in Taos, NM, July 23–25. Keynote speaker, Luci Tapahonso, the inaugural poet laureate of the Navajo Nation. Invited faculty include Frank X. Walker, Jeremy Paden, Juan Morales, Bob Arellano, Laura Tohe, and many others with workshops in every genre. www.somostaos.org/taos-writers-conference. FMI: (575) 758-0081.
ANOTHER SUMMER is just around the corner—and so is Summer Writers’ Week! The Manhattanville College MFA Program’s annual event is open to all with Nonfiction, Poetry, Fiction, Television Writing, and Young Adult Writing workshops. June 21–25. The morning workshops in each genre will be on Zoom, but some events will be open to on-campus attendance! Our Zoom event last year was magical—we got this. Visit mvillemfa.com for details or e-mail us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOLDFACE CONFERENCE for Emerging Writers: May 24–28. Glass Mountain Magazine (University of Houston) will host their annual conference for emerging writers virtually. All of our workshops, readings, craft talks, editor talks, and manuscript consultations will be held online, and for the first time, accessible from anywhere! Join us along with our featured writers and editors as we sharpen our writing skills! Registration: $225, includes all group events: www.boldfaceconference.com. Questions? Contact: email@example.com.
KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 9–12 conference, a reading paired with a featured presenter, and $300. Entry fee: $10 for up to 5 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Postmarked by June 1 or submit online at womenwriters.as.uky.edu/gabehart-prizes.
LONGLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE BIPOC & Veteran scholarships opened for applications August 15! Join Kiese Laymon, Jennifer Haigh, Ravi Howard, & many more for a week (May 10–17) of writing workshops, seminars, beach bonfires, consultations, & events. This working/writing vacation happens every year in the beachside town of Seaside, FL. See what you missed at: www.longleafwritersconference.com.
$1,000 AND PUBLICATION! Deadline: August 20. The Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize seeks a contemporary poem. Edward Vidaurre will judge. The Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize seeks a story up to 4,200 words. May Cobb will judge. $20 entry includes copy of The Ocotillo Review. Guidelines at: kallistogaiapress.org.
$1,000 PUBLIC POETRY PRIZE plus anthology publication for finalists, with book launch and readings. Showcasing the enduring power of poetry locally, nationally, and internationally. Contest prompt is “Tomorrow.” $12 for early submissions by July 30; $15 for submissions through September 30. Guidelines and details: publicpoetry.submittable.com.
$1,000, PUBLICATION, AND 50 COPIES awarded to an unpublished collection of poems. Prizes awarded upon publication. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: Midnight, July 31. Winner and finalists announced before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at www.press53.com/award-for-poetry.
$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by June 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 F., recent submitter. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
THE 2021 DIODE Editions book and chapbook contests are open for submissions. Deadline: August 15. For full guidelines please go to diodeeditions.com/contests.
2021 FIRST PAGES PRIZE winners will be announced in June, judged by Lan Samantha Chang. Thanks to all who submitted work. The 2022 prize opens for entries on January 1, 2022. For details of other opportunities and year-round inspiration go to: firstpagesprize.com.
2021 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Felt in the Jaw and Mostly Dead Things. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/contests/fiction2021.php.
THE 2021 ORISON CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers $300 and publication by Orison Books for a manuscript of 20–45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Entry fee: $15. Submission period: April 1–July 1. Judged by Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins. www.duotrope.com/duosuma/submit/orison-chapbook-prize-6t0fk.
18TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Short Story Award for best original previously unpublished literary stand-alone story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize $1,000; publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit website: www.givalpress.com or givalpress.submittable.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
20TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Oscar Wilde Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize: $500; publication on website. Reading fee: $20 for up to 3 poems submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27. Details, visit website: www.givalpress.com or givalpress.submittable.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
23RD ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. The 2020 winner is Heather Sellers for her manuscript, The Present State of the Garden. Former winners include Kirsten Kaschock, Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: June 15. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or lynxhousepress.submittable.com.
ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $15,000 for a single poem, plus a $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/poetry/prize.
BACKWATERS PRIZE. An annual prize of $2,000 for the top poetry collection and $1,000 for an honorable mention, as well as publication by the University of Nebraska Press for both. Huascar Medina, poet laureate of Kansas, will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60–85 pages with a $30 entry fee by May 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines. University of Nebraska Press, Backwaters Prize, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Ste. 400, Lincoln, NE, 68508. Website: nebraskapress.unl.edu/the-backwaters-press.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MAY SARTON New Hampshire Poetry Prize is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2022 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Meg Kearney. For submission guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize. Or go to bauhanpublishing.submittable.com/submit.
BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Amy Hempel), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Michele Harper), $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: Crystal Valentine). Deadline: July 1. Entry fee: $20 ($30 includes subscription). www.blreview.org.
THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Press. $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–December 1. Learn more: www.birdypoetryprize.com.
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. To contact us or for publication information, membership, submission requirements, contest rules, and so forth, see californiastatepoetrysociety.org or californiastatepoetrysociety.com.
CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2021 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest open April 1–May 15. Prizes: $2,000, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2021 issue and considered by lit agencies. Entry fee: $17 online. No limit to number of entries. Max 10,000 words. www.carvezine.com/raymond-carver-contest.
CIDER PRESS REVIEW Editors’ Prize for a book-length poetry collection in English. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $26. Judges: CPR editors. Submit 48–80 page manuscript: www.ciderpressreview.com/submit. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.
COMSTOCK REVIEW celebrates its 35th year of independent publication in 2021. We are honored that Juan Felipe Herrera, 2015 poet laureate of the United States, will be the judge of our Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, single poem contest. Send submissions after April 1 to deadline July 15 postmark. First Prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. No simultaneous submissions; no previous print or electronic publication allowed; 40 lines of poetry max. U.S. Mail entry fee: $5 per poem. Submitttable: 1–5 poems $25 plus online fee listed on website. Watch future issues of P&W for our annual chapbook contest, which begins accepting submissions August 1. www.comstockreview.org. Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Facebook: www.facebook.com/comstock-review-186488898068352.
THE CONIUM REVIEW 2021 Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Elle Nash, author of Animals Eat Each Other. Winner receives $500, publication in The Conium Review, contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Submission deadline: June 1. Entry fee: $15. More details at coniumreview.com/contests.
CONNECTICUT POETRY AWARD of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee: $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80-line limit. Submit via connecticutriverreview.submittable.com. Opens April 1, deadline: May 31. Prizes: first: $400; second: $100; third: $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. See guidelines on Submittable and CPS website: ctpoetry.net.
ENTER -1000 BELOW, Midway Journal’s annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. $500 grand prize. $250 second prize. $50 third prize. $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to midwayjournal.com.
ENTER THE 2021 Joy Harjo Poetry Contest, the 2021 Barry Lopez Nonfiction Contest and the 2021 Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest sponsored by Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts. $1,200 first prize, $250 second prize and honorable mention. All winners published in Cutthroat 27, a print issue! Enter as often as you wish in as many genres as you wish. Reading fee $23. Reading period: August 31 to October 31. We suggest you read a back issue of Cutthroat to see the type of work it publishes. Congratulations to the 2020 winners: Sunni Wilkinson of Ogden, UT, Joy Harjo Poetry Prize; Timothy DeLizza of Baltimore, MD, Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize; and Linda Lucero of San Francisco, CA, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Prize. For guidelines, as well as to submit, go to www.cutthroatmag.com.
EX OPHIDIA PRESS announces its 2021 competition for a collection of original poems by a single author (75–100 pages). Kathleen Flenniken (Famous, Plume, Post Romantic) will judge. $25 entry fee. Submissions accepted May 1 to August 31. Winner receives $1,000 and publication; 9 finalists receive winning book. Details at exophidiapress.org.
FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL Short Fiction Contest invites entries of up to 3,500 words that deal with fly fishing. No entry fee. Deadline: July 21. Final judge: Paul Schullery. Prizes include publication in the Winter issue. Questions/entries should be sent by e-mail to deputy editor Henry Hughes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELP FUND OUR rural Colorado poetry community in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry award contests: the Fischer/Cantor Prizes. Our judge: poet Donald Levering of Santa Fe, NM. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and 5 prizes of $200. Fee: $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: August 31. Art Goodtimes. tellurideinstitute.org/talking-gourds.
INDIGO MOOR will be the guest judge of the MacGuffin’s 26th Poet Hunt. First prize will receive $500 and publication. Send up to 5 poems per $15 entry fee via Submittable, e-mail, or post. Entries accepted from April 1 to June 15. Fee includes one free issue. Full guidelines: schoolcraft.edu/macguffin.
JOIN A 154-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal welcomes original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art for its annual contests. Awarding one of the richest purses in the industry—$1,000 and more—Reed Magazine accepts submissions June 1–November 1. Applicants receive a complimentary copy. Visit www.reedmag.org/submit.
THE MARIA W. FAUST SONNET CONTEST is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world. Prizes totaling up to $2,000 are awarded. Three sonnets may be entered for each $5 entry fee. Youth and undergraduate students may enter for free. Deadline: June 1. Website: sonnetcontest.org. E-mail: email@example.com.
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: www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize.
NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Seventh year. Grand prize of $5,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Cosponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, Graphic Novel & Memoir, and Art Book (new!). $13,750 in total cash prizes. Fee: $65 per book. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines: winningwriters.com/north.
THE OFF THE GRID POETRY PRIZE provides a forum for older poets sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We accept book-length manuscripts by poets over age 60 from May 1–August 31. The prize: $1,000 and publication. Submission fee: $25. For full guidelines, visit www.grid-books.org.
PATRICIA DOBLER Poetry Award 2021: 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 final judge. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). For complete rules, contact by phone: (412) 578-6346; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or www.carlow.edu.
A PRIZE OF $500, publication via Backbone Press website, and a selection of Lucille Clifton titles via BOA Editions is given annually for 1 poem. Submit up to 3 poems April 5–June 5. Honorée Fanonne Jeffers will judge. Submission fee is $15. Please visit our website for full guidelines. backbonepress.org/lucille-clifton-prize.
PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual contest in poetry and prose between May 1 and September 1. Winners receive $500 and publication. $9 entry fee includes 1-year subscription. All manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. See website for complete guidelines—puertodelsol.org.
RED WHEELBARROW Poetry Prize 2021: Judged by Mark Doty. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third. Top 5 published in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: July 31. For complete guidelines, see www.redwheelbarrow.submittable.com.
RIVER STYX’S International Poetry Competition opens this spring. Judged by Adrian Matejka, the competition features a grand prize of $1,000 and publication in River Styx. Runner-ups will also be published at our standard rate. For more information and to submit, visit www.riverstyx.org/submit/poetry-contest.
SENECA REVIEW BOOKS accepts submissions for the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. $2,000 prize, book publication, HWS reading. Judge: Kazim Ali. Lyric essay includes cross-genre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120 pages. Submissions: June 1 to August 1. www.hws.edu/senecareview/bookprize.
SLAPERING HOL PRESS Chapbook Contest is open to writers who haven’t published or self-published a collection. Submissions accepted February 15–June 15. Winner receives $500, publication, 10 copies, readings at HVWC (Sleepy Hollow) and NYC, travel expenses up to $500. Judging is anonymous and adheres to CLMP ethics. For guidelines, see www.writerscenter.org.
THE SMOKELONG QUARTERLY Grand Micro Competition 2021. Grand prize: $1,500. All finalists paid at least $100. Word limit: 400. Deadline for entries: May 16. Entry fees starting at $6. More information at smokelong.com.
SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE Of Diverse Voices, (The Best American Essays 2018, Best of Net) announces their annual lit contest: $1,000 Fiction Prize, judge: Whitney Scharer; $500 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, judge: Tim Seibles; $500 Michael Steinberg Nonfiction Prize, judge: David Mura. Submit: April 15–May 25! Please subscribe for free, share with friends, and submit! For twelve years we have promoted diversity of gender, race, class, religion and nationality. solsticelitmag.org/contest.
SWAN SCYTHE PRESS announces its 2021 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. We are accepting submissions from March 1 to June 15 (postmark deadline). Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. The 2020 winner is Lana Ghannam for Evolution of Stone. For full guidelines, visit www.swanscythepress.com and swanscythepress.submittable.com/submit.
THREE MILE HARBOR Press 5th Annual Poetry Prize. Winner receives $500, publication. 2020 recipient: Nathaniel Bek, Atrophy of the Boy Who Became a Wishing Well. $28 entry fee. Deadline: December 31. Complete guidelines at www.3mileharborpress.com.
TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID Fiction & Essay Contest. 29th year. Prize for best short story: $3,000. Prize for best essay: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Dennis Norris II. Submit by April 30. Enter at winningwriters.com/tomstory.
UNDER THE SUN—2nd Annual Summer Writing Contest. July 1–July 31. Fee: $15, Prize $500 + publication. All entries considered for publication. Complete guidelines can be found with our Spring 2021 issue, available May 2021 at underthesunonline.com.
WILLOW SPRING BOOKS is now accepting submissions for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction: $2,000 prize for a previously unpublished book-length manuscript (minimum 98 pages, 3 short stories). Reading fee: $27.50. Deadline: June 14. Previous winners include: Nickalus Rupert, Dariel Suarez, Jaclyn Watterson, and Molly Giles. Full guidelines at wse.submittable.com.
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