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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.

THE GEEKY PRESS is seeking narrative essays, creative nonfiction, script photo, and poetry submissions for an edited book titled Dear America: Reflections on Race. We want personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. Deadline: July 31. Guidelines:

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: An Anthology is seeking nonfiction about the challenges and rewards of parenting with a mental illness. We are looking for contributors with varying diagnoses. Likewise, we are looking for essays from any point on the parenting timeline—from the decision to have a child, to helping children navigate adulthood. Please visit

JACK WALKER PRESS seeks artful personal essays for inclusion in charitable themed anthology series. Theme for the first collection: Transitions. Second is: Exclusion and the other. Our readers deserve experience rather than a lecture. Labyrinthine narratives and show and tell welcome. Submit by June 15 through GreenSubmissions:

POETRYSOUP.COM: #1 poetry website in the world with the most features and poetry resources. Run your own poetry contests online. Create blogs and online classifieds to advertise your books, poetry, and/or website. Research famous poets. Connect with poets from around the world. Joining PoetrySoup and posting poems is free.

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS by children for our annual Young Poets Anthology—poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: June 15. Children, parents, or teachers (with parents’ permission and contact information) may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

TWELVE POINT COLLECTIVE was made out of a desire to promote great undiscovered writing. With Twelve Point Collective, there exists a platform for anyone to start a writer’s portfolio. Everyone has a story to tell and they’d like to read yours. Submit today and you can be a writer that gets discovered. Let them empower you to pursue an audience.

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 2016. 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 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 2017, 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 Circle, Plainfield, IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

1ST ANNUAL TWO SYLVIAS Press Full-Length Poetry Book Manuscript Prize judged by award-winning poet Diane Seuss. Winner receives $1,000, book published as both a print & e-book, 20 copies of print book. All entries considered for possible publication. Deadline: June 30. Visit our website for full guidelines:

EYEWEAR PUBLISHING LTD in London, England, announces the 2017 Sexton Prize: A $1,000 publication award for a poetry collection by an American poet. The winner will be published in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously in spring of 2018. Judge: Kimiko Hahn, poet and professor. Deadline: June 1. Guidelines:

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BACKLASH PRESS is seeking submissions of fiction up to 200 pages and poetry. Dedicated to releasing work that challenges convention, Backlash aims to pioneer innovative writers. Submission window is open to all, any genre: Literary fiction, poetry, literary fantasy, literary science fiction. Please follow submission guidelines at

IN SEARCH OF REMARKABLE, unrestrained writing! Seeking bold, contemporary and classic novels, creative nonfiction, and speculative fiction. Web-e-Books: Where Reality and Fiction Collide. Ask about our Book Backer program. Accepted authors showcase their titles with e-books, website, and web-based e-reading solutions. Unique platform for unique manuscripts. Paperback options. Submissions:

NEW RIVERS PRESS seeks submissions of short manuscripts (70–120 pages) of creative nonfiction, essay, or mixed genre work. Writers selected for publication will receive a standard contract and travel funding to visit campus for a lecture and reading. No reading fee. Submit between May 1 and June 30 at

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.

2017 BURNSIDE REVIEW Chapbook Contest. Judge: Diane Seuss. Winner receives $200 and 10 copies. Chapbooks are elegantly designed with letterpressed covers. Runs March 15–June 30. Submit 18–24 pages of poetry. $15 entry fee. All submissions must be made through our submission manager,

THE ORCHARD STREET PRESS announces its 2017 Chapbook Contest. $300 plus 30 copies for winner; $200 for second; and $100 for third. Submit 20–28 pages, plus bio, acknowledgments, contact info, and $17 fee, postmarked by June 30 to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, OH 44040. All entrants receive copy of winning chapbook. Details at

QUILLSEDGE PRESS is accepting submissions for our “50 over 50” anthology through September 22. Women poets over the age of 50 are eligible to submit. Translations welcome if the original poet is also a woman at least 50 years old. Discounted fees for women of color. For full guidelines, visit

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS, founded by poet Sandra McPherson in 2000, announces its 2017 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 2016 winner is Lisa Dominguez Abraham for Mata Hari Blows a Kiss. For full guidelines, visit and

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for chapbook-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: May 1–June 30 (postmark). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Kenneth Chacon, David Hathwell, Allison Joseph, Biljana D. Obradovic, Kim Roberts. Publication in 2018. Guidelines:


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

CAESURA IS NOW accepting submissions of poetry and visual art for its 2017 issue. Deadline to submit is July 1. For complete guidelines, visit

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 the Westchester County, NY, area. See website for guidelines:

CHANGES IN LIFE monthly online newsletter is seeking personal essays from women of all ages. New writers are encouraged to submit their work. For details and submission guidelines, see

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

CIRCLESHOW: THE OFFICIAL Journal of Seven CirclePress is published biannually both online and in print. We are currently accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and flash for our 2017 issues. Payment for accepted works is 1 contributor copy of the print edition. Visit for guidelines. Mail inquiries to

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Starting Over.” 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: June 19. Guidelines at

EARTH’S DAUGHTERS accepting submissions May 1 to June 30 for Issue No. 92 “Lines”; the 4 directions, waiting, aging, queues, drawing, light or dark. Submit up to 3 poems and/or 500 words of prose and $5 readers fee to Earth’s Daughters, P.O. Box 41, Central Park Station, Buffalo, NY 14215.  Guidelines at

FOR THE JUNE 2017 issue, Pedestal editors will be accepting poetry on the theme of “war.” We welcome work from both veterans and non-veterans, and would like to see a variety of responses— literal, confessional, figurative, and metaphoric.  For further information, please visit

FOUNDED IN 2009 at Oxford University in the U.K. by W.K. Buckley, Plath Profiles, an online journal, seeks essays, poems, art, student essays, memoir, and notes. Any topic. Any length. On Sylvia Plath. We also seek editorial help. Contact: or

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region but is interested in great writing from any place and on any subject. Details and links to our online submissions manager at

THE MEDICAL LITERARY Messenger publishes thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. For our Spring/Summer issue we especially hope to highlight more prose pieces! Our online submissions are free and run until May 10. Visit us at

MOUNT HOPE, a literary magazine publishing fiction, photography, nonfiction, graphic storytelling, and poetry welcomes submissions of original work for upcoming issues. We seek short stories or nonfiction up to 5,000 words, up to 4 poems per author, and graphic novel and photo portfolios of 5–12 images. We publish emerging authors side by side with such established writers as Margot Livesey, Steve Almond, Hester Kaplan, Howard Norman, Steven Church, and Moira Egan. See us online: www.mount

NEW THEORY, a cross-disciplinary review of innovative ideas in any genre or medium, is open for submissions for its next 2 issues. Website:

NOW IN ITS 39TH year of publication, Indiana Review is a biannual and nonprofit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers. Our mission is to offer the highest quality writing within a wide aesthetic. For full submission guidelines, please visit our website at

ON THE VERANDA Literary Journal seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that exemplify what it means to be Southern. From moss-covered oak trees to dusty Texas tumbleweeds and Kentucky bourbon, we seek pieces that illustrate the multitude of cultures, people, and places the South has to offer. Submit today: https://ontheverandaliterary

OUTLOOK SPRINGS: NOT MUCH TIME LEFT. Semi-Colon Virus spreading fast and I fear that any moment I will—listen, tell my mother I lo;ve her. Tell he;r I thought I c;ould save us, s;ave t;he wor;;d! I;m sor;ry. I;;; so s;;;y. G;odb;e, fr;;nd;s. I wi;; ne;v;r fl;;;;; ;;;; ;; ;;;;;;; ;; (

PRINT-ORIENTED BASTARDS is a quarterly online literary magazine that features award-winning writers and artists. We invite all genres, including literary comics, interviews, reviews, and uncategorizable hybrids. Simultaneous submissions accepted year-round. Response time is typically 3 months. For guidelines and the current issue, visit

RALEIGH REVIEW believes that great literature inspires empathy by allowing us to see the world through the eyes of our neighbors whether across the street or across the globe. Submissions are now open through May 31 for the 2017 Laux/Millar Raleigh Review Poetry Prize. For more details, visit

THE RAVENSPERCH LITERARY Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art. For information on the submission guidelines, please visit us at

SEEMS CONSIDERS unpublished poems (3–5), literary fiction, and creative nonfiction (5K words max of prose). Submissions in body of e-mail and “P,” “F,” or “CNF” in subject line to or, with SASE, to Karl Elder, Editor, Lakeland University, W. 3718 South Dr., Plymouth, WI 53073. Website:

SUBMIT WHATEVER POEMS whenever. Please e-mail your poems in just 1 attachment or in the body of the e-mail. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show. E-mail:; website:

THIRD WEDNESDAY LITERARY arts journal accepts unpublished poetry, short fiction (up to 1,500 words), and b&w art or photography. Submit  For details, go to

TRUE STORY, A NEW monthly mini-magazine from the editors of Creative Nonfiction, seeks unpublished works of long-form narrative nonfiction between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject and in any style. No deadline. Complete guidelines at

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’s BA program in creative writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, and experimental work. Read us. Write for us. Submissions accepted year-round. For guidelines see

WE’MOON IS ACCEPTING ART, poetry, and prose submissions from women around the world. This year’s theme is “The Sun: Fanning the Flame.” This astrological and lunar datebook is a progressive collaboration inspiring (re)connection with Earth’s natural cycles and celebrating womyn’s creativity. Learn more and download our call for contributions at


THE 2017 CREATIVE NONFICTION Writers’ Conference—Join us in Pittsburgh, May 26–27 (Memorial Day weekend) for 2 days dedicated to the art of memoir, personal essays, narrative journalism. and more. Craft talks, breakout sessions, publishing advice, and master classes with writers, editors, and agents. Learn more at

2018 SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ Conference & Literary Festival: February 14-18 (Mexico). The most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas. Attracts 600+ established and emerging writers and industry experts from 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. Keynote speakers announced and registration begins August 1, 2017:

14TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL. January 15–20, 2018. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, and Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, manuscript conferences: Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nicole Brown, and Ginger Murchison; social events, and so much more. Special guest: Coleman Barks. To find out more, visit

BRIGHTER DAYS ARE COMING! Manhattanville College’s 32nd Summer Writers Week, June 19–23. Standard workshops plus drama and young adult. Special guests Joseph O’Neill and Rivka Galchen. Afternoon mini-workshops on graphic novels, mystery writing, and science fiction/fantasy. Housing available on our beautiful campus, 30 minutes from NYC. Learn more:

CARNEGIE BOOKS-IN-PROGRESS Conference will be held in picturesque Lexington, KY, June 8–10, with optional pre-conference sessions featuring Writer’s Digest Editor Chuck Sambuchino and a welcome reception. Silas House (Clay’s Quilt, The Coal Tattoo, and Eli the Good, among others) will keynote. Immerse yourself in craft and business workshops led by top writers, editors, and other professionals. Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more. One-on-one pitches with literary agents available. For more information, visit:

FRESH WATER, FRESH VOICES Writing Conference. This unique conference blends workshops and craft talks with outdoor activities along beautiful Lake Superior. Be inspired by the Upper Peninsula’s landscape. Workshops with Pam Houston, Diane Les Becquets, Frank X Walker, and other award-winning authors. Bike, hike, kayak, fly fish. Contact: Rachel May,

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 15–16, in Lexington, KY. Workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with Camille Dungy, Claire Vaye Watkins, Kayla Rae Whittaker, Melynda J. Price, and more. $200 with workshop; $125 without workshop; $30 students without workshop. Scholarships available. Phone: (859) 257-2874.

NEW YORK WRITERS WORKSHOP offers 2 3-day Pitch Conferences and 2 Small Press Pitches, twice a year in spring and fall, for writers of nonfiction and fiction. Our instructors lead year-round classes and workshops for all writing levels at venues in New York City, nationwide, and abroad. Learn more:

RIDGEFIELD WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 22–23, Ridgefield, CT. Faculty: Peter Selgin (nonfiction, advanced) Hollis Seamon (fiction, master class), Chris Belden (fiction), Jamie Callan (creative nonfiction), James Chesbro (essays), Adele Annesi (revision). Agent, editor, publisher panels. Keynote by Carlos Eire. Friday and Saturday readings. $195 ($175 before July 1). Education discount.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA WRITERS Association SCWA (formerly SCWW) is proud to announce our annual fall conference affectionately titled The 2017 “Big Dreams” Conference. Meet and learn from well-established and successful authors, editors, and agents. Optional add-on pitch and synopsis critiques available. For more details or to register, visit:

SPLIT THIS ROCK seeks proposals for workshops, panel and roundtable discussions, and themed group readings for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness, April 19–21, 2018, Washington, D.C. Tenth anniversary of Split This Rock! Submit proposals on poetry & activism April 1–June 30 at

THE WORK CONFERENCE 2018: March 23-25, NYC. Intensive, intimate gathering of 30 writers & 15 industry-leading agents and editors. Ticket includes agent meetings, critique workshop, dynamic programming and more, plus social events & most meals. Quirky perks, meticulous attention to detail, and a focus on what matters most: The Work.

$1,000 PRIZE: The National Poetry Review Book Prize. Submit 45–75 pages of poetry, $27 reading fee, bio, acknowledgments, and e-mail address. All entries considered for publication. Winner receives $1,000 plus copies. Deadline: June 30. Electronic entries only. Winner will be announced on TNPRP Facebook page. Follow instructions at

$3,000 IN AWARDS. The Sunshot™ Prize Series seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction collections. Full publication. 100 author copies. Winners nominated for National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prize, and other prestigious awards. Sponsored by New Millennium Writings-celebrating and publishing more than 1,700 poets and writers since 1996.  May 30 deadline.

2017 CONFRONTATION MAGAZINE Poetry Prize e-mail submissions deadline extended to April 30: $750 and publication in a 2017 issue, for a single poem. Submit up to 4 previously unpublished poems with a $10 entry fee (includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine). For details, see

2017 NEW AMERICAN FICTION Prize. $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Lori Ostlund. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

THE 2017 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) and minimum 2 runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

2017 TALKING WRITING prize for Personal Essay: $500 plus publication. Topic: Writing and faith. How do you tackle life’s big questions? We want honest, unsentimental nonfiction about belief, mortality, atheism, culture of origin, or anything else connected to soul searching through words. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 16.

2018 PRESS 53 AWARD for Poetry. $1,000 advance awarded to an outstanding unpublished poetry collection and published as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. Reading fee $30. Judged by Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor. Open: April 1–July 31. Winner and finalists announced by November 1. Complete details:

5TH ANNUAL Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize sponsored by Backbone Press invites submissions by emerging and established poets April 1–May 31. One poem will be selected. Winner receives publication via our website and $500. Final judge: Vievee Francis. Visit our website for guidelines:

14TH GIVAL PRESS Short Story Award for best original previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize $1,000 and publication on website. Reading fee $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. E-mail; visit website or for complete details. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

16TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Oscar Wilde Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize: $100 and publication on website. Reading fee: $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27. For complete details, e-mail; visit website or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

20 YEARS OF PAYING writers and publishing their best works! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by June 17—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. We have launched careers! Visit

ANNOUNCING THE F(R)ICTION Spring Literary Competition! Please submit: 1) short stories of any genre between 1,000–7,500 words, 2) flash fiction with a maximum of 750 words, and 3) poetry no longer than three pages. Up to $1,600 in prizes. Winners will be published alongside stunning original artwork. Visit

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,000 Reader’s Choice Award. Entry fee of $20 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:

APRIL 22 DEADLINE. Fischer Prize. Open to all U.S. poets. All styles welcome. $3,000 in prizes. Telluride, CO, award ceremony. $9 per poem, 3 poems for $20. Denver Poet Laureate emeritus Chris Ransick is the judge. Go to

BACKWATERS PRIZE FOR 2017: Submit poetry manuscript in English April 1 through May 31 online at Cash prize of $2,500 and publication, perfect-bound. Judged blind. We follow CLMP guidelines. Final judge: Bob Hicok. Complete guidelines at

BACOPA LITERARY REVIEW invites submissions April 1–May 31 for eighth annual print journal. $400 prize in poetry, flash story, literary fiction, and creative nonfiction. Small contest fee. We respond to unusual perspectives, passionate voices, inventive, compelling work. Published by Writers Alliance of Gainesville. For guidelines:

BALTIMORE REVIEW SUMMER Contest Theme: Monsters! Make monsters play a role in your poems, story, or CNF. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Final judge: Jane Satterfield. Deadline: May 31. For more details and to submit online:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING is now accepting submissions (U.S. mail and for the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize: $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged exclusively this year by Jennifer Militello. For guidelines:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: Rachel Hadas), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Rivka Galchen), $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Geraldine Brooks). Deadline: July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Submit online:

THE BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 940, Spokane, WA 99210 or The 2016 winner was Ralph Burns for But Not Yet. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: May 15. Details:

BRIGHTHORSE BOOK PRIZE: $1,000 and publication for a novel, a collection of poetry, and a collection of short fiction. Reading period: February 15–August 16. $25 entry fee. All entries considered for publication: To learn more, visit

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. See for publications, membership, submission requirements, contest rules, etc., or mail inquiry to: CSPS, P.O. Box 7126, Orange, CA 92863.

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Actors’ Theatre of Santa Cruz, CA. 23rd Annual Ten–Minute Play Contest & Festival “8 Tens @ 8.” Sixteen winners selected with performances in January–February 2018. All styles and all genres considered. For guidelines see:

CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2017 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest open April 1–May 15. Prizes: $1,500, $500, $250, and 2 Editor’s Choice, $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2017 issue and considered by lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. No limit to number of entries. Max 10,000 words.

CATHY SMITH BOWERS Chapbook Contest sponsored by Main Street Rag opens for submissions May 1 with Cathy Smith Bowers serving as final judge. Deadline: June 15. Prize: $1,000 + 50 copies. Reading fee: $15 ($17 for online submission). As many as 10 finalists also offered publication. Detailed guidelines:

CIDER PRESS REVIEW Editors’ Prize for a first or second book-length poetry collection. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $25. Judges: CPR editors. Submit 48–80 page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award single poem contest invites submissions. Ellen Bass, final judge. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Deadline: July 1. Check website for complete rules for all entries, U.S. mail or online. No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication. Entry fee $5 per poem, 40 lines max, U.S. mail. Extra fee for online submissions. Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Facebook: =ts-219.

CONNECTICUT POETRY AWARD of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80- line limit. Submit via 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:

CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2017 Poetry Prize. Judge: Diane Seuss. $500 plus publication. Submit up to 4 poems. $16 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. Winner & finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review. Deadline May 15. Full guidelines:

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Risk.” We’re interested in true stories that balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. 4,000 words max. Deadline: November 20. Cash prize for best essay. Guidelines at

ENTER -1000 BELOW, Midway Journal’s new, annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. Michael Martone will judge: $500 grand prize, $250 second prize, $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to

ENTER THE FIELD of Words Flash Fiction competition for your chance to be published online and have your work promoted across social media. There’s also prize money on offer. Competition opens May 1, closes June 30. Entries must be 100–500 words. Visit the website for details:

EVENING STREET PRESS announces 2017 contests: Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize, $250 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up: $15 reading fee, ongoing. Website: Sinclair Poetry Prize, $500 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up; $25 reading fee, May 1 to December 1.

EX OPHIDIA PRESS Second Annual Poetry Book Prize. Deadline: August 15. Fee: $25. The prize: $1,000 and 15 author’s copies. Eligibility: Open to all English-language authors. Judge: Richard-Gabriel Rummonds, internationally acclaimed author. Book publication date: Fall 2017, published by Ex Ophidia Press and distributed through Amazon. For more information, visit our website:

GHOST PROPOSAL ANNUAL chapbook contest. Publication + 25 copies. We seek cohesive, post-genre manuscripts of 16–32 pages. Browse our archives for a sense of the post-genre work we publish. Reading period: May 1–June 30. $5 reading fee. Winner announced: August 1. Guidelines:

GODDARD COLLEGE will award one $10,000 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship to an MFA applicant in Creative Writing who is a member of any of the North American Centers of PEN International. Only individuals who are members in good standing of PEN America, PEN Canada, PEN Mexico, or PEN Center USA will be eligible to apply for the Goddard/PEN North American Centers. Membership at any level, including Professional, Advocate, Patron, and Student membership, will qualify. Visit

THE GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit by August 15. Electronic submissions preferred: No contact info on manuscript if submitting electronically. Or mail with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, P.O. Box 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. If mailing, include 2 cover pages (1 with complete contact info, 1 with no contact info) along with your 50–80 page manuscript and SASE. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Barbara Crooker to   

GRSF/MARIA FAUST Sonnet Contest $2,000 prizes; $5 fee for 1–3 entries; fee waived for ages 17 & under. Submitted by June 1, either mailed: Maria Faust Sonnet Contest; Ted Haaland, Dir.; P.O. Box 1111; Winona, MN 55987, or via webpage entry at (See webpage for rules.)

HOWLING BIRD PRESS Book Prize in Poetry. Winner receives $1,000 and book publication, plus 25 copies. Submit manuscript of 60–80 pages, along with $25 reading fee, between April 15 and June 30: For more information, visit our website:

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS Conference: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 15–16 conference and 1 workshop, a reading, and $200. Fee: $10 for up to 5 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Postmarked by June 1. For guidelines, visit our website:  E-mail: kentucky

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

LITERAL LATTE SHORT Short Awards, since 1994. First prize: $500 and publication. Send us your hottest shorts. Deadline: June 30. All styles and subjects welcome, up to 2,000 words per short. Entry fees: $10 (up to 10 shorts). For tastes, guidance, and online submissions, go to Or send to: Literal Latte Contests, 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003.

THE LONDON MAGAZINE Poetry Prize 2017. Submit for the chance to be published in the U.K.’s oldest literary journal. Runs: May 1–June 30. Judges to be announced shortly. First prize: £500, second prize: £300, third prize: £200. Entry fee: £10, subsequent poems: £

NAOMI SHIHAB NYE will serve as guest judge of The MacGuffin’s Poet Hunt Contest, set to run from April 1–June 3. One first prize winner will receive $500 and publication in the Fall 2017 issue. Send 3 poems with a $15 entry fee to 18600 Haggerty, Livonia, MI 48152. Fee includes 1 free issue. Full guidelines:

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. 3rd year. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest). Three authors will each win $1,500. Categories: General Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction and Memoir. $6,000 in total cash prizes. Fee: $60. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines:

OFF THE GRID Poetry Prize provides a forum for older poets sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We are accepting book-length manuscripts by poets over age 60 from August 1–August 31. The prize: $1,000 plus publication. Submission fee: $25. For full guidelines, visit

OMNIDAWN OFFERS A $3,000 prize for our annual Omnidawn 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest. Myung Mi Kim will judge. Electronic and postal submissions May 1–June 30. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $27. Entrants who add $3 shipping receive Omnidawn book of their choice. For guidelines:

THE ORISON ANTHOLOGY Awards offer $500 and publication for individual works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing. 2017 judges: Justin Torres (fiction), Nickole Brown (poetry), Scott Russell Sanders (nonfiction). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1.

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY Award 2017: 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). Postmarked by October 2. Phone: (412) 578-6346. For complete rules, visit:

THE PROFANE PRIZES are open for submissions through July 31. Our Nonfiction Prize ($1,000) will be judged by Elena Passarello (new book, Animals Strike Curious Poses, out now). Our Fiction Prize ($1,000) will be judged by Devin Murphy (new book, The Boat Runner, out in August). More info at

QUARTERLY WEST’S NEW 2017 chapbook contest is now open! Entry fee: $25. Cash prize & publication. This year’s judge is Garrard Conley. Deadline is June 1. Details and guidelines available at

RED BERRY EDITIONS invites submissions to the Ninth Annual Summer Chapbook Contest. Submit up to 15 pages of poetry or prose on any subject. Winner receives 20 chapbooks beautifully produced and hand bound. $25 entry fee. Deadline: August 31. To see previous winners and view guidelines, visit

RED WHEELBARROW POETRY Prize 2017 Judge: Ellen Bass. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third, and top five published in Red Wheelbarrow. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $10 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see

SENECA REVIEW ANNOUNCES the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize! $2,000 prize, book publication, guest reading at HWS. Judge: John D’Agata. Lyric essay includes crossgenre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120pp. Submissions: June 1 to August 15.

SHEEHAN YA BOOK PRIZE. Elephant Rock Books YA is pleased to announce the third Sheehan YA Book Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Looking for realistic, voice-driven manuscripts. Previous winners shortlisted for Printz and Morris awards, and selected by JLG. Deadline: June 30. $20 entry fee. Complete submission guidelines at

STARKEY FLYTHE JR. Poetry Prize, sponsored by Authors Club of Augusta, awarded at Berry Fleming Book Festival, Augusta, Georgia. September 22. Winner: $500. Runner-up: $250. Online publication. Extended deadline July 31. First 250 entries only. Up to 3 unpublished poems. No simultaneous submissions. No entry fee. For guidelines:

STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2017 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 amongst works accepted for publication, and no entry fee is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit, or e-mail:

TEBOT BACH ANNOUNCES the 2018 Patricia Bibby First Book Award: $500 and book publication. Deadline: October 31 postmark. Winner announced April 2018. Send manuscript and reading fee of $20 for each manuscript submitted to Tebot Bach, Bibby, P.O. Box 7887, Huntington Beach, CA 92615. See complete guidelines at:

THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS Literary Festival announces 3 writing contests, all opening June 1. Festival packages, publication, and public readings accompany cash prizes. One-Act Play: Deadline: November 1; prize: $1,500. Poetry: Deadline: November 15; prize: $1,000. Fiction: Deadline: November 30; Prize: $1,500. For more information, visit

TOM HOWARD/ JOHN H.REID Fiction & Essay Contest. 25th year. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest). Prize for best short story: $1,500. Prize for best essay: $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $18. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Enter at

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:

UTICA COLLEGE—Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize. A prize of $2,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a resident of Upstate New York. The winner must also give a reading and teach a master class at Utica College. Submit 2 copies of a book of at least 48 pages, published between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, and a curriculum vitae by August 31. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines: Address: Utica College, Eugene Paul Nassar Poetry Prize, School of Arts and Sciences, 1600 Burrstone Rd., Utica, NY 13502. E-mail Gary Leising, contest coordinator, at:

VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2017. Deadline: July 15. 1st prize: $750, 2nd prize: $250 + publication in Vallum. Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poems for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2017. Entry fee: 25 USD, includes a free 1-year subscription to Vallum.

WEEKLY POETRY CONTEST at, $100 prize each week for the winner, $10 prizes for any honorable mentions.No charge of any kind. Contest guidelines at

WILLOW SPRINGS 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 1. Previous winners include Glori Simmons, Serena Crawford, Molly Giles, and Nathan Oates. Full guidelines at

WRITER ADVICE SEEKS flash fiction (750 words or less). Open our eyes. Dazzle, delight, and entice us. Winners receive cash prizes and are published. Low fee for solid feedback. Deadline: June 1. Fee and details:


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WRITING RETREATS by the Cambridge Writers Workshop will take place in Granada, Spain (August 2–6) and Rockport, MA (October 13–15). Faculty include Tim Horvath, Maya Sonenberg, Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Genres include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting, and hybrid. Deadlines May 15 & August 15. More information available at

360 XOCHI QUETZAL: Free writer’s residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. Winter deadline: July 30 for December 14, 2017–January 13, 2018 residency. International poets, writers, and scholars can apply at CAFÉ, Visit our website for information, pictures and testimonials: and our Facebook group page 360 Xochi Quetzal.

CAMAC IS NOW accepting applications for its residency program 2017 and 2018 for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. In the village of Marnay-sur-Seine within the scenic Champagne-Ardenne region of France, on the banks of the river Seine, only 1 hour from Paris. No application fee. Rolling admission. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines. CAMAC, 1 Grande Rue, 10400 Marnay sur Seine. Phone: 00 33 3 25 39 20 61. Jean-Yves Coffre, director. E-mail: Website:

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ISLAND VERSE is accepting applications for the Keeper’s House Writer Residency. The winner is provided with an apartment at the Burnt Coat Harbor Light Station. This residency is an opportunity to initiate or complete a project–in–progress.  Submit by May 31. For complete guidelines, visit

JENTEL ARTIST RESIDENCY Program. One-month residency for writers and visual artists in rural ranch setting in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains of WY. Includes spacious residence, private room, separate studio, stipend. Annual deadlines: January 15 and September 15. Visit for information and application or contact

TERESE SVOBODA, poetry workshop, October 15–November 4. Spend 3 weeks at Atlantic Center for the Arts 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 people. Application deadline: May 14. For more information, visit

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MAY 2017, SANTA FE, NM. For 28 years, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops has focused on photography, now expanding into the world of words. Our Writers Lab offers week-long workshops and 1-day seminars for writers of all levels in: Memoir, Nonfiction, Travel, Screenwriting, and Poetry. Phone: (505) 983-1400, ext. 111. Website:

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