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CAVEAT EMPTOR! Poets & Writers Magazine is unable to check all claims made by advertisers. Readers should be aware of publishers who charge, rather than pay, an author for publication; publishers who do not pay for publication, even in copies; publishers who require a purchase before publication; and contests that charge high reading fees. The magazine recommends that you see the publication and submission guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

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 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: June 1.

CALLING CONNECTICUT WRITERS. The Connecticut Literary Festival is seeking nonfiction, poetry, and fiction for our Connecticut Literary Anthology. Open January 4–March 31. No submission fees. CT residents only. Authors receive a complimentary copy. For submission details, visit

CALLING ALL POETS to submit an original poem to be included in the 2020 Poetry Leaves Exhibition. Submit poems at Deadline date is March 27. Poems will be published in the 2020 Anthology. The exhibition is an outdoor exhibit in Waterford, MI, designed to bring poetry into the everyday lives of people. For more information, go to

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

IN THE INTERESTS OF CONTINUING what proved to be a surprisingly provocative discussion at AWP Portland (2019), What Books Press invites submissions from writers over 60 contemplating issues of own mortality, especially in relation to what we’re calling late stage writing, for an anthology of the same. Go to the What Books website for more info.

NORTH SEA POETRY SCENE PRESS seeks submissions for an anthology to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Previously published poems are acceptable if author owns the rights. Editors: Tammy Nuzzo-Morgan and Bill Batcher. Send entries to Include up to 4 poems and a short bio in the body of the e-mail, and “9/11 poem entry” in the subject line. Deadline: May 1.

SEVEN CIRCLEPRESS is currently accepting submissions for Luminous Selves: An Anthology of Poets from Beyond the Binary. This anthology seeks to feature the work of self-identified nonbinary and/or genderqueer poets. It’s up to you to decide if that’s you. Poems may be in any style and address any subject matter. For more info, visit

TELLING OUR STORIES PRESS is seeking both Visual memoir and Literary short memoir submissions for short memoir projects: “Show & Tell” and “Nam” (on the Vietnam War). Learn about participating in the 10Friends virtual salon centered around a yearlong mutual journaling experience for artists, writers, scholars and diarists. Visit

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

BAOBAB PRESS seeks personal author/publisher relationships, provides support, and facilitates creative and professional growth. We are always accepting completed poetry, comic/visual narrative manuscripts, and children’s picture books, but our current emphasis is on novels, story collections, and creative nonfiction manuscripts. Zero submission fees. Take your time. Send your best. Website:

LEFORA PUBLISHING will be accepting submissions of work by authors writing about or living in New England from January 1 to March 31. Please follow the submission guidelines on our website at Work submitted without cover letters will be discarded.

NEW RIVERS PRESS. Experimental/short nonfiction call: Submit manuscripts of creative nonfiction, essays, experimental, mixed-genre, and multi-genre work between 70 and 120 pages in length, May 1–June 30, with $8 reading fee. Selected manuscripts receive publication contract and 25 author copies. Submit online at

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. Generous royalty splits. Tip: Follow submission guidelines exactly. For details, visit

ROSE METAL PRESS 2020 OPEN READING PERIOD. From June 1 to 30, we’re seeking full-length hybrid genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2022 and beyond. We welcome submissions in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage an expansive interpretation of hybridity. $15 fee. For details, visit

SALLY ALBISO POETRY BOOK AWARD—$2,000 and publication with Ingram distribution for the winning 60- to 80-page poetry manuscript authored by a poet living in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (OR, WA, or AK). Entries via Submittable. Fee: $20. Deadline: May 15. Judge: Carmen Germain. Winner announced in June. This new annual award honors the memory of MoonPath Press poet Sally Albiso, who passed away in 2019. All entrants receive Sally Albiso’s collection Moonless Grief. For more details, go to or

VINAL PUBLISHING INC., 193 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202: A new traditional publisher looking for novels and children’s books. No reading fee. We pay fair royalty plus small advance, advertise our titles well, and print in exploitation-free facilities with no child labor. Visit our website:

2020 TWO SYLVIAS PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZE judged by award-winning poet Traci Brimhall is now open. Winner receives $500, publication by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of the winning book, & a Depression glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for publication. Deadline: May 31. Guidelines:

BLUE LIGHT PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Publication + 10 copies of your book. We like imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest poems that push the edge. Send 12- to 24-page manuscript, SASE, $10 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by June 30. For guidelines, Website:

2018 NOMINEE: One of the Top 10 literary blogs on the web. The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at

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

CÆSURA WILL ACCEPT POETRY AND ART submissions from March 1 to June 15 for the 2020 issue, no submission fees. Call details will be available March 1. Two unique versions of Cæsura need content, print and online. For guidelines, and to order print books or view online, please visit

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

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW, a national poetry journal, is accepting submissions from February 1 to April 15. Electronic submissions only. Send up to 5 original unpublished poems in a single document, 1 poem per page, at You can check our website for complete guidelines: (Click on publications tab.)

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 year! Submit your work from January 1 to April 1. For full guidelines, please visit

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for upcoming issues. We’re looking for a wide range of narrative nonfiction on any subject and in any style. Surprise us. Work must be previously unpublished and true. Complete guidelines at

CREATIVE WRITING BY NON-NATIVE ENGLISH OR ESL WRITERS: Tint Journal is a literary magazine publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by English as a second language writers as well as profiles, interviews, reviews, and art. See for our next open call and follow us @tintjournal

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, 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:

EAST BY NORTHEAST LITERARY MAGAZINE is accepting submissions for its first issue. New and emerging writers and visual artists may submit work in the following genres: Flash and short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Website:

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

FERN, A NEW PRINT MAGAZINE from Winterhawk Press (previously Calypso), welcomes up to 6 poems (no inspirational) or up to 2 stories or essays (any subject or style) until September 30. Double-space prose, up to 15 pages each. Include SASE. Paper submissions only. Address: 9533 Caraway Dr., Boise, ID 83704.

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:

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

THE KERF SEEKS POETRY for its annual issue. The editors are especially interested in themes related to humanity and/or environmental consciousness, but are open to diverse subjects. Submit January 15 to March 31 annually. Include brief bio and SASE. Address: The Kerf, College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531.

LEAPING CLEAR’S FALL 2020 ISSUE will feature works by accomplished artists, musicians, videographers, and writers with a dedicated meditation practice in addition to their dedicated artistic 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. The works themselves need not speak directly to the subject of meditation, but we will only accept work from those who describe their practice and its influence on their lives and/or their art. Submit May 1 through 31 at

MANZANO MOUNTAIN REVIEW SEEKS PROSE for Issue 5. Theme: “Chiaroscuro.” Your prose may flirt with (or submerge itself within) the genres of crime & noir, but we are looking for fresh expressions, not formula. Give us light & shadow. Give us dawn & darkness. Prose subs open February 1 at

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 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. Visit our booth at AWP 2020! Submission window: October 15, 2019 to March 15, 2020. Submission fee $3. See guidelines at

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 January–May. For details, see

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. No submission fee! We also accept novels: See our website for more information:

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS BY SERVICE WORKERS for the Fall 2020 issue: Poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written by those employed in direct service to customers (food service, housecleaning, hospitality, customer service, etc.). Deadline: April 15. Online submissions accepted. For more information, visit our website:

RHINO, AN AWARD-WINNING ANNUAL PRINT JOURNAL, is open for submissions of poetry, flash (500 words max), and translations from April 15–July 31 with no reading fee. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. For 40+ years, RHINO has featured stunning, eclectic work, perfectly bound and visually splendid—”powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). All submissions considered for $500 Editors’ Prize. To buy our gorgeous new 2020 issue; to read RHINO Reviews, our online magazine of reviews of the most compelling new American poetry; and for submission guidelines:

SEEMS CONSIDERS UNPUBLISHED POEMS (3–5), literary fiction, and creative nonfiction (5,000 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. Sample at

SEQUESTRUM IS NOW ACCEPTING fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. No theme. 10,000 word max for prose, 35 lines for poetry. Submit via our online submission system. Full guidelines:

STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2021 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 or e-mail

STORM CELLAR, an independent journal of safety and danger with its roots in the Midwest, in print and e-book formats since 2011, seeks amazing new writing and art. BIPOC, women and NB, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, poor, and border-straddling voices encouraged. Surprise us! To submit:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW IS OPEN January 1 through March 15 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:

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

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

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:

4TH ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in Taos, NM, July 24–26, 2020. Keynote speaker, Pam Houston (author of Deep Creek; Cowboys Are My Weakness). Invited faculty include William DeBuys, BK Loren, William Henderson, Allegra Huston, Santee Frazier, and many others, with workshops in every genre. Website: FMI: (575) 758-0081.

THE 15TH NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE, “Activism, Identity, and Race: Playwrights and Screenwriters at the Crossroads,” will be held March 26–29, 2020, at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. The conference will feature a town hall, roundtable discussions, author readings, films, workshops, and more! For more information, visit

AUTHOR NICK FLYNN is the Manhattanville MFA Program’s special guest at Summer Writers’ Week. Hurry: Nick’s nonfiction workshop caps at 12! Poetry, fiction, and screenwriting workshops, too. June 22–26. Housing available on our beautiful Purchase, NY, campus, 30 minutes from NYC. Summer Writers’ Week: like the beach, only better! Visit for details or call (917) 323-5239.

BOLDFACE CONFERENCE FOR EMERGING WRITERS: May 18–22, 2020. Glass Mountain magazine (University of Houston) hosts this annual conference for new writers at the M.D. Anderson Library. Past featured writers include Tiphanie Yanique, Bryan Washington, and Robin Davidson. Workshops, readings, craft talks, manuscript consultations, and more. $195 early bird registration starts in January! Housing available. Website: Questions? E-mail:

“DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITIES,” March 26–27, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. Lecture and master class by keynoter Daisy Hernandez; additional workshops and writers’ roundtable on Friday. Lehigh Valley Book Festival to follow (March 27–29), plus writers’ retreat at Highlights Foundation (Honesdale, PA) in May. Learn more at or

JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WRITING GUILD at its 43rd Annual Summer Conference, July 24–30. This year’s conference, Your Vision / Your Voice, will be held at Misselwood/Endicott College in Beverly, MA, set on a beautiful campus and conference center by the sea. Choose from over 2 dozen workshops in poetry, fiction, memoir, personal narrative, playwriting, children’s literature, critique sessions, meet-the-agent sessions, and a new member/mentor track and open readings. For information or to register, visit: Address: The International Women’s Writing Guild, 5 Penn Plaza, 19th Fl., PMB# 19059, New York, NY 10001. Phone: (617) 792-7272. Or contact

JOIN US IN SPOKANE, April 16–19 for the 22nd Get Lit! Festival. Get Lit! features over 40 authors, including Ottessa Moshfegh (My Year of Rest and Relaxation), R.O. Kwon (The Incendiaries), and Ilya Kaminsky (Deaf Republic), for 4 days of free and low-cost readings, discussions, workshops, and more. Website:

JOIN US OCTOBER 3 AND 4 for the 2020 Kansas Authors Club Convention in Colby, KS. Writers of all genres and ages welcome! We offer something for everyone. View our website for more details about the oldest writing club in the U.S.:

JONATHAN MABERRY (VWars), Nancy Springer (Enola Holmes), Susan Meier (Harlequin), Cindy Callaghan (Just Add Magic); agents Louise Fury, Sandi Lu, and Ronald Gerber; 40+ classes on craft, marketing; free pitch appointments; all-day pre-conference novel writing class with Maberry. Pennwriters Annual Conference. May 15–17, Lancaster, PA. Website:

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE. Held at Esalen in Big Sur every May. Limited to 40 participants. Recent faculty has included Rebecca Makkai, Jonathan Lethem, Adam Johnson, R.O. Kwon, as well as NY agent Brettne Bloom and Graywolf editor Ethan Nosowsky. Accepting submissions October 1 through January 31 every year. Website:

REGISTRATION, FELLOW, AND SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN! Join award-winning poets and authors Kiese Laymon, Julianna Baggott, Ravi Howard, Caitlin Horrocks, and many more for a week (May 9–16) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, social events. This working writing vacation happens every year along the white sands and clear blue waters of FL Gulf Coast, celebrating writing, networking, craft, community. Website:

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE: February 10–14, 2021 (Mexico). Prestigious literary gathering in San Miguel de Allende: #1 City in the World, CNTraveler. Faculty, writers, readers, industry experts from U.S., Canada, Mexico gather for intellectual exchange and cultural connection. Keynoters have included: Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Mary Karr, Scott Turow, Rita Dove, Tommy Orange. Sales begin August 1:

SPLIT THIS ROCK POETRY FESTIVAL: Poems of Provocation & Witness, March 26–28, Washington, D.C. Join us for readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, open mics, a free book fair, activism, and more! Group & student rates are available. Visit the website for info:

WOMEN WRITING THE WEST supports writing professionals in promoting the contributions made by women to the culture of the American West. October 2020 conference will focus on “Climbing Higher: Endless Vistas, Unlimited Vision.” Pitch your manuscript, join a group critique session, explore the rich history of Colorado Springs. Website:

$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. “I love that a journal with your reputation is open to new voices. Writing can be a lonely business, and it’s nice to know we are supported from afar.”—Caroline Mansour, recent submitter. Visit

2020 AGHA SHAHID ALI POETRY MANUSCRIPT PRIZE. $1,000 award, publication with the University of Utah Press and a reading with the Guest Writer’s Series. Deadline: April 15. Judge: Gabrielle Calvocoressi. Reading fee: $25. Open to new and established poets. Online submissions available. Guidelines are available at

THE 2020 JOE BOLTON POETRY AWARD will award $500 and publication in Issue Thirteen of Twyckenham Notes to a single poem or small group of poems. The editors will judge. Deadline: March 31. $15 entry fee via Submittable. Submit at

2020 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Nick White, author of Sweet and Low and How to Survive a Summer. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2020 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS for Poetry and Short Fiction. $1,000 first prize in each category plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Reading fee: $15. Poetry judged by Adrian Rice. Short fiction judged by Wendy J. Fox. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online through Submittable. Details at

2020 TALKING WRITING PRIZE for multiple genres: $500 plus publication. Topic: “Ideaphoria.” Do you have too many ideas? Does that thrill you or cause spontaneous combustion? We want your essays, poems, or hybrid writing about or stimulated by ideaphoria. Writers we like: Jennifer Egan, Karen Joy Fowler, Harryette Mullen. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 15. Website:

2021 SATURDAY EVENING POST GREAT AMERICAN FICTION CONTEST. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in January/February 2021 issue of the Post; 5 runners up receive $200 and publication online. Entries should represent the highest quality fiction, regardless of genre. Deadline: July 1. For guidelines and more information, visit

THE 7TH ANNUAL PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE IN POETRY offers publication of a book-length collection of poems, $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Final judge: Elizabeth Bradfield. Deadline: March 15. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit:

14TH GIVAL PRESS NOVEL AWARD for best original previously unpublished literary novel in English, approximately 30,000 to 100,000 words. Prize: $3,000, copies, book publication in 2021. Reading fee: $50 per novel submitted. Deadline: May 30. For details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

19TH 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. For details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

22ND ANNUAL 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 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or The 2019 winner is Kirsten Kaschock for her manuscript Explain This Corpse. Former winners include 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 1.

ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,000 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:

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST—TALLGRASS WRITERS GUILD/OUTRIDER PRESS. Poetry max: 32 lines with spaces; prose max: 2,500 words on: ”Play”—kids, sports, gambling, music, theater, games. Deadline: April 30. Fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry–$19. TWG members–$15 each. Prizes: $500 each category. No submission limit. Complete guidelines:

ANTHOLOGY PUBLICATION & CASH AWARDS for poems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hunker down in the face of the virus, we can allow ourselves to reflect and clean out some of the cobwebs that cling to us, and continue to be productive. Guidelines and submissions:

ATLANTA REVIEW 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 25 contestants published. Thirty merit winners, listed on honor roll, receive a free copy. Deadline: May 1. $15 for 5 poems, multiple separate submissions allowed. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only:

BARRY SPACKS POETRY PRIZE. Gunpowder Press is accepting book-length manuscripts of 48–100 pages for the sixth annual Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, which honors Barry’s legacy of accessible yet challenging work. The prize is $500 + 50 author copies. Entry fee is $20. Jessica Jacobs will judge. Full details at

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection of poems with the winner receiving $1,000 and book publication with our Spring 2021 titles. Entry fee: $30. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Nils Michal. For submission guidelines:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S ANNUAL PRIZES recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Dan Chaon), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Kay Redfield Jamison), $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: TBA). We welcome submissions from March 1–July 1. Entry fee: $20 ($30 includes subscription). Website:

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

THE CATAMARAN POETRY PRIZE is open to West Coast poets living in CA, WA, OR, AK, and HI. A prize of $1,000 and publication in book form will be awarded to the winner. Submissions open November 20, 2019 until April 20, 2020. The judge is Zack Rogow. Submit online at our website:

CATHY SMITH BOWERS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Open: May 1–June 15. Prize: $1,000, publication, 50 author copies. Reading fee: $15 (electronic submission $17). Length: 28–40 pages of poetry. Judged blindly by Main Street Rag editors. Final judge: Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of NC. All entries considered for publication. Details:

CHRISTOPHER HEWITT AWARD, presented by A&U Magazine, showcases outstanding responses to HIV/AIDS. $75 and publication for winners in each of the following categories: Poetry, fiction, drama (10 min. plays), nonfiction. No entry fee. Deadline: June 1. For details, see

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- to 80-page manuscript at Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S MURIEL CRAFT BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD single poem contest invites submissions after April 1 to postmark/online deadline July 1. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. Final Judge is Patricia Smith ( No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed. U.S. mail entry fee: $5 per poem, 40 lines max. Extra fee for online submissions. Website: Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Facebook page:

CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR THE BOOK at CT Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2020 Connecticut Book Awards. These awards recognize the best titles of 2019 about CT or by authors and illustrators from CT. Categories include: Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young readers. For guidelines and to submit, please visit

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:

THE COWLES OPEN POETRY BOOK PRIZE. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pp, $25 reading fee. Deadline: April 1. Submit through our Submittable account. Guidelines at

DECEMBER MAGAZINE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS for our 2020 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and creative nonfiction. Prizes each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2020 Fall/Winter awards issue. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit 1 story or essay up to 8,000 words from March 1 to May 1. For complete guidelines and judge information visit our website:

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

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

FOURTH GENRE STEINBERG ESSAY CONTEST is accepting submissions from January 1 to March 15 at The 2020 contest judge is former editor Laura Julier. Winning author receives $1,000 and publication in the issue that’s featured at AWP. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Detailed submission guidelines:

FREE STATE REVIEW IS SPONSORING A PITCH CONTEST. Submit your best 1- to 3-page book proposal/trailer/escalator manifesto by April 1. Top 25 receive $25 reading fee waiver for the Galileo Press May/June manuscript reading period. Details at

FULL-LENGTH AND CHAPBOOK PUBLICATION CONTEST. Award-winning Jacar Press, a Community Active Press, seeks entries through April 30. Past judges included Marilyn Nelson, Dorianne Laux, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Traci Brimhall, Hélène Cardona, Jamaal May, Rickey Laurentiis, Joseph Millar, Mary O’Donnell, etc. Low fees, runners-up often published. Jacar sponsors workshops, readings, and pays contest fees and sends review copies out for winners. No pre-selling required. Website:

GRAND PRIZE: $2,000. The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. Word limit: 1,000. All finalists published with a monetary award. Works in non-Anglo languages accompanied by their English translations are considered. Anyone 18+ is eligible to enter. Deadline: May 10. Guidelines at

HEADMISTRESS PRESS, a lesbian-identified publisher of poetry, is proud to announce our sixth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest to be judged by Vi Khi Nao. Winner receives $300, publication, plus 20 copies. All entries considered for publication. Submissions accepted May 4 to July 4 through Submittable. Winner to be announced in the fall. Sliding scale fee. Full details at:

INLANDIA BOOKS INVITES YOU TO SUBMIT to the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Judges: Maureen Alsop and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella. Submit 48–100 pages poetry book manuscript through Submittable between February 1 and April 30. $20 submission fee. Two prizes: national and regional, $1,000 each plus 20 copies. Judged blind. Complete details:

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 17–20 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

THE MACGUFFIN IS HAPPY TO WELCOME Matthew Olzmann as guest judge of our 25th Poet Hunt Contest, running April 1–June 15. First prize will receive $500 and publication; 2 honorable mentions also awarded. Send up to 5 poems with $15 entry fee via Submittable, e-mail, or post. Fee includes 1 free issue. Full guidelines:

NELLIGAN PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION. $2,000 awarded for the winning short story, plus publication in the Fall 2020 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline: postmark of March 14. Entry fee: $15. Final judge: Lori Ostlund. Friends and students of the judge are ineligible to compete. Obtain complete guidelines at or Nelligan Prize, Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE FOR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOKS. Sixth year. Grand prize of $5,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction & memoir, poetry, children’s picture book, and graphic novel & memoir. $12,500 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:

THE ORCHARD STREET PRESS announces its third annual poetry contest: $500 first prize, $300 second, $200 third. Prize-winning and honorable mention poems will appear in Quiet Diamonds, our highly regarded annual journal, and select entrants will be invited to submit chapbooks for possible publication. This year, we are publishing 12 chapbooks from entrants to the 2019 contest. Submit 4 previously unpublished, original poems and the $14 fee, postmarked by April 29, to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Details at

THE ORISON PRIZES IN POETRY & FICTION offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Katie Ford (poetry) & Samrat Upadhyay (fiction). Entry fee: $30. Entry period: December 1, 2019–April 1, 2020. For complete guidelines visit

POETRY CONTESET. Deadline: April 15. Winners read at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Any subject, 40 lines max, 51 cash awards. Three grand prizes choreographed. Send 2 copies, 1 with ID. One: $5, Three: $10, no limit to number of entries. To: Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Website:

PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual poetry and prose contests from January 1 to April 1. Poetry contest judge: Rodney Gomez. Prose contest judge: Vi Khi Nao. Winners receive $500 and publication. $9 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. All entries considered for publication. For complete guidelines, go to

THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approx. $2,800 for Book of the Year and category winners. Winners also receive write-ups on Goodreads and a glass plaque. Reputable judges. Entry fee: $60. Closing date: March 31. Website:

SECOND ANNUAL SPANGLER AWARD for best poem about a child or childhood, $200 prize and publication in Spring 2020 RCC MUSE. Submit up to 3 poems per entry, $5 fee; checks payable to RCC MUSE. Include brief cover letter, short third-person bio, contact info (phone/e-mail). Postmark deadline: March 7. Mail submission, check, and cover to Holden Vaughn Spangler Memorial Award, c/o RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506.

SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES, a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018, cited essays 2015 & 2016, Best of Net & Pushcart finalist, announces call for blog submissions on social justice. Also, annual contest: Judges TBA. $1,000 Fiction Prize; $500 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry; $500 Nonfiction Prize in memory of Michael Steinberg. Deadline: March 1–April 20. Reading fee: $18. Website:

SPRP (SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW) 2020 EDITOR’S PRIZE: Winner awarded $1,000. Two runners up awarded $100 each. Three to five honorable mentions. All winning poems plus several finalists are published. 2019 judge: Rachel Jamison Webster. 2020 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to 3 poems by April 15. Entry fee of $20 includes 1-year subscription (2 issues). See website for guidelines and recent winners:

STAUNCH BOOK PRIZE—international award for a thriller in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered. Entries open February 18–July 19. Open to published (within 18 months) and unpublished thrillers. Entry: £20. Submit first 5,000 words and 1 page synopsis. Website:

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS announces its 2020 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 2019 winner is Susan Terris for Dream Fragments. For full guidelines, visit and

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST. 28th 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

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:

VALLUM IS NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR 2 CONTESTS! Vallum Chapbook Award. Deadline: April 30. Entry fee: $25 (12–20 pages). First prize: $300 + chapbook publication. // Vallum Award for Poetry. Deadline: July 15. Entry fee: $25 (3 poems). First prize: $750. Second prize: $250. Rules and guidelines:

WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. No fee. 19th year. Top prize: $1,000. Total prizes: $2,250. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Submit 1 humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter 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 14. Previous winners include: Valerie Virgin, Dariel Suarez, Jaclyn Watterson, and Molly Giles. Full guidelines at

WRITERS OVER 50. Passager Poetry Contest. Deadline: April 15. Reading fee: $20, includes 1-year subscription. $1,000, and publication. Honorable mentions published. Submit 5 poems, 40-line max each, cover letter, bio, SASE/e-mail for results. Snail mail or Submittable. No previously published work. Address: Passager, 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. Website:

AFTER 11 YEARS AND 15 POETRY COLLECTIONS, including 4 prize-winning collections, Settlement House Books ( is closing shop. Our thanks to the readers who support the value of poetry in their lives and to the poets (and translators) who entrusted us with their work. It was a good run.

POEM PLAQUES AT THE CARP! Beautiful handmade wall plaques to display your poetry. Know a poet? Makes a great gift. For details, visit

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

AUTUMN RETREAT IN THE BERKSHIRES with Page Lambert. Bring New England’s vibrant fall colors to your writing during this 5-day retreat. Stay at the beautiful Hart House in historic New Marlborough, MA. October 4–8. Limit 5 writers-in-residence. Includes meals, scenic hikes, and optional pre-retreat excursion to Edith Wharton’s home. Page’s 23rd annual River Writing Journey for Women is on the horizon for August 2020. Website:

CHICAGO DRAMATISTS PRESENTS “Playwriting in Paris”—A group of 6 playwrights will spend mornings with award-winning author Emilio Williams in our studio facing the Eiffel Tower, afternoons writing or sightseeing, and evenings enjoying the city’s theater culture. October 5–9. $1,100. For more information, see

GREECE WRITER’S RETREAT on the magical island of Alonnisos, 1 of the top eco-islands of Europe. Exquisite accommodations on the Aegean Sea. Turquoise waters, hiking paths, private beaches, yoga. Limited to 12 writers. Workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. Led by Julie Maloney, director of Women Reading Aloud. Returning for the 10th year. June 16–25. Ten days. Visit: Contact:

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

IRELAND WRITING RETREAT on the Wild Atlantic Way, June 21–25, in County Galway, Ireland. Facilitated by Carolyn Flynn, acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker, and poet and novelist Jonatha Kottler. For writers of fiction, memoir, essays, and poetry. Workshop and 1-hour meeting with a mentor included. Website:

KENDALL VALLEY WRITERS RETREAT, June 19–21, Cora, WY—3 days in the Rockies of southwest WY to work on writing projects, attend craft workshops, and explore nature! Free transportation from Jackson Hole, WY, airport. More info & to register:

NORTH BEACH WRITERS’ RETREAT in Northwoods, MN, provides generative workshops in a beautiful setting. This year, we are happy to have Patricia Hampl as our guest writer for the memoir retreat and Patricia Smith for the poetry retreat! Register early, as space is limited. Website:

POETRY RETREAT IN ITALY Summer 2020 with poet Kim Addonizio (National Book Award Finalist, 7 collections, Best American Poetry, NY Times Magazine, Poetry, Guggenheim, NEA, Pushcart recipient). June 23–July 3. Write, relax, & share your work while living in a former monastery in Umbria. Included: Workshop, lodging, meals, wine, trips to Rome & surrounding towns & attractions. Website: or

STORY REBELS. Gather seaside to craft poems inspired by wildflowers, short stories spurred by stones, and reimagine Nordic fairytales by the fire. Join like minds, diverse in experience, from every corner of the globe, on a private island retreat for writers in Norway. September 18–21. Website:

TREE-TOP APARTMENT in Andersonville, Chicago, is a perfect place to get away and write. Fully appointed apartment, walk to lots of great restaurants and cafes. Solitude within a neighborhood. Great theater and music for evenings out. Study overlooks the quiet street. $500 per week. E-mail:

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

WRITE IN FRANCE. June 6 to 13. Imagine...7 days to write, relax, and connect with other creative writers. Stay in a 16th-century château in the Dordogne region. Dive deeply into your writing project and return home renewed in spirit and story. Space for 10. Details:

A WRITER WITHIN—Tuscany, June/October 2020. Enjoy a gorgeous Italian villa, private chef, and the supportive company of women as you explore your imagination, silence the critic, and fix pen to paper. Generate new ideas, break through blocks, and write like you’ve never written before! All genres and abilities welcome. Website:

WRITER’S RETREAT IN FARMHOUSE CHALET on West Slope of Sierra. Options: Entire 3/2 farmhouse, spacious master loft, downstairs bed/bath/office suite, or rustic cabins with chalet access for cooking/bathing. From $40–$200 nightly. Off-grid, solar-powered, quiet, outdoor recreation moments away. Meals, airport transport available. Nearest airports: Sacramento and Reno. Website:

WRITING RETREATS (Paris, NOLA) Join the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in New Orleans (March 19–22) and Paris, France (July 16–21). Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and multi-genre workshops will be taught by faculty Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, Stephen Aubrey, David Shields, and other award-winning writers. Supportive faculty, literary salon atmosphere, practical feedback! Visit for more info. All levels! Apply early at

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM—spend 3 weeks in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Residency #179 Ain Gordon, writer/director/actor (October 11–31). Visit

BRUSH CREEK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS—summer/fall residency deadline: March 1. Writers, visual artists, musicians, and composers are encouraged to apply for the Foundation’s 3-week artist residency programs, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities, and incredible natural beauty. For more information, visit

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS COLONY located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five self-contained cottages with workspace, porch, and use of communal studio space. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. All 2020 openings filling quickly, so apply/reserve now! E-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

EZRA RESIDENCIES! Solitary residency (summer), competitive, offered by Ezra: An Online Journal of Translation. Cottage in NH Lakes Region, quiet road, woods, mountain views. View on the Ezra site:

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. For more information and application, visit or call (307) 737-2311.

MINERAL SCHOOL: Join a 1- or 2-week summer 2020 writing or visual arts residency in Mineral, WA, near Mt. Rainier. Live inside a historic schoolhouse with fellow residents, in a private studio/bedroom, with all meals provided. Fellowships available. Applications close on February 15. To apply, visit or

SAGINAW VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY. The Fredericks-Follett-Roethke Graduate Fellowship in the Arts & Humanities awards funded residential fellowships each year to support original research or creative work on Marshall Fredericks, Ken Follett, or Theodore Roethke, using one of SVSU’s 3 principal archival collections in the humanities. For more information on eligibility requirements and the application process, please visit E-mail:; telephone SVSU College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences, (989) 964-4062.

VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (VCCA): Residencies for writers (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, etc.) include a private bedroom, private studio, and 3 meals a day among an inspiring, interdisciplinary artist community. Summer, Fall and Winter scheduling periods are available, each with their own application deadline and funding opportunities. Website:

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NEW PODCAST FOR WRITERS! Produced by award-winning independent publisher Atelier26 Books, “In the Atelier” brings you artfully produced audio essays about literature, writing, and the life of the imagination. Each installment provides mindful and inspiring content you can carry with you into your week. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.

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

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

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

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

ADVICE FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS. Dzanc Books, a nonprofit press devoted to publishing innovative literary fiction, now offers a new writing mentorship service: Full manuscript critiques. Work with 1 of our experienced, award-winning authors on your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, or work directly with the press’s editors. For more, visit

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

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

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

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

AWARD-WINNING FICTION WRITER, graduate of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, creative writing teacher of 35 years, provides personalized manuscript editing. I offer detailed editing, honest evaluation, and sensitive critique. I work with new and experienced writers, fiction and nonfiction. Contact Hugh Cook. E-mail: Website:

BEAUFORT WRITING GROUP DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR. Critique academic, science, novels, memoirs—clarity, voice, grammar, narrative trajectory. Client’s agent: “Sharpest improvement ever seen.” Top Ten New England Editor. New Poems: Let Go or Hold Fast. English professor, journalist, captain. Website: Beaufort, NC, rental, Kakapo Press. Susan Schmidt, PhD. Phone: (252) 269-0032. E-mail:, Website:

BIRDS & MUSES LITERARY MENTORSHIP. Realize your vision for your book with Kate Moses, internationally acclaimed novelist, memoirist (Wintering, Cakewalk, Mothers Who Think), teacher, & editor (Hedgebrook, Salon, North Point Press): Taking writers under my wing for 3 decades. Bookgardan yearlong program, individual mentorships. Literary fiction, nonfiction. Free consultation. Website:

BLOCKED? STRUGGLING? I’ll help you finish that project! Break through blocks with professional writing mentoring from published journalist, poet, playwright, researcher. Skilled editor, experienced teacher, compassionate coach. New genre? Creative transition? Unearthed manuscript? Personal dream?—I can help you write, edit, publish! Carol Burbank, MA, PhD. Free 30-minute consultation. E-mail: Website:

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COPY & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR specializing in works penned by writers of color. MFA, adjunct professor of writing, published author, background in publishing and journalism. Will deliver a sensitive edit of your manuscript while ensuring that your voice and experience remain intact. E-mail:, website:

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITING, with 50+ books sold to traditional publishers. Malone Editorial helps turn manuscripts into traditionally published books and writers into successful award-winning authors. In-depth and personal. Website: E-mail:

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FREE SESSION WITH WRITER WELLNESS CONSULTANT AND MENTOR. Have writing begging to get on the page, revised, and moved on to publishing? Want to find out what’s in the way? Give yourself the gift of a free consultation and get started. Contact: Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA. E-mail: Website:

JAN FREEMAN, Paris Press founding director (1995–2018), provides manuscript consultations and editing services for prose and poetry, including full-length manuscripts, chapbooks, new-and-selected collections, and works in progress. Offering multiple readings of your work with evaluations of literal and emotional narratives, coherence and ordering, and a manuscript’s texture, shape, tension, and emotional flow. Contact Website:

MANUSCRIPT EDITOR AND WRITING COACH. Heather King: Author of 12 books of memoir, essay, and creative nonfiction. Weekly arts and culture columnist, former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered,” blogger, nationwide speaker. Editing in memoir, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. E-mail: Websites: and

NYT-BESTSELLING AUTHOR of acclaimed biographies (Bruce, Catch a Wave, etc.) published by Touchstone/S&S, Holt, etc., teaches the art of writing book proposals. I’ve written 7 successful proposals for nonfiction books and consulted on successful proposals for other writers. Let me help you turn your work into a proposal that will sell. Contact me at

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WANT TO FIND YOUR WRITER’S VOICE? Spend a relaxing evening at a Write & Sip event? Explore Creative Writing 101? Or really dig down into writing historical or mystery fiction? Online & on-site writing workshops and classes available, along with individual editing and critiquing services, at

CANADA’S HUMBER SCHOOL FOR WRITERS. Looking for personalized feedback on your manuscript? Our 30-week distance program is customized to the needs of your book-length project. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and genre. Work from the comfort of home under the guidance of mentors. Start in January or September. Website:

CREATIVE WRITING: ALLEGHENY ECHOES—June 21–27 in Pocahontas County, WV, in conjunction with heritage workshops in old-time music. Emphasis on storytelling and Appalachian themes. As much field trip and imagination time as classroom. Readings and performance. Master presentation Adam Booth. Website: Phone: (304) 599-2496. E-mail:

FOR 50 YEARS, THE COMMUNITY OF WRITERS has held weeklong summer writing workshops in Squaw Valley, CA. Our goal is to help talented poets and writers improve their craft with workshops, individual conferences, craft lectures, and panels. Poetry: June 20–27; writers workshops: July 6–13. Financial aid available. Website:; phone: (530) 470-8440.

GET AWAY TO WRITE—FL. March 15–20. Escape the cold to write in FL. Spend an inspiring week working on your memoir or poetry. Enjoy plentiful writing time, insightful feedback, homemade meals, and time to relax. With Kathleen Graber and Peter E. Murphy. Learn more and register today:

GREATER PHILADELPHIA WORDSHOP STUDIO supports writers in the development of their individual voices and practice of their craft. Workshops in Center City and Delaware County, PA, following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: For details, visit website:

KROUNA WRITING WORKSHOP, July 26–August 1: Workshop, learn, and write surrounded by the dramatic mountain beauty of the village of Papingo in northern Greece. Small group workshops on the novel and poetry will be taught by authors Henriette Lazaridis and Rebecca Morgan Frank. For details and application, visit

NOVEL WORKSHOP WITH PUBLISHER/EDITOR, Greg Michalson. 2.5 days of immersive, 1-on-1 focus on your manuscript’s structural issues, character, scene, and line-by-line prose. Includes 4 nights at Porches Writing Retreat. See website for workshop details: The Michael Kenneth Smith Fellowship covering the full workshop fee is currently being offered for a writer 35 and older who has not yet published a novel. See website for submission guidelines:

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

POLICROMIA FESTIVAL AND POETRY WORKSHOP. Siena, Italy, June 1–7. Travel to the heart of Tuscany for a week of poetry workshops, panel discussions, master classes, individual conferences, guided tours, and attendance at our international literary festival featuring award-winning poets, translators, and performers. Fee includes workshops, full program of events, and hotel. Early applications encouraged. Apply by March 15. Website:

WEEKLY WRITING WORKSHOPS with a NYC literary agent. Now in our sixth year, The WriteWorkshops have nurtured numerous debut novelists and memoirists, many of whom have published. In small classes, authors receive in-depth critiques on a chapter-by-chapter basis. Friendly and cool midtown Manhattan location or online. All experience levels welcomed. Finish your book! Website: E-mail: Phone: (347) 392-3344.

WRITE IN SPAIN. July 7–14. Retreat to beautiful northern Spain to immerse yourself in a supportive weeklong writing experience that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, panoramic clifftop views, excursions to Barcelona, and more. Scholarships available. Register early and save:

WRITE YOUR MEMOIR IN SCOTLAND! Join award-winning memoirist and veteran teacher Jennifer Browdy, PhD, on a magical sojourn in the Scottish highlands, May 23–30. Write and share in good company at the Cluny Hill retreat center, part of the Findhorn earth-centered spiritual community. Fun, productive, affordable, unforgettable! Website: E-mail:

THE WRITERS' COLONY AT DAIRY HOLLOW is offering fun, informative workshops instructed by accomplished, experienced instructors and open to writers of all levels. Our workshops are excellent opportunities to develop a wide range of writing skills without a significant investment of time and money. Concurrent residency opportunities available. Visit

WRITERS WEEK—July 6–10. The Idyllwild Arts Writers Week gathers a diverse community of writers who are committed to working together to explore new ideas in the world and in their own creative work. The Week features daily workshops, craft talks, public readings, and more. Website: