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

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: January 15, 2020.

POETRYSOUP.COM—Poetry community with the most poetry resources in the world. Free online poetry contests. All competitions are free. Enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all your poems. Some poetry contests even have prizes! Run your own poetry contests. Visit:

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

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

BELLEVUE LITERARY PRESS, a nonprofit publishing at the intersection of the arts and sciences, seeks exceptional narrative nonfiction. We are holding an open reading period this fall for unsolicited nonfiction submissions, specifically great books in the sciences and social sciences. Find our guidelines at https://

BLUE LIGHT PRESS BOOK AWARD—Imagistic, inventive, honest poems that push the edge. Send 50- to 80-page manuscript, SASE, $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by January 30, 2020. For guidelines, e-mail Website:

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual, 98-year-old literary awards in 2 categories: Literature for adults and literature for children and young adults. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit books published in 2019. Generous monetary prizes awarded. Guidelines: Authors must reside (or have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is nonresident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction, please. No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2019, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Karen Pulver, Literature Awards Chair, 748 Western Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: 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

SARABANDE BOOKS OPEN ESSAY MONTH is open for submissions September 1–30. Submissions are open to essay manuscripts in English and may be a single essay or collection of essays between 150–250 pages. Complete guidelines at

SOUTHERN FRIED KARMA seeks book-length fiction. Our mission: Cultivate artistic voices of the new millennium with a local accent but a global view. We want the multiplicity of the cosmic experience: past, present, future, the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected. POC, LGBTQIA+, and women to the front. Website:

JEANNE LEIBY ANNUAL CHAPBOOK AWARD by The Florida Review. Winner receives chapbook publication plus $1,000. Accepts fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative (flash collections or long-form). Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. For guidelines, see

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

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

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, a leading lit mag for writers and poets with a relationship to mental illnesses—either self, family member or friend—is now accepting e-mail submissions to its 2020 issue. Send your work with a cover letter to or by mail to The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. See new submission guidelines at

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for a special issue—“Reading the Body”—focused on anatomy and its metaphors. Fiction, nonfiction (5,000 words max). Poetry (3 poems max). Submit September 1 to January 1. Info at

BLUELINE: a Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its 21st issue. See for samples of previously published work. Submission period: September 1–December 1. Send submissions to as PDF attachment(s) with subject line “BLR Fiction Submission” or “BLR Poetry Submission.” Limit 1 submission per author (1 short story for fiction and up to 3 poems for poetry).

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Creosote: a journal of poetry and prose. Please submit hard copies of 3–5 poems, or prose up to 5,000 words. Submission deadline: March 1, 2020. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ  85552.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS TO SPANK the CARP. I’m looking for flash fiction, short stories, CNF, and poetry, including shape poetry. If your work is thought-provoking, sophisticated, yet not pretentious or obscure, I’m interested. For submission guidelines and more information, 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:

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers for Volume Eight 2020. Past volumes include works by Adrian Shirk, Anne Panning, Cara Hoffman, Ira Sukrungruang, Lloyd Suh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paisley Rekdal, and talented new voices. Reading August 15 through December 15. Guidelines:

CREAM CITY REVIEW is Milwaukee’s leading literary journal devoted to publishing memorable and energetic pieces that push the boundaries of writing. We want to read your best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction this fall! Submit your work for free until November 1. For full guidelines, please visit

FOR AN ISSUE ON “ALGORITHM,” Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction, & indeterminate prose between October 1, 2019, and February 15, 2020. To submit online or hard copy texts or visuals, go to Queries:

FOURTH GENRE: EXPLORATIONS IN NONFICTION is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Go to between August 30 and November 30. Detailed submission guidelines available at

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 19th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit Hardcopy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526

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

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the fourth annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to between September 1 and December 31. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.

HOXIE GORGE REVIEW seeks poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction for its first issue. We seek work that compels us, that challenges us, that breaks us open. Send us your best. No fee to submit. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Deadline: October 15. For more information, visit To submit, visit

ITALIAN AMERICANA wants poems on any subject in any style by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Fiction and creative nonfiction also welcome. Deadline for winter 2020:  November 1, 2019. For full guidelines, visit

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2020 issue. Submissions will be accepted from August 1 through October 24. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at

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

THE MIGHTY LINE is a digital magazine publishing short stories and visual art. Submissions are open year-round. Contributors are paid $25 upon publication. For more information, please visit our website at Calls for submissions can be found on our Submittable page:

MUSE SEEKS poetry, fiction, and CNF for its Spring 2020 issue. Simultaneous submissions OK. Hardcopies only. Mail up to 3 poems or 1 prose piece (1,500 words max); include cover letter with e-mail address (or other contact method) and short, third person bio; include SASE if you have no electronic contact method or would like your work returned. Attn. James Ducat, Advisory Editor, RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, Dept. of English, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. FB: @RCCMuseMagazine; IG: @RCCMuse.

PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT, the publishing arm of a 125-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and nonbinary authors. We also accept novels; see our website for more information. No submission fee! Website:

SPECTRUM IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS! We are seeking fresh poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art to be considered for our June 2020 issue. Our submission period closes December 31. Decisions made by March. Free to submit via Submittable. Issue 62 now available for purchase via

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

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open October 1 through November 30 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $50 for poetry & flash prose, $125 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:

TINT JOURNAL is an online literary publication dedicated to ESL or non-native English creative writing. Read ESL fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as essays, interviews, and reviews related to ESL writing for free at Visit our website for the next open call and follow us @tintjournal!

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

UNDER THE SUN, a journal of creative nonfiction, will be reading submissions for its 24th annual edition from September 1 till January 2. Please address all correspondence to Martha Highers, editor, at (preferred) or via ground mail at Under The Sun, P.O. Box 332, Cookeville, TN 38501.

UPSTREET: Award-winning annual’s 16th issue seeks quality submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. Past issues feature interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Robert Olen Butler, Joan Wickersham, Andre Dubus III, Robin Black, and Ann Hood. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

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:

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews. Send us narrative nonfiction, personal essays, short stories, short shorts, as well as travel, food and wine, and writing with a strong narrative element. Submissions: For more, contact Websites: or

ZIZZLE LITERARY SEEKS DIVERSE VOICES for 2020 special edition. Pay: $100/flash story; $250/short story. Fee: $3. Length: 500–1,000 words, or 2,000–4,500 words. Do you share our mission to cultivate young literature lovers? We publish literary fiction that appeals to kids from age 11, teens, and grown-ups. Selected pieces may be illustrated. Notable contributors: 2 O. Henry Award winners, Karen Heuler and Merrill Joan Gerber. Newsletter: Guidelines:

BLUE MARBLE REVIEW is an online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages 13–21. We are looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and personal essays, as well as art and photography. The goal of our journal is to assemble in each issue a broad range of voices, perspectives, and life experiences. Website:

2020 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 13–16 at the Hyatt Regency SF. Meet keynoters Walter Mosley, Jonathan Maberry, and Brooke Warner. Network with the faculty of agents, editors, publishers, poets, and bestselling authors. On September 14, the 2019 San Francisco Writing for Change features activist/author Brooke Axtell. Details: &

16TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 20–25, 2020. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown & Jessica Jacobs, Reginald Gibbons, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Angela Narciso Torres. Poet At Large is Patricia Smith and Special Guest is Joy Harjo. Visit Apply to attend a workshop!

26TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 17–20, 2020, Atlantic City, NJ area. Featuring: Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Komunyakaa and Denise Duhamel. Join us for small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, and more. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Register early and save:

GREAT LAKES WRITERS FESTIVAL, November 7 & 8 at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Kathleen M. Heideman and Paul Hostovsky. Readings and workshops. No fee. For details and registration form, go to or contact Karl Elder, or (920) 565-1000 x2295.

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ CONFERENCE & LITERARY FESTIVAL: February 12–16 (Mexico). 2020 keynoters: Tommy Orange, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Felipe Herrera, Madeleine Thien, Rosa Beltran, and more! 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 main stage seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange and cultural connection. San Miguel de Allende: #1 City in the World, CNTraveler. Registration begins August 1 at

$1,000 + PUBLICATION + invitation to read in Houston, TX. “Wicked Wit” is the theme of this year’s Public Poetry contest. Top 45 poems also included in print and e-book anthology. Poems that produce a smile, tickle the funny bone, provoke laughter. Amusing nonsense; wry humor. Guidelines & details:

$1,500 PRIZE! River Styx Microfiction Contest. 500 words maximum per story, up to 3 stories per entry. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription, or $15 fee for 1 issue with the winning stories. Mail or submit via Submittable by December 31. River Styx, 3139A South Grand, Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63118. To submit:

$4,000 IN AWARDS! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by November 30—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I love how supportive NMW is of budding artists. Their fearless voice and uncensored content reveal a bold, vibrant journal that is abjectly unafraid.”—Radha Laxhmi. Visit

THE 2019 JOE BOLTON POETRY AWARD will award $500 and publication in Issue Ten of Twyckenham Notes to a single poem or small group of poems. The editors will judge. Deadline September 15. $10 entry fee via Submittable. To submit:

THE 2019 NEW WRITER AWARDS offer $1,000+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:  

2020 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Corey Van Landingham. Deadline: January 15, 2020. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2020 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION. $1,000 advance, publication and 50 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading fee: $30. Enter September 1–December 31. Press 53 Publisher Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2020. Complete details at

14TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Paisley Rekdal. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

19TH GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD (given in odd years) for best collection in English of at least 45+ pages. Prize: $1,000 and copies; publication in 2020. Reading fee: $20 per entry. Deadline: December 15. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

25TH ANNUAL LITERAL LATTE ESSAY AWARDS. Submit personal essays, 10,000 words max, by September 30. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize: $200. Literal Latte stimulates minds and careers. Now accepting online submissions. Sip and submit at Questions:

ACCENTS PUBLISHING’S INAUGURAL NOVELLA CONTEST. A single novella of 15–35K words will be awarded a prize of $500 and publication in its own book volume. Katerina Stoykova will judge. All entries will be considered for publication. $16 entry fee. Deadline: October 31. Website:

THE ALICE JAMES AWARD PRIZE. $2,000, book publication. Description: AJB is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts postmarked or via Submittable until November 4. Entrants must reside in the U.S. Additional manuscripts may also be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. Guidelines:

AMERICAN WRITERS REVIEW 2020: Accepting submissions of unpublished short stories, stand-alone memoirs, and poetry for our anthology and contest. Our latest anthology: American Writers Review 2019 available on and Barnes & Noble. No pornography, please. Check our website for details:

ANNOUNCING THE NINA RIGGS POETRY AWARD. Seeking nominations of the finest poems about relationships/family/domestic life, published in the last 3 years. No self-nominations. We appreciate tax-deductible donations, as well, for this crowd-funded award. Details: or or send SASE to Cave Wall Press, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546.

THE ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE Chapbook Prize offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 7,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

THE ARKANSAS INTERNATIONAL EMERGING WRITER’S PRIZE, $1,000 plus publication, is open to fiction from writers who haven’t yet published a book-length manuscript. Entry fee ($20) includes a 1-year subscription to The Arkansas International, and all submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline: October 13. Judge: Sigrid Nunez. Full guidelines:

THE ATLANTIS AWARD is given for the best poem. The winning poet receives $300, publication, and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow website. Finalists may be published. We nominate for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best New Poets. Deadline: October 1. Website:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MONADNOCK ESSAY COLLECTION PRIZE open for submissions. Prize: book-length collection of essays, $1,000, book publication with our Fall 2020 titles. Entry fee: $25. Postmark/submission deadline: January 31, 2020. Check website for judge announcement as well as submission guidelines:

BE PART OF A 152-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine: Issue 153. General submissions are free. Our 4 tributed contests award $1,000. Submissions open June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard:

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

BRIAR CLIFF REVIEW poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction contest. $1,000 and publication for best unpublished poem, story, and creative nonfiction essay. Submit 1 story, 1 essay, or 3 poems with $20. All entrants receive magazine. No manuscripts returned. Contest reading time: August 1–November 1. Name/address on cover sheet only. Open to all writers. Submit online or snail mail. SASE required. Briar Cliff Review Contest, 3303 Rebecca St., Sioux City, IA 51104. Website:

BRICKHOUSE BOOKS, IINC. announces the Wicked Woman Poetry Prize. Publication plus $250 for the winning full-length (42–64 pp.) manuscript about a unique woman (or women). Enter September 1, 2019, to January 3, 2020. Entry fee $10. Submit at

C&R PRESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE our $1,000 prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and memoir are open. Winners, runners-up, and a shortlist are announced in January 2020. Winners receive the prize and publication. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Authors are invited to read at our spring AWP and summer and fall New York City events. C&R Press publishes a range of work from a variety of voices. Website:

CALLING ALL GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—seeks quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our annual fiction contest. First prize $250 + publication. We like work with both feminist and Jewish content. Please send submissions to:, with Fiction Contest Submission and your name in the subject line. Be sure to include full contact info on the ms and indicate where you saw the ad. Deadline: December 31.

CHARLES B. WHEELER POETRY PRIZE. Submissions open: September 1. Judge: Kathy Fagan. A $2,500 prize and publication by Mad Creek Books, an imprint of OSU Press, is awarded for a poetry collection. $23 entry fee includes a subscription to The Journal. For guidelines, visit

CIDER PRESS REVIEW BOOK AWARD. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $26. Judge: Lesley Wheeler. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CLOUDBANK OFFERS 2 PRIZES each year: Vern Rutsala Book Prize—$1,000 plus publication for a full-length collection of poems/flash fiction. Contest judge: Holly Karapetkova. Due date: October 31. Cloudbank 14 Prize: $200 for 1 poem or flash fiction. Due date: February 29, 2020. For submission details, visit

CODHILL POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 30. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) at: For complete guidelines:

COMMON GROUND REVIEW invites poetry submissions (1–4 poems) for Fall/Winter 2020 issue. Poetry Contest opens January 1: 1–3 poems with $15 fee by March 31. $500: first prize; $200: second; $100: third. See Snailmail: Janet Bowdan, H-5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA, 01119.

COMSTOCK REVIEW (Comstock Writers Group) presents the Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook contest in 2019. Top prize: $1,000 and 50 author’s copies. Submit manuscript of 25–34 pages (see line limit per page) between August 1–October 31. Entry fee $30 includes copy of winning chapbook. Visit the website for complete guidelines, which must be followed. Online submission fee extra. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton, Comstock Review founding editor, will judge. Address: CR Chapbook 2019, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: Facebook:

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2019’S FIRST PAGES PRIZE WINNERS: Sara Johnson Allen first, Sandra Jensen second, Sarah Fuchs third, Lori Jakiela and Eleanor Roth honorary mentions. Enter your first 5 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction via Submittable. For entry details and our generous prize packages for 2020, see

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW POETRY CONTEST of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80-line limit. Submit via Opens August 1, deadline September 30. Prizes: 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:

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S FIFTH ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST starts July 1! Awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. 100 poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and recipient of numerous literary awards, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit

CUTTHROAT, A JOURNAL OF THE ARTS announces its 2019 Joy Harjo Poetry Prize judged by Carolyn Forché, Rick DeMarinis Short Story Prize judge TBA, and the Barry Lopez Nonfiction Prize judged by Heid Erdrich. $1,200/first, $250/second, & honorable mentions in each genre. August 1–November 1. For full guidelines and to submit, visit

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

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2020 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Aimee Nezhukumatathil is the author of 4 poetry collections, a collection of illustrated nature essays, and an epistolary nature chapbook (with Ross Gay). She has received fellowships from the NEA, a Pushcart Prize, and has been included in the Best American Poetry series. Prizes—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention) all finalists will be published in the 2020 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website

EMRYS JOURNAL accepts submissions for its 37th issue August 1–November 1. Prizes of $250 will be awarded to 1 selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. For more information, visit

FICTION COMPETITION with the acclaimed Ann Beattie as judge: sponsored by The Woven Tale Press. Submit for cash prizes, first-place award, 1-week stay in the legendary Hamptons of Long Island, NY, 1 block to Amagansett town, ocean beach, and NYC train. Submissions open August 15–October 15. Website:

FLYING KETCHUP PRESS: To discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction with a special emphasis on new short stories. Enter to be in our newest book project, Audacity. Submit essays, poetry, and art on strong women—through Submittable. For our teen and young writers contests, submission is free. Website:

THE HENRY MORGENTHAU III POETRY PRIZE: First book by a writer age 70 or older. Deadline: December 1. Award: $3,000 and publication by Passager. Entry fee: $25. Send: 30–40 poems, SASE/e-mail for notification only. Hard copy or use Submittable. Address: 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. Complete guidelines:

LAST CALL: DZANC BOOKS is seeking innovative literary fiction in the form of novels, short story collections, and novellas. Contests close September 30, including the annual Prize for Fiction, awarding a $5,000 advance and publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Details at

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: first prize: $3,500, publication & agency review. Deadline: December 15. Entry fee: $20. // LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction: First prize: $1,250, publication & agency review. Deadline: October 1. Entry fee: $16. All entries will be considered for publication. Guidelines:

THE MICHIGAN QUARTERLY REVIEW’S $2,000 LAWRENCE PRIZE in fiction is awarded annually to a story published in the journal that year. All stories accepted for publication will be passed on to a judge as finalists. No additional fee beyond submission. The 2019 winner will be announced in April 2020. Website:

THE MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST. $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme. $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Deadline: October 1. Guidelines at

NEW RIVERS PRESS MANY VOICES PROJECT AWARD. Two prizes of publication and $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, 1 in poetry and 1 in prose. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry September 1–December 31, 2019, with $25 entry fee. Submit online at

NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $30 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 12th year. We feature newer and/or relatively unknown writers who write creative, compelling, well-crafted stories that use our contest premises well. We are open to authors from any country if their stories are written in English. Winning entries in no-fee short story contests launched each December and June are published in On The Premises. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise that we supply. Winning stories are published in individual magazine issues each April and October and pay up to $220. We also hold no-fee “mini-contests” 4 times a year in April, May, October, and November. Winning mini-contest entries are published on our website and pay up to $25. OTP does not charge fees for entering its contests. To learn more about OTP, write to or visit

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2019: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices from the Attic; round-trip travel, lodging, and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with final judge. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October 1. For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail, or visit

POETRY BOOK AWARD for North American Writers and Publishers. The Poetry Society of Virginia announces the 2020 PSV North American Poetry Book Award for books, in English, published in 2019. Submissions from authors and publishers welcome. Submission period: October 15, 2019–January 15, 2020. For full details, see website:

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE. $300 for winning poem, $200 divided among runners-up. $5 fee for 3 unpublished poems. Deadline: September 16. Submit online at Submittable ( Paper submissions accepted from incarcerated poets; Princemere Poetry Prize, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA 01984. Previous winners at

THE ROBERT. B SILVERS FOUNDATION invites applications for the 2019 Silvers Grants for Work in Progress. Authors working on projects in the fields of criticism, the intellectual essay, political analysis, and social commentary may apply. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000. For more information, please visit

SEEKING POEMS REGARDING WINE (appreciation/imbibing/production), vineyards, Napa Valley, etc. Selected poems will appear on the Judd’s Hill website (, where previous years’ poems can be found and enjoyed. Contest winner will receive a very big bottle of Judd’s Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. Final judge is award-winning writer Leza Lowitz, author of over 20 books of poetry and prose. No entry fee. Please submit a maximum of 3 poems and a brief cover letter with contact information by November 1 to

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. Prize includes $1,000, publication on, a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop, and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 3, 2020. For complete guidelines, visit

SLIPSTREAM ANNUAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copy of winner and a classic issue of Slipstream. Send up to 40 pages and $20 reading fee to Slipstream, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For further details and new guidelines, visit:

SOUL-MAKING KEATS LITERARY COMPETITION Keats Literary Competition. $5 entry fee. Cash prizes. Thirteen categories: Poetry, literary nonfiction, intercultural essay, short story, prose poetry, flash fiction, novel excerpt, humor, memoir, sonnet, religious essay, young adult poetry, young adult prose. Ongoing deadline: November 30. Mail: SMK, 1544 Sweetwood Dr., Broadmoor Vlg., CA 94015. E-mail: Website:

SPLIT THIS ROCK SANCHEZ-HUGHES POETRY CONTEST seeks poems of provocation & witness. Enter up to 3 poems, $20 fee. Top 3 poems receive cash prizes totaling $1,000, free 2020 festival registration, and online publication in The Quarry. Winner reads at 2020 festival! Enter via Submittable by November 1. Guidelines:

STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE 2020. First prize: €2,000; second prize: €700; third prize: €500. Reading fees of €300 for 7 shortlisted poets. Competition closes December 6, 2019. Entry fee: €6 per poem. Judges: Enda Wyley & John F. Deane. The 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Strokestown Anthology 2020. Competition details and entry forms on website:

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

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 4 contests opening May 1. Deadlines: October 1 for one-act play and fiction; October 15 for very short fiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, festival tickets, publication, and public readings. The Festival is held in late March in the French Quarter. Visit

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST. 17th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $2,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $2,000. Total prizes: $5,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $12 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at

TWO PRESTIGIOUS Poetry Book Society & Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competitions are now open! Judged by Malika Booker, Women’s Poetry Competition entrants can win £2000, a mentorship by Sandeep Parmar, and Cove Park writing retreat. Women’s Pamphlet Competition winners will receive £250 and publication by Seren. Entries close September 16:

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:

V PRESS LC SEEKS SUBMISSIONS for a $1,000 Poetry Book Prize and a $500 Poetry Chapbook Contest. Torie Amarie Dale will work with Cathy Smith Bowers for the Poetry Book Prize and with poet Allison Blevins for the Chapbook Contest to decide on a winner. More details: or

WHEELBARROW BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, sponsored by RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU: Open to authors of a published full-length poetry collection. $1,000 award + publication, with distribution by MSU Press. Original, unpublished poetry in English, min. 64 pages. $25 reading fee. Postmark deadline: October 1. Judge: Mark Doty. Guidelines:

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

WIN $1,000 FOR YOUR BEST SHORT STORY of up to 5,000 words in the Into the Void Fiction Prize! There are also prizes for second and third places. Prizes include publication in award-winning literary journal Into the Void. For more details and to submit, visit

AGING WRITERS LITERARY SOCIETY. Short stories, memoirs, and poetry by William Michelmore, whose fiction has been published in the anthology One Hundred Voices, the Santa Fe Literary Review, the Miami Herald, and online magazines. Website: By following this blog, you support the Aging Writers Literary Society. 

CONGRATULATIONS ELISE BLACKWELL, 2019 Inductee South Carolina Academy of Authors —Your MFA Fiction Students at the University of South Carolina.

THE NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS (NYSCA) annually has offered translation grants of $2,500–$10,000 to literary translators who are NYS residents for translations into English of fiction, poetry, drama or creative nonfiction. Translators prepare a 10- to 15-page manuscript-in-progress from the proposed project, and apply through a qualified NYS non-profit organization. The application period typically opens in February and closes in March of each fiscal year. Guidelines for the FY2020 application round (now closed) may be found at: (see Literary Translation on pg. 9). Please check the NYSCA website ( in early 2020 for updates on literary translation opportunities NYSCA may offer for FY2021 funding.

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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

JOIN A LITERARY PILGRIMAGE TO IRELAND, May 4–14, 2020, for 9 days of famous writers & poets sites including Dublin, Belfast, Sligo, Galway, & Limerick. A play at Abbey Theater, 2 ferry rides, daily writing prompts, evening discussions, all ground transportation, 4-star lodging, & most meals. For more information: or call SOMOS at (575) 758-0081.

LOVELY 2 BR 1800’S FARMHOUSE in the Berkshires surrounded by nature available to rent beginning September 15 for up to 8 months. Fully furnished, all amenities, beauty and calm, wood burning stove. For details, please call (970) 275-1525 or e-mail

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

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

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM —Spend 3 weeks at ACA in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Residency #176 Jennifer Higdon, composer and publisher: February 16–March 7, 2020. Residency #178 Randall Silvis, fiction: June 28–July 18, 2020. Residency #179 Ain Gordon, writer/director/actor: October 11–31, 2020. Participation limited to 8 people. For full details, visit

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JAMES MERRILL HOUSE invites writers of all genres, including translators and playwrights, to apply for its Fall 2020/Spring 2021 residencies. A stipend is offered, along with rent-free living space and access to James Merrill’s apartment, a National Historic Landmark in Stonington, CT. We offer 5–6 residencies per year. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2019 and will close on January 15, 2020. For additional information, please 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: September 15 and January 15. For information and application, visit or call (307) 737-2311.

OATMEAL CREEK WRITER'S RESIDENCY located outside Austin, TX. Offering three 21-day-long individual residencies March to May. Stipend and free use of fully equipped private accommodation. 240 acres for hiking, creek for swimming, open fields for views. Quiet and peaceful for reflection. Applications open August 1–31. Apply/Information:

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.

TOFTELAKECENTER.ORG—Writers wanted! TLC is a retreat center for artists of all disciplines and provides weeklong residencies for those who crave dedicated time to work on their creative projects. Applications for our 2020 season will be accepted October 1–November 30. Our season runs June–September. Find out more at

THE TRAVIS BOGARD ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM provides a working retreat for fellows whose work focuses on the performing arts: playwriting, directing, scene design, or scholarly research and writing. Deadline for applications for 2020 fellowships: November 15. Sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, Danville, CA. Website:

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RICK BASS WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Rick Bass will teach an intensive weekend workshop in VT for up to 8 writers. Hands-on group sessions, both mornings and afternoons, include active workshopping of individual manuscripts and craft-focused discussion. October 11–13, in Craftsbury, VT. For more information about this residential workshop: or e-mail

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