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ATTENTION MFA STUDENTS! Looking for smart, generous acquiring editors who want to publish your most interesting and therefore coolest short story? If so, check us out: Our inaugural volume, full of well-written, stunningly plotted stories, appears in December. And we pay! Submit starting in January for Volume 2!

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS by children for our annual Young Poets Anthology—poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: November 15. Children, parents, or teachers (with parent’s 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:

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 February 1, 2022. For guidelines, e-mail: Website:

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS—new writers. Riddle Brook Publishing, a specialty publisher of narrative nonfiction based in NH, is now accepting proposals and manuscripts for review. Particular interest in personal stories told with a compelling voice. Send inquiries to e-mail: No fees of any kind. Small advance offered for accepted manuscripts.

HAVE A STORY TO TELL? Legacy Book Press is open for submissions, accepting book-length personal stories in nonfiction, autobiographical fiction, and/or poetry formats. Collaborative relationship, generous royalty splits, and easy to work with. No up-front fees. Visit: for details. Tip: Follow submission guidelines exactly. 

VERN RUTSALA BOOK PRIZE: $1,000 prize and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or a combination of the two. Doug Ramspeck will be the judge. Submit a 60- to 90-page manuscript with $25 entry fee by October 31 via Submittable or by mail. Visit for complete guidelines.

35TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION continues for Comstock Review with publication of 2 chapbooks! The Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook contest awards $1,000 and 50 copies. The special 35th anniversary publication awards $750 and 25 copies. One entry fee of $30 enters both. Contestants receive 1 copy of either winning chapbook, publisher’s choice.  Submissions accepted August 1–October 31.  Submit 25–34 pages. Very specific rules must be followed. See website for details. KB Niles and another CR editor will judge. Submittable fee slightly extra or mail to CR Chapbook Celebration, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website:

THE 2021 SEPTEMBER-DECEMBER THEME at Sequestrum is for reprints! We’re accepting previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Standard pay rates and publication applies. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: December 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:  

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:

ARCANUM MAGAZINE makes space outside the margins by publishing the writing and visual art of solely Black creatives. We seek submissions for the upcoming Imagine a Black Planet print issue. Deadline: October 31. Submissions are rolling for Arcanum Magazine’s online edition. Our mission is to pay Black artists for their work. E-mail:  Website:

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, a Chicago-based lit mag for writers and poets with mental illnesses (either self, family member, or friend), is accepting submissions to their annual hard-copy publication. Send your work with a cover letter to e-mail: or by mail to: The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. First, review our submission guidelines at website:

BACKLASH PRESS is seeking poetry, short fiction, lyric essay, nonfiction, and short stories for its annual Backlash Best Book Award. The winner will receive $500 and publication through the press. Reading window from September to December. Our Curated Indie service for self-published books wanting traditional visibility is open for submissions from November to March. Website: Twitter: @backlashpress

BAYOU MAGAZINE accepts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions September 1–May 1, with contests running October 1, 2021–January 1, 2022. Experienced and debut writers are welcome. See our website for details:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a special issue devoted to recovery, which has become even more dimensional as we grapple with the fallout of medical disasters, environmental catastrophe, economic devastation, and political upheaval. Submissions accepted September 1–December 31. Website:

BLUELINE: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and nonfiction about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submission period July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Please identify simultaneous submissions; notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to e-mail:  Please identify the genre in the subject line. Website:  

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. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, Editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.

CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS, located in the Glacial Hills of KS but with contributors from elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally, seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, art, and photography. See for our submission guidelines and contest information.

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers for Volume Nine 2022. 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–December 15. Guidelines:

DARK MOON LILITH: Dedicated to the Wondrous Strange. Seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art that lifts veils to expose the unseeable, unspeakable, unbelievable. Spring submissions—October 1 to December 31. Guidelines:

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. E-mail: or Evening Street Press, 2881. Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

FOR AN ISSUE ON DREAMS, Fiction International will read fiction, nonfiction, & indeterminate prose between October 1, 2021, and February 15, 2022. To submit online or hardcopy texts or visuals, go to website:  Queries:

FOUNDED IN 2000, The Bryant Literary Review is an international journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction housed at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Authors can submit work to: For samples of previously published work see: The reading period for Volume 23 (2022) is September 1– December 1.

FOURTH GENRE: Explorations in Nonfiction is now accepting submissions for the open reading period. Go to between August 30 and November 30 for more information including detailed submission guidelines.

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 22nd annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit:

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a journal inviting female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work to e-mail: by December 31. Include a note mentioning your age and where you’re from. We ask to be first to publish your work in North America; after publication, rights return to you.

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:

GLIMPSE SEEKS POETRY for Issue #55. For guidelines, send SASE to George J. Searles, Editor, P.O. Box 51, Clinton, NY 13323 or see 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:

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 2022 is November 15. For full guidelines, visit:

THE KERF seeks poetry for its annual issue. Send poems relating to humanity and/or environmental consciousness. Include brief bio and SASE. Kerf, College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531.

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its un-themed Winter 2022 issue. Submissions will open and be accepted from August 1–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

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES Short Edition, an innovative publishing platform affiliated with the international publisher Short Edition, seeks short work (8,000 character max, about 1,000 words) exploring the theme of Home. Submissions accepted through November 15. Selected work will appear online and in MSU Short Edition machines and will be considered for publication internationally. Contributors may be invited to participate in a virtual reading in conjunction with the Broad Art Museum’s 2021 Faculty Triennial, in which artists meditate on what it means to dwell and consider where and how we create environments that feel like home.

MUSE ART/LITERARY JOURNAL is open for submissions September 15–December 15 for Spring 2022. Send 1 prose piece (1,500 words max) or up to 3 poems; include contact & bio: RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. We are also accepting submissions at Please e-mail attachment (prefer in .doc) with “LastName –Genre–Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. IG: @rccmuse

NOMINEE: TOP 15 LITERARY MAGAZINES & Publications to Follow in 2021. The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at:

PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL of Spirituality & the Arts, an innovative online publication from Northeastern University, seeks your unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. Read past issues, including BLM-themed, at  and submit via Submittable February 1–May 15 or August 1–November 15. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices especially welcome.

RATTLE SEEKS POETRY SUBMISSIONS from librarians for the Spring 2022 issue: Poems may be on any subject, but the poets must work or have worked in librarianship. Deadline: October 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems using our online submission manager. Website:

RIVERSEDGE ACCEPTS poetry, fiction, cnf, and graphic lit submissions from October 1–March 1. Previous contributors include Sandra Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye, Denise Duhamel, and Rodney Gomez. Poetry, fiction, and cnf entries eligible for annual contests. Visit

THE SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites no-fee electronic submissions of cnf, fiction, poetry, cross-genre material, and visual art. This year’s theme is “Resilience: Adaptation, Empathy, and Hope.” E-mail submissions of 2,000 words or less (all genres) to our editors by November 1. Guidelines and instructions available at

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

STILL FICTION is a new paper-and-ink short story journal honoring pre-internet literary values. Please include a mailing address for responses along with your submission(s). Autumnal special: we’ll pay the postage on any responses to you during the months of September and October 2021. Outside of those months, please include a SASE. Biographies and cover letters are optional and do not affect our decision process. The content does. Submission(s) can be mailed to: The Open Book Press, Attn: Still Fiction, P.O. Box 75107, Seattle, WA 98125.

SWEET, SWEET ISSUE 16! SLAB wants it all—like a greedy adolescent, but without the whining. We’re seeking your most interesting cnf, fiction, poetry, and text-based graphic art for our upcoming issue, issue #16. Submission info/ back issues at

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open September 1 through October 31 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:

TINT JOURNAL, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by writers who compose their work in English as their second or foreign language. See our homepage for our current open call and our guidelines, and submit via (no fee). #showyourtint.

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’ 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 January 1–June 30. For guidelines, see website:   

UNDER THE SUN, a journal of creative nonfiction, will be reading submissions for its 26th annual edition from September 1 until January 2. Please address all correspondence to Martha Highers, Editor, (preferred) or via ground mail at Under the Sun, P.O. Box 332, Cookeville, TN 38506.

UPSTREET: Award-winning annual 18th 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, Ann Hood, David Jauss, and Dennis Nurkse. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions, Small Changes. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

VISIONS-INTERNATIONAL is looking for accessible, original poetry and translations to celebrate 42 publishing years!  Send 3–6 unpublished poems as Word/Doc attachment (no simultaneous submissions) to: (See our website: Should read a sample copy first: $5 from Visions, 7742 Fairway Rd., Woodway, TX 76712.

WE WILL BEGIN READING for DASH issue 15! We are seeking previously unpublished art, poems, stories, nonfiction, and hybrid pieces: Poems, 3–5, up to 30 lines each; fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid up to 2,000 words. Submissions open October 20, 2021, and close March 1, 2022, with all submission decisions made by late April 2022 and publication in May 2022. Website:

THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW started in 2008 as an annual print edition. In 2020, we transitioned to publishing quarterly online issues. We consider previously unpublished stories, creative nonfiction, poems, and 10-minute plays by writers wherever they reside. Complete submission guidelines are available online at  

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews and pays for published stories. 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: Kathleen Glassburn at For more, contact  Websites:, or

BRIGHT FLASH LITERARY REVIEW, an eclectic online journal for flash and short fiction and memoir, celebrates its 1-year anniversary in June. General submissions are always open and are always free. 1,500-word max. One submission at a time. Website: Twitter: @brightflash1000.

18TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL, from Delray Beach, FL, January 10–15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. Craft talk by Kwame Dawes, special guest poet: Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-large: Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit Apply to attend this year’s virtual workshops! 

2022 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 17–20, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. This will be our 18th annual live event! Meet and network with 100+ agents, editors, publishers, poets, authors, and book-marketing professionals. Looking to publish your poetry? Attend our 1-day Poetry Summit during the conference. Details:

GREAT LAKES WRITERS FESTIVAL,November 4 & 5, at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Cathryn Cofell and Ryan Ireland. Readings and workshops. No fee. For details and registration form, go to or contact Karl Elder, or (920) 565-1000 x2295.

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE. Held at Bell Valley Retreat Center in Mendocino County, May 22–27, 2022. Limited to 40 participants. Faculty includes Jane Smiley, Dana Spiotta, Gabriela Garcia, as well as NY agent Laurie Liss and Graywolf editor, Ethan Nosowsky. Accepting submissions October 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Scholarships available. Website:

UNDER THE VOLCANO’S 19th season! A guided residency like no other. Join accomplished peers from around the world in legendary Tepoztlán or Zoom in from the comfort of home.  Either way you’ll be part of our growing Community of the Imagination. Selective, intimate master classes. Curated conversations. World-class faculty and invited guests. Fiction, poetry, literary nonfiction, journalism. Apply now for last remaining spaces. Limited financial aid available to qualified applicants (talent + need.) Black & POC writers especially encouraged to apply. January 7–28, 2022. Rolling admissions. Details:

$1,000 PUBLIC POETRY PRIZE plus anthology publication for finalists, with book launch and readings. Anthology contest prompt is: Tomorrow… and whatever tomorrow holds; explored in the abstract or concretely; dystopian, utopian; all the tomorrows we encounter. Panel of notable judges. Submissions online. Deadline: October 30. Guidelines and details:

$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 like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places.” — S.E. Ingraham, recent submitter. Visit

16TH ANNUAL COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present a poem. Judge: Leila Chatti. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

20TH 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 2022. Reading fee: $20 per entry. Deadline: December 15. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

2021 OPEN COUNTRY POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Open to any poet writing in English. Please submit a chapbook of original poems (20-30 pages). Deadline: October 1. Submissions will be read blind. The final 5 manuscripts will be forwarded to the 2021 contest judge, M.L. Smoker, co-poet laureate for the state of Montana. The winner will receive $500 and 10 author copies. The 2020 contest winner was Barefoot Up the Mountain by Tara Mesalik MacMahon, chosen by Khaty Xiong. Visit to purchase and for more details.

2022 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine (2020) and the Yale Younger Poets Prize-winning Slow Lightning (2012). Deadline: January 15, 2022. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

THE ALICE JAMES AWARD. $2,000, book publication. AJB is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts postmarked or via Submittable until October 15. Entrants must reside in the U.S. Additional manuscripts may also be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. Guidelines:

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 an issue of The Arkansas International, and all submissions will be considered for publication. Deadline: October 15. Judge: Claire Vaye Watkins. 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 the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best New Poets. Deadline: October 1. 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–December 1. Bellingham Review is dedicated to offering continual support to our authors. See complete submission guidelines at

BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Press. $1,000 cash prize, publication, and 50 copies. Submit one full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Entry fee: $25. Submissions open: September 1 to December 1. Learn more:

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:

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s 27th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival. “8 Tens @ 8” 16 winners will be selected with performances in January–February 2023. All styles and genres considered including musicals. Deadline: June 2022. For guidelines:

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 especially like work with both feminist and Jewish content and are eager to read submissions from emerging writers of any age. Please submit to with “Fiction Contest” and your name in subject line and full contact info on manuscript. Deadline: December 31.

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: Devon Miller-Duggan. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript to or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CODHILL PRESS Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 30. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgements, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) to: http://codhillpoetry $30 entry fee. For complete guidelines:

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks entries for our 2022 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Grace Cavalieri is the author of 26 poetry collections, is the Poet Laureate of MD, a playwright, and the producer of “The Poet and the Poem” on Public Radio from the Library of Congress. Prize: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2022 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1–December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website:

DZANC BOOKS seeks innovative literary fiction, nonfiction, and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, as well as the Short Story Collection Prize and the Nonfiction Prize. $25 reading fee per submission. Closes September 30. Details at website:

EVENT MAGAZINE’S NONFICTION CONTEST: $3,000 in prizes, plus publication. Enter by October 15. Now celebrating its 50th year of publication. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels to submit their work. Explore the creative nonfiction form. 5,000-word limit. For full contest details, visit

HELP FUND our rural CO poetry community in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry award contests: The Fischer/Cantor Prizes. Poet Donald Levering of Santa Fe, NM, is our judge. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and five $200. $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: August 31.

THE HOLDEN VAUGHN SPANGLER AWARD—Winner receives $200 and publication in Spring 2022 edition of RCC MUSE. $3 submission fee, by check payable to “RCC MUSE” or Venmo @RCCMUSE. Submit up to 3 poems about a child or childhood, September 15–December 15: Spangler Award, RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Also accepting submissions at Please e-mail attachment (prefer .doc) with “LastName–Spangler Award–Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. IG: @rccmuse.

I-70 REVIEW introduces the Bill Hickok Humor Award for a single poem. Gary Soto will judge. Winner will receive $1,000. Winning poem will appear in the 2022 issue of I-70 Review.  Submit 1–3 poems with a $15 entry fee to Reading period is January 1–February 28, 2022. Do not submit before January 1, 2022. All submissions will be eligible for publication in I-70 Review.

JOIN A 155-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal welcomes original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art for its annual contests. Awarding one of the richest purses in the industry—$1,000 and more—Reed Magazine accepts submissions June 1–November 1. Contestants receive a complimentary copy. Visit

AT KALLISTO GAIA PRESS we are accepting unpublished submissions of Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Flash Fiction for The Ocotillo Review. Contributors receive $30 to $60 for each acceptance depending on length/category.  Submissions received exclusively through Submittable. More info at Deadline: Midnight, October 31. Reading fee: $3.

NILSEN PRIZE for a First Novel. Winner receives $2,000, publication, distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at  

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2021: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices from the Attic; round-trip travel, lodging, and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with final judge Lee Ann Roripaugh. Primary judge: Jan Beatty. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). September 30 receipt deadline. Phone: (412) 578-6346; e-mail:; or website: for complete rules.

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: $1,000, publication, and 50 copies awarded to an unpublished collection of short stories. Claire V. Foxx, Press 53 short fiction editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: midnight, December 31. Winner and finalists announced before May 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE. $300 for winning poem, $200 divided among runners-up. $5 fee for 3 unpublished poems. Deadline: September 15. Submit online at Submittable ( Paper submissions accepted from incarcerated poets; Princemere Poetry Prize, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA  01984. Previous winners at   

RIVER TEETH Literary Nonfiction Book Prize. A prize of $1,000 and publication with University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book-length manuscript of creative nonfiction. Rigoberto González will judge. Submit with a $27 entry fee (which includes a 1-year subscription) to River Teeth via Submittable between August 1–October 31. Essay submissions to River Teeth and to Beautiful Things (our weekly magazine of micro-essays) both open on September 1. River Teeth encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers. Connect with us on Instagram @riverteeth_ and Twitter @riverteeth, read complete guidelines for the contest and all submissions at, and e-mail any questions to

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 Napa Valley 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 judged by author Min Jin Lee. 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 4, 2022. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’s 2022 BOGGS FICTION PRIZE seeks flash, medium, and traditional-length stories for its upcoming issue. First place: $650 and publication; second: $400 and publication. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Anjali Sachdeva, author of All the Names They Used for God, winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, named a Best Book by NPR, and NEA Creative Writing fellowship recipient. Reading period: right now to February 14, 2022; $10 reading fee. Details at

SLIPSTREAM ANNUAL POETRY CHAPBOOK COMPETITION offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copies of the latest 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:

STORYTELLING CONTEST with cash prizes and more! Submit your heartwarming pet story to Berkeley Humane for the chance to win prizes and be crowned “Best in Show.” Three finalists will read their stories at the Best in Show remote event on October 15. You will be joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan, author and radio host of “KQED’s Forum,” Dr. Michael Krasny, and Diane Dwyer, TV personality and two-time Emmy® award winner for journalism. Make us laugh or make us cry, tell us about a meaningful experience you had with a rescue pet! Accepting submissions now through September 15. Website:

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST. 19th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $3,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $15 per submission of 1–2 poems. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at website:

VIVIAN SHIPLEY POETRY AWARD: Sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society. $1,000 to the winner along with $100 and $50 second- and third-place prizes. All winning poems will be published in Connecticut River Review. Judge: Robert Cording. Submit up to 3 poems by September 30. Electronic submissions only; no contact info on poems. $15 fee; submit at website: Guidelines at CPS website:

THE WICKED WOMAN POETRY PRIZE seeks submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.” For contest guidelines, see Submissions accepted September 7, 2021–January 1, 2022. Contest judge: Kim Roberts. Winner receives $250 and publication by Brickhouse Books.

CAVANKERRY PRESS in Fort Lee, NJ, is seeking a part-time director of development to write grant proposals, with additional responsibilities and hours added based on performance. We are especially seeking BIPOC candidates for this position. To apply, send résumé and cover letter to Gabriel Cleveland, Managing Editor, at

MAYDAY seeks to expand its editorial staff to include new interests, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. We invite applications to be submitted by October 15, 2021 for the following volunteer editorial positions: Culture Editors, Translation Editors, Visual Art Editors, Production Editors, and Social Media Editors. For details, please visit 

SOLSTICE MAG OF DIVERSE VOICES seeks new Editor or two Co-Editors-in-Chief. Lead an international, growing award-winning journal. Magazine or nonprofit experience preferred. Part-time, flexible, hourly payment. Boston area preferred. BIPOC and members of marginalized groups encouraged to apply. Send letter and CV to

READ CHARLES POTTS: How the South Finally Won the Civil War: And Controls the Political Future of the United States, 1995. The Fifth Convulsion: The Structure of American History, coming in 2021. Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Washington Poets Association, 2008. Follow on Twitter, friend and like on Facebook. Website:

ON SALE NOW! Taboos and Transgressions: Stories of  Wrongdoings, an anthology of fiction and memoir and broken rules. Edited by Luanne Smith, Kerry Neville, and Devi Laskar. Contest judged by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Features work by Pam Houston, Kim Addonizio, Joyce Carol Oates, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Sasser,  Soniah Kamal, Molly Giles, Lee Zacharias, and both noted and emerging writers. Order from website:

CREATIVE WRITING ADVENTURES with Page Lambert. Celebrating 25 years! Featured 2022 retreats include Utah River Writing Journeys for Women; Santa Fe & Taos Autumn Sojourn; The Berkshires Vibrant Landscape of Writing; Tuscany Renaissance in Italy; Wyoming Literature & Landscape of the Horse; Peru, Weaving Words & Women (graduate credit available). O Magazine featured Lambert’s river writing journey for women in 2006 as “One of the top 6, all-girl getaways of the year!” Lambert teaches in the University of Denver’s professional creative writing MA program.

GREECE WRITER’S RETREAT on the magical island of Alonnisos, one of the top eco-islands of  Europe. Exquisite accommodations on the Aegean Sea. Private beaches, hiking trails. Limited to 12 writers. Daily workshops follow Amherst Writers Method. Led by Julie Maloney, director of Women Reading Aloud. 10 days. June 14–23, 2022. Visit: Contact:

IKE’S CANYON RANCH is a remote, high plains desert retreat in the spectacular Monitor Valley of central NV. At 7,200 feet elevation and under the clearest view of the Milky Way, retreats are for writers, editors, translators, and artists seeking true silence and wild beauty to concentrate on their work. Website:

SIERRA WRITING RETREAT in the Lost Sierras of CA. October 13–17 with Carolyn Dawn Flynn, acclaimed writer and TEDx speaker, and poet and writer Jona Kottler. Let the pristine forest of California’s Lost Sierras be your inspiration for this generative and restorative retreat for writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Participants receive an extensive editorial letter and individual consultations with a mentor. Website: 

WRITER’S HOUSE, Brittany, France. 150 years old. Beamed ceilings, original floors, quiet, safe, antique furnishings and all modern conveniences: shower, electricity, dishwasher, washer-dryer, DVD, Wi-Fi; ¾ acre with flowers and fruit trees; facing river/canal. Gorgeous. Contact Mark at e-mail:; phone: (510) 866-5496; (510) 290-9497.

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS RESIDENCY located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five separate self-contained cottages with workspace & porch—easily providing social distancing. Cleaned/sanitized/days between residents. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. Apply/reserve now! E-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

JAMES MERRILL HOUSE invites writers of all genres to apply for its Fall 2022/Spring 2023 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 7 residencies per year. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2021 and will close on January 16, 2022. For additional information please visit

ABLE AND EXPERIENCED EDITOR for poetry and prose. Respectful. Thorough.  Prize-winning author in multiple genres. As a team, we can raise your work—poems, flash, short stories, novel, memoir, query, or application letter—to the next level. Publication advice available. E-mail: Website:

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:

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE SERVICES: Visit my website for budget-sensitive options. Marcia Trahan, memoirist (Mercy, Barrelhouse Books) and editor with 17 years’ experience offers critique, copy editing, and help with queries and proposals. Specializing in memoir; also handle wide range of fiction. Traditional and indie authors welcome. Patient, supportive approach. E-mail: Website:

ACCLAIMED 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:  

​​ACCLAIMED EDITOR, former Paris Press director Jan Freeman, with 40 years of experience, provides coaching, manuscript consultations, and editing services for writers and poets. Let’s map out a new project or work towards a fresh revision or your final submission. Works in progress, finished manuscripts, new-and-selected collections, chapbooks. E-mail:, website:

ACCLAIMED POETRY EDITOR, former executive director of Alice James Books, 20+ years’ editing experience. 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). Former CW MFA faculty editor at SNC. Details: 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. Sixty books I edited have been published in the last 8 years; 9 have won awards. Free consultation. See website for details: E-mail:  

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:;  phone: (310) 828-8421. 

AID WITH MFA submission packages, agent queries, and writing samples. I’d love to help you shine. Experienced editor in multiple genres, fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Visit my website at and contact me to see if we are a good fit. E-mail:

APPLYING TO MFA PROGRAMS? Writing a story or book? Award-winning author and editor (Cambridge University Press) offers detailed editing and critique of fiction and nonfiction. I have won the Glimmer Train fiction open and many other fiction awards, and my debut novel was a Chicago Tribune “favorite book.” Students and clients have gone on to prestigious MFAs at the Michener Center, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, the New School, U. Montana, and others. Contact info and testimonials:

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 master-level courses in novel writing. An internationally acclaimed novelist, 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 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:

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:

A BOOK YOU’VE PUT YOUR HEART INTO deserves careful attention, thoughtful criticism, and creative suggestions, whether you plan to submit to agents or self-publish. I’m a New York Times-praised novelist, NEA fellow, and experienced copy, line, and developmental editor. I can help you present your writing at its best. Reasonable rates. Website:

BOOKGARDAN: A Year-long Book Mentorship Program for Women Writers. Application deadline: September 1. Grow your book project in a small, supportive cohort with acclaimed novelist, memoirist, editor Kate Moses, a mentor as invested in your story & growth as you are. Two intensive residencies, individual mentorship, & advanced craft curriculum. Website:

“BOOKS ALOUD BY WEITZEL.” Turn your print prose into vibrant audio for the ear-bud set. Emmy winner and highly rated narrator Tom Weitzel records for Penguin Random House, Punch Audio, and independent authors. He can guide your project from beginning to download. Samples at website: or e-mail:

BRING NEW LIFE to your writing with Lazaris Editing and Copywriting Services. I offer copyediting, line editing, and proofreading services to help polish your work to perfection. Author coaching and developmental editing of fiction are my specialty. Fast results, competitive pricing, compassionate author support. Contact for a free quote:

COLLEEN MCKEE MFA: 20 years’ experience as a compassionate, efficient editor, writing coach, and proofreader. I’ve edited for poets, novelists, memoirists, artists, academics, and more. As an award-winning author of 6 books of poetry, memoir, and fiction, and a longtime writing teacher, I understand writers’ needs. I’m happy to help with whatever your manuscript requires: clarity, structure, flow, formatting, grammar, spelling, publication advice, etc. Free phone/video call consultation. References available. Competitive prices. Open to projects large and small. E-mail: Website:

COPY EDITING, proofreading services. Any kind of documents. Prompt turnaround. CV, references, and cost estimates available. Contact: Nancy at

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:

DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR. Top 10 New England editor. “Sharpest improvement ever seen” (client’s agent). Fiction, nonfiction—popular/ scholarly. Master stylist: shape, focus narrative to target reader. Grammar, syntax, clarity, consistency, structure, transition, logic. English professor, journalist, poet, captain. Susan Schmidt, PhD. Phone: (252) 269-0032. E-mail:;  Website:;

DON’T HAVE TIME to submit your creative writing? We can help. Submission leads and cover/query letter guidelines. Join 60,000+ writers who subscribe to Submit Write Now! In our 27th year! Writer’s Relief, Inc., address: 18766 John J. Williams Hwy., Unit 4, Box 335, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971. Phone: (866) 405-3003. Website:

EDITORIAL SERVICES from a nurturing but whip-cracking, well-connected author (Bang the Keys, The Great Bravura) who will help you unleash the true fabulosity in your projects and bring them to fruition in the real world before depression or drink destroy your nerve! Fiction, nonfiction, scripts, poetry, theses. Ten percent discount if you mention PW ad. E-mail: jill Website:   

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:  

GET A STAR-RATED professional book review, read by 185,000 readers. The trusted name for independent authors since 2008. Website:

MAINE AUTHORS PUBLISHING & COOPERATIVE. Affordable editing, design, printing, marketing, trade catalog, and distribution services for self-publishing authors. E-mail: Call: (207) 594-0091. Website: Maine writers are welcome to register for our Intro to Cooperative-style Publishing Zoom, the first Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

PATTY SHANNON (formerly Wordstation). When you don’t need an editor, just good typing and professional proofreading—grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency corrections included. Friendly service since 1989. MS Word, typewriter, handwritten, audio accepted. Medical terminology specialty. Free brochure. Will type sample pages of your manuscript free. Visa/MC/Amex. Phone: (800) 538-8206. E-mail:

POETRY, POETRY MS. Expand your range, syntax, facility with language. Close editing, attention to big picture, phone or Skype conferences—U.S. or international. Experienced poet/teacher, award-winning author of 11 collections, 5 with Godine and Knopf. I founded and taught in the MFA and postgraduate conference at Vermont College. E-mail: For further details, please visit website:   

RESPECTFUL, AFFORDABLE FEEDBACK in any genre. Award-winning writer with over 15 years’ 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:

28TH ANNUAL Winter Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 14-17, 2022, Atlantic City, NJ, area. Featuring Patrick Rosal. Join us for small, intensive workshops in fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and poetry. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Learn more and register:

2022 TODOS SANTOS WRITERS WORKSHOP, January/February. Join us this winter for our 9th year in our pueblo magico by the sea. Fiction, Poetry, and Memoir workshops for writers at all levels. Faculty: Christopher Merrill (poetry); Jeanne McCulloch (memoir); Karen Karbo (memoir); Natalie Serber (fiction); Rex Weiner (Writing Strategies). Apply now: #LitHappens.

ART AND NATURE open the imagination, perceptions, and help uncover emotions, memories, releasing new forms of creative expression. Register for MASS MoCA Writing Through Art Poetry Retreats: November, February (Zoom); June (in-person).  Writing Through Nature & Art Weekly Poetry Workshops: Fall, winter (Zoom). Website:; e-mail: New and experienced poets welcome.

BIRTH YOUR TRUEST STORY By Nourishing Your Most Tender Voice, a monthly online writing workshop by veteran teacher/memoirist Jennifer Browdy and novelist/birth doula Audrey Kalman, begins in September. This stimulating, encouraging community offers all writers the tools you need to successfully “birth” your next creative work. We cover different aspects of the writing process along with opportunities for feedback. Register at

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 (online during Covid-19 crisis), following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: Website:

TORREY HOUSE PRESS and Zion Canyon Mesa announce Voices for the West: Writing Workshops with Craig Childs (nonfiction), Laura Tohe (poetry), and Kase Johnstun (fiction) in the redrock of Springdale, UT, February 4–5, 2022. Register by October 15 for an early-bird discount! Learn more at

WRITING RANCH announces 11th annual “Writing Down the Baja” February 19–27, 2022, in Todos Santos, Mexico. Group & 1-on-1 sessions for writers led by Writing Ranch founder Ellen Waterston, award-winning author, poet, plus guest presenters (TBA) conducting pop-up workshops. $2,100 USD includes workshops, lodging, meals at beachfront Serendipity hotel. Day students $650. Website: