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GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA seeks poetry, short stories, flash fiction, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our next anthology. Focus is on experimental and risk-taking themes and styles. Deadline: January 15, 2024. Submission guidelines: www.greatweatherformedia.com/submissions.
LOVE READING *INTERESTING* short stories—either to inspire you to write one of your own, or simply for reading enjoyment? If so, order a COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2023! Website: www.amzn.to/3VunhLD. Note: it features uncollected work by multi-award-winning Morgan Talty. And feel free to submit in January! Website: www.coolestamericanstories.com.
WILD LIBRARIAN PRESS seeks up to 250-word summaries of proposed personal essays for an anthology on gardens. Submission period: November 15–December 15. If accepted, final essays will be due May 30, 2024. No submission fees. See www.wildlibrarianpress.com for guidelines and themes.
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 www.atmospherepress.com.
SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1, 2023 to February 1, 2024. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to www.sixteenrivers.org.
WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for poetry books. Dates: November 1–December 31 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Rhina Espaillat, Lee Herrick, Allison Joseph, Lester Graves Lennon, Alison Stone, Andrena Zawinski. Publication in 2025. Guidelines: www.wordtechcommunications.com/deadline-list.htm.
ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers 3 winners $5,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies and distribution to Rattle’s 8,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2024. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website: www.rattle.com/chapbooks.
LEFTY BLONDIE PRESS: 2024 First Chapbook Award. Prize: $250, 10 author copies, & public reading with judge Lee Ann Roripaugh. Open to self-identifying women poets, age 40+, yet to publish any chapbook or book-length work. Accepting manuscripts: January 1–March 31, 2024. LBP’s mission & full contest guidelines: www.leftyblondiepress.com.
THE 2023 SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER call 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: email@example.com. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org.
ABANDONED MINE is a poetry journal (triannually online, selected annual print) now accepting submissions. We are seeking poems people will be inspired to re-read and share with family and friends. Please visit www.abandonedmine.org for examples, past issues, and complete guidelines.
ALLIUM, A JOURNAL OF POETRY & PROSE accepts simultaneous submissions, requests a maximum page length of 5 pages for poetry; 3,750 words for craft essays, fiction, hybrid, and nonfiction. No previously published work. Our submission period closes February 15, 2024. Visit Submittable at: www.allium.submittable.com/submit.
APPLE IN THE DARK publishes works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. Currently, we are reading for our Winter 2023 issue. Deadline: November 15. Website: www.appleinthedark.com.
AWAKENINGS REVIEW is seeking submissions from writers and poets who have experience with mental illnesses, either in themselves, family members, or friends. We publish twice a year. Looking for submissions that will edify and succor the reader. First peruse submission guidelines at www.awakeningsproject.org.
BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction for a theme issue on “The Body Politic,” which will turn a creative lens on how our bodies and our health interface with our societal structures. Submissions open September 1–December 31; fee: $5. Website: www.blreview.org.
THE BLUEBIRD WORD, an online literary journal for poetry and flash, seeks new writing from all experience levels. We publish frequently throughout the month and are open for submissions year-round. Send us your crisp flash (nonfiction and fiction) and poignant poetry. Full guidelines at www.thebluebirdword.com/submit.
THE BMP LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Website: www.thehalcyone.submittable.com. Publication awards for winning entries. HerWords literary magazine for women and JanusWords for LGBT+.
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, 2024. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.
CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2024 volume. Past volumes include works by Chiori Miyagawa, Susan Straight, Naomi Shibab, Terry Dubow, and Ernest O. Ògúnyemí, among terrific new voices. Reading September 1 through December 15. Submission guidelines and mission statement: www.clockhouse.net.
COMSTOCK REVIEW opens its reading period (no fee) January 1, 2024. Throughout 38 years of independent publishing, our managing editors rely on diverse national editors to help choose poetry. New and experienced writers invited and evaluated on the basis of originality, artistic merit, distinctive metaphor, and refreshing themes. Deadline: March 31, 2024 through Submittable or snail mail. Address: Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: www.comstockreview.org.
DEEP WILD: WRITING FROM THE BACKCOUNTRY, home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, wants wild words, all genres. September 1–December 1. Also seeking entries for our Graduate Student Prose Contest, nonfiction and fiction. No fees! Read guidelines/order a back issue at www.deepwildjournal.com.
FOR ISSUE 14, JELLY BUCKET will feature a special section dedicated to neurodivergent writers. Guest edited by Nathan Spoon, we're looking for creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, 10-minute plays, and art specifically from writers and artists who identify neurodivergent. Submit via Submittable: Special section (no fee) through December 15 at www.jellybucket.submittable.com/submit.
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: www.bryantliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit. For past issues, see www.digitalcommons.bryant.edu/blr. Work to be considered for Vol. 25, which will be published in Spring 2024, must be submitted between September 1 and December 1.
FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 24th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview.
GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting girls and young, gender-expansive writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the eighth 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 art and/or writing, in English or English translation, to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 30. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission.
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: www.rowanglassworks.org.
GRAILING IS AN ONLINE MAGAZINE affiliated with Grailing Press. The magazine is seeking well-edited short fiction, flash, CNF, essay, criticism, memoir, and poetry. Word counts around 2,500 words are recommended. Online submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis. Please send submissions to email@example.com.
HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees and reads submissions from late summer to early spring. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Details can be found at www.hawaiipacificreview.org.
LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for its un-themed Summer 2024 issue. Submissions will open and be accepted from December 1, 2023 through March 1, 2024. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at www.littlepatuxentreview.org.
MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE invites submissions of fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate colleges and universities worldwide. We seek thoughtful work that speaks to the heart in a complex global context. Submission window: October 15, 2023 to March 20, 2024. Submission fee: $5. Guidelines at www.mistakehouse.org/submit.
NOMINEE: RANKED SIXTH among Top 25 Literary Magazines & Publications in 2022 (Feedspot). The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at www.theravensperch.com.
OAKWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY’S literary journal since 1975, seeks new work from writers living in or affiliated with the Northern Great Plains region. Recent contributors include Ted Kooser, Kent Meyers, Linda Hasselstrom, and Terese Svoboda. No submission fee. Submit from September 1–December 31; see www.sdsuoakwood.com/submission-guidelines.
PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will accept submissions of poetry for Issue 93 in November–December. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Please visit the website for updated details and to view current/archived work: www.thepedestalmagazine.com.
PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL of Spirituality & the Arts, biannual online publication from Northeastern University, welcomes the most exciting unpublished poetry, prose, art, translations you submit. Please explore first at www.pensivejournal.com; submit via Submittable; 2 annual submission periods. Submit once per year. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices encouraged.
RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS of ghazals for the Summer 2024 issue: Poems may be any style or subject, but must use the ghazal form and be previously uncurated. Deadline: January 15, 2024. Online submissions accepted. For more information, visit our website: www.rattle.com.
RIVERSEDGE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS of poetry, prose (fiction, nonfiction, plays), and graphic lit in English, Spanish, and anything in between. Poetry and prose submissions eligible for annual contests. Previous contributors include Sandra Cisneros, Naomi Shihab Nye, Denise Duhamel, Esteban Rodriguez, among others. Submissions accepted October 1, 2023 to March 1, 2024. For guidelines visit www.riversedgejournal.com.
SUBMISSIONS FOR SANGAM’S Fall/Winter 2023 edition are open from April 15–September 30. The literary magazine of Southern University and A&M College, Sangam welcomes your best short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions: www.subr.edu/page/submission. Note: Names should not appear anywhere in the document—we read blindly. We look forward to your submissions!
SUBMISSIONS TO RIVER TEETH (narrative nonfiction) and Beautiful Things (micro-essays) are open September 1–December 1, 2023 & January 1–April 1, 2024. Read complete guidelines/connect at www.riverteethjournal.com, Instagram @riverteeth_, and Twitter @riverteeth. We encourage underrepresented voices to submit work, including but not limited to BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers.
SUFI: JOURNAL OF MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY and Practice seeks poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that addresses themes related to Sufism; other established spiritual traditions and paths; or a personal spiritual quest, discovery, or understanding. Submissions accepted on an ongoing basis. Direct inquiries and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW offers detailed critiques of your short stories or essays. Get experienced, professional, and useful commentary on your prose up to 6,000 words. Details and pricing: www.tahomaliteraryreview.submittable.com/submit.
TEXT POWER TELLING MAGAZINE’S mission is to create a supportive and healing community for survivors to use their writing, art, and creativity to take back power from sexual trauma. We are seeking submissions of all writing genres and most art mediums. Learn about submission guidelines and other info: www.textpowertelling.org/magazine.
THIRD STREET REVIEW is an online literary journal for flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. We are a paying market, and we welcome work from writers and artists from all cultural backgrounds and experience levels. For complete submission guidelines, please visit www.third-street-review.org/submissions. Looking forward to seeing your work!
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 open calls and our guidelines, and submit via www.tintjournal.com/submit (no fee). #showyourtint.
TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is a digital 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, art, and quality experimental work. Submissions accepted October 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. For guidelines, see www.twohawksquarterly.com.
THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW started in 2007 as an annual print edition based in Westchester County, NY. In 2020, we transitioned to publishing quarterly online. We consider previously unpublished stories, creative nonfiction, poems, and 10-minute plays by writers wherever they reside. Complete submission guidelines are available at www.westchesterreview.com.
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 email@example.com. For more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Websites: www.thewritersworkshop.net or www.thewritersworkshopreview.net.
NATHALIE HANDAL is the keynote speaker at Writers & Books’ virtual Literary Conference, “From the Margins to the Center.” January 26, 2024: In-person kick-off, Rochester, NY. January 27–28, 2024: Online panels, readings, advice from publishing industry experts.Registration opens November 1, 2023, at www.wab.org/literary-conference.
RAYMOND CARVER & TESS GALLAGHER Creative Writing Conference. Guests: Billy Collins, T.C. Boyle, Tess Gallagher, and Selected Shorts. Workshops, readings, film screenings, and more. Conference-style presentation proposals invited. Peninsula College, April 25–27, 2024. Port Angeles, WA. Discounted waterfront hotel rooms. Details on website: www.raymondcarverpodcast.pencol.edu. E-mail questions: email@example.com.
$1,500 IN AWARDS. Enter the Upper New “A Sense of Place” Global Essay Contest by November 30. Youth and adult divisions. 2,000- or 6,000-word length categories. Multiple $200 awards, both youth and adult. Winners will be published. All essays entered are considered for publication. Visit www.uppernew.submittable.com/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 was ready to put this story back in the filing cabinet and stop sending it out. No one seemed to have a place for my blend of storytelling. This award affirmed my creative passion, and that means everything.”—Cora Cruz, NMW Fiction Winner. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
2024 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 and book publication. Final judge: Nikki Wallschlaeger. Deadline: January 15, 2024. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.newamericanpress.com/2024-new-american-poetry-prize-final-judge-nikki-wallschlaeger.
2024 PRESS 53 AWARD for Short Fiction: $1,000, publication, and 53 copies awarded to an outstanding, 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 by May 3. Reading fee: $30. Information at www.press53.com/award-for-short-fiction.
18TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present poem. Judge: Nicky Beer. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form: www.smith.edu/poetrycenter/wp/outreach/hs-poetry-prize.
21ST GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD for best previously unpublished original poetry collection in English of approximately 45+ pages. Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Reading fee: $20 per collection. Deadline: December 15. Details: www.givalpress.submittable.com or www.givalpress.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024 COURAGE TO WRITE GRANTS for writers open January 2024. Awarded by the de Groot Foundation, these grants are unrestricted and meant to encourage and support writers as they further or complete a project. For information, guidelines, and to apply: www.degrootfoundation.org.
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2024 LANDO GRANTS for writers open January 2024. Sponsored in collaboration with the de Groot Foundation, the LANDO grants are specifically for writers exploring the issues and challenges of immigration, migration, or the refugee experience. For information, guidelines, and to apply: www.degrootfoundation.org.
BAKWIN AWARD FOR FULL-LENGTH PROSE. Closes January 15, 2024 or after 300 submissions. This award is for a full-length literary prose work of fiction or nonfiction. Novels, story collections by a single author, memoirs, essay collections, and biographies are acceptable (no poetry). Free entry, 1 per person. Final judge is Tiya Miles. $1,000 prize. Website: www.blair.submittable.com/submit/278927/bakwin-award-for-full-length-prose.
BELLINGHAM REVIEW’S annual contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are open December 1, 2023 to March 15, 2024. $1,000 first-place prizes. $15 entry fee. Submission waivers available for BIPOC folx. 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 www.bhreview.org.
CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks unpublished poems for its California Quarterly (year-round, via Submittable.com) and its Annual Contest (accepted March 1–June 30, 2024). Poems invited for CSPS Poetry Letter and Monthly Contests. See www.californiastatepoetrysociety.com for publications, membership, submission requirements, and details. Write to CSPS, P.O. Box 4288, Sunland, CA 91041-4288.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Teachers & Writers Magazine seeks submissions for the Bechtel Prize, a $1,000 cash prize to be awarded to a classroom teacher or teaching artist for an essay describing an innovative creative writing classroom project that engaged and inspired budding writers. Visit www.teachersandwritersmagazine.org/bechtel-prize for submission guidelines. Deadline: January 12, 2024. Winners announced Spring 2024.
CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS congratulates Vivienne Shalom, the 2023 winner of our chapbook contest for her book The Truth Is, and Linda Enders, the finalist, for her book Consider the Gravity. We also congratulate Jacquelyn Shah for winning our nonfiction contest for her book, Limited Engagement. Refer to www.choeofpleirnpress.com for details.
CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS seeks submissions for the 2023 Kenneth Johnston Nonfiction Book Award. The 2022 winner, Jacquelyn Shah, will judge our 2023 contest. Submissions will be accepted until December 31. See our submission guidelines at www.choeofpleirnpress.com/nonfiction-book-contest.
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: Jayne Marek. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript to www.ciderpressreview.com or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines: www.ciderpressreview.com/bookaward.
CLOUDBANK CONTEST. A prize for $200 will be awarded for 1 poem or short prose piece appearing in Cloudbank 18, which is due to be published in June 2024. Entry fee of $15 includes a 2-issue subscription. Submit via Submittable or by mail. Complete contest guidelines, as well as information on current and past issues, can be found at www.cloudbankbooks.com. Revive us with your fire.
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: www.codhillpoetryaward.submittable.com/submit. $30 entry fee. For complete guidelines: www.codhill.com.
COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. $2,500 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2024. Final judge is Brenda Shaughnessy. $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review. Complete guidelines at www.coloradoprize.colostate.edu or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.
COWLES OPEN POETRY BOOK PRIZE. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pages, $25 reading fee. Deadline: November 1. Guidelines at www.semopress.com/events/cowles-prize. Submit through our Submittable account.
CROSSWINDS POETRY CONTEST: $2,000+ to be awarded in our ninth annual poetry contest! $1,000 Grand Prize, $500 runner-up, $250 third prize. Seven additional finalists will each receive $50. Judge will be April Ossmann. Reading period from November 1 to December 31. Reading fee: $20. Guidelines at: www.crosswindspoetry.com.
DECEMBER MAGAZINE is excited to announce the 2024 Marvin Bell Memorial Poetry Prize (formerly the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize). Dorianne Laux will judge. Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2024 Spring/Summer Awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website www.decembermag.org/2024-jeff-marks-memorial-poetry-prize.
ENTER ACTION/WORDS, Midway Journal’s new annual poetry contest. The contest runs from October 1–December 31. $300 grand prize, $150 second prize, $50 third prize. Poems can be any style and any length. Unlimited entries. For more details go to www.midwayjournal.com/contest.
FIRST BOOK BY A U.S. POET 70 OR OLDER: Henry Morgenthau III Poetry Prize. Deadline: January 15, 2024. 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: www.passagerbooks.com/submit.
FIRST PAGES PRIZE invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & agent consultation. Opens March 2024! Visit www.firstpagesprize.com.
GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—seeks quality short stories with heart, soul, and chutzpah, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. Open September 1–December 31. First prize: $300 and publication. We especially like fresh fiction with feminist and Jewish nuance and are eager to read submissions from writers of color and emerging writers of any age. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Fiction Contest” and your surname. Include full contact information on manuscript. Website: www.lilith.org/contact/writing-for-lilith. And check out FRANKLY FEMINIST: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine, available now wherever you buy books, or at
GRAYSON BOOKS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies will be awarded to the winner. Submit 16–36 pages poetry, $20 reading fee. Deadline: January 31, 2024. Electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. B. Fulton Jennes will judge. See www.graysonbooks.com for complete guidelines.
HAZEL ROWLEY PRIZE FOR FIRST-TIME BIOGRAPHERS: Sponsored by the Biographers International Organization (BIO), the Rowley prize offers $5,000 for the best book proposal from a first-time biographer, plus a careful reading by an established agent. Submissions due February 1, 2024. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the BIO website: www.biographersinternational.org/rowley-prize.
I-70 REVIEW announces the winner of the Bill Hickok Humor Award for Poetry for 2023. Christopher Buckley chose Laurie Janes’s poem “What Physicists Say” to receive the prize of $1,000. Submissions for 2024 start on January 1 through February 28.
INLANDIA INSTITUTE announces the third annual Eliud Martínez Prize for a work of prose (hybrid, creative nonfiction, or fiction) by a writer who identifies as Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x. $15 entry fee. Winner receives $1,000 and publication by Inlandia Books. Full guidelines: tinyurl.com/InlandiaSubmit.
JANUARY 1 THROUGH FEBRUARY 15, 2024 Sarabande is open for submissions to the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and a brand NEW prize in nonfiction (details TBA). Visit www.sarabandebooks.org for full guidelines and information on our special guest judges.
KINSMAN QUARTERLY seeks BIPOC authors to submit short stories/poetry of the supernatural, extraterrestrial, or paranormal by December 31. Themes for the Iridescence Award include urban fantasy, magical realism, science fiction, Afro-futurism, or paranormal fiction. Winners receive cash prizes up to $500 USD and publication. No fees required. Details: www.kinsmanquarterly.org/iridescence-award.
LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: First prize: $2,500, publication, & agency review. Deadline: December 31. Entry fee: $20. LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction: First prize: $1,250, publication, & agency review. Deadline: November 30. Entry fee: $16. All entries will be considered for publication. Guidelines: www.litmag.com.
MONEY FOR WOMEN/BARBARA DEMING MEMORIAL FUND annually awards grants of $500–$2,000 to women writers whose work reflects feminist values. Projects must be well underway. Genres alternate by year. Fiction writers are invited to submit 10–15 pages during the month of January 2024. See www.demingfund.org for more information.
NOW IN ITS FOURTH YEAR, the 2024 MEMOIR PRIZE FOR BOOKS awards up to $5,000 for full-length memoir, creative, and narrative nonfiction works of exceptional merit. There are no restrictions on subject matter, page count, age of the author, type of publisher, or the year of publication. Deadline: December 31, 2023. Find out more at: https://memoirmag.com/literature/the-memoir-prize-for-books/.
POETS WHO ARE 55 YEARS OR OLDER on December 31 are encouraged to submit a full-length manuscript for the John Ridland Poetry Prize. Submissions are accepted between September 1 and December 31. The prize includes $500 and publication by Gunpowder Press with 10 author copies. Details at www.gunpowderpress.com.
PRISM REVIEW POETRY/STORY CONTESTS! $250 prizes! Amazing judges! Poetry: Douglas Manuel (Trouble Funk, Testify). Fiction: Allison Wyss (Splendid Anatomies). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: Midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at www.prismreview.submittable.com/submit.
SELECTED SHORTS’ STELLA KUPFERBERG MEMORIAL SHORT STORY CONTEST judged by author Carmen Maria Machado. Prize includes $1,000; publication on electricliterature.com; 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 1, 2024. For complete guidelines, visit www.selectedshorts.org.
SUBMISSIONS FOR THE 2024 TOMAŽ ŠALAMUN PRIZE are being accepted until March 15, 2024. The winner receives $1,000, chapbook publication by Factory Hollow Press, and a 1-month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The prize is open to poets at any stage of their career. To submit: www.verse.submittable.com.
THE WATCHWORD PRIZE. $2,000 prize awarded to the winning poem on the theme of surveillance or on any aspect of watching and being watched. No fee to enter. Judged by poet Carolyn Forché. Deadline: December 1. Submission and eligibility information: www.law.georgetown.edu/privacy-technology-center/watchword-prize.
WILLOW SPRINGS BOOKS is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Emma Howell Rising Poet Prize, a poetry book prize for poets 35 and younger who have not yet published a book-length poetry manuscript. First prize: $2,000 and publication. Deadline: January 1, 2024. Reading fee: $25. Full guidelines at www.wse.submittable.com/submit.
VERY SMALL ESTABLISHED POETRY BOOK PUBLISHER with annual contest, distributor, and backlist seeks to transfer control of the press gratis to an institution, creative writing program, or individual in order to perpetuate its existence. Operations manual and free consulting for a year included. Contact Jim at email@example.com for details.
IRELAND WRITING RETREAT on the Ring of Kerry. June 9–13, 2024. A generative writing immersion with acclaimed novelist, memoirist, TEDx speaker Carolyn Flynn and novelist/poet Jona Kottler. For writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Active, immersive writing with mentored critique. Find out more at www.carolynflynn.com/ireland-2024.
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