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

ANTHOLOGY: CHILDREN OF MENTALLY ILL PARENTS. Seeking autobiographically inspired poems written about the experience of having a troubled parent, or being one. The anthology focuses on mental illness (treated or untreated): depression, manic depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. Paste the following into an email to 1 to 3 poems (10 pages total, max); a brief bio; and your name and contact info. For any previously published poem, include publication info. No attachments, please. (If your poem is accepted, we will contact you to verify formatting.) Deadline: January 31, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern.

MONTPELIER ARTS CENTER, LAUREL, MD, SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FOR All Our Various Voices, an anthology of personal or family accounts of immigration experiences from writers in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Tell us your stories. Submit up to 3 poems (up to 75 lines each) or personal essays (up to 1,200 words, double spaced); include a 75-word bio in a Word document. No reading fee. Submit at by May 7, 2021. Notification by mid-August and public reading, fall 2021. Cash prizes. Contributors will receive a copy. 

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

NEW RIVERS PRESS. EXPERIMENTAL/SHORT NONFICTION CALL: Submit manuscripts of creative nonfiction, essays, experimental, mixed-genre, and multi-genre work between 70 and 120 pages in length, May 1–June 30, 2021, with $8 reading fee. Selected manuscripts receive publication contract and 25 author copies. Submit online at

PACIFIC COAST POETRY SERIES/BEYOND BAROQUE BOOKS is currently seeking manuscripts for a full-length book of poetry with a reading fee of $15. Series editor is Suzanne Lummis. For submission details visit or email Liz Camfiord at

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1, 2020, to February 1, 2021. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to

TINDERBOX EDITIONS IS SEEKING poetry, hybrid, and hard-to-place manuscripts for our winter reading period. Join poets such as Judy Jordan, Heid Erdrich, Claire Wahmanholm, Charles Jensen, Felicia Zamora, Laynie Browne, BK Fischer, Lesley Wheeler, and others. We are open for the months of December and January. See more at

GREEN LINDEN PRESS—named by Entropy magazine as one of the best small presses—invites you to submit poetry chapbook manuscripts during our open reading period, now until March 20. One or more manuscripts will be selected for publication in late 2021; authors will receive 25 copies and publicity. For details see

2018 NOMINEE: ONE OF THE TOP 10 LITERARY BLOGS ON THE WEB. The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at

AFTER 25 YEARS OF BREWING, Literal Latte is taking a coffee break. All submissions are frozen until we catch up on reading and publish the treats we have in house. Stay tuned for a feast, and to hear what the next 25 years have in store. E-mail: Website:

AJI IS CALLING FOR 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

APPLE IN THE DARK is a new online publication focusing on works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. They’re taking submissions for their Winter/Spring 2021 issue until February 15. More info: Free submissions; donations through the “Tip Jar” appreciated.

CAVE WALL IS READING POETRY SUBMISSIONS postmarked February–March. Recent contributors include Dan Albergotti, Nickole Brown, Malcolm Friend, Jennifer Grotz, Jessica Jacobs, Maggie Smith, and Molly Spencer. We read blind. Postal submissions only. For guidelines, send SASE to Cave Wall Press LLC, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546. Or 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:

CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS of poetry, fiction, non-fiction (both creative and scholarly), 1-act plays, short screenplays, art, and photography for publication in 1 of our annual journals (Coneflower Cafe, Glacial Hills Review, Rushing Thru the Dark) for 2021. First deadline is February 28. For details, visit

THE COE REVIEW is an undergraduate-run literary magazine that prides itself in publishing diverse and underrepresented writers. Accepting fiction submissions by March 18, 2021, poetry submissions from March 18 to October 26, 2021. Full submission guidelines at

COLLATERAL PUBLISHES LITERARY AND VISUAL ART concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. We read year round, charge no fees, and publish each May and November. Submit through our website:

COMSTOCK REVIEW celebrates 35 years of independent publication in 2021. Betsy Anderson continues as managing editor for our open reading period (no fee): January 1 through March 31, 2021. Our far-flung editors choose poetry solely on the basis of artistic merit. Effective use of language, distinctive, consistent metaphor, and refreshing themes attract our interest.  See website for details for paper and online submissions of 40 lines or less. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website:

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 2,000 words), and artwork. The reading period opens in mid-October and closes March 1 with all decisions made by late April 2021. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

THE DERONDA REVIEW WANTS POEMS on “numbers” (in any sense), also poems accompanied by a short (up to 500 words) piece on how the poem came to be written. See before submitting.  Send by March 31 to,, or P.O. Box 6709, Efrat, Israel.

EVENING STREET REVIEW SEEKS 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. Mailto: or Evening Street Press, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

GOT PROEM? Send 3-5 proems, 1 essay, 1 interview, and/or 5-10 visual artworks to PROEM, an international print journal with issues released in April and October. No submission fee; simultaneous submissions allowed; previous publication not allowed. August 14–February 14 deadline. Guidelines here: Have a good day!

THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Submit at Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New Her Words literary magazine for women.

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

KWELI RECOGNIZES that experiences of girlhood are not exclusively held by cisgender women. We welcome submissions from ALL Black writers who claim a personal experience of girlhood and look forward to celebrating an inclusive set of voices! Submit at

THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER SEEKS thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Online submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis. Visit us at for more information. You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE SEEKS fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. We seek honest, inventive work that speaks to the heart in a complex and difficult global context. Submission window: October 15, 2020, to March 15, 2021. Submission fee: $5. See guidelines at

MONTHS TO YEARS SEEKS SUBMISSIONS of creative nonfiction (up to 2,500 words), poetry, photography, and art related to death and dying as well as the broader themes of loss and grief. We welcome submissions from writers in underrepresented communities.Submission guidelines:

OYSTER RIVER PAGES seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch creative and social boundaries, especially from decentered or marginalized voices. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity. Submissions accepted January–May 2021. See for details.

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

PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS ( New online publication from Northeastern University’s Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service. Inaugural issue contributors include Baca, Bruchac, M. Collins, Chess, Cording, Espada, Finch, Glancy, Gundy, Hoffman, Lea, Lindsay, Maitland, Marchant, Metres, Piercy, Samaras, Sanders, Starnes, and more. Submit work that deepens the inward life; envisions a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world; and advances dialogue across difference. May 15 and November 15 annual deadlines for unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. International and underrepresented submissions especially encouraged. Guidelines on website; submit 3–5 pieces and 3–5 sentence bio via Submittable. Questions? Email Alexander Levering Kern, editor, at

PLATH PROFILES: essays, art, poetry, comments, memoir, book reviews. Deadline: June 10, 2021, for V. 13. Submit to

SALT, POETRY JOURNAL. Follow-up to Miramar: Old school truth and beauty. First issue: Peter Everwine, Gary Soto, Dorianne Laux, Gary Young, Marsha de la O, Mark Jarman, Barbara Crooker, Christopher Howell, now available. $20 subscription; 2 issues. Reading January–February for Volumes 2 and 3. 342 Oliver Rd., Santa Barbara, CA 93109.

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW. Print journal of poetry and art. Open January 1–31. Theme: “Road Dog: Kerouac’s Highway Gone Wrong.” See more at

SANGAM LITERARY MAGAZINE. Committed to excellence, Sangam—home to Louisiana’s Poet Laureate and Southern University’s Languages and Literature Department—is looking for your best work for our Spring 2021 issue. We are looking forward to you being part of Sangam’s emerging position in today’s literary tradition. For submissions see:

SEQUESTRUM IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS for our Slipstream theme. Fiction, nonfiction, & poetry including magical realism, fantasy, and cross-genre. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: April 15. Full guidelines:

SLAB IS SEEKING CNF, fiction, poetry, and text-based graphic art documenting the state of American unrest for its upcoming issue. Send us your work limning injustice, resistance, violence, change, representation, et al. More info at

SMOKELONG QUARTERLY considers fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid narratives under 1,000 words. Pays $50. More information at

SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES (The Best American Essays 2018, Best of Net, Pushcart poetry finalists, CLMP/Amazon Lit Partnership) announces a call for regular submissions, and pre-orders for our new winter print issue. Subscribe for free, get invite to virtual Book Party! Order copies at

SPILLWAY 29 IS OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS January 1–March 31, 2021. Send us your best 3–5 unpublished poems of any theme! Free in January, $3 per submission beginning February 1. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but please notify us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere. Submissions via Submittable:

STEAM TICKET, THE NATIONALLY CIRCULATED JOURNAL the nationally circulated journal published by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of English, invites submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for the 2021 issue, Volume 24. Deadline: March 15, 2021. For guidelines:

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

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW IS OPEN January 1 through February 28 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 non-native English or ESL writers. See our homepage for our current open call and our guidelines, and submit via; #showyourtint and follow us @tintjournal.

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

UPSTREET: AWARD-WINNING ANNUAL’S 17TH 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, and David Jauss. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1, 2021. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

THE WOVEN TALE PRESS MAGAZINE, both online and print, features the finest of the literary and visual arts from around the world. Submit (free!) poetry, flash fiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. Go to our “submit” page at

WRITERS ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO SUBMIT poems, short fiction, and non-fiction to 380 at 380 is an experiment in educating future literary magazine editors. Writers may submit any work they own the rights to, published or unpublished.Accepted work will be edited by Emory University students who will fact check work, pose queries, and propose suggestions and emendations in pursuit of a concrete expression of their editorial vision(s). Final editions will be submitted as coursework, but will not be published in print or online.

2021 NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS CONFERENCE BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM. “Paule Marshall: The Power of Voice and Place in Creating Cultural Memories.” Saturday, March 27, 2021. Medgar Evers College, CUNY. Website: The Center for Black Literature will celebrate the life and works of the late Paule Marshall. Scholars, writers, poets, and performers will gather to discuss and listen to panels, dramatic presentations, readings and performances in celebration of her life, the themes in her work, and her impact as a writer who used her fiction to explore her Caribbean, American, and African roots.

LONGLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE BIPOC & Veteran scholarships opened for applications August 15! Join Kiese Laymon, Jennifer Haigh, Ravi Howard, & many more for a week (May 10–17, 2021) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, consultations, & events. This working/writing vacation happens every year in the beachside town of Seaside, FL. See what you missed at:

THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL’S Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival’s 35th annual event for readers, writers, and theater lovers will be online with virtual literary discussions, writing workshops, master classes, theater events, music events, author interviews, special events, and more. Spread over 2 weekends: March 19–21 and March 25–28, 2021. Visit

$150 AND PUBLICATION in Novel Slices awarded to each of our 5 novel-excerpt contest winners. Submit novel excerpts of approximately 4,000–6,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the award issue, by February 28, 2021. Bethany Ball to judge.Visit the website for complete guidelines:

$1,000 IN PRIZES AND PUBLICATION. The Poetry Society of Vermont Carol Lee Vail Prize for Emerging Poets in The Mountain Troubadour 2021. Submit 3 poems with $15 entry fee by January 15, 2021. Complete guidelines at

$1000 PRIZE! RIVER STYX MICROFICTION CONTEST. 500 words maximum per story, 3 stories per entry. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription; $10 fee includes 1 issue with the winning stories. Enter via mail or Submittable by December 31. River Styx, 3301 Washington Ave., Ste. 2C, St. Louis, MO 63103. Website:

$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by January 31—Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “New Millenium is present for writers and connected in a way that makes a writer feel welcomed! The enthusiasm of the magazine and its editors is refreshing.”—Gloria Roxanne Buckley, recent submitter. Visit

2021 NERVOUS GHOST PRESS PRIZES FOR POETRY AND PROSE. $1,000, publication, author copies, and a California reading tour to each winner. $24 entry fee via Submittable. Deadline: January 31, 2021. Judges are Debra Moore Muñoz (prose) & Michale Graves (poetry). More information and complete guidelines:

THE 2021 ORISON PRIZES IN POETRY AND FICTION offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Jericho Brown (poetry) & Debra Spark (fiction). Entry fee: $25. Entry period: December 1, 2020–April 1, 2021. For complete guidelines visit

2021 WATERSTON DESERT WRITING PRIZE will accept submissions January 1 through April 1, 2021. The prize honors nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as subject and setting. It recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career, or established nonfiction writers are welcome to apply. The prize will recognize 1 writer with a $2,500 award; a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR; and a residency at PLAYA in Summer Lake, OR. Submission guidelines:

THE 8TH ANNUAL PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE offers publication of a book-length work of fiction (novel or short story/novella collection), $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Final judge: Julie Iromuanya. Deadline: March 15, 2021. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit:

23RD ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication by Lynx House Press, is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or The most recent winner is Kirsten Kaschock for her volume Explain this Corpse. Other winners have included Joe Wilkins, Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: June 15, 2021.

AMERICA MEDIA FOLEY POETRY CONTEST. $1,000 prize. No entrance fee. Submissions accepted: January 1–March 31, 2021. One unpublished poem on any topic. 45 lines or fewer. Submit online: Mailed submissions: America, Foley Poetry Contest, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST. TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press. Poetry maximum 32 lines with spaces, prose maximum 2,500 words on “play”—kids, sports, gambling, music, theater, games. Extended deadline: March 21, 2021. Fees: $19 for 1–4 poems or each prose entry; $15 for TWG members. Prizes: $500 each category. No submission limit. Complete guidelines:

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY’S ZONE 3 PRESS is excited to announce the 2021 Creative Nonfiction Book Award. We are looking for creative nonfiction manuscripts of 120–250 pages. The reading period is January 1–April 1, 2021. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. Find us on Submittable or visit

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2022 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30, 2021. Judged by Meg Kearney. For submission guidelines: Or go to

BE PART OF A 150-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine. Each of our 4 contests awards $1,000 or more, and applicants receive a complimentary copy. Submissions June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard. Website:

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

CLOUDBANK AWARDS A $200 PRIZE for one poem or flash fiction (500 words or less) in each issue. Deadline for Cloudbank 15 contest submissions is February 28, 2021. Non-contest submissions accepted through April 15, 2021. Guidelines, details—and more—at Revive us with your fire!

THE COWLES OPEN POETRY BOOK PRIZE. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pp, $25 reading fee. Deadline: April 1, 2021. Submit through our Submittable account. Guidelines at

ENTER -100 BELOW, Midway Journal’s annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. $500 grand prize. $250 second prize. $50 third prize. $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to

ENTER THE FIRST PAGES PRIZE with your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide January 1–February 21, 2021. Awarding $5,000 in cash to 5 winners, editing, and agent consultation. 2021 judge is Samantha Chang. Visit

ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2021 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story. $1,000 total awards. Award winners may read on stage. Deadline: April 16, 2021. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Submit by email at Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available:

FLASH FICTION ON A SUPERNATURAL THEME.  $1,000 first prize, $200 each for 2 honorable mentions, in The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition, plus publication on The Ghost Story website and in our paperbound anthology, 21st Century Ghost Stories. Editors judge. $15 submission fee; January 31 deadline. Complete guidelines at:

THE FLORIDA REVIEW EDITORS’ AWARDS in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry: Winners receive $1,000 each and publication. Deadline: March 31, 2021. All submissions considered for publication. Entry fee, $25, includes a subscription to TFR. For guidelines and online submission link, see our website:

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

FROM JANUARY 1 TO 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for prizes in fiction, nonfiction, & poetry. Winners receive $2,000 and publication. The $20 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. For more information and to see our judges, visit:

GRAYSON BOOKS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. 16–32 pages poetry, $20 reading fee. January 31 deadline. Electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Cortney Davis to judge. For complete guidelines see

HAZEL ROWLEY PRIZE FOR FIRST-TIME BIOGRAPHERS: Sponsored by Biographers International (BIO), the Rowley prize offers $2,000 for the best book proposal from a first-time biographer, plus a careful reading by an established agent. Submissions due March 1, 2021. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the BIO website:

HELP FUND OUR RURAL COLORADO POETRY COMMUNITY in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry prize contests: the Fischer/Cantor Awards. Get feedback, if you want it. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and five $200. $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: Fall 2021. Art Goodtimes. Website:

THE KATHRYN A. MORTON PRIZE IN POETRY and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction are open for submissions through February 15. Each awards a prize of $2,000, publication of the manuscript, and a standard royalty contract. $29 entry fee for each. Victoria Chang will guest judge for the prize in poetry and Danielle Evans will guest judge the prize in short fiction! Guidelines can be found at and

MAIN STREET RAG POETRY BOOK AWARD. Deadline: January 31, 2021. Prize: $1,200, publication, and 50 author copies. Reading fee: $25 ($27 for electronic submission). Length: 52–88 pages of poetry. Judged blindly by the editors and previous winners. All entries considered for publication. Detailed guidelines on website:

THE MARIA W. FAUST SONNET CONTEST is an annual event that welcomes entries from around the world. Prizes totaling up to $2,000 are awarded. Three sonnets may be entered for each $5 entry fee. Youth and undergraduate students may enter for free. Deadline: June 1, 2021. Website: E-mail:

MAYA ANGELOU BOOK AWARD: Honoring an author whose work demonstrates a commitment to social justice. $10,000 award plus a tour of Missouri colleges. To enter, publishers submit 3 copies of a book to: Carrie Coogan, KCPL, 14 West 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64105. No entry fee. Deadline: March 1, 2021.

MAYDAY ANNOUNCES 2 NEW ANNUAL PRIZES for the poem and short story. Winners receive $1,000, publication, and 25 broadsides of the winning poem or story excerpt. Use the online submission system to submit up to 3 poems for the poetry prize or up to 6,000 words for the fiction prize. Deadline: March 1, 2021. $20 entry fee. Submit by January 31, 2021 for $15 early bird rate. Jacques Rancourt will judge the poetry prize and Kali Wallace will judge the fiction prize. All entries considered for publication. For more info, visit

THE NON/FICTION COLLECTION PRIZE. Submissions open: February 1, 2021. Judge: Nick White. A $1,500 prize and publication with the Ohio State University Press is awarded for a collection of short stories, essays, or a combo. $25 entry fee (reduced fee for BIPOC writers). For guidelines visit

THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approx $2,800 for Book of the Year and Category winners. Winners also receive write-ups on Goodreads and a glass plaque. Reputable judges. Entry fee $60. Closing date March 31, 2021.

SELECTED SHORTS’ STELLA KUPFERBERG MEMORIAL SHORT STORY CONTEST Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest judged by author Joshua Ferris. 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 5, 2021. For complete guidelines, visit


SLAB’S 2021 BOGGS FICTION PRIZE seeks flash, medium, and traditional-length stories for its upcoming issue. First place: $650, publication, and a hand-bound artist chapbook; 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, 2021; $10 reading fee. Details:


SUBMIT TO THE HILLARY GRAVENDYK PRIZE. Judges: Margaret Ronda and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella. 48–100 pages poetry book manuscript through Submittable February 1–April 30, 2021. $20 submission fee. Two prizes: National and Regional, $1,000 plus 20 copies. Judged blind. Complete details:


WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. No fee. 20th year. Top prize: $2,000. Total prizes: $3,500. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Submit one humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter at


ZIZZLE LITERARY FLASH FICTION CONTEST judged by David Galef & Karen Heuler. First prize: $1,000. Entry fee: $5 only! Do you write stories that appeal to both kids and grown-ups? Write a story that includes 1 of our dialogue prompts on social media. Guidelines: Subscribe to newsletter for free audiobooks:

FREE ROSARY. contact: Rafael Alvarez. E-mail: Website:


11TH ANNUAL WRITING DOWN THE BAJA 2021. Held at Serendipity, a beachfront boutique hotel in Todos Santos, join guest faculty and Writing Ranch founder, author and poet Ellen Waterston, for a week of workshops and writing. Cost for residents is $2,100 for workshops, lodging, and meals. Day student fee is $625. Limited to 15. Register by December 15, 2020. For returning participants’ discounts, faculty details and COVID-19 protocols, visit

PORCHES WRITING RETREAT, a historic 1854 farmhouse overlooking the James River in the Blue Ridge foothills of VA. Spacious porches, comfortable, high-ceilinged rooms, library, WiFi, well-equipped kitchen. Provides peace and inspiration. CDC protocols observed, Fellowships offered. Availability by day, week, month. Three hours from D.C. Website: E-mail:

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; phone: (510) 866-5496 or (510) 290-9497.

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS RESIDENCY located in the hills overlooking 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!; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

ARE YOU A CONFIDENT WRITER? Try our free online grammar checker at

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

AAHH...A NEW YEAR WITH NEW WRITING GOALS! Whether you’ve finished your first book or fifth, we have you covered! Award-winning professionals with over 20 years of experience, Chrysalis provides unparalleled, collaborative relationships with each writer. Our list of services is extensive, and you can always expect honest, sensitive feedback.

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AWARD-WINNING MEMOIRIST AND VETERAN WRITING TEACHER Jennifer Browdy, PhD, offers monthly online memoir workshops, as well as expert manuscript review and productive, sensitive author coaching. Make this the year you get your memoir done! Sign up for free prompts and inspiration at E-mail for more information:

BIRDS & MUSES MENTORSHIP FOR WOMEN WRITERS. Realize your vision with a mentor as invested in your story & your growth as you are. Acclaimed novelist, memoirist, editor Kate Moses: Taking writers under her wing for 3 decades with startling insights, attentive generosity, command of craft, acute editorial skill.

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:

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:

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! Address: Writer’s Relief, Inc., 18766 John J. Williams Hwy., Unit 4, Box 335, Rehoboth Beach, DE, 19971. Phone: (866) 405-3003. Website:

JAN FREEMAN, FORMER PARIS PRESS PUBLISHER, provides coaching, manuscript consultations/development, and editing services for poets and writers. Let’s get your work ready for a new revision or for final submission during this challenging time. Works in progress, finished manuscripts, new-and-selected collections, chapbooks, or projects you’d like to begin., website:

PASSIONATE AND COMPASSIONATE MENTOR. I’m not famous. But neither are you—or you wouldn’t be reading this. Unlike claims in other ads, I can’t wave a magic wand and make you a great writer. That must come from you. I can coach and develop your talent and give you tools to put form to your writing. I have the requisite MFA (where I worked with famous writers), the requisite awards that no one cares about, and years of experience. I teach creative writing at a Southern college. Six of my novels are published. I wrote 3 more in the last 2 years because I understand commitment is essential to writing. But so is a coach’s feedback. I have my own paid coach. I found her in this section. Are you committed to writing? I can help.

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:

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS. Well-published, award-winning Boston-area writer of fiction  and creative nonfiction offers compassionate critiques, copyediting, coaching (online), and writing services. Responsive to your writing needs and concerns, experienced, astute, and caring. Excellent literary background. Reasonable rates. Kathryn Liebowitz, MFA,; e-mail:; phone: (978) 512-1204.

27TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 14–18, 2021, online. Featured reader: Ross Gay. Choose from challenging and supportive online worskshops in novel writing, memoir, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Join us for readings, yoga, and a virtual dance party. Learn more and register today:

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN for the Immigrant Writers' Workshop. Our goal is to help fellow immigrant writers working in the U.S. to improve their craft and find community. Fiction: April 7-11, 2021. Features reading and Q&A with Peter Ho Davies. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2021. Website:

FOR OVER 50 SUMMERS, the Community of Writers has held weeklong summer writing workshops in the High Sierra. Our aim is to assist poets and writers to improve their craft with workshops, individual conferences, craft lectures, and panels. Poetry: June 19–26, 2021; Fiction: July 5–11, 2021; Nonfiction and Memoir: August 1–6, 2021. Financial aid available. Deadline to apply: March 28, 2021.

FREE MASTERCLASS. Finish Your Nonfiction Book in 2021: 3 Shifts You Need to Make. Ensure you have the right foundation to support accomplishing this milestone goal. Hosted by Janna Maron, editor and publisher of creative nonfiction literary magazine Under the Gum Tree. Sign up here:

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:

THE MASS MOCA WRITING THROUGH ART POETRY RETREAT, January 13–January 19, 2021, and ongoing Writing Through Art workshops. Explore how art can open your imagination, perceptions, and help you uncover memories and emotions while finding new forms of creative expression. All levels of experience welcome., website:

UNLEASH CREATIVES offers 1:1 writing coaching services, mindful creativity, developmental editing, and generative workshops, such as our bi-monthly womxn’s writing circles. We look forward to supporting your creative journey.

THE YMCA’S DOWNTOWN WRITERS CENTER in Syracuse, NY, now celebrating its 20th anniversary season, offers a wide range of online creative writing workshops and literary readings. Workshops and craft courses are available in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and more—all taught by widely published writers who are serious both about craft and community. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced, publishing writer, we have programs that will keep you engaged and learning. For more information, visit, or e-mail