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

ANTHOLOGY: RELATIONAL AGGRESSION IN FEMALES. Seeking essays from women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations who have experienced bullying during their developmental years from other girls or who have been victims in their adulthood of aggressive, demeaning, or disempowering behavior from other women. The ideal essay will include observations about the emotional impact such experiences have had. Word limit: 1,000. Visit to submit your essay. Put “Anthology” in the title line and the title in the body of the essay.

CALLING ALL POETS to submit an original poem to be included in the 2019 Poetry Leaves Exhibition. Submit poems: Poems will be published in the 2019 Anthology. The exhibition is an outdoor exhibit in Waterford, MI, designed to bring poetry into the everyday lives of people. Go to

CALLIOPE POETRY and Bass River Press seek poems for an anthology exploring Cape Cod and the Islands—their specific landmarks, industries, people, environment, history, heritage, and spirit. Send up to 5 poems (previously published OK) in a Word document by June 30 to Guidelines: No submission fee.

HOME: AN ANTHOLOGY. Flexible Press is seeking MN-connected short stories, essays, poetry, and plays focused on home, in any of its possible meanings. We are looking for a wide range of voices, especially from underrepresented communities. All proceeds go to a housing nonprofit. Deadline: May 15. Website:

NEW RIVERS PRESS seeks submissions for the anthology Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Lyric Prose. Though “ecstatic” is often used as a synonym for “joy,” our application of the term embodies the entire emotional palette and is open to any ego-effacing experience of one-ness. Profound grief or outrage can access the ecstatic—as can experiences of extreme pleasure, pain, and wonder. It can explore the profane as much as the sacred and is often an expression of both. So, whirl like a dervish and send us your yawps, pleas, prayers, and curses. Your untamed and uncontained. Submit 3 to 5 poems, prose poems, or lyric nonfiction shorts to Author must own the rights to previously published works.

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

RATTLE SEEKS submissions by children for our annual Young Poets Anthology—poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: June 15. Children, parents, or teachers may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

SEROTICA: a sex-positive anthology of erotic short stories featuring men who are living with HIV/AIDS and have hot & juicy sex with men in the age of PrEP and U=U. Deadline: April 30. For guidelines:

CONCRETE WOLF Louis Award for first full-length poetry collection by a poet aged 50 or older. Judge: Amy Miller. Prize: 100 copies of perfect-bound book distributed by Ingram. Deadline: April 6. Fee: $30. Mail, e-mail, multiple, and simultaneous submissions accepted. For submission details go to or e-mail

FLOAT TIDE PUBLISHING seeks enterprising submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry from emerging writers. I offer developmental and line/copyediting with consultation, eager to assist new voices in your journey. $15 reading fee. Submission guidelines at

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

UPPER HAND PRESS will begin reading for publication in 2020 and 2021 on April 1. Please read the information on the website thoroughly before submitting: Most questions are answered there. Website:

2019 TWO SYLVIAS PRESS Chapbook Prize judged by award-winning poet Maggie Smith is now open. Winner receives $500, book published as both a print & e-book, 20 copies of print book, & a Depression glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for possible publication. Deadline: May 31. Guidelines:

BLUE LIGHT PRESS chapbook contest. Publication + 10 copies of your book. We like imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest poems that push the edge. Send 12 to 24-page manuscript, SASE, $10 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by June 15. For guidelines, Website:

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS announces its 2019 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. We are accepting submissions from March 1 to June 15 (postmark deadline). Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. The 2018 winner is Rebecca Foust for The Unexploded Ordnance Bin. For full guidelines, visit and

VALLUM CHAPBOOK AWARD 2019. Deadline: April 30 (postmarked). First prize: $300 + chapbook publication. Vallum is now accepting original and previously unpublished chapbook submissions for the annual Vallum Chapbook Award. Notable poets published with Vallum include George Elliott Clarke, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, and more! Entry fee: $25. Website:

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

ARLIJO, AN E-JOURNAL, will open for submissions of art, poetry, and short fiction between January 15 to March 15. Payment: book from Gival Press. No reading fee; submit via portal:

CÆSURA WILL ACCEPT poetry and visual art submissions from March 1 to June 15 for the 2019 issue (no submission fees). Two unique versions of Cæsura need content, the print collection and the online collection. For complete guidelines, to order print copies, and to view online versions, please visit

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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Westchester Review, an annual print journal, seeks short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, excerpts of plays, and graphic novels for its upcoming issue. Submissions accepted year-round. Writers should have a connection to Westchester County, NY, area. See website for guidelines:

CALLING ALL BABY BOOMER WRITERS! BoomSpeak e-zine is looking for fresh baby boomer voices. Essays, fiction, travel, arts—we publish writing that is about the possibilities and energizing things you can do with the rest of your life. Four-hundred word limit, must be age 50 or over. For details, click “about us” at

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

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

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is now reading for its 12th print issue to be published in May 2019! We’re looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 1,500 words). Reading period closes March 1. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

THE EDITORS OF CHIRON REVIEW are reading e-mail and snail mail (with SASE) poetry and e-mail-only fiction submissions. No reading fee. Please read and follow our guidelines at

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

A FORUM OF FICTION and poetry for over 50 years, descant seeks high-quality work in both innovative and traditional forms. Former and recent contributors include Ada Limón, Nancy Reddy, Clyde Edgerton, and Joyce Carol Oates. descant specifies no particular subject matter or style. We welcome online submissions (up to 5 poems or a single story of up to 5,000 words) at from September 1, 2018–April 1, 2019. Deadline: April 1. Website:

GOLD MAN REVIEW, a West Coast literary journal, is currently open for submissions. We accept fiction, nonfiction, and poetry in any theme and subject. Please note, we only accept submissions from residents of CA, OR, WA, AK, and HI. Visit our website for additional guidelines:

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

LEAPING CLEAR is accepting submissions from April 1 through May 31 for its Fall 2019 digital issue. For this issue we’re especially interested in fiction, hybrid forms, music, and video. We feature accomplished artists and writers worldwide who work from a ground of dedicated contemplative practice. We present emerging and established writers and artists with diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. We charge no fees and accept all forms of contemporary writing, art, music, and video. We value art that invites deep exploration of the difficulties, joys, mysteries, and humor of being alive now. For guidelines and enjoyment, visit

THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Our online submissions are free and are accepted on a rolling basis. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger and visit us at

PEN + BRUSH in print, the publishing arm of a 124-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and non-binary authors. We also accept novels: see our website for more information. No submission fee! Website:

SEEMS CONSIDERS unpublished poems (3–5), literary fiction, and creative nonfiction (5,000 words max of prose). Submissions in body of e-mail and “P,” “F,” or “CNF” in subject line to or, with SASE, to Karl Elder, Editor, Lakeland University, W 3718 South Dr., Plymouth, WI 53073. Sample at

STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2020 issue. The journal is open to work by poets, writers, and artists who are either current or former residents of Upstate NY. When funds permit, prizes of $500 are also awarded to emerging writers and artists; awards are selected by our editors from amongst works accepted for publication, and no entry is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit or e-mail

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

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open January 1 through March 31 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $50 for poetry & flash prose, $125 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:

TRUE STORY, a monthly mini-magazine from the editors of Creative Nonfiction, seeks unpublished works of longform narrative nonfiction between 5,000 and 10,000 words long, on any subject and in any style. No deadline. Complete guidelines at

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is an online journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’s BA program in Creative Writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, and quality experimental work. Read us. Write for us. Submissions accepted year-round. For guidelines, see

THE WAX PAPER, a finalist for the Firecracker Awards Best Debut, is a lovingly crafted broadsheet (22” x 28”) printed on 35 lb. newsprint, seeking original writing. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works accepted. Before sending in your submission, please read our manifesto at Submit your work at

THE WOVEN TALE PRESS: published 10 times a year, and showcasing writers from around the globe. In addition, on our site, we curate a wide variety of content, from interviews and book reviews, to writer spotlights. Submit (free!) poetry, fiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. Website:

YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE, but maybe you can’t. You think you have something to say, but maybe you don’t. But, then again, maybe you excel at both. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show. Submit whatever poems whenever by e-mail to

ZIZZLE LIT: submit to our Hardcover Bookazine. Pay: $100/flash piece. Do you share our mission to cultivate young literature lovers? Zizzle features literary fiction that both kids and adults will enjoy. Fee: $3. Second edition release: February 2019. Notable contributors include Merrill Joan Gerber (O. Henry Prize and Pushcart winner).

2019 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS’ CONFERENCE. Join us in Pittsburgh May 23–25 (Memorial Day weekend) for 3 days dedicated to the art of memoir, personal essays, narrative journalism, and more. Craft talks, breakout sessions, publishing advice, and master classes with writers, editors, and agents. Learn more at

3RD ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in the beautiful Southwest—Taos, NM, July 12–14. Keynote speaker: poet Arthur Sze (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize). Invited faculty include: William DeBuys, Allegra Huston, Mirabai Starr, Sherwin Bitsui, Linda Lightsey Rice, and many others, with workshops in every genre. Website: Phone: (575) 758-0081.

14TH ANNUAL GOLD RUSH WRITERS CONFERENCE, May 3–5, Mokelumne Hill, CA, invites writers of all levels to join established professionals in workshops, readings, lectures, and panels. Surround yourself with others in a lively and intimate setting to celebrate the joy of the written word. For more information, visit

32ND ANNUAL PENNWRITERS CONFERENCE, May 17–19 at the Pittsburgh Airport Marriott. Over 40 workshops, panels, and sessions to choose from. Friday keynote dinner with Jessica Strawser, editor-at-large at Writer’s Digest. Agent/editor pitch appointments and read & critiques with agents, editors & published authors. Three Thursday add-on intensives: The Crafts of Fiction, Marketing, & A Coroner’s insight. Website:

AERODROME WRITERS CONFERENCE October. Cape May, NJ. Poetry, nonfiction, fiction/playwriting, screenwriting. Published poet. Published novelist. Award-winning and produced playwright/screenwriter. Oscar-winning film producer For more information:; (323) 793-2153.

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? The Manhattanville College MFA Program’s Summer Writers’ Week beats the beach. Returning workshop leaders include Split This Rock co-founder Melissa Tuckey and Portland biographer/novelist Michael N. McGregor. Screenwriting and Graphic Narrative workshops, too. June 17–21. Housing available on our beautiful Purchase, NY, campus, 30 minutes from NYC. Visit for details or call (917) 323-5239.

BOLDFACE CONFERENCE FOR EMERGING WRITERS: May 20–24. Glass Mountain magazine at the University of Houston announces 10th annual conference for undergraduates and community writers. Featured writers this May: Bryan Washington, Jason Koo, Jessica Wilbanks. (Manuscript consultations available.) Workshops: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and mixed genre in Spanish. Early Bird! $195 students; $295 community writers. (Meals included!) Visit: or e-mail

CARNEGIE CENTER’S BOOKS-IN-PROGRESS CONFERENCE will be held in picturesque Lexington, KY, May 30–June 1, with optional pre-conference sessions and a welcome reception. Chris Offutt, widely known for his short stories (Kentucky Straight & Out of the Woods) and novels (Country Dark), will keynote. Offutt has also published 2 memoirs (My Father the Pornographer & No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home) and has written episodes for the TV series True Blood and Weeds. Immerse yourself in craft & business workshops led by top writers, editors, and other professionals. Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more. One-on-one pitches with literary agents available. Website:

JOIN LITERARY AGENTS at a beachfront resort in Belize for manuscript critiques and savvy insights into creating an online presence and successfully marketing your book. The Belize Writers Conference is ideal for writers who understand the importance of becoming authorpreneurs, whether they are self-publishing or seeking an agent. Details:

JOIN THE 2019 KANSAS AUTHORS CLUB Annual Convention in Wichita, KS, October 4–6. All writers welcome! Check our website for more information:

JOIN US IN SPOKANE, April 22–28, for the Get Lit! Festival. The festival features over 50 authors including Roxane Gay, Kaveh Akbar, Tommy Orange, Leni Zumas, Jess Walter, and Sharma Shields for a week of free and low cost readings, panel discussions, craft classes, and more. Website:

SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE, July 10–21, Southampton, NY. Five and 12-day workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, TV writing. Melissa Bank, Jericho Brown, Karen E. Bender, Alexander Chee, Billy Collins, Ursula Hegi, Alan Kingsberg, Matthew Klam, Dawn Lundy Martin, Roger Rosenblatt, Frederic Tuten. Scholarships available. No application fee. Website: E-mail:

$1,500 PRIZE! River Styx 2019 International Poetry Contest, judged by Oliver de la Paz. Submit up to 3 poems. Choice of entry fee: $20 includes 1-year subscription, $15 fee includes single issue. Deadline is May 31. River Styx, 3139A South Grand, Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63118. Website:

$4,000 IN AWARDS + 22 years of paying and publishing writers! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by June 30—Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I cannot overestimate the value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer.”—J. L. Schneider, NY. Visit

2019 AGHA SHAHID ALI Poetry Manuscript Prize. $1,000 award, publication with the University of Utah Press and a reading with the Guest Writer’s Series. Deadline: April 15. Judge: Alberto Ríos. Reading fee: $25. Open to new and established poets. Online submissions available. Guidelines are available at

2019 EDITOR’S REPRINT AWARDS offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry) and minimum 2 runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Doors open October 15. Deadline: April 30. E-mail: Full guidelines:

2019 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,200 award and book publication. Final judge: Judith Claire Mitchell. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2019 NEW POETRY from the Midwest. A biennial anthology featuring poetry from the Midwest published in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Journals may submit 3 poems for free. Poets may submit 3 poems for $3. Three $100 Heartland Poetry Prizes will be awarded. William Evans will judge. All contributors receive a free copy. More information:

2019 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE Awards for Poetry and Short Fiction. $1,000 first prize in each category plus publication in Prime Number Magazine. Reading fee: $15. Poetry judged by Ginger Murchison. Short Fiction judged by Pinckney Benedict. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online only through Submittable. Details at

2019 TALKING WRITING Prize for Poetry: $500 plus publication. Topic: “The Age of Extinction.” What do you miss about the old world? We want poems that wrestle with the personal impact of climate change, dying cities, and environmental turmoil. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 17. Website:

18TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Oscar Wilde Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize $100; publication on website. Reading fee: $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

21ST ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or The 2018 winner is Joe Wilkins for his manuscript Thieve. Former winners include Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: May 15.

ANNOUNCING 2019 EMRYS PRESS poetry chapbook competition: Submit 24–28 pages of original poetry: May 15 through midnight July 15. Prize: 1-week retreat at Rensing Arts/Writing Center, near Greenville, SC; plus $1,000 and 20 copies of your perfect-bound book. Past judges include Heather McHugh and Dorianne Laux. 2019 judge to be announced soon. See our webpage for complete instructions:

ANNOUNCING THE ROSSETTI PRIZE from American Literary Review: We invite writers to submit prose or poetry that is engaged with contemporary events of the world. Once accepted for publication, an artist will be responding to your work visually. We seek writing that is evocative and uses concrete imagery that works well in context. In other words, be fierce and visceral. Under 100 words of prose. No more than 30 lines. Winner receives $350 and 15 copies of broadside. Submissions will be accepted May 1–September 1. $15 submission fee. For more info, visit

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST. TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press. Poetry: max 32 lines w/spaces; prose max: 2,500 words on “Loon Magic & Other Night Sounds.” Deadline: April 30. Fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry: $19. TWG members: $15 each. Prizes: $500 each category. No submission limit. Complete guidelines w/entry form:

ATLANTA REVIEW 25th Annual International Poetry Prize. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 25 contestants published. 30 merit winners listed on honor roll, receive a free copy. Deadline: May 1. $10 for 3 poems, multiple separate submissions allowed. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only:

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

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection of poems with the winner receiving $1,000 and book publication with our Spring 2020 titles. Entry fee: $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Deborah Gorlin. For submission guidelines:

BE PART OF CALIFORNIA’S oldest literary journal, established in San José in 1867. Reed Magazine’s contests offer prizes for nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and art. Submit online June 1–November 1 using Submittable; $20 entry fee includes a free copy. Winners are published in our handsome print journal. Details:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: DéLana R.A. Dameron), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Sheri Fink), $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: TBA). We welcome submissions from March 1–July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Website:

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

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

CIDER PRESS REVIEW Editors’ Prize for a book-length poetry collection in English. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $25. Judges: CPR Editors. Submit 48 to 80-page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award single poem contest invites submissions after April 1 to postmark/online deadline July 1. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. Final judge is David Kirby ( No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed. US Mail entry fee: $5 per poem, 40 lines max. Extra fee for online submissions. Website: Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Visit

CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR THE BOOK at CTHumanities is now accepting submissions for the 2019 Connecticut Book Awards. These awards recognize the best titles of 2018 by authors and illustrators who reside in or who write about Connecticut. Categories include: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young Readers. For guidelines and to submit, please visit

CONNECTICUT POETRY AWARD of the Connecticut Poetry Society (CPS). Fee: $15 for up to 3 unpublished poems; any form, 80-line limit. Submit via Opens April 1, deadline May 31. Prizes: first: $400; second: $100; third: $50. Winning poems published in Connecticut River Review and posted on CPS website. See guidelines on Submittable and CPS website:

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

CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2019 Poetry Prize. Judge: Jericho Brown. $500 plus publication. Submit up to 4 poems. $16 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. Winner & finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review. Deadline: May 15. Full guidelines:

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Power.” We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: June 10. Guidelines at

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2019 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and creative nonfiction. Prizes in each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2019 Fall/Winter awards issue. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit 1 story or essay up to 8,000 words from March 1 to May 1. For complete guidelines and judge information, please visit our website:

DZANC BOOKS is seeking innovative literary fiction in the form of novels, short story collections, and novellas. Contests open March 1, including the annual Prize for Fiction, awarding a $5,000 advance and publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Open March 1–September 30. Details at

ENTER -1000 BELOW, Midway Journal’s annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. $500 grand prize. $250 second prize. $50 third prize. $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to

FISCHER PRIZE. Open to American poets. All styles welcome. $3,000 in prizes and travel stipends. New: $500 Cantor Award for best CO poem. Judge: Berkeley’s Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González. Telluride Literary Arts Festival award ceremony, May 17, 2019 [CE]. Submission deadline May 1. For info, go to

FOURTH GENRE STEINBERG ESSAY CONTEST is accepting submissions from January 1 to March 15 at The 2019 contest judge is Brenda Miller. 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:

FULL-LENGTH AND CHAPBOOK PUBLICATION CONTEST. Award-winning Jacar Press, a Community Active press, seeks entries through April 30. Past judges include Marilyn Nelson,  Dorianne Laux, Toi Derricotte, Denise Duhamel, Hélène Cardona, Jamaal May, Rickey Laurentiis, Joseph Millar. Low fees, runners-up often published. Jacar sponsors workshops, readings, pays contest fees, distributes review copies, requires no authors to presell. Website:

GALAXY GALLOPER PRESS seeks novellas for our Novella Spectacular Contest, which closes on April 30. The entry fee is $20. All entrants receive manuscript feedback and a copy of the winning novella. The winner will receive a publication contract and cash prize. To learn more, visit

GET PUBLISHED! Take advantage of a unique concept inspired by Ben Franklin. No fees. No funny business. Just 2 requirements: (1) You must be an original thinker; (2) you must be an accomplished writer. For details, please visit

HAL PRIZE celebrates 21 years as the Peninsula Pulse’s annual poetry and writing contest. Winners receive publication to 18,000 readers, cash prizes, and 1-week writing retreat in Door County, WI. Unlimited entries. Fees start at $2.25. Online only. May 1 deadline. Submit to

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 introduction to a literary agent. Submissions due March 1. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the BIO website:

INDIANA REVIEW Poetry/Fiction Prizes open February 1, close March 31. Send 3 poems/1 story up to 8,000 words, for a chance at $1,000 and publication. $20 fee includes a year-long subscription. Poetry judge: Nuar Alsadir. Fiction judge: R.O. Kwon. For full guidelines:

INLANDIA BOOKS invites you to submit to the Hillary Gravendyk Prize. Judges: Jessica Fisher and Megan Gravendyk-Estrella. Submit 48–100 page poetry book manuscript through Submittable between February 1 and April 30. $20 submission fee. Two prizes: National and Regional, $1,000 each plus 20 copies. Judged blind. Complete details:

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 19–22 conference, a reading, and $300. Entry fee: $10 for up to 5 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Postmarked by June 1 or submit online at

LITERAL LATTE Food Verse Awards is looking for great poems with food as an ingredient. Winner receives $500 and publication in Literal Latte. Cook up your best and enter at Deadline: March 15. Questions:

NELLIGAN PRIZE for Short Fiction. $2,000 awarded for the winning short story, plus publication in the Fall 2019 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline: postmark of March 14. Entry fee: $15. Final judge: Joan Silber. Friends and students of the judge are ineligible to compete. Obtain complete guidelines at or Nelligan Prize, Colorado Review, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

THE NEW HAMPSHIRE INSTITUTE OF THE ART'S Writing Award is for an innovative and/or experimental flash piece in any genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, or cross-genre). First prize is $100, a partial scholarship for the NHIA MFA in Writing program, and a feature in NHIA’s online forum. For more information, visit

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Fifth year. Grand prize of $3,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, and Graphic Narrative (new). $10,500 in total cash prizes. Fee: $60 per book. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines:

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $1,000 prize for annual Single Poem Broadside Prize. Judge: Dan Beachy-Quick. Electronic and postal submissions March 1–April 22. Winner receives cash prize, 50 copies of broadside, publication in OmniVerse online journal. Entry fee: $10 first poem, $5 each additional poem. For guidelines, see

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

THE ORCHARD STREET PRESS announces its 2019 Poetry Contest: $500 first prize, $300 second, $200 third. Prize-winning and honorable mention poems will appear in Quiet Diamonds, our annual journal, and select entrants will be invited to submit chapbooks for possible publication. Submit 4 previously unpublished, original poems and $12 fee, postmarked by April 20, to: The Orchard Street Press; P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Details at

PASSAGER POETRY CONTEST. Writers over 50. Deadline: April 15. Reading fee: $20, includes 1-year subscription. $1,000 and publication. Honorable mentions published. Submit 5 poems, 40-line max each, cover letter, bio, SASE/e-mail for results. Snail mail or Submittable. No previously published work. Passager, 1420 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Website:

THE POET’S BILLOW is currently accepting submissions for the Bermuda Triangle Prize. Three poems on a particular theme from up to 3 different poets will receive $50 each, for a total prize of $150. Poems will be published and considered for Pushcart and other qualifying prizes. Website:

POETRY CONTEST. Deadline: April 15. Winners read at California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. Any subject, 40 lines max, 51 cash awards. Three grand prizes choreographed. Send 2 copies, 1 with ID. 1: $5, 3: $10, no limit to number of entries. To: Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Website:

PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual contest in poetry and prose between January 1 and April 15. Winners receive $500 and publication. $9 entry fee includes 1-year subscription. All entries will be considered for publication. See website for complete guidelines—

RHINO, AN AWARD-WINNING annual print journal, is open for submissions of poetry, flash (500 words max), and translations from April 1–July 31 with no reading fee. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. For more than 40 years, RHINO has featured stunning, eclectic work, perfectly bound and visually splendid—”powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). All content also receives online publication and consideration for $500 Editors’ Prize. To buy our gorgeous new 2019 issue, to read and hear poems, and for complete guidelines, visit

RICHARD TILLINGHAST will serve as guest judge of The MacGuffin’s 24th Poet Hunt Contest, running April 1–June 15. First prize will receive $500 and publication. Send up to 5 poems with $15 entry fee to, or by post to: Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty, Livonia, MI 48152. Fee includes 1 free issue. Full guidelines:

THE SMOLDR CREATIVE GROUP, a sub-group of Gold Man Review, is running a unique romance contest where entrants are assigned a couple, a romantic trope, and a location. Cash prizes for top 3 entries—18 total will be published in an anthology (print and e-book). Entry fee is $5. Website:

SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES, a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018 and cited essays 2015 & 2016, Best of Net & Pushcart finalist, announces call for blog submissions on social justice for online/print issue. Also, annual contest judges TBA. $1,000 fiction prize; $500 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry; $500 nonfiction prize, donated by Michael Steinberg. Deadline: March 1–April 20. Reading fee: $18. Website:

SRPR (SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW) 2019 Editor’s Prize: Winner awarded $1,000. Two runners-up awarded $100 each; 3–5 honorable mentions. All winning poems plus several finalists are published. 2018 judge: Li-Young Lee. 2019 judge announced after winners are selected. Submit up to 3 poems by April 15. Entry fee of $20 includes 1-year subscription (2 issues). See website for guidelines and recent winners:

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID Fiction & Essay Contest. 27th year. Prize for best short story: $2,000. Prize for best essay: $2,000. Total prizes: $5,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Enter at

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 in cash in addition to publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website:

V PRESS LC seeks Novel Prize and Compilation Book Prize entries. Fee: $35. $1,000 plus publication. Compilations are many things: Letters, essays, short stories, micro fiction, hybrid works (but not poetry—poetry is only acceptable if less than prose.) General book submissions also open with $25 fee. Deadline: April 15. Submit:

WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY CONTEST. No fee. 18th year. Top prize: $1,000. Total prizes: $2,250. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Submit 1 humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter at

WILLOW SPRINGS BOOKS is now accepting submissions for the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction: $2,000 prize for a previously unpublished book-length manuscript (minimum 98 pages, 3 short stories). Reading fee: $27.50. Deadline: June 14. Previous winners include: Dariel Suarez, Jaclyn Watterson, Glori Simmons, and Molly Giles. Full guidelines at

THE WREN AWARD FOR POETRY, sponsored by Writers-Editors Network, calls for 3 to 5 single-spaced pages of poetry in 1 of 3 categories (Traditional Form, Free Verse, Children’s Poetry) by April 30. Rather than a single poem, we honor a poet’s “…big voice in a small form.” For info,

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CREATIVE ADVENTURES with Page Lambert: Wyoming Horseback Writing, Utah River Writing (featured in O Magazine as “one of the top six, all-girl getaways of the year!”), Peru Weaving Words & Women. Lambert designs and teaches graduate writing courses for the University of Denver. Professionally outfitted writing adventures for 22 years! Website:

ELEVATE YOUR WRITING IN FRANCE. Imagine discovering the heart of your story in a luxurious private villa set in the shadow of an 11th-century abbey. Join bestselling author and TEDx presenter Jessica Lourey and healer and writing coach Allison Quaid on this week-long, women-only writing retreat in the French countryside. Limited to 15 writers; follows the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. June 2–8. Website:

FOOD & POETRY RETREAT: Join us in gorgeous VT for a weekend of writing, reading, and reciting poetry intermingled with cooking, eating, and educating ourselves about food. Workshop leaders: Neil Shepard (Poets House, NYC; Selected Poems); Kate Riley (anthropologist, Rutgers University; Food and Language). Location: Fielder Farm, Camel’s Hump, VT. Contact: Website:

GREECE WRITER’S RETREAT on the magical island of Alonnisos, 1 of the top eco-islands of Europe. Exquisite accommodation on the Aegean Sea. Turquoise waters, hiking paths, private beaches, yoga. Limited to 12 writers. Workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. Led by Julie Maloney, director of Women Reading Aloud. Returning for the ninth year. June 8–17. Ten days. Visit: Contact:

LUXURY MEXICAN CREATIVE WRITING RETREAT at Rancho Las Cascadas, September 7–14. Award-winning tutors: Melvin Burgess (Junk) and Lucy Christopher (Stolen). Daily 1-to-1 tutorials, workshops, and riding in beautiful Mexican countryside. All-inclusive price: $2,175 for accommodation, all food, drink, horse riding, yoga, excursions, and tutorials. Facebook: To book:

PRAGUE WRITER’S RETREAT in the city and the countryside. Enjoy the best of both accommodations for 10 days. Stay in the center of the city for 2 nights and enjoy an afternoon guided tour. Personal van service provided to the countryside to a stunning wellness resort. Workshops follow the Amherst Writers and Artists Method. Limited to 18 writers. July. Hosted by Women Reading Aloud. Visit: Contact:

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THE SPLENDID MOLA RETREATS for Writers with Lori Snyder: distraction-free writing time with a yoga chaser. Three nights/4 days of protected writing time in Idyllwild, CA. No readings, no critiques, no workshops: Just you, your project, amazing food, and daily, optional yoga. Fellowships available for writers from underrepresented populations. Website:

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WOMEN’S WRITING RETREAT: June 20–23. A summer solstice weekend of workshops, readings, feedback sessions, and more. Give your work the time and attention it deserves. Meet other women writers, relax, and write in a lovely, quiet spot 65 miles from DC. Early-bird pricing ends April 5! Website:

WRITE IN FRANCE. July 3 to 12. Imagine...10 days to write, relax, and connect with other creative writers. Stay in a beautiful château in the French countryside just a few hours from Paris. Dive deeply into your writing project and return home renewed in spirit and story. Space for 12. Details:

WRITING RETREATS with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in New Orleans (March 14–17) and Paris, France (July 17–22). Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and hybrid workshops will be taught by award-winning faculty Kazim Ali, Stephen Aubrey, Carly Dwyer, Rita Banerjee, and Diana Norma Szokolyai. Supportive faculty, literary salon atmosphere, practical feedback! Visit for more info. Apply at

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS Residency Program with Master Artist Joy Harjo (poet/musician/author) October 13–November 2 (application deadline: May 12). Spend 3 weeks at ACA in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Participation limited to 8 people. For full details, visit

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS COLONY located in the hills overlooking the Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Self-contained cottages with workspace & porch. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Tony Eprile Creativity Workshop June 1 or 2 (e-mail for updates); finish your project. Filling quickly, so apply/reserve now: Website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

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

FULLY-FUNDED RESIDENCY FOR POETS. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, in the Blue Ridge foothills, is currently accepting applications for the Richard S. and Julia Louise Reynolds Poetry Fellowship. This fully-funded, 3-week residency provides a private bedroom, separate studio, and 3 meals each day in an inspiring community of passionate artists across many disciplines. Deadline: May 15. Apply at

GOLDFARB FELLOWSHIP IN NONFICTION. Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is accepting applications from creative nonfiction writers for the Goldfarb Family Fellowship, a fully-funded 2-week residency. Bedroom, private studio, all meals provided in a community of more than 20 passionate artists across many disciplines. Deadline: May 15. Apply at

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JENTEL ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM. One-month residency for writers and visual artists in rural ranch setting in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains of WY. Includes spacious residence, private room, separate studio, stipend. Annual deadlines: September 15 and January 15. For information and application, visit or call (307) 737-2311.

LOGAN NONFICTION PROGRAM is accepting applications from nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, and photojournalists for Fall 2019 residency. Deadline: June 15. Lodging, meals, and workshops in a community of multimedia creators. 5–10 weeks in upstate NY on the Carey Institute for Global Good campus. Fully funded. Apply at:

A QUIET STUDIO. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration. The Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, NY, offers free residencies for New York State (incl. NYC) artists and writers. One-month residencies from May–August, 2-week residencies in September, plus a new 6-night residency for artist/writer parents with at least 1 dependent child. Free to attend, no cost to apply. We provide private 1-bedroom suites, private baths, chef-prepared dinners, groceries, 200 acres of trails, and a stipend. Save the date: Our application deadline is January 2 for all residencies in 2020. Visit:

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

VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS (VCCA). Residencies for poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, screenwriters, and playwrights include separate working and living quarters and all meals in the Blue Ridge foothills. At VCCA, there is an intentional mix of new and returning fellows, creating a community of more than 20 passionate artists across many disciplines. Financial aid is available. Deadline is May 15. To apply, visit

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