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ANTHOLOGY: WOODHALL PRESS SEEKS true narratives of 300 words or less from BIPOC writers who self-identify as women for Nonwhite and Woman: 153 Micro Essays on Being in the World to be published Spring 2022. Editor: Darien Hsu Gee. Emerging and established writers welcome. Previously published work accepted—include prior pub info. Deadline: April 30. Details at or e-mail

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for the 42 Stories Anthology. The goal is to have 1,764 stories in 1 book. We only need about 500 more works. Free to submit and a Best of Award in each chapter. Google 42 Stories Anthology for guidelines.

NOBODY’S HOME: MODERN SOUTHERN FOLKLORE, a new online anthology of creative nonfiction works about prevailing beliefs, myths, and narratives in Southern culture, is seeking narrative and contemplative works about the ideas, experiences, and assumptions that have shaped life below the old Mason-Dixon Line since 1970. Website:

RECENTLY FOUNDED, ANNUAL Coolest American Stories Anthology seeks engaging, courageous, empathetic, down-to-earth short stories written by people from all walks of life. No nominations required; unpublished, previously published fine—novel excerpts considered. Pays $100. Send us that vibrant story that’s “not quite right” for others. CASA: “where storytelling thrives.”

TELLING OUR STORIES PRESS is seeking visual and literary memoir submissions for ongoing anthology projects including “Show & Tell,” “COVID-19 Diaries,” and “Nam.” Participate in the August Wilson Tribute, “Dear August.” Learn about newly forming virtual salons centering literature, arts and journaling for artists, writers, scholars, and diarists. Visit


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

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

2021 TWO SYLVIAS PRESS CHAPBOOK PRIZE is now open. Winner receives $500, publication by Two Sylvias Press, 20 copies of the winning book, and a Depression-era glass trophy (circa 1930). All entries considered for publication. Deadline: May 31. Guidelines: Also now available for purchase—2019’s chapbook winner: Christopher Salerno’s Deathbed Sext, chosen by Maggie Smith. 

BLUE LIGHT PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Publication and 10 copies of your book. We like imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest poems that push the edge. Send 12–24 page manuscript, SASE, $10 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by June 30. For guidelines, Website:

HEADMISTRESS PRESS, a lesbian-identified poetry press, is excited to announce our seventh annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Judge will be Julie Marie Wade. Winner receives $300.  All entries are considered for publication. Submissions accepted May 4 to July 4, through Submittable. Sliding scale fee. Full details at:


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

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

AJN, THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSING (print circulation 80,000 and digital editions), seeks poems, “flash” fiction, and visual art related to health or health care for its Art of Nursing department. Authors need not be health care professionals. Original perspectives and clear, unsentimental writing are preferred. $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Query Art of Nursing coordinator before submitting (use “Art of Nursing” in subject line):

APPLE VALLEY REVIEW seeks flash/full-length fiction, essays, poetry, and translations for Vol. 16, No. 1 (Spring 2021). Previously published pieces have been selections/notables in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net, Best of the Web, Wigleaf Top 50, and others.

CÆSURA REQUESTS SUBMISSIONS of poetry, fiction (science fiction, nonfiction, flash), and all visual art forms, from March 1 to June 1, for 2 unique volumes, 1 print, 1 online. No fees. Call will post by February 26. To read the call and guidelines, view online editions, and order print editions, 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, creative essays, scholarly essays, 1-act plays, short screenplays, art, and photography for publication in our summer journal, Glacial Hills Review, and our autumn journal, Rushing Thru the Dark. Deadlines are May 30 and August 29 respectively. For details, visit

CLERESTORY MAGAZINE IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS (personal essays, creative nonfiction, articles, and photo essays) for their spring and summer issues. For guidance on relevant themes and deadlines or to submit, please visit or write to

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:

CONNECTICUT RIVER REVIEW, A NATIONAL POETRY JOURNAL, is accepting submissions from February 1 to April 15. Electronic submissions only. Send up to 4 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 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 mid-October and closes March 1 with all decisions made by April. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

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

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

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 Magazine seeks fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or under-graduate 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

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. For details, see

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? E-mail Alexander Levering Kern, editor, at

PHANTOM DRIFT, A JOURNAL celebrating the literary fantastic, seeks fiction, poetry,  nonfiction, and black-and-white art for our 11th issue. Submit January 1 to April 30 on our Submittable page and visit our website at

POETS—WE HOPE YOU ARE ALL WELL and looking forward to better days. Call for submissions! Crosswinds Poetry Journal is accepting submissions for its inaugural fall issue, due out in November. Reading period is April 1–April 30. Guidelines at Thanks.

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS by Indian poets for the fall 2021 issue: Poems may be any style or subject, but must have been written by poets who identify as Indian and have lived in India for a significant period of time. Deadline: April 15. Online submissions accepted. For more information, visit our website:

RIVERSONGS, NONPROFIT JOURNAL, is accepting poems March 1 to June 1. Winners receive 1 copy. Enclose SASE and brief bio. Dr. Mona Lee Clark, 57 S. 1300 West, St. George, UT 84770.

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

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

SEQUESTRUM IS ACCEPING 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:

SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES, essay in The Best American Essays 2018, cited essays 2015 & 2016, Best of Net winner, announces call for submissions for new genre: Graphic lit. Also, call for all genres for spring or summer Issue.  Purchase our fab print winter issue!

STONE CANOE, THE AWARD-WINNING ANNUAL JOURNAL the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2021 issue. The journal is open to work by poets, writers of fiction and nonfiction, and artists; the only requirement is that contributors must be either current or former residents of upstate New York. For complete submission guidelines, visit or e-mail

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 will open again September 1 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.

TIPTON POETRY JOURNAL. Published quarterly by Indiana non-profit Brick Street Poetry Inc. $25 payment for 1 featured poem per issue. Online and print versions. TPJ-nominated poet Christopher Todd Anderson was selected for the 2018 Pushcart Prize anthology. Details and links to our submission manager can be found 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

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

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

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES SHORT EDITION, an innovative publishing platform affiliated with the international publisher Short Edition, seeks short work (8,000 character max, about 1,000 words) exploring the theme of the American Road. Submissions accepted through May 1. Selected work will appear online and in MSU Short Edition machines, and will be considered for publication internationally. Contributors may be invited to participate in a virtual reading in conjunction with the Broad Art Museum’s exhibit, Interstates of Mind. Website:

5TH ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in Taos, NM, July 23–25. Keynote speaker: Luci Tapahonso, the inaugural Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation. Invited faculty include Frank X. Walker, Jeremy Paden, Juan Morales, Bob Arellano, Laura Tohe, and many others with workshops in every genre. For more information: (575) 758-0081.

THE 16TH ANNUAL NORTHERN COLORADO WRITERS CONFERENCE (#NCWC2021) will be held April 27–May 2. Presented online this year using Whova, we’re offering 50+ live sessions on craft, marketing, and writing life for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. The event will also feature live panels, readings, networking events, and social gatherings. Keynote: Jayne Allen, author of Black Girls Must Die Exhausted, and closing remarks by Teresa R. Funke, author of Burst of Brilliance. For more information, visit

ANOTHER SUMMER is just around the corner—and so is Summer Writers’ Week! The Manhattanville College MFA Program’s annual event is open to all with nonfiction, poetry, fiction, television writing, and young adult writing workshops. June 21–25. We are planning to be in person on our beautiful Purchase, NY, campus, 30 minutes from NYC, but we may pivot to Zoom if necessary. Our Zoom event last year was magical—we’re getting good at this! For details, visit

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Winners receive free admission to September 9–12 conference, a reading paired with a featured presenter, 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

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) of writing workshops, seminars, beach bonfires, consultations, & events. This working/writing vacation happens every year in the beachside town of Seaside, FL. See what you missed at:

$2,000 AND PUBLICATION—Sally Albiso Poetry Book Award—$2,000 and publication with Ingram distribution for the winning 60- to 80-page poetry manuscript authored by a poet living in the U.S. Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, or Alaska). Reading fee: $15. Deadline: May 15. Judge: Priscilla Long. Winner announced July. This annual award honors the memory of MoonPath Press poet Sally Albiso, who passed away in 2019. All entrants receive Sally Albiso’s posthumous collection, Light Entering My Bones. For more details, go to or

$4,000 IN AWARDS. 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

$5,000 NEW AMERICAN VOICES AWARD: a post-publication book prize for immigrant writers, from Fall for the Book and the Institute for Immigration Research. Submissions in fiction and creative nonfiction. Two finalists receive $1,000 each. The 2021 judges are Irina Reyn, Justin Torres, and Melissa Rivero. View the full guidelines:

$8,700 IN PRIZES AND PUBLICATION. Imagine 2200, a new climate fiction contest from Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, is accepting submissions now through April 12. Entry is free. The contest seeks 3,000- to 5,000-word stories imagining a just and regenerative future. Complete guidelines at

2021 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. 2021. Judge: Matthew Olzmann. Reading fee: $25. Open to new and established poets. Online submissions available. Guidelines are available at

2021 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Kristen Arnett, New York Times bestselling author of Felt in the Jaw and Mostly Dead Things. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: 2021.php.

THE 2021 ORISON PRIZES IN POETRY & 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 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 Stacy R. Nigliazzo. Short Fiction judged by Dennis McFadden. Open January 1 to March 31. Submit online through Submittable. Details at

2021 RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTESET awards $1,000 and publication for the best poem. Guest judge TBA, on the website soon. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription to River Styx; $15 fee includes prize-winner issue only. Up to 3 poems per entry. May 31 deadline. Complete guidelines at

20TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS OSCAR WILDE AWARD for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize: $500; publication on website. Reading fee: $20 for up to 3 poems submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27, 2021. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

THE 23RD ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication, will be awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or via Past winners include Kirsten Kaschock, 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. 

ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $15,000 for a single poem, plus a $5,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

ATLANTA REVIEW 26TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL POETRY PRIZE. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 25 contestants published. Thirty merit winners, listed on honor roll, receive a free copy. Deadline: May 1. $15 for 5 poems, multiple separate submissions allowed. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only:

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. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. Final judge is Wendy S. Walters. Find us on Submittable or visit

BARRY SPACKS POETRY PRIZE. Gunpowder Press is accepting book-length manuscripts of 48–100 pages for the 7th annual Barry Spacks Poetry Prize, which honors Barry’s legacy of accessible yet challenging work. The prize is $500 + 50 author copies. Entry fee is $20. Lynne Thompson 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, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2022 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30. 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:

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-minute plays), nonfiction. No entry fee. Deadline: June 15. For details:

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: $26. Judges: CPR editors. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript: Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW CELEBRATES ITS 35TH YEAR of independent publication in 2021. We are honored that Juan Felipe Herrera, 2015 Poet Laureate of the United States, will be the judge of our Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award, single poem contest. Send submissions after April 1 to deadline July 1 postmark. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed, 40 lines of poetry max. U.S. Mail entry fee: $5 per poem. Submittable: 1-5 poems, $25 plus online fee listed on website. Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215.

CONNECTICUT CENTER FOR THE BOOK AT CT Humanities is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Connecticut Book Awards. These awards recognize the best titles of 2020 about Connecticut or by authors and illustrators from Connecticut. Categories include fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and 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 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 2021 POETRY PRIZE. Judge: Camille T. Dungy. $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:

DECEMBER MAGAZINE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS for our 2021 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and creative nonfiction. Prizes each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2021 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 visit our website:

DZANC BOOKS SEEKS INNOVATIVE literary fiction, nonfiction, and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, as well as the Short Story Collection Prize and the Nonfiction Prize. $25 reading fee per submission. Contests open March 1. 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

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. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Submit by e-mail at Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available:

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:

HELP FUND OUR RURAL COLORADO POETRY COMMUNITY in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry award contests: the Fischer/Cantor Prizes. Poet Donald Levering of Santa Fe our judge. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and 5 prizes of $200. $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: August 31. Art Goodtimes.

INDIGO MOOR WILL BE the guest judge of the MacGuffin’s 26th Poet Hunt. First prize will receive $500 and publication. Send up to 5 poems per $15 entry fee via Submittable, e-mail, or post. Entries accepted from April 1 to June 15. Fee includes one free issue. Full guidelines:

LESLIE MCGRATH POETRY PRIZE. Leslie McGrath was an accomplished poet and educator whose work touched many lives. A prize of $1,000, publication in Helix magazine online, print annual, and participation in an event will be awarded to the contest winner. Renowned poet Marilyn Nelson will judge. Visit the website for complete poetry submission guidelines. The Helix literary magazine is published at Central Connecticut State University. E-mail address: 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. Website: E-mail:

NELLIGAN PRIZE FOR SHORT FICTION. $2,000 awarded for the winning short story, plus publication in the Fall 2021 issue of Colorado Review. Deadline: Postmark of March 14. Entry fee: $15. Final judge: T. Geronimo Johnson. 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.

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Seventh year. Grand prize of $5,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Cosponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, Graphic Novel & Memoir, and Art Book (new!). $13,750 in total cash prizes. Fee: $65 per book. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines:

THE ORCHARD STREET PRESS announces its fourth annual Poetry Contest: $500 first prize, $300 second, $200 third. Prize-winning and other submitted poems will appear in Quiet Diamonds, our annual poetry journal, and select entrants will be invited to submit chapbooks for possible publication. This year, we are publishing 12 chapbooks from entrants to the 2020 contest. Submit 4 previously unpublished, original poems and the $14 fee to: The Orchard Street Press, P.O. Box 280, Gates Mills, OH 44040. Entries can also be submitted via our website. Deadline: April 30. For submission details, check our 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. One: $5, three: $10, no limit to number of entries. To: Judy Cheung, 704 Brigham Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Website:

THE RUBERY BOOK AWARD accepts books by self-published authors and independent presses. Prize pot approximately $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.

THE SMOKELONG QUARTELRY GRAND MICRO COMPETITION 2021. Grand prize: $1,500. All finalists paid at least $100. Word limit: 400. Submissions period open from March 1 to May 16. Entry fees starting at $6. More information at

SRPR (SPOON RIVER POETRY REVIEW) Poetry Review) 2021 Editor’s Prize: Winner awarded $1,000 + judge’s introduction + honorarium and all-expense-paid visit to Illinois for our annual reading. Two runners up awarded $100 each. 3–5 honorable mentions. All winning poems plus several finalists are published. 2020 Judge: Austin Smith. 2021 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:

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

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS Press announces its 2021 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 2020 winner is Lana Ghannam for Evolution of Stone. For full guidelines, visit and

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST. 29th year. Prize for best short story: $3,000. Prize for best essay: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Dennis Norris II. Submit by April 30. Enter at

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 1 humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter at

WRITERS OVER 50. Passager Poetry Contest. 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, 5840 Pimlico Rd., Baltimore, MD 21209. Website:

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

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.

A WRITER WITHIN—Tuscany, October 2021. Enjoy a gorgeous Italian villa, private chef, and the supportive company of women as you explore your imagination, silence the critic, and fix pen to paper. Generate new ideas, break through blocks, and write like you’ve never written before! All genres and abilities welcome. Website:


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! E-mail:; 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:

A QUIET STUDIO. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration. The Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, NY, offers free, stipend-supported residencies and low-cost retreat space for New York State artists and writers. We are small and personal with 5 private rooms and baths. And we are now accessible! New in 2021: Accessible accommodations with accessible bath, studio, kitchen, and common space. Come for a retreat, or bookmark us for a residency in 2022. Free to apply. Deadline will be in early January. Visit:

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

ACCLAIMED 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 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:

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:

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

EXPERIENCED EDITOR, REASONABLE RATES. Award-winning author (Stegner, NEA) with 20 years’ editing and teaching (Stanford, Emerson) experience. Fiction, nonfiction, memoir. Clients have published with major trade houses. I am a tough but sympathetic editor who will help your manuscript reach its full potential. Free 30-minute consult. Contact: Website:

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

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:

FOR OVER 50 YEARS, the Community of Writers has held weeklong summer writing workshops in Olympic Valley, CA. Our goal is to help talented poets and writers improve their craft with workshops, individual conferences, craft lectures, and panels. 2021 workshops will be held entirely online in our Virtual Valley. Poetry: June 19–26; Writers Workshops: July 11–16; Memoir: August 1–6. Financial aid available. Deadline to apply: March 28.

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:

ONLINE GENERATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS. Jump-start your writing this spring with online workshops in poetry, memoir, fiction, and more. Write to inspiring prompts, get insightful feedback, and connect with a supportive community of writers without leaving the comfort of your home. Learn more and register today:

ONLINE WRITING WORKSHOPS: Looking for feedback on your work? A great community of women writers? HerStry offers 6-week online writing workshops for writers looking to workshop novels, essays, and short stories. Personalized feedback and line by line edits included. To sign up, visit

REGISTER FOR THE MASS MoCA Writing Through Art Poetry Retreat, June 9–June 15, and Writing Through Nature & Art workshops. Explore how art can open your imagination and perceptions and help you uncover memories and emotions, while finding new forms of creative expression. New and experienced poets  welcome. Website:, E-mail: