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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. Click on the Submit link in the right-hand column. Type “Anthology” on the title line and include the title of the essay in the body of your submission. Deadline: September 15.

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: October 15. Children, parents, or teachers (with parent’s permission and contact information) may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

SHOW US YOUR PAPERS (Anthology), edited by Wendy Scott Paff, Daniela Buccilli, and Cherise A. Pollard. Submission deadline: August 31. Send us your poems about writs, wills, certificates of birth, marriage, death, medical charts, shift logs, foreclosures, permits. To be published by Main Street Rag. Details: and

FLYING KETCHUP PRESS: To discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction with a special emphasis on new short stories. Now looking for cozy mystery novellas, short fantasy, and poetry on Submittable. Our dream: To create worlds of wonder and delight. Find us at

IF YOU LOVE WRITING ABOUT HISTORY, you might be a person who could help us in writing parish history stories. We are publishers who have been publishing beautiful history stories for over 50 years, and seek from time to time new writers who love history, who can help us write stories for histories of church congregations. We are published throughout the United States, are in the Library of Congress, and we also publish our books in Spanish and other languages. We may give you the names of church congregations who are candidates, or you might suggest to us those church congregations who are candidates for this in your area. Church congregation size is an issue. Visit our website at Write to us with your previous publishing experience or contact us 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:

TINDERBOX EDITIONS is currently considering literary prose manuscripts, which could include novels or novellas, long-form nonfiction, collections of stories, hybrid collections, and especially personal or lyric essay collections. Our open reading period is July and August. More information about the reading period and our books can be found at

WTAW PRESS seeks unpublished books of prose (novels, memoirs, collections of stories or essays, hybrids, etc.). We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and encourage submissions by women, minorities, LGBTQ or nonbinary-gender people, persons with disabilities, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. April 15–July 15. Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW presents their Comstock Writers Group Chapbook contest. Top prize: $1,000 and 50 author’s copies. Submit manuscript of 25–34 pages (see line limit per page) between August 1–October 31. Entry fee of $30 includes copy of winning chapbook. Visit the website for complete guidelines, which must be followed. Online submission fee extra. Peggy Miller, Comstock Review editor, will judge. Address: CR Chapbook 2018, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: Facebook:

AD LUMEN PRESS is open to unsolicited submissions from May 15–August 15. We are looking for novels and memoirs of high artistic and/or literary merit from emerging voices. We charge no reading fees. For more information, visit To submit, visit

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

ALGORITHM-FREE READERS! Real and sentient humans will read your submissions of funkadelic, saucy, and will-o’-the-wispy creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and text/image pieces for issue #15. Send us your traditional-length, medium-length, and flash pieces. We love it all. Reading period: August 1–November 1. Samples and more info at

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW is now accepting submissions for its 2020 issue. The AR is the nation’s leading lit review that publishes poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction solely from writers who have a relationship with mental illness: Either self, family, or friend. We accept hard copies only mailed to The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. For submission guidelines, visit

BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to SPANK the CARP. I’m looking for flash fiction, short stories, CNF, and poetry, including shape poetry. If your work is thought-provoking, sophisticated, yet not pretentious or obscure, I’m 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:

COLLATERAL IS AN ONLINE LITERARY JOURNAL publishing poetry, fiction, CNF, and visual art that examines the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Accepts submissions year-round, does not accept previously published work, no reading fee, publishes in May and November. Send submissions via Submittable:

EKPHRASIS, A BIANNUAL JOURNAL, is seeking poems, each based on a single work of art. No simultaneous submissions. Previously published poems okay if credited. Send 3–5 original poems, bio, e-mail, SASE, to: Ekphrasis, Laverne & Carol Frith, P.O. Box 161236, Sacramento, CA 95816-1236. Website:

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, 2019–April 1, 2020. Deadline: April 1. Website:

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 20th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit Hardcopy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526

FULL BLEED, an annual print journal of art and design, seeks new writing and artwork for our fourth issue. Deadline: January 1. For details, see

LAMMERGEIER is a quarterly online journal specializing in work at the intersection of beautiful and macabre. We accept fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid work. Three writers per issue receive a $25 honorarium and a featured writer interview. No reading fee. For details, visit or Lammergeier: Literature with Marrow.

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2020 issue. Submissions will be accepted from August 1 through October 24. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at

MANZANO MOUNTAIN REVIEW seeks submissions! Prose until October 1. Poetry & art open August–October 1. We love flash fiction/memoir. Also: short prose, poetry, visual art, photography. Plot. Character. Place. The terse and the lyrical. Work that crosses boundaries. Provoke us. The theme is “Wilderness.” Website:

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 125-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and nonbinary authors. We also accept novels; see our website for more information. No submission fee! Website:

PINYON INVITES high-quality submissions of poetry and short fiction from emerging and established writers. Reading period is August 1–December 1. Send short bio, including e-mail address and SASE, to Pinyon, Department of Languages, Literature, and Mass Communication, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 N. Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122 or, to submit electronically, check our website at

THE SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites mailed submissions of CNF, fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and cross-genre material. 2019 theme is “The Spaces Between.” Mail typed, double-spaced submissions of 2,000 words or less (all genres) + SASE to SFLR, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508 by November 1. Website:

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 May 1 through July 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

UPSTREET: award-winning annual’s 16th 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, and Ann Hood. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews. Send us narrative nonfiction, personal essays, short stories, short shorts, as well as travel, food and wine, and writing with a strong narrative element. Submissions: For more, contact Websites: or  

ZIZZLE’S HARDCOVER & AUDIO EDITIONS. Pay: $100/flash fiction piece. Year-round submissions. 500–1,200 words. Fee: $3. We seek literary fiction that appeals to readers from age 11 to 99+! Guidelines: Before submitting, listen to some of our stories. Subscribe to Zizzle’s newsletter at to enjoy free access to our first audio edition. Notable contributors include 2 O. Henry Award winners: Merrill Joan Gerber and Karen Heuler. Third issue release: July 2019.

BLUE MARBLE REVIEW is an online literary journal showcasing the creative work of young writers ages 13–21. We are looking for poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and personal essays, as well as art and photography. The goal of our journal is to assemble in each issue a broad range of voices, perspectives, and life experiences. Website:

GLINTMOON, an online quarterly, seeks diverse, innovative poetry of 10 lines or fewer. We want to see fervent, unorthodox work that stretches and reimagines what the short poem is and what it can do. Give us life and depth, the human and the now. No fees. Pay: $5/poem. Website:

16TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 20–25, 2020. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Reginald Gibbons, Jessica Jacobs, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Angela Narciso Torres. Special guest: Joy Harjo. To find out more, visit Apply to attend a workshop!

18TH ANNUAL FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE and Celebrity Workshop at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, October 17–20. 50+ workshops, panel discussions, interviews, pitch sessions, and more with Jonathan Maberry, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Delilah S. Dawson, plus other faculty, agents, editors, and publishers. For registration and all upcoming events, visit

NAMED “California's Best Writers Conference!” by The Writer magazine, the 35th Annual Central Coast Writers Conference takes place at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, September 26–28. Forty presenters, including Jonathan Maberry, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, and Peter Dunne teach over 100 classes and 9 master classes. To register:

$4,000 IN AWARDS + 23 years of paying and publishing writers! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by July 3—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places.”—S.E. Ingraham, Alberta, Canada. Visit

2019 NEW WRITER AWARDS offer $1,000+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

2020 MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS NOVELLA PRIZE: Winner receives $750, book publication, 10 copies, reading at Miami U. Final judge: Joe Squance. Deadline: August 31. Manuscript length: 18–40k. Reading fee: $25. Previous winners include: Garth Greenwell, Lee Upton, Clancy McGilligan, and Paul Skenazy. Submit: Questions:

2020 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY. $1,000 and 50 copies awarded to an unpublished 60- to 120-page collection of poems. Prizes awarded upon publication. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: July 31, midnight. Winner and finalists announced before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at

14th ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Paisley Rekdal. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

16TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS SHORT STORY AWARD for best original, previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize: $1,000; publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

THE AMERICAN LITERARY REVIEW’s Annual Writing Awards are open for submissions through October 1. Send us your best work in creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. $1,000 will be awarded to each winner. You can find complete submission details at:

THE ANNUAL RATTLE POETRY PRIZE offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,000 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:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize deadline is June 30! 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 A 152-YEAR LEGACY! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine: Issue 153. General submissions are free. Our 4 tributed contests award $1,000. Submissions open June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard:

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

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:

CALVINO PRIZE: 15th Annual Calvino Prize sponsored by the University of Louisville. For short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final judge for 2019: Kim Chinquee, senior editor of New World Writing, Henfield and Pushcart Prize winner. First prize: $2,000 plus publication in Miracle Monocle, celebrating a decade of select works. Second prize: $300. First-place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details:

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 WINNERS of the Brighthorse Prize: Kavita Jindal (novel), Mara Adamitz Scrupe (poetry), and Barbara de la Cuesta (short fiction). Brighthorse Books will again award $1,000 and publication for the best novel, poetry collection, and short fiction collection. Deadline: August 16. To learn more: To submit:

THE CRAZYSHORTS! CONTEST: From July 1 to July 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each through our website: First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication; the $15 entry fee includes a subscription to Crazyhorse. Website:

CREAM CITY REVIEW is excited to announce the 2019 Summer Prizes in Fiction and Poetry! Send up to 4 poems or a short story up to 9,000 words starting June 1 for a chance to win $1,000, print publication, and an online feature. For full guidelines, please visit

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S fifth annual poetry contest starts July 1! Awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. 100 poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Richard Blanco, Presidential Inaugural Poet and recipient of numerous literary awards, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit

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

THE GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit 50–80 pages, including title page and contents, by August 15. Electronic submissions only at No contact info on manuscript. Entry fee $25. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Robert Cording to judge. Website:

HEADMISTRESS PRESS, publisher of LBT+ poetry, announces our fifth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Judge is Robin Becker. Prize of $300. Submissions welcomed from lesbians, bi/trans women, Two Spirit, genderqueer, and non-binary poets. Submit May 4 to July 4. Sliding scale, fee waived if requested. Details at

HEART POETRY AWARD: $500, publication in HEART 14. Honorable mentions published. $10 covers 3 unpublished poems, reserves copy of HEART 14. Visit website to view past issues, style preferred, guidelines, and bio of judge, John Williams. Deadline: postmark August 31. Submit online at or mail to Nostalgia Press, 115 Randazzo Ct., Elloree, SC 29047.

INDIANA REVIEW AND IU PRESS are reading short story collections for the 2020 Blue Light Books Prize. Submit a manuscript between 35–45k words ($20 reading fee) by October 31. Win $2,000, publication with IU Press, and read at 2021 Blue Light Books Reading. Visit our website for complete guidelines:

THE INTERNATIONAL LAWRENCE DURRELL SOCIETY announces the 2019 White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on “the heavens” (celestial bodies, dark matter, etc.), literal or figurative. No entry fee. Deadline: October 1. For further information, go to and click on “Poetry Contest.”

KALLISTO GAIA PRESS’ SUMMER WRITING CONTESTS: Winner of the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize receives $1,000. Michael Noll will judge. Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize receives $1,000. Natalia Trevino will judge. $20 to enter. A portion of proceeds support medical research for breast cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Website:

LITERAL LATTE POETRY AWARDS. 25th anniversary year. Win $1,500 in prizes and publication. For tastes, guidelines, and to submit delicious, mind-stimulating words, see Got poems?! Submit at or send to 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. E-mail:

LITMAG’S ANTON CHEKHOV AWARD for Flash Fiction. First prize: $1,250 plus publication in LitMag; agency review. Three finalists: $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication. Deadline: October 1. Entry fee: $16. Guidelines at

THE MIGHTY RIVER SHORT STORY CONTEST. $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme. $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Deadline: October 1. Guidelines at

NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW, a print journal of narrative poetry, announces our 11th narrative poetry contest. Open for submissions July 1 through September 1. $20 submission fee. All winners and finalists will be published in the Winter 2020 issue. Website:

NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $30 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

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 ORISON ANTHOLOGY AWARDS offer $500 and publication for individual works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing. 2019 judges: Nina McConigley (fiction), Kaveh Akbar (poetry), Stephanie Elizondo Griest (nonfiction). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1. Submit at:

ORISON BOOKS announces its first annual Orison Chapbook Prize! Submit a manuscript of 20–45 pages in any literary genre—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid—from April 1–July 1. Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins will judge. Award: $300 and publication. Entry fee: $12. For complete guidelines, see

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2019: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000; publication in Voices from the Attic; round-trip travel, lodging, and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with final judge. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October 1. For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail, or visit

POETRY CONTEST with 14 themed categories, plus a free sonnet contest with 2 categories (traditional and modern). Cash prizes. Deadline: September 1. Contests are open to all, except 1 category open to Chicago residents only.  For details and guidelines, go to

A PRIZE OF $500 AND PUBLICATION in Poetry International online will be given for a poem written for refugees currently detained pending their hearings. Ilya Kaminsky will judge. Using the online submission system, submit your best poem with a $10 entry fee by September 30. For more information, visit

RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2019 Judge: Marilyn Chin. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third, and top 5 published in Red Wheelbarrow. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see

ROSEBUD MAGAZINE offers prize of $500 for best poem submitted in any style. Three runners-up will get $100. Winners published. All entrants will receive a free 3-issue subscription to Rosebud. Judge is Mike Kriesel, poetry editor. Deadline: July 31. Fee: $20. For guidelines, go to Questions? Call (608) 423-9780.

SARABANDE’S LINDA BRUCKHEIMER SERIES in KY Literature will be open for submissions July 1–31. Open to any KY-affiliated writer of English. In addition to publication by Sarabande, the author of the Bruckheimer selection will receive a 2-week residency at Blackacre Conservancy. Complete guidelines at

SENECA REVIEW accepts submissions for the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. $2,000 prize, book publication, guest reading at HWS. Judge: Jenny Boully. Lyric essay includes cross-genre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120 pp. Submissions: June 1 to August 1. Website:

SLAB’S 2020 CURRY POETRY PRIZE contest is seeking submissions. $600 for first place; $400 for second. All winners published. Judge: Kathy Fagan, author most recently of Sycamore, the National Poetry Series selection The Raft, et al. Reading period August 1–December 1; $10 reading fee. Details:

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 4 contests opening May 1. Deadlines: October 1 for one-act play and fiction; October 15 for very short fiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, festival tickets, publication, and public readings. The Festival is held in late March in the French Quarter. Visit

TINDERBOX POETRY JOURNAL presents the 2019 Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, judged by Vanessa Angélica Villarreal. First place: $500. Second place: $300. Submit July 1–August 31. $12 for 3 poems. For more information, visit

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

TWELFTH ANNUAL LITTORAL PRIZE POETRY PRIZE! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem. Three honorable mentions receive earlier broadsides. Judge: Jaime Robles. $10 first poem; $5 each additional. Mail to 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 15. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at

TWO PRESTIGIOUS Poetry Book Society & Mslexia Women's Poetry Competitions are now open! Judged by Malika Booker, Women’s Poetry Competition entrants can win £2,000, a mentorship by Sandeep Parmar, and Cove Park writing retreat. Women's Pamphlet Competition winners will receive £250 and publication by Seren. Entries close September 16:

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:

WILDA HEARNE FLASH FICTION CONTEST. Deadline: October 1. $500, publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less, any theme. $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at:

ARTIST RETREAT on beautiful blue mountain lake. On the water with a southern facing view. Two bedrooms, 1 bath, full kitchen, and fireplace. Kayaks and canoe available for use. Private parking. Perfect for inspiration and relaxation. Open for writers and artists August through October. $125 per day. Phone: (518) 583-0501. E-mail:

BRITTANY WRITER’S HOUSE. 19th-century stone house on a river/canal; 5 fireplaces, tile and wood floors, beamed ceilings; modern heat, electricity, plumbing, and conveniences; small village, next to a large town, near a city, 15 miles from ocean beaches; 5 hours from Paris. For details and photos, contact: phone: (510) 866-5496; e-mail: or

IKE’S CANYON RANCH WRITER’S RETREAT is a remote, high plains desert retreat, maintained by writers for writers in the spectacular Monitor Valley of Central NV. Our residencies, retreats, and workshops June–October are for writers seeking true silence and wild beauty to concentrate on their work. More info at

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:

TWISTED RUN RETREAT welcomes writers to work in a quiet, rural setting in South MS, a short drive from Mobile, Pensacola, New Orleans, and Jackson. Comfortable, private, affordable housing available year-round. We provide a supportive atmosphere for you to get the work done. Check out Writers at Contact:

WELLSPRING HOUSE RETREAT for writers, artists, scholars, east of the Berkshires, 35-min drive to Northampton/Amherst, 5-min walk to scenic lake. Sheltered by towering spruce; secluded, but nestled in Ashfield village, with cafe, library, pub. Private room & work space; communal kitchen, sun-porch, living room. Four hours from NYC. Fees are $310/wk. for a double, $290 for a single. Résumé & work sample to Find out more:

WHAT'S THE ONE STORY you are most meant to tell? Join us for Write for Your Life October 3–6. Central PA fall foliage, luxury lakeside lodging, small-group and private sessions with a published, passionate poet/essayist committed to safe spaces and nurturing your unique voice. Four spots, August 15 registration deadline. Website:

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM #176 with Master Artist Jennifer Higdon, composer and publisher. February 16 to March 7, 2020. Application deadline September 15. 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, and use of communal studio. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. Fall & winter openings filling quickly, so apply/reserve now: e-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESIDENCIES are available at PLAYA | Art + Science Residency Program located in the remote, dramatic landscape of the OR outback. Options for 2-, 3-, and 4-week residencies. Application deadline August 15. To apply, go to

OATMEAL CREEK WRITER'S RESIDENCY located outside Austin, TX. Offering three 21-day-long individual residencies March to May. Stipend and free use of fully equipped private accommodation. 240 acres for hiking, creek for swimming, open fields for views. Quiet and peaceful for reflection. Applications open August 1–31. Apply/Information:

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 assistance is available. Deadline is September 15. To apply, visit

WRITERS AT THE EYRIE offers 2-week or month-long residencies during May and September to poets or writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Residencies are free of charge. The award includes private apartment overlooking garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Some meals are included. For guidelines and details, visit

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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. Forty-four books I edited have been published in the last five years; seven have won awards. Free consultation. See website for details: E-mail:

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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.

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BIRDS & MUSES LITERARY MENTORSHIP. Realize your vision for your book with Kate Moses, internationally acclaimed novelist, memoirist (Wintering, Cakewalk, Mothers Who Think), teacher & editor (Hedgebrook, Salon, North Point Press): Taking writers under my wing for 3 decades. Invested, insightful, nurturing. Literary fiction & nonfiction. Free consultation. Visit:

BOOKGARDAN YEAR-LONG BOOK MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. October 2019–2020. Grow your book project in a small, supportive cohort with Birds & Muses’ Kate Moses. Two week-long intensive residencies, 11 months of individual mentorship & manuscript conferences, advanced craft curriculum online, guest writers & literary professionals. Literary fiction, creative nonfiction. Applications open:

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EDITOR. Acclaimed author Marcy Dermansky (The Red Car, Bad Marie) will help you improve your novel, short story, or memoir. I provide a detailed rewriting plan, including big-picture structural suggestions and line edits on the manuscript. E-mail: For further details, please visit:

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SEASONED EDITOR-AGENT, no fee, (clients include Ken Follett, Stephen Hawking, and Michael Lewis), also author of Writing the Blockbuster Novel, seeks new talent. He’s obtained 6-figure advances for first novels and now also works with 3 poets. Seeking narrative fiction, especially, prose from published authors whose writings were praised, but sold poorly. E-mail and tell me in 1 page what you feel is great about your project. I’ll try to answer you fast.

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ENWRITENMENT: a week-long writing retreat and workshop. Orvieto, Italy. November 3–8. Cultivate your daily writing practice. All genres. Experience creative abundance. Feedback and encouragement from an intimate community of writers. $1,495 includes accommodation, breakfast, 6 days of workshop. Where will your writing take you? Details and apply at:

GREATER PHILADELPHIA WORDSHOP STUDIO supports writers in the development of their individual voices and practice of their craft. Workshops in Center City and Delaware County, PA, following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: For details, visit website:

IDYLLWILD ARTS SUMMER PROGRAM presents Writers Week 2019, July 1–5. Featuring poetry, fiction, and nonfiction workshops, plus daily readings and craft talks. Faculty: Vu Tran, Ed Skoog, Victoria Chang, Samiya Bashir, Katie Ford, David Ulin, Wendy Ortiz. Guest writers: Ben Loory, Janet Fitch, Javier Zamora, Marie Mockett, Halimah Marcus, Kristina Marie Darling, Brendan Constantine, and more. Fellowships available. Workshops for youth offered in July & August. Located in the beautiful mountains of Southern CA. Phone: (951) 468-7265. E-mail: Website:

LAKE MYVATN, Iceland Writing Retreat with Meg Weston September 29–October 5. Meg uses the AWA method to help you generate new writing while you are inspired by the volcanic landscape and the northern lights at night. Class size is limited to 10 students. Register at For info, call (207) 236-8581.

LIVE FREE AND WRITE. August 18–23. Writing retreat in Sunapee, NH. Spend an inspiring week working on your memoir or poetry. Enjoy the refreshing New England summer with plentiful writing time, encouraging workshops, homemade meals, and time to relax. Scholarships available. Register early and save:

ONLINE WRITING CLASSES from Creative Nonfiction magazine, the voice of the genre. Our 10- and 5-week classes in memoir, personal essay, magazine writing, book proposals, and more provide professional guidance, motivating deadlines, and a supportive community of writers. Flexible schedule to suit your needs. Learn more at

RICK BASS WRITER’S WORKSHOP: Rick Bass will teach an intensive weekend workshop in Vermont for up to 8 writers. Hands-on group sessions, both mornings and afternoons, include active workshopping of individual manuscripts and craft-focused discussion. October 11–13, in Craftsbury, VT. For more information about this residential workshop: or

WANT TO SPEND A WEEKEND surrounded by fall foliage, covered bridges, walking paths, and cool clear rivers while working on your writing? Join us beside a warm fire and learn how to hone your craft! Salem Art Works, in Salem, NY, presents its 2019 writing program with workshops in both poetry and fiction, October 5–6. Here is the link to learn more:

WINDBREAK HOUSE WRITING RETREAT. Award-winning author (17 books), poet, and teacher Linda M. Hasselstrom creates individualized retreats, providing written appraisals, private conferences, encouragement to reach your goals. Fully-furnished house, miles of grasslands, birdsong, peaceful solitude to write. Women or men; all experience levels welcomed. Also offering online Writing Conversations. Website: