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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:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Seeking personal essay submissions (700–2,000 words) on single motherhood/parenting for an essay collection. From your joys to your challenges, triumphs to breakdowns—what have you learned about life? How has single motherhood changed you? No reading or submission fee. Deadline: May 3. Send e-mail submissions to

INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE POETRY Anthology—WaterWood Press will accept refugee poetry beginning March 15, for the 2019 anthology entitled Elusions: Refugee Poetry. Editors: James Adams (Pulitzer Prize nominee for Noble Savage) and South African poet Peter Anderson. Submission guidelines: Original poems/translations on refugees in any style. No PPW, except for poems in translation. Submit 1–3 poems per poet (3 copies per poem). No more than 30 lines per poem. Include SASE and cover letter. All entries postmarked by August 15. No fees. Mail (only) submissions to: WaterWood Press, 47 Waterwood, Huntsville, TX 77320. Attn: 2018 Refugee Poetry Editor.

“WORKING” ANTHOLOGY project taking submissions. Red Giant Books and United Labor Agency announce a joint publishing project: An anthology of writing and art centered on the theme of “working.” Looking for fiction, nonfiction, essays, memoir, poetry, photography, comics, and art. Published work receives $100–$600. For full details or to submit, visit:

BARRY SPACKS POETRY AWARD. Gunpowder Press is accepting book-length manuscripts of 48–100 pages for the 4th 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. Lee Herrick will judge. Full details at

BOWN PRESS, a small, indie press focused on first-time Southern writers, is accepting submissions. We love exceptional stories and specialize in high-quality book design. For more details, visit

CONCRETE WOLF Louis Award for 1st full-length poetry collection by a poet age 50 or older. Judge: Timons Esaias. Prize: 100 copies of perfectly-bound book distributed by Ingram. Deadline: March 31. Fee: $30. Multiple and simultaneous submissions accepted by mail or e-mail. For submission details, go to or e-mail

NOMAD PRESS is seeking proposals for nonfiction books for young adults ages 14–18. Topics include, but are not limited to, stories of scientific discovery, stories of people (especially minorities) making strides in different disciplines, such as science or social justice, and historical episodes not yet written for this age group. We’d also love to discover excellent writing on not-yet-imagined-by-us subjects. We do not want self-help, motivational, or similar. See Material should be sent to

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Send SASE, 2 copies of sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Ste. 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138.

PEN + BRUSH BOOKS, the publishing arm of a 123-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks full-length literary fiction manuscripts by women and non-men-identifying authors. We also accept poetry and short stories. No submission fee! See our website for more information:

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1, 2017–February 1, 2018. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to

GREEN LINDEN PRESS—named by Entropy as one of the best small presses of 2017—invites you to submit poetry chapbook manuscripts for our open-reading period, now until March 20. Selected manuscript(s) will be published late 2018; authors will receive 20 copies and publicity. See for details.

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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Westchester Review, an annual print journal, seeks short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, excerpts of plays, and graphic novels, for its 10th issue. Submissions accepted year-round. Writers should have a connection to Westchester County, NY, area. See website for guidelines:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to Spank the Carp. We’re looking for flash fiction, short stories, 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

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:

COLERE, an annual journal celebrating cultural exploration, welcomes thought-provoking essays, fiction, poetry, and artwork. Please limit submissions to 8 poems, 20 pages, or 2 photos on culture and cross-cultural experience abroad or at home. Deadline: February 15. To submit via e-mail, see our website:, via post, mail to: Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

COLLATERAL is a new online literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, CNF, and visual art that examines the impact of 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 our website:

COMSTOCK REVIEW open reading period (no fee) is January 1–March 31, 2018. See website for details, including online submission possibilities. In our 32nd year, we choose poems solely on the basis of artistic merit. Send to: Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. For details, please visit:

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

CUTBANK LITERARY MAGAZINE is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for 2 upcoming print issues. All genres are open to submission from September 15–February 1. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is now reading for its 11th print issue to be published in May 2018. 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 January 31. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

DE LA MANCHA seeks quality submissions for its February/March 2018 print issue. Submissions include poetry (1–6 pages), short stories (2,000–3,500 words), photography, and artwork. New voices welcome. Send us your best work. DLM is a literary arts publication. Past issues can be viewed at Send to Editor, Teresa Amelia at

EARTH’S DAUGHTERS will accept submissions for E.D. #92 until March 14. Theme is She Persisted, your inspired interpretation. No more than 3 poems and/or 500 words of prose. Send to Earth’s Daughters, P.O. Box 41, Central Park Station, Buffalo, NY 14215. See guidelines at

EKPHRASIS, a biannual journal is seeking poems, each based on a single work of art. No simultaneous submissions. Previously published poems OK 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, 2701 Corabel Ln. #27, Sacramento, CA 95821 For further details, visit:

A FORUM of fiction and poetry for over fifty 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, 2017 through April 1, 2018. Deadline: April 1. Website:

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit their work for consideration for the 2nd issue. We believe that girls’ voices can and do transform the world for the better. We want to help expand creative platforms for girls of all races, religions, and sexual orientations. We accept poetry, prose, short stories, lyric essays, and visual art of any style and theme. Deadline: February 15. Send your best, previously unpublished work, in English or English translation, with a note that mentions your age and where you’re from and briefly describes the work you are submitting to

GYROSCOPE REVIEW seeks contemporary poetry for its quarterly digital/print journal. No-fee submissions accepted through Submittable; send no more than 4 poems per reading period. Next reading period: January 15–March 15. For guidelines, visit

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any place and on any subject. Details and links to our online submissions manager at

JADED BY THE MFA-Industrial Complex? Fed up with corporate/vanilla art? Angry Old Man Magazine understands. Lit mags often say they want “experimental,” but don’t mean it. AOM wants your insane stuff, emphatically so!—the stuff that won’t be published in “respectable” academic lit/poetry mags. Go to:

JUXTAPROSE considers submissions year-round in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. Our editors make a concentrated effort to publish the work of emerging talents—including previously unpublished writers and students—alongside established voices. Recent contributors include Lydia Davis, Stephen Dunn, and Alberto Rios. For full details, see           

THE KERF SEEKS POETRY for its annual issue. The editors are especially interested in themes related to humanity and/or environmental consciousness but are open to diverse subjects. Submit January 15 to March 31 annually. Include brief bio and SASE. The Kerf, College of the Redwoods, 883 W. Washington Blvd., Crescent City, CA 95531.

LEAPING CLEAR is accepting submissions from April 1–July 1 for its Fall 2018 digital issue. We’re dedicated to featuring accomplished artists and writers worldwide who work from a ground of committed contemplative practice. We present both emerging and established writers and artists from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. We charge no fees and accept all forms of contemporary writing, art, music, and video. We value art that asks, “What is this?” and invites readers/viewers/listeners to explore deeply the difficulties, wonders, perplexities, joys, mysteries, and humor of being alive now. We’re especially interested in fiction, hybrid forms, and music. For more information, visit

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Summer 2018 issue. Submissions will be accepted from December 1, 2017 through March 1, 2018. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at

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. Visit us at

MIRACLE MONOCLE, the University of Louisville’s online journal, is now accepting submissions for our Spring 2018 issue. We publish poetry, prose, hybrids, and visual art. We offer fee-free submissions and fee-free entry into our annual emerging writer competition. For full submission guidelines, visit us online:

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE is looking for remarkable fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. Share your world and your voice. Submission window: October 15, 2017–February 16, 2018. Submission fee: $3. For guidelines, please visit

MONTHS TO YEARS is a digital literary journal dedicated to writing from the perspective of those who have faced mortality (their own or that of someone they love). We are seeking narrative essays and creative nonfiction submissions up to 2,500 words exploring the wisdom, insight, and humor related to death and dying. Months to Years is a forum for topics rarely spoken about: How do you live well when you know you’re dying? How do you face death when you know it is likely sooner than you expected? (Writers we admire: Paul Kalanithi, Oliver Sacks, Nina Riggs, Joan Didion.) Submissions accepted on a continuous basis. Guidelines:

MOUNT HOPE, a literary magazine publishing fiction, photography, nonfiction, graphic storytelling, and poetry, welcomes submissions of original work for upcoming issues. We seek short stories or nonfiction up to 5,000 words, up to 4 poems per author, and graphic novel and photo portfolios of 5–12 images. We publish emerging authors side by side with such established writers as Margot Livesey, Steve Almond, Hester Kaplan, Howard Norman, Steven Church, and Moira Egan. See us online:

MUD SEASON REVIEW seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We want deeply human work that will teach us something about life. Publishing online and in print, MSR also features interviews with our authors. No submission fee. We’re always reading. Send us your best:

NOW ONLINE, RIVERRUN, the literary magazine of Quincy University, published more or less annually since 1975, seeks eclectic submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. By February 28, please send submissions of no more than 2,500 words of prose or 3 poems to

OYEZ REVIEW, award-winning journal established in 1965, seeks poems, fiction, and especially creative nonfiction. Send best work only. Reading period: December 15, 2017–March 1, 2018. Sample copy: $5. We prefer online submissions: Hard-copy submissions with SASE: Oyez Review, Department of Literature & Languages, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605. Attention: Christian TeBordo. Website:

POETRY VIRGINIA is currently accepting submissions for its Spring 2018 issue. Any style, 100-line limit. Send 3–5 poems as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment. Do not paste poems into the body of your e-mail. Deadline: April 1. Send submissions with subject line “Lastname PVA Submission” to

RASCAL, A JOURNAL of ecology, literature, and art, is seeking submissions of poetry and creative nonfiction for issue 3. No fee to submit. All contributors are compensated and considered for annual editor’s choice awards. Past issues featured Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop, Clayton Eshleman, et al. See full guidelines at:

RATTLE seeks submissions by athletes for the Summer 2018 issue. Poems may be on any subject, but poets must themselves identify as athletes. Deadline: January 15. Send up to 4 unpublished poems to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Poets published receive $100. Online submissions accepted. Website:

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW, a print lit journal of poetry and art. Submission window: January 1–31. Theme: Music. See more at our website:

SPILLWAY WANTS poems on any subject, February & March only, for a summer 2018 issue. Send your best work. Be creative. Surprise us. Editors: Marsha de la O & Phil Taggart. Publisher: Tebot Bach. Submit 3–5 poems in a single document. Check website for guidelines: E-mail submission only:

SPORT LITERATE remains a unique offering within the literary landscape. Neither oxymoron nor ear-splitting sport debate, SL offers intelligent takes on “life’s leisurely diversions,” earning nearly 20 nods in 2 Best American anthologies (Essays and Sports Writing) over 22 years. Read for yourself, buy our latest, and submit at

STEAM TICKET, the nationally circulated literary journal published by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of English, invites submissions of poetry, short stories, flash fiction, and creative nonfiction for the 2018 issue, Volume 21. Deadline: March 15. For guidelines:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Our goal is to contribute to a healthy literary ecosystem. Everything we publish comes from the open submission queue, we pay professional fees, and work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. For guidelines, please visit

THE TIMBERLINE REVIEW seeks previously unpublished short fiction, CNF, poetry, and essays. We’re looking for writing that is skillful, yes, that has something new to say, yes, but also says it in a way that “makes us feel as though the tops of our heads were taken off.” Website:

TRUE STORY, a new 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 14th 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, and Andre Dubus III. Distributors: Ingram, Media Solutions, Ubiquity, Disticor (Canada). Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new submission guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

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. Submit whatever poems whenever by e-mail to Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show,

2017 NOMINEE: One of the top 100 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

STONE BRIDGE PRESS, publisher of quality books on Asia for over 25 years, is looking for submissions for its Stone Bridge Café web series. Submissions must take place in an East Asian country or deal with an East Asian culture, past or present. No fee to submit. Submission guidelines:

SWWIM EVERY DAY publishes poems by women and women-identifying writers daily. Award-winning poets published include Paula Bohince, Denise Duhamel, Allison Joseph, and Maureen Seaton. Please send 1–3 poems through Submittable. We nominate for Best of the Net, Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and more. For guidelines and information, visit

THE 2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION Writers’ Conference—join us in Pittsburgh, May 24–26 (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

14TH NATIONAL BLACK WRITERS Conference, “Gathering at the Waters: Healing, Legacy, and Activism in Black Literature,” will be held March 22–25 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, NY. Honorees: Steven Barnes, Kwame Dawes, Tananarive Due, David Levering Lewis, Eugene B. Redmond, Susan L. Taylor, and Colson Whitehead. The conference will include panel discussions, author readings, and workshops. For more information, please visit

15TH ANNUAL LAS VEGAS WRITER’S Conference to be held April 19–21, at Tuscany Suites Casino & Hotel, a half-mile off the famous Las Vegas Strip. The keynote address by Jane Friedman. Faculty includes Danielle Burby of the Nelson Agency, Mary C. Moore of Kimberly-Cameron, and Rhonda Penders, president and CEO of Wild Rose Press. Joining them will be award-winning author Cheree Alsop; Richard Rieman, award-winning Audible book producer; Amy Collins, president of New Shelves Books, one of the best-known sales and marketing agencies in the U.S. $425 (before January 31). Attendance is limited. For more information, visit:

25TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE Getaway: January 12–15, Atlantic City, NJ area. Featuring: Pulitzer Prize winners: Stephen Dunn and Gregory Pardlo. Join us for small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, freelance writing, and more. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Invest in your writing and register today:

FULL-DAY MASTER CLASS with Jane Friedman, Sunday, April 22, at Tuscany Suites Casino & Hotel, a half-mile off the famous Las Vegas Strip. Whether seasoned or debut author, the information-packed workshop will inspire and educate you on how to best share your stories and build a career in writing. $250. For more information, visit:

THE GATHERING, a symposium on creativity and problem-solving, Keystone College, Northeastern PA. In 2018, we’ll consider “The Myth of Truth: Can We Prove Anything?” Lectures, conversations, performances about building “proof” in math, science, the arts, philosophy, politics. Thursday–Sunday, July 13–15. Website:

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED FACULTY. March 24: 8th Annual Gathering of Poets, Brookstown Inn, Winston-Salem, NC. Lynn Emanuel, Patricia Spears Jones, Zeina Hashem Beck, Sandra Beasley, Gary Fincke, Margaret Anderson. Price includes 4 75-minute workshops, breakfast & lunch, readings, and evening poetry speakeasy—only $100. Hosted by Jacar Press. Website:

JOIN US March 21–25 for the 32nd annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in the historic French Quarter. Over 100 writers and performers participating in literary panel discussions, writer’s craft sessions, scholars’ conferences, theater productions, literary walking tours, culinary and music events, a book fair, and more. Visit

THE LONGLEAF WRITERS Conference, formerly Seaside Writers Conference, is pleased to announce our 2018 dates. Join us May 13–20 for our 5th annual gathering in the beachfront town of Seaside, FL for workshops, agent/editor consultations, social events, bonfire readings, and much more. For financial aid, lodging, and registration details, visit:

THE NEW ORLEANS POETRY FESTIVAL and Small Press Fair takes place this April 21–22. This year’s featured performers include Douglas Kearney, Tonya Foster, Carolyn Hembree, and many more. Tables in the Small Press Fair are only $100, with access open to the public. Accepting proposals for readings, events, workshops, and more. Website:

SAN MIGUEL WRITERSConference & Literary Festival, February 14–18 (MX). 2018 Keynotes: Wally Lamb, Rita Dove, Jorge Volpi, Emma Donoghue, John Vaillant, Jane Friedman, Joseph Boyden! Join 600+ writers (beginning–advanced), distinguished teachers, industry experts (US-CA-MX) at the most prestigious, bilingual literary gathering in the Americas (est. 2005). Avid readers and writers fill 10,000 seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, cultural celebration, and community connection. Lodging $80 USD+/night. Full Package $685 USD: select 7 of 70+ (90-min.) classes (Eng & Esp), keynotes, panels, open mics, lunches, receptions, bookstore, spectacular fiesta! Optional pitches, 3-hour intensives, excursions, 5-day post-con workshops. Register today:

$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by January 31—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I cannot overestimate the immense value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a 2nd career as a writer.”—J. L. Schneider. Visit

$5,000 PRIZE: BALA KIDS AND KHYENTSE FOUNDATION Children’s Book Prize. With a shared vision to encourage the development of Buddhist resources for the next generations, Khyentse Foundation and Bala Kids are teaming up to offer a prize for best Buddhist children’s book manuscript. Submissions of exceptional stories for children ages 0–8, both fiction and nonfiction, from all Buddhist traditions, are welcomed. The winning submission will be offered a publishing contract from Bala Kids, an imprint of Shambhala Publications. Deadline: February 15. Details at:

2018 CONFRONTATION MAGAZINE Poetry Prize: $750 and publication in a 2018 issue, for a single poem. Submit up to 4 previously unpublished poems with a $10 entry fee (includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine). Postmark/e-mail entries January 15–April 30. For details, see

THE 2018 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. E-mail: Full guidelines:

THE 2018 KATHRYN A. MORTON PRIZE in Poetry will be judged by Ocean Vuong. The 2018 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction will be judged by Aimee Bender. Writers may submit full-length manuscripts January 1–March 15. Guidelines at

2018 MAIN STREET RAG Poetry Book Award. Deadline: January 31. Length: 48–84 pages of poetry. Reading fee: $25. $1,200 prize plus publication. Blind judging. All entries considered for publication. Mailing address for hard copy entries: Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001. Guideline details, online entry:

2018 NEW AMERICAN Poetry Prize: $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Andrew Grace. Deadline: January 15. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. For complete guidelines, visit our website:

2018 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 Terri Kirby Erickson. Short Fiction judged by Clint McCown. Deadline: April 15. Submit online only, through Submittable. Complete details at

2 PRIZES OF $1,000 and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction. Submit November 1, 2017–January 31, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged. An entry fee of $18 includes a subscription. For complete guidelines, visit:

13th GIVAL PRESS NOVEL AWARD for best original, previously unpublished literary novel in English, approximately 30,000–100,000 words. Prize: $3,000, copies, and book publication in 2019. Reading fee: $50 per novel submitted. Deadline: May 30. For details, visit website: or Send to: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

15th ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS SHORT STORY Award for best original, previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000–15,000 words. Prize: $1,000 and publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. For details, visit website: or Send to: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

17th ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS OSCAR WILDE Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates to GLBTQ life. Prize: $100 and publication on website. Reading fee: $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27. For details, please visit our website: or Send to: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

19TH GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD for best original, unpublished collection of poetry of at least 45 typed pages in any style or form. Prize: $1,000 and book publication in 2020. Reading fee: $20 per manuscript submitted. Deadline: December 15, 2019. For details, please visit website: or Send to: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

ACC WRITERS STUDIO Annual Literary Contest. $250 1st prizes in Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction for unpublished, original work. CO residents only. Deadline: midnight of January 15. Winners honored at the Writers Studio Literary Festival: April 14. Submission guidelines at Writers Studio website: E-mail:

AHSAHTA PRESS Sawtooth Poetry Prize: $1,500 and publication of a poetry manuscript. Submit 50–100 pages in PDF, RTF, or MS Word on our website only. No acknowledgments page, bio, or identifying info in the manuscript. Deadline is midnight on March 1; winner expected in May. Full guidelines at

AMAZING WOMEN’S EDITION Writing Competition. Students, become a published author and win over $500 in prizes. The contest is open to students in grades K to 8. Contest theme is local heroines. We want you to tell us about an amazing woman!  Deadline: January 4. Guideline details:

AMERICA, THE JESUIT REVIEW of Faith and Culture Foley Poetry Contest. Submissions accepted: January 1–March 31. One unpublished poem on any topic. Thirty lines or fewer. Submit online: Mailed submissions: America Media, Foley Poetry Contest, 1212 Avenue of the Americas, 11th Floor, New York, NY, 10036.

THE ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 7,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST—TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press. Poetry, 32 lines with spaces, max; prose to 2,500 words on “The Stars”—Deadline: March 31. Prizes: $500 each category. Entry fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry—$18. TWG members: $14 each. No submission limit. For complete guidelines and entry form:

ATLANTA REVIEW 4th Annual International Poetry Prize. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 26 contestants published. Thirty merit winners listed on honor roll receive a free copy. Deadline: March 1. $12, 1–2 poems; $18, 3–7 poems; $23, 8–10 poems. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only:

ATLANTIS SHORT STORY CONTEST: Cash prizes ($450, first prize is $300) and in-depth feedback await unpublished writers. No theme or genre restrictions. Maximum: 2,500 words. Entry fee: starts from $9 (depends on level of feedback wanted when the story does not place). Regular deadline: February 25, 2018. Early Bird: December 18, 2017 (discounted entry fee). Info:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW announces its 2018 annual literary contests: the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Each contest offers a $1,000 first-place prize. Online submissions only via Submittable from December 1, 2017–March 15, 2018. $20 entry fee. General submissions are also open until December 1. For those readers who subscribe to the journal between September and December, we will read submissions through June 1. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and 2 gift subscriptions. Complete guidelines at

BLACK ROCK POETRY Broadside Competition. The U of Nevada, Reno MFA Program and Black Rock Press announce a prize of 50 copies of a letterpress copy of the winning poem, along with web publication and $50. $10/submission. Deadline: December 31. For complete guidelines, go to

CELEBRATING 24 YEARS of caffeinating minds. Literal Latte Fiction Awards—first prize: $1,000. Deadline: January 30. Literal Latte Food Verse Awards—first prize: $500. Deadline: March 30. Website: E-mail:

CLOUDBANK is interested in what you have to say and how you say it. We award a $200 prize for 1 poem or flash fiction piece in each issue. Submission deadline: February 28 for Cloudbank 12. Revive us with your fire. Find full guidelines at

COMMON GROUND REVIEW Spring/Summer poetry contest. First: $500, second: $200, third: $100 prize and publication. Honorable mentions also published. $15. Deadline: March 15. Submit 1–3 poems to or send to Common Ground Review, H-5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA 01119. For details, please see our 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

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Intoxication.” Max: 4,000 words. Deadline: February 26. $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at

DAZZLE, DELIGHT, AND ENTICE us. Tell a story or capture a moment. Writer Advice’s Flash Memoir Contest, (low fee for detailed feedback—see reactions to comments on the website). Remember: Memoir—not fiction. Send up to 750 words. Deadline: March 1, 2018. Fee and details:

FISCHER PRIZE. Open to all U.S. poets. All styles welcome. Two page max. $3,000 in prizes and travel stipends. Telluride (CO) award ceremony, May 18. $9 per poem, 3 poems for $20. Judged by Santa Fe Poet Laureate Emeritus Joan Logghe. Deadline: May 1. For information, go to

FLASH FICTION on a supernatural or magic realism theme: $300 first prize, $100 honorable mention, $50 second honorable mention in The Screw Turn Flash Fiction Competition. Publication for all 3 winners on The Ghost Story website. Editors judge, $10 submission fee; January 31 deadline. See complete guidelines at:

THE FLORIDA REVIEW Editors’ Awards in Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry: Winners receive $1,000 each and publication. Deadline: March 31. All submissions considered for publication. Entry fee, $20, includes a subscription to TFR. For guidelines and online submission link, see our website:

FROM JANUARY 1 to January 31, Crazyhorse will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Winners receive $2,000 and publication; $20 entry fee includes a 1–year subscription to Crazyhorse; all manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. For more information, please visit our website:

GRAYSON BOOKS 2018 Chapbook Contest. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. Poetry: 16–32 pages, $20 reading fee. January 31 deadline. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Daniel Donaghy to judge. For complete guidelines, see

GREAT RIVER SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL’S 7th Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest. Over $2,000 in prizes. $5 entry fee, for up to 3 sonnets, by June 1. Either mailed to: Maria W. Faust Sonnet Contest/GRSF; Ted Haaland, P.O. Box 1111, Winona, MN 55987; or electronically via webpage, Complete details on webpage.

THE HILLARY GRAVENDYK PRIZE, Sponsored by Inlandia Institute. Final judges: Valerie Wallace and Megan Gravendyk Estrella. Submit 48- to 100-page poetry book manuscript through Submittable, February 1–April 30. $20 submission fee. Two prizes: National and Regional, $1000 each plus 20 copies. Judged blind. Complete details:

INDIANA REVIEW AND UI PRESS are reading short story collections for the Blue Light Books prize. Submit a manuscript between 35–45k words with $20 reading fee by February 9. Winner receives publication with IU Press and $2,000. Samrat Upadhyay will judge. See our website for full guidelines:

OMNIDAWN offers $1,000 prize for our annual Poetry Chapbook Contest. Bhanu Kapil will judge. Electronic and postal submissions February 1–April 23. Winner receives cash prize, publication, and 100 copies. Entry fee: $18. Entrants who add $2 shipping receive Omnidawn chapbook of their choice. For guidelines, see

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 11th 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 PRIZES in Poetry & Fiction offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Vandana Khanna (poetry) & Lan Samantha Chang (fiction). Entry fee: $30. Entry period: December 1, 2017–April 1, 2018. For complete guidelines visit

OXFORD AMERICAN: The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. Deadline: March 24. To support a debut book of creative nonfiction. $10,000 stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with Oxford American toward a 9-month residency in central AR. Alex Mar, Zandria F. Robinson, and Timothy B. Tyson to judge. For more information, visit: E-mail: Phone: (501) 374-0000.

PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE in Fiction offers publication of a book-length work of fiction (story/novella collection or novel), $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Deadline: January 15. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit:

THE POET’S BILLOW is currently accepting submissions for the Bermuda Triangle Prize. Three poems on the theme of nature 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:

PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual contest in poetry and prose between January 1 and March 31. Winners receive $500 and publication. $9 entry fee includes 1-year subscription. All manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. See website for complete guidelines:

THE RACHEL WETZSTEON CHAPBOOK AWARD, run by Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing & Art, seeks submissions for its 2018–2019 contest. Submissions are no-fee from January–March. Website:

RIVER STYX ISSUE 101. Enter our 2018 International Poetry Contest judged by Maggie Smith. Winners will be featured in Issue 101. First place prize: $1,500. Submit up to 3 poems with entry fee, which includes a prize issue copy. All entries are considered for publication. For complete details,

R.M. KINDER PRIZE in Realistic Fiction. A prize of $1,000 and publication in Pleiades: Literature in Context is given annually for the best realistic story. Submit your story during the month of March. $25 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Complete guidelines at

SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE City Works National Writer’s Award. Winner recognized in journal and at public reading. Prize: $100. Deadline: February 16. Up to 3 poems or 1 short story, e-mail submissions only to No submission fee. For submission information:

THE SECOND ANNUAL WATERSEDGE Poetry Chapbook Contest: $500, publication of poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats, Amazon distribution for Kindle and print chapbooks, and 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Judge: Molly Peacock. Contest ends: January 31. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. See complete submission guidelines:

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. Prize includes $1,000; publication on; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Judge: Jess Walter. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 1. For complete guidelines, visit

THIRD WEDNESDAY, annual contest. Send up to 3 unpublished poems not over 2 pages each to A prize of $50 each goes to the best 3 poems. Winners and 3 Honorable Mentions will be published in TW. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 31. Website:

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:

WERGLE FLOMP Humor Poetry Contest. No fee. 17th year. Top prize: $1,000. Total prizes: $2,250. Winning entries published online. Submit 1 humor poem by April 1. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Final judge: Jendi Reiter. Enter at

WHEELBARROW BOOKS Poetry Prize, sponsored by RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU, for poets yet to publish a book-length collection. $1,000 award and book publication, with distribution by MSU Press. Original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English, minimum 64 pages. $25 reading fee. Postmark deadline: February 28. Complete guidelines:

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BOOK ASSOCIATION announces its 2017–2018 Writing Contest. Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction/memoir, and YA. Award includes publication for top 4 submissions in The Bookwoman, WNBA’s national magazine. $250 award for first prize winners. Submission period: September 15, 2017–March 1, 2018. All contest fees fund WNBA literacy programs. For more submission guidelines and judges’ bios, visit:

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ON THE ENCHANTED ISLAND of Martha’s Vineyard, The Writer’s Place accommodates women writers for retreats. Among staff members is awarding-winning poet, writer, educator, and editor, Georgia Popoff. She will present workshops on writing: poetry and creative nonfiction. The Writer’s Place, 455 State Rd., PMB -353, Tisbury, MA 02568. Website: E-mail:

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WRITE IN ITALY Summer 2018! Poet Kim Addonizio (7 collections, National Book Award Finalist, Guggenheim, NEA) and Susan Browne (Four Way Books Prize) lead a retreat June 4–18 at a former monastery in Umbria. Included: workshop, lodging, amazing meals, trips to surrounding towns and attractions. Website:;

WRITING RETREATS by the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop will take place in New Orleans (March 2018), Paris, France (July 2018), and Granada, Spain (August 2018). CWW alumni have won prestigious awards and finished book manuscripts. Faculty have included Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, David Shields, Dipika Guha, Alexander Chee, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Tim Horvath, and Kathleen Spivack. Visit for more info. Apply at:

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS Residency Program with Master Artist Tracie Morris (experimental poetry/sound poetry), June 24–July 14 (application deadline: January 21); Master Artist Chris Abani (fiction), October 14–November 3 (application deadline: May 13). 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

DJERASSI RESIDENT ARTISTS PROGRAM offers residencies, at no cost, to artists in the disciplines of literature, visual arts, media arts, music composition, choreography, and science. Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 1 hour south of San Francisco. Private studios and all meals included. Six sessions running from mid-April to mid-November. Workshops with varying deadlines also offered in writing, movement alchemy, and photographic exploration. CORE season Deadline: March 15. E-mail: Website:

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FREEHOLD TAOS Residency Center is an international cultural center that seeks to provide a serene workspace (a 2-room adobe casita with a bedroom, office, full bath, and kitchenette) and quiet, uninterrupted time for writers to practice their craft. Selective year-round residencies are open to writers, curators, artists, and academics. For more information and to apply, please visit:

MINERAL SCHOOL: Join a 1- or 2-week summer 2018 writers’ residency in Mineral, WA, in the foothills of Mt. Rainier. Live in a historic schoolhouse with fellow residents, in a private studio/bedroom, with all meals provided. Fellowships available. Applications close: February 15. To apply, visit

SUMMER LITERARY SEMINARS ( is announcing our program in Tbilisi, Georgia, July 2018, and in Kenya, December 2018. Georgia faculty: Josip Novakovich, Maaza Mengiste, Ariana Reines, Mikhail Iossel, others TBA. SLS-2018 fiction/poetry contest now open to submissions. First place winners in poetry/fiction will have the choice of attending programs in Georgia/Kenya, all expenses paid, plus publication in Fence. Second place winners receive full tuition waiver; third place, a 75 percent tuition discount. A number of additional fellowships will be offered. Deadline: February 28. Visit website for complete guidelines. Submit up to 3 poems of 10 pages or a story/novel excerpt up to 25 pages, with $17 entry fee at

WRITER RESIDENCIES AT PLAYA, one of the premiere residency programs in the country. Located in the remote, dramatic landscape of the OR Outback; 2- and 4-week residencies, no cost to residents. Private and semi-private cabins. Application deadline: March 1. To apply, go to

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MARGE PIERCY offers her 7th annual intensive poetry workshop June 11–15 in Wellfleet, MA (Cape Cod). Juried submissions for a serious craft workshop in a beautiful place. Morning workshops in the village; conferences on her land. A public reading. Raises talented poets to a higher level with enormously increased chances for publication. Complete information, submission guidelines, and comments from previous participants:

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WRITE IN HAVANA. Tap into the energy of evolving Cuba in immersive writing workshops with authors Pam Houston, Lee Gutkind, and Hampton Sides in Havana, Cuba. Over the past 7 years, our Cuba programs have provided unique access and focused on interactions with Cuba’s engaging and generous people. Join us this year for a memorable journey and extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. Spaces are available in workshops through March 2018. For more information, visit

WRITING FROM NATURE with Christine Woodside, editor of Appalachia and author of Libertarians on the Prairie. Low-key weekend, walking alone then guided writing, keynote talk, boat trip with a loon expert. To sign up, visit

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