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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: June 1.

BAOBAB PRESS WANTS MYTHS for the This Side of the Divide: New Myths of the American West anthology. Please send prose under 7,500 words, set west of the Continental Divide, that deepens our understanding of the West and its peoples while utilizing the possibilities inherent in the myth form. Submit at

THE CHRYSALIS PROJECT seeks poems for an anthology about caregiving for any form of dementia. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works accepted as long as the writer holds rights. Submit up to 3 poems/5 pages of poetry. Deadline: September 30. For complete guidelines, visit

IN THE INTERESTS OF CONTINUING what proved to be a surprisingly provocative discussion at AWP Portland (2019), What Books Press invites submissions from writers over 60 contemplating issues of their own mortality, especially in relation to what we’re calling late-stage writing, for an anthology of the same. Go to the What Books website for more info:

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

WRITINGS ON DOMESTIC VERBAL AND PHYSICAL ABUSE ANTHOLOGY. Seeking CNF/memoir from grown children, partners/spouses, ex-partners/ex-spouses, siblings. Word.doc/docx. Deadline: August 31. Cover letter and brief bio to editors Judith Skillman,; Barbara Molloy,; Linera Lucas,

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

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual, 99-year-old literary awards in 2 categories: Literature for adults and literature for children and young adults. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit books published in 2020. Generous monetary prizes awarded. Guidelines: Authors must reside (or have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is nonresident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction, please. No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2020, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Karen Pulver, Literature Awards Chair, 748 Western Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: Or Angela Gall, Young People’s Literature Awards Chair, 13325 S. Columbine Circle, Plainfield IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

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. Generous royalty splits. Tip: Follow submission guidelines exactly. For details, visit

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

ROSE METAL PRESS 2020 OPEN READING PERIOD. From June 1 to 30, we’re seeking full-length hybrid genre manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2022 and beyond. We welcome submissions in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage an expansive interpretation of hybridity. $15 fee. For details, visit

THREE MILE HARBOR PRESS Harbor Press is accepting submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts for its annual poetry prize. Deadline: December 30. Reading fee: $25. Winner receives $500 and 25 copies. The 2019 winner was Jordan Smith for Little Black Train. For complete guidelines, see

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:

2020 BURNSIDE REVIEW CHAPBOOK CONTEST Review Chapbook Contest. Judge: Lara Glenum. Winner receives $200 and 10 copies. Chapbooks are elegantly designed with letterpressed covers. Runs March 15–June 30. Submit 18–24 pages of poetry. $15 entry fee. All submissions must be made through our submission manager:

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for chapbook poetry manuscripts. Dates: May 1–June 30 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Bowles, Judith Brice, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, George Keithley, Kareem Tayyar, Lehua Taitano. Publication in 2021. Guidelines:

THE 2020 MAY & JUNE SEQUESTRUM THEMES are 1) “Family” & 2) “Place!” That’s 2 separate themes that will both close June 15! Fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Payment + publication. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 30. E-mail: Full guidelines:

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

CALLING WOMEN WRITERS! HerStry is seeking CNF submissions for our monthly theme essays. We accept submissions year-round from women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations. LGBTQ+ and women of color are especially encouraged to submit. All accepted stories receive payment. Deadlines are rolling and can be found 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:

THE COMPLEMENTARY THEMES for Pedestal Magazine’s June 2020 issue will be “a lament for the earth” and/or “a song of resilience.” Open for submissions May 11–31. Please visit the site to read current and archived content, see relevant details, and submit work:

COVID LIT is a new online lit mag fighting COVID-19 by spreading art and philanthropy. Rather than accepting submission fees, we require writers and artists to donate at least $3 to the nonprofit of their choice. Use your creative superpowers for good and send your art, poetry, and prose to today!

CREAM CITY REVIEW is Milwaukee’s leading literary journal devoted to publishing memorable and energetic pieces that push the boundaries of writing. We want to read your best fiction, poetry, and nonfiction this year! Submit your work from August 1 to November 1. For full guidelines, please visit

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE seeks unpublished work on any subject, in any style. Surprise us! Essays must be no longer than 4,000 words. Deadline: May 18. Complete guidelines at

EVENING STREET REVIEW 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:

THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New residency awards for artists and writers. Website:

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

ICONOCLAST LITERARY MAGAZINE is a 28-year-old haven for serious fiction, inquisitive nonfiction, and accessible poetry. Buck the trends! Ditch the CV! You tell the tale, we’ll supply the dedicated readers. Pays copies, discounts, fandom, and occasional honoraria. Now reading for #120 & beyond. SASE for reply/return (no e-mail). Still $5 sample (2/$9), 6/$20 subscription. Address: ICONOCLAST, 1675 Amazon Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10547-1804.

ITALIAN AMERICANA WANTS POEMS on any subject in any style by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Fiction and creative nonfiction also welcome. Deadline for summer 2020 has been extended to May 15. For full guidelines, visit

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2021 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

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.

MOM EGG REVIEW seeks poetry, fiction, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, and hybrid works for our annual print issue. We publish work about mothers, mothering, and motherhood. Submissions open May 1 through July 15. For guidelines, please visit

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:

PERSIMMON TREE is an online magazine of the arts by women over 60. If you’re a part of this often overlooked age cohort, are a poet, a writer of fiction or nonfiction, or a visual artist, and want your work to be seen by as many as 10,000 readers and viewers, you will want to consider submitting it to Persimmon Tree. To see the latest issue and learn how to send us your story, article, poem or art pieces, go to and click on “submissions.”

RHINO, AN AWARD-WINNING ANNUAL PRINT JOURNAL, is open for submissions of poetry, flash (500 words max), and translations from April 15–July 31 with no reading fee. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. For 40+ years, RHINO has featured stunning, eclectic work, perfectly bound and visually splendid—“powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). All submissions considered for $500 Editors’ Prize. To buy our gorgeous new 2020 issue; to read RHINO Reviews, our online magazine of reviews of the most compelling new American poetry; and for submission guidelines:

SANGAM LITERARY MAGAZINE. Committed to excellence, Sangam, home to LA’s Poet Laureate and the Languages and Literature Department at Southern University, is looking for your best work for our fall 2020 issue. For submission guidelines, see: We are looking forward to you being part of this promising literary magazine.

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS FROM WOMEN! OyeDrum is a soon-to-be launched feminist online magazine and community, encouraging the avant-garde and moody. We are a platform for all types of work and exploration in writing and art by women only. We are interested in fiction, nonfiction, essays, pitches, poetry, reviews, and hybrid. Send your submissions and questions to

STONE CANOE, 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, and artists who are either current or former residents of upstate NY. When funds permit, prizes of $500 are also awarded to emerging writers and artists; awards are selected by our editors, from among works accepted for publication, and no entry is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit or e-mail

STORM CELLAR, an independent journal of safety and danger with its roots in the Midwest, in print and e-book formats since 2011, seeks amazing new writing and art. BIPOC, women and NB, LGBTQIA+, disabled, neurodivergent, poor, and border-straddling voices encouraged. Surprise us! To submit:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open May 1 through June 30 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 is calling for creative writing by non-native English writers. We publish fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by English as a Foreign Language writers as well as profiles, interviews, reviews, and art. See for our submission guidelines and submit until June 11. No fee. Follow us @tintjournal.

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

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

THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW , an annual print journal, seeks poetry, short fiction, graphic novels, nonfiction, and one-act plays for its upcoming issue by established and emerging authors wherever they reside. We continue to spotlight Westchester authors in a dedicated folio. See website for guidelines:

FICTION FOGEY. A website dedicated to short stories by writers over 60 and/or by writers under 60 whose main character is over 60. Mail a paper copy of your story to: Fiction Fogey, P.O. Box 270, Corrales, NM 87048. 2,500 word maximum. Include your contact info.

4TH ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in Taos, NM, July 24–26, 2020. Keynote speaker, Pam Houston (author of Deep Creek; Cowboys Are My Weakness). Invited faculty include William DeBuys, BK Loren, William Henderson, Allegra Huston, Santee Frazier, and many others, with workshops in every genre. Website: FMI: (575) 758-0081.

17TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 18–23, 2021. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with David Baker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Traci Brimhall, Jericho Brown, Vievee Francis, Forrest Gander, Kevin Prufer, and Mary Ruefle. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Special Guest: Gregory Orr and the Parkington Sisters. Poet At Large: Brian Turner. To find out more, visit Apply to attend a workshop!

JOIN THE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S WRITING GUILD at our 43rd Annual Summer Conference, Your Vision/Your Voice, July 24–30, at Endicott College, Beverly, MA. Choose from 2 dozen workshops across all genres, critique and meet-the-agent sessions, and open readings. To register, visit: Questions? Call (617) 792-7272 or e-mail

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 17–20, in Lexington. Workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with Jami Attenberg, Mahogany Browne, Bridgett M. Davis, Erin Hozier, Amy Hempel, Mariama Lockington, Roxana Robinson, Evie Shockley, Darcey Steinke, and more. $225/$125/$30. Scholarships available. Registration begins April 1. Website: Phone: (859) 257-2874.

MOUNT DIABLO WRITERS CONFERENCE, 1-day, Friday, June 12, in Concord, CA (SF Bay Area). Panels on young adult and nonfiction writing; workshops on poetry and fiction. Keynote: Julia Flynn Siler. Presenters: Devi S. Laskar, Alison Luterman, Robert Aquinas McNally, Susan Cohen, John Hart, Robin Claire Barnes, Jill Hedgecock, and Dean Gloster. $85 includes lunch, workshops, resource and book tables, open mic. Registration: Info:

REGISTRATION, FELLOW, AND SCHOLAR APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN! Join award-winning poets and authors Kiese Laymon, Julianna Baggott, Ravi Howard, Caitlin Horrocks, and many more for a week (May 9–16) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, social events. This working writing vacation happens every year along the white sands and clear blue waters of FL Gulf Coast, celebrating writing, networking, craft, community. Website:

$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. “The entry fee is reasonable, and I love the structure of NMW. It allows writers to submit all types of work, and the site is incredibly user-friendly.”—Arvilla Fee, recent submitter. Visit

$1,000 AND PUBLICATION in The Ocotillo Review for the winner of the Chester B. Himes Memorial Story Prize and the winner of the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. Charlotte Gullick will judge fiction. Chip Dameron will judge poetry. $20 entry fee. Deadline: August 20. $100 prize to runners-up. Website:

THE 2020 DIODE EDITIONS book and chapbook contests are open for submissions. For full guidelines, please go to 

2020 FIRST PRIZE WINNERS will be announced in late spring. Thanks to all who submitted work. The 2021 competition opens for entries on January 1, 2021. For details and year-round inspiration, go to

2020 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Nick White, author of Sweet and Low and How to Survive a Summer. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

THE 2020 ORISON CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers $300 and publication by Orison Books for a manuscript of 20–45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Entry fee: $12. Submission period: April 1–July 1. Judged by Orison Books founder and editor, Luke Hankins. Website:

2020 RIVER STYX INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST awards $1,000 and publication for the best poem. Lee Ann Roripaugh will judge. $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

2020 TALKING WRITING PRIZE for multiple genres: $500 plus publication. Topic: Ideaphoria. Do you have too many ideas? Does that thrill you or cause spontaneous combustion? We want your essays, poems, or hybrid work stimulated by or about ideaphoria. Guest judge: Lesley Wheeler. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 15. Website:

2021 MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS NOVELLA PRIZE: Winner receives $750, book publication, 10 copies, reading at Miami University (OH). Final judge: Keith Banner. Deadline: August 31. Manuscript length: 18–40K. Reading fee: $25. Previous winners include: Garth Greenwell, Lee Upton, Clancy McGilligan, and Paul Skenazy. Submit: Questions:

2021 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: midnight, July 31. Winner and finalists announced before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at

2021 SATURDAY EVENING POST GREAT AMERICAN FICTION CONTEST. Winner receives $1,000 and publication in January/February 2021 issue of the Post; 5 runners-up receive $200 and publication online. Entries should represent the highest quality fiction, regardless of genre. Deadline: July 1. For guidelines and more information, visit

14TH GIVAL PRESS NOVEL AWARD for best original previously unpublished literary novel in English, approximately 30,000 to 100,000 words. Prize: $3,000, copies; book publication in 2021. Reading fee: $50 per novel submitted. Deadline: May 30. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

17TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS SHORT STORY AWARD for best original previously unpublished literary stand-alone 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.

19TH 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 Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

22ND ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or The 2019 winner is Kirsten Kaschock for her manuscript Explain This Corpse. Former winners include Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: June 1.

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:

ANTHOLOGY PUBLICATION & CASH AWARDS for poems in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we hunker down in the face of the virus, we can allow ourselves to reflect and clean out some of the cobwebs that cling to us, and continue to be productive. Guidelines and submissions:

THE ARIZONA AUTHORS ASSOCIATION has opened its 2020 Literary Contest. Deadline is July 1. See our website for categories and entry form:

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:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S MAY SARTON NEW HAMPSHIRE POETRY PRIZE is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection of poems with the winner receiving $1,000 and book publication with our Spring 2021 titles. Entry fee: $30. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Nils Michal. For submission guidelines:

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:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S ANNUAL PRIZES recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Dan Chaon), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Kay Redfield Jamison), $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: Jen Bervin). Deadline: July 1. Entry fee: $20 ($30 includes subscription). Website:

BIANNUAL PRINT JOURNAL BLACK WARRIOR REVIEW seeks 2020 contest submissions. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash and $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and CNF). Judges: Mayukh Sen (nonfiction), Paul Tran (poetry), C Pam Zhang (flash), and Lucy Corin (fiction). Open until September 1. Complete information available at

THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Books. $1,000 cash prize, publication, and 50 copies. Submit 1 full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Entry fee: $25. Submissions open: September 1 to December 1. Learn more:

BOOKS ON THE BOSQUE WRITING CONTEST: $1,600 in cash prizes. Awards by category: $250 first place, $100 second place, $50 third place. Entry fee: $10/entry. Categories: (1) Short Story; (2) Creative Nonfiction Essay; (3) Poetry—Rhymed; (4) Poetry—Free Verse. Entry deadline: September 21. Details/guidelines: Phone: (254) 675-3724.

CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks poems year-round for its California Quarterly, its Poetry Letter and monthly contests. Poems are accepted for CSPS Annual Contest March 1–June 30. To contact us or for publication information, membership, submission requirements, contest rules, and so forth, see

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre Short-Play Contest and Festival “8Tens@8.” Sixteen winners with performances in January–February 2021. All styles and all genres considered. For guidelines, see:

CARVE MAGAZINE’S RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST is open April 1–May 15. Prizes: $2,000, $500, $250, + 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2020 and reviewed by lit agencies. Entry fee: $17 online/$15 mailed. Guest judge: Pam Houston. Website:

CATHY SMITH BOWERS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Open: May 1–June 15. Prize: $1,000, publication, 50 author copies. Reading fee: $15 (electronic submission: $17). Length: 28–40 pages of poetry. Judged blindly by Main Street Rag editors. Final judge: Cathy Smith Bowers, former Poet Laureate of NC. All entries considered for publication. 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 at Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S MURIEL CRAFT BAILEY MEMORIAL AWARD single poem contest invites submissions after April 1 to postmark/online deadline July 1. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. Final judge is Patricia Smith ( No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed. U.S. mail entry fee: $5 per poem, 40 lines max. Extra fee for online submissions. Website: Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Facebook page:

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 WINNERS of the Brighthorse Prize: Michael Pearce (Poetry) for Santa Lucia by Starlight, Lucy Ferriss (Short Fiction) for Foreign Climes, and Jane Harrington (Novel) for In Circling Flight. They receive $1,000 each and publication by Brighthorse Books. To submit to the 2020 contest, go to

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

CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2020 POETRY PRIZE. Judge: Keetje Kuipers. $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 2020 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 2020 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:

EMRYS PRESS POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Judge: Sarah Stickney. Winner receives $1,000, publication, 20 copies, and week-long residency at Rensing Center (Greenville, SC). Submit 24–28 pages of poetry by July 1. $25 entry fee. Website:

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

EX OPHIDIA PRESS. Fifth annual Ex Ophidia Press Poetry Book Prize for a collection of poems. The winner will receive $1,000, book publication, and 15 author copies. In addition to the winner, there will be 9 finalists.  Submissions accepted between May 1 and August 31. $25 submission fee. Please visit our website for the complete guidelines:

FISCHER PRIZE/CANTOR AWARD: $1,000 national prize, five $200 finalist prizes, and $500 for best CO entry, plus partial travel stipends to Talking Gourds Awards in Telluride (CO) October 9–11. Judge: CA performance poet Claire Blotter. August 30 deadline. Fees are $10 per poem ($25 for 3). Guidelines:

FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL SHORT FICTION CONTEST invites entries of up to 3,000 words that deal with fly fishing. No entry fee. Deadline: July 21. Final judge: Nick Lyons. Prizes include publication in the Winter issue. Questions/entries should be sent by e-mail to deputy editor Henry Hughes at

GHOST PROPOSAL CHAPBOOK CONTEST: May 1–July 31. Hybrid & post-genre projects, ~16–32 pages. $7 entry fee. Results announced September 1. Winner is awarded publication, 15 copies, and a free 4-week residency at Studio Faire in southwest France in 2021. Guidelines:

GRAND PRIZE: $2,000. The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction. Word limit: 1,000. All finalists published with a monetary award. Works in non-Anglo languages accompanied by their English translations are considered. Anyone 18+ is eligible to enter. Deadline: May 24. Guidelines at

HEADMISTRESS PRESS, a lesbian-identified publisher of poetry, is proud to announce our sixth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest to be judged by Vi Khi Nao. Winner receives $300, publication, plus 20 copies. All entries considered for publication. Submissions accepted May 4 to July 4 through Submittable. Winner to be announced in the fall. Sliding scale fee. Full details at:

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE: Gabehart Prizes in poetry, fiction, nonfiction. Winners receive $300 and are featured in a reading at the September 17–20 conference. Fee: $10 for up to 5 pages of poetry or 6,000 words of fiction or nonfiction. Submit online or by mail by June 1. Website:

THE MACGUFFIN IS HAPPY TO WELCOME Matthew Olzmann as guest judge of our 25th Poet Hunt Contest, running April 1–June 15. First prize will receive $500 and publication; 2 honorable mentions also awarded. Send up to 5 poems with $15 entry fee via Submittable, e-mail, or post. Fee includes 1 free issue. Full guidelines:

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:

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. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Sixth year. Grand prize of $5,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/literary fiction, genre fiction, creative nonfiction & memoir, poetry, children’s picture book, and graphic novel & memoir. $12,500 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 OFF THE GRID POETRY PRIZE provides a forum for older poets sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We are accepting book-length manuscripts, including poetry in translation, by poets over age 60, from May 1–August 31. The prize: $1,000 and publication. Submission fee: $25. For full guidelines, visit

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2020: 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). For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail, or visit

RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2020: Judged by Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third. 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 Lester Graves Lennon, Poetry Editor. Deadline: September 30. Fee: $20. For guidelines, go to Questions? Call (608) 423-9780.

SLAPERING HOL PRESS CHAPBOOK CONTEST is open to writers who haven’t published or self-published a collection. Submissions accepted February 15–June 15. Winner receives $500, publication, 10 copies, readings at HVWC (Sleepy Hollow) and NYC, travel expenses up to $500. Judging is anonymous and adheres to CLMP ethics. For guidelines, see

SOLSTICE: A MAGAZINE OF DIVERSE VOICES (The Best American Essays 2018, Notable Essays, Best of Net) announces annual contest. $1,000 Fiction prize, judge: A.J. Verdelle; $500 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, judge: Adrian Matejka; $500 Nonfiction Michael Steinberg Prize, judge: Megan Marshall. Submit March 15–May 5. Reading fee: $18. Purchase our Winter print issue at

SPORT LITERATE, to celebrate 25 years of renowned creative nonfiction, offers our biggest single prize to date. If your best “sport short” is picked best in show, you’ll win $1,000. Entrants receive 2 back issues and the anniversary issue. Find contest guidelines online and submit by the D-Day deadline. Website:

STAUNCH BOOK PRIZE. Three awards for thrillers in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered. Published or unpublished Thriller Novel—prize £1,000. Unpublished Short Story—prize £200. Unpublished Flash Fiction—prize £1,000. All prizes open February 18–July 20. Full entry details:

STUDENT WRITERS! Submissions are open for Epiphany Magazine’s Breakout Eight contest. Eight graduate or undergraduate poets and prose writers will receive publication in Epiphany’s “Breakout Eight” special issue, a $250 prize, a yearlong mentorship, and a subscription to Epiphany. Entries must be received by midnight on July 15. For more information, visit

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS announces its 2020 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 2019 winner is Susan Terris for Dream Fragments. For full guidelines, visit and

THE TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL announces 4 writing contests with cash prizes, free festival passes, publication, and a public reading. We celebrate emerging writers with unpublished and unperformed pieces. One-Act Plays, Very Short Fiction, Poetry, and Fiction contests open May 1. For more information, visit

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID FICTION & ESSAY CONTEST. 28th 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

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, edited by Billy Collins. The winner receives $5,000 and publication. Up to 3 additional books also receive publication. Applications are accepted year-round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website:

VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY Poetry 2020. Deadline: July 15. First Prize: $750; Second Prize: $250; + publication in Vallum. Vallum is accepting original and unpublished poems for its annual contest. Entry fee: $25, includes a free 1-year subscription to Vallum. Website:

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

AWARD-WINNING ACTOR/SINGER Frank Shiner of Bakerson Records announces the launching of its new division—Bakerson Productions. Currently seeking straight plays, and also musicals featuring role for a male 40–50s. Please send submissions with your name, and address on the cover page. Include a SASE if you would like your submission returned. We also take online submissions; please send to or send submissions to Bakerson Productions, P.O. Box 345, Chappaqua, NY 10514.

CHERISHED DREAM RETREAT. Come make your writing dreams the center of your day. Returning for the eighth year at the exquisite Guest House Retreat Center in Chester, CT, Anne Marie Santoro will lead a group of 10 individuals. Two seminars plus individual mentoring time daily. Three opportunities to participate in 2020: June 11–14, August 9–15, September 24–27. For detailed information, call Anne Marie at (212) 543-1313 or e-mail her at

GARST HOUSE POETS AND WRITERS RETREAT. Complete your project in charming “Old Florida” home, built 1913. Quiet, 2.5-acre green space, 16 miles from Siesta Key (number 1 rated beach in America, 2017), shopping, art, nightlife. Furnished private rooms, Wi-Fi, communal kitchen. By week or by month. Summer special! Contact Garst House at (941) 245-1530 or

THE MASS MOCA EKPHRASTIC POETRY RETREAT, October 7–13. In the heart of autumn in the Berkshires, explore the ways that visual art can open your poems, perception, and imagination to help you access memories, emotion, and new forms of expression. Websites:; Or contact Deadline: July 1.

PARIS RETREAT. Join the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in Paris, France (July 16–21). Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and multi-genre workshops will be taught by faculty Rita Banerjee, Diana Norma Szokolyai, and David Shields. Supportive faculty, literary salon atmosphere, practical feedback! For more info, visit All levels and genres. Apply by May 30. Early apps encouraged at Limited seats!

PRIVATE STUDIO CASITA GUESTHOUSE in downtown Santa Fe, for short- or longer- term rental, equipped with Wi-Fi, printer, washer/dryer, plus more. Finish a project or begin something new. Enclosed coyote fenced patio—secluded yet near museums, restaurants, and the natural beauty of NM. Website: E-mail:

WELLSPRING HOUSE RETREAT for writers, artists, scholars, east of the Berkshires, 35-min drive to Northampton/Amherst, 5-min walk to scenic lake. Four hours from NYC. Sheltered by towering spruce; secluded, but nestled in Ashfield village, with cafe, library, pub. Private room & workspace; communal kitchen, sun-porch, living room. Fees are $360/wk for a double, $330 for a single. Send résumé & work sample to Find out more:

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.

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM—Spend 3 weeks in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Residency #179 Ain Gordon, writer/director/actor (October 11–31). Visit

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS COLONY located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five self-contained cottages with workspace, porch, and use of communal studio space. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. Spring & summer filling quickly, so apply/reserve now! E-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

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

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:

ABLE, EXPERIENCED EDITOR IN POETRY AND PROSE. Prize-winning author of each. Respectful. Thorough. As a team, we can raise your novel, poems, short stories, memoir, query, or application letter to the next level. Publication advice available. E-mail: Website:

ABOUT YOUR BOOK...Want to make it acclaim-worthy and publication-ready? Former publishing house senior editor offers editing, coaching, critiquing, and more. Award-winning, agented clients. Specializing in thriller, YA, literary, Christian, business, and self-help. Visit website for over 60 articles on the craft of writing. Jessi Rita Hoffman’s website:; e-mail:

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. Fifty-four books I edited have been published in the last six 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:

ADVICE FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHORS. Dzanc Books, a nonprofit press devoted to publishing innovative literary fiction, now offers a new writing mentorship service: Full manuscript critiques. Work with 1 of our experienced, award-winning authors on your fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, or work directly with the press’s editors. For more, visit

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.

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 the Master Course in Novel Writing. I seek to combine the best of an experienced editor and inspiring teacher, helping writers revise their manuscripts. For testimonials, visit

AUTHOR, AUTHOR! Professional editor, literary midwife, award-winning author (Bantam, Avon, Scholastic, Berkley/Ace, others) offers extensive critiques, tutorials, revisions, support. Upgrade your writing skills; solve problems with plot, character development, pacing. Specialties include literary and mainstream fiction, mystery/thriller, juvenile/YA, general nonfiction, psychology, spirituality. Carol Gaskin. Phone: (941) 377-7640. E-mail: Website:

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

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

BEAUFORT WRITING GROUP DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR. Critique academic, science, novels, memoirs—clarity, voice, grammar, narrative trajectory. Client’s agent: “Sharpest improvement ever seen.” Top Ten New England Editor. New Poems: Let Go or Hold Fast. English professor, journalist, captain. Website: Beaufort, NC, rental, Kakapo Press. Susan Schmidt, PhD. Phone: (252) 269-0032. E-mail:, Website:

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. Bookgardan yearlong program, individual mentorships. Literary fiction, nonfiction. Free consultation. Website:

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:

BOOK EDITING—Specializing in full edit and polish. We have edited award-winning books in nonfiction, dramatic nonfiction, and fiction. Experts in copyediting, line editing, content editing. Add impact. Gain clarity. Improve readability. Call for quick response and free sample edit: (805) 535-8787. E-mail: Website:

“BOOKS ALOUD BY WEITZEL.” Turn your print prose into vibrant audio for the earbud set. Emmy winner and highly rated narrator Tom Weitzel records for Penguin Random House, Punch Audio, and independent authors. He can guide your project from beginning to download. Samples at Or contact at

COPY & DEVELOPMENTAL EDITOR specializing in works penned by writers of color. MFA, adjunct professor of writing, published author, background in publishing and journalism. Will deliver a sensitive edit of your manuscript while ensuring that your voice and experience remain intact. 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 26th 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:

FREE SESSION with  Writer Wellness Consultant and Mentor. Have writing begging to get on the page, revised, and moved on to publishing? Want to find out what’s in the way? Give yourself the gift of a free consultation and get started. Contact: Andrea R. Canaan, MSW, MFA. E-mail: Website:

JAN FREEMAN, Paris Press’s founding director (1995–2018), provides coaching, manuscript consultations and development, and editing services for poets and writers. Let’s get your work ready to submit! Full-length manuscripts, new-and-selected collections, poetry chapbooks, works in progress, and projects you’d like to begin. Contact or visit

PATTY SHANNON (FORMERLY WORDSTATION). When you don’t need an editor, just good typing and professional proofreading—grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency corrections included. Friendly service since 1989. MS Word, typewriter, handwritten, audio accepted. Medical terminology specialty. Free brochure. Will type sample pages of your manuscript free. Visa/MC/AMEX. Phone: (800) 538-8206. E-mail:

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:

PROOFREADER, PUBLICIST, GHOSTWRITER, AND BIOGRAPHER. Sean Mitchell is a former writer for the Galveston County Daily News and Yahoo! Sports, ready to offer his services to you! All rates are negotiable and he offers a free consultation upon 5 referrals. Please call him at (281) 309-2381 or e-mail at

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

2020 TWO SYLVIAS PRESS 4-WEEK ONLINE POETRY RETREAT: Write new poems from prompts, exercises, and inspiration sent directly to your e-mail. This online retreat can be done from home or on the go! At the end of the retreat, a poem will be critiqued in detail by guest poets and you’ll be sent suggestions on where to submit your work. Space is limited. Visit:

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:

HUMBER SCHOOL FOR WRITERS SUMMER WORKSHOP in Creative Writing, July 12–17, in Toronto, Canada. Spend mornings with your writing mentor, and afternoons with top publishing professionals. Programmed by David Bezmozgis, 2020 mentors include Marina Endicott, Sheila Heti, Colin McAdam, Michael Redhill, Naben Ruthnum, Olive Senior, and Alissa York. Website:

LIVE FREE AND WRITE. August 16–21. 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:

NOVEL WORKSHOP with publisher/editor, Greg Michalson. 2.5 days of immersive, 1-on-1 focus on your manuscript’s structural issues, character, scene, and line-by-line prose. Includes 4 nights at Porches Writing Retreat. See website for workshop details: The Michael Kenneth Smith Fellowship covering the full workshop fee is currently being offered for a writer 35 and older who has not yet published a novel. See website for submission guidelines:

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

TWO RARE OPENINGS in 15-year-old poetry circle with six members. We do a close analysis of form, dividing our time between poems one of us has written and published work. Accomplished poets or avid poetry-readers welcome. Free, third Tuesdays from 7:15 to 9:15, on Upper West Side in NYC. Write

WRITE IN SPAIN. July 7–14. Retreat to beautiful northern Spain to immerse yourself in a supportive weeklong writing experience that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, panoramic cliff-top views and excursions to Barcelona and more. Learn more and register today: