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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 POEMS: In support of WA Governor Jay Inslee’s moratorium and the passage of SB 6052, send poems for an immediate chapbook for readings around the state. The search for a publisher of an anthology by WA and all poets in progress. Send to Sarah Zale:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Third- and Fourth-Wave Catholic Women Writers: The Future of Unruly Women in the Church. Seeking memoirs, short stories, essays, and poetry by contemporary feminists on Roman Catholicism. Editors Jeana DelRosso, Leigh Eicke, and Ana Kothe have an advance contract with SUNY Press. Submissions due June 25 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.

RESUMED PROJECT: Pessoa Anthology. Seeking submissions for an anthology of North American poets and writers’ responses to Fernando Pessoa. Tentative title of book: In the Footsteps of a Shadow: North American Poetic Responses to Fernando Pessoa. All correspondence to Charles Cutler (Emeritus, Smith College), 22 Savoy Rd., W. Hawley, MA 01339. E-mail:

SAVASANA POEMS, a collection of poems to be read in a yoga class to move listeners to deeper self love. Looking for submissions. Poets paid 3 copies. Submit up to 3 poems no longer than 1 page each & 1 paragraph bio by August 31 to Jennifer Finley at

AD LUMEN PRESS is accepting manuscripts of full-length literary novels and memoirs from emerging authors who may or may not have previously published a book-length work. The submission period is open from May 15 to August 15. No submission fees. For more details, visit

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual 93-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 2018. 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 a 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 2018, 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: Tammie Bob, Literature Awards Chair, 474 Stagecoach Run, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: Or Angela Gall, Young People’s Literature Awards Chair, 13325 S. Columbine Cir., Plainfield, IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit 

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 poetry and short literary fiction by women and non-binary authors. We also accept novels. No submission fee. See our website for more information:

WTAW PRESS will read submissions of unpublished manuscripts of prose June 1–30, and manuscripts of previously published books of cultural significance that are out of print July 1–30.We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. Guidelines:

YOUNG WRITERS Chapbook Series. VerbalEyze Press is accepting manuscript submissions from writers ages 13–22 for its 2019 Young Writers Chapbook series. Writers selected earn royalties toward scholarships. VerbalEyze Press is a nonprofit publisher that fosters and supports the development and professional growth of young writers. For submission details visit:

AJI MAGAZINE is calling for poetry, short fiction, literary nonfiction, reviews, photography, and graphic art from emerging and established writers and artists. Submissions open on May 1 and November 1 and close once the upcoming issue is filled. Back issues available at E-mail queries can be sent to

AJN, THE AMERICAN JOURNAL of Nursing, seeks personal essays (850-word limit) describing experiences related to health and health care for its monthly Reflections department. Authors do not have to be health care professionals. We prefer clear writing with strong details and vivid characterization; $150 honorarium paid upon publication. For author guidelines and examples of articles published in this column, please go to and click on “Reflections” under “Author Guidelines,” or query the Reflections coordinator, Madeleine Mysko: 

BLUELINE: a literary magazine dedicated to the spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems and stories about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Blueline will celebrate its 40th anniversary with our summer 2019 issue. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions: mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify us immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS + Themed—Gyroscope Review: The Crone Issue, Fall 2018. We seek contemporary poetry from those who identify as women and are over the age of 50. Tell us about the exhilaration and power of being an older woman. Submit July 1–September 15. No fees. Website:

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:

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:

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2019 volume. Past volumes include works by Samiya Bashir, Lucas de Lima, Cynthia Manick, Paisley Rekdal, Ira Sukrungruang, among terrific new voices. Reading August 15 through December 1. Submission guidelines and mission statement:

COLLATERAL is an online literary journal publishing poetry, fiction, CNF, and visual art that examines the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. Accepts submissions year round, does not accept previously published work, no reading fee, publishes in May and November. Send submissions via Submittable:

CONSEQUENCE, the international literary journal addressing the culture and consequences of war, is now accepting submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translations for its Spring 2019 print issue. Compensation—poetry: $25 per page, prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations: $15 per page ($250 maximum). Website:

CREATIVE NONFICTION magazine is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Games.” We welcome personal stories as well as profiles, and we’re open to a very wide range of experiences and circumstances. 4,000 words or fewer. Deadline: November 19. Guidelines at

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

EVENING STREET REVIEW (published twice a year) seeks previously unpublished work. Submit 3–6 poems or 1–2 prose pieces. Payment is 1 contributor’s copy. E-mail submissions are preferred as a single .docx or .rtf file. Mail to: or Evening Street Press, 2701 Corabel Ln. #27, Sacramento, CA 95821. For further details, visit:

EYEWEAR PUBLISHING LTD. of London, England, announces the 2018 Sexton Prize: A $1,500 award and publication for a poetry collection by an American poet. The winner will be published in the U.S. and U.K. simultaneously in 2019. Judge: Lloyd Schwartz, poet and critic. Deadline: September 1. Guidelines: 

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees, and reads submissions August through April. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthology. Details and links to our submission manager can be found at

ISTHMUS, a literary review based out of Seattle, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photo essays, and art for its Fall 2018 issue (no submission fees). Isthmus is interested in exploratory work and diverse voices. For complete guidelines or to order print copies and read online issues, visit

LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art for its unthemed Winter 2019 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

MONTHS TO YEARS is a quarterly digital literary journal dedicated to writing about mortality. We seek creative nonfiction submissions up to 2,500 words exploring the wisdom, insight, and humor related to death and dying. Months to Years addresses 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.) Submission guidelines: Submissions deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Submissions accepted continuously and will be considered for subsequent issue if received after deadline. Send submissions to:

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

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW print journal of poetry and art (since 2009). Open for submissions July 1 to 31. See more on our website:

THE SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites mailed submissions of CNF, fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and cross-genre material. 2018–2019 theme is “Raíces: Down to the Roots.” Submit typed, double-spaced submissions of 2,000 words or less + SASE. Mail to SFLR, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508 by November 1. For details, see our website:

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

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is open through July 31 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. Guidelines:

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

UNDER THE SUN is reading for its 7th online issue, beginning August 15 through January 2. Creative nonfiction and single submissions only. Inquire about reviews. Website: Beginning August 15, we have a new editor, new e-mail address, and new mailing address: Dr. Martha Highers at or 2121 Hidden Cove Rd., Cookeville, TN 38506.

THE WAIF PROJECT, a digital publication for people who move, is accepting submissions for its second issue: Leaving. What does it mean to walk away from places, people, institutions, and traditions? Send narrative nonfiction and personal essays to Deadline: August 3. Submission guidelines: 

WE’MOON is accepting art, poetry and prose submissions from women around the world. This year’s theme is “Wake Up Call.” This astrological, lunar datebook is a progressive collaboration inspiring (re)connection with Earth’s natural cycles, celebrating womyn’s creativity. As always, no jury fee. Download our call for contributions at

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

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

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

15TH ANNUAL Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 21–26. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Stephen Gibson; Special guest: Sharon Olds and Poet-at-Large Tyehimba Jess. Apply to attend a workshop! To find out more, visit

$4,000 IN AWARDS! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by July 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 value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer.”—J. L. Schneider, NY. Website:

THE 2018 NEW WRITER Awards offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry yet to publish a book-length manuscript. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry), plus runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 30. E-mail: Full guidelines:

2018 TALKING WRITING Prize for Personal Essay: $500 plus publication. Topic: Place and identity. How do places shape you? We want short essays that combine a powerful sense of place with reflections on the meaning of particular landscapes or neighborhoods. Judge: Julie Phillips, author of James Tiptree, Jr. and an upcoming biography of Ursula Le Guin. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 15. Website:

2019 MIAMI UNIVERSITY PRESS Novella Prize: Winner receives $750, book publication, 10 copies. Final judge: Daisy Hernández (A Cup of Water Under My Bed). Deadline: August 31. Manuscript length: 18,000–40,000 words. Reading fee: $25. Previous winners include: Garth Greenwell, Lee Upton, Paul Skenazy, Patricia Grace King. To submit: For questions:

2019 PRESS 53 AWARD for Poetry. $1,500 advance awarded to an outstanding unpublished poetry collection and published as a Tom Lombardo Poetry Selection. Reading fee: $30. Judged by Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry series editor. Open: April 1–July 31. Winner and finalists announced by November 1. Complete details:

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.

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL Writing Contests—fiction, poetry, nonfiction (long-form & flash, incl. haiku). To be notified of the call for submissions, subscribe: Prizes include: Cash awards, publication in the 2019 edition of Crossroads: La Vida Creativa en San Miguel de Allende, and full conference package to attend the 14th Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference in Mexico (February 13–17). Website:

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:

BE PART OF the West’s oldest literary journal, established in San José in 1867. Reed Magazine’s contests offer prizes for nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and art. Submit online June 1–November 1 using Submittable; $15 entry fee includes a free copy. Winners are published in our handsome print journal. Details:

THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE by Meadowlark Books. Prize: $500, 50 copies, and publication. Submit 1 full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Guest judge: Kansas Poet Laureate Kevin Rabas. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: December 1. Guidelines:

BLYDYN SQUARE BOOKS will award a book contract for our 2021 season. Works of at least 50,000 words in any genre are eligible, including previously self-published books. Deadline: September 30. $25 reading fee. See:

CALVINO PRIZE: Fourteenth Annual Calvino Prize sponsored by the University of Louisville. For a short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final judge for 2018: Kelly Link, Pulitzer finalist; Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy winner. 1st prize: $2,000 plus publication in Miracle Monocle, celebrating a decade of select works. 2nd Prize: $300. First-place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details:

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

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2017 winners of the Brighthorse Prize: David Bajo, Carrie Messenger, and Judith Small. Brighthorse Books will once again award $1,000 and publication for the best novel, collection of poetry, and collection of short fiction submitted by August 16. To learn more: To submit, see our website:

CREATIVE NONFICTION magazine is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Sex.” 4,000 words max. Deadline: July 16. $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at

CROSSWINDS POETRY JOURNAL’S fourth annual poetry contest starts July 1! Awards: $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. One hundred poems will be selected for our annual spring contest issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Tina Cane, Poet Laureate of Rhode Island, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit:

DANAHY FICTION Prize/Tampa Review. $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review for a previously unpublished work of short fiction, 500–5,000 words. $20 entry fee includes subscription. All entries considered for publication. Submit by December 31. Address:  Danahy Fiction Prize, Tampa Review, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Visit:

FREE STATE REVIEW announces the Heavenly Creatures contest to commemorate the luminous kite photography of celebrated darkroom artist Sally Gall. Submit a poem or flash fiction written as a love letter to the sky. The winner will be featured in our Spring 2019 issue and will receive an artist proof signed by Sally Gall valued at $250. All participants will be considered for publication. The contest is free to everyone. Deadline: September 1. Website:

FROM JULY 1 TO JULY 31, Crazyhorse will accept entries for our annual short-short fiction contest. Submit 3 short-shorts of up to 500 words each via Submittable. First place wins $1,000 and publication; 3 runners-up will be announced. All entries will be considered for publication. The $15 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription to Crazyhorse. For more information, visit our website:

THE GRAYSON BOOKS Poetry Prize, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions of poetry manuscripts, 50–80 pages, including title page and contents. Submit by August 15. Use submission manager: No contact info on the manuscript. Entry fee: $25. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Patrick Donnelly to judge. Website:

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

HEART POETRY AWARD $500, publication in HEART 13. Honorable mentions published. $10 covers 3 unpublished poems and reserves your copy of HEART 13. Visit website to view past issues, preferred style, and judge bio (Veronica Hallissey). Deadline: Postmark August 31. Submit online at or mail to Nostalgia Press, 115 Randazzo Ct., Elloree, SC 29047.

LILITH MAGAZINE—independent, Jewish & frankly feminist—invites submissions of quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our annual fiction contest. The magazine proudly spotlights both emerging and established writers. When selecting what you’ll submit, please remember our tagline, and familiarize yourself with Lilith by visiting Winner receives $250 + publication. Deadline: September 30. With “Fiction Contest” in subject line, send to

THE LINDA BRUCKHEIMER Series in Kentucky Literature will be open for submissions July 1–31. Submissions are open to any writer of English who is a native of Kentucky, who has lived in Kentucky for at least a year, or whose manuscript is in or about Kentucky or about a Kentuckian. For guidelines, visit our website at:

LITERAL LATTE Poetry Awards. $1,500 in prizes and publication. See for tastes, guidelines, and to submit delicious words. Stimulating the minds of readers and the careers of writers for 24 years. Got poems?  Submit online through or send to 200 East 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. E-mail:

MIDDLE CREEK PUBLISHING—Poetry Broadside Contest seeking a poem to be published as a broadside. 25-line limit per poem. $10 reading fee for the first poem. $5 for each additional poem submitted. Prize: Publication of poem as a broadside, 10 broadside copies, and $50 prize. All submissions considered for publishing in our online journal, AFIELD. For details, visit our website at:

MIGHT RIVER SHORT STORY Contest Deadline: October 1. $1,000, publication in Big Muddy. Best short story, any theme. $20 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

NARRATIVE/POETIC MEDICINE Chapbook Prize of $250 and publication awarded to a 20–35 page poetry manuscript that treats the illness story from any perspective. Dawn McGuire will judge. Entry fee: $25 by September 1. For full guidelines, please visit our website at

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

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $1,000 prize for annual Single Poem Broadside Prize. Judge: Dean Rader. Electronic and postal submissions July 1–August 20. Winner receives cash prize, 50 copies of broadside, publication in OmniVerse online journal. Entry fee: $10 first poem, $5 each additional poem. For guidelines, see

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 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 ANTHOLOGY Awards offer $500 and publication for individual works of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Orison Anthology is an annual collection of the finest spiritually engaged writing. 2018 judges: Richard Yañez (fiction), Zeina Hashem Beck (poetry), Gayle Brandeis (nonfiction). Entry fee: $15. Submission period: May 1–August 1. To submit:

PATRICIA DOBLER Poetry Award 2018: Open to women writers over the age of 40 living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (chapbooks excluded). Winner receives $1,000, publication in Voices from the Attic, round-trip travel, lodging and reading at Carlow University in Pittsburgh with final judge. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October 1. Contact us by phone: (412) 578-6346 or e-mail: For complete rules, visit our website:

RED WHEELBARROW Poetry Prize 2018 Judge: Naomi Shihab Nye. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third, and top 5 published in Red Wheelbarrow. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see

RIVER STYX ISSUE 102. Enter our 2019 Microfiction Contest! Winners will be featured in Issue 102. Submit up to 3 stories of no more than 500 words each with entry fee, which includes a prize issue copy. All entries are considered for publication. Visit for complete details. E-mail:

TAMPA REVIEW PRIZE for poetry. $2,000 plus hardcover and paperback book publication, and portfolio in Tampa Review for previously unpublished manuscript by new or established poets. $25 entry includes subscription. Submit by December 31. Address: Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Visit:

TINDERBOX POETRY Journal is holding its fourth annual poetry contest, the Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize, which runs June 21–August 21. Entry fee is $12 for up to 3 poems (no more than 5 pages) with a $600 prize and $300 for the runner-up. Our judge this year is Zeina Hashem Beck. More information at

TOM HOWARD/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. 16th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $1,500. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $1,500. Total prizes: $4,000. Winning entries published online. Fee: $12 per poem. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at

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

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

WOVEN TALE PRESS Poetry Competition: Submit 3–5 poems. Submissions open July 15–September 15. Juror: Joyce Peseroff, former associate poetry editor of Ploughshares literary magazine, author of 5 poetry collections. First prize: 1-week retreat to the legendary Hamptons, NY, destination to renowned writers from around the world. Submit at

DEBUT NOVEL: Luther’s Angel. Steve Haskin has written a first novel and is looking for an agent. The novel is based in Minnesota on the Mississippi River and concerns a love story between an Iraq war veteran and a librarian in an imaginary town on the Mississippi in Minnesota. Contact: Steve Haskin at 512-800-1949 or e-mail View the first chapter at

TWO QUIET LIGHT-FILLED OFFICES available in NYC . Furnished 2-room suite for up to 5 people ($4,250/mo); 1-year lease beginning September 1. May also be rented separately; the larger office is suitable for 3 desks ($2,750), the smaller for 2 desks ($1,750). Includes utilities, high-speed internet, use of conference room and kitchen. Financial District, near the 1/2/3, 4/5, R/W, J/Z lines. Walking distance to Battery Park. Contact

26 SPLIT ROCK COVE Retreat. A perfect space for writers in every season. Beautiful 1-bedroom apartment overlooking Mussel Ridge Cove, South Thomaston, ME. Apartment includes living room, eat-in kitchen, bath, laundry, and patio. Cable and internet access. Additional studio space possible. Preference given to those renting 2 weeks or more. Art/ writing workshops also offered. See for more information. Contact or call (207) 596-7624.

BIRDS & MUSES RETREATS. Intimate, guided writing intensives and low-residency book incubators in soul-stirring locations: Pt. Reyes, Southern France, Adirondacks, ME, Sicily in 2018. Full manuscript consultation, literary fiction & nonfiction. Rustic-chic lodging, farm-to-table meals. Notable writers feed & mentor you: Kate Moses, Kate Christensen, Mary Pols, Jennifer Steil. Website:

THE BOWERS HOUSE: Grand, historic home nestled in the rolling hills of Northeast GA. This writers retreat and literary center affords visiting writers the tranquility and space to create. Six private rooms, 4 bathrooms, central heating & A/C. Accommodates 12 overnight guests. Reasonable rates. For details—website:; e-mail:; phone: (706) 498-6970.

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

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

NORTHERN NEW MEXICO apartment. Inspirational! Quiet sanctuary. Magnificent 8-pointed Star House with breathtaking views—Southern Rockies between Questa NM & CO border. Entire first floor has new kitchen, bedroom, living room with sofa bed, bathroom, washer/dryer. Very clean. Private driveway, entrance, and patio. Quiet writer on second floor. $110/night; $600/week; $1,500/month. Website:

PRIVATE STUDIO casita guest house in downtown Santa Fe, for short or longer-term rental, equipped with WiFi, 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. Proprietor is a writer who knows what is needed for a perfect retreat. Website: E-mail:

SO GO IN SAVANNAH! Stay in a haunted hotel and write/workshop Southern Gothic/Magic Realism in America’s most haunted city with Big Fish’s Daniel Wallace, “horror-drunk storytelling virtuoso” (Time Out NY) Clay McLeod Chapman, and Rutgers University Creative Writing professor Alex Dawson. August 5–10. For info, write

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