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2023 LOVE NOTES ANTHOLOGY. Mayacamas Press invites nonfiction stories of transformation for its maiden anthology contest. If life changed you in a fundamental way, we want to hear about it. Winning stories will be published in February 2024. Submit by October 15. Entry fee: $35. Details at

WANT YOUR SHORT STORY PUBLISHED in an increasingly popular anthology whose first volume featured a previously unpublished S.A. Cosby story and whose second featured uncollected work by Morgan Talty? If so, submit! Website: And if you love reading *interesting* stories, order a COOLEST AMERICAN STORIES 2023 today! Website:

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  

BLUE LIGHT PRESS BOOK AWARD — Imagistic, inventive, honest poems that push the edge. Send 40–75 page manuscript, SASE, $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, P.O. Box 150300, San Rafael, CA 94915 by January 31. For guidelines, Website:

RIDDLE BROOK PUBLISHING, a specialty publisher of narrative nonfiction based in New Hampshire, is now accepting proposals and manuscripts for review. Particular interest in personal stories told with a compelling voice. Send inquiries to, or complete the submission form on our website. No fees. Small advance offered for accepted manuscripts. More info at

‘23 SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER Sequestrum theme is “Reprints!” Doors open September 15. Payment + publication. Submit via our online submission system. E-mail: Full guidelines:

ABANDONED MINE is a poetry journal (quarterly online, selected annual print) now accepting submissions for our second year. We are seeking poems people will be inspired to re-read and share with family and friends. Please visit for examples, past issues, and complete submission guidelines.

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW is seeking submissions from writers and poets who have experience with mental illnesses, either in themselves, family members, or friends. We’re published twice a year. Prefer submissions about healing and recovery but not adverse to other forms. First peruse submission guidelines at

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks poetry, short stories, and creative nonfiction for a theme issue on “The Body Politic,” which will turn a creative lens on how our bodies and our health interface with our societal structures. Submissions open September 1–December 31; fee: $5. Website:

THE BLUEBIRD WORD, an online literary journal for poetry and flash, seeks new writing from all experience levels. We publish frequently throughout the month and are open for submissions year-round. Send us your crisp flash (nonfiction and fiction) and poignant poetry. Full guidelines at

BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and nonfiction about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Please identify simultaneous submissions; notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Website:

THE BMP LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Website: Publication awards for winning entries. HerWords literary magazine for women and JanusWords for LGBT+. 

CALLIOPE IS A PUBLISHING APP dedicated to genre fiction—interactive, illustrated fiction. We’re looking for short stories and flash fiction in any type of genre (fantasy, crime, romance, sci-fi, you name it)! We take rolling submissions with rates of $0.05/word. For submission guidelines, or if you’re interested in downloading our app, please visit

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, seeks submissions from emerging and established writers for its 2024 volume. Past volumes include works by Chiori Miyagawa, Susan Straight, Naomi Shibab, Terry Dubow, and Ernest O. Ògúnyemí, among terrific new voices. Reading September 1 through December 15. Submission guidelines and mission statement:

CUTBANK IS MONTANA’S OLDEST literary magazine, celebrating 50 years in 2023. Run by the students of the University of Montana Creative Writing MFA program, we publish 2 annual print issues of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Submission fee: $5. Payment for writers featured in print. Guidelines are at

THE DAWN REVIEW is now accepting submissions in all genres of literary writing, including poetry, prose, short plays, and hybrid forms. We want work that surprises us, whether through new language, new forms, or new ideas! Our reading period runs from August 15 to October 31, and we provide free, detailed feedback on all submissions. Visit for submission guidelines.

DEEP WILD: WRITING FROM THE BACKCOUNTRY, seeks well-crafted words, all genres, in celebration of and in defense of places where there are no roads for our 2024 annual print issue. Submission window: September 1–December 1. No fees! Read guidelines/order a back issue at

FOUNDED IN 2000, THE BRYANT Literary Review is an international journal of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction housed at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI. Authors can submit work to: For past issues, see Work to be considered for Vol. 25, which will be published in Spring 2024, must be submitted between September 1 and December 1. 

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 24th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit

FULL BLEED, A JOURNAL at the intersection of the visual and literary arts, seeks submissions on the theme of “Home” for its next issue, which will be published in partnership with Pen Parentis and will feature work exclusively by writers and artists who are parents or grandparents. Details:

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a journal inviting girls and gender-expansive writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work to by December 31. Include a note mentioning your age and where you’re from. We ask to be first to publish your work in North America; after publication, rights return to you.

GLIMPSE SEEKS POEMS for Issue #57. For guidelines, send SASE to George J. Searles, Editor, Box 51, Clinton, NY 13323 or see website:

GRAILING IS AN ONLINE MAGAZINE affiliated with Grailing Press. The magazine is seeking well-edited short fiction, flash, CNF, essay, criticism, memoir, and poetry. Word counts around 2,500 words are recommended. Online submissions are free and accepted on a rolling basis. Please send submissions to

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees and reads submissions from late summer to early spring. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Details can be found at

MUSE ART/LITERARY JOURNAL is open for submissions September 15 to December 15 for Spring 2024. Send 1 prose piece (1,500 words max) or up to 3 poems; include contact & bio: RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. We also accept submissions at Please e-mail attachment (prefer .doc) with “LastName–Genre–Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. Full guidelines at

NOMINEE: RANKED SIXTH among Top 25 Literary Magazines & Publications in 2022 (Feedspot). The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at

OAKWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY’S literary journal since 1975, seeks new work from writers living in or affiliated with the Northern Great Plains region. Recent contributors include Ted Kooser, Kent Meyers, Linda Hasselstrom, and Terese Svoboda. No submission fee. Submit from September 1–December 31; see

PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL of Spirituality & the Arts, biannual online publication from Northeastern University, welcomes the most exciting unpublished poetry, prose, art, translations you submit. Please explore first at; submit via Submittable; 2 annual submission periods. Submit once per year. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices encouraged.

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

SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites no-fee submissions of CNF, fiction, poetry, and visual art. This year’s suggested theme is “Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Journeys Real and Imagined.” Word limit per prose submission is 2,000 words per submission period; poets may submit up to 5 poems per submission period. Submit via Submittable by November 1. Learn more at

SUBMISSIONS FOR SANGAM’S Fall/Winter 2023 edition are open from April 15–September 30. The literary magazine of Southern University and A&M College, Sangam welcomes your best short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Submissions: Note: Names should not appear anywhere in the document—we read blindly. We look forward to your submissions!

SUFI: JOURNAL OF MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHY and Practice seeks poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that addresses themes related to Sufism; other established spiritual traditions and paths; or a personal spiritual quest, discovery, or understanding. Submissions accepted on an ongoing basis. Direct inquiries and submissions to

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW pays writers! $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer pieces. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. We are reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions August 1 to October 15. Guidelines, print or digital issues, and samples of accepted work at

THIRD STREET REVIEW is an online literary journal for flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, art, and photography. We are a paying market, and we welcome work from writers and artists from all cultural backgrounds and experience levels. For complete submission guidelines, please visit Looking forward to seeing your work!

TINT JOURNAL, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by writers who compose their work in English as their second or foreign language. See our homepage for our open calls and our guidelines, and submit via (no fee). #showyourtint. 

TWO HAWKS QUARTERLY is a digital journal affiliated with Antioch University Los Angeles’ BA program in creative writing and is setting the bar for contemporary literature with bold and illuminating poetry, fiction, CNF, art, and quality experimental work. Submissions accepted October 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. For guidelines, see

UNDER THE SUN, a journal of creative nonfiction, is accepting submissions during our regular reading period, September 1 to January 2. Submissions are free if e-mailed to (We also accept submissions through Submittable for a nominal fee.) Ground-mailed submissions may be sent to P.O. Box 332, Cookeville, TN 38503. Further guidelines here:

THE WOVEN TALE PRESS MAGAZINE, both online and print, features the finest literature and art from around the world. Submit (free!) poetry, flash fiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. Go to our “submit” page at  

THE WRITER’S WORKSHOP REVIEW publishes the best in creative nonfiction, fiction, and interviews and pays for published stories. 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: Kathleen Glassburn at For more, contact Websites: or


2024 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 15–18 at the Hyatt Regency, San Francisco. Join us for our 20th annual LIVE event! Fiction, nonfiction, YA, poetry, and screenwriters meet and network with 100+ agents, editors, publishers, poets, authors, and book marketing professionals. Find out more at

JOIN US AT THE 25TH ANNUAL Taos Storytelling Festival from Friday, October 13, through Saturday, October 14, in beautiful Taos, NM. Storytellers include headliner: Ray Christian, Moth contest winner, Two Worlds (a Native American storytelling group), and Cisco Guevara. Festival includes 4 events plus the main show. Call (575) 758-0081 FMI or

RAYMOND CARVER & TESS GALLAGHER CREATIVE WRITING CONFERENCE. Guests: Billy Collins, TC Boyle, Tess Gallagher, and Selected Shorts. Workshops, readings, film screening, and more. Conference style presentation proposals invited. Peninsula College, April 25–27, 2024. Port Angeles, Washington. Discounted waterfront hotel rooms. Details on website: E-mail questions:

SAINTS & SINNERS LGBTQ LITERARY FESTIVAL will be held in New Orleans March 22–24. SASFest hosts writing workshops, panel discussions, author readings, and social gatherings for LGBTQ+ readers, writers, editors, publishers, and other literary professionals, plus writing contests in poetry and fiction for LGBTQ+ writers with October deadlines. For more info visit

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS & NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL’S 38th annual event for readers, writers, and theater lovers will host over 150 events including literary discussions, writing workshops, master classes, theater events, music events, author interviews, special events, and more! March 20–24. Plus, writing contests in 1-act plays, fiction, and poetry with October deadlines. For more info visit


$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by November 30—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “New Millennium has a very welcoming website. The quotes from other authors are very positive about the experience, and there is a clear sense that new writers are invited to the table.”—Brian Giddens, recent submitter. Visit

2023 FALL NOVEL SLICES CONTEST: 5 novel-excerpt writers will receive $1,000 each and publication in the winning issue. Submit novel excerpts of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 words with a $12 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the award issue, by October 31. Juliette Wade to judge. For complete guidelines visit

2024 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 and book publication. Final judge: Nikki Wallschlaeger. Deadline: January 15, 2024. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2024 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: $1,000, publication, and 53 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Claire V. Foxx, Press 53 short fiction editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: Midnight, December 31. Winner and finalists announced by May 3. Reading fee: $30. Information at

3RD ANNUAL LIT/SOUTH AWARDS. $6,000 total prizes plus publication in Litmosphere: Journal of Charlotte Lit. $1,000 first place in 3 categories: Poetry, fiction, nonfiction. $3,000 prize pool shared by longlist. Poetry final judge: Jericho Brown! Open to current/past residents of NC, SC, GA, TN, VA. Enter October 1 to November, $10. Guidelines:

18TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE POETRY PRIZE for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present poem. Judge: Nicky Beer. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

21ST GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD for best previously unpublished original poetry collection in English of approximately 45+ pages. Prize: $1,000 and book publication. Reading fee: $20 per collection. Deadline: December 15. Details: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

ABILENE WRITERS GUILD ANNUAL CONTEST. Submit between October 1–November 30. Multiple categories. Entry fees, prizes, complete rules, and guidelines will be published on our website in September. Prizes will be awarded in March 2024 at our annual workshop. Judges are published writers in each field. Visit:

ALICE JAMES AWARD. $2,000, book publication. AJB is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts postmarked or via Submittable until October 16. Entrants must reside in the U.S. Additional manuscripts may also be chosen for publication as the Editor’s Choice. Guidelines:

BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Press. $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:

BOOK CONTEST: IML PUBLICATIONS Paris/NYC, a literary press. $1,000 prize. We are looking for high-quality, 50-page submissions of memoir and fiction, October 1: $35 fee. Finalists submit completed manuscripts December 1, judged by Jacqueline Gay Walley. “Recommended by Reedsy: Best Writing Contests 2023!”

CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS accepts nonfiction book manuscripts for the Kenneth Johnston Nonfiction Book Prize from September 1 through December 31. Fee: $30. Prizes include $500, 5 print, and 1 digital copy of the winning book. See our submission guidelines at

CIDER PRESS REVIEW BOOK AWARD. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $26. Judge: Jayne Marek. Submit 48–80 page manuscript to or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CODHILL PRESS PAULINE UCHMANOWICZ POETRY AWARD: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 30. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgements, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) to: $30 entry fee. For complete guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW JESSIE BRYCE NILES CHAPBOOK CONTEST: Top prize: $1,000 and 50 author’s copies. Entrants receive copy of winning chapbook, $30 fee. Manuscripts 25–34 pages accepted August 1–October 31. Check website for complete rules, which must be followed. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton, judge. Use Submittable (online fee extra) or mail. Comstock Review Chapbook, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website:;

COWLES OPEN POETRY BOOK PRIZE. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pages, $25 reading fee. Deadline: November 1. Guidelines at Submit through our Submittable account.

CROSSWINDS POETRY CONTEST: $2,000+ to be awarded in our ninth annual poetry contest! $1,000 grand prize, $500 runner-up, $250 third prize. Seven additional finalists will each receive $50. Judge to be announced. Reading period from November 1 to December 31. Reading fee: $20. Guidelines at:

DECEMBER MAGAZINE is excited to announce the 2024 Marvin Bell Memorial Poetry Prize (formerly the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize). Dorianne Laux will judge. Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2024 Spring/Summer Awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website

DZANC BOOKS seeks innovative literary fiction and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, and the Short Story Collection Prize, $2,500 advance/publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Contests close September 30. Details at

EVENT MAGAZINE’S NONFICTION CONTEST: $3,000 in prizes, plus publication. Enter by October 15. We encourage writers from diverse backgrounds and experience levels to explore the creative nonfiction form and submit their work. 5,000-word limit. For full contest details, visit

FIRST BOOK BY A U.S. POET 70 OR OLDER: Henry Morgenthau III Poetry Prize. Deadline: January 15, 2024. Award: $3,000 and publication by Passager. Entry fee: $25. Send: 30–40 poems, SASE/e-mail for notification only. Hard copy or use Submittable. Address: 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. Complete guidelines:

FIRST PAGES PRIZE invites you to enter your first 5 pages of a longer work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Prizes in both fiction & creative nonfiction. Open to un-agented writers worldwide, the prize supports emerging writers with cash awards, developmental mentoring, & agent consultation. Opens March 2024! Visit

FISCHER PRIZE: $1,000, five $250 finalist prizes. Open to all styles, all poets. Cantor Prize: $500, two $100 finalist prizes. Open to Colorado poets and any poet writing about Colorado. Winners and finalists eligible for monthly virtual reading series, Bardic Trails, $100 honorarium. Deadline: August 31 yearly. Info at:

GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—seeks quality short stories with heart, soul, and chutzpah, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. Open September 1–December 31. First prize: $300 and publication. We especially like fresh fiction with feminist and Jewish nuance and are eager to read submissions from writers of color and emerging writers of any age. Submit to with the subject line “Fiction Contest” and your surname. Include full contact information on manuscript. Website: And check out FRANKLY FEMINIST: Short Stories by Jewish Women from Lilith Magazine, available now wherever you buy books, or at

HAZEL ROWLEY PRIZE for First-Time Biographers: Sponsored by the Biographers International Organization (BIO), the Rowley prize offers $5,000 for the best book proposal from a first-time biographer, plus a careful reading by an established agent. Submissions due February 1. Guidelines and entry forms are available on the BIO website:

THE HOLDEN VAUGHN SPANGLER AWARD—winner receives $200 and publication in Spring 2024 edition of RCC MUSE. $5 submission fee, by check payable to “RCC MUSE” or Venmo @RCCMUSE. Submit up to 3 poems about a child or childhood, September 15 to December 15: Spangler Award, RCC MUSE, Riverside City College, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Also accepting submissions at Please e-mail attachment (prefer .doc) with “LastName–Spangler Award–Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. Full guidelines at

I-70 REVIEW announces the winner of the Bill Hickok Humor Award for Poetry for 2023. Christopher Buckley chose Laurie Janes’s poem “What Physicists Say” to receive the prize of $1,000. Submissions for 2024 start on January 1 through February 28.

THE INTERNATIONAL LAWRENCE DURRELL SOCIETY announces the 2023 White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on “Ruins.” No entry fee. Prizes: Online & print publication. Deadline: October 31. For further information, go to and under Contests click on “Poetry Contest.” 

THE KEVIN MCILVOY BOOK PRIZE for an unpublished book of prose, September 30–November 15. $2,500, publication, contract and royalties, 25 copies of book. $28 entry. All entries considered for publication. Judged by Nina McConigley, Joan Siber, Pete Turchi. Guidelines:

KINSMAN QUARTERLY seeks BIPOC authors to submit supernatural, extraterrestrial, or paranormal short stories or poetry by December 31. Themes for the Iridescence Award include fantasy, science fiction, Afro-futurism, mythology, paranormal thrillers, etc. Prizes include publication and cash up to $500 USD. No fee required. Details:

LONGLEAF PRESS BOOK AWARD. Beautifully designed publication by Longleaf Press, a $1,000 prize, and 25 author copies awarded for a poetry collection in English. Roger Weingarten will be the 2023 judge. Submit at least 50 pages and a $27 entry fee by December 15 via Submittable. See the website for complete guidelines:

THE MAYDAY PRIZES for Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction offer publication and cash prizes in each category: First place: $500, second place: $250, third place: $100. Submit a story, essay, or up to 12 pages of poetry by November 1. Fiction judge: Alissa Hattman. Poetry judge: Sophia Terazawa. Editors will judge Creative Nonfiction. Entry fee: $20. All submissions considered for publication. For guidelines, visit 

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2023: Open to women writers age 40 and over living in the U.S. who haven’t published a full-length book of poetry (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 Allison Joseph. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). October 31 receipt deadline. Phone: (412) 578-6346; e-mail:; or for complete rules.

POETS WORKING FULL- OR PART-TIME for any K-12 school, public or private, are encouraged to submit a full-length manuscript for the Michael Dryden Poetry Prize. Publication, $500, and 20 author copies. Your poems need not focus on schools or teaching. Nan Cohen is the final judge. For details visit

PRINCEMERE POETRY PRIZE. $300 for winning poem, $200 divided among runners-up. $5 fee for 3 unpublished poems. Deadline: September 15. Submit online at Submittable: Paper submissions accepted from incarcerated poets; Princemere Poetry Prize, 255 Grapevine Rd., Wenham, MA 01984. Previous winners at

RHINO WILL OPEN TO REGULAR SUBMISSIONS from March 1– June 30. We will open August 1–September 30, 2023 for submissions for our annual Founders’ Prize Poetry Contest. Guest judge for the 2024 Founders’ Prize is Rodney Gomez. Founders info: The entry fee is $15 per submission of up to 5 poems; first prize of $500 and 2 runners-up prizes of $100 each. Winners will also be nominated for a Pushcart Prize. All submissions are also considered for publication in RHINO’s 2024 issue, and for our $500 Editors’ Prize. Upon publication: Accepted poets will receive 1 copy of the issue featuring their poem, and the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a discount ($7 + shipping). Accepted poems will be published on the RHINO website at least 1 year after print publication. More info at

RIVER TEETH LITERARY NONFICTION BOOK PRIZE (August 1–October 31): $1,000 and publication with University of New Mexico Press. Lacy M. Johnson will judge. Submissions to River Teeth (narrative nonfiction) and Beautiful Things (micro-essays) are open September 1–December 1. Read complete guidelines for all submissions at

SEEKING POEMS REGARDING WINE (appreciation/imbibing/production), vineyards, Napa Valley, etc. Selected poems will appear on the Judd’s Hill website (, where previous years’ poems can be found and enjoyed. Contest winner will receive a very big bottle of Judd’s Hill Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Final judge is award-winning writer Leza Lowitz, author of over 20 books of poetry and prose. No entry fee. Please submit a maximum of 3 poems and a brief cover letter with contact information by November 5 to 

SLIPSTREAM ANNUAL POETRY CHAPBOOK Competition offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copy of winner and a classic issue of Slipstream. Send up to 40 pages and $20 reading fee to Slipstream, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For further details and guidelines, visit:

SUBMISSIONS AVAILABLE UNTIL October 31 for Kinsman Quarterly’s Native Voices Award. Indigenous storytellers (Native American, First Nation Australian, Polynesian, etc.) may submit original, unpublished work in English; short stories, nonfiction essays, scripts, poetry, or art collection. Publication and prizes up to $500 USD. No fee required. Details:

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY PRESS—the Iron Horse Prize for a First Book of Collected Prose. Deadline: August 15. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Texas Tech University Press is given annually for a first book of collected prose. Manuscripts may be submitted between June 15 and August 15 with an entry fee of $15 (free day on July 15). Visit the website for complete guidelines. Cash prize: $1,000. Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction. Entry fee: $15. E-mail address: Website:

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST. 21st year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $3,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $3,000. Total prizes: $9,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $22 per submission of 1–3 poems. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at:

VERN RUTSALA BOOK PRIZE: $1,000 prize and publication by Cloudbank Books is given annually for a collection of poetry, flash fiction, or combination of the two. Robert Morgan will be the final judge. Submit a 60- to 90-page manuscript with $25 entry fee by October 31 via Submittable or by mail. Visit for complete guidelines. E-mail with questions.

THE WATCHWORD PRIZE. $2,000 prize awarded to the winning poem on the theme of surveillance or on any aspect of watching and being watched. No fee to enter. Judged by poet Carolyn Forché. Deadline: December 1. Submission and eligibility information:

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VERY SMALL ESTABLISHED POETRY book publisher with annual contest, distributor, and backlist seeks to transfer control of the press gratis to an institution, creative writing program, or individual in order to perpetuate its existence. Operations manual and free consulting for a year included. Contact Jim at for details.


INSTANT POETRY (Just add words!) By “Laughing” Larry Berger. Get it from Wherever you buy your books! Website:

POEMS AND INSPIRATION: Words of Empowerment—a new book of poetry by award-winning poet Robert Brantley. Poetry to inspire. Published by Novum Publishing. Purchase online at Amazon or Barnes and Noble:


FOREST SANCTUARY CABIN, uniquely crafted for writers, artists, seekers, finders—quiet, peaceful, living/writing sunroom, sleeping loft, kitchenette, compost toilet, shower, woodstove, spacious deck, hundreds of acres of protected New England forest, miles of trails. Reasonable fee for longer retreats. Internet available. Call (413) 339-4245; e-mail: for info/pics.

GELL RETREAT CENTER on 24 secluded acres in the Bristol Hills of NY’s Finger Lakes region: Recently renovated Gell Cottage available for year-round private retreats. Accessible, 1,300 square feet, 2 bedrooms with private baths, modern kitchen, large living/dining room, spacious deck, HVAC, washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, treehouse on property. Wine country, hiking, boating, skiing, restaurants, galleries, shops. Minimum stay 5 nights, 6 days; maximum occupancy of 4. E-mail:; website:

IRELAND WRITING RETREAT on the Ring of Kerry. June 9–13, 2024. A generative writing immersion with acclaimed novelist, memoirist, TEDx speaker Carolyn Flynn and novelist/poet Jona Kottler. For writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry. Active, immersive writing with mentored critique. Find out more at

MASS MOCA WRITING THROUGH ART Poetry Retreat: October 12–15 in the Berkshires. Generative, immersive workshops in museum galleries explore exciting ways that art can open the imagination, allowing access to memories, emotions, and observations while experimenting with new forms of creative expression. Emerging and experienced poets welcome. Website:; e-mail:

NURTURE YOUR CREATIVITY at the Hudson Valley Story Cottage, located on 16 wooded acres, 75 miles north of Manhattan. 1,000 square feet open floorplan, 1-bedroom cottage with full kitchen, writing nook and Wi-Fi. See for more information or contact

PORCHES WRITING RETREAT, an historic farmhouse overlooking the James River in Blue Ridge foothills. Spacious porches, comfortable, high-ceilinged rooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, well-equipped kitchen, also a private cottage. Novel manuscript consultation available by appointment. Find peace and inspiration. Availability by day, week, month. Open all year. Website: E-mail:

VISIT THE BARRED OWL RETREAT in Central, MA. Workshops and residencies for you or you and a select group of friends to write and/or practice mindfulness—meditation, forest bathing, etc. Facilitate your own retreat, or let writing and mindfulness coach Jess support you. Please visit: or call (508) 963-3133 for more information.

WRITE BY THE RIVER. Located in Three Rivers, CA, at the base of the Sequoia National Forest, this peaceful, private, comfortable retreat sits on the banks of the Kaweah River surrounded by mature oak and sycamore trees. For images and details: When inquiring, use “Write by the River” as the subject line.

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; (510) 290- 9497. 


DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS RESIDENCY is nestled in the hills overlooking beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five self-contained cottages each with workspace & porch—easily providing social distancing. Hiking trails/ponds/views—oak trees and quail. Peaceful, inspiring. Finish your project. Rolling applications/reserve now! E-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

EACH SEPTEMBER, THE OUTPOST FOUNDATION awards 2 BIPOC writers from the U.S. and Latin America a $2,000 stipend, complimentary travel, lodging, and meals to spend a month cultivating a generative writing community in the mountains of Southern Vermont. Learn more and apply by December 15 at E-mail:

JAMES MERRILL HOUSE invites writers of all genres to apply for Fall 2024–Summer 2025 residencies. A stipend is offered, along with rent-free living space and access to James Merrill’s apartment, a National Historic Landmark in Stonington, CT. We offer 6 residencies throughout the year. Applications are open from October 1, 2023 to January 8, 2024. For additional information please visit

PROSPECT STREET WRITERS HOUSE, located in the southwestern Vermont village of North Bennington. Prospect Street provides both tranquility and conviviality to writers of all genres at every stage of their writing life. The recently renovated Victorian has 12 bedrooms configured in 3 suites of 4 bedrooms, 8 with en suite bath. The first floor is on grade and contains a bedroom that meets ADA accessibility requirements. All guests meet for a home-cooked evening meal; breakfast and lunch are up to the individual. A writer’s greatest resource being other writers, the congenial atmosphere at Prospect Street can be conducive to making lifelong friendships as well as professional contacts. One- and 2-week stays are available throughout the year. Consult for submission details, calendar, pricing, and fellowships. Any questions, reach out to Gary Clark at


*LULLABIES & ALARMS* is a free monthly poetry craft newsletter. Topics range from the practical (poetic devices, revision techniques, voice, form, intentionality) to the adventurous (experimentation, improvisation, hypnagogia). Each issue features exercises, readings, and prompts. Written by Elisabeth Blair, a poet & editor with a background in multidisciplinary art. Website:


ABLE AND EXPERIENCED EDITOR for poetry and prose. Respectful. Thorough. Prize-winning author in multiple genres. As a team, we can raise your work to the next level—poems, flash, short stories, novel, memoir, query, or application letter. Publication advice available. E-mail: Website:

ABLE AND WELL-KNOWN WRITER, teacher, editor, (Scribner, Random House, Bantam, Dell, Oxford University Press, 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, T. C. Boyle, Jennifer Egan, Min Jin Lee, Anthony Marra, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, James Salter, Robert Stone, Morgan Talty, and many others. Contact: Website:

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE SERVICES: Visit my website for budget-sensitive options. Marcia Trahan, memoirist (Mercy, Barrelhouse Books) and editor with 18 years’ experience, offers critique, copy editing, and help with queries and proposals. Specializing in memoir; also handles wide range of fiction. Traditional and indie authors welcome. Patient, supportive approach. E-mail: Website:

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR OFFERS SENSITIVE, personalized coaching and editing. Recipient of Harold Vursell Award from the Academy of Arts and Letters, an O’Henry, a Pushcart, publications in the Best American Short Stories. 28 years’ teaching experience, Barnard College, MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, private practice. E-mail: Website:

ACCLAIMED POETRY EDITOR, former executive director of Alice James Books, 25+ years’ editing experience. Professional manuscript evaluation, comprehensive editing. Edits for various budgets. Workshops, tutorials, publishing, publicity advice. Author of We (Red Hen Press, 2025), Event Boundaries, Anxious Music (Four Way Books). Former SNU CW MFA faculty. Website: E-mail:

ACCOMPLISHED CREATIVE WRITING and legal consultant. Do you require writing or legal guidance? Pushcart-nominated writer, published in such prestigious magazines as Granta, and interdisciplinary law professor, Geeta Tewari is scheduling new clients. Expertise: Editing fiction and nonfiction, contract review and drafting, school application support. Contact:

ACCOMPLISHED EDITOR Wyn Cooper works with writers of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. I help you revise and perfect your manuscript, and offer publishing advice. Sixty-five books I edited have been published in the last nine years; ten have won awards. Free consultation. See website for details: E-mail:

AFFORDABLE, POWERFUL, AND COMPREHENSIVE editorial services can give your manuscript an edge. Helga Schier, PhD, publishing executive, professional editor, and published author offers in-depth evaluation, line editing, revisions. Want to write a good book? Let me help you unlock the potential of your manuscript. Contact me at; website:; phone: (310) 828-8421. 

AGENT QUERY & BOOK PROPOSAL EDITS: Not hearing back from agents? Stuck mid-draft? As a former agent and traditionally published author, I promise you a stronger query letter—or your money back. Check out my Google reviews and client success stories:

APPLYING TO MFA PROGRAMS? Writing a story or book? Award-winning author and editor (Penguin Random House, Cambridge University Press) offers mentoring, editing, and critique of fiction and nonfiction. I’ve won the Glimmer Train fiction open and many other fiction awards, and my debut novel was a Chicago Tribune “favorite book.” Students and clients have gone on to MFAs at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the Michener Center, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, the New School, the University of Montana, and others. Info and testimonials:

ART OF THE NOVEL: I work with published and unpublished novelists in all phases of development, both privately and through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where I teach master-level courses in novel writing. An internationally acclaimed novelist, I seek to combine the best of an experienced editor and inspiring teacher, helping writers revise their manuscripts. For testimonials, visit

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

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

BIRDS & MUSES MENTORSHIP for Women Writers. Realize your vision with a mentor as invested in your story & your growth as you are. Acclaimed novelist, memoirist, editor Kate Moses: Taking writers under her wing for 3 decades with startling insights, attentive generosity, command of craft, acute editorial skill. 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 HELPLINE EDITING SERVICES. Friendly, personal, and affordable. We offer developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and coaching. We also offer support in subsequent steps toward publication. Ask for a no-obligation, free sample edit. Contact Judith ( or visit

DON’T HAVE TIME FOR SUBMISSIONS? Need more time to write? In our 29th year! Leads, query letters, research, proofreading, targeting submissions, lots more. Accepting poetry, short stories, novels/memoirs. We love writers! You write, we submit! Join 60,000+ writers who subscribe to our free newsletter. Writer’s Relief, Inc. Call: (866) 405-3003. Website:

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:

I’VE HELPED FIRST-TIME AUTHORS reflecting back on their lives, writers converting notes into a book, journalists moving into a more creative space, novelists, essayists, and memoirists. Award-winning (Guggenheim, Whiting, Pen/Bingham, NEA) fiction writer, magazine journalist (New Yorker, NYT Magazine, Harpers, GQ, Esquire), professor for 25 years (Hopkins, American U, Stony Brook). Editing, tutorials, manuscript feedback. How I work: Contact:

PARIS PRESS FOUNDER and former director Jan Freeman provides coaching, manuscript consultations and development, and editing services to writers and poets in all genres. We can map out a new project or tackle a fresh revision to prepare for submissions. Works in progress, finished manuscripts, chapbooks, new and selected collections. Forty years of experience. E-mail:; website:

POETRY, POETRY MS. Expand your range, syntax, facility with language. Close editing, attention to big picture, phone or Skype conferences—U.S. or international. Experienced poet/teacher, award-winning author of 11 collections, 5 with Godine and Knopf. I founded and taught in the MFA and postgraduate conference at Vermont College. E-mail: For further details, please visit website:

THE POWER OF STORY WRITING COURSE and Coaching. Writing coaching with Cameron Lee Cowan, MA, MFA. Having difficulty writing your book? Know you have a story to tell but don’t know how? Work with me! I can help you! Website:

RESPECTFUL, AFFORDABLE FEEDBACK in fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and poetry. Award-winning writer with over 15 years’ 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:


30TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 12–15, 2024, Atlantic City, NJ area. Choose from small, generative workshops in fiction, memoir, nonfiction, poetry, songwriting, and playwriting. Enjoy intensive and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Register early and save:

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: Website:

HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR BOOK—a free virtual workshop. In this 1-hour book publicity workshop, Press Shop PR founder Leah Paulos shares tips for promoting your book and getting media attention. Press Shop has worked on #1 NYT bestsellers On Tyranny and March, and named a top publicity firm by the Observer. Website:

POETS (BUT NOT JUST POETS)! Join accomplished peers as part of Under the Volcano 2024, a 2-week residency in Tepoztlán, Mexico. Master classes and events in English and Spanish with world-class faculty. Generous financial aid available to qualified writers (talent + need.) Black, Indigenous, & POC writers especially encouraged to apply. Core poets: Jennifer Clement, Rafael Segovia, Keetje Kuipers. Guests: Homero Aridjis, Cyrus Cassells, Sandra Cisneros, Javier Zamora. Dates: January 12–28, 2024. Details:

QUESTIONS OF TRAVEL: ITALY RETREAT/WORKSHOP with Kim Addonizio (8 poetry collections, published in The Atlantic, New Yorker, Poetry) & Flower Conroy (2 collections, former Key West Poet Laureate). June 12–22, 2024, at a serene former monastery in Umbria. Included: Generative & critique sessions, meals, lodging, day trips. Early bird discount: Deadline September 30. Info:;

TODOS SANTOS WRITERS WORKSHOP 11th annual winter session, February 4–10, 2024, in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, MX. Faculty: Christopher Merrill (poetry), Jeanne McCulloch and Karen Karbo (memoir), Fiction (TBA), and Rex Weiner (Strategies in Storytelling). More info: #lithappens.

WOMEN READING ALOUD is an international writing organization dedicated to the power of the writer’s voice. We emphasize the value of community, connection, and artistic growth. Founded in 2003, WRA offers virtual and in-person writing workshops and annual writing retreats—domestic and international—in a supportive environment. Visit: for our 2024 retreat schedule.

A YEAR OF ZOOM POETRY CLASSES, workshops, & salons await you with Two Sylvias’ Weekly Muse—the acclaimed “best new tool for poets!” Upcoming Zoom events include Pulitzer Prize winner Diane Seuss, bestselling author Maggie Smith, and several other renowned poets—all included with your paid subscription. And each Sunday you’ll also receive poetry prompts, submission opportunities, insider publishing info, and more to ignite your poetry life! Find your community—subscribe at:

THE YMCA’S DOWNTOWN WRITERS CENTER in Syracuse, NY offers a wide range of online creative writing workshops and literary readings. Workshops and craft courses are available in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and more—all taught by widely published writers who are serious both about craft and community. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced, publishing writer, we have programs that will keep you engaged and learning. For more information, visit, or e-mail