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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.

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS. We need poems, short fiction, and creative nonfiction to fill an upcoming anthology with the theme “Tattoos.”  Sponsored by Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Submissions open July 1–September 15. Electronic submissions only. Detailed guidelines available online:

EDITORS SEEK ESSAY PROPOSALS for Anthologies. 1) Surviving Suicide: Hope for Those Left Behind. Sarah W. Bartlett and Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, co-editors. Ten percent of profits will go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 2) To Tell Our Truth: Former Jehovaha’s Witnesses Tell Their Stories. Cynthia Brackett-Vincent, editor. Contributors will receive a copy of the anthology in which their work appears. Request guidelines:

THE GEEKY PRESS is seeking narrative essays, creative nonfiction, script photo, and poetry submissions for an edited book titled Dear America: Reflections on Race. We want personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. Deadline: July 31. Guidelines:

HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN: An Anthology is seeking nonfiction about the challenges and rewards of parenting with a mental illness. We are looking for contributors with varying diagnoses. Likewise, we are looking for essays from any point on the parenting timeline—from the decision to have a child to helping children navigate adulthood. Please visit

POEMS THAT SPEAK for themselves. An anthology of poems that will not identify their authors. Deadline: January 2018. If interested, send up to 3 unpublished poems or 7 pages total, without bio, to Anonymoi, P.O. Box 324, Walpole, NH 03608 or e-mail:

POETRYSOUP.COM: #1 poetry website in the world with the most features and poetry resources. Run your own poetry contests online. Create blogs and online classifieds to advertise your books, poetry, and/or website. Research famous poets. Connect with poets from around the world. Joining PoetrySoup and posting poems is free.

TULIPTREE PUBLISHING is reopening its call for [Not] The End: Stories from Prison. Specifically we are seeking stories from and about lifers, poetry, humor, and artwork that reflect the humanity of those behind bars. Contributors receive a free copy. Send to or 216 Bishop St., Fort Collins, CO 80521.

TWELVE POINT COLLECTIVE was made out of a desire to promote great undiscovered writing. With Twelve Point Collective, there exists a platform for anyone to start a writer’s portfolio. Everyone has a story to tell and they’d like to read yours. Submit today and you can be a writer who gets discovered. Let them empower you to pursue an audience.

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 2016. 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 non-resident) 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 2017, 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 Circle, Plainfield, IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BACKLASH PRESS is seeking submissions of fiction up to 200 pages and poetry. Dedicated to releasing work that challenges convention, Backlash aims to pioneer innovative writers. Submission window is open to all, any genre: Literary fiction, poetry, literary fantasy, literary science fiction. Please follow submission guidelines at

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.

ROSE METAL PRESS open reading period. From August 1–31, we’re seeking full-length hybrid manuscripts for consideration for publication in 2019 and beyond. We welcome submissions in all styles and on all subjects, and encourage an expansive interpretation of hybridity. $15 fee. Visit our website for more details:

UPPER HAND PRESS is accepting submissions between June 1 and September 1. We like literature with heart and deep commitment; we like new authors; and we like writers who have studied our submission requirements and follow them. Exclusive submissions only; quick response time. Visit:

WTAW PRESS SEEKS full–length books of prose (novels, memoirs, CNF, collections of stories or essays, etc.) for 2018 publication. Additionally, the WTAW Press Features Chapbook Series will publish chapbooks of selected book openings from full-length manuscripts of promise. We welcome submissions from writers unpublished, extensively published, and in between. We want to publish books that show us more things on heaven and earth than we have dreamt of. Deadline: September 15. Guidelines at

$10,000 WRITING PITTSBURGH Book Prize—In Fact Books (Creative Nonfiction Foundation) is accepting book-length manuscripts on any subject of regional and national significance by a writer with a meaningful Pittsburgh connection. Prize includes editorial support; publication; national distribution, marketing, publicity. Deadline: October 23. For complete guidelines, please visit:

SONDER PRESS SEEKS well–written, engaging chapbooklength works of short fiction—crafted with care, precision and a penchant for language—for its inaugural Fiction Chapbook Competition. We wish to be transported, rearranged and awakened. Prizes include $300, publication, and 10 author copies. $10 entry fee. Submissions close August 31. Guidelines:

ALGORITHM-FREE READERS! Actual human beings will read your submissions of funkadelic, saucy, and will–o’–the wispy creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and text/image pieces for issue #13. Send us your traditional and medium-length work. We dig flash too. Reading period: August 1–December 15. Samples and loads more information is available at

BLUELINE: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays 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. For our summer 2018 volume, the editors will devote a portion of the magazine to celebrating Adirondack waters: we’re looking for creative writing or visual art that explores how water sustains North Country ecologies and wildlife, as well as human landscapes and lives. Submission period July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

CAESURA IS NOW accepting submissions of poetry and visual art for its 2017 issue. Deadline to submit is July 1. For complete guidelines, visit

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS at comedy site—let your literary hair down. As a matter of fact, cut it off. We’re looking for absurd humor. Flash, limericks, one–liners, character sketches, cartoons, you name it! See submissions guidelines at Ignore the gorilla!

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Third annual Crosswinds Poetry contest awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. The top 95–100 poems will also be published in our annual print issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Mr. Lloyd Schwartz, poet and Pulitzer Prize–winning critic, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Killens Review of Arts & Letters, the peer-reviewed journal published by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, seeks submissions, under the theme “Gathering at the Waters,” of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, poetry, memoir, photography, and visual artwork on the subjects of family, community, and unity in narratives that tell of healing, nurturing, cleansing, and reflection in the times we live in. For submission guidelines visit

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

CALLING ALL CREATIVE WRITERS, photographers, and artists: Aji’s Fall 2017 issue will feature poems, stories, essays, and images accompanied by the contributor’s reflections on craft.  How do you envision, fashion, and hone your work? Submissions welcome on this or on any subject from May 1–July 15 at

CHANGES IN LIFE monthly online newsletter is seeking personal essays from women of all ages. New writers are encouraged to submit their work. For further details and submission guidelines, please visit the website at:

COLLATERAL IS A new online literary journal that publishes poetry, fiction, CNF, and visual art that examines the impact of military service beyond the combat zone. Accepts submissions year round, does not accept previously published work, no reading fee, publishes in May and November. Send submissions via our website:

CONSEQUENCE MAGAZINE seeks submissions for 10th anniversary issue dedicated to work by women and those identifying as women. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry and translations on the culture and consequences of war. Print publication compensation. Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations: $15 per page ($250 maximum). Visit:

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

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

FRONT RANGE REVIEW seeks literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 18th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. Send all correspondence to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526. For guidelines, see

FUNNYINFIVEHUNDRED.COM dares you to fit as many laughs into 500 words as possible. We are seeking funny stories in under 500 words (are you a closet Mark Twain?), and humorous monologues in under 500 words (like a stand-up routine). Submissions are accepted year-round. To submit your work, visit:

GRAMMA, A NEW POETRY publisher and online journal, invites you to submit your work to Weekly Gramma. Weekly Gramma is an online series that welcomes submissions year-round. To find our Submittable guidelines, and subscribe to Weekly Gramma for a new set of poems in your inbox each week, visit us at

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

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

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

NATURAL BRIDGE, a journal of contemporary literature, seeks fiction, poetry, essay, and translation on the theme of migration. We encourage a creative interpretation of migration. (Migration-themed work will be one section of the issue, number 39, for as always, we remain a miscellany.) Please submit migration-themed work by November 15. Natural Bridge, a journal of contemporary literature, is published by the MFA Program at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Submission guidelines are available here:

NOURISH—POETRY & HAIKU, Poetry is in the sky, the oceans, the animals, and in your life. Share the poetic juice in your soul. Submit your poems or haiku for publishing consideration in our new poetry & haiku journal, Nourish—poetry & haiku. For submissions, please visit our site below:

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

PRINT-ORIENTED BASTARDS is a quarterly online literary magazine that features award-winning writers and artists. We invite all genres, including literary comics, interviews, reviews, and uncategorizable hybrids. Simultaneous submissions accepted year-round. Response time is typically 3 months. For guidelines and the current issue, visit

STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2017 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 amongst works accepted for publication, and no entry fee is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit, or e-mail:

TATTOO HIGHWAY, an online journal of prose, poetry, and art, seeks mss for TH/24: “Down the Rabbit Hole.” Our tastes are eclectic. We like fresh, vivid language, intelligence, originality, authenticity, and humor. Full guidelines on website; please read back issues before submitting. Deadline: August 15.

THE TIMBERLINE REVIEW, a new literary journal published in the Pacific Northwest, seeks previously unpublished short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and essays for the Winter/Spring 2018 issue. We’re looking for brave writing that speaks to the times we live in. Submission period through October 31. All the details at

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

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

UNDER THE SUN is reading for its 6th online issue, beginning August 15–November 30. Creative nonfiction and single submissions only. Inquire about reviews. Website: New e-mail address: New address: Heidemarie Weidner, Editor, 1622 Edgefield Ct., Cookeville, TN 38506.

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


2018 SAN MIGUEL Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival: February 14–18 (Mexico). The most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas. Attracts 600+ established and emerging writers and industry experts from U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Readers and writers fill 10,000 seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange and cultural connection. San Miguel de Allende: #1 City in the World— CN Traveler. Keynote speakers announced and registration begins August 1. For further information, visit:

14TH ANNUAL PALM Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 15–20, 2018. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, manuscript conferences: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nicole Brown; social events, and so much more. Special guest: Coleman Barks. To find out more, visit

HAIKU NORTH AMERICA 2017 will take place in Santa Fe, NM, from September 13–17. Open to writers and lovers of haiku at all levels—includes lectures, panels, readings, hands-on workshops, haiku walks, calligraphy, and more. Visit:

RIDGEFIELD WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 22–23, Ridgefield, CT. Faculty: Peter Selgin (nonfiction, advanced) Hollis Seamon (fiction, master class), Chris Belden (fiction), Jamie Callan (creative nonfiction), James Chesbro (essays), Adele Annesi (revision). Agent, editor, publisher panels. Keynote by Carlos Eire. Friday and Saturday readings. $195 ($175 before July 1). Education discount. For further information, visit:

THE SOUTH CAROLINA Writers Association SCWA (formerly SCWW) announces the “Big Dream” conference held at Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort October 27–29. Learn from agents: Kerry D’Agostino, Annie Hwang, Michelle Johnson, Peter Steinberg. Editors: Kate Gale, Timothy Green. Authors: Jessica Handler, Emily Lavin Leverett, Luke Whisnant. Add–on pitch/synopsis critiques. Visit:

THE WORK CONFERENCE 2018: March 23–25, NYC. Intensive, intimate gathering of 30 writers & 15 industry-leading agents and editors. Ticket includes agent meetings, critique workshop, dynamic programming, and more, plus social events & most meals. Quirky perks, meticulous attention to detail, and a focus on what matters most: The Work.


$500 FIRST–PLACE prize for fiction with publication in inaugural journal, Fox Lake Review. Second and 3rd place prize is publication. $100 1st place and publication for poetry, with 2nd and 3rd place publication. $50 junior category (under 18) for fiction or poetry. $20 entry fee; $10 junior entry fee. All winners receive printed copy; all entrants receive e-copy. Theme: “rough times.” MLA format. Snail mail: 8514 Cedar St., Fox Lake, IL 60020, include e-mail address; checks payable to Theresa Schmits, Ph.D.

$1,000 PRIZE FOR an outstanding essay or epic poem. Topic: “Contemporary Pilgrims, Prophets, or Unsung S/Heros.” Third annual writing contest sponsored by The Wonder Institute. Online publication. 2,000-word maximum. Deadline: November 1. Final judge: Linda Durham. Fee: $20. For guidelines 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. “Highly recommended. NMW is one of our favorite journals.”—Winning Writers. Twenty years of paying and publishing writers—we have launched careers! Visit:

THE 2017 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) and minimum 2 runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: October 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

2017 TALKING WRITING prize for Personal Essay: $500 plus publication. Topic: Writing and faith. How do you tackle life’s big questions? We want honest, unsentimental nonfiction about belief, mortality, atheism, culture of origin, or anything else connected to soul searching through words. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: October 16.

2018 PRESS 53 AWARD for Poetry. $1,000 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:

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

ANNOUNCING BLACK WARRIOR Review’s 2017 Contest for Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry! Grand prize in each genre: $1,000 and publication. Runner-up prize in each genre: $100 and publication online. Cost to enter: $20 (includes a 1-year subscription). Judges: Rachel McKibbens (poetry), Nicola Griffith (fiction), and Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib (nonfiction). Deadline: September 1. Visit:

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Chapbook Prize offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 6,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15. For guidelines, visit our website:

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem, plus a $2,000 Reader’s Choice Award. Entry fee of $20 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: July 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems per entry. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING is now accepting submissions (U.S. mail and for the May Sarton NH Poetry Prize: $1,000 and book publication for a full-length poetry collection. Open to all poets. Entry fee $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged exclusively this year by Jennifer Militello. For guidelines:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: Rachel Hadas), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Rivka Galchen), $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Geraldine Brooks). Deadline: July 1. Entry fee $20 ($30 includes subscription). Submit online:

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Atlantic Council’s Art of the Future Project seeks entries for 10-minute play competition. Entries inspired by short story about artificial intelligence and future conflict. Submission deadline: June 26. No entry fee. Winner receives $1,000, performance at London symposium in November. Guidelines:

CALVINO PRIZE: 13th Annual Calvino Prize. New this year— increase in award.  Sponsored by the University of Louisville. For a short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final judge for 2017: Brian Evenson, acclaimed fantasy/horror novelist. First prize, $2,000 plus publication in The Salt Hill Journal. Second Prize, $300. First-place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture held in February at the University of Louisville. Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details:

COMSTOCK REVIEW Jessie Bryce Niles 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. Kathleen Bryce Niles-Overton, judge. Address: CR Chapbook 2017, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: Facebook:

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

CREATIVE NONFICTION magazine is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Risk.” We’re interested in true stories that balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. 4,000 words max. Deadline: November 20. Cash prize for best essay. Guidelines at

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:

DUENDE, THE NATIONAL literary journal for the BFAW program at Goddard College, will be reading for its first-ever translation contest for a single poem. There is a $300 first prize and a $150 runner-up prize. Please visit our website for more information and to submit at:

EVENING STREET PRESS announces 2017 contests: Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize, $250 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up: $15 reading fee, ongoing. Website: Sinclair Poetry Prize, $500 plus 25 copies, possible publication of runners-up; $25 reading fee, May 1–December 1. Website:

GODDARD COLLEGE will award one $10,000 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship to an MFA applicant in Creative Writing who is a member of any of the North American Centers of PEN International. Only individuals who are members in good standing of PEN America, PEN Canada, PEN Mexico, or PEN Center USA will be eligible to apply for the Goddard/PEN North American Centers. Membership at any level, including Professional, Advocate, Patron, and Student membership, will qualify. Visit

THE GRAYSON BOOKS Poetry Prize, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit by August 15. Electronic submissions preferred: No contact info on manuscript if submitting electronically. Or mail with your fee of $25 to Grayson Books, P.O. Box 270549, West Hartford, CT 06127. If mailing, include 2 cover pages (1 with complete contact info, 1 with no contact info) along with your 50–80 page manuscript and SASE. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Barbara Crooker to judge. For further information, please visit:

THE INDIANA REVIEW 1/2 K Prize awards $1,000 and publication to a creative piece of any genre under 500 words. Submit up to 3 pieces with a $20 entry fee between June 15–August 1. Donika Kelly will judge. Visit our website for complete guidelines:

THE INTERNATIONAL Lawrence Durrell Society announces the 2017 White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on “harbor” (port, safe haven, etc.), literal or figurative. No entry fee. Deadline: October 1. For further information, go to and click on “Poetry Contest.”

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 23 years. Got poems?! Please visit: or mail to: 200 E. 10th St., Ste. 240, New York, NY 10003. E-mail:

THE LONDON MAGAZINE’S newly launched Essay Competition 2017. Submit for the chance to be published in the U.K.’s oldest literary journal. Runs: July 1–August 31. Judges: Marina Warner, Laurel Forster, and Nikita Lalwani. First prize: £500, second prize: £300, third prize: £200. Entry: £10, subsequent entries: £5. Visit:

MIGHTY 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 at

NEW TEBOT BACH announces the 2017 Clockwise Chapbook competition. Deadline: August 1 postmark. Gail Wronsky, judge. Winner announced in February 2018. Publication in April 2018. Full guidelines:

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. For full guidelines, visit website at:

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $1,000 prize for our annual Fabulist Fiction Chapbook Prize. Electronic and postal submissions August 1–October 24. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $18. Entrants who add $2 shipping receive Omnidawn fiction book of their choice. For guidelines, see

OMNIDAWN OFFERS CASH prize of $1,000 for our annual Single Poem Broadside Poetry Prize. Craig Santos Perez will judge. Electronic and postal submissions. Winner receives cash prize, broadside publication, 50 copies. Entry fee: $10 for first poem, $5 for each additional poem. For guidelines, see

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. 2017 judges: Justin Torres (fiction), Nickole Brown (poetry), Scott Russell Sanders (nonfiction). Entry fee: $15. Deadline: August 1.

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY Award 2017: 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 judge Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon. Poems must be unpublished, up to 75 lines; up to 2 poems, any style, per submission ($20 fee). Postmarked by October 2. Phone: (412) 578-6346. E-mail: For complete rules, visit:

PUERTO DEL SOL’S upcoming themed issue invites interdisciplinary cross-pollination from the sciences, soft and hard. We are looking for works that celebrate and interrogate science, that occupy and define the space between scientific method and artistic production, that navigate the morass between factual environment and the literary interior. We want experiments with form and thought experiments. We want tree rings and neutrinos, algorithms and fractals. We want to understand how much we don’t understand (and we don’t mind if you don’t put that in layman’s terms). Most of all, we want to publish innovative work across every literary kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. Submissions for the Science Issue are open from June 15–October 15. Submit for free at

RED WHEELBARROW Poetry Prize 2017 Judge: Ellen Bass. $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. $10 entry fee. Deadline: August 15. For complete guidelines, see

SENECA REVIEW announces the inaugural Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize! $2,000 prize, book publication, guest reading at HWS. Judge: John D’Agata. Lyric essay includes crossgenre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120 pp. Submissions: June 1–August 15. For more information, visit:  

SLAB’S 2018 CURRY Poetry Prize Contest is accepting submissions. $600 1st place/$400 2nd. All winners published. Judge: Lorrie Jakiela, author of Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Spot the Terrorist¸ et al. Reading period August 1–December 15; $10 reading fee. Details at   

SUBMIT TO OPEN COUNTRY Press’ Poetry Chapbook Contest! We are looking for fresh, artfully constructed chapbooks. The final 5 will be forwarded to the contest judge, Michael Earl Craig. The winner will receive $500 and 10 author copies. Deadline: September 30. Find out more at  

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 third 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 $500 prize and $250 for the runner-up. Our judge this year is Sun Yung Shin. More information at

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID Poetry Contest. Fifteenth year. Sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers”—Writer’s Digest. 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:

WEEKLY POETRY CONTEST at, $100 prize each week for the winner, $10 prizes for any honorable mentions. No charge of any kind. Contest guidelines at

WHEELBARROW BOOKS Poetry Prize, sponsored by RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU: Open to authors of a published full-length poetry collection. $1,000 award and book publication, with distribution by MSU Press. Original, unpublished poetry manuscripts in English, minimum 64 pages. $25 reading fee. Postmark deadline: October 1. For complete guidelines, please visit:

WILDA HEARNE FLASH FICTION wilda hearne Flash Fiction Contest Deadline: October 1. $500, publication in Big Muddy. Best short-short story, 500 words or less, any theme. $15 fee includes copy of Big Muddy with winning story. Submit through our Submittable page. For full guidelines, please visit: www.semo

THE WOVEN TALE Press Prose Competition: Submit literary fiction or creative non-fiction; 6,000-word max; deadline July 31. Juror: DeWitt Henry, founder of Ploughshares literary magazine. First prize, 1-week creative retreat to legendary Hamptons, NY, destination for renowned writers from around the world. Submit at

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