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ALLPOETRY.COM—Join the largest poetry community, more than 500,000 poets strong. From beginners to experts, get friendly encouragement and detailed critiques when you’re ready. No-fee contests, $50 cash prizes, active discussion forums, and join our annual anthology. Totally free with optional monthly memberships. For more information, visit:

ANTHOLOGY: RELATIONAL AGGRESSION IN FEMALES. Seeking essays from women of all ages, races, and sexual orientations who have experienced bullying during their developmental years from other girls or who have been victims in their adulthood of aggressive, demeaning, or disempowering behavior from other women. The ideal essay will include observations about the emotional impact such experiences have had. Word limit: 1,000. Visit to submit your essay. Put “Anthology” in the title line and the title in the body of the essay.

NEW RIVERS PRESS seeks submissions for the anthology Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Lyric Prose. Though “ecstatic” is often used as a synonym for “joy,” our application of the term embodies the entire emotional palette and is open to any ego-effacing experience of one-ness. Profound grief or outrage can access the ecstatic—as can experiences of extreme pleasure, pain, and wonder. It can explore the profane as much as the sacred and is often an expression of both. So, whirl like a dervish and send us your yawps, pleas, prayers, and curses. Your untamed and uncontained. Deadline: May 31. Submit 3 to 5 poems, prose poems, or lyric nonfiction shorts to Author must own the rights to previously published works.

POETRYSOUP.COM—Poetry community with the most poetry resources in the world. Free online poetry contests. All competitions are free. Enter as many contests as you want. You keep copyrights on all your poems. Some poetry contests even have prizes! Run your own poetry contests. Visit:

SHOW US YOUR PAPERS (Anthology), edited by Wendy Scott Paff, Daniela Buccilli, and Cherise A. Pollard. Submission deadline: August 31. Send us your poems about writs, wills, certificates of birth, marriage, death, medical charts, shift logs, foreclosures, permits. To be published by Main Street Rag. Details: and

FLYING KETCHUP PRESS. To discover and develop new voices in poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction with a special emphasis in new short stories. Now looking for cozy mystery novellas, short fantasy, and poetry on Submittable. Our dream—to create worlds of wonder and delight. Find us at

KENSINGTON PLACE PRESS, an imprint of Upper Hand Press, does the work for selected self-publishers. Books are shepherded from manuscript not by dashboard but by Upper Hand’s editor, who works with you personally. Your project will be bid individually to ensure the best price. To inquire, contact Ann Starr at

SOUTHERN FRIED KARMA seeks book-length fiction. Our mission: Cultivate artistic voices of the new millennium with a local accent but a global view. We want the multiplicity of the cosmic experience: Past, present, future, the good, the bad, and especially the unexpected. POC, LGBTQIA+, and women to the front. Website:

THREE MILE HARBOR PRESS announces its third annual poetry book competition. Winner receives $500 award and publication. Deadline: October 31. Submission fee: $28. This year’s competition was won by M.L. Brown of Santa Barbara, CA, for Call It Mist. For details, see

WTAW PRESS SEEKS unpublished books of prose (novels, memoirs, collections of stories or essays, hybrids, etc.). We welcome submissions from writers of all backgrounds and encourage submissions by women, minorities, LGBTQ or nonbinary gender people, persons with disabilities, and other traditionally underrepresented groups. April 15–July 15. Guidelines:

2019 BURNSIDE REVIEW Chapbook Contest. Judge: Matthew Rohrer. Winner receives $200 and 10 copies. Chapbooks are elegantly designed with letterpressed covers. Runs March 15–June 30. Submit 18–24 pages of poetry. $15 entry fee. All submissions must be made through our submission manager:

POETRY CHAPBOOKS. Prolific Press is eagerly awaiting poetry manuscripts (20 pages of poetry). Professionally published with ISBN, barcode, custom covers, and all the flair that Prolific Press is known for. Payment: 10 copies. This is professional publishing, not a vanity press. Acceptance is highly competitive. Good luck! Learn more:

SWAN SCYTHE PRESS announces its 2019 poetry chapbook contest. Entry fee: $18. We are accepting submissions from March 1 to June 15 (postmark deadline). Winner receives $200 and 25 perfect-bound chapbooks. The 2018 winner is Rebecca Foust for The Unexploded Ordnance Bin. For full guidelines, visit and

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for chapbook poetry manuscripts. Dates: May 1–June 30 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Brice, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, George Keithley, Kareem Tayyar, Lehua Taitano. Publication in 2020. Guidelines:

AD LUMEN PRESS is open to unsolicited submissions from May 15– August 15. We are looking for novels and memoirs of high artistic and/or literary merit, from emerging voices. We charge no reading fees. For more information, visit To submit, 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 are available at; e-mail queries can be sent to

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW is now accepting submissions for its 2020 issue. The AR is the nation’s leading lit review that publishes poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction solely from writers who have a relationship with mental illness—either self, family, or friend. We accept hard copies only mailed to The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. For submission guidelines, visit

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. 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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: The Westchester Review, an annual print journal, seeks short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, excerpts of plays, and graphic novels for its upcoming 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:

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 2020 issue. Compensation: Poetry: $25 per page. Prose: $10 per page ($250 maximum). Translations: $15 per page ($250 maximum). Website:

DE LA MANCHA seeks quality submissions for its July–August 2019 print issue: poetry (1–6) any/haiku, short stories (2,000–3,500 words), photography, and artwork. New voices welcome! Send your best work! DLM is a literary arts publication. Issues can be viewed at Send to Editor Teresa Amelia at

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, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

EXPERIMENTAL NONFICTION wanted for the “Exploring the Boundaries” section of upcoming issues of Creative Nonfiction magazine. Surprise us! 4,500 words maximum. Deadline: May 13. Guidelines at

A FORUM OF FICTION AND POETRY for over 50 years, descant seeks high-quality work in both innovative and traditional forms. Former and recent contributors include Ada Limón, Nancy Reddy, Clyde Edgerton, and Joyce Carol Oates. descant specifies no particular subject matter or style. We welcome online submissions (up to 5 poems or a single story of up to 5,000 words) at from September 1, 2019–April 1, 2020. Deadline: April 1. Website:

ITALIAN AMERICANA wants poems on any subject in any style by writers of Italian heritage on either side. Since 1977, we’ve published authors including Kim Addonizio, Clare Rossini, Ned Balbo, Sandra Gilbert, and Peter Covino. Fiction and creative nonfiction also welcome. Deadline for Summer 2019: June 15. For full guidelines, visit

THE MEDICAL LITERARY MESSENGER seeks thought-provoking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art related to medicine, illness, and the body. Our online submissions are free and are accepted on a rolling basis. You can follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @medlitmessenger and visit us at

NOW ACCEPTING WE’MOON 2021 submissions! This best-selling astrological and lunar datebook is accepting poetry, prose, and art submissions by women. We’Moon is a progressive collaboration, inspiring (re)connection with Earth’s natural cycles. Thirty-nine years in production, reaching an audience of 50,000. No entry fee. Due August 1. Learn more at

OYSTER RIVER PAGES seeks fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual arts that stretch creative and social boundaries, especially from decentered or marginalized voices. We believe in the power of art to connect people to their own and others’ humanity. Submissions accepted through May 31. For details, see

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will be accepting submissions of poetry for its June 2019 issue. Open for submissions May 6–26. Please visit the site to read current and archived content, see relevant details, and submit work. Website:

PEN + BRUSH IN PRINT, the publishing arm of a 125-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; see our website for more information. No submission fee! Website:

STONE CANOE, the award-winning annual journal of art, writing, and ideas, is now reading submissions for its 2020 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 is required. For complete submission guidelines, visit or e-mail

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 May 1 through July 31 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $50 for poetry & flash prose, $125 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:  

TINT JOURNAL is dedicated to ESL or non-native creative writing in English. We are calling ESL writers for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and comics, and those of all linguistic backgrounds for essays, interviews, reviews, and art. Deadline: June 14; no reading fee. See guidelines and submit via

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

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

ZIZZLE LITERARY: Submit to our hardcover & audio editions! Pay: $100/flash fiction piece (500–1,200 words). Fee: $3. Zizzle features literary stories that both kids and adults will enjoy. Second hardcover edition release: March 2019. First audio edition release: April 2019. Contributors include Merrill Joan Gerber—winner, O. Henry Prize and Pushcart Award. Subscribe at!

GLINTMOON, an online quarterly, seeks diverse, innovative poetry of 10 lines or fewer. We want to see fervent, unorthodox work that stretches and reimagines what the short poem is and what it can do. Give us life and depth, the human and the now. No fees. Pay: $5/poem. Website:

3RD ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in the beautiful Southwest—Taos, NM, July 12–14. Keynote speaker: Poet Arthur Sze (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize). Invited faculty include: William DeBuys, Allegra Huston, Mirabai Starr, Sherwin Bitsui, William Hayword Henderson, Juan Morales, and many others, with workshops in every genre. Website: Phone: (575) 758-0081.

16TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL in Delray Beach, FL, January 20–25, 2020. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Nickole Brown, Reginald Gibbons, Jessica Jacobs, Major Jackson, Ilya Kaminsky, Dana Levin, Adrian Matejka, and Maggie Smith. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, social events, and so much more. Other faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Angela Narciso Torres. Special guest: Joy Harjo. To find out more, visit Apply to attend a workshop!

ARE YOU READY FOR SUMMER? The Manhattanville College MFA Program’s Summer Writers’ Week beats the beach. Novelist and One Story Press co-founder Hannah Tinti will lead the fiction workshop. Returning workshop leaders include Melissa Tuckey in poetry, Michael N. McGregor in nonfiction, and Sharbari Ahmed in screenwriting. One-on-one manuscript consultations in fiction and poetry. June 17–21. Housing available on our beautiful Purchase, NY, campus, 30 minutes from NYC. For details and registration, visit or call (914) 323-5239.

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS on Poetry & Activism: Split This Rock seeks proposals for workshops, panel and roundtable discussions, and themed group readings for Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2020, scheduled for March 2020 in Washington, D.C. Submit by June 30 at

CARNEGIE CENTER’S BOOKS-IN-PROGRESS CONFERENCE will be held in picturesque Lexington, KY, May 30–June 1, with optional pre-conference sessions and a welcome reception. Chris Offutt, widely known for his short stories (Kentucky Straight & Out of the Woods) and novels (Country Dark), will keynote. Offutt has also published 2 memoirs (My Father the Pornographer & No Heroes: A Memoir of Coming Home) and has written episodes for the TV series True Blood and Weeds. Immerse yourself in craft & business workshops led by top writers, editors, and other professionals. Topics include revision, fiction, nonfiction, YA, publishing, and more. One-on-one pitches with literary agents available. Website:

IOTA SHORT PROSE 2019 CONFERENCE, featuring faculty Richard Blanco and Arielle Greenberg, August 16–19 on the coast of easternmost ME. Study flash nonfiction, essays, prose poems, short fiction, or any other short prose form in a beautiful setting with experienced faculty. Iota also offers online courses. Website:

JOIN NBA FINALIST Rebecca Makkai and Brian Turner along with faculty, fellows, and more for a full week (May 11–18) of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, social events. Engage. Write. Laugh. Beach! The LWC takes place on welcoming white sand and bright blue Caribbean waters; this is a conference festival that celebrates writing, networking, craft, friendships. LWC is special. Website:

KENTUCKY WOMEN WRITERS CONFERENCE, September 19–22, in Lexington. Workshops and craft talks in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and playwriting with Franny Choi, Nicole Chung, Dorianne Laux, Lydia Millet, and many more. $225 with workshop; $125 without workshop; $30 students. Scholarships available. Registration begins April 1. Website: Phone: (859) 257-2874.

SOUTHAMPTON WRITERS CONFERENCE, July 10–21, Southampton, NY. Five- and 12-day workshops in fiction, poetry, memoir, TV writing. Melissa Bank, Jericho Brown, Karen E. Bender, Alexander Chee, Billy Collins, Ursula Hegi, Alan Kingsberg, Matthew Klam, Dawn Lundy Martin, Roger Rosenblatt, Frederic Tuten. Scholarships available. No application fee. Website: E-mail:

$1,500 PRIZE! River Styx 2019 International Poetry Contest, judged by Oliver de la Paz. Submit up to 3 poems. Choice of entry fee: $20 includes 1-year subscription, $15 fee includes single issue. Deadline is May 31. Address: River Styx, 3139A South Grand, Ste. 203, St. Louis, MO 63118. Website:

$4,000 IN AWARDS + 22 years of paying and publishing writers! Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by June 30—Best Poetry $1,000; Fiction $1,000; Nonfiction $1,000; Flash Fiction $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “I like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places.”—S.E. Ingraham. Visit

2019 FISCHER PRIZE. Open to American poets. All styles welcome. $3,000 in prizes and travel stipends. $500 Cantor Award for best CO poem. Judge: Berkeley’s Poet Laureate Rafael Jesús González. Telluride Literary Arts Festival award ceremony: May 17. Submission deadline: May 1. For info, go to Next year’s contest deadline will shift to August 23, 2020.

2019 NEW AMERICAN FICTION PRIZE. $1,200 award and book publication. Final judge: Judith Claire Mitchell. Deadline: June 15. Minimum length: 100 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2019 NEW WRITER AWARDS offer $1,000+ 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:

2019 TALKING WRITING Prize for Poetry: $500 plus publication. Topic: “The Age of Extinction.” What do you miss about the old world? We want poems that wrestle with the personal impact of climate change, dying cities, and environmental turmoil. Guest judge: Neil Aitken. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: June 17. Website:

2020 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY. $1,000 and 50 copies awarded to an unpublished 60- to 120-page collection of poems. Prizes awarded upon publication. Tom Lombardo, Press 53 Poetry Series Editor, will serve as judge. Deadline: Midnight, July 31. Winner and finalists announced before November 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at

4TH ANNUAL EX OPHIDIA PRESS Poetry Book Prize: Open to all. Submit: July 1 through August 31. (Chances of winning are 1 in 300.) Winner gets: $1,000 and 15 author copies; the finalists receive $100. Final judge is the renowned editor and fine bookmaker Richard Gabriel Rummonds, who will also design the winning book. Guidelines at

16TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Short Story Award for best original, previously unpublished literary story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize: $1,000; publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

18TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Oscar Wilde Award for best previously unpublished poem in English that best relates GLBTQ life. Prize: $100; publication on website. Reading fee: $5 per poem submitted, any form, style, length. Deadline: June 27. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

21ST ANNUAL BLUE LYNX PRIZE, $2,000 plus publication is awarded for an unpublished, full-length volume of poems. Submit manuscripts and $28 reading fee to P.O. Box 96, Spokane, WA 99210 or The 2018 winner is Joe Wilkins for his manuscript Thieve. Former winners include Jim Daniels, Carolyne Wright, Robert Gregory, Suzanne Lummis, and Lue Lipsitz. Judges have included Yusef Komunyakaa, Melissa Kwasny, Christopher Buckley, Dara Wier, Dorianne Laux, and Robert Wrigley. Deadline: May 15.

ANNOUNCING THE NINA RIGGS Poetry Award. Seeking nominations of the finest poems about relationships/family/domestic life, published in the last 3 years. No self-nominations. We appreciate tax-deductible donations, as well, for this crowd-funded award. Details: or or send SASE to Cave Wall Press, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546.

THE 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:

THE ARIZONA AUTHORS ASSOCIATION has opened its 2019 Literary Contest. Deadline is July 1. See our website for categories and entry form:

BACKWATERS PRIZE. A prize of $2,500, publication by the University of Nebraska Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Grace Bauer will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 60 to 85 pages with a $30 entry fee by May 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines. Address: University of Nebraska Press, Backwaters Prize, 1111 Lincoln Mall, Ste. 400, Lincoln, NE 68508. Website:

BALTIMORE REVIEW SUMMER CONTEST—theme: “On the Road.” Interstate, beltway, city street, dead end, 1-way, 4-lane, dirt road. Take a ride in your poem, story, or CNF. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: May 31. For more details:

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection of poems with the winner receiving $1,000 and book publication with our Spring 2020 titles. Entry fee: $25. Postmark/submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Deborah Gorlin. For submission guidelines:

BE PART OF A 152-year legacy! California’s oldest literary journal is seeking original works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for Reed Magazine: Issue 153. General submissions are free. Our 4 tributed contests award $1,000. Submissions open June 1–November 1. Let your voice be heard:

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW’S annual prizes recognize exceptional writing about health, healing, illness, the body, and the mind. $1,000 Poetry Prize (judge: DéLana R.A. Dameron), $1,000 Nonfiction Prize (judge: Sheri Fink), $1,000 Fiction Prize (judge: Bryan Washington). We welcome submissions from March 1–July 1. Entry fee: $20 ($30 includes subscription). Website:

BIANNUAL PRINT JOURNAL Black Warrior Review seeks 2019 contest submissions. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($800 for flash and $1,500 for poetry, fiction, and CNF). Judges: Rivers Solomon (fiction), Selah Saterstrom (nonfiction), Tommy Pico (poetry), and Vi Khi Nao (flash). Open until September 1. Complete information available at

THE BIRDY POETRY PRIZE, by Meadowlark Books. The Birdy Poetry Prize was created to celebrate the voices of this era. $500 annual cash prize, publication, and 50 copies. Submit 1 full-length poetry book manuscript (55–150 pages). Entry fee: $25. Deadline: December 1. Learn more at

C&R PRESS is pleased to announce our $1,000 prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction and memoir are open. Winners, runners-up, and a shortlist are announced in January 2020. Winners receive the prize and publication. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Authors are invited to read at our Spring AWP and Summer and Fall New York City events. C&R Press publishes a range of work from a variety of voices. Website:

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

CALL FOR SCRIPTS: Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre Short-Play Contest and Festival “8Tens@8.” Sixteen winners with performances in January–February 2020. All styles and all genres considered. For guidelines, see:

CARVE MAGAZINE’S Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1–May 15. Prizes: $1,500, $500, $250, + 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2019 and reviewed by lit agencies. Entry fee: $17 online/$15 mailed. Guest judge: Claire Fuller. Website:

CIDER PRESS REVIEW’S Editors’ Prize for a book-length poetry collection in English. Prize: $1,000 and publication. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: April 1–June 30. Reading fee: $25. Judges: CPR Editors. Submit 48- to 80-page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award single poem contest invites submissions after April 1 to postmark/online deadline July 1. First prize: $1,000 (others $250, $100). Check CR website for complete rules for all entries. Final judge is David Kirby ( No simultaneous submissions, previous print or electronic publication allowed. U.S. Mail entry fee: $5 per poem, 40 lines max. Extra fee for online submissions. Website: Address: Comstock Review Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Visit

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2018 WINNERS of the Brighthorse Prize: Kavita Jindal (novel), Mara Adamitz Scrupe (poetry), and Barbara de la Cuesta (short fiction). Brighthorse Books will again award $1,000 and publication for the best novel, poetry collection, and short fiction collection. Deadline: August 16. To learn more: To submit:

THE CONIUM REVIEW 2019 Innovative Short Fiction Contest. Judged by Sarah Gerard, author of Sunshine State and Binary Star. Winner receives $500, publication in The Conium Review, contributor copies, and a copy of the judge’s latest book. Submission deadline: July 1. Entry fee: $15. More details at

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

CRAB CREEK REVIEW 2019 Poetry Prize. Judge: Jericho Brown. $500 plus publication. Submit up to 4 poems. $16 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. Winner & finalists will appear in Crab Creek Review. Deadline: May 15. Full guidelines:

CREATIVE NONFICTION magazine is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Power.” 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: June 10. Guidelines at

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2019 Curt Johnson Prose Awards in fiction and creative nonfiction. Judges—Rita Mae Brown (fiction) and Amy Chua (nonfiction). Prizes each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2019 Fall/Winter awards issue. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. All submissions considered for publication. Submit 1 story or essay up to 8,000 words from March 1 to May 1. For complete guidelines and judge information visit our website:

ENTER -1000 BELOW, Midway Journal’s annual flash prose and poetry contest. The contest runs from March 1–May 31. $500 grand prize. $250 second prize. $50 third prize. $10 entry fee. Unlimited entries. For more details, go to

THE FLYFISHING & TYING JOURNAL invites entries of short fiction up to 3,000 words that deal with fly fishing. One story per entrant. Name on cover letter only. No entry fee. Deadline: July 21. Final judge: Keith McCafferty. Prizes include publication in the Winter issue. All questions and entries should be sent by e-mail to FTJ’s deputy editor, Henry Hughes, at

GET PUBLISHED! Take advantage of a unique concept inspired by Ben Franklin. No fees. No funny business. Just 2 requirements: (1) You must be an original thinker; (2) you must be an accomplished writer. For details, please visit

GHOST PROPOSAL annual chapbook contest. Publication +25 copies. We seek cohesive, post-genre manuscripts of 16–32 pages. Browse our catalog for a sense of the post-genre work we publish. Reading period: May 1–July 31. $7 reading fee. Winner announced: September 1. Guidelines:

HEADMISTRESS PRESS, publisher of LBT+ poetry, announces our fifth annual Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest. Judge is Robin Becker. 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

KALLISTO GAIA PRESS’ Summer Writing Contests: Winner of the Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize receives $1,000. Michael Noll will judge. Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize receives $1,000. Natalia Trevino will judge. $20 to enter. A portion of proceeds support medical research for breast cancer and Parkinson’s Disease. Website:

LITERAL LATTE Short Shorts Contest: $500 prize. Deadline: June 30. Bare your short shorts! Up to 2,000 words each, all topics and styles welcome. Up to 3 for $10 entry; 6 for $15. Winner published in Literal Latte. All other submissions considered for publication. Info and questions: or

THE MIGHTY RIVER Short Story Contest. $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. Deadline: October 1. Guidelines at

NAUGATUCK RIVER REVIEW, a print journal of narrative poetry, announces our 11th narrative poetry contest. Open for submissions July 1 through September 1. $20 submission fee. All winners and finalists will be published in the Winter 2020 issue. Website:

NEW PLAINS PRESS to publish best 48-page + poetry & microfiction hybrid. Place as theme. $10 reading fee. Submit before August 31. For information on how to submit, go to

NORTH STREET BOOK PRIZE for Self-Published Books. Fifth year. Grand prize of $3,000. Top winner in each category will win $1,000. Co-sponsored by BookBaby and Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Categories: Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, Poetry, Children’s Picture Book, and Graphic Narrative (new). $10,500 in total cash prizes. Fee: $60 per book. Submit by June 30. Final judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche. Submit online or by mail. Guidelines:

NUCLEAR AGE PEACE FOUNDATION’S Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards. $1,000 prize for the adult category poem that best explores and illuminates positive visions of peace and the human spirit. Submit up to 3 poems. Adults: $15 entry fee; $5 for 13–18; free for 12 and under. Guidelines at

OFF THE GRID POETRY PRIZE provides a forum for older poets sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We are accepting book-length manuscripts, including poetry in translation, by poets over age 60 from May 1–August 31. The prize: $1,000 and publication. Submission fee: $25. For full guidelines, visit

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 12th 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

PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2019: 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. For complete rules, call (412) 578-6346, e-mail, or visit

RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2019 Judge: Marilyn Chin. $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

RHINO, an award-winning annual print journal, is open for submissions of poetry, flash (500 words max), and translations from April 1–July 31 with no reading fee. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. For more than 40 years, RHINO has featured stunning, eclectic work, perfectly bound and visually splendid—”powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). All content also receives online publication and consideration for $500 Editors’ Prize. To buy our gorgeous new 2019 issue, to read and hear poems, and for complete guidelines, visit

RICHARD TILLINGHAST will serve as guest judge of The MacGuffin’s 24th Poet Hunt Contest, running April 1–June 15. First prize will receive $500 and publication. Send up to 5 poems with $15 entry fee to, or by post to: Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty, Livonia, MI 48152. Fee includes 1 free issue. Full guidelines:

ROSEBUD MAGAZINE offers prize of $500 for best poem submitted in any style. Three runners-up will get $100. Winners published. All entrants will receive a free 3-issue subscription to Rosebud. Judge is Mike Kriesel, Poetry Editor. Deadline: July 31. Fee: $20. For guidelines, go to Questions? Call (608) 423-9780.

SARABANDE’S LINDA BRUCKHEIMER SERIES in KY Literature will be open for submissions July 1–31. Open to any KY-affiliated writer of English. In addition to publication by Sarabande, the author of the Bruckheimer selection will receive a 2-week residency at Blackacre Conservancy. Complete guidelines at

SENECA REVIEW accepts submissions for the Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. $2,000 prize, book publication, guest reading at HWS. Judge: Jenny Boully. Lyric essay includes cross-genre and hybrid work. A group of related pieces or a single work. 48–120 pp. Submissions: June 1 to August 1. Website:

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

SOLSTICE: a Magazine of Diverse Voices (The Best American Essays 2018, Best of Net, Pushcart finalists) announces annual contest! $1,000 Fiction Prize, judge: Paul Beatty; $500 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, judge: Reginald Dwayne Betts; $500 Nonfiction Prize, judge: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Deadline: May 5. Reading fee: $18. Website:

STAUNCH BOOK PRIZE—international award for a thriller in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped, or murdered. Entries open February 21–July 14. Open to published (within 18 months) and unpublished thrillers. Entry: £23. Submit first 5,000 words and 1-page synopsis. Website:

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS LITERARY FESTIVAL hosts 4 contests opening May 1. Deadlines: October 1 for one-act play and fiction; October 15 for very short fiction and poetry. Prizes include cash, festival tickets, publication, and public readings. The Festival is held in late March in the French Quarter. Visit

TERRAIN.ORG: a Journal of the Built + Natural Environments 10th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. Judges: Camille Dungy (poetry), Alison Hawthorne Deming (nonfiction), and Tara Lynn Masih (fiction). All submissions considered for publication. $15/entry. $500 prize/genre, $100 for finalists. Deadline: September 2 (Labor Day). Full guidelines at

TOM HOWARD/JOHN H. REID Fiction & Essay Contest. 27th year. Prize for best short story: $2,000. Prize for best essay: $2,000. Total prizes: $5,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20. Limit: 6,000 words. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by April 30. Enter at

TYPEHOUSE LITERARY MAGAZINE’S Biennial Short Fiction Contest runs March 1–June 30. Seeking stories between 1,000–6,000 words, in all genres. First place: $175 and publication; second place: $100; third place: $50. Entry fee is $12, up to 2 entries permitted. Finalists will be judged blind by Venita Blackburn. Website:

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

V PRESS LC seeks Novel Prize and Compilation Book Prize entries. Fee: $35. $1,000 plus publication. Compilations are many things: Letters, essays, short stories, micro fiction, hybrid works (but not poetry—poetry is only acceptable if less than prose.) General book submissions also open with $25 fee. Deadline: April 15. Submit:

VALLUM AWARD FOR POETRY 2019. Deadline: July 15. First prize: $750, second prize: $250 + publication in Vallum. Vallum is accepting original and unpublished poems for its annual contest. Entry fee: $25 USD, includes a free 1-year subscription to Vallum. Website:

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. Full guidelines at:

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

WRITER’S BLOCK PRIZE in Fiction will be judged by Garth Greenwell. $500, publication in The Louisville Review, and an invitation to read at the November 16 Writer’s Block Festival. Multiple entries accepted for short stories 4,000 words or less. Open May 1–August 1. Website:

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PORCHES WRITING RETREAT, a historic 1854 farmhouse overlooking the James River in the Blue Ridge foothills of VA. Spacious porches, comfortable, high-ceilinged rooms, library, WiFi, communal well-equipped kitchen. Provides peace and inspiration. Fellowships offered. Open year-round, availability by day, week, month. Three hours from D.C. Website: E-mail:

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WRITING RETREAT with the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop in Paris, France (July 17–22). Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and hybrid workshops will be taught by award-winning faculty Kazim Ali, Rita Banerjee, and Diana Norma Szokolyai. Supportive faculty, literary salon atmosphere, practical feedback! Visit for more info. Apply at

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS RESIDENCY PROGRAM with Master Artist Joy Harjo (poet/musician/author) October 13–November 2 (application deadline: May 12). Spend 3 weeks at ACA in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Participation limited to 8 people. For full details, visit

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS COLONY located in the hills overlooking the Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Self-contained cottages with workspace, porch, and use of communal studio. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Tony Eprile Creativity Workshop June 1; Finish your project. Filling quickly, so apply/reserve now: e-mail:; website:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

JENTEL ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM. One-month residency for writers and visual artists in rural ranch setting in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains of WY. Includes spacious residence, private room, separate studio, stipend. Annual deadlines: September 15 and January 15. For information and application, visit or call (307) 737-2311.

LOGAN NONFICTION PROGRAM is accepting applications from nonfiction writers, documentary filmmakers, and photojournalists for Fall 2019 residency. Deadline: June 15. Lodging, meals, and workshops in a community of multimedia creators. Five–ten weeks in upstate NY on the Carey Institute for Global Good campus. Fully funded. Apply at:

WRITERS AT THE EYRIE offers 2-week or month-long residencies during May and September to poets or writers of fiction and creative nonfiction. Residencies are free of charge. The award includes private apartment overlooking garden in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Some meals are included. For guidelines and details, visit

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ROCKVALE WRITERS’ COLONY in TN offers weeklong residency experiences for poets and fiction writers. “Triple Power Poetry,” July 7–13, 3 poetry workshops plus feedback on 3 poems. “Stronger Stories,” July 21–27, 4 fiction workshops, feedback on 10 pages. Both include 6 nights’ stay, private bed/bath. Visit

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WRITE IN SCOTLAND. August 1–9. Immerse yourself in a supportive week-long writing retreat in Scotland that will energize and inspire you. Enjoy encouraging workshops, plentiful writing time, invaluable instruction, readings by local writers, and excursions to Edinburgh, the coast, and more. Learn more:

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