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CAVEAT EMPTOR! Poets & Writers Magazine is unable to check all claims made by advertisers. Readers should be aware of publishers who charge, rather than pay, an author for publication; publishers who do not pay for publication, even in copies; publishers who require a purchase before publication; and contests that charge high reading fees. The magazine recommends that you see the publication and submission guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

GREAT WEATHER FOR MEDIA seeks poetry, short stories, flash fiction, dramatic monologues, and creative nonfiction for our next anthology. Focus is on experimental and risk-taking themes and styles. Deadline: January 15, 2022. Submission guidelines:

“MEN & WORK,” a section in the second edition of Heart of a Man: Men’s Stories, an anthology of men’s writings, needs men’s works of fiction, nonfiction, memoir, narrative essay, and narrative poem. The submission should be male-unique and male-revealing. Please submit at

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS by children for our annual Young Poets Anthology—poets must be age 15 or younger. Deadline: November 15. Children, parents, or teachers (with parent’s permission and contact information) may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

SHORT STORY LOVERS: Looking for generous editors who want to publish your most interesting, most compelling, most appealing short story? Want to read extraordinarily impressive short fiction? Either way, check us out: Our inaugural volume is available for preorders now. Submit for Volume 2 in January!

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:  

HAVE A STORY TO TELL? Legacy Book Press is open for submissions, accepting book-length personal stories in nonfiction, autobiographical fiction, and/or poetry formats. Collaborative relationship, generous royalty splits, and easy to work with. No up-front fees. Visit: for details. Tip: Follow submission guidelines exactly. 

HOHM PRESS, a publisher of spiritual literature, is accepting book-length poetry manuscripts for the first installation of its Beggar Poet Series. Hohm Press has previously published poetry and translations by Red Hawk, Vraje Abramian, and others. Deadline is February 1, 2022. See for guidelines.

MANZANITA WRITERS PRESS, a nonprofit independent publisher, offers California writers personalized editing services, book publishing, and assistance with marketing. Creative opportunities for autonomous writers. Seeking content and literary genres reflecting the Sierra, Mother Lode, and foothill regions and readerships. No fees for initial short review. E-mail: See guidelines:

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern California poets. Submission period: November 1 to February 1. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: November 1–December 31 (e-mail submission). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Judith Brice, Rhina Espaillat, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, Lehua Taitano, Cedric Tillman. Publication in 2023. Guidelines:

JEANNE LEIBY ANNUAL CHAPBOOK AWARD by The Florida Review. Winner receives chapbook publication plus $1,000. Accepts fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative (flash collections or long-form). Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee. All entries considered for publication. For guidelines, see

THE 2021 SEPTEMBER–DECEMBER CALL at Sequestrum is for reprints! We’re accepting previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Standard pay rates and publication applies. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: December 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

ABANDONED MINE is a new poetry journal (quarterly online, selected annual print), now accepting submissions for our ***inaugural issue***, to be published February 2022. We are seeking poems people will be inspired to re-read and share with their family and friends. Please visit for examples and complete submission guidelines.

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

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for a special issue devoted to recovery, which has become even more dimensional as we grapple with the fallout of medical disasters, environmental catastrophe, economic devastation, and political upheaval. Submissions accepted September 1–December 31. Website:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS. Creosote: A Journal of Poetry and Prose. Please submit hard copies of 3–5 poems, or prose up to 5,000 words. Submission deadline: March 1, 2022. Simultaneous submissions OK with notice. Mail to: Creosote, Ken Raines, Editor, Eastern Arizona College, 615 N. Stadium Ave., Thatcher, AZ 85552.

CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS seeks submissions of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, art, and photography for our 3 annual literary journals: Coneflower Café, Glacial Hills Review, and Rushing Thru the Dark. See for our submission guidelines.

CLOCKHOUSE, published in partnership with Goddard College, welcomes submissions from emerging and established writers for Volume Nine 2022.  Past volumes include works by Adrian Shirk, Anne Panning, Cara Hoffman, Ira Sukrungruang, Lloyd Suh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Paisley Rekdal, and talented new voices. Reading August 15–December 15. Guidelines:

COLLATERAL publishes literary and visual art concerned with the impact of violent conflict and military service beyond the combat zone. We read year-round, charge no fees, and publish each May and November. Submit through our website:

COMSTOCK REVIEW’S OPEN READING PERIOD (no fee): January 1 through March 31, 2022. Our far-flung editors choose poetry solely on the basis of artistic merit for our independent publication, 36 years old in 2022. Effective use of language, distinctive, consistent metaphor, and refreshing themes attract our interest. Betsy Anderson, managing editor. See website for details for paper and online submissions of 40 lines or less. Also check for our contests, which have reading fees: Muriel Craft Bailey Award of $1,000, reading period April 1– July 15, 2022; Ellen Bass, final judge; Comstock Review Chapbook Contest judged by a CR editor, ($1,000 plus 50 free copies) August 1–October 31, 2022. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Websites:

CUTBANK is Montana’s oldest literary magazine, led by the students of the University of Montana MFA program in Creative Writing. We publish 2 issues per year of compelling fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. $5 submission fee. Contributor copy and cash payment for featured writers. Guidelines:

THE DECADENT REVIEW is a l’art pour art non-commercial publication focusing on poetry, criticism, literature, art, and the abstract. We are open to spectacularly written texts of any length. Contact or visit

DEEP WILD: Writing from the Backcountry, your home for creative work inspired by journeys to places where there are no roads, wants wild words, all genres. Deadline: December 31. Also seeking submissions for our Graduate Student Essay Contest, January 1–March 1, 2022. No fees! For guidelines and subscription info, visit

THE DERONDA REVIEW seeks poems written in response to other poems. Other themes, especially seasonal/nature poetry, also considered. Recommend reading an issue before submitting ( Deadline: December 31. Send to,, or P.O. Box 6709, Efrat, Israel.

EVENING STREET REVIEW seeks previously unpublished work. Submit 3–6 poems or 1–2 prose pieces. Payment is 1 contributor’s copy. E-mail submissions are preferred as a single .docx or .rtf file. E-mail: or Evening Street Press, 2881  Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

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 samples of previously published work see Reading period for Vol. 23 (2022) is September 1 to December 1, 2021.

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 22nd annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit:  

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a journal inviting female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work to e-mail: 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 POETRY for Issue #55. For guidelines, send SASE to George J. Searles, Editor, P.O. Box 51, Clinton, NY 13323 or see website:

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

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE seeks fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. We seek honest, inventive work that speaks to the heart in a complex and difficult global context. Submission window: October 15, 2021 to March 15, 2022. Submission fee: $5. See guidelines at

MONTHS TO YEARS seeks submissions of creative nonfiction (up to 2,500 words), poetry, photography, and art related to death and dying as well as the broader themes of loss and grief. Submission guidelines: We welcome submissions from writers in underrepresented communities.

MUSE ART/LITERARY JOURNAL is open for submissions September 15–December 15 for Spring 2022. 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 are also accepting submissions at Please e-mail attachment (prefer in .doc) with “LastName –Genre–Title” in the subject line. Do not put submissions in the body of the e-mail. IG: @rccmuse.

NOMINEE: TOP 15 Literary Magazines & Publications to Follow in 2021. The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at:

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will accept submissions of poetry for its December 2021 issue. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Open for submissions: November 1–November 28. Please visit the website for details and to view current/archived work:

PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS, an innovative online publication from Northeastern University, seeks your unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. Read past issues, including BLM-themed, at and submit via Submittable February 1–May 15 or August 1–November 15. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices especially welcome.

PUERTO DEL SOL is seeking work that engages with water in all its forms. Life and growth and blood and poison and drought and commodity. Snow and steam and tsunami. We want to read work as sharp and brittle as ice. We want stories, essays, and poems which drip from dew-soaked branches or crash like waterfalls. Show us something as vast as the sea or as small as a single droplet of acid rain. Send us your explorations of fluidity, of all the ways things shift and change, and of things that cannot be held, no matter how hard we try. To send work, visit Please send submissions by December 1, 2021. No submission fee. 

RADICAL TEACHER seeks well-crafted, vivid poems, traditional to experimental, feminist, socialist, anti-racist, inclusive, focused on social justice and/or radical pedagogy. Send 2 to 4 poems to Inquiries to

READ COMPLETE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES for our biannual print journal (River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative) and our weekly online magazine of micro-essays (Beautiful Things) at Connect with us on Facebook @riverteeth, Instagram @riverteeth_, and Twitter @riverteeth. Questions? We love to hear from you! E-mail us at

REQUESTING SUBMISSIONS for short stories, poetry, and visual art for a free literary magazine called Bohemian Renaissance. It pays in copies. Also, do you need editing or ghostwriting? This service is available for a fee. Every job will be evaluated and priced. Send all submissions and inquires to, Attn: Editor.

STILL FICTION is a new paper-and-ink short story journal honoring pre-internet literary values. Please include a mailing address for responses along with your submission(s). Autumnal special: We’ll pay the postage on any responses to you during the months of September and October 2021. Outside of those months, please include a SASE. Biographies and cover letters are optional and do not affect our decision process. The content does. Submission(s) can be mailed to: The Open Book Press, Attn: Still Fiction, P.O. Box 75107, Seattle, WA 98125.

SWEET, SWEET ISSUE 16! SLAB wants it all—like a greedy adolescent, but without the whining. We’re seeking your most interesting cnf, fiction, poetry, and text-based graphic art for our upcoming issue, issue #16. Submission info/ back issues at

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW is reading September 1 through October 31 and January 1 to February 28 for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer work. Selections from TLR have appeared in major anthologies. Guidelines:

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 current open call 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 November 1, 2021 through July 31, 2022. For guidelines, see

UPSTREET: Award-winning annual’s eighteenth issue seeks quality submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. Past issues feature interviews with Jim Shepard, Lydia Davis, Wally Lamb, Michael Martone, Robin Hemley, Sue William Silverman, Dani Shapiro, Douglas Glover, Robert Olen Butler, Joan Wickersham, Andre Dubus III, Robin Black, Ann Hood, David Jauss, and Dennis Nurkse. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions, Small Changes. Chains: Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

THE WESTCHESTER REVIEW started in 2008 as an annual print edition. In 2020, we transitioned to publishing quarterly online issues. We consider previously unpublished stories, creative nonfiction, poems, and 10-minute plays by writers wherever they reside. Complete submission guidelines are available online at  

WE WILL BEGIN READING for DASH issue 15! We are seeking previously unpublished art, poems, stories, nonfiction, and hybrid pieces: Poems, 3–5, up to 30 lines each; fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid up to 2,000 words. Submissions open October 20, 2021, and close March 1, 2022, with all submission decisions made by late April 2022 and publication in May 2022. Website:

THE WOVEN TALE PRESS magazine, both online and print, features the finest literary 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

BRIGHT FLASH LITERARY REVIEW is an eclectic online journal for flash and short fiction and memoir. We accept work from both established and emerging writers. Admissions are always open and are always free. 1,500-word max. One submission at a time. Website: Twitter: @brightflash1000.

18TH ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY FESTIVAL, from Delray Beach, FL, January 10–15, 2022. Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets. Workshops with Kim Addonizio, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Chard deNiord, Mark Doty, Yona Harvey, John Murillo, Matthew Olzmann, and Diane Seuss. Craft talk by Kwame Dawes, special guest poet: Yusef Komunyakaa. Poet-at-large: Aimee Nezhukumatathil. To find out more, visit Apply to attend this year’s virtual workshops! 

28TH ANNUAL WINTER POETRY & PROSE GETAWAY, January 14-17, 2022, Atlantic City, NJ, area. Featuring Patrick Rosal. Join us for small, intensive workshops in fiction, memoir, nonfiction, and poetry. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Learn more and register:   

2022 SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 17–20, 2022, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. This will be our 18th annual live event! Meet and network with 100+ agents, editors, publishers, poets, authors, and book-marketing professionals. Looking to publish your poetry? Attend our 1-day Poetry Summit during the conference. Details:

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE. Held at Bell Valley Retreat Center in Mendocino County, May 22–27, 2022. Limited to 40 participants. Faculty includes Jane Smiley, Dana Spiotta, and Gabriela Garcia, as well as NY agent Laurie Liss and Graywolf editor Ethan Nosowsky. Accepting submissions October 1, 2021 through January 31, 2022. Scholarships available. Website:

$1,000 AND PUBLICATION! Nonfiction Contest: “NEXT: Visions toward a less divided America.” Submit your best essays taking on the problems of today and the potential of tomorrow. All essays considered for publication. Judge: Jabari Asim. First prize: $1,000. Entry fee: $20. Information on Pangyrus Lit Mag website:

$2,000+ TO BE AWARDED in Crosswinds Poetry Journal’s seventh annual poetry contest! Reading period: November 1–December 31. The first, second, and third place poets will receive $1,000, $500, and $250 respectively and 7 finalists will each receive $50. Judge is Chard deNiord, Professor Emeritus–Providence College & former Poet Laureate of VT. For guidelines, 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. “The entry fee is reasonable, and I love the structure of NMW. It allows writers to submit all types of work, and the site is incredibly user-friendly.”—Arvilla F., recent submitter. Visit

$10,000 IN PRIZES. Inaugural Writers/South Awards & Journal from Charlotte Center for Literary Arts. Prizes: $1,500, $500, $250 plus publication in poetry, fiction (4,000 words), nonfiction (4,000 words), and flash (500 words). Open to current/past residents of NC, SC, GA, TN, VA. Deadline: December 1. Entry fee, $15, includes print journal. Guidelines:

2021 WATERSEDGE POETRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST: $500; publication of poetry chapbook in print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print chapbooks; and 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Contest ends: December 31, 2021. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. (established 1994). See complete submission guidelines:

2022 NEW AMERICAN POETRY PRIZE. $1,500 award and book publication. Final judge: Eduardo C. Corral, author of  Guillotine (2020) and the Yale Younger Poets Prize-winning Slow Lightning (2012). Deadline: January 15, 2022. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

16TH ANNUAL Smith College Poetry Prize for New England & New York High School Girls in 10th & 11th grades. Award: $500 & opportunity to present a poem. Judge: Leila Chatti. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

20TH GIVAL PRESS POETRY AWARD (given in odd years) for best collection in English of at least 45+ pages. Prize: $1,000 and copies; publication in 2022. Reading fee: $20 per entry. Deadline: December 15. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

THE ANNUAL RATTLE CHAPBOOK PRIZE offers 3 winners $5,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 8,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $25 includes a 1-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15, 2022. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY’S Zone 3 Press is excited to announce the 2022 First Book Award in Poetry. We are looking for poetry manuscripts of about 48–80 pages. The reading period is January 1–April 1, 2022. The winner receives $1,000 and publication. Find us on Submittable or visit

BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is open for submissions. The prize is for a book-length collection, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2023 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30, 2022. For submission guidelines: or go to

BALTIMORE REVIEW WINTER CONTEST—Theme: “Reasons.” We may not always like the reasons. We may not always understand the reasons. But we still want reasons. All entries considered for publication. $300 prize for each category (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction): $8 fee. Deadline: November 30. For more details:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW’S annual contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are open December 1, 2021, to March 15, 2022. $1,000 first-place prizes. $20 entry fee. General submissions are open September 15–December 1. Bellingham Review is dedicated to offering continual support to our authors. See complete submission guidelines at

CALIFORNIA STATE POETRY SOCIETY seeks unpublished poems for its California Quarterly (year-round, via and its Annual Contest (accepted March 1–June 30). Poems are invited for CSPS Poetry Letter and Monthly Contests. See  for publications, membership, submission requirements, and details. Write to CSPS, P.O. Box 4288, Sunland, CA 91041-4288.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Teachers & Writers Collaborative seeks submissions for the Bechtel Prize, a $1,000 cash prize to be awarded to a classroom teacher or teaching artist for an essay describing an innovative creative writing classroom project that engaged and inspired budding writers. Go to for submission guidelines. Deadline: January 14, 2022.

CALLING ALL GIFTED FICTION WRITERS! Lilith Magazine—independent, Jewish, & frankly feminist—seeks quality short fiction, 3,000 words or under, for our Annual Fiction Contest. First prize: $250 + publication. We especially like work with both feminist and Jewish content and are eager to read submissions from emerging writers of any age. Please submit to  with “Fiction Contest” and your name in subject line and full contact info on manuscript. Deadline: December 31.

CARVE MAGAZINE’S 2021 Prose & Poetry Contest open October 1–November 15. $1,000 prize each for fiction, poetry, nonfiction. All 3 winners published in Spring 2022 issue. Entry fee: $17 online only. No limit to number of entries. Max 10,000 words. Open internationally. 3 guest judges TBA. Website:

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: Devon Miller-Duggan. Submit 48- to 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:

COLORADO PRIZE FOR POETRY. $2,500 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2022. Final judge is Gillian Conoley. $25 entry fee includes subscription to Colorado Review. Complete guidelines at or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks entries for our 2022 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Grace Cavalieri is the author of 26 poetry collections, is the Poet Laureate of Maryland, a playwright, and the producer of “The Poet and the Poem” on Public Radio from the Library of Congress. Prize: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be published in the 2022 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems per entry. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website:

EMRYS JOURNAL accepts submissions for its 39th issue September 1–November 1. Prizes of $250 will be awarded to 1 selection in each genre for outstanding poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. Visit for more information.

GRAYSON BOOKS CHAPBOOK CONTEST. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. 16–32 pages poetry, $20 reading fee. January 31, 2022 deadline. Electronic submissions only. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Steve Straight to judge. See for complete guidelines.

HENRY MORGENTHAU III POETRY PRIZE: First book by a writer age 70 or older. Deadline: January 30, 2022. 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. 7401 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD 21208. Complete guidelines:

THE HOLDEN VAUGHN SPANGLER AWARD: Winner receives $200 and publication in Spring 2022 edition of RCC MUSE. $3 submission fee, by check payable to “RCC MUSE” or Venmo @RCCMUSE. Submit up to 3 poems about a child or childhood, September 15–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. IG: @rccmuse

INLANDIA BOOKS announces the Eliud Martínez Prize for a first book in fiction or nonfiction by a Hispanic, Latino/a/x, or Chicana/o/x writer. Winner receives $1,000 + book publication. Submit via Submittable November 1 through January 31. $15 reading fee. Website:  

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 2021 judge. Submit at least 50 pages and a $27 entry fee by December 15 via Submittable. See the website for complete guidelines:  

NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL. Winner receives $2,000, publication, distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at

THE NINA RIGGS POETRY FOUNDATION seeks 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. Previous winners: Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Reginald Dwayne Betts. Details: www.cavewallpress/ninaaward.html.   

PRESS 53 AWARD FOR SHORT FICTION: $1,000, publication, and 50 copies awarded to an 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 before May 1. Reading fee: $30. Information at   

PRISM REVIEW Poetry/Story Contests! $250 prizes! Award-winning judges! Poetry: Felicia Zamora (I Always Carry My Bones, 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize). Fiction: Carribean Fragoza (Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, City Lights). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: Midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at

ROSEBUD POETRY AWARD: Prize of $500 for best poem submitted in any style. Three runners-up get $100. Winners published. All entrants will receive a free 3-issue subscription to Rosebud. Judge is Lester Graves Lennon, poetry editor. Deadline: December 31. Fee: $20. Guidelines at Questions? Call (608) 423-9780.

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest judged by author Min Jin Lee. Prize includes $1,000; publication on; a 10-week course with Gotham Writers Workshop; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 4, 2022. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’S 2022 BOGGS FICTION PRIZE seeks flash, medium, and traditional-length stories for its upcoming issue. First place: $650 and publication; second: $400 and publication. All submissions considered for publication. Judge: Anjali Sachdeva, author of All the Names They Used for God, winner of the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, named a Best Book by NPR, and NEA Creative Writing fellowship recipient. Reading period: Right now to February 14, 2022; $10 reading fee. Details at  

SOUL-MAKING KEATS LITERARY COMPETITION. $5 entry fee. Cash prizes. Thirteen categories: Poetry, Literary Nonfiction, Intercultural Essay, Short Story, Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, Novel Excerpt, Humor, Memoir, Sonnet, Religious Essay, Young Adult Poetry, Young Adult Prose. Ongoing deadline: November 30. Mail: SMK, 1544 Sweetwood Dr., Broadmoor Vlg., CA 94015. E-mail: Website:

SUBMISSIONS FOR the 2022 Tomaž Šalamun Prize are being accepted until March 15, 2022. The winner receives $1,000, chapbook publication by Factory Hollow Press, and a 1-month residency in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The prize is open to poets at any stage of their career. To submit, go to:

TERRAIN.ORG, the world’s longest publishing online literary journal of place, seeks poetry, nonfiction, fiction, video, hybrid, and multimedia submissions for publication on a rolling schedule. Submission deadline: April 30, 2022. View the journal at and submit online at No submission fee and all contributions considered for our annual Editor’s Prizes.

THE WICKED WOMAN POETRY PRIZE seeks submissions of full-length poetry manuscripts on the topic of women and female-identified individuals who are unique, different, or who “broke the mold.” For contest guidelines, see Submissions accepted September 7, 2021–January 1, 2022. Contest judge: Kim Roberts. Winner receives $250 and publication by Brickhouse Books.

STAY INSPIRED with FITNESS FOR POETS, a weekly letter to your Muse. One free e-mail per week, every Friday. Appreciate a good metaphor? Come join us! Read more at

IKE’S CANYON RANCH is a remote, high plains desert retreat in the spectacular Monitor Valley of central NV. At 7,200 feet elevation and under the clearest view of the Milky Way, retreats are for writers, editors, translators, and artists seeking true silence and wild beauty to concentrate on their work. Website:

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 e-mail:; phone: (510) 866-5496; (510) 290-9497. 

DORLAND MOUNTAIN ARTS RESIDENCY located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. Five separate self-contained cottages with workspace & porch—easily providing social distancing. Cleaned/sanitized/days between residents. Hiking trails/ponds/views. Peaceful, serene, inspiring. Finish your project. Apply/reserve now! E-mail:; website:;  phone: (951) 302-3837.

NAWAT FES offers residencies in the eighth-century medina of Fes, Morocco, to U.S. and international writers and creators across disciplines. Artists receive a weekly stipend. Application deadline for 2022 residencies: November 15. The residency is hosted by the American Language Center/Arabic Language Institute in Fez, a member of the American Cultural Association. Website:  

A QUIET STUDIO. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration. The Saltonstall Foundation in Ithaca, NY, offers accessible residencies for New York State artists and writers. We are small and personal, with cohorts of five arriving and departing at the same time. A new addition includes an accessible living space, bath, studio, kitchen, and common space. Free to attend, no cost to apply. We provide 1-bedroom suites (one with a darkroom), private baths, chef-prepared dinners, stocked kitchens, 200 acres of trails, and a stipend. Application deadline is January 15 for all residencies in 2022. Visit:


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ABLE AND WELL-KNOWN writer, teacher, editor (Scribner, Random House, Bantam, Dell, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Narrative, Harper’s, The Paris Review, Vanity Fair, The American Scholar, Esquire, GQ, Ploughshares) offers manuscript critique, editing, private tutorials on short stories, novels, and literary nonfiction. Authors edited include Rick Bass, Richard Bausch, T. C. Boyle, Jennifer Egan, Min Jin Lee, Anthony Marra, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Joyce Carol Oates, James Salter, Robert Stone, and many others. Contact:   Website: 

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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. 25 years’ teaching experience, Barnard College, MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte, private practice:  Website:   

ACCLAIMED EDITOR, former Paris Press director Jan Freeman, with 40 years of experience, provides coaching, manuscript consultations, and editing services for writers and poets. Let’s map out a new project or work toward a fresh revision or your final submission. Works in progress, finished manuscripts, new-and-selected collections, chapbooks. E-mail:; website:

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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:

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AFFORDABLE EVALUATION OF NOVEL MANUSCRIPTS by author of The Last Draft. $1.20/page (250 words) + $150 report fee; hard-copy annotation available. Deposit required. Beginners and experienced writers welcome. Also, line editing, $40/hr; free sample. Our relationship is confidential. Contact for further information. 

AFFORDABLE, POWERFUL, AND COMPREHENSIVE editorial services give your manuscript an edge. Unlock the potential of your manuscript with in-depth evaluation, plot/character development, line editing, revisions. Benefit from years of editorial experience at Big 5 publishers. Want to write a good book? Let me help! Helga Schier, PhD, e-mail:; website:; phone: (310) 828-8421. 

APPLYING TO MFA PROGRAMS? Writing a story or book? Award-winning author and editor (Cambridge University Press) offers detailed editing and critique of fiction and nonfiction. I have 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 prestigious MFAs at the Michener Center, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, the New School, U. Montana, and others. Contact info and testimonials:

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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:  

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ART AND NATURE open the imagination, perceptions, and help uncover emotions, memories, releasing new forms of creative expression. Register for MASS MoCA Writing Through Art Poetry Retreats: November, February (Zoom); June (in-person). Writing Through Nature & Art Weekly Poetry Workshops: Fall, winter (Zoom). Website:;  e-mail:  New and experienced poets welcome.

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 (online during Covid-19 crisis), following the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) method. Writers of all ages, levels of experience, and genres welcome. Phone: (610) 853-0296. E-mail: Website:

LEARN TO USE dreams and imagination to super-charge your writing. Dreaming on the Page self-guided online workshops wake up your poetry and prose and connect you to an international community of dreamers and writers. Everybody dreams and everybody has a story to tell. Starting at $35. Enroll: Inquire:

WILLOW WRITERS’ RETREAT is offering virtual writing workshops. Our classes provide a space for writers of all skill levels to share their stories in an inclusive and nurturing environment. We offer a variety of group sessions and 1-on-1 manuscript consultations that include writing prompts, craft discussions, and personalized feedback. The retreat is led by Susan Isaak Lolis, an award-winning writer. Website: