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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.

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.

EDITOR CYNTHIA BRACKETT-VINCENT seeks poems inspired by/in the spirit of Donald Hall from established New England poets for 2019 anthology, Except for Love: New England Poets inspired by Donald Hall. Introductory tribute by Wesley McNair, former Poet Laureate of Maine. Deadline: December 18. For guidelines, e-mail

G-CLE IS NOW accepting submissions of personal essays to 1,000 words for a second volume of the award-winning anthology Child of My Child. Seeking essays (no poetry) that speak honestly and eloquently of the realities of grandparenting in the 21st century. Submit to by February 1. Payment: 2 copies. Website:

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. Submission guidelines:

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:

TWISTED ROAD PUBLICATIONS is seeking stories of survival, both fiction and nonfiction, for our 2019 anthology. For marginalized individuals and groups—migrant farm workers, both legal and illegal; victims of extreme weather events; those fleeing war and violence; those caught up in a criminal justice system that is anything but colorblind; and so many more—daily struggles can become matters of life and death. We want to share their stories. Submission deadline: February 28, 2019. Send up to 7,000 words plus author bio to

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual 93-year-old literary awards in 2 categories: literature for adults and literature for children and young adults. Publishers and/or authors are invited to submit books published in 2018. Generous monetary prizes awarded. Guidelines: Authors must reside (or have resided) in the American Midwest. Books set in the region (even if the author is a nonresident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction, please. No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2018, all are eligible.) Books nominated for the award must be submitted to the FAW Awards Committees by December 10, but we appreciate entries ASAP. No application forms! Please send 2 copies of each book and author info as early as possible to: Tammie Bob, Literature Awards Chair, 474 Stagecoach Run, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: Or Angela Gall, Young People’s Literature Awards Chair, 13325 S. Columbine Cir., Plainfield, IL 60585. E-mail: For info on previous awards, please visit

OMONOMANY PUBLISHING. We publish poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Send SASE, 2 copies of sample chapter, and outline to 2095 Exeter Rd., Ste. 80-263, Germantown, TN 38138. 

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

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.

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, Charles Brice, Lee Herrick, Allison Joseph, Jason Magabo Perez. Publication in 2020. Guidelines:

WROLSTAD CONTEMPORARY POETRY Series. Tavern Books seeks submissions of new, full-length poetry manuscripts from female poets 40 years of age and younger, regardless of publication history. $1,000 book sales advance, paperback and hardcover publication, and a month-long writing residency in OR. Reading period: October 1, 2018–January 15, 2019. $15 reading fee. Submission 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. Final judge: Phong Nguyen. All entries considered for publication. For guidelines, see

POETRY CHAPBOOKS. Prolific Press is eagerly awaiting poetry submissions (20 pages of poetry). Professionally published with ISBN, barcode, press release, custom covers, online ordering, and all the flair that Prolific Press is known for. Payment: 10 copies. This is professional publishing, you pay nothing. Submissions are free. Learn more:

SONDER PRESS seeks well-written, engaging chapbook-length works of short fiction and narrative nonfiction crafted with care, precision, and a penchant for language for its annual Chapbook Competition. We wish to be transported, rearranged and awakened. Prizes include $300, publication, and author copies. $10 entry. Entries close December 31. Guidelines:

TWISTED ROAD PUBLICATIONS is seeking stories of survival, both fiction and nonfiction. For marginalized individuals and groups—migrant farm workers, both legal and illegal; victims of extreme weather events; those fleeing war and violence; those caught up in a criminal justice system that is anything but colorblind; and so many more—daily struggles can become matters of life and death. We want to share their stories. Send first 50 pages of novel or memoir, brief synopsis, and author bio to

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

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 #14. Send us your traditional and medium-length work. We dig flash too. Reading period: August 1 until December 15. Yummy samples and loads more info at

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks submissions for a theme issue that explores “A Good Life,” and all the complicated ramifications of those 3 words. Fiction, nonfiction (5,000 words max). Poetry (3 poems max). We welcome submissions for this issue through January 1, 2019. See guidelines and submit at

BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its 20th anniversary issue. Submission period: September 1–December 1. Send submissions to as PDF attachment(s) with subject line “BLR Fiction Submission” or “BLR Poetry Submission.” Limit 1 submission per author (1 short story for fiction and up to 3 poems for poetry). For samples of previously published work, see

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

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

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

COLERE, an annual journal celebrating cultural exploration, welcomes thought-provoking essays, fiction, poetry, and artwork. Please limit submissions to 8 poems, 20 pages, or 2 photos on culture and cross-cultural experience abroad or at home. Deadline: February 15. E-mail submissions to or mail to Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

COMMON GROUND REVIEW invites poetry submissions (1-5 poems) for Spring/Summer 2019 issue. Also, our Poetry Contest runs January 1–March 15: $500 first prize, $200 second, $100 third. Submit 1-3 poems, $15 fee. See www.cgrevieworg. Snail mail: Janet Bowdan, H-5132, Western New England University, 1215 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA, 01119.

COMSTOCK REVIEW Open reading period (no fee) is January 1, 2019–March 31, 2019. See website for details for paper and online submissions. In our 33rd year we choose poems solely on the basis of artistic merit. Also consider our contests (first prizes, $1,000), single poem beginning April 1; chapbook contest beginning August 1. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website:

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

CUTBANK LITERARY MAGAZINE is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for the upcoming winter issue. All genres open for submissions on September 15. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is now reading for its 12th print issue to be published in May 2019! We’re looking for previously unpublished, short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 1,500 words), and artwork. The reading period opens in mid-October and closes February 15 with all decisions made by April 2019. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

THE DERONDA REVIEW seeks poems and short prose for an issue with a section on “Utopia.” Other topics, especially seasonal poems, also welcome.  Please see our site ( before submitting. Send up to 5 poems to,, or P.O.Box 6709 Efrat 90435, Israel. 

DRIFTWOOD PRESS is a paying market featuring year-round contests, an editing service, and 1-week response times for submissions. We publish graphic novels, chapbooks, and biannual issues, which can be found on Amazon and B&N. Many of our writers are given interviews and guest editorships. Website:

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

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, 2018–April 1, 2019. Deadline: April 1, 2019. Website:

FOUNDED IN 2009 at Oxford University in the U.K., by W.K. Buckley, Plath Profiles, an online journal, seeks essays, poems, art, student essays, memoirs, and notes. Any topic. Any length. On Sylvia Plath. Submission deadline: August 2019. Contact: or

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 19th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit Hardcopy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526. 

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a literary journal inviting young, female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work for consideration for the third annual issue. We believe girls’ voices transform the world for the better. We accept poetry, prose, and visual art of any style or theme. We ask to be the first to publish your work in North America; after publication, the rights return to you. Please include a note mentioning your age, where you’re from, and a bit about your submission. Send your best work, in English or English translation, to by January 1, 2019. 

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

KANSAS CITY VOICES: A PERIODICAL OF WRITING AND ART is accepting original art, poetry, and short prose from December 15, 2018, through March 15, 2019. Payment and 1 copy of magazine for accepted work. Accepted writers and artists are also invited to read at events throughout the year. For full submission guidelines, see

LEAPING CLEAR, the online magazine of art, literature, and contemplation, is accepting submissions from October 1 through November 30 for its Spring 2019 issue. We’re especially interested in audio and video poems. We feature accomplished artists and writers worldwide with a committed meditative/contemplative practice. We present emerging and established writers and artists from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives who work in all forms of contemporary writing, art, music, and video. We value art that asks, “What is this?” and invites readers/viewers/listeners to explore deeply the wonders, perplexities, joys, difficulties, mysteries, and humor of being alive now. For more information, visit

LITERARY ACCENTS, Accents Publishing’s new poetry journal, will be reading submissions of very short poems (up to 50 words including the title) until December 31. Send between 3 and 6 unpublished poems to with a subject line: “Literary Accents Submission.” For details 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

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE seeks remarkable fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. Share your world and your voice. Submission window: October 15, 2018–February 16, 2019. Submission fee $3. See guidelines at

MONTHS TO YEARS is a quarterly digital literary journal dedicated to writing about mortality. We seek creative nonfiction submissions up to 2,500 words exploring the wisdom, insight, and humor related to death and dying. Months to Years addresses topics rarely spoken about: How do you live well when you know you’re dying? How do you face death when you know it is likely sooner than you expected? (Writers we admire: Paul Kalanithi, Oliver Sacks, Nina Riggs, Joan Didion.) Submission guidelines: Submissions deadlines are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1. Submissions accepted continuously and will be considered for subsequent issue if received after deadline. Send submissions to:

NIMROD INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL is accepting submissions to its 2019 Spring issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa. Open to fiction/CNF of up to 7,500 words and poetry of up to 7 pages from writers from the region, writers from the region living abroad, and writers of MENA heritage. Work may be on any subject. Payment: $10/page. Deadline: December 5. Submission guidelines:

PEDESTAL MAGAZINE will be accepting submissions of poetry for its December 2018 issue. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Open for submissions November 5–December 2. Please visit the site to read current and archived work, see relevant details, and submit work. Website:

PEN + BRUSH in print, the publishing arm of a 123-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks poetry and short literary fiction by women and non-binary authors. We also accept novels: See our website for more information. No submission fee! Website:

PEREGRINE, the annual print journal of Amherst Writers & Artists Press, seeks unpublished original poetry and short fiction by emerging and established writers. We seek unpretentious, memorable works that reflect diversity of voice. Submissions will be accepted October 1–January 31, 2019, at For more information, see

RAGAZINE.CC, an eclectic global online zine, seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, photo essays, art, reviews, and interviews for upcoming issues (no submission fees; we use Submittable). We like strange, honor diversity, appreciate inventiveness, inclusiveness, and sensible, organized social, environmental, & political commentary about contemporary issues. Dig it. For guidelines,

RATTLE SEEKS submissions by Instagram Poets for the Summer 2019 issue: Poems may be on any subject, but must have first appeared on Instagram and never in print. Deadline: January 15. Send up to 4 poems as links to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Poets published receive $100. Online submissions accepted. Website:

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

SOUNDINGS EAST, the literary journal of Salem State University, seeks poetry, fiction and nonfiction for publication in Vol. 41, Spring 2019. We read from September 1 to February 15, and respond within 2 months. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please send up to 5 poems in a single file, or prose up to 10,000 words, to

SPILLWAY wants poems on any subject, February & March only, for a Summer 2019 issue. Send your best work. Be creative. Surprise us. Editors: Marsha de la O & Phil Taggart. Tebot Bach Publisher. Submit 3–5 poems in a single document. Check website for guidelines: E-mail submission only:

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 September 1 through November 30 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:

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  

UPSTREET: award-winning annual’s 15th 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, and Robin Black. Distributors: TNG, Media Solutions, Disticor (Canada). Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1, 2019. For new guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

WE WANT SHORT prose works like flash fiction and prose poetry that cross, blur, and/or mutilate genre. We publish 6 writers and 1 photo very nearly every month. Give us your homeless, your animals, your lunch money: we’re hungry. Submit at

THE WOVEN TALE PRESS: Showcasing artists and writers from around the globe. Each day we also curate a wide variety of content, from interviews to book and exhibition reviews, and our flagship artist and writer website spotlights. Submit (free!) poetry, flash fiction, memoir, short stories, novel excerpts. Go to

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

ZIZZLE LITERARY MAGAZINE. Pay $100/flash-fiction piece. Submit for free by December 31. Our hardcover publication features stories that will not only appeal to children as young as age 10, but to grown-ups as well. We like stories that dive deep into meaning and resist banality. Word limit: 500–1,200. Follow @zizzlelit on Twitter. Order our debut issue:

2017 NOMINEE: One of the top 100 literary blogs on the web. The RavensPerch literary magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at

VOICE OF EVE is seeking women’s poetry. Our hope is to build a community of women who can be empowered by sharing and reading each other’s work. We believe strength comes in unity with diversity and ultimately it is love that binds us. Please visit

2019 CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITERS’ CONFERENCE. Join us in Pittsburgh May 23–25 (Memorial Day weekend) for 3 days dedicated to the art of memoir, personal essays, narrative journalism, and more. Craft talks, breakout sessions, publishing advice, and master classes with writers, editors, and agents. Learn more at

CALL FOR PAPERS: Inaugural International Whitman Conference on August 9, 10, 11, 2019. Held at Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, Huntington, NY, for his bicentennial birthday. Papers must examine various aspects of Whitman’s life and writings, using any scholarly method. Submit 250-word abstract to Include CV/bio. Deadline: December 1. Details:

GREAT LAKES WRITERS FESTIVAL, November 1 & 2 at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Barton Sutter and Christian Wiman. Readings, panel discussion, and workshops. No fee. For details and registration form, go to or contact Karl Elder,, or (920) 565-1000 x2295.

LIT CAMP WRITERS CONFERENCE. Held at Esalen in Big Sur, CA. Limited to 40 participants. This year’s faculty includes Jonathan Lethem, Dana Spiotta, and Alexander Chee, plus NY agent Brettne Bloom. Yoga, meditation, hot springs. Sunday, May 12 through Friday, May 17, 2019. Accepting submissions: October 1, 2018–January 31, 2019. Website:

SAN FRANCISCO WRITERS CONFERENCE: February 14–17, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Keynoters include Catherine Coulter and Jane Friedman. Join 100+ presenters—agents, editors, publishers, poets, and authors. Event, master classes, writing contest and stand-alone Poetry Track details—plus your free subscription to the SFWC Newsletter—are all at

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ Conference & Literary Festival: February 13–17, 2019 (Mexico). Featuring Adam Gopnik, Jennifer Clement,  Paul Theroux, Cristina Garza, Sandra Gulland. Literary Death Match, and more! The most prestigious bilingual literary gathering in the Americas attracts established and emerging writers, and industry experts, from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and beyond. 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, CNTraveler. Registration is open:

$250 PRIZES! Award-winning judges! Poetry: Genevieve Kaplan (In the ice house, Red Hen). Fiction: Emily Geminder (Dead Girls & Other Stories, Dzanc). Your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Deadline: midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at

$1,000 CASH PRIZE! A contest for self-published and traditionally published work. The Nancy Pearl Book Award is PNWA’s writing contest for completed, published books, copyright 2018. Every qualified book receives 2 reads by librarians. Finalists’ books are featured on our website and placed prominently in the bookstore during our fall conference (September 12–15, 2019). Winners are announced at the PNWA conference (1 per category) and receive $1,000 cash prize. Deadline March 29, 2019. Website:; e-mail:; telephone: (425) 673-BOOK.

$1,000 PRIZE AND PUBLICATION in Mountain Troubadour is given annually for the winning poem. Submit 3 poems with $15 entry fee by February 1, 2019. Visit our website for complete guidelines. The Poetry Society of Vermont, Box 1215, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Founded in 1947.

$1,500 PRIZE! River Styx Microfiction Contest. Five hundred words maximum per story, up to 3 stories per entry. $20 entry fee includes 1-year subscription, or $10 fee for 1 issue with the winning stories. Mail or submit via Submittable by December 31. River Styx, 3139A South Grand, Suite 203, St. Louis, MO 63118. Website:

$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. “This feels like a safe place for artists...Every communication I get from you has the same encouraging tone: Never give up. Keep writing. Your gift is important.”—Jessica (contest submitter, July 30, 2018). Visit

$12,000 IN PRIZE MONEY! PNWA Writers Contest. Call for unpublished nonfiction work (first 28 pages and 1-page synopsis). In 12 categories, ranging from mainstream, genre, children's, middle grade, young adult, and nonfiction. Every qualified entry receives 2 written critiques. First-, second-, and third-place winners in each category are selected by agents and publishers actively acquiring new authors. Entries per category ($35/PNWA members, $50/nonmembers) must be received by March 29, 2019. E-mail:, phone: (425) 673-BOOK.

THE 2018 WATERSEDGE Poetry Chapbook Contest: $500, publication of poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats, Amazon distribution for Kindle and print chapbooks, and 25 free print copies. Page count: 24–48 pages. Judge: Susanna Lang. Contest ends: October 31. Entry fee: $20. Sponsored by Writer’s Relief, Inc. See complete submission guidelines at:

THE 2019 EDITOR’S REPRINT AWARDS offer $500+ in prizes and publication in Sequestrum for writers of previously published fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Two grand prize winners (1 fiction/nonfiction, 1 poetry) and minimum 2 runners-up. Submit via our online submission system. Doors open October 15. E-mail: Full guidelines:

THE 2019 NEW AMERICAN Poetry Prize: $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Sara Gelston. Extended deadline: February 15, 2019. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2019 PRESS 53 AWARD for Short Fiction: $1,000 advance, publication, and 50 copies awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading fee: $30. Enter September 1–December 31. Press 53 publisher Kevin Morgan Watson will judge. Winner and finalists announced by May 1, 2019. Complete details at

13TH ANNUAL SMITH COLLEGE Poetry Prize for New England high school girls in 10th and 11th grades. Award: $500 + opportunity to read poem at Smith. Judge: Jenny George. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, and required entry form:

THE ANNUAL RATTLE Chapbook Prize offers $2,000 for a chapbook (up to 36 pages), plus 500 author copies, and distribution to Rattle’s 7,000+ subscribers. Entry fee of $25 includes a one-year subscription to the magazine. Deadline: January 15. For guidelines and to read past winners, visit our website:

ANTHOLOGY/CONTEST. TallGrass Writers Guild/Outrider Press. Poetry: max 32 lines w/spaces; prose max: 2,500 words on “Loon Magic & Other Night Sounds.” Deadline: April 30. Fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry: $19. TWG members: $15 each. Prizes: $500 each category. No submission limit. Complete guidelines w/entry form:

ATLANTA REVIEW 25th Annual International Poetry Prize. Grand prize: $1,000. Top 25 contestants published. 30 merit winners listed on honor roll, receive a free copy. Deadline: May 1, 2019. $10 for 3 poems, multiple separate submissions allowed. Final judge announced at end of competition. Online submissions only:

ATTENTION: PROFESSIONAL LYRICISTS AND POETS. Help Terry Lee Nichols convert his Appasionato (At Peace album, track 5) to a lyrical wedding song. Entrance fee: $20. Award: $1,000. Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope and send to Philip Spevak, 5912 SW 31 St., Miami, FL, 33155. You will receive a 3-page lead sheet with instructions. Terry Lee Nichols and Philip Spevak will judge. Winner announced January 1, 2019.

BALTIMORE REVIEW Winter Contest—Theme: "Tools." Gadgets, gizmos, implements, utensils, devices, contraptions, instruments, equipment. Put a tool to work in your poem, story, or CNF. All entries considered for publication. Prizes: $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: November 30. For more details and to submit:

BE PART OF CALIFORNIA’S OLDEST literary journal, established in San José in 1867. Reed Magazine’s contests offer prizes for nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and art. Submit online June 1–November 1 using Submittable; $20 entry fee includes a free copy. Winners are published in our handsome print journal. Details:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW announces its 2019 annual literary contests: The Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry, and the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction. Each contest offers a $1,000 first-place prize. Online submissions only via Submittable from December 1, 2018–March 15, 2019. $20 entry fee. General submissions are also open from September 15–December 1. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and 1 gift subscription. Complete guidelines at

BELOIT FICTION JOURNAL Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. $20 entry fee. A prize of $2,000 and publication in the BFJ is given annually for a short story. Bonnie Nadzam will judge. Submit a story of up to 7,000 words with a $20 entry fee by December 10 to

BRIGHT HILL PRESS 26th annual Full-length Poetry Book Competition, $1,000 and publication plus 30 copies for winner and national distribution of published book. $27 entry fee. 16–24 paginated pp (plus separate bio and acknowledgments). May be submitted electronically or via USPS. Results via e-mail. Complete guidelines: or Deadline for MS receipt at BHP: December 31. Submissions: BHP Poetry Book Comp., 94 Church St., Treadwell, NY 13846-4607.

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. See for publications, membership, submission requirements, contest rules, etc. or mail inquiry to: CSPS, P.O. Box 7126, Orange, CA 92863.

CARVE MAGAZINE’S Prose & Poetry Contest, open October 1–November 15, offers $3,000 in prizes. Seeking short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. One winner per genre awarded $1,000 and published in print, digital, and online. Entry fee $17 online/$15 mailed. Guidelines and guest judges listed at

CHATTAHOOCHEE REVIEW. Lamar York Prizes, November 1–January 31. Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Chattahoochee Review are given annually for a short story and an essay. Kevin Wilson will judge in fiction and Adriana Páramo will judge in nonfiction. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

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. Leona Sevick will judge. Submit 48–80 page manuscript at or mail to CPR, P.O. Box 33384, San Diego, CA 92163. Guidelines:

CODHILL POETRY Award: $1,000 plus 25 copies. Distribution by SUNY Press. Deadline: December 20. Submit book-length manuscript (48–72 pages), acknowledgments, table of contents, and cover page (name, address, phone, e-mail) clip-bound plus SASE for contest results and $30 reading fee: Codhill Poetry Award, P.O. Box 280, Bloomington, NY 12411. Electronic submissions: For complete guidelines:

COLORADO PRIZE for Poetry. $2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2019. Final judge is Kazim Ali. $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.

THE COWLES OPEN Poetry Book Prize. $2,000, publication/distribution of full-length poetry manuscript, 30 copies for author. Color cover, 48 to 100 pp, $25 reading fee. Deadline: April 1. Submit through our Submittable account. Guidelines at

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

DANAHY FICTION PRIZE/TAMPA REVIEW. $1,000 and publication in Tampa Review for a previously unpublished short story, 500–5,000 words. Enter now! Year-end deadline approaching. $20 entry includes free subscription. All stories considered for publication. Danahy Fiction Prize, Tampa Review, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. Website:

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Kim Addonizio is the author of 7 poetry collections, 2 novels, 2 story collections, and 2 books on writing poetry. She is an NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellow, has won two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention) all finalists will be published in the 2019 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems. $20 entry fee includes copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1–December 1. For complete guidelines, please visit our website

EMRYS SEEKS original poetry for contest. Send up to 3 poems, not to exceed 3 pages. Simultaneous submissions okay with notification. Enter via Submittable, November 1–November 30. Winner receives $250 and publication of winning poem in the 2018 (Vol. 36) of Emrys Journal. Entry fee, $12. See guidelines:

ENOUGH IS THE THEME of Public Poetry’s annual nationwide poetry contest. $1,000 first prize plus invitation to give a public reading in Houston, TX. Top 40 entries will be included in an e-book anthology. Judges are Robin Davidson, Roy G. Guzman, Patricia Spears Jones, Carmen Giménez Smith. Guidelines and entry form:

ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2019 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story. $1,000 total awards. Deadline: January 18, 2019. Entry form, fee, and 2 copies of works mailed to: 252 Twin Lakes Rd., Latrobe, PA 15650. Phone: (724) 834-7474. Entry form available:

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

GRAYSON BOOKS 2019 Chapbook Contest. $500 and 50 gorgeous copies to winner. 16–32 pages poetry, $20 reading fee. January 31 deadline. Simultaneous submissions accepted if we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Leslie McGrath to judge. For complete guidelines, see

INDIANA UNIVERSITY South Bend’s 42 Miles Press Poetry Award will be awarded to an emerging/established poet for a book-length manuscript. The winner receives: $1,000, 50 copies, & will be invited to read in South Bend, IN. Deadline is March 1. David Dodd Lee will judge. Entry fee: $25. For complete guidelines, go to Oeding, Bernheim, Rasmovicz, Andrews, Peterson, Knapp, Lambright, Pritts, Samyn, Stobb, & you?

JUXTAPROSE IS NOW accepting submissions for its 2018  poetry contest. The winning poem will receive $1,000 and publication in a future issue of JuxtaProse. Up to 3 honorable mentions will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication, regardless of contest placement. For full details, see

LITERAL LATTE Fiction Awards. First prize: $1,000. Second prize: $300. Third prize $200. Winners published in Literal Latte. Stories of all flavors and styles welcome, up to 10,000 words, entry fee $10. Literal Latte is celebrating 25 years of caffeinating the minds of readers and the careers of writers. Go to—for tastes, entry details, and submitting choice words.

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF AWARD for Short Fiction. First prize: $3,500 plus publication in LitMag; second prize: $1,000; five finalists: $100 each. All entered short stories will be considered for publication. Deadline: December 15. Entry fee: $20. Guidelines at

NEW RIVERS PRESS Many Voices Project Award. Two prizes of $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, 1 in poetry and 1 in fiction or creative nonfiction. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry September 1–December 31, along with $25 entry fee. Submit online at

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $3,000 for our Lake Merritt Prize: nonblind 1st/2nd Poetry Book Contest. Hoa Nguyen judges. Electronic and postal submissions November 1–December 29. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $27. Entrants who add $3 shipping receive an Omnidawn book of their choice. For guidelines, see

ON THE PREMISES is an online fiction magazine entering its 11th year. We feature newer and/or relatively unknown writers who write creative, compelling, well-crafted stories that use our contest premises well. We are open to authors from any country if their stories are written in English. Winning entries in no-fee short story contests launched each December and June are published in On The Premises. Each contest challenges writers to produce a great story based on a broad premise that we supply. Winning stories are published in individual magazine issues each April and October and pay up to $220. We also hold no-fee “mini-contests” 4 times a year in April, May, October, and November. Winning mini-contest entries are published on our website and pay up to $25. OTP does not charge fees for entering its contests. To learn more about OTP, write to or visit

THE ORISON PRIZES in Poetry & Fiction offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Eric Pankey (poetry) & Victor LaValle (fiction). Entry fee: $30. Entry period: December 1, 2018–April 1, 2019. For complete guidelines visit

THE POET’S BILLOW is currently accepting submissions for the Bermuda Triangle Prize. Three poems on a chosen theme from up to 3 different poets will receive $50 each, for a total prize of $150. Poems will be published and considered for Pushcart and other qualifying prizes. Website:

THE POETRY SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA announces the 2019 PSV Book Award for poetry books published in 2018. See website for details,

QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS. Fall poetry book award. $1,000 prize, book publication, and generous royalties. Deadline: December 28. Submit online or send manuscript and $25 reading fee to Quercus Review Press, Dept. of English, Modesto Junior College, 435 College Ave., Modesto, CA 95350. New and emerging writers encouraged to submit. For more info, visit our website:

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. 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. Judge: Kelly Link. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 1, 2019. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’S 2019 CURRY Poetry Prize contest is accepting submissions. First place: $600; Second place: $400. All winners published. Judge: Kathy Fagan, author most recently of Sycamore, of national poetry selection The Raft, et al. Reading period: August 1–December 1; $10 reading fee. Yep. Details:

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

STROKESTOWN INTERNATIONAL Poetry Competition 2019. First prize: 2,000 Euro, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat; second prize: 700 Euro; third prize: 500 Euro. Reading fees of 300 Euro for 7 shortlisted poets. Competition closes December 7. Entry fee: 6 Euro. Judges: Jo Shapcott & Gerard Smyth. The 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Strokestown Anthology 2019. Competition details and entry forms on website:

TAMPA REVIEW PRIZE for Poetry. $2,000; hardcover and paperback book publication; portfolio in Tampa Review for unpublished manuscript by new or established poets. $25 entry includes subscription. Enter now! Year-end deadline approaching. Tampa Review Prize, University of Tampa Press, 401 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606. 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 is accepting Creative NF book submissions & Poetry Chapbook Contest submissions. Chapbook winner will receive a $500 award. Competitive book contract offered for both. Running with Water anthology will accept submissions of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and flash works. Deadline is December 1. For more details:

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