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REBEL ANTHOLOGIES is a boutique publisher offering 2 full tuition scholarships for our upcoming Anthology. Please submit 5 poems at www.rebelanthologies.com. No reading fee.
WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR SHORT STORY published in an anthology whose debut garnered 83 reader reviews on Amazon in a few months, 78 of them 5-stars? If so, submit! Website: www.coolestamericanstories.com. And if you enjoy reading interesting stories, feel free to order a Coolest American Stories 2022. Website: www.amzn.to/3M8RCJR.
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: atmospherepress.com.
CONCRETE WOLF LOUIS AWARD for first full-length poetry collection by a poet age 50 or older. Submit a manuscript of 55 to 75 pages of poems. Judge: Lana Hechtman Ayers. Prize: 100 copies of perfect-bound book distributed by Ingram. Deadline: September 30. Fee: $15. Multiple and simultaneous submissions accepted. For details go to www.concretewolf.com or Submittable.
FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual, 101-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 2022. 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 non-resident) also qualify. Fiction or creative nonfiction, please. No self-published or e-books, poetry, genres, or series books. Authors of more than 3 published books are ineligible. (If an author has multiple books published in 2022, 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: Karen Pulver, Literature Awards Chair, 748 Western Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For info on previous awards, please visit www.fawchicago.org/awards.php.
IN THE MONTH OF JULY, Sarabande is open for the following submissions: Full-length essay manuscripts, full-length manuscripts from Kentucky-affiliated writers, and translation samples and proposals. Complete guidelines at www.sarabandebooks.org.
REPENTHOUSE PUBLICATIONS publishes inspirational fiction and nonfiction for the Christian, Jewish, and interfaith communities, from short tracts to thousand-page treatises. We charge no up-front fees, and editing is available for manuscripts that show promise. Visit our website at www.repenthouse.org for details.
RIDDLE BROOK PUBLISHING, a specialty publisher of narrative nonfiction based in New Hampshire, is now accepting proposals and manuscripts for review. Particular interest in personal stories told with a compelling voice. Send inquiries to email@example.com, or complete the submission form on our website. No fees. Small advance offered for accepted manuscripts. More info at www.riddlebrookpublishing.com.
STEVENS POETRY MANUSCRIPT COMPETITION. National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS) offers annual award of $1,000 and 50 author copies for a full-length poetry manuscript (48–70 pages) by a single author. Deadline: November 15. Submissions open August 15. $20 members, $25 non-members. Prize: $1,000, 50 author copies. Website: www.nfsps.submittable.com or www.nfsps.com.
WEIRD BEARD PRESS publishes the unusual, the offbeat, and the avant-garde in more than 20 popular categories of fiction and nonfiction. Short pieces and poems are welcome. We charge no up-front costs, and editing is available for manuscripts that show promise. Visit our website at www.weirdbeardpress.com.
COMSTOCK REVIEW CHAPBOOK CONTEST, $1,000 plus 50 copies to author. Submit manuscript 25–34 pages (see line limit per page) between August 1–October 31. Entry fee $30 (online extra) includes copy of winning chapbook. Visit website for complete guidelines, which must be followed. Peggy Sperber Flanders, Founding Editor, will judge. Checks and manuscripts: Comstock Review Chapbook Contest, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website: www.comstockreview.org; www.facebook.com/pages/comstock-review/186488898068352?ref=ts.
‘22 JULY AND AUGUST SEQUESTRUM themes are 1) “Place” & 2) “Family!” Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Both themes close August 15! Payment + publication. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: August 15. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Full guidelines: www.sequestrum.org.
ABANDONED MINE is a new poetry journal (quarterly online, selected annual print), now accepting submissions for our ***inaugural year***. We are seeking poems people will be inspired to re-read and share with family and friends. Please visit www.abandonedmine.org 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 www.ajimagazine.com; e-mail queries can be sent to email@example.com.
AJN, THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSING, seeks personal essays (850-word limit) describing experiences related to health and health care for its monthly Reflections department. Authors do not have to be healthcare professionals. We prefer clear writing with strong details and vivid characterization; $150 honorarium paid upon publication. For author guidelines and examples of articles published in this column, please go to www.editorialmanager.com/ajn/default.aspx and click on “Reflections” under “Author Guidelines,” or query the Reflections coordinator Madeleine Mysko: firstname.lastname@example.org.
AJN, THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NURSING, seeks poems, “flash” fiction, and visual art related to health or healthcare for its Art of Nursing department. Authors need not be health care professionals. Original perspectives and clear, unsentimental writing are preferred. $150 honorarium paid upon publication. Query Art of Nursing coordinator before submitting (use “Art of Nursing” in subject line): email@example.com.
THE ANNUAL CRONE POWER Issue by Gyroscope Review poetry magazine opens July 1 for submissions. Seeking contemporary poetry by women-identifying poets over age 50. No-fee submissions accepted through Submittable. Back issues available online to see what we like. For guidelines visit www.gyroscopereview.com. Older women—we see you!
APPLE IN THE DARK is a new online publication focusing on works of fiction and creative nonfiction no longer than 1,500 words apiece. Currently, we offer 2 issues a year: Spring and Fall. Submission deadlines: February 15 and August 15. Website: www.appleinthedark.com/submissions.
THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, an award-winning lit magazine for writers and poets with mental illnesses, is now accepting submissions to its annual hard-copy publication. Send your work with a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. But first browse our submission guidelines, found at www.awakeningsproject.org.
THE BLUEBIRD WORD is a new online literary journal for poetry, flash nonfiction, and flash fiction. We are interested in showcasing work from emerging authors as well as contributions from writers across all cultural backgrounds and experience levels. For complete submission guidelines visit www.thebluebirdword.com/submit.
BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and nonfiction about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submission period: July 1 through November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Please identify simultaneous submissions; notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged as Word files to email@example.com. Please identify the genre in the subject line. Website: www.bluelineadkmagazine.org.
CALLING DANVILLE WRITERS…New literary journal seeking well-written submissions from Danville writers—any Danville—there are 26 worldwide; for news about upcoming awards, guidelines for submission, check out: www.pulse-and-echo.com. Our inaugural (Spring 2022) issue is available to download. Submissions (poetry, prose) open August 15–September 30.
CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS seeks submissions of 1-act plays, short screenplays, art, and poetry for our annual drama magazine Rushing Thru the Dark. Deadline is August 28. For our submission guidelines see www.choeofpleirnpress.com/drama.
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: www.collateraljournal.com.
FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 23rd annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit www.frontrange.edu/frontrangereview.
GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a journal inviting female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Website: www.thehalcyone.submittable.com. Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New Her Words literary magazine for women.
HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR charges no fees and reads submissions from late summer to early spring. Our work has been featured in the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize anthologies. Details can be found at www.hawaiipacificreview.org.
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 Winter 2023 is July 15. For full guidelines, visit www.blogs.luc.edu/italianamericana/authors-guidelines-italian-americana.
LITTLE PATUXENT REVIEW (LPR) is seeking submissions of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for its un-themed Winter 2023 issue. Submissions will open and be accepted from August 1 through October 24. LPR publishes diverse voices and aesthetics and encourages both emerging and established authors to submit. Review our guidelines at www.littlepatuxentreview.org.
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: www.monthstoyears.org/submission-guidelines. We welcome submissions from writers in underrepresented communities.
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 www.theravensperch.com.
PENSIVE: A GLOBAL JOURNAL OF SPIRITUALITY & THE ARTS, innovative online publication from Northeastern University, seeks your unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, translations. Read past issues, including BLM-themed, at www.pensivejournal.com and submit via Submittable February 1–May 15 or August 1–November 15. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices especially welcome.
SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW. No reading fee. Submission window: July 1 to 31. More at www.bluehorsepress.com.
SANTA FE LITERARY REVIEW invites no-fee submissions of CNF, fiction, poetry, and visual art. This year’s suggested theme is “Myth: Invention, Legend, and Lore.” Word limit per prose submission is 2,000 words per submission period; poets may submit up to 5 poems per submission period. Submit via Submittable by November 1. Learn more at www.sfcc.edu/santa-fe-literary-review.
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR The Waiting Room, a new annual literary journal from Nervous Ghost Press. $0 submission fee, open year-round, decisions made by the editors. The Waiting Room captures our most ugly and most beautiful; send us yours. For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nervousghostpress.org.
TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW pays writers! $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer pieces. Work from TLR has appeared in major anthologies, and everything we accept comes from the open submission queue. We’re reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction August 1 through October 15. Guidelines: www.tahomaliteraryreview.com.
TINT JOURNAL, the literary magazine for non-native English creative writing, publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by writers who compose their work in English as their second or foreign language. See our homepage for our open calls and our guidelines, and submit via www.tintjournal.com/submit (no fee). #showyourtint.
TRAJECTORY IS NOW OPEN for submissions: Short stories, poems, CNF, memoirs, book reviews, author interviews, and b/w photos or sketches. No fiction/poetry for young children, YA manuscripts, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, or horror submissions. For photos/illustrations: JPG, PNG, TIF, or PDF. 300dpi and/or above 3,000px wide. Mail submission, plus SASE and brief bio, to: Trajectory, P.O. Box 655, Frankfort, KY 40602.
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 www.twohawksquarterly.com.
VISIONS-INTERNATIONAL is looking for accessible poetry and modern translations to celebrate 43 publishing years! Send 3–6 unpublished poems as Word/Doc attachment (no simultaneous submissions) to: email@example.com. (See website: www.visionsi.com). Read sample copy first: $3 (latest issue: $6.50) from Visions, 309 Lakeside Dr., Garner, NC 27529.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more, contact email@example.com. Websites: www.thewritersworkshop.net or www.thewritersworkshopreview.net.
6TH ANNUAL TAOS WRITERS CONFERENCE in beautiful Taos, New Mexico, July 29–31, in-person & online. Keynote speaker, Ana Castillo, an award-winning Chicano writer. Faculty include E.J. Levy, Stephanie Han, Beth Piatote, Leeanna Torres, and many others with workshops in every genre. Website: www.somostaos.org/taos-writers-conference. FMI: (575) 758-00816 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.somostaos.org/taos-writers-conference.
COME TO IWWG’S (International Women’s Writing Guild) Summer Conference! July 22–28 in Beverly, Massachusetts. We offer workshops across all genres, open readings, a wellness track, a young writers track, all on Boston’s beautiful North Shore. Full week, long weekend, and day rates available. To register, visit: www.iwwg.org. Questions? Call (646) 248-8676; e-mail: email@example.com.
$100 FIRST PLACE PRIZE for fiction/CNF and poetry with publication in the September revival issue of Fox Lake Review; $10 entry fee. All winners will receive a printed copy; all entrants will receive an e-copy. Submissions will be included in the September/October 2022 issue. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
$1,000 POETRY MICRO CHAPBOOK CONTEST. MAYDAY Magazine invites you to send 8–12 pages of poems to be considered for the Editors’ Choice Award, including $1,000, publication at MAYDAY, and an author interview. Deadline: July 31. Early entry: $10 (May 1–June 15). Regular fee: $15 (June 16–July 31). More info: www.maydaymagazine.com/contests.
$3,000 IN PRIZES! Jen Knox judges the Chester B. Himes Memorial Fiction Prize. $1,500 for less than 4,200 words. Zoe Fay-Stindt judges the Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize. $1,500 for 3 poems less than 65 lines. Unpublished work only. $20 entry fee. A portion of revenue goes to fund medical research. Website: www.kallistogaiapress.org for more info.
$4,000 IN AWARDS. Enter New Millennium Writing Awards by July 31—Best Poetry: $1,000; Fiction: $1,000; Nonfiction: $1,000; Flash Fiction: $1,000. All winners are published in our anthology and online. “NMW’s words of encouragement have sent me digging through the archives of past work, and forward into the mystery of works that have yet to completely discover themselves.”—Andrea Turner, recent submitter. Visit www.newmillenniumwritings.org.
THE 2022 BEST SPIRITUAL LITERATURE AWARDS in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry offer $500 and publication by Orison Books in the Best Spiritual Literature anthology for a single work in each genre. The editors will judge. Entry fee: $12. Submission period: May 1–August 1. Find complete details at www.orisonbooks.com/submissions.
THE 2022 DIODE EDITIONS book and chapbook contests are open for submissions. Deadline: September 30. For full guidelines please go to www.diodeeditions.com/contests.
2022 MAYDAY CREATIVE NONFICTION PRIZE. $1,000 award and publication. Deadline: October 1. To submit, send an essay (2,000–7,500 words) exploring the theme of “Disappearance” (of people, places, things, etc.). Final judge: TBA. Reading fee: $20. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines: www.maydaymagazine.com/contests.
2022 OPEN COUNTRY CHAPBOOK CONTEST. Open to any poet writing in English. Please submit a chapbook of original poems, 20–30 pages. Submissions will be read blind. Deadline: October 1. The final 5 chapbooks will be forwarded to the contest judge, Melissa Kwasny. The winner will receive $500 and 10 author copies. Your connection to Montana will be winning this chapbook contest, should you! To see our previous winners and submit, visit www.opencountrypress.org.
THE 2022 ORISON CHAPBOOK PRIZE will award $300 and publication by Orison Books for a manuscript of 20–45 pages in any literary genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins will judge. Submission period: April 1–July 1. Entry fee: $12. For complete guidelines, see www.orisonbooks.com/submissions.
2023 PRESS 53 AWARD FOR POETRY. $1,000, publication, and 50 copies awarded to an unpublished 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 www.press53.com/award-for-poetry.
15TH ANNUAL LITTORAL PRESS POETRY PRIZE! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem; 3 honorable mentions: earlier broadsides. Judge: Joyce Jenkins. Entry fee: $10 for 1–2 poems; $5 each additional. Mail to: 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 15. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at www.littoralpress.com.
19TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS SHORT STORY AWARD for best previously unpublished literary story in English (stand-alone, not from a novel), approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize: $1,000, publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit: www.givalpress.submittable.com or givalpress.com. Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.
BAUHAN PUBLISHING’S May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize is open! Now in its 12th year, the prize is for a book-length collection, $1,000, and book publication with Spring 2023 titles. Judge: Rebecca Kaiser Gibson. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30. For submission guidelines: www.bauhanpublishing.com/may-sarton-prize or go to www.bauhanpublishing.submittable.com/submit.
BELLINGHAM REVIEW’S annual contests for fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are open December 1 to March 15. $1,000 first-place prizes. $20 entry fee. General submissions are open September 15 to December 1. Bellingham Review is dedicated to offering continual support to our authors. See complete submission guidelines at www.bhreview.org.
BIANNUAL PRINT JOURNAL Black Warrior Review seeks 2022 contest submissions. Winners will receive publication and cash prizes ($500 for flash; $1,000 for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction). Judges: Maurice Carlos Ruffin (fiction), Angie Sijun Lou (flash), Diane Seuss (poetry), and Kendra Allen (nonfiction). Open until September 1. Complete information available at www.bwr.ua.edu.
CALVINO PRIZE: Eighteenth Annual Calvino Prize sponsored by the University of Louisville. For a short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. Final judge for 2022: Ramona Ausubel, winner of the PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction. Published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and collected in Best American Fantasy. First prize, $3,000 plus publication in Miracle Monocle, a journal celebrating over a decade of select works. Second Prize, $500. First-place winner invited, expenses paid, to read winning entry at the University of Louisville in the spring of 2023. Fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details: www.louisville.edu/english.
CANTOR PRIZE. Newly stand-alone. $500 first prize. Two $100 finalist prizes. Winners eligible for Bardic Trails Zoom reading ($100 honorarium). Open to all Colorado poets writing about anything or poets anywhere writing about Colorado. Deadline: August 31; $6 per poem, $15 for 3. Feedback: $5 per poem. More info: www.tellurideinstitute.org/talking-gourds.
CENTRAL OHIO FICTION WRITERS’ “Ignite the Flame” Contest judged by U.S.A. best-selling author Siera London. Prize includes publication by BrickTower Press. Submit 10 pages featuring the critical Meet-Cute scene from a completed, unpublished romance novel. Fee: $30. Submissions accepted August 1–31. Complete guidelines at www.cofwevents.org.
DZANC BOOKS seeks innovative literary fiction and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, and the Short Story Collection Prize, $2,500 advance/publication. $25 reading fee per submission. Contests close September 30. Details at www.dzancbooks.org.
ESSAY CONTEST FOR WOMEN OVER 45, sponsored by NextTribe, the digital magazine for women. Theme: “Reinvention.” Deadline: July 18. Prize: Entry in comprehensive 12-week reinvention program & publication; publication for 3 runners-up; 1,200 words max. Entry fee: $10 members, $45 non-members (includes 1-year membership). Guidelines: www.nexttribe.com/essay-writing-contest.
FISCHER PRIZE. 25th year. $1,000 first prize. Five $250 finalist prizes. Winners each featured at monthly Bardic Trails Zoom readings from Telluride in 2023. Open to all poets/styles. Anna Scotti of California is our judge. Deadline: August 31; $10 per poem, $25 for three. Feedback: $5 per poem. More info: www.tellurideinstitute.org/talking-gourds.
THE GRAYSON BOOKS POETRY PRIZE, open to all poets writing in English, is accepting submissions. Submit 50–90 pages, including title page and contents, by August 15. Electronic submissions only. Submit: www.graysonbooks.submittable.com/submit. No contact info on manuscript. Entry fee: $26. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. John Sibley Williams will judge this year’s contest. Website: www.graysonbooks.com.
HEART POETRY AWARD, $500, publication in HEART 17. $10 covers 3 unpublished poems, reserves your copy of HEART 17. Entries considered for future publication. Visit website for featured writers, style, guidelines, bio of judge. Deadline: Postmark August 31. Submit, pay online: www.nostalgiapress.com or mail Nostalgia Press, 115 Randazzo Dr., Elloree, SC 29047.
I-70 REVIEW BILL HICKOK HUMOR AWARD for Poetry. John Peterson of Kansas City, Missouri, won the 2022 Bill Hickok Humor Award for Poetry for “King Philip of Macedon Is Getting to Be an Old Doofus.” He received $1,000, and his poem will appear in the 2022 issue of I-70 Review. Gary Soto judged. The annual award is given for a single poem. The next reading period is January 1 to February 28, 2023.
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 2022 judge. Submit at least 50 pages and a $27 entry fee by December 15 via Submittable. See the website for complete guidelines: www.longleafpress.org.
NILSEN PRIZE FOR A FIRST NOVEL, novella, or linked story collection. Winner receives $2,000, publication, distribution. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines at www.semopress.com/events/nilsen-prize.
PATRICIA DOBLER POETRY AWARD 2022: 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). September 30 receipt deadline. Phone: (412) 578-6346; e-mail: email@example.com; or www.carlow.edu for complete rules.
PRAIRIE SCHOONER is open for submissions to the annual Summer Creative Nonfiction Contest from May 15 to August 1. Winner receives $500, and their essay will be published in the Spring 2023 issue. Entry fee is $20. This year, award-winning author Jerald Walker will judge. Visit www.prairieschooner.unl.edu for more information.
“PRIME 53 POEM” SUMMER CHALLENGE. Free entry. Top 4 poems, selected by the editors of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine, will be published in Issue 229 of Prime Number Magazine, October 1. Opens June 1, closes July 31. Poem must follow the “Prime 53 Poem” form explained at www.press53.com/prime-53-poem-summer-challenge.
PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE FLASH FICTION PRIZE. Publication and 3 prizes of $251, $151, and $53 (prime numbers) to the top 3 stories, judged by the editors of Press 53 and Prime Number Magazine. Opens June 1. Deadline: July 31. Winners announced by August 31. Reading fee: $11. Information at www.press53.com/flash-fiction-contest.
PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual contest in poetry and prose between March 1 and September 1. Judges are Kali Fajardo-Anstine in prose and Anthony Cody in poetry. Winners receive $1,000 and publication. $15 entry fee includes a copy of the latest issue of the journal. For more information visit www.puertodelsol.org.
THE RACHEL WETZSTEON CHAPBOOK AWARD, run by Map Literary: A Journal of Contemporary Writing & Art, seeks poetry submissions for its 2022 contest. Submissions are no-fee from April through July. Website: www.mapliterary.org.
RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2022: Judged by Juan Felipe Herrera. $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside, $500 for second, $250 for third. Top 5 published in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Submit up to 3 original unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: July 31. For complete guidelines, see www.redwheelbarrow.submittable.com.
RHINO 2023 FOUNDERS’ PRIZE CONTEST, with special guest judge—up to $1,400 in available prizes! We are open August 1–September 15 for submissions for RHINO’s annual Founders’ Prize Contest. Past guest judges have included Ed Roberson and Luisa A. Iglora. Entry fee of $15 per submission of up to 5 poems; first prize of $500 and 2 runners-up prizes of $100 each. All submissions considered for publication in our 2022 issue, and for our $500 Editors’ Prize (or $100 for second or third place.) For 40+ years, RHINO’s award-winning annual print journal has featured stunning, eclectic work—“Powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). Complete submission guidelines: www.rhinopoetry.org.
RIVER TEETH LITERARY NONFICTION BOOK PRIZE. A prize of $1,000 and publication with University of New Mexico Press is given annually for a book-length manuscript of creative nonfiction. Natasha Trethewey will judge. Submit with a $27 entry fee (which includes a 1-year subscription) to River Teeth via Submittable between August 1–October 31. Essay submissions to River Teeth and to Beautiful Things (our weekly magazine of micro-essays) both open on September 1. River Teeth encourages underrepresented voices to submit their work for consideration, including but not limited to: BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disabled writers. Connect with us on Instagram @riverteeth_ and Twitter @riverteeth, read complete guidelines for the contest and all submissions at www.riverteethjournal.com, and e-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TERRAIN.ORG, the award-winning online literary journal of place, climate, and justice, 13th Annual Contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. Judges—poetry: Sean Hill; nonfiction: Janisse Ray; fiction: Kali Fajardo-Anstine. All submissions considered for publication. $20/entry. $1,000 prize/genre, $200 for finalists. Deadline: September 5 (Labor Day). Submit and pay online. Full guidelines at www.terrain.org/contest.
TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID POETRY CONTEST; 20th year. Top prize for a poem in any style: $3,000. Top prize for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style: $3,000. Total prizes: $8,000. Co-sponsor: Duotrope. Winning entries published online. Fee: $20 per submission of 1–3 poems. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry.
THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS PRESS is accepting submissions for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize, selected by Patricia Smith. The winner receives $5,000 and publication. Up to 3 additional books also receive publication. Applications are accepted year round. The deadline for the following year’s prize is September 30. Website: www.uapress.com.
ARTIST WAY IN THE MOUNTAINS—Asheville, NC, August 4–7: $425/person. Exhale out your stress and inhale the North Carolina mountain air. Discover and listen to your creative muse—unlock what is blocking you with the Artist Way. You will write at Carl Sandburg’s home. Learn more—www.jweventsgroup.com/wa-asheville-2022.
AT TENNANTS COVE WRITERS, we’re serious writers who seriously retreat. Our August 7–14 workshop, led by Peter von Ziegesar, author of The Looking Glass Brother (nonfiction) and Melissa Scholes Young, author of The Hive (fiction), in New Brunswick, Canada. Spend your days writing, reading, or hiking the 150-acre nature preserve. Website: www.tennantscovewriters.com.
TIME AND PLACE TO WRITE—The Writers’ Salon presents 2 Writer in Residence events in October. Anchored in the Sierra Nevada, free time to write and create, gather with the featured writer for 3 hours each evening to share inspired ideas and constructive conversation. Curriculum and family-style meal in a private home (“Salon”). October 10–16, Jessica Smock and Stephanie Sprenger (www.herstorieswriting.com); October 16–21, Sands Hall (www.sandshall.com). Includes lodging, breakfast, dinner, daily Salon Session. Website: www.thewriterssalon.net/offerings.
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: email@example.com; phone: (510) 866-5496; (510) 290-9497.
WRITERS RETREAT IN CUMBERLAND CENTER near Portland, Maine. Long-term winter rental available November–April. Perfect for 1 person or a couple. One bedroom furnished townhouse, with office and Wi-Fi internet. Perfect for a writing retreat. Utilities included. Located 20 minutes north of Portland, Maine, close to shops and services, but offers a quiet retreat. Nonsmokers, please. Pets considered with an additional fee. For photos and more information please contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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NEW RESIDENCY FELLOWSHIP CONTEST for Poets! “Language of the Land” Fellowship is open for poetry submissions through August 31. Submit poems sharing important landscapes and environmental heritage and win a 1-week writing residency (plus $100 stipend) at Rockvale Writers’ Colony in middle Tennessee. Details and guidelines: www.rockvalewriterscolony.org/contests/the-nature-of-poetry-fellowship.
OATMEAL CREEK WRITER’S RESIDENCY located outside Austin, TX. Offering 3 18-day-long individual residencies March to May. Stipend and free use of fully equipped private accommodation. 240 acres for hiking, creek for swimming, open fields for views. Quiet and peaceful for reflection. Applications open August 1–31. Apply/Information: www.oatmealcreek.org.
TRAVIS BOGARD ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM provides a working retreat for fellows whose work focuses on the performing arts: Playwriting, directing, scene design, or scholarly research and writing. Deadline for applications for 2023 fellowships: November 15. Sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, Danville, CA. Website: www.eugeneoneill.org/artist-in-residence-program.
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INTO THE SPRINGS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP, August 5–7. Shared, interactive sessions to strengthen the impact of your stories and your presence in the writing world with authors John Kachuba, Raul Ramos, Juliette Hyland. Join us at the Mills Park Hotel in the unique village of Yellow Springs, OH. Website: www.intothespringswritersworkshop.com.
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OCEAN VIEW WRITING GETAWAY, August 4–7. Get away to write for a weekend at Atlantic City’s famous beach and boardwalk. Enjoy supportive feedback on your poetry or creative nonfiction, with time to visit the historic Steel Pier and try your luck at the casinos. Learn more and register: www.stockton.edu/murphywriting.