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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.

INAUGURAL VOLUME of our short story anthology already slated to include well known authors—but we want previously unpublished writers, too. (We want everyone!) No nominations required. Pays $100. Send us your best storytelling. CASA: “Where interesting writing lives.” Website: For our writing tips & more:

MADVILLE PUBLISHING seeks stories up to 5,000 words for a new anthology, Muddy Backroads: Stories From Off the Beaten Path. What happens when a character is in a situation or place far from his, her, their norm? Edited by Luanne Smith, Jodi Angel, and Bonnie Jo Campbell. Previously published material accepted. $10 submission fee goes toward cash prizes in a contest for best story and 2 honorable mentions, judged by Alan Heathcock. Deadline: August 15. Submit through

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 parents’ permission and contact information) may send up to 4 poems using our online submission manager. Website:

THE “UTAH MONOLITH” was discovered in a remote canyon in southern Utah in the fall of 2020. In a year full of so much bad news, news of the metal discovery was embraced the world over as good news—or at least weird news. Those who trekked to see it and those who stayed home in COVID-19 quarantine all wondered, what was this thing? Who or what was responsible for placing it in the red rock canyon deep in the heart of the American West? For what purpose? Who removed it in the middle of one dark night? Why? Editors for The Very Center of the World: Stories of the Utah Monolith are seeking short stories that attempt to answer those questions and to raise even more. Deadline: August 31. For more information, go to the website: or contact by e-mail:

V PRESS LC, an award-winning small press, seeks nf & flash nf, fiction & flash fiction, and poetry submissions for its biannual literary anthology, Running with Water, which had a poem featured on NPR’s “A Way with Words.” General book & chapbook submissions are always welcomed. Submit: Learn more:

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

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS—new writers. Riddle Brook Publishing, a specialty publisher of narra-tive non-fiction based in New Hampshire, is now accepting proposals and manu-scripts for review. Particular interest in personal stories told with a compelling voice. Send inquiries to No fees of any kind. Small advance offered for accepted manuscripts.

FAW (FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS) seeks book submissions for its annual, 100-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 2021. 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 2021, 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: For info on previous awards, please visit website:

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.

35TH ANNIVERSARY celebration continues for Comstock Review with publication of 2 chapbooks! The Jessie Bryce Niles Chapbook contest awards $1,000 and 50 copies. The special 35th anniversary publication awards $750 and 25 copies. One entry fee of $30 enters both. Contestants receive 1 copy of either winning chapbook, publisher’s choice. Submissions accepted August 1– October 31. Submit 25–34 pages. Very specific rules must be followed. See website for details. KB Niles and another CR editor will judge. Submittable fee slightly extra or mail to: CR Chapbook Celebration, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Website:


2018 NOMINEE: One of the top 10 literary blogs on the web. One of the top literary magazines to follow in 2021 (Feedspot). The RavensPerch Literary Magazine seeks submissions of well-groomed poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and visual art. For submission guidelines, visit us at website:

THE 2021 JULY & AUGUST Sequestrum themes are 1) Long-form & 2) Graphic Narrative (comics, erasures, mixed-media, etc.)! Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Both themes close August 15! Payment + publication. Submit via our online submission system. Deadline: August 15. E-mail: Full 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

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW, a Chicago- based lit mag for writers and poets with mental illnesses (either self, family member, or friend), is accepting submissions to their annual hard-copy publication. Send your work with a cover letter to or by mail to: The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton IL 60187. First, review our submission guidelines at the website:

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 Please identify the genre in the subject line.

CALLING ALL CRONES! Gyroscope Review seeks contemporary poetry by women-identifying poets over 50 for the Fall 2021 Crone Power Issue. An annual celebration of older women poets. No-fee submissions accepted through Submittable. Opens July 1. Back issues available online to see what we like. For guidelines, visit website:

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:

CHOEOFPLEIRN PRESS seeks submissions of poetry, 1-act plays, short screenplays, art, and photography for publication in our Autumn journal, Rushing Thru the Dark. The deadline is August 29. See for our submission 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 at:

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. Mail to: or Evening Street Press, 2881 Wright St., Sacramento, CA 95821. Website:

GIRLS RIGHT THE WORLD is a journal inviting female-identified writers and artists, ages 14–21, to submit work to the 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.

GOT PROEM?  Send 3–5 proems, 1 essay, 1 interview, and/or 5–10 visual artworks to PROEM, an international print journal with issues released in April and October. No submission fee; simultaneous submissions allowed; previous publication not allowed. August 14/February 14 deadline. Guidelines here:

THE HALCYONE LITERARY QUARTERLY wants your best unpublished poetry, short stories, and art. Payment for featured writers. Publication awards for winning contest entries. New Her Words literary magazine for women. Submit at

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

ICONOCLAST LITERARY MAGAZINE—look here for news of the non-neurotic examined life in all its glory, absurdity, and emotional engagement. For #123 (and beyond), please send something important enough to share, be it story, poem, essay, or b/w art—with SASE (no e-mail). Sample: $5 (2 for $9). Or sign up: 5/$20. Thank you! Phil Wagner, ICONOCLAST, 1675 Amazon Rd., Mohegan Lake, NY 10547-1804.

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

PENSIVE: A Global Journal of Spirituality and the Arts, innovative online publication from Northeastern University, seeks your unpublished poetry, prose, visual art, and translations. Read past issues, including our BLM-themed issue, at our website: and submit via Submittable February 1–May 15 or August 1–November 15. No fee. Historically underrepresented and international voices are especially welcome.

PINYON invites high-quality submissions of poetry and short fiction from emerging and established writers. Reading period is August 1 to December 1. Send short bio, including e-mail address and SASE, to Pinyon, Department of Languages, Literature, and Mass Communication, Colorado Mesa University, 1100 North Ave., Grand Junction, CO 81501-3122 or check out our website at: to submit electronically. 

RADICAL TEACHER seeks well-crafted, vivid poems, traditional to experimental, feminist, socialist, anti-racist, inclusive, focused on social justice and/or radical pedagogy. Upcoming issues on Afro Futurism and on Migration. Send 2 to 4 poems to the website: Inquiries to e-mail:

RATTLE SEEKS poetry submissions from librarians for the Spring 2022 issue: Poems may be on any subject, but the poets must work or have worked in librarianship. Deadline: October 15. Submit up to 4 unpublished poems using our online submission manager. Website:

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW print journal of poetry and art, since 2009. Open July 1 to 31. See more at the website:

SANGAM LITERARY MAGAZINE Fall 2021 submissions are now open. Home to Louisiana’s Poet Laureate and Southern University’s Languages and Literature Department, Sangam welcomes your best work for our next issue. See website: We are looking forward to you being part of Sangam’s emerging position in today’s literary tradition.

THE SARABANDE SERIES in Kentucky Literature will be open for submissions July 1–July 31. Open to any Kentucky-affiliated writer of English. Complete guidelines at

SUBMIT WHATEVER poems whenever in the body of an e-mail or in just one attachment. The Great American Poetry Show. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. Website: E-mail:

TAHOMA LITERARY REVIEW will open September 1 through October 31 for submissions in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We pay $55 for poetry & flash prose, $135 for longer work. Everything we accept comes from the open-submission queue. Work from TLR has 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 entry fee). #showyourtint.

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

WE’MOON—the best-selling astrological and lunar desk calendar, filled with art and writing by women from around the world, is accepting submissions of art and writing for We’Moon 2023: Silver Lining. Due date: August 1. No jury fees! Learn more about how to submit on our website:

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 and short shorts, as well as travel, food and wine, and writing with a strong narrative element. Submissions: Kathleen Glassburn at For more, e-mail: Websites:, or www.the

BRIGHT FLASH LITERARY REVIEW, an eclectic online journal for flash and short fiction and memoir, celebrates its 1-year anniversary in June. General submissions are always open and are always free. 1,500 word max. One submission at a time. Visit our website: Twitter: @brightflash1000.

2ND ANNUAL National Latinx Writers’ Gathering, October 14–17. Online via Zoom. Open to all writers who identify as Latinx. The NLWG emphasizes community, networking, writing, collaboration, mentorship, ritual, and joy. We are not your typical conference. Website: For more information, e-mail:

5TH ANNUAL TAOS Writers Conference in Taos, NM, July 23–25. Keynote speaker, Luci Tapanhonso, the inaugural Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation. Invited faculty include Frank X. Walker, Jeremy Paden, Juan Morales, Bob Arellano, Marie Fuhrman, and many others with workshops in every genre. For more information visit the website: Contact by phone: (575) 758-0081.

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 Nezhu-kumatathil. To find out more, visit the website: Apply to attend this year’s virtual workshops!

LONGLEAF happens every year in the beautiful beachside town of Seaside, FL, during the second week of May. Financial aid applications for all levels of writers open again in the fall. (includes under-represented groups and veterans) so join our incredible faculty and award-winning visitors for a week of writing workshops, seminars, consultations, beach bonfires, readings, & events.

WOODHALL PRESS Writers Conference/Theme: The Future of Writing/Saturday, August 21. Gina Barreca, Jane Friedman, Darien Gee, Eugenia Kim, Charles Rafferty, Allison K Williams, and more. Keynotes, panels, small workshops, networking, and publishing opportunities. Goal: Discover and support emerging writers. (À la carte tickets, 100% online.)

$150 AND PUBLICATION in Novel Slices awarded to each of our 5 novel excerpt contest winners. Submit novel excerpts of approximately 4,000 to 6,000 words with a $20 entry fee, which includes a digital copy of the award issue, by August 31. Visit the website for complete guidelines: Nancy Holzner to judge.

$1,000 AND PUBLICATION in Connecticut River Review will be awarded to the winner of the Experimental Poetry Prize, a cutting-edge contest sponsored by the Connecticut Poetry Society. Submit up to 3 poems in a single file through Submittable (https://connecticutriverreview Text, audio, or video files are accepted.  No names or identifying information on the submitted file. No excessively long poems or those requiring unusual pagination. $15 reading fee. Submissions accepted June 15–July 31. Submissions may include poems composed using 1) an entirely new form; 2) an existing form that is considered experimental; or 3) a radical subversion of a traditional form. Your innovation should be apparent to a serious but non-academically trained reader and should be in the service of ingenuity and piercing the armor of expectations. Richard Deming, director of creative writing at Yale, will judge.

$1,000 AND PUBLICATION! Deadline: August 20. The Julia Darling Memorial Poetry Prize seeks a contemporary poem. Edward Vidaurre will judge. The Chester B. Himes Memorial Short Fiction Prize seeks a story up to 4,200 words. May Cobb will judge. $20 entry includes a copy of  The Ocotillo Review. Find more information and guidelines at website:

$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 website:

$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

THE 2021 DIODE Editions book and chapbook contests are open for submissions. For full guidelines please go to the website: Deadline: August 15. 

THE 2021 ORISON Anthology Awards in Fiction, Nonfiction, & Poetry offer $500 and publication by Orison Books in The Orison Anthology for a single work in each genre. Judges: SJ Sindu (fiction), Molly McCully Brown (nonfiction), and Leila Chatti (poetry). Entry fee: $15. Submission Period: May 1–August 1. Complete details at

THE 2021 ORISON Chapbook Prize offers $300 and publication by Orison Books for a manuscript of 20–45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Entry fee: $15. Submission period: April 1–July 1. Judged by Orison Books founder and editor, Luke Hankins. Website:

14TH ANNUAL Littoral Press Poetry Prize! First place: 50 letterpress-printed broadsides of the winning poem. Three honorable mentions receive earlier broadsides. Judge: Lawrence Tjernell. $10 first poem; $5 each additional. Mail to: 622 26th St., Richmond, CA 94804 by August 16. View complete guidelines and broadside examples at website:

18TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Short Story Award for best original previously unpublished literary stand-alone story in English, approximately 5,000 to 15,000 words. Prize $1,000; publication on website. Reading fee: $25 per story submitted. Deadline: August 8. Details, visit website: or Address: Gival Press, P.O. Box 3812, Arlington, VA 22203.

20TH ANNUAL GIVAL PRESS Poetry Award (given in odd years) for best collection in English 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.

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 2022 titles. Entry fee: $30. Submission deadline: June 30. Judged by Meg Kearney. For submission guidelines: Or go to

BLACK SPRING PRESS Group of London announces the 2022 Sexton Prize: $2,000 award and publication for a poetry collection by an American poet. The winner is published in the U.K. and distributed worldwide. Judge: Dr. Alex Houen, Cambridge university poet and scholar. Guidelines to submit at website: https://eyewear

CALL FOR SCRIPTS:  Santa Cruz Actors’ Theatre’s 27th Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival “8 Tens @ 8.” Sixteen winners will be selected with performances in January–February 2023. All styles and genres considered including musicals. Deadline: October 1. For guidelines visit website:

CALVINO PRIZE: Seventeenth Annual Calvino Prize spon-sored by the University of Louisville. For a short story or novel in the fabulist, experimental vein of Italo Calvino. The final judge for 2021 is Matt Bell, acclaimed writer of speculative fiction and other literary works. The first prize is $2,000 plus publication in Miracle Monocle, a journal celebrating over a decade of select works. The second prize is $300. Our first place winner is invited, expenses paid, to read the winning entry at the University of Louisville in the spring of 2022. Entry fee: $25. Deadline: October 15. Details:

CONGRATULATIONS First Pages Prize 2021 Winners: first: Alan Sincic, “The Slap-jack”; second: Suzanne Bailey, “This Bright Court”; third: Mariam Bazeed, “The Boy Made of Air”; fourth: Phil Taylor, “The Absence of Color,”; fifth: Stephanie Mullings, “Walk Good.” Allison Ellis’ “Ready About” won the Sandra Carpenter Prize. 2022 prize details:

DZANC BOOKS seeks innovative literary fiction, nonfiction, and story collections for its annual contests. Contests include the annual Prize for Fiction, offering a $5,000 advance and publication, as well as the Short Story Collection Prize and the Nonfiction Prize. $25 reading fee per submission. Closes September 30. Details at website:

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. Website: No contact info on manuscript. Entry fee: $25. Winner will be awarded $1,000, publication, and 10 copies. Simultaneous submissions acceptable. Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer to judge. For more information visit website:

HEART POETRY Award $500, publication HEART 16. Honorable mentions published. $10 covers 3 unpublished poems, and a reserved copy of HEART 16. Visit the website, view past issues, style preferred, guidelines, and bio judge. Deadline: postmark August 31. Submit, pay online: or mail: Nostalgia Press, 115 Randazzo Dr., Elloree, SC 29047. 

HELP FUND OUR rural Colorado poetry community in the Southern Rockies. Support Talking Gourds national and state poetry award contests: the Fischer/Cantor Prizes. Our judge: poet Donald Levering of Santa Fe, NM. Cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and 5 prizes of $200. Fee: $10 a poem, 3 for $25. Deadline: August 31. Art Goodtimes.

THE INTERNATIONAL Lawerence Durrell Society announces the 2021 White Mice Poetry Contest. Submit 1–3 poems focusing on “History Revisited.” No entry fee. Prizes: Online & print publication.  Deadline: October 1.  For further information, go to the website: and click on “Poetry Contest.”

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA Woolf Award for Short Fiction: First prize: $2,500, publica-tion & agency review. Deadline: December 31. Entry fee: $20. // LitMag’s Anton Chekhov Award for Flash Fiction: First prize: $1,250, publication, & agency review. Deadline: November 15. Entry fee: $16. All entries will be consid-ered for publication. Find guidelines at our website:

LONGLEAF PRESS Book Award. Beautifully designed publica-tion 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, and distribution. Authors must not have previously published a full-length fiction book. Deadline: November 1. $25 fee. Enter through our Submittable page. Full guidelines on our website at:

PATRICIA DOBLER Poetry Award 2021: 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 Lee Ann Roripaugh. Primary judge: Jan Beatty. 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:; or website: for complete rules.

PUERTO DEL SOL will be accepting entries to our annual contest in poetry and prose between May 1 and September 1. Judges are Eileen Pollack in prose and Todd Dillard in poetry. Winners receive $500 and publication. $9 entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. All manuscripts entered will be considered for publication. See website for complete guidelines at:

RED WHEELBARROW Poetry Prize 2021: Judged by Mark Doty. $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

RHINO 2022 Founders’ Prize Contest with Luisa A. Igloria. We are open August 1–September 15 for submissions for RHINO’s annual Founders’ Prize Contest. Guest judge Luisa A. Iglora is author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts (co-winner, 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize) and 13 other books; in 2020, she was appointed Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia. 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. For 40+ years, RHINO’s award-winning annual print journal has featured stunning, eclectic work— “Powerful poetry from beginning to end” (New Pages, 2018). Find our complete submission guidelines at website:

RIVER STYX’S International Poetry Competition is open. Judged by Adrian Matejka, the competition features a grand prize of $1,000 and publication in River Styx. Runners-up will also be published at our standard rate. For more information and to submit, visit website:

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

TERRAIN.ORG, the award-winning online literary journal of place, 12th annual contest in Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction. Judges: Poetry: Ellen Bass, Nonfiction: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Fiction: Maurice Carlos Ruffin. All submissions considered for publication. $20/entry. $1,000 prize/genre, $100 for finalists. Deadline: September 6 (Labor Day). Full guidelines at website:

TOM HOWARD/MARGARET REID Poetry Contest. 19th 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: $15 per submission of 1–2 poems. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. Both published and unpublished work accepted. Submit by September 30. Enter at website:

TWO POETRY CONTESTS with cash prizes: 1) Free sonnet contest, 2 categories, deadline: July 15, or 2) Multi-themed poetry contest, 13 categories, deadline: August 31. Categories include free verse, formal verse, humorous, nature, Chicago-themed, and more. Go to the website: for details. We accept e-mail submissions only.

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

READ CHARLES POTTS: How the South Finally Won the Civil War: And Controls the Political Future of the United States, 1995. The Fifth Convulsion: The Structure of American History, coming in 2021. Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Washington Poets Association, 2008. Follow on Twitter, friend and like on Facebook. Visit website:

ON SALE NOW! Taboos and Transgressions: Stories of Wrongdoings, an anthology of fiction and memoir and broken rules. Edited by Luanne Smith, Kerry Neville, and Devi Laskar. Contest judged by Maurice Carlos Ruffin. Features work by Pam Houston, Kim Addonizio, Joyce Carol Oates, Bonnie Jo Campbell, J.C. Sasser, Soniah Kamal, Molly Giles, Lee Zacharias, and both noted and emerging writers. Order from website:

26 SPLIT ROCK COVE Retreat. A perfect space for writers in every season! Beautiful 1-bedroom apartment overlooking Mussel Ridge Cove, South Thomaston, ME. Apartment includes living room, eat-in kitchen, bath, laundry, and patio. Cable and internet access. Additional studio space possible. Preference given to those renting 2 weeks or more. Art/ writing workshops also offered. See website: for more information. E-mail: or phone: (207) 596-7624. 

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. For more information, visit the website:

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

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. 

WRITER’S STUDIO available to rent for a week by South County, Rhode Island Beaches. $1,200. Stipends available. For more information, see website:

DORLAND MOUNTAIN Arts Residency located in the hills overlooking the beautiful Temecula Valley wine country of Southern CA. 5 separate, self-contained cottages with work-space & 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:; visit website at:; phone: (951) 302-3837.

OATMEAL CREEK Writer’s Residency located outside Austin, TX. Offering three 21-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:

THE 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 2022 fellowships: November 15. Sponsored by the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, Danville, CA. Website:

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ABLE AND EXPERIENCED editor for poetry and prose. Respectful. Thorough. A prize-winning author in multiple genres. As a team, we can raise your work—poems, flash, short stories, novel, memoir, query, or application letter—to the next level. Publication advice is also available. E-mail: Website:

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: Visit my website for more information at:

ACADEMIC EDITORIAL SERVICES. Academic with an MFA, MA, and PhD, former editor for the UN, scholarly journals, novels, and a belles-lettres press.  I proofread for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and typographical errors. I provide edits using “tracked changes” in Word with corrections in the text and suggestions in the margins. I give a specific quote once I see a manuscript and before editorial work has begun, so no surprises. I use a secure invoice system that allows domestic and international payments with credit cards or e-checks/bank. I can return manuscript edits within 3–4 weeks or sooner with an additional “rush” fee. E-mail:

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