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

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for “Favorite Poem Project” Anthology, deadline October 28. E-mail your favorite poem (not self-written) to Select entrants invited to read on November 12 at Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington, NY. Join Emcee Danielle Campbell, CableNews 12 L.I.  Submissions and event free. Full details:

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS—Permanent Vacation II: Living and Working in Our National Parks. Bona Fide Books seeks essays about living or working in our national parks. From tree-hugging epiphanies to vocational escapades—what happened there? How difd it influence your life? Deadline: December 1. Guidelines available at

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:

WISING UP PRESS: Wising Up Anthologies. Calls for submissions: Surprised by Joy deadline: February 1, 2018. Crossing Class: The Invisible Wall deadline: March 1, 2018. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. Complete guidelines at Also Writers Collective: second novel, short story, or creative non-fiction manuscripts:

WRITING EL NORTE: A Compendium of Latinx Writing from the Midwest (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2019) is seeking creative nonfiction submissions up to 3,500 words that address themes such as arrival, acculturation, assimilation, homemaking, language loss, intergenerational trauma, identity, and/or racial politics. Detailed guidelines available online at:

BLUE LIGHT PRESS Book Award—imagistic, inventive, emotionally honest poems that push the edge. Send 40–80 page manuscript, SASE, $20 reading fee to Blue Light Press, 1563–45th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94122 by January 30, 2018. For guidelines, e-mail Website:

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 2016. 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 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 2017, 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

INDEPENDENT NEW PLAINS Press of Auburn, AL, is seeking short short stories and poems for a collection. No fee. No simultaneous submissions. Manuscripts not returned. Max: 350 words per titled entry. Also accepting fiction. Visit

PEN + BRUSH BOOKS, the publishing arm of a 123-year-old nonprofit supporting the work of emerging and mid-career women writers, seeks full-length literary fiction manuscripts by women and non-men-identifying authors. We also accept poetry and short stories. No submission fee! See our website for more information:

SIXTEEN RIVERS PRESS, a regional publishing collective, seeks full-length poetry manuscripts from Northern CA poets. Submission period: November 1, 2017–February 1, 2018. No fee. All styles welcome. Authors become active members of the press for 3 years. For complete guidelines, go to

WORDTECH COMMUNICATIONS LLC is holding a reading period for full-length poetry manuscripts. Dates: November 1–December 31 (postmark). Recent authors: Arlene Biala, Kenneth Chacón, David Hathwell, Allison Joseph, Biljana D. Obradovic, Jason Magabo Perez. Publication in 2019. 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, 2017–January 15, 2018. $25 reading fee. Submission guidelines:

ANNUAL $1,000 PRIZE and publication by The Florida Review for a chapbook of fiction or fiction, nonfiction, graphic narrative, flash collections, or long-form. Submit up to 45 pages with $25 entry fee by January 15, 2018. Final judge: Juan Martinez. All entries considered for publication. See website for guidelines:

DEADLINE EXTENDED: 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 inaugural Chapbook Competition. We wish to be transported, rearranged, and awakened. Prizes include $300, publication, and author copies. $10 entry fee. Submissions close November 30. Guidelines:

ROSE METAL PRESS, an independent publisher of hybrid genres, seeks submissions to its 12th Annual Short Short Chapbook Contest. Please submit your 25–40 page, double-spaced manuscript of flash fiction/nonfiction under 1,000 words from November 1 to December 1. $10 fee. Judge: Rigoberto González. More details at

ABORTION ESSAYS SOUGHT.. Have you had an abortion and support others’ access? Share your first-person nonfiction narrative up to 1,000 words with, intersectional feminist online magazine, for its daily section, Particularly seeking submissions by people of color, with disabilities, LGBTQ/GNC, other marginalized communities. $25 honorarium if published. Visit:

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

THE AWAKENINGS REVIEW is accepting submissions for its 2018 issue. The AR publishes poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction from writers who have a relationship with mental illness—either self, family, or friend. We accept hard copies only, mailed to The Awakenings Review, P.O. Box 177, Wheaton, IL 60187. See submission guidelines at

BELLEVUE LITERARY REVIEW seeks submissions for a theme issue that explores the idea of displacement, both literal and metaphorical. Fiction, nonfiction: 5,000 words max. Poetry: 3 poems max. We welcome submissions for this issue through January 1, 2018. See complete guidelines and submit at

BIGCITYLIT.COM is looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, articles, essays, and reviews of books, films, and plays. No submission fee. Our new issue is now online. Contact:

BLUELINE: A LITERARY MAGAZINE Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. We also welcome nonfiction about the region’s literature or culture. Submission period July 1–November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify immediately if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at

THE BRYANT LITERARY REVIEW, a journal of poetry and fiction, seeks quality submissions for its May 2018 issue. Work may be any style or subject matter. See poetry samples at  Deadline: December 1. Send submission with cover letter, brief bio, and SASE to Bryant Literary Review, Suite F, Bryant University, Smithfield, RI 02917.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS! Third annual Crosswinds Poetry contest awards $1,000, $250, and $100 for the winning 3 poems, plus 15 highlighted honorable mentions. The top 95–100 poems will also be published in our annual print issue. Crosswinds is pleased to announce that Mr. Lloyd Schwartz, poet and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, will be the judge for this year’s contest. For guidelines, visit

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:

CALLING ALL BABY BOOMER WRITERS! BoomSpeak e-zine is looking for fresh baby boomer voices. Essays, fiction, travel, arts—we publish writing that is about the possibilities and energizing things you can do with the rest of your life. Four-hundred word limit, must be age 50 or over. For details, click “about us” at

CAVE WALL, A JOURNAL of poetry and art, is reading submissions postmarked October 1–November 30. Recent/upcoming contributors include Sandra Beasley, Nickole Brown, Jennifer Grotz, Jessica Jacobs, Judson Mitcham, and Maxine Scates. For guidelines, send SASE to Cave Wall Press LLC, P.O. Box 29546, Greensboro, NC 27429-9546. Or visit:

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 2018 issue. Past issues include works by Samiya Bashir, Lucas de Lima, Cynthia Manick, Paisley Rekdal, Ira Sukrungruang, among terrific new voices. Deadline: December 1. For submission guidelines and mission statement, visit

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. To submit via email, see our website, Via post, mail to Colere, Coe College, 1220 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402.

COMSTOCK REVIEW open reading period (no fee) is January 1–March 31, 2018. See website for details. In our 32nd year we choose poems solely on the basis of artistic merit. Also consider our contests (first prize $1,000): Single poem beginning April 1, 2018; Chapbook contest August 1, 2018. Comstock Review, 4956 St. John Dr., Syracuse, NY 13215. Find us at

CUTBANK LITERARY MAGAZINE is looking for high-quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for 2 upcoming print issues. All genres are open to submission from September 15–February 1. There is no submission fee. For more information, please go to

DASH LITERARY JOURNAL is now reading for its 11th print issue to be published in May, 2018! We’re looking for previously unpublished short, emphatic poems (less than 30 lines), stories, hybrids, and essays (up to 1,500 words). Reading period closes January 31. Submissions accepted through Submittable:

THE DERONDA REVIEW seeks poems and short prose for an issue with the theme “Flight” (in all possible meanings). Please see our site ( before submitting. Send up to 5 poems to,, or P.O.B. 6709 Efrat 90435, Israel.

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, 2701 Corabel LN #27, Sacramento, CA 95821 For further details, visit:

FOR THE DECEMBER 2017 issue (Pedestal Magazine 81), editors will be accepting submissions of poetry. No restrictions on theme, style, length, or genre. Open for submissions November 6–December 3. Please visit the website for additional information:

FRONT RANGE REVIEW is now accepting online submissions of literary short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for its 18th annual issue. Our reading period is August 15–December 1. To see guidelines and submit, visit Hard copy submissions may still be sent to: Blair Oliver, Faculty Advisor, Front Range Review, FRCC, 4616 S. Shields, Ft. Collins, CO 80526.

GOLD WAKE LIVE, the thrice-yearly literary journal of Gold Wake Press, is looking for exceptional work in all genres. Submissions are accepted year-round, and the deadline for the next issue is December 1. Writers from diverse backgrounds and diverse stylistic inclinations are encouraged to submit. Please visit

HAWAII PACIFIC REVIEW seeks submissions of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Based at Hawaii Pacific University, HPR often features work from Hawaii and the Pacific region, but is interested in great writing from any place and on any subject. Details and links to our online submissions manager at

THE MEADOW seeks poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, cover art, and black and white comics for our Summer 2018 issue. Submit up to 6 poems and keep prose under 6,000 words. The Meadow is both a print and online journal. Payment: 2 copies. Deadline: February 1, 2018. Website:

MIRAMAR #6 IS OUT! Peter Everwine, Jon Veinberg, Karen Swenson, Frank Gaspar, Lynne Thompson, Bruce Weigl, Dennis Schmitz, Edward Harkness, Christine Kitano, Robert Stewart, Jeffrey Harrison, Jennifer Kwan Dobbs, Greg Pape, Virgil Suarez, Catherine Abbey Hodges. New Miramar Editions chapbooks: Phillip Levine, Gerald Stern, Gary Young, Joseph Stroud. Details:

MISTAKE HOUSE MAGAZINE is looking for remarkable fiction and poetry by students currently enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs worldwide. Share your world and your voice. Submission window: October 15, 2017–February 16, 2018. Submission fee: $3. See guidelines at

MONTHS TO YEARS is a forthcoming digital literary journal dedicated to writing from the perspective of those who have faced mortality (their own or that of someone they love). We are seeking narrative essays and creative nonfiction submissions up to 2,500 words exploring the wisdom, insight, and humor related to death and dying. Months to Years will be a forum for 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.) Deadline: November 30. Guidelines: Submissions:

MOUNT HOPE, A LITERARY MAGAZINE publishing fiction, photography, nonfiction, graphic storytelling, and poetry, welcomes submissions of original work for upcoming issues. We seek short stories or nonfiction up to 5,000 words, up to 4 poems per author, and graphic novel and photo portfolios of 5–12 images. We publish emerging authors side by side with such established writers as Margot Livesey, Steve Almond, Hester Kaplan, Howard Norman, Steven Church, and Moira Egan. See us online:

MUD SEASON REVIEW seeks original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. We want deeply human work that will teach us something about life. Publishing online and in print, MSR also features interviews with our authors. No submission fee. We’re always reading. Send us your best:

MUSE SEEKS poetry, short fiction, and CNF for Spring 2018 issue. Simultaneous submissions okay. Hard copies only. Mail up to 3 poems or 1 prose piece (1,500 words max), along with SASE and cover letter, by February 10, 2018. Include contact details and short bio. Attn. Jo Scott-Coe, Advisory Editor, Riverside City College, Dept. of English, 4800 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92506. Connect with us on FB @rccmusemagazine.

PHOTO/STORY MAGAZINE pairs images and short fiction to offer windows into the creative process for both writers and photographers. Will one of our photos spark a story in you? To see images for upcoming issues and review submission guidelines, visit

RATTLE SEEKS SUBMISSIONS by athletes for the Summer 2018 issue. Poems may be on any subject, but poets must themselves identify as athletes. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Send up to 4 unpublished poems to: Rattle, 12411 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604. Poets published receive $100. Online submissions accepted. Website:

SAN PEDRO RIVER REVIEW, a print lit journal of poetry and art. Submission window: January 1–31. Theme: Music. See more at our website:

SARANAC REVIEW welcomes submissions for its Fall 2018 issue (#14). We are looking for fiction, including flash fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and 1-act plays. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please go to our website for complete, specific guidelines and to submit:

SOUNDINGS EAST, the literary journal of Salem State University, seeks poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for publication in Vol. 40, Spring 2018. We read from September 1, 2017–February 15, 2018, 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

SPORT LITERATE remains a unique offering within the literary landscape. Neither oxymoron nor ear-splitting sport debate, SL offers intelligent takes on “life’s leisurely diversions,” earning nearly 20 nods in 2 Best American anthologies (Essays and Sports Writing) over 22 years. Read for yourself, buy our latest, and submit at

TRUE STORY, A NEW 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 14th 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, and Andre Dubus III. Distributors: Ingram, Media Solutions, Ubiquity, Disticor (Canada). Chains: Barnes & Noble, Hastings, Books-A-Million. Deadline: March 1, 2018. For new submission guidelines, including payment, and to submit:

WESTVIEW, A LITERARY JOURNAL published by Southwestern Oklahoma State University, is accepting short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and artwork submissions (open theme/deadline/no fee). 5,000 word maximum for prose. Double-blind review. Submissions including identification information will be rejected. Simultaneous submissions allowed with notification of withdrawal if accepted elsewhere. Submit via

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. Submit whatever poems whenever by e-mail to larry@tgaps .com. Simultaneous submissions and previously published poems are welcome. The Great American Poetry Show,

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

THE 2018 CREATIVE NONFICTION Writers’ Conference—Join us in Pittsburgh May 24–26, 2018 (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

2018 SAN FRANCISCO Writers Conference: February 15–18, Mark Hopkins Hotel. Join with 100+ agents, editors, publishers, poets and authors. Keynoters include CA Poet Laureate/former NEA Chairman Dana Gioia and authors Robert Dugoni, Shanthi Sekaran, and Mitali Perkins. Details on SFWC events/classes/contests and free SFWC Newsletter are available at

14th ANNUAL PALM BEACH POETRY Festival in Delray Beach, FL, January 15–20, 2018. Focus on your work with America’s most celebrated poets: Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Chard deNiord, Beth Ann Fennelly, Ross Gay, Rodney Jones, Phillis Levin, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Tim Seibles. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussion, manuscript conferences: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nicole Brown; social events, and so much more. Special guest: Coleman Barks. To find out more, please visit website:

15th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS Writer’s Conference to be held April 19–21, 2018, at Tuscany Suites Casino & Hotel, a half-mile off the famous Las Vegas Strip. The keynote address by Jane Friedman. Faculty includes Danielle Burby of the Nelson Agency, Mary C. Moore of Kimberly-Cameron, and Rhonda Penders, president and CEO of Wild Rose Press. Joining them will be award-winning author Cheree Alsop; Richard Rieman, award-winning Audible book producer; Amy Collins, president of New Shelves Books, one of the best-known sales and marketing agencies in the U.S. $425 (before January 31, 2018). Attendance is limited. For more information, visit:

25th ANNUAL WINTER Poetry & Prose Getaway, January 12–15, 2018, Atlantic City area. Featuring: Pulitzer Prize winners Stephen Dunn and Gregory Pardlo. Join us for small, intensive workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoir, freelance writing, and more. Enjoy challenging and supportive sessions, insightful feedback, and an encouraging community. Scholarships available. Register early and save:

FULL-DAY MASTER CLASS with Jane Friedman, Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Tuscany Suites Casino & Hotel, a half-mile off the famous Las Vegas Strip. Whether seasoned or debut author, the information-packed workshop will inspire and educate you on how to best share your stories and build a career in writing. $250. For more information, visit:

GREAT LAKES WRITERS Festival, November 2 and 3 at Lakeland University, near Sheboygan, WI. Featured writers: Kevin McFadden (Hardscrabble, poems) and Emily Ruskovich (Idaho, novel). Readings 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 Mayacamas Ranch in the hills of Napa Valley, CA. Thursday, May 17–Sunday, May 20, 2018. Only 40 participants. A dozen award-winning faculty members, including Adam Johnson. NY agents & editors. Workshops, master classes, publishing panels, yoga. Submission deadline: January 31, 2018. For more details:

THE LONGLEAF WRITERS Conference, formerly Seaside Writers Conference, is pleased to announce our 2018 dates! Join us May 13–19, 2018 for our 5th annual gathering in the beachfront town of Seaside, FL for workshops, agent/editor consultations, social events, bonfire readings, and much more! Financial aid, lodging, and registration details:

SAN MIGUEL WRITERS’ Conference & Literary Festival, February 14–18, 2018 (MX). 2018 Keynotes: Wally Lamb, Rita Dove, Jorge Volpi, Emma Donoghue, John Vaillant, Jane Friedman, Joseph Boyden! Join 600+ writers (beginning–advanced), distinguished teachers, industry experts (US-CA-MX) at the most prestigious, bilingual literary gathering in the Americas (est. 2005). Avid readers and writers fill 10,000 seats over 5 days. It’s an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, cultural celebration, and community connection. Lodging $80 USD+/night. Full Package $685 USD: select 7 of 70+ (90-min.) classes (Eng & Esp), keynotes, panels, open mics, lunches, receptions, bookstore, spectacular fiesta! Optional pitches, 3-hour intensives, excursions, 5-day post-con workshops. Register today:

$250 PRIZES—and your $10 entry gets you a great $10 issue. Plus: fantastic judges! Poetry: Jared Stanley (Ears, The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest). Fiction: Siel Ju (Cake Time, Red Hen Press). Deadline is midnight, November 30. More information and submissions at

$1,000 IS BEYOND BAROQUE’S 1st place prize for a poem; 2nd place: $500; 3rd place: $250; and 5 honorable mentions will also be awarded. This year’s final judge is Matthew Zapruder. The contest is sponsored by Loyola Marymount University. For complete submission guidelines, please visit: Mail submissions/fee to: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center, 8th Annual Poetry Contest, 681 North Venice Blvd., Venice, CA. 90291.

$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. “I cannot overestimate the immense value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer.”—J. L. Schneider. Visit

$12,000 IN PRIZE MONEY! PNWA Literary Contest. Call for unpublished novels in both literary and genre fiction, as well as poetry, short story, nonfiction, and memoir. Twelve categories total. 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 February 17, 2018. Website: E-mail:, phone: (425) 673- BOOK.

THE 2018 BLUE LIGHT BOOKS Prize is open to fiction. Winner receives $2,000 and publication with Indiana University Press. Final judge is Samrat Upadhyay. Submit 35–45k word manuscript with $20 fee, which includes a subscription to Indiana Review, between December 1, 2017 and February 9, 2018. Full guidelines at:

THE 2018 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:

2018 MAIN STREET RAG Poetry Book Award. Deadline: January 31, 2018. Length: 48–84 pages of poetry. Reading fee: $25. $1,200 prize plus publication. Blind judging. All entries considered for publication. Mailing address for hard copy entries: Main Street Rag, P.O. Box 690100, Charlotte, NC 28227-7001. Guideline details, online entry:

2018 NEW AMERICAN Poetry Prize; $1,000 award and book publication. Final judge: Andrew Grace. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Minimum length: 48 pages (no maximum). Reading fee: $25. Online submissions only, please. Complete guidelines:

2018 PRESS 53 AWARD for Short Fiction. $1,500 advance plus publication, 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, 2018. Complete details at

THE 2018 WATERSTON DESERT Writing Prize will accept submissions January 1–April 1, 2018. The Prize honors nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy, with the desert as subject and setting. It recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and the human narrative. Emerging, mid-career, or established nonfiction writers are welcome to apply. The Prize will recognize one writer with a $2,500 award, a reading and reception at the High Desert Museum in Bend, OR, and a 4-week residency at Playa at Summer Lake, OR. For submission guidelines, visit  

2 PRIZES OF $1,000 and publication in The Chattahoochee Review are awarded to a winning story and essay in the Lamar York Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction. Submit November 1, 2017–January 31, 2018. Early submissions are encouraged. An entry fee of $18 includes a subscription. For complete guidelines, visit:

3 MILE HARBOR PRESS Poetry Award. Marisol Baca, of Fresno, CA, has won the 2017 Three Mile Harbor Press poetry award for her collection, Tremor.  She received a $500 honorarium, publication of her book, and 25 author copies. The annual award is given for an unpublished poetry collection. The next deadline is June 30, 2018. Three Mile Harbor Press, P.O. Box 1, Stuyvesant, NY 12123. Website:

12th 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: Marie Howe. No entry fee. Submissions: September 1–December 1. Sponsored by Poetry Center at Smith College. Guidelines, eligibility, required entry form:

ANNOUNCING LMP’S Second Biennial Poetry Contest! With entry fee of $15 send us up to 3 of your most daring, cutting-edge, or even most shockingly normal poems! Details at

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 $20 includes a 1-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, 32 lines with spaces, max; prose to 2,500 words on “The Stars”—Deadline: March 31. Prizes: $500 each category. Entry fees: 1–4 poems or each prose entry—$18. TWG members: $14 each. No submission limit. For complete guidelines and entry form:

THE ATLANTIS AWARD is given for the best poem. The winning poet receives $250, publication, and will be featured in an interview on The Poet’s Billow website. Finalists may be published. We nominate for Pushcart Prize, Best of the Web, and Best New Poets. Website:

BELLINGHAM REVIEW announces its 2018 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, 2017–March 15, 2018. $20 entry fee. General submissions are also open until December 1. For those readers who subscribe to the journal between September and December, we will read submissions through June 1. Contributors receive a complimentary copy and 2 gift subscriptions. Complete guidelines at

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

BRIGHT HILL PRESS 24th annual Full-length Poetry Book Competition, $1,000 and publication plus 30 copies for winner and national distribution of published book. Entry fee: $27; 48–64 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. BHP Poetry Book, 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, 2018. 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 and offers $3,000 in prizes. Seeking short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction essay. One winner in each genre awarded $1,000 and published in print, digital, and online. Entry fee: $17 prose/$12 poetry. Guidelines and guest judges listed at

CIDER PRESS REVIEW Book Award. Prize: $1,500 and publication of full-length poetry collection. All entrants will receive the winning book. Reading period: September 1–November 30. Reading fee: $26. Judge: Lauren Alleyne. 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, 2018. Final judge is John Yau. $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, 2018. Submit through our Submittable account. Guidelines at

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Intoxication.” 4,000 words max. Deadline: February 26, 2018. $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at

CREATIVE NONFICTION MAGAZINE is seeking new work for an upcoming issue dedicated to “Risk.” We’re interested in true stories that balance the threat of loss against the promise of gain. 4,000 words max. Deadline: November 6. $1,000 for best essay; $500 for runner-up. Guidelines at

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. For further details, please visit our website at:

DECEMBER MAGAZINE seeks submissions for our 2018 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Luis Rodriguez is an American poet, novelist, journalist, critic, and columnist and was the 2014–2016 Los Angeles Poet Laureate. Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention); all finalists will be published in the 2018 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems for $20 entry fee, which includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1–December 15. For complete guidelines please visit our website:

EMRYS SEEKS original poetry for contest in support of literary scholarships. Send up to 3 poems, not to exceed 3 total pages. Simultaneous submissions okay with notification. Enter via Submittable, November 1–30. Winner receives $250 honorarium and publication of winning poem in the 2018 (Vol 35) issue of Emrys Journal. Entry fee, $12. See guidelines:

ENTRIES BEING ACCEPTED for the 2018 Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival Poetry and Short Story Contest. $10 for 2 poems or 1 short story. $1,000 total awards. Deadline: February 16, 2018. 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 all U.S. poets. All styles welcome. Two page max. $3,000 in prizes and travel stipends. Telluride (CO) award ceremony, May 18, 2018. $9 per poem, 3 poems for $20. Judged by Santa Fe Poet Laureate emeritus Joan Logghe. Deadline May 1, 2018. For information, go to

GODDARD COLLEGE will award one $10,000 Goddard/PEN North American Centers Scholarship to an MFA applicant in Creative Writing who is a member of any of the North American Centers of PEN International. Only individuals who are members in good standing of PEN America, PEN Canada, PEN Mexico, or PEN Center USA will be eligible to apply for the Goddard/PEN North American Centers. Membership at any level, including Professional, Advocate, Patron, and Student membership, will qualify. Visit

GRAYSON BOOKS 2018 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. Daniel Donaghy to judge. For complete guidelines, see

LITERAL LATTE FICTION Awards. First Prize: $1,000. Second Prize: $300. Third Prize: $200. Winners published in Literal Latte. In 2018, Literal Latte is celebrating 24 years of caffeinating the minds of readers and the careers of writers. Entry fee: $10. For details and to submit, go to

LITMAG’S VIRGINIA WOOLF Award for Short Fiction. First prize: $3,500, publication, and agency review by Sobel Weber Associates. Second prize: $1,000 and agency review. Five finalists: $100 and possible agency review. All entered stories will be considered for publication. Deadline: December 15. Entry fee: $20. Further guidelines are available at:

NETHER ETHER—Publishizer Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Proposal Writing Contest (November 2017): Submit a 1,000-word book proposal to win $2,000 cash, obtain preorders for your book, and get matched with interested publishers! Free to enter. Accepting unpublished works November 1–31. For more details, visit

OMNIDAWN OFFERS $3,000 prize for our annual Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest. Arthur Sze will judge. Electronic and postal submissions November 11–December 31. Winner receives cash prize, publication, 100 copies. Entry fee: $27. Entrants who add $3 shipping receive Omnidawn book of their choice. For guidelines, please visit our website at:

THE ORISON PRIZES in Poetry & Fiction offer $1,500 and publication by Orison Books for a full-length manuscript in each genre. Judges: Vandana Khanna (poetry) & Lan Samantha Chang (fiction). Entry fee: $30. Entry period: December 1, 2017–April 1, 2018. For complete guidelines visit

OUR ANNUAL WRITING CONTEST with a new twist: We are accepting submissions of your unpublished short stories, stand-alone memoirs, and poetry for our anthology. First Serial Rights apply for contest and anthology submissions. See our guidelines. Wow us with your writing. Check out latest anthology: Jewels of San Fedele. Past past editions of East Meets West, American Writers Review can be found on and Barnes and Noble. No pornography, please. Check out our website for details:

OXFORD AMERICAN: The Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writers Fellowship. Deadline: March 24. To support a debut book of creative nonfiction. $10,000 stipend, housing, and an editorial apprenticeship with Oxford American toward a 9-month residency in Central AR. Alex Mar, Zandria F. Robinson, and Timothy B. Tyson to judge. For more information, visit:  Phone: 501-374-0000. E-mail:

THE PERMAFROST BOOK PRIZE in Poetry offers publication of a book-length work of fiction (story/novella collection or novel), $1,000, and distribution through University of Alaska Press. Final judge, TBD. Deadline: January 15, 2018. Entry fee: $20. For complete guidelines, please visit:

THE POETRY SOCIETY of Virginia announces the 2018 PSV Book Award for poetry books published in 2017.  See website for details,

QUERCUS REVIEW PRESS. Fall poetry book award. $1,000 prize, book publication, generous royalties. Deadline: December 22. New and emerging writers encouraged to submit. 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. Visit:

RELIGIOUS ESSAY COMPETITION Seeks Submissions. We want to hear from Jews, Hindus, Wiccans, Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, atheists, and everyone else who is part of the glorious kaleidoscope of religion. Topics include personal religious experiences, approachable explications of religious texts, and more. Up to 3,000 words. For further details, please visit

RIVER STYX ISSUE 100. Enter our 2018 Microfiction contest!  Winners will be featured in issue 100. Submit up to 3 stories of no more than 500 words each with entry fee, which includes a prize issue copy. All entries are considered for publication. Visit: for complete details. E-mail:

SELECTED SHORTS’ Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Contest. Prize includes $1,000; publication on; and 2 tickets to a performance of Selected Shorts featuring your winning story. Judge: Jess Walter. Max: 750 words. Fee: $25. Due: March 1, 2018. For complete guidelines, visit

SLAB’S 2018 CURRY Poetry Prize Contest is accepting submissions. $600 1st place/$400 2nd. All winners published. Judge: Lorrie Jakiela, author of Belief Is Its Own Kind of Truth, Spot the Terrorist¸ et al. Reading period August 1–December 15; $10 reading fee. Yep. Details at

SLIPSTREAM Annual Poetry Chapbook Competition offers $1,000 prize plus 50 copies for winner. Deadline: December 1. Entrants receive copy of winner and 1-issue subscription. Send up to 40 pages and $20 reading fee to Slipstream, P.O. Box 2071, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. For further details and new guidelines, visit:

SUBMIT YOUR BEST work to Bayou Magazine’s annual James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry. Deadline January 1, 2018. Winners receive $1,000, subscription, and possible publication. Finalists named on our website. Judges: Kiese Laymon for Fiction, Kay Murphy for Poetry. Reading fee: $20. Guidelines at

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. For complete guidelies, please visit our website at:

TEBOT BACH announces the 2018 Patricia Bibby First Book Award: $500 and book publication. Deadline: October 31 postmark. Winner announced April 2018. Send manuscript and reading fee of $25 for each manuscript submitted to Tebot Bach, Bibby, Box 7887, Huntington Beach, CA 92615. Complete guidelines:

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS/NEW ORLEANS Literary Festival announces 4 writing contests with prizes of cash, Festival tickets, publication, and public readings. Deadlines: One-Act Play—November 1; Very Short Fiction—November 8; Poetry—November 15; Fiction—November 30. Judges include Jennifer Haigh, Justin Torres, Jericho Brown, and Lisa D’Amour. #TWF18: March 21–25. Website:

THIRD WEDNESDAY, annual contest. Send up to 3 unpublished poems not over 2 pages each to A prize of $50 each goes to the best 3 poems. Winners and 3 Honorable Mentions will be published in TW. Entry fee: $10. Deadline: January 31, 2018. 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:

WRITER ADVICE seeks your scintillating starts for any unpublished prose book. Grab and hold your reader. Set high stakes. Share openings that matter. As always we will send a detailed response to your writing. Deadline December 1. Info at

CONSERVATION NOW! Join our free event “Wild Places, Wild Things,” with actor/author Jane Alexander on December 10, 2–4 p.m. Alexander will discuss her book about environmental conservation at Walt Whitman Birthplace, 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington, NY 11746. Q&A and book signing. Sponsor: Humanities NY. More details:

AUTHOR OF “Mose T From A to Z: The Folk Art of Mose Tolliver” seeks an agent for 2 new edited fiction and nonfiction books. Please visit or or call (504) 891-9080. Special holiday writer’s retreat/rental available in Mexico. Ocean view. $500 per week. Visit

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EXPERIENCE THE REAL HAWAII during this Big Island Writers’ Retreat from February 28–March 6, 2018. Offerings include: generative and genre-specific workshops, guided conversations, readings and individual manuscript feedback, plus quiet writing time. The 120-acre oceanside retreat features pool, jacuzzi, yoga, meditation, and movement classes. For more info:

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WRITE IN ITALY Summer 2018! Poet Kim Addonizio (7 collections, National Book Award Finalist, Guggenheim, NEA) and Susan Browne (Four Way Books Prize) lead a retreat June 4–18, 2018 at a former monastery in Umbria. Included: workshop, lodging, amazing meals, trips to surrounding towns and attractions. Website:;

THE ARGS WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE is accepting applications for a 1-to-2 week spring residency and workshop at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology in historic Petersburg, VA. (See website for details). Application deadline: December 1. Website:

ATLANTIC CENTER FOR THE ARTS Residency Program with Master Artist Terrance Hayes (poetry) May 13–June 2, 2018 (application deadline: December 3); Master Artist Tracie Morris (experimental poet/sound poetry) June 24–July 14, 2018 (application deadline: January 21, 2018). Spend 3 weeks at ACA in New Smyrna Beach, FL, developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of nationally acclaimed Master Artists-in-Residence. Participation limited to 8 people. For full details, visit

CAMAC IS NOW accepting applications for its residency program 2018 for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. In the village of Marnay-sur-Seine within the scenic Champagne-Ardenne region of France, on the banks of the river Seine, only 1 hour from Paris. No application fee. Rolling admission. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines. Address: CAMAC, 1 Grande Rue, 10400 Marnay sur Seine. Phone: 00 33 3 25 39 20 61. Jean-Yves Coffre, director. E-mail: Website:

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JAMES MERRILL HOUSE Writer-in-Residence Program invites writers of all genres, including translators, to apply to live rent-free next door to and work in James Merrill’s Stonington, CT apartment for 4–6 week fall residencies or a 4-1/2 month spring residency. A stipend is offered. The application period for fall 2018/Spring 2019 residencies begins October 1, 2017 and ends January 15, 2018. For further information, please visit

A QUIET STUDIO. A beautiful setting. Time for inspiration. The Saltonstall Arts Colony in Ithaca, NY offers all-expenses-paid residencies for artists and writers living in New York State (including NYC). One-month residencies from May–August and 2-week residencies in September. We are a small, inclusive community with just 5 people in each session. Free to attend, no cost to apply. We provide private 1-bedroom suites, private baths, prepared dinners, a stocked kitchen, 200 acres of trails, and a stipend. Save the date: The application deadline for a 2018 residency is January 2, 2018. Visit:

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