Writing Opportunities

 DISCLAIMER:  Wyoming Writers, Inc. often passes along news from outside sources. The organization does not take responsibility for non-WW Inc. events, contests or markets. Please exercise due diligence when deciding to pursue any contest, event or publishing opportunity. 

Deadline September 3: no-fee poetry/fiction/nonfiction contest: concīs
Submissions of poems, prose poems, visual poems, flash/sudden/quick fictions, micro-essays or other prose creations for its 2nd annual, no-fee, *Pith of Prose and Poem Contest*. Up to ten winners receive cash award + highlighted publication in concīs:
– First Prize: $250 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions)
– Second Prize: $150 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions).
– Third Prize: $100 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions).
– Editor’s Choice(s): $25 cash and highlighted publication in concīs (web and digital editions). Complete guidelines and link to submission form:

Deadline September 15th: WTAW Press is now accepting submissions. They publish all sorts of prose books. Excerpts from full-length manuscripts could appear in their chapbook series. Work must be submitted online. For guidelines, visit https://www.wtawpress.org/submissions

Deadline September 30: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will be published online. Length limit: 250 lines per poem. No restrictions on age or country. Fee: $12 per poem. Details at

Deadline October 1: Causeway Lit Creative Non-Fiction Contest submissions to be entered into their Fall 2017 Creative Non-Fiction contest. All pieces require a $5.00 entry fee and the winner of the contest will receive $50 and have their piece published by Causeway Lit. All works of creative non-fiction are acceptable, but the best submissions are those that truly resonate within the reader, so send your best.

Deadline October 15: Philip H. McMath Post-Publication Book Award
Genre Unlimited-NOT limited to Arkansas books or writers. $500, trophy, and Travel Expenses as Featured Author at the Arkatext Literary Festival, Spring 2018.The mission of this award is to honor the contributions of Philip H. McMath to the Arkansas literary community, and to promote stellar books by emerging writers. This award is open for nominations between June 15 and October 15 (postmark deadline). For complete submission guidelines, please visit our website:

Deadline October 15th:  WyoPoets 2018 members-only chapbook. The theme is hunger and yearning. If you’re not a member of WyoPoets, you can join the organization and then submit your work. Selected poets will receive a copy of the chapbook. For more information and to download the guidelines, go to http://www.wyopoets.org/chapbooks.html

Deadline October 31: Short Story Contest: The Larry Brown Short Story Award. The winners will receive the following prizes: 1st place $250, 2nd place $75, and 3rd place $25. Each prize winner will be published in the January 2018 issue of Pithead Chapel.
2017 Guest Judge: Anne Valente. Submission Fee: $10 per story.

Deadline October 31: 3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 17. The new elements are Blueprint, Fisherman, and Delusion. All three terms must be used in any poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction submissions. Art and photography must represent at least one element. Our content is almost always 100% unsolicited, and we nominate for Pushcart, Best of the Net, and other awards. We have published new and well-known writers and artists from around the world, and we do not charge a reading fee for regular submissions. Expedited and feedback options are also available.
Issue will be released January 1.
More information: http://3elementsreview.com/submit

Deadline December 31: SLAB is a university-based journal that combines literature and spoken word. Their reading period runs from August to December. They seek poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and text-based art. Work must be submitted online. For more information, visit http://www.slablitmag.org/details_submissionGuidelines.html


Looking for Wyoming Storytellers! Wyoming now has a storytelling guild. We are only 6 members strong but a mighty group. We would love to add to our membership but need to find other storytellers in our state, since we know they are out there. Note: Storytellers don’t have to be a member of the guild to receive information but can choose to on our email list. For more information, contact Michelle (Shelly) King, Wyoming State Liaison to the National Storytelling Network: telleroftales402@gmail.com

Review Opportunity: The Wyoming State Library reviews two books per month on its blog and in its monthly newsletter. These reviews go to hundreds of librarians. Books MUST either be by a Wyoming-based author or be Wyoming-related (about Wyoming or a Wyoming setting). Books must be available in print and readily available for purchase (new, not used). Priority is given to books published more recently. No books without a strong Wyoming connection will be considered. Contact Susan Mark at the State Library at susan.mark@wyo.gov or 307-777-5915 (Cheyenne) if you would like your book considered. Please do not send review copies without contacting Susan first to make sure your book meets the criteria to be considered. Submission of a review copy to the State Library does not guarantee a published review. 

Main Street Rag is a publishing company that produces a literary magazine, anthologies, and other books. They also have contests. For more information, go to  http://03c9c48.netsolhost.com/WordPress/submission-guidelines

The Sun publishes interviews, essays, fiction and poetry. They would also like provocative pieces on political and cultural issues. They pay up to $2,000.00 for interviews and essays, $1,500.00 for fiction, and $200.00 for poetry. Work must be sent by mail. Guidelines at thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/writing

Cawing Crow Press is a unique, author-centered service that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They work with the author to be sure the book is the best it can be when it’s released. They charge nothing for their services and pay 70% royalties. For more information, visit http://www.cawingcrowpress.com/aboutus.html

High Desert Journal is a forum for literary, visual and journalistic artists to contribute a deeper understanding of the landscape and people of the interior West. They accept poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoirs, books reviews, essays, interviews and visual arts. They accept work from residents of the interior West working with any theme, and from anyone living outside of this region creating with an element or theme of the interior West. They publish biannually (in November and May) and review submissions year round. Check out their website for more information: https://highdesertjournal.submittable.com/Submit

Orion Magazine accepts short essays of up to 350 words for their online The Place Where Where You Live department. Some essays will be selected for publication in the print magazine. Find more information at https://orionmagazine.org/place-where-you-live/

The Minnekahta Messenger, delivered to communities in the Southern Black Hills, is seeking news stories that may (but don’t necessarily have to) pertain to issues that our local readers are concerned about, e.g., proposed uranium mining projects, proposed or existing oil pipeline projects, proposed nuclear waste disposal projects, and any other proposed projects that appear to threaten aquifers, wildlife habitats, and the health and welfare of residents. Writers have been advised to write “subjective” news stories, similar to the manner in which newspaper editors from the late 1880’s wrote them. For information contact: Minnekahta Publishing, LLC, P. O. Box 221 Hot Springs, SD 57747, messenger@blackhillssentinel.com, Christian “Grits” McMorrow, Publisher.