Opportunities for Writers

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WyoPoet’s 2018 workshop, “The Art and Craft of Poetry,” will be held in Cheyenne on Saturday, April 28th from 9 am to 4 pm. Award-winning Colorado poet Art Elser will lead the workshop, which will take place at the Kiwanis Community House at 4603 Lions Park Drive. There will also be a poetry reading, open to the public, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Friday evening, April 27th in the Legend/Frontier Room of the Fairfield Inn and Suites at 1820 W. Lincolnway. The 2018 WyoPoets chapbook will be unveiled during this event, and coffee and light snacks will be served. Art Elser is a familiar face to many of us through his involvement with WyoPoets and his attendance at past WW, Inc. conferences. He recently served as juror for the 2018 WyoPoets chapbook, selecting 34 poems from a large submission pool where “the level of writing,” according to Art, “was consistently high.” Art has published three books of poetry, We Leave the Safety of the Sea (winner of the 2014 Colorado Authors’ League Poetry Award), A Death at Tollgate Creek, and his most recent book, As the Crow Flies. Art draws from his diverse life experiences to create his poetry–as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam, as a technical writer and writing instructor for 30 years and as a volunteer naturalist. He has published in numerous journals and anthologies and written over 2000 haiku. For the workshop’s morning session, Art will address “Poetic Craft: Line and Stanza Breaks.” He’ll lead participants in the reading and discussion of poetry that exhibits the variety of approaches to line breaks, and provide several group exercises. A light morning snack, coffee and lunch, catered by Girls Gone Gourmet, will be served. The afternoon session, “Poetic Art: Inspiration in Ekphrasis,” will introduce participants to the ekphrastic poem, which is a vivid description of a scene or work of art. Art will incorporate four paintings and a sculpture into the discussion and let participants experiment with a poem inspired by a painting. As a bonus, Art will hold a Q & A session to discuss ways of publishing your own books. He’ll walk us through his experiences and discuss such topics as obtaining ISBN numbers, eBook options, creating an Amazon author page and print options. The registration fee for the workshop is $50. WyoPoets has arranged for a room block at the Fairfield Inn and Suites. For more information and to register, visit www.wyopoets.org. Kaycee: The End of the Trail Writers meet the first Saturday of every month at 10 o’clock a.m. in The Kaycee Voice press room at the Red Wall Community Center. Contact: Lyndi O’Laughlin (307)763-7969, or lyndibell333@gmail.com 

Janet Hubbard of Vermont and Tina Welling of Jackson Hole are offering a third workshop at the 65,000-acre Willow Creek Ranch in eastern Wyoming May 27-June 2. Cost is $1,450 (which includes boarding, three meals a day, three hours plus of instruction daily, individual mentoring, quiet time for writing in an inspirational setting, and excursions to historical places on the ranch). The Early Bird special is $1,250, if sent in before April 1st. (Space is limited, as the workshop is quite popular.) This year Longmire novelist and creator of the “Longmire” series Craig Johnson will be guest artist/teacher for a couple of days. www.janethubbard.com for more details, and to write to her. 

Wyoming Literature & Landscape of the Horse Retreat

Page Lambert’s 11th annual, 6-day horseback writing retreat takes place at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch, west of Laramie, June 4-9, 2018. A unique adventure for men and women who yearn for nature, long to reconnect with horses, and hunger for creative inspiration in an authentic western ranch setting. Complete details here: www.pagelambert.com

River of Discovery: Writing & Sculpting Journey for Women 

Page Lambert’s 21st annual, women’s only river trip (as featured in O magazine) will be August 27-September 1, 2018. Back by popular demand is Page’s featured guest artist, renowned Roxanne Swentzell of the Santa Clara Pueblo. Complete details here: www.pagelambert.com

MAY 2018
An intensive experiential retreat, limited to seven participants! Details at 

August 5-11, 2018 Novelists Retreat: Join Silver Falchion-award-winning, best-selling author Pamela Fagan Hutchins on the eastern face of the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming for a one-week facilitated novelists retreat that will cleanse your soul and explode your writing and your publishing career. Retreat brochure http://pamelafaganhutchins.com/writing-retreats/


Deadline: April 9. Sink Hollow, the national undergraduate literary journal at Utah State University, is seeking provocative, resonant, polished pieces of undergraduate work to be published in Spring 2018. We accept original fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. All students currently enrolled as undergraduates at two- and four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit! Please visit us at http://www.sinkhollow.org/ and submit your work at https://sinkhollow.submittable.com/submit


Theresa Owens, Editor/Publisher
Email: creativeparentingtodayATgmailDOTcom
Submission Guidelines
MOTHERING WITH IMAGINATION Magazine for mothers/parents of all ages.
Advice,How-to for New Moms – MOTHERING WITH IMAGINATION is seeking advice pieces, and creative ideas from other mothers who have been there, done that, etc. We need essays of interest to mothers ranging from 1,000 – 3,500 words. Topics may include shopping, eating,food kids like, schooling, discipline – and more. We are looking for literary pieces that focus on raising children creatively. We need humor stories, heartwarming and touching pieces about losing a child or raising a handicapped child.
Book Reviews Needed – Books of interest to mothers/parents – up to 1000 words..
Poetry – of interest to mothers. No more than35 lines per poem. Submit 2 poems at a time.
FictionColumn – We publish onefiction story per month – again, of interest to mothers and parents. 1000-2000Words.
Always include a brief bio with yourstory or article in the event is accepted for publication.
This is not a paying market but there will be contests with cash prizes every year.

Deadline: May 15th.The 2018 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize is open for submissions. $500 award, all entries considered for publication. Send up to 4 poems, electronic submissions only. https://crabcreekreview.submittable.com/submit .Entry fee $16.. Maggie Smith will judge. ​Maggie Smith is the author of three books of poetry: Good Bones (Tupelo Press,September 2017); The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (TupeloPress, 2015); and Lamp of the Body (Red Hen Press, 2005). Guidelines http://www.crabcreekreview.org/

Deadline: August 15. The University of New Orleans Press is looking for full-length fiction manuscripts, either novels or short story collections, for the fourth annual Publishing Lab Prize. The selected author will receive a thousand dollar ($1,000) advance on royalties and a contract to publish their winning manuscript with UNO Press. The work does not have to be regionally focused. There is no word limit. There is no limit on subjects covered. Submissions are open until August 15. More information, including the Submittable link, can be found at: http://www.unopress.org/lab.aspx 

Deadline: April 15. 2018 PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE AWARDS FOR POETRY AND SHORT FICTION Reading fee: $15. First Prize: $1,000 plus publication in PrimeNumber Magazine. Entries will only be accepted through Submittable. Complete guidelines:  www.Press53.com and https://press53.submittable.com/submit

Deadline: April 30. 3Elements Review is now accepting submissions for Issue 19. The new elements are Recluse, Cradle, and Jazz. 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.
More information: http://3elementsreview.com/submit
Latest Issue: http://3elementsreview.com/current-journal

Deadline: May 18.  DEL SOL PRESS PRIZE FOR FIRST NOVEL. Entry Fee: $30. Cash Prize: $1,500
Website: http://www.delsolpress.org/DSP-NovelCompetition.htm A prize of $1,500, publication by Del Sol Press, and 20 author copies is given annually for a first novel. Pulitzer Prize-winner Robert Olen Butler will judge. Using the online submission system, submit a manuscript of 200 to 450 pages with a $30 entry fee by May 18. All entries are considered for publication. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

Deadline: April 1. WERGLE FLOMP HUMOR POETRY 17th ANNUAL CONTEST (no fee). $2,250 in cash prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Submit one humor poem online. Both published and unpublished work welcome. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest). See guidelines and online submission at https://winningwriters.com/wergle

Deadline: April 1. The 2018 Orison Prizes in Poetry & Fiction. Judges: Vandana Khanna (poetry) & Lan Samantha Chang (fiction). The winner in each genre receives a $1,500 cash prize, a royalties contract, and publication by Orison Books with national distribution and an endorsement by the judge who selects their manuscript. Finalists are also considered for publication. Entry fee: $30. Guidelines: https://orisonbooks.submittable.com/submit/


SOUL-MAKING KEATS LITERARY COMPETITION Ongoing Deadline: November 30th (Postmarked). An extended community arts outreach program of the National League of American Pen Women. The annual Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition consists of thirteen categories and is open to everyone, everywhere. Judges look for original, freshly creative and finely crafted works that embrace all creative interpretations of the statement by English poet, John Keats: “Some say the world is a vale of tears, I say it is a place of soul-making”  http://soulmakingcontest.us/guidelines-rules/

PRIME NUMBER MAGAZINE FLASH FICTION CONTEST (A Monthly Competition) PrimeNumber Magazine (a Press 53publication) Low entryfee, nice prize, plus publication Prime Number Magazine has established a new monthly flashfiction competition open to writers at all levels throughout the world whowrite in English. Readingfee: $7 FirstPrize: $251 plus publication in PrimeNumber Magazine with author photo, bio, and winning story on a page ofone’s own. We’relooking for excellent fiction of 751 words or less. Guidelines at Submittable.

“Moon City Review” is for the first time seeking graphic narrative submissions to be considered for its forthcoming issue, as well as all its future editions. Guidelines are as follows: Please keep submissions to eight pages maximum. Black-and-white submissions only. Submit in .jpg, .tiff, or .pdf format. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable if prompt notification is given through Submittable of acceptance elsewhere. Please address any questions or other correspondence to Graphic Narrative Editor Jennifer Murvin, jmurvinATmissouristateDOTedu. Submissions can be sent to MCR’s Submittable portal at https://mooncitypress.submittable.com/submit.

MENTOR AND MUSE: ESSAYS FROM POETS TO POETS (Online) an anthology of essays that considers the elements of poetry through practice. The essays reveal the insights poets gained while writing or reading a particular poem or set of poems. Each essay ends with a prompt that challenges readers to consider their own understanding of that poetic element. Each essay submission should consider how a poem—yours and/or someone else’s—has helped you to better understand a specific poetic principle. We encourage potential contributors to begin where they are most compelled, with the poems that act as touchstones, poems that they return to again and again for inspiration, solace, and guidance. For the full description of the project, submissions guidelines, deadlines, and other information, please visit the Call for Submissions post on our Facebook page: Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (https://www.facebook.com/notes/mentor-and-muse-essays-from-poets-to-poets/call-for-submissions/1965001160454759/). —Blas Falconer, Beth Martinelli, and Helena Mesa

The Cincinnati Review welcomes submissions to our weekly online flash feature, miCRo, as well as all other regular submissions. Every week, miCRo will highlight a writer whose work packs in a punch, in under 500 words for fiction/literary nonfiction/hybrids and under 32 lines for poetry. See more about all our submission guidelines at http://www.cincinnatireview.com/submission_guidelines/

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

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/