Writing Opportunities

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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. 

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

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


Deadline January 31: Autumn House Press Poetry Contest – The Rising Writer Call for Submissions for authors 33 years old or younger in this calendar year
The Rising Writer Contest is for a first full-length book of poetry by an author 33 years old or younger. Autumn House believes in supporting the work of younger, less-established writers who will become the voices of an emerging generation.
Must be author’s first full-length collection (previous publications of chapbooks or self-published books are fine).
The winner will receive book publication, $500 advance against royalties, and a $500 travel/publicity grant to promote their book
All finalists will be considered for publication
Poetry submissions should be approximately 50-70 pages
Contest results will be announced on our website www.autumnhouse.org
Please don’t include your name anywhere on the actual MS. Include your name and contact info in the “cover letter” section of Submittable as well as a brief bio. Feel free to include a TOC. We only accept electronic submissions through our submission manager. $25 reading fee.
www.autumnhouse.org or www.coalhillreview.com

Deadline: January 15 The 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow”
High-school age students submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest.
Submission Guidelines
Send story as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment through email. Along with your submission, please include your name, your high school, your current grade level, and a few sentences about your background in writing, your hobbies/interests, or anything else you’d like to share to give us a stronger sense of who you are.
Students are asked to send no more than one (1) submission per category. The two categories are Literary Stories (think Tim O’Brien, O. Henry, John Green, and Alice Walker) or Genre Stories (think Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, and Philip K. Dick). Students can submit work to both contests if they choose. Open to graphic narratives, scripts, picture book manuscripts, comics, and other literary forms/blends for either submission category.
Please include “Storytellers of Tomorrow” in the subject line.
Entry Fee: None
**The top winner in each category will have their story published in Shift, the Creative Writing Program’s new literary arts journal that launches in fall 2017. Beyond that one-time publication, authors retain all rights to their stories. 

Check out Converse County Library’s Teen Writing Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752230991582173/

Deadline January 12, 2018. Wyoming students in grades 4-12 are invited to read, be inspired, and write back to the author (living or dead) of a book that changed their lives. The 2017-18 Letters About Literature reading and writing contest is open and accepting entries. Guidelines, the teaching guide, and winning letters from previous years may be found on the Letters About Literature website. Questions may be directed to Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library publications specialist, at susan.mark@wyo.gov or (307) 777-5915.


Deadline March 14: Short story contest: 
Colorado Review is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction; the postmark deadline is March 14, 2018. This year’s final judge is
Margot Livesey. The prize is given annually for the best short story.
General guidelines:
1. $2,000 will be awarded for the best short story, which will be published in the fall/winter 2017 issue of Colorado Review.
2. This year’s final judge is Margot Liveset; friends and students (current & former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni.
3. Entry fee is $15 per story ($17 to submit online); there is no limit on the number of entries you may submit.
4. Stories must be previously unpublished.
5. There are no theme restrictions, but stories must be at least 10 but less than 50 pages (12-point type, double-spaced, 1-inch margins).
6. Deadline is the postmark of March 14, 2018.
7. Winner will be announced by July 2018.
8. All submissions will be considered for publication.
To submit online:
For an additional $2, you may submit online. The $2 goes entirely to Submittable: 79 cents is a credit card fee, and the remaining $1.11 goes to the good people at Submittable who created and maintain the software.
Submit athttp://nelliganprize.submittable.com.
To submit via regular mail:
1. Include two title sheets: on the first, provide your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and the story title; on the second, provide only the story title. Your name should not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
2. Enclose a check for $15 for each story. Checks should be made out to Colorado Review.
3. You may submit multiple stories in the same envelope, and a single check can be made out for the total.
4. Provide SASE for contest results.
5. Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not enclose extra postage for return of manuscript.
6. Entries must be clearly addressed to:
Nelligan Prize – Colorado Review
9105 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105

Deadline December 20:
2017 String Poet Prize Guidelines:
All forms accepted, 50 lines max per poem. No previously published poems, or poems that have won other prizes. Winner receives $1000, publication in String Poet, and composition of original music by professional composer inspired by the winning poem, to be performed at the Awards Ceremony TBA in Spring 2018. Winner and Runners-up published in forthcoming 2018 issue of String Poet, and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony. All contest submissions are considered for publication in journal. There is no theme for submissions — String Poet does not solicit poems solely on the subject of music. Reading the journal archives is a great way to become familiar with the type of work that String Poet publishes. Last year’s String Poet Prize was awarded to Elise Hempel for her poem, “The Tape,” which was set to music by composer Richard Brooks. Entry Fee: $18.00 — include up to 5 poems, up to 50 lines per poem

Deadline: March 1. Call for original scripts for one act plays for a dinner theatre production late in 2018. A national play script writing contest sponsored by the Johnson County (Wyoming) Arts and Humanities Council (JCAHC) and Creek Side Performing Arts (CSPA) Buffalo, Wyoming. Complete rulesFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Final Version1

Deadline December 3: Accepting submissions for Artwork, Poetry, Short Fiction, Flash Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. There is no fee to submit. RipRap is a literary journal designed and produced annually by students in the Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing program at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). Being the 40th anniversary edition, we would like to encourage submissions that illuminates the current unique social and political climate. However this is not mandatory, only ideal. As always with all our submissions, we seek out work that is innovative, forward-thinking, and as entertaining as it is thought-provoking.
To submit, please visit Riprapliteraryjournal.submittable.com/submitDeadline

Deadline December 1: New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Award. Two prizes of $1,000 each for book-length manuscripts by emerging writers, one in poetry and one in fiction or creative nonfiction. Finalist judges TBA. Submit full-length, unpublished manuscripts of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry 2016, along with $25 entry fee.
Submit online at https://newriverspress.submittable.com/submit

Deadline December 10: Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story, Beloit Fiction Journal. The Beloit Fiction Journal invites submissions for the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short story. A prize of $2000 will be awarded to the top unpublished story. $20 reading fee. Rebecca Makkai will judge. Submission information:

Deadline December 31: 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
$1,500advance plus publication, awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Reading fee $30. Complete details at www.Press53.com

Deadline December 31: The Shelterbelt Press 2017 Fiction Prize 
We are excited to announce the first Shelterbelt Press Fiction Prize. The winning book will be published by Shelterbelt Press, housed at the University of Illinois Springfield, in Spring of 2019. Winners receive a $500.00 award, 25 copies of their book, plus a trip to the University of Illinois Springfield for a reading and launch party. *Manuscripts should be between 120-200 pages, and should be submitted in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF formats. https://shelterbeltpress.submittable.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.

Deadline December 15: Winter issue of Gyroscope Review. We accept contemporary poetry in a wide variety of formats. For our winter issue, we are particularly interested in wintery themes, the idea of “underground”, and current events. Poets may submit up to four poems in any one reading period. Please read our guidelines carefully before submitting. All submissions must come through our Submittable link: https://gyroscopereview.submittable.com/submit

Deadline January 31: The Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Award recognizes outstanding pieces of fiction that push the boundaries of genre and/or form. Surprise us! Show us something we’ve never seen before. Guidelines: Up to 6,000 words of previously unpublished work. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please do not include any identifying information on your manuscript or include a cover letter. Entry fee $10. More Info and Submission Portal at: https://psychopompmag.com/contests

Deadline February 14: Call for Submissions: Beecher’s magazine, published annually in Lawrence, Kansas, and run by the students of the graduate program in English at the University of Kansas, seeks the best in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from both emerging and established authors. Beecher’s accepts poetry, fiction, and nonfiction submissions.

Deadline March 1: The 6th Annual Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest is now open for Submissions. Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir and … new this year – YA. Cash prize of $250 to first place winner in each category. Submission guidelines, judges’ bios and more : http://www.wnba-books.org/contest/

Deadline March 1:  The 6th Annual Women’s National Book Association Writing Contest is now open for Submissions. Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir and YA. Cash prize of $250 to first place winner in each category. Publication in WNBA’s Special Contest Edition and an anthology published by C&R Press. Open to WNBA members and non-members.
Submission guidelines, judges bios and more: http://www.wnba-books.org/contest/

Deadline December 15: Insomniac Press and Matrix Magazine are pleased to announce that the 2018 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry is now an international prize and we are currently accepting submissions. Submissions must be 48 pages or more. Poems included in the manuscript may have been previously published in journals and anthologies. Submissions must be made by December 15th at 11:59pm PST either by post mark or through our Submittable app.

Deadline January 30The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.
Eligibility and Guidelines
* The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
* Submit two copies (if submitting by mail) of an unpublished fiction manuscript – short story or self-contained novel excerpt – not to exceed 3,000 words, double-spaced, single-sided pages (1″ margins, 12-pt. Times New Roman font).
* Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
* An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers.
* The entry fee is per submission. You may submit multiple entries.
* You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
* Entries will not be returned.
* The winner is announced each April.
* Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
* To submit online, go to https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
* To submit by regular mail:
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Great Smokies Writing Program
Attn: Nancy Williams
One University Hts.
UNC Asheville, NC 28804


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/