Archive for April 4th, 2020

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

4 April 2020


prize: $1000 and publication in our Spring issue​

fee: $10

“Whenever something new develops in poetry, many will argue, ‘That’s not poetry.’ Think of the reception of William Carlos Williams . . . spoken word poets, poets who incorporate graphics, poets who write in code so robots can read them. It’s all poetry.” –Joyce Peseroff

The Peseroff Prize honors Joyce Peseroff’s work as a poet, teacher, editor, innovator, and mentor. She helped found the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston, served as its first director, and retired from teaching in 2014.

Submit up to three poems and a $10 entry fee. There are no restrictions on content or form: “it’s all poetry.” Poems should be previously unpublished. We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify Breakwater if a submission is accepted elsewhere.

2020 FINALIST JUDGE: Oliver Baez Bendorf is a poet. He is the author of two collections, Advantages of Being Evergreen (CSU Poetry Center 2019), which Gabrielle Calvocoressi called “an essential book for our time and for all time,” and The Spectral Wilderness (Kent State U. 2015), selected by Mark Doty for the Stan & Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His poems can be found in recent and forthcoming issues of American Poetry Review, Poetry, BOMB, and New England Review, and were anthologized in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Oliver was born and raised in Iowa and he is currently an assistant professor of poetry at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Bendorf holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Iowa, and an MFA in Poetry and MA in Library & Information from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a fellow of the CantoMundo Poetry Workshop, recipient of the Rane Arroyo Chapbook Prize, and was a faculty member at the 2019 Conference on Poetry at The Frost Place in Franconia, NH. He has been a featured reader at the New Orleans Poetry Festival, The White House, Sarah Lawrence College, Indiana University, and Woodland Pattern. His work on #PulseOrlandoSyllabus was covered by Chronicle of Higher Education, Elle, and WLRN Miami.

​DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2020

Winner and Finalists Published in our Spring Issue.

Visit the website for details on how to enter:

Note: Please do not submit your work if you are associated with the MFA program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston or Oliver Baez Bendorf.

The Writers’ Workshop: POETRY & HUMOR CONTESTS

4 April 2020
Deadline: Postmarked by April 30, 2020.
Open to any writer regardless of residence.
1st Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 10 poems line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 8 poems line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 5 poems line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Your name, address, and email should appear on the first page.
The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) for every three poems.
Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.
Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. The entry fee is also payable online at
Emailed submissions may be sent (in Word Doc) to, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject. Critiques will be emailed back, so no SASE is required.
Visit the website:              
Deadline: Postmarked or emailed by May 31, 2020
1ST Place: Your choice of a 2-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited
3rd Place: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited
10 Honorable Mentions
Email or snail-mail a humorous story (fiction or non-fiction) of 5,000 words or less.
Use of clever, dry humor is encouraged.
Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.
The entry fee per story is $25/$20 Workshop members. Multiple entries are accepted.   Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Humor Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to, with “Humor Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at, or by mailing a check. No SASE is required – comments will be emailed.
Visit the website:


4 April 2020


Accepts submissions year-round.  Accepts
any topic or theme if it’s positive or
uplifting in nature.  No erotica or politics.
Family-friendly magazine.  No dirty words.
Simple messages and language.  Accepts
submissions from teenagers.  Send poetry
and content that takes teenagers into
consideration.  See the website for more
details or work wanted.  Can submit one
poem for free.  Submission fees for
submitting more than one poem.
Also accepts inspirational stories or essays
relating to poetry, poems or poets.
Submit up to 6 poems.  May submit every
3 months.  See website for more specifics
on submissions.  Responds in 10-15
business days.  Contributors receive free
digital copy of the magazine.  See
website for details on Sim Subs.  Will
accept previously published works if you
hold the rights and it’s been more than a
year after the rights have reverted back to
you before you submit it.

How to submit:



Write something funny to submit.
Likes all kinds of funny things.
See website for specific details on
work wanted.  Accepts poetry and
prose.  Poems can be in any form,
format or length.  Indicate your
name and the name of your poem
in your submission email.  Submit
work as a pdf or .docx file via
email.  Reads year-round.  Asks
for one-time print and digital rights
to contributed work. Authors retain
rights.  Only accepts unpublished

How to submit:



Reads year-round.  Responds in a
few days to several months.  Charges
$5 submission fee.  Sometimes, the fee
is lifted for a free submission period.
Do not email submissions unless
requested to do so by an editor.  Does
not accept mailed submissions.  Does
accept sim subs with immediate
notification if work is accepted elsewhere.
Previously published work is generally not
accepted but will occasionally consider
work shared on personal blogs/websites
or work previously published in a limited
print-only edition.  Include name and
full contact information with each
submission.  Include brief bio.  See
website for specific submission
details.  Responds in 2-12 months for
poetry.  All rights revert to author upon

How to submit:

The 28th annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: April 30, 2020

The Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers and co-sponsored by Duotrope, will award $3,000 for the best story and $3,000 for the best essay, and the top winners will receive prominent exposure on the Winning Writers home page. For this contest, a story is any short work of fiction, and an essay is any short work of nonfiction. Enter by April 30.

Winning Writers is one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” (Writer’s Digest), and the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest is recommended by Reedsy.

Key contest information:
  • Final judge: Dennis Norris II
  • 12 cash prizes totaling $8,000
  • All 12 winning entries published on our website
  • Entry fee: $20 per entry
  • Enter online using Submittable
  • Length limit: 6,000 words per entry
  • Subject: Any
  • Multiple entries OK? Yes
  • Previously published work OK? Yes
  • Writers from most countries eligible
  • See past winning entries with judges’ remarks
  • Read Duotrope’s interview with Winning Writers editor Jendi Reiter about this contest

How to enter:

The Writer: Spring 2020 – Short Story Contest

4 April 2020

Deadline: June 2, 2020

Submit your very best fictional short story in 2,000 words or less. Any theme, subject, or genre is fair game, as long as it falls under 2,000 words.

Grand prize: $1,000 and publication in our magazine

Word count: 2,000 words or less Other prizes: Our second-place winner will receive $500 and publication on our website,; our third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on as well.

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The submission period is from April 1 to 11:59 EDT on June 2, 2020. Please note that the
deadline is eastern time. If you are unsure when that would be in your time zone, we recommend using an online time zone converter, such as Every year, we receive emails from writers who waited until the last minute to enter and experienced a technical glitch or another emergency. To be safe, we recommend submitting before the final deadline to account for any problems. If you experience a technical problem or glitch, we recommend contacting Submittable directly at If you experience a non-technical problem or you have a question, contact and we will do our very best to help you, but please read through ALL guidelines before emailing as your question may have already been answered.

• Please remove your name, bio, and any contact info from the file that you submit – including title page, header and footer. This is a blind contest and your confidentiality is essential. Once we close the contest and determine our winners, Submittable will allow us to contact you via your account information. There is no need whatsoever to include your personal information in your document.

• The entry fee is $25 (including processing fees). All entries MUST be submitted through Submittable to be considered. We cannot accept mailed or emailed submissions.

• We encourage you to submit multiple entries for a discounted entry fee of $15. All entries must be submitted on the same transaction in order to get the discounted rate. The first submission will be $25 and each additional submission (up to 4 per transaction) will be $15.

• You may choose to add on a critique of one of your entries for an additional $25. Our critiques
are roughly 200 words and aim to show both your work’s best strengths in addition to what might need improvement. If you submit more than one piece, our judging panel will critique the story that we felt was the strongest overall. Again, if you submit more than one entry and you add-on a critique fee, we will only critique one piece. You will receive your critique in an email via Submittable once we close the contest and announce the winners. It takes a great deal of time to read all entries and craft our critiques, so please have patience with us as we work through our entries. Our critique times vary based on how many submissions we received and can take up to six months for our staff to process. Please do not contact us about the status of your critique until November 30, 2020. It is our hope to have completed all critiques sooner than that date, but we anticipate this contest being very popular with our readers and want to give our staff ample time to craft thoughtful critiques. If you need a critique sooner than that date, please do not purchase the critique option.

• You may enter simultaneously submitted work. However, if one of your pieces is accepted for publication anywhere else, please withdraw your entry on Submittable and email us at immediately so we know your story is no longer under consideration. We are not able to give refunds for contest entries that were accepted for publication elsewhere, so consider your options carefully before entering simultaneously submitted work.

• Do not submit any work over 2000 words or it will be disqualified. (Your piece’s title will not be included in the final word count.)

• We prefer Word documents, but we do accept some other file types (such as PDFs). Please do give your piece a title and make sure that title matches the name you enter in the Submittable “title” form. (Your title will not be included in the maximum word count). For multiple submissions, simply enter one of your stories’ titles in the Submittable form.

• A blind reading of all entries will be conducted by our judging panel.

• $1,000 and publication in a future issue of our magazine will be awarded to the winner. The runner-up will receive $500 and publication on The third-place winner will receive $250 and publication on

• Although we very rarely do so, please know that we reserve the right to extend the official deadline as needed. Any deadline extensions will be announced via our newsletter, which you
can subscribe to here:

• Close friends and colleagues (current & former) of The Writer staff and Madavor Media are
not eligible to compete.

• All submissions must be submitted via our online submission form manager. Again, we will
not accept mail or email submissions.

• All submissions must be previously unpublished. A work that has previously appeared on a
blog or website is considered previously published and is thus ineligible for our competition.
• Entry fees are non-refundable.
• International (non-US) writers are welcome to submit.
• Must be 18 years or older to enter.


How to enter: