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The Word Works

About The Word Works: For 30 years The Word Works has published fine poetry books of all styles. Sturdy and adventurous, we look for the same qualities in our authors.

Contact Information:

PO Box 42164

Washington, DC 20015

Phone: (301) 581-9439



Submission Information:

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Electronic submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: 1/15-3/1 postmark for the Washington Prize ($25 fee); 4/1 for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection (invitational); fiction contest forthcoming; open reading period in development. Response time: 4-5 months for The Washington Prize; 2 months for the Hilary Tham Capital Collection. Payment: Authors receive 100 copies+Washington Prize winners receive $1500 Contests: yes (see website) Year Founded: 1974 Distributors: Small Press Distribution; Ingram; Baker & Taylor Number of titles per year: 2-4 Number of titles in print: 70+

Publisher’s description: The Word Works seeks crafted poetry that reaches for its readers, with no limitations on poetic style, theme, or author history. Manuscripts are read blind, providing opportunities for early-career writers as well as the already-published. Enid Shomer, Fred Marchant, and Richard Lyons got their start with us, while Frannie Lindsay and John Surowiecki appeared in our lists mid-career.

The Word Works includes poets in the decisions about design and has increased its author support. We offer feedback to finalists and semi-finalists.