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NewPages Winter 2019 LitPak

The NewPages LitPak is 9x12 envelopes filled with fliers from literary magazines, creative writing programs, writing conferences and events, indepedent publishers, and more advertising calls for submissions, writing and book contests, application deadlines, upcoming events, new releases and issue announcements, and more. Please feel free to print, post, and share the digital versions of our current LitPak fliers. If you are interested in being added to the list of people who receive LitPaks in the mail, please contact us.

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Calls for Submissions

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2019 01 14 GivalPress ArLiJo

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Arlington Literary Journal Open to Submissions

Deadline: April 15, 2019
ArLiJo, an ejournal from Gival Press, will open for submissions of art, poetry, and short fiction between January 15 to April 15. No reading fee; submit via portal: Payment: book from Gival Press catalog.

The Caribbean Writer Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Dignity, Power, & Place in the Caribbean Space

Often the pivot point of personal, ethnographic, historical, economic, and geographic concerns hinges on dignity: The mother–daughter/father–son motif, the citizen–nation dynamic, or the captive–captor power model in regional and diasporic permutations. Power, whether the love of it, the need for it, or the abuse of it, finds its truths within the embrace of dignity, while the immigrant and the refugee, the ocean and its bounty, technology and its universe—dystopian or realistic—proffer concepts of place. For whether by birth, creation, or adoption, eking out our place is an ongoing Caribbean dialectic. Explore with us!

Meat for Tea Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Meat for Tea Open to Submissions Year Round!

Submit your best poetry, prose, cartoons, visual art, and recipes to award-winning arts & literary journal, Meat for Tea: The Valley Review, an independent, non-academic affiliated arts & literary journal.

upstreet Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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upstreet seeks fiction & creative nonfiction

Submissions open September 1 - March 1 annually.
We invite you to submit your fiction and creative nonfiction to upstreet, an award-winning literary journal based in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. We do not consider unsolicted poetry submissions at this time. Fiction and nonfiction pieces must be 5,000 words or less. Payment upon publication. Decision notifications will be made via email by mid-May. Going to AWP 2019? Visit us at Table 7092!

Hippocampus Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Write Creative Nonfiction? Hippocampus has Several Submission & Learning Opps

Hippocampus Magazine and Books has several publication and learning opportunities available for writers of creative nonfiction. Here’s a brief overview: New issue 7x/year; monthly articles & reviews. Accepting essay & memoir excerpts (up to 4k words) and flash CNF (up to 1k words) submissions: 3/1-12/31. Annual contest w/ $1000 prize opens May 1; annual theme issue opens in July. Book queries/proposal reading period varies. Guidelines online. Annual conference: Aug. 23-25 in Lancaster, PA. Online (webinar) classes coming soon. Plus, reading panel volunteer and intern opps.



Writing Contests

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Colorado Review Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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The 2019 Nelligan Prize for Short Fiction

Deadline: March 14, 2019
$2,000 & publication in the fall 2019 issue of Colorado Review will be awarded for the best short story. All stories will be considered for publication. The final judge is Joan Silber. Entry fee is $15 per story, payable to Colorado Review. For an additional $2, you may submit online at Stories must be previously unpublished under 50 pages. Full guidelines can be found on our website:

RATTLE Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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$10,000 Rattle Poetry Prize

Deadline: July 15, 2019
The 14th annual Rattle Poetry Prize is offers $10,000 for a single poem. Ten finalists also receive $200 and publication, and are eligible for the $2,000 Readers' Choice Award. With an entry fee that is simply a one-year subscription to the magazine—and a runner-up Readers' Choice Award to be chosen by the writers themselves—the Rattle Poetry Prize aims to be one of the most writer-friendly and popular poetry contests around. Visit for the complete guidelines and to read all of the past winners.

december Magazine Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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december Magazine Seeks Submissions for 2019 Curt Johnson Prose Awards

Deadline: May 1, 2019
Now accepting submissions of fiction and creative nonfiction. Judges—Rita Mae Brown (fiction) and Amy Chua (nonfiction). Prizes each genre—$1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention). All finalists will be listed in the 2019 Fall/Winter awards issue. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. All submissions considered for publication. Submit one story or essay up to 8,000 words from March 1 to May 1. For complete guidelines and judge information visit our website

The Fiddlehead Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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The Fiddlehead’s 2019 Contest Schedules

The Fiddlehead’s annual contest is changing and adding a new category, creative nonfiction! Now in its 29th year The Fiddlehead’s contest has been split into three separate contests. First up – the Creative Nonfiction contest, which is open from March 1st to June 1st. Winner receives CAD $2000 + publication payment. Entry fees: First entry (includes a subscription to The Fiddlehead): CAD $30 in Canada; USD $36 outside of Canada. Additional entries $10. Complete guidelines at And don’t forget our new contest schedules for Short Fiction (June 1st to September 1st) and Poetry (September 1st to December 1st).

Fourth Genre Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: March 15, 2019
Fourth Genre Steinberg Essay Contest is accepting submissions from January 1 to March 15 at The 2019 contest judge is Brenda Miller. Winning author receives $1,000 and publication in the issue that’s featured at AWP. $20 per entry, up to 6,000 words. Detailed submission guidelines:

Nimrod Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Nimrod Literary Awards: $6,000 in Prizes

Deadline: April 30, 2019
Submissions are open for The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, with prizes of $2,000 and $1,000 and publication, as well as readings at our Awards Ceremony. Finalists and selected semi-finalists will be published and paid at a rate of $10/page. For poetry, submit 3-10 pages (one long poem or several short poems); for fiction, one story, 7,500 words maximum. Manuscripts may be mailed or submitted online: Each entry must be accompanied by a $20 entry fee, which includes a one-year subscription. Email or visit our website for complete rules:

SRPR Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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SRPR (Spoon River Poetry Review) $1,000 Editors’ Prize

Deadline: April 15, 2019
SRPR Editors’ Prize: Winner awarded $1,000. Two runners-up awarded $100 each. Three to five honorable mentions. All winning poems, plus several finalists, are published in the winter issue. Judge will be announced after winners are selected. Recent judges include Li-Young Lee, Ewa Chrusciel, Rachel Zucker, Joshua Corey, and G. C. Waldrep. Submit up to three poems by April 15. Entry fee of $20 includes one-year subscription. See for guidelines and past winners.

Livingston Press Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Tartt First Fiction Award: 13 Years of Winners!

Deadline: December 31
Livingston Press annually awards $1,000 and publication for a collection of short stories. Writers must not have previously published a story collection. There is no entry fee. For complete rules, visit



Conferences, Workshops, & Writing Programs

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2019 Get Lit! Festival Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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21st Annual Get Lit! Festival

Event Dates: April 22-28, 2019
Join us in Spokane, Washington April 22nd-28th for the 21st annual Get Lit! Festival. The festival features over 50 authors including Roxane Gay, Kaveh Akbar, Tommy Orange, Leni Zumas, Jess Walter, and Sharma Shields for a week of free and low cost readings, panel discussions, craft classes, and more. Writers interested in participating in next year’s festival are encouraged to submit via between April 1 and October 1. For more information about the festival visit

Central Coast Writers Conference Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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35th Annual Central Coast Writers Conference Includes Acclaimed Writers & Publishers

Deadline: September 26, 2019
Event Dates: September 26–28, 2019
Location: Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California
It's time to tell your story! Whether you are a new writer or an established author, the Central Coast Writers Conference will elevate your writing passion. The conference, located in picturesque San Luis Obispo, California, offers affordable and intimate workshops, Master Classes, advice and practical applications for all writers. Featuring 80 workshops, panels, three keynotes, and private critique sessions with the best in the business. Some genres include: memoir/novel, writing for the screen, historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, beginning writing, the business of writing, technique, marketing, and a teen workshop. Early bird pricing until 6/30/19. Learn more at:

Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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The Art of Protest: Art & Scholarship as Political Resistance

Sarah Lawrence College and the Mayapple Center for the Arts and Humanities will host an intensive workshop for artists and scholars to develop their own practice of activist art. This 10-day residential retreat will take place on the Sarah Lawrence campus from June 13-22. Program faculty include musician Dar Williams, poet Mahogany L. Brown, theatre artist Dana Edell, artist David Birken, writer Brian Morton, and scholar Michelle Slater. Participants will attend daily seminars and workshops, and have time to  create original work. There will be guest artists, evening coffee house events for sharing work, and individual meeting with faculty. Learn more at

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Community of Writers Poetry and Fiction, Nonfiction, and Memoir Workshops

Application Deadline: March 28, 2019
Event Dates: June 22–29, July 8–15
Location: Squaw Valley, California
The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley brings together poets and writers for week-long summer writing workshops. We have helped talented writers improve their craft since 1969. Morning workshops. Individual conferences. Craft lectures and panels. Poetry Workshop: June 22–June 29; Writers Workshops: July 8–15. Financial Aid available. Visit our website ( or call for more information: (530) 470-8440.

Eastern Michigan University MA in Creative Writing Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Interdisciplinary MA in Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University (EMU)

Deadline: Rolling
At EMU, we locate the creative writer’s work along the frontiers of social imaginaries and civic possibilities, while nourishing the development of a rigorous and imaginatively engaged writing. Emphasizing aesthetic risk and social application, our program offers opportunities to explore multiple arts and mixed genres, sound and performance, digital technologies and new media, as well as community-based and collaborative projects, innovative curating, and alternative publishing. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis for Fall and Winter. Graduate Assistantship applications for funded positions are due in late January for the following Fall. For more information contact Rob Halpern .

Lighthouse Writers Workshop Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Lighthouse Writers Workshop's Annual Summer Lit Fest

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Event Dates: June 7-21, 2019;
Event Location: Denver, Colorado
Lighthouse Writers Workshop's annual summer Lit Fest, June 7-21, is an opportunity for writers across the country to travel to Denver to take weeklong and weekend advanced workshops with big-name authors in all genres: novel, poetry, short story, memoir, narrative nonfiction, hybrid, screenwriting, YA, and more. Participation is by application only. Prose classes are limited to 10 students each; poetry workshops are limited to 12. To learn more, visit or call (303) 297-1185.

Powerhouse Theatre Training Program Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Powerhouse Theatre Training Program

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
Event Dates: June 21 - July 29, 2019; Poughkeepsie, NY
The Powerhouse Theater Training Program challenges you to look at the art of theater in new and meaningful ways. The program is the result of a unique collaboration between Vassar College, a prestigious liberal arts institution, and New York Stage and Film, an award-winning New York City based-professional theater company. Visit to complete an application. Applications are accepted between January 1 and April 1.

UCLA Extension Writers Program Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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UCLA Extension Writers' Program

Registration Deadline: Quarterly
At more than 50 years old, the Writers’ Program is one of the most prestigious creative writing and screenwriting continuing education programs in the nation, offering more than 400 open admissions courses annually. Our courses, programs of study, and services can help every writer go from concept to completion. Working under the guidance of successful writers in a group of supportive peers, students move through courses designed to invigorate writing skills and expand creativity. Whatever goal you have for your writing, we can show you how to achieve it. To learn more, call (310) 825-9415 or visit

University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program

Our 2 1/2 year program offers students a supportive, intimate, and personalized learning experience while taking advantage of San Francisco as an inclusive and diverse literary center. Students focus on fiction (including the novel), poetry, or nonfiction and may cross genres. In small workshops and seminars students work closely with award-winning writers. Thesis instruction provides one-on-one mentoring with faculty for two semesters. The Reading Series brings acclaimed writers to campus. Students have opportunities to gain professional development and to work on our journal Switchback. Merit fellowships, including a fully-funded biannual poetry fellowship, teaching assistantships, and post-graduate teaching fellowships are offered.

West Virginia Writers Conference Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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West Virginia Writers' Workshop: Wild and Wonderful Writing at WVU

Application/Registration Deadline: June 14, 2019
Event Dates: July 18-21, 2019
Location: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
Featuring Michele Young-Stone, Natalie Sypolt, Jeff Mann, Sherrie Flick, Renée K. Nicholson, and others. Adding new faculty all spring! Experience the Magic of our Mountains. Be Inspired: start your writers’ journey this summer at WVU. Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Publishing, and more. Are you a student in an undergraduate creative writing program? Learn about WVU’s MFA program and contact the Director for information on special student rates. High school workshop with limited scholarships for West Virginia High School Students.



Subscriptions, Classroom Adoptions, & Special Offers

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Blink-Ink Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Blink-Ink 10th Anniversary

Blink-Ink is a quarterly print literary journal publishing the finest in contemporary fifty word fiction. Fall 2019 will mark our tenth anniversary of continuous publication. Our issues are themed and often come with a bonus insert publication. One of our core principals is to be inclusive of writers, artists, and photographers rather than exclusive. We publish a wide variety of diverse authors both known and yet to be known. We nominate for all major awards including The Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, Best Micro Fiction, and the VERA. Updates, news, subscriptions, and submission guidelines are all available at



New & Forthcoming Releases

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Diode Editions Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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New Poetry Titles from Diode Editions

New titles from Emilia Phillips, Randall Mann, Jehanne Dubrow, Ricky Ray, KC Trommer, Dorothy Chan, Simone Person, and Philip Metres are available now for preorder from Join Diode in Portland at #AWP19 (booth 1020) & the No Fair/Fair ( for book launch signings, offsite readings, & more. See our flier for full event details and locations.

University of Regina Press Writers on Writing Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Hack Your Craft with Writers on Writing

Part inspiration, part advice, part anecdote, these books in University of Regina Press's Writers on Writing series are a breath of fresh air for those seeking the writing life.

Kent State University Press Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Poetry and Artwork to Prompt Student Writing and Spark Conversation

Speak a Powerful Magic features poems by schoolchildren, immigrants and refugees, patients and caregivers, and veterans, alongside the work of well-known contemporary American poets—demonstrating that poetry is truly of the people.

The Antioch Review Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Still Mightier than the Sword: The Antioch Review

Our recent issue Includes essays by Carolyn Osborn ("Between the Waters") and Jeffrey Meyers ("Francis King: A Memoir"); fiction by Ali Hosseini "(Magic Island") and Kathleen Ford ("Actions in the Field"); poetry by Bruce Fleming (“Re-reading Anna Karenina . . .”) and newcomer Skylar McGann (“A Boat Lost in Your Sea”) as well as Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s “Black London” (reprint from 1976). John Taylor’s “Vulnerable Paul Valéry Between Poetry and Mathematics” and book reviews (Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession by Alice Bolin and feeld by Jos Charles) bring together the BEST words in the BEST order.

University of Regina Press Oskana Series Winter 2019 LitPak Flier

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Voices for an Urgent Time

Speaking to the most urgent issues of our time, including environmental crisis and Indigenous justice, Oskana Poetry and Poetics offers contemporary poetry at its best and probing discussions of poetry's cultural role.

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