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NewPages Fall 2018 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.

Calls for Submissions | Conferences & Creative Writing Programs | Writing & Book Contests | New Issues & Title Announcements | Subscriptions, Classroom Adoptions, & Special Offers



Calls for Submissions

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Fourth Genre Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Fourth Genre Now Accepting Submissions

Deadline: November 30, 2018
Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction
 is now accepting submissions for our open reading period. Go to between August 30 and November 30. Detailed submission guidelines available at

Free State Review Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Free State Review Seeking Submissions

Submissions accepted year-round.
We are looking for poetry, fiction, personal essays, and one-minute plays for publicatoin in our biannual issues. Be literal, transitive, and associative all at once. Be geunine. Strange is not always better, Simple and clear are not always memorable. There is a nominal fee to submit.

The Main Street Rag Publishing Company Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Main Street Rag Publishing Company: What We Do

We look forward to our 24th year of delivering high quality literary arts to our readers through our quarterly literary magazine, The Main Street Rag; our annual poetry and art anthology, Kakalak, and the many books of poetry and fiction we publish. Visit our website, the Main Street Rag Online Bookstore, see what we’re all about. Be a part of it.

Meat for Tea Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Meat for Tea: The Valley Review Wants Your Submissions

Deadline: November 17, 2018
Submit your work to be considered for publication in the upcoming issue of Meat for Tea. Happy contributors say: “MfT is the best kept secret in the world of literary journals. It jump started my publishing life and the editor/s are responsive and produce a magazine of high quality” (Stefan Lovasik). “I am consistently surprised and astonished at the work appearing in Meat for Tea: The Valley Review. The $4.50 submission fee helps an independent print journal, and indispensable element of our literary culture, survive and thrive (Michael Washburn). We invite you to also become a happy contributor.

The RavensPerch Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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The RavensPerch Call for Submissions

The RavensPerch, nominated 2018 Top 10 Blogs On The Web, seeks established and emerging writers. We are interested in work that attaches itself to memory as well as stimulates the imagination. Force us to take a second (third, or more) look. Poetry may be classical form, free verse, or narrative poems. In other words, you are just the writer/artist The RavensPerch wants to publish. Welcome aboard.

Nimrod International Journal's Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Submissions: Voices of the Middle East and North Africa

Deadline: December 5, 2018
Submissions are open for Nimrod International Journal’s Spring 2019 issue, Voices of the Middle East and North Africa. We’re seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction by writers from the Middle East and North Africa, including writers currently living in the region, writers from the region currently living abroad, and writers of Middle Eastern and North African heritage, and translations of work by MENA authors. Work may explore any subject or theme. For poetry, send up to 7 pages; for prose, send up to 7,500 words. Submit online at Email or visit our website for guidelines:

Sinister Wisdom Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Submit, Subscribe, & Volunteer: Sinister Wisdom

Sinister Wisdom is the longest-running multicultural lesbian literary and art journal. Founded in 1976, Sinister Wisdom publishes four issues each year. Subscribe, or renew your subscription, to Sinister Wisdom today and support the oldest lesbian multicultural literary and art journal at Sinister Wisdom welcomes submissions from lesbians and reads throughout the year. Please review what we publish, our submission guidelines, and style guidelines prior to submitting at Sinister Wisdom accepts 1-2 interns each semester to work in our Tampa, FL office or remotely. Email resume for consideration to .


Writing Contests

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North American Review Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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19th Annual James Hearst Poetry Prize North American Review

Deadline: October 31, 2018
The North American Review is now accepting submissions for the 2019 James Hearst Poetry Prize. Deadline is October 31st. First prize: $1,000; Second prize: $100; Third prize: $50. Our 2019 judge is Dana Levin. The $23 entry fee includes the Hearst Issue of the North American Review. For full contest guidelines, visit If you have questions, email .

Colorado Prize for Poetry Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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2019 Colorado Prize for Poetry

Deadline: January 14, 2019
$2,000 honorarium and book publication: Submit book-length collection of poems to the Colorado Prize for Poetry by January 14, 2019. $25 reading fee (add $3 to submit online) includes subscription to Colorado Review. Final judge is Kazim Ali; friends and students (current or former) of the judge are not eligible to compete, nor are Colorado State University employees, students, or alumni. Complete guidelines at or Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

december Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize - december Magazine

Deadline: December 1, 2018
december seeks submissions for our 2019 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize. Judge Kim Addonizio is the author of seven poetry collections, two novels, two story collections, and more. She is an NEA and Guggenheim Foundation fellow, has won two Pushcart Prizes, and was a National Book Award Finalist for her collection Tell Me. Prizes: $1,500 & publication (winner); $500 & publication (honorable mention); all finalists will be published in the 2019 Spring/Summer awards issue. Submit up to 3 poems. $20 entry fee includes a copy of the awards issue. Submit October 1 to December 1. For complete guidelines please visit our website:

RATTLE Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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2019 Rattle Chapbook Prize

Deadline: January 15, 2019
We’ve always loved chapbooks for their brevity and intensity. At a few dozen pages, a great chapbook is the perfect reading experience for the 21st century—not too long, not too short. Every year, the Rattle Chapbook Prize awards $2,000, 500 copies, and distribution to Rattle's 7,000+ subscribers. The contest is open to writers worldwide; poems must be in English. $25 entry fee is a one-year subscription to Rattle. More information:

RATTLE Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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2019 Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry

Deadline: November 15, 2018 
Philadelphia Stories hosts the annual Sandy Crimmins National Poetry Prize to celebrate poets of all backgrounds, experience, and styles. The prize includes a $1,000 cash award and invitation to the awards event in Philadelphia. Three runners up receive $250 each. This year's judge is M. Nzadi Keita, a 2017 Pew Fellow in the Arts. Her most recent collection, Brief Evidence of Heaven, sheds light on Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick Douglass’s first wife. Visit for details.

EVENT Magazine Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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EVENT Annual Non-Fiction Contest and Reading Service

Deadline: October 15, 2018
Now in its 47th year of publication, EVENT is an award-winning, internationally recognized literary magazine publishing fiction, poetry, nonfiction, notes on writing, and book reviews three times a year. We are now accepting submissions of 5,000 words or less to the annual EVENT Non-Fiction Contest. $3,000 in prizes, plus publication. Entries must be postmarked or submitted online by October 15, 2018. Our unique Reading Service for Writers provides affordable, high-quality editorial feedback. For a small fee, eligible manuscripts will be edited and receive an assessment focusing on aspects of craft such as voice, structure, rhythm and point of view. Visit for exclusive online content.

The Fiddlehead Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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The Fiddlehead’s 28th Annual Literary Contest is Now Open!

Deadline: December 1, 2018
2 categories: poetry & short fiction. Category prizes: $2000 CAD for winner + publication payment and $250 CAD for 2 honourable mentions + publication payment. Winning entries published in The Fiddlehead 279 (Spring 2019). No simultaneous submissions; no previously published works. Short fiction submission: 1 story (6,000 words max). Poetry submission: 3 poems max, 100 lines max per poem. Entry Fee for first submission: $30 in Canada; $36 elsewhere; additional submissions: $10. First entry fee includes one-year subscription to The Fiddlehead. Complete details at

University of Arkansas Press Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Three Poetry Prizes from The University of Arkansas Press

Deadline: Rolling
The University of Arkansas Press seeks submissions for the $5,000 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, the $1,000 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, and the $1,000 CantoMundo Poetry Prize. The 2018 winners were Travis Mossotti for Narcissus Americana (Miller Williams Poetry Prize), Peter Twal for Our Earliest Tattoos (Etel Adnan Poetry Prize), and Ángel García for Teeth Never Sleep (CantoMundo Poetry Prize). Visit our site for more information:


New & Forthcoming Releases

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University of Regina Press Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Blackbird Song: Poetry by Randy Lundy

The University of Regina Press’s Oskana Poetry & Poetics series publishes contemporary poetry and essays on poetry’s cultural role, and welcomes translations of Indigenous (Native American) works. Recently released in this series is Randy Lundy’s Blackbird Song. “Randy Lundy’s poems bring forward the spirit of his Cree ancestry, and place our species humbly among the creatures of Earth—who are all observed with deep reverence and perceptive care. We should be grateful to him for bringing his wise, wry, visionary, large-hearted meditations into language, and for demonstrating the need for ‘seeing with another kind of eye.’”—Don McKay, author of Strike/Slip.

Wolsak & Wynn Publishers Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Wolsak & Wynn Publishers

Visit Wolsak and Wynn Publishers at to learn about our award-winning works of literature and cultural analysis. Some recent titles include Out of Line: Daring to be an Artist Outside the Big City by Tanis MacDonald (June 2018) and But It’s So Silly: A Cross-cultural Collage of Nonsense, Play and Poetry by JonArno Lawson (Dec. 2017). We’ve samples of many of our books available online and we invite you to read and see what our publishing program is like.


Subscriptions, Classroom Adoptions, & Special Offers

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Diode Editions Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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The Diode Poetry 3 for $30 Special is Back!

Hello, poetry fans! Right now Diode Editions is offering a great deal on full-length and chapbook collections! Pick 3 of your favorite books from our entire catalog which includes work by Philip Metres, Traci Brimhall, Shelley Wong, Catherine Bresner, Paul Guest, and Sam Sax, for only $30. That’s ANY three collections—Full-length or chapbook—combined. Chapbooks, normally $12, go for $10, and full-length collections regularly sold for $18 go for only $10! Save upwards of $20 on 3 books regularly priced between $12-$18. We can’t wait to share. Check out the catalogue now at Shipping included.

University of Chicago Press Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Writing Guides from The University of Chicago Press

The Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing series from The University of Chicago Press presents books that help writers, editors, and students hone their writing skills. Anchored by The Chicago Manual of Style, the series includes The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman, What Editors Do by Peter Ginna, Behind the Book by Chris Mackenzie Jones, The Chicago Guide to Fact-Checking by Brooke Borel, From Dissertation to Book by William Germano, Immersion by Ted Conover, and many others. Learn more by visiting and use code UCPWRI at checkout to receive 20% off the titles listed.


Conferences, Workshops, & Writing Programs

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Palm Beach Poetry Festival Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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15th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival

January 21-26, 2019; Delray Beach, Florida
Application Deadline: November 12, 2018
Focus on your work with America’s most engaging and award-winning poets at the 15th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival in Delray Beach, Florida, January 21-26, 2019. Six days of workshops, readings, craft talks, panel discussions, one-on-one conferences, social events, and so much more. Workshop Faculty includes: Ellen Bass, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Stuart Dischell, Aracelis Girmay, Campbell McGrath, Gregory Pardlo, Matthew Olzmann, Eleanor Wilner. Additional faculty: Lorna Blake, Sally Bliumis-Dunn, Nickole Brown, and Stephen Gibson. Special Guests: Sharon Olds and Poet-At-Large, Tyehimba Jess. To find out more, visit Apply to attend a workshop! Deadline to apply: November 12, 2018.

2019 Prague Summer Program Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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26th Annual Prague Summer Program

June 29 to July 23, 2019; Prague, Czech Republic
Limited to no more than 40 participants (divided into workshops of no more than 12), the 2019 program will run from June 29th to July 23rd. There will be three two-and-a-half hour workshops in the first three weeks. Faculty and guest readings are an important pedagogical aspect of the PSP; all of them are followed by long Q&A sessions which serve as an extension of the workshop. Also included are tours of Prague, optional field trips, and “lecture walking-tours” on literary and cultural topics to facilitate students’ exploration of the city. We see it as important for our students to have time to write so weekends are generally kept free.

Writers in Paradise Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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2019 Writers in Paradise

Application Deadline: November 1, 2015
January 19-26, 2019; Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL
The Fifteenth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise offers an intimate experience of workshops in Crime & Suspense, Memoir, Nonfiction, Novel, Poetry, Structure, Short Story, and Historical Fiction, plus craft talks, panels, Q&As, readings, signings, and receptions with our award-winning faculty and lecturers: Madeleine Blais, Dawn Davies, Debra Dean, Andre Dubus III, Ann Hood, Major Jackson, Laura Lippman, Peter Meinke, Ana Menendez, Stewart O’Nan, Les Standiford, Helen Wallace, Sterling Watson, Dennis Lehane (Keynote), Elizabeth Strout (Closing Speaker), Kim Witherspoon, Gerald Costanzo and Cynthia Lamb. 20+ fellowships and scholarships available, including 10 MFA Fellowships for current and recent MFAs.

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2018
February 22 - 23, 2019; Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference creates a unique and intimate creative writing experience where writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels can gather together and connect through the celebration and study of literary craft, culture, and community. This year's keynote speaker is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other faculty include Hanif Abdurraqib, Achy Obejas, Nicole Sealey, TC Tolbert, and more. Sessions cover a wide range of genres, topics, and forms. The conference also features advanced workshops, an exhibitor fair, scholarships, and fellowships. Early registration is $250. Single day passes are available for $200. For more information, visit

Sewanee School of Letters Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Earn your MFA or MA at the Sewanee School of Letters

Earn your MFA in creative writing or MA in literature  at the Sewanee School of Letters, on our beautiful mountaintop campus in Tennessee. Apply this winter and start classes next summer. The 2019 session is June 2 – July 12. Visit our website and complete a contact form, and we’ll send application information.

Lesley University Low-Res MFA Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing Program

Find Your Audience. Cultivate inspiring relationships with fellow-writers at Lesley’s low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. You’ll stay in Cambridge, Massachusetts—a capital of creative culture—during your 9-day residencies designed to move your writing forward. You’ll pursue interdisciplinary study, in the form of internships, study abroad, or independent study, as a spur for new ideas. And you’ll put your pieces before prominent publishers, agencies, and literary figures who, as masters of their craft and passionate mentors, will give you the tough love you need to bring your writing to the world. Learn more:

Augsburg University University Low-Res MFA Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Low-Residency MFA at Augsburg University

Application deadline: February 1, 2019
Created for people who need to stay close to home for most of the year, the low-residency MFA program at Augsburg revolves around an annual ten day summer residency. Designed like a literary festival, it includes workshops, panel discussions, craft talks, and readings from morning to night. During the fall and spring semesters, our students work remotely with a mentor in their chosen field: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting or playwriting. In addition to offering courses of study in these genres, we offer career-enhancing concentrations in teaching and translation, and operate a student-run publishing house that publishes one book per year.

University of Tampa Low-Res MFA Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Low-Residency MFA in Sunny Tampa

Application Deadlines: November and April
Choose January or June start date; The University of Tampa
The University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program is designed to help poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers advance their command of craft. Students benefit from intense mentoring relationships with renowned faculty members committed to individual learning and growth. Through small group workshops and special events, students develop lasting connections with a supportive network of peer writers. Pursue your passion in sunny Tampa, Florida—without interrupting your life! Learn more at

Odyssey Writing Workshops Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Odyssey Workshop for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror Writers

Application Deadline: April 1, 2019
June 3-July 12, 2019; Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH
Odyssey is one of the most highly respected workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Fifty-nine percent of Odyssey's graduates have been professionally published, and among graduates are New York Times bestsellers, Amazon bestsellers, and award winners. Guest lecturers include top writers, editors, and agents. Director Jeanne Cavelos is a bestselling author, former senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, and winner of the World Fantasy Award. Odyssey combines intensive, advanced lectures, in-depth feedback, and individual guidance. Odyssey also offers online classes, critiques, and many free resources.

Stetson University Low-Res MFA of the Americas Fall 2018 LitPak Flier

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Stetson University's Low-Residency MFA of the Americas

Deadline: Rolling
Experimental. Cross-cultural. Interdisciplinary. Emphasis on translation and new media. Stetson University’s MFA of the Americas is a two-year low-residency program in creative writing offering degrees in Prose and Poetry in the Expanded Field. Semesters begin with 10-day residencies, every January at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and every June in international locations throughout the Americas. Between residencies, receive one-on-one mentorship from a diverse faculty of writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), who also work in performance, video, sound, sculpture, film and more. Learn more and apply today:

Hofstra University Fall 2018 LitPak

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Take Your Writing to the Next Level

Hofstra University offers the MFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and creative nonfiction, and now the MFA in Creative Writing for Writers of Spanish. Located just 25 miles east of New York City, Hofstra allows students to pursue a curriculum that is guided by a diverse and distinguished faculty, and mixes workshops with literature and craft courses. Hofstra also offers two literary journals for your work: AMP (co-sponsored by the MFA program and the Department of English) and Windmill: The Hofstra Journal of Literature & Art (a joint project of Hofstra University’s MFA in Creative Writing and BA in English/Publishing Studies).

University of San Francisco Fall 2018 LitPak

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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.

University of South Alabama Fall 2018 LitPak

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University of South Alabama

Earn your MA with an emphasis in Creative Writing in the vibrant city of Mobile, near some of our country's best beaches. Tuition waivers and assistantships are available as are additional scholarships for excellence and summer creative writing projects. Home of the Stokes Center for Creative Writing. For more information, visit our website:

Western Connecticut State University Low-res MFA Fall 2018 LitPak

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WestConn's Low-Residency MFA in Creative and Professional Writing

Application deadline: Rolling
Students choose one creative genre and one practical field, such as public relations and marketing, literary journalism, grant writing, or technical writing. Creative genres include playwriting, screenwriting, and writing for children and young adults, in addition to poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students attend two weeklong residencies each year, in January and August, at the Western Connecticut State University campus in Danbury, Connecticut. The funding application deadline is March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.


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