PLEASE NOTE: WWPH MANUSCRIPT PRIZE CONTEST OPENS 07/01/2021


 NEW!!!  WWPH WRITES

Washington Writers Publishing House will be publishing poetry and fiction biweekly on our website, the first and third Friday of every month. We are happy to consider never-published original fiction and poetry as well as reprints from recent or upcoming collections from writers living in Washington, D.C. Maryland and Virginia. We do not charge for submissions, but there is an optional tip jar to help us maintain the site. 

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Please read all of the following guidelines carefully. 

Eligibility: You must be a resident of the District of Columbia, Maryland or Virginia.  

Fiction: Send one story or novel excerpt up to 1,000 words. Double-spaced, standard 12-point font. 

Poetry: Send a single file containing 1-3 poems (max. 5 pages). Standard 12-point font. 

PLEASE NOTE: You may re-publish your work that appears on the site after 60 days, and we ask that you credit us in future publications.

Be sure to withdraw your submission immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.
 
 

INQUIRIES: Email our editors at: wwphanthology@gmail.com


 The Washington Writers’ Publishing House, a 47-year-old nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press, seeks to bring together and support the creative work of poets and fiction writers in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. In 2022, WWPH will be back with its annual fiction and poetry awards. The award includes publication, a $1,500 honorarium, and launch events at the Politics & Prose Bookstore in D.C. and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda. 

Submit your work inspired by our prompts!  One DMV poet and fiction will win $100 and publication in WWPH Writes on December 24, 2021. WWPH Writes editors, Caroline Bock and Jona Colson, will judge with Kathleen Wheaton, the president of WWPH. FREE to submit. Deadline for the contest: November 22nd.

Fiction Prompt: A Gift

The O. Henry classic, “The Gift of the Magi,” is the tightly-written, unforgettable story of Della and Jim and their unexpected gifts to one another amid a very difficult year. If you haven’t read this story, it’s worth reading, especially for the dialogue and pacing. It’s here, in the public domain.  Here’s our fiction prompt: Write your 2021 version of “The Gift of the Magi.” Imagine two characters grappling with gift-giving in this unprecedented year, in 2021. End with a twist worthy of O. Henry, or even more so, worthy of you! Aim for 1,000 words or less

Submit your work inspired by our prompts!  One DMV poet and fiction will win $100 and publication in WWPH Writes on December 24, 2021. WWPH Writes editors, Caroline Bock and Jona Colson, will judge with Kathleen Wheaton, the president of WWPH. FREE to submit. Deadline for the contest: November 22nd.

Poetry Prompt: A Mind of Winter

As Wallace Stevens writes in “The Snowman,” “one must have a mind of winter.” What’s in your winter mind? The solstice? A holiday? Decorations? Or something more mysterious and darker. What hesitations do you have about winter? What conflicts? What desires? Let us read them and consider them for our WWPH Writes Holiday edition.

**We are happy to consider never-published original poetry from writers living in Washington, D.C. Maryland and Virginia. 1-3 poems not to exceed 5 pages. 12-point type, single-spaced.

**Please provide a cover letter addressed to the appropriate editor with a biography of 50 words or less.

Washington Writers Publishing House will be publishing new poetry biweekly on our website and newsletter. 

We are happy to consider never-published original poetry as well as reprints from recent or upcoming published full-length poetry collections or chapbooks (please indicate publication date and press) from writers living in Washington, D.C. Maryland and Virginia. 1-3 poems not to exceed 5 pages. 12-point type, single-spaced.

Please provide a cover letter addressed to the appropriate editor with a biography of 50 words or less.

Washington Writers Publishing House will be publishing new fiction biweekly on our website. We are happy to consider never-published original fiction as well as reprints from recent or upcoming collections from writers living in Washington, D.C. Maryland and Virginia. 1000 words or less;  12-point type, double-spaced.  

Beginning in 2021, fiction writers living in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are invited to submit either a novel or a collection of short stories (at least 150 pages and no more than 350 pages, double or 1-1/ 2 spaced). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page and running head of each copy should contain the title only. A separate page for acknowledgments may be included for individual stories or excerpts previously published in journals and anthologies. Please bear in mind that WWPH is a cooperative, and winners of the manuscript contest will be asked to participate in the workings of the press for two years following publication. 

Poets living in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia are invited to submit a poetry manuscript. The manuscript should be 50-70 pages, single or 1-1/2 spaced. The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page should contain the title only. A separate page for acknowledgments may be included for poems previously published in journals and anthologies. Please bear in mind that WWPH is a cooperative, and winners of the manuscript contest will be asked to participate in the workings of the press for two years following publication.  

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