Washington Writers' Publishing House

Current Calls:

Our 2022 Holidays Contests are open for submission until  12/4 at Midnight! Please see guidelines in each catagory.


Currently on hold until after our Holiday submissions are the submissions to WWPH Writes (general submissions)


Also, Washington Writers' Publishing House continues to publish poetry and fiction in a biweekly journal, WWPH Writes. The journal is featured on our website on the second and fourth 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: wwphpress@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. WWPH continues its annual contests and publications of poetry and fiction. The awards include publication, a $1,500 honorarium, editorial guidance, 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! 

Send your us your micro-prose (fiction or CNF) 250 words or less (1 story per person).

Winners $100/finalists $50.00 in poetry and prose.

Winners will be published in the Friday, December 23rd issue of WWPH Writes.

Finalists will be published in the Friday, January, 13 issue of WWPH Writes.

Brandel France de Bravo final judge.

All entries will be considered for publication.

Those published previously by WWPH are eligible for consideration.

Ends Sunday, December 4 at midnight.

Fiction Prompt: "Every Word Was Once A Poem" Holiday Prose Contest

Write something that weaves in a word’s origin or root. Emerson wrote “every word was once a poem.”  What word inspires flash fiction or creative nonfiction flash (250 words or less) in you in 2022? Delight or enlighten us. 

One micro-fiction will win $100 and publication in WWPH Writes in our December 23rd issue. Runner-ups will be awarded $50.00. Our second annual holiday special issue will be judged by Brandel France de Bravo.

Send your us your micro-prose (fiction or CNF) 250 words or less (1 story per person) and poetry  (1-3 poems not to exceed 5 pages. 12-point type, single-spaced.). 

Winners $100/finalists $50.00 in poetry and prose.

Winners will be published in the Friday, December 23rd issue of WWPH Writes.

Finalists will be published in the Friday, January, 13 issue of WWPH Writes.

Brandel France de Bravo final judge.

All entries will be considered for publication.

Those published previously by WWPH are eligible for consideration.

Contest ends Sunday, December 4 at midnight.

Poetry Prompt: "Every Word Was Once A Poem" Holiday Poetry Contest

Emerson wrote “every word was once a poem.”  What word inspires a poem in you in 2022? Delight or enlighten us. One poem will win $100 and publication in WWPH Writes in our December 23rd issue. Runner-ups will be awarded $50.00. Our second annual holiday special issue will be judged by Brandel France de Bravo.

**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.

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