Washington Writers’ Publishing House is a non-profit organization that has published over 50 volumes of poetry since 1973 and so far nearly a dozen volumes of fiction. The press sponsors an annual competition for writers living in the Washington-Baltimore area, and the winners of each category (one each in poetry and fiction) comprise our set of published works each year. The 2017 award winners are Nicole Tong and Jacob Weber.
WWPH has received grants from the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Nation magazine, and the Poetry Society of America. Many individuals have also assisted, encouraged, and supported our work through the years.
Between July 1 and November 15, 2017, Washington Writers’ Publishing House (WWPH) will accept manuscripts for entry in our annual book competitions, The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize. Writers who live within a 75 mile radius of the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to enter these competitions. The winning manuscripts will be published in the fall of 2017. Staffed by previous winners who volunteer their time and skills, WWPH is a non-profit cooperative press reflecting the cultural and racial diversity of the greater Washington, Baltimore and Northern Virginia areas. Judging is traditionally performed by WWPH members who read the anonymo
us manuscripts. The winners will receive $1,000 and 50 copies of the book.
IMPORTANT: The winners become members of WWPH and should be prepared to participate actively in the work of the press, including such areas as publicity, distribution, production, and fundraising. Our 37 year tradition of writers working on behalf of other writers is essential to the continued vitality and success of WWPH. Contest entrants should be willing to make this commitment should their work be selected for publication.
The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize
Poets living within 75 driving miles of the U.S. Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are invited to submit a manuscript of between 50-70 pages in length, single or 1 1/2 spaced. Manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable.
To enter, click here. A $25 reading fee will be charged upon submission. Do not include your name, address or other identifying information on the submitted document; manuscripts must be anonymous.
A table of contents and acknowledgements page (including publications in which poems from the manuscript have appeared previously) should be included.
Multiple submissions are permitted if submitted separately, each with a submission fee. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be altered. The winner will be given the opportunity to make changes before publication. Simultaneous submissions to other publishers are permitted, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
A winner will be selected in March, and all entrants will be notified of the winners and finalists shortly thereafter.
The Washington Writers’ Publishing House Fiction Prize
Between July 1 and Nov. 15, fiction writers living within 75 driving miles of the Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are invited to submit a novel or short story collection to our annual contest. Manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable only.
To enter via Submittable, click here. A $25 reading fee will be charged upon submission. Do not include your name, address or other identifying information on the submitted document; manuscripts must be anonymous.