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Call For Anthology Submissions

GOOD NEWS! MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT! For the first time in 25 years, the Washington Writers’ Publishing House, will publish an anthology of poetry and fiction—THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE—and we want your original, unpublished works. New and established writers from D.C., Maryland and Virginia –as well as writers who have ANY connection to these areas (attended school here, worked here, were born here)—are encouraged to submit. The Washington Writers’ Publishing House is the only nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press in our nation’s capital, with 47 years of experience publishing poetry and fiction. Our renowned annual poetry and fiction contest results in one winning poetry and fiction publication each year from a writer within 75 miles of the nation’s capital (kudos again to 2020 winners Steven Leyva in poetry and Adam Schwartz in fiction); however, in 2021, our annual contest will be on hiatus so we can devote all our energies to the publication of THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE. 

The anthology will be edited by Caroline Bock and Jona Colson, former fiction and poetry winners respectively. We are thrilled to have award-winning fiction writer Kathleen Wheaton, our publisher and president, at the helm with the Forward to the anthology.  All entries will be reviewed by a panel of award-winning writers from the press. 

Most of all today, we are asking you this question: What does America look like? THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE. Send us your poetry and fiction (stories under 2,000 words, flash fiction encouraged) on America, what it is, what it could be, what it should be. We are looking for creative, provocative, insightful works. We are looking for diverse voices, for young and old, new and established, to write out America.

Payment is a contributor copy. Multiple editors’ prizes of $100 and $50 in fiction and poetry will be awarded. Plus, we will invite our contributors to readings/celebrations across the DMV. The anthology is scheduled to be published in spring, 2021. 

SUBMIT! We have a modest $5.00 submission. All funds raised will go to support the nonprofit Washington Writers’ Publishing House – and to keep this venerable cooperative press viable for another generation. SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW THROUGH JUNE 1 via SUBMITTABLE. https://wwph.submittable.com/submit