This Is What America Looks Like

Welcome to the Washington Writers’ Publishing House

Washington Writers’ Publishing House is a non-profit organization that has published over 50 volumes of poetry since 1975 and so far nearly a dozen volumes of fiction. The press sponsors an annual competition, featured in Poets & Writers, 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. This year’s contest will open on July 1!

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.

This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from DC, Maryland, and Virginia

Official Publication date:  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2021 

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2020 Fiction and Poetry Winners

This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry & Fiction from DC, Maryland and Virginia — for sale in trade paperback from The Washington Writers’ Publishing House 

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2020 Fiction and Poetry Winners Adam Schwartz and Steven Leyva»

Our Authors

Some nationally known poets and writers the press has published include Michelle Chan Brown, Grace Cavalieri, Nancy Naomi Carlson, Sid Gold, Melanie Hatter, E. Ethelbert Miller, Elisavietta Ritchie, Kim Roberts, David Taylor, and Terence Winch.

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Team Members

President/ Kathleen Wheaton
Vice President/ Holly Karapetkova
Treasurer/ Elizabeth Bruce
Secretary/ Nicole Tong
Production/Robert Williams
Publicity and Outreach/Caroline Bock
Website/Robert Herschbach
Fiction and Poetry Readers/Jacob Weber, Sid Gold, Nathan Leslie, Jona Colson, Caroline Bock

Submit to Our Annual Contest

The contest for the 2022 WWPH Fiction and Poetry awards will open
on July 1, 2021.

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