WWPH Annual Contests

Between July 1 and November 15, 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. New in 2021! Our contests are now open to all residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia. 

Staffed by previous winners who volunteer their time and skills, WWPH is a non-profit cooperative press reflecting the cultural and racial diversity of DC, Maryland and Virginia. Judging is traditionally performed by WWPH members who read the anonymous manuscripts. The winners will receive $1,500, 50 copies of the book, and publication launch events at Politics & Prose and at the Writer’s Center of Bethesda.

IMPORTANT: The winners become members of WWPH and should be prepared to participate actively in the work of the press, including such areas as judging, publicity, distribution, production, and fundraising for two years following publication. The winners should be able to attend at least one in-person press meeting in the D.C. area in 2022. Additional meetings may be held virtually two to three times per year. Our 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, who are residents of DC, Maryland and 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 enterclick 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

Fiction writers, who are residents of DC, Maryland and Virginia, are invited to submit a novel or a collection of short stories (at least 150 pages and no more than 350 pages, double or 1-1/ 2 spaced). Manuscripts will be accepted via Submittable only.

To enterclick 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. 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.