Washington Writers' Publishing House

Washington Writers' Publishing House 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 book competition.

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, 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.

DC, Maryland and Virginia writers (and all those who have connections to the area!), 4 days to submit your poetry and sh...
05/29/2020

DC, Maryland and Virginia writers (and all those who have connections to the area!), 4 days to submit your poetry and short fiction to THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE--June 1st deadline. Submit at www.wwph.submittable.com,

This is the Washington Writers' Publishing House's first anthology in 25 years-- and it is scheduled for publication in spring, 2021. We are looking for poetry and short fiction (2,000 words max) for this anthology that we hope will help answer the question: What is America? Our home? Our nation? (what should it look like?). We had the idea of this anthology before the pandemic, but that's part of our lives now. Still, there's so much more to write about-- we are living in strange, complicated times and we need the words of our poets and writers to rise.

We are looking for UNPUBLISHED WORK. We are looking for NEW and ESTABLISHED voices -- a diverse range of voices. Remember: submit by June 1st at www.wwph.submittable.com

More about WWPH... we are a 47-year old nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press. For this anthology, we are with asking for a $5.00 submittable fee. For those selected, payment is a contributor copy and participation in virtual/in person readings-celebrations around the DMV. Plus, we will have editor prizes in both poetry and fiction.

More information on our website: www.washingtonwriters.org. And remember: submit by June 1st at www.wwph.submittable.com

-- Caroline Bock, co-editor,

This Is What America Looks Like

Monday, Memorial Day, and a week to go for submissions to our upcoming anthology, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE: Poetr...
05/25/2020

Monday, Memorial Day, and a week to go for submissions to our upcoming anthology, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE: Poetry and Fiction from DC, Maryland and Virginia writers. Submit by Monday, June 1st to www.wwph.submittable.com... unpublished works only please. There is a $5.00 submittable fee, if this is a hardship, please email us. We want to see your writing!

More information about the nonprofit, cooperative all-volunteer, venerable Washington Writers' Publishing House at www.washingtonwriters.org. Happy Memorial Day, all!

SHARING GOOD NEWS... WWPH award-winning poet Holly Karapetkova will be reading this week with  Natural Bridge (journal) ...
05/25/2020

SHARING GOOD NEWS... WWPH award-winning poet Holly Karapetkova will be reading this week with Natural Bridge (journal) . FREE! Via ZOOM! FRIDAY, MAY 29 at 8:30 pm EST/7:30 p Central....Here are the details...

Since our usual launch party for Natural Bridge issues 42 and 43 has been canceled due to COVID-19, we're now coming to you! Come join us for a night of readings, featuring our artists from our latest fall and spring issues over Zoom!

URL:

https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/96620507757?pwd=eWJQYjRXUUtoZjlzd0hJSDFXWnBjdz09

The password is: orange

Featured Readers:
Dostena Anguelova is a poet, anthropologist, and journalist. She is the author of two volumes of poetry and has been published and translated widely throughout Europe. She holds a PhD in international relations and is the author of the influential political nonfiction text, Experts of Transition (2010).

K. A. Polzin graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a BA in creative writing. His writing has appeared at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and his graphic stories have appeared in Narrative Magazine and Hobart. He lives in New York City.

Holly Karapetkova’s poems, prose, and translations have appeared recently in The Southern Review, Blackbird, Tupelo Quarterly, and many other places. Her second book, Towline, won the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize and was published by Cloudbank Books in 2016.

Stuart Gunter is working towards a master’s degree in mental health counseling and lives in Schuyler, Virginia. He likes to paddle the Rockfish River and play drums in obscure rock bands. His poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Madison Review, Gravel, and Deep South, among others.

Linda Woolford’s fiction is published in Kenyon Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, among others. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and anthologized. She lives in Massachusetts.

Michael Walsh’s poetry books include The Dirt Riddles (2010), winner of the Miller Williams Prize from the University of Arkansas Press as well as the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry, and Creep Love and Queer Nature (an anthology co-edited with James Crews), both forthcoming from Autumn House Press. His poems and stories have appeared in the Alaskan Quarterly Review, Crab Orchard Review, Prairie Schooner, among others. A graduate of the MFA program at the University of Minnesota, he lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Sharing this wonderful opportunity from #OUTWRITE2020 !
05/25/2020
OutWrite 2020 Chapbook Competition

Sharing this wonderful opportunity from #OUTWRITE2020 !

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2020 MEDIA CONTACTS: dave ring, OutWrite Chair [email protected]   Submissions Opening for OutWrite’s 2020 Chapbook Competition WASHINGTON, D.C. — OutWrite is …

Calling all writers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia (and any who have connections to this area), it's Memorial Day Weeke...
05/22/2020

Calling all writers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia (and any who have connections to this area), it's Memorial Day Weekend! What are you reflecting on this weekend? What is your story about America?

WE ARE LOOKING FOR YOUR POETRY and SHORT FICTION for our upcoming anthology THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE, the first anthology from the Washington Writers' Publishing House in 25 years. We are a nonprofit, cooperative, all volunteer, venerable small press eager to present new and established voices in this anthology. We want to come together. We want to answer the question: What does America look like? THIS is what America looks like in all its complexity, diversity, and beauty.

Submit your work to us by June 1st at www.wwph.submittable.com (there is a $5.00 submittable fee, but you can email us if this is a hardship). Payment in a contributor copy, plus editor's prizes--plus virtual (and hopefully) in person readings to celebrate. We want to see you work! 🦉🦉

A few of our WWPH  authors including  poet Jona Colson and fiction writer Caroline Bock included in this special "How To...
05/21/2020
“My Mother, Teaching Me to Sew” by Jona Colson

A few of our WWPH authors including poet Jona Colson and fiction writer Caroline Bock included in this special "How To" issue of District Lit along with so many other wonderful writers!!

Leaning into the light, she guides my hands toward the needle and thread. Her bent fingers instructing the cerulean tendril into the silver eye. Her hands shadow mine to pierce the fabric for the f…

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLE TONG, the first Fairfax Poet Laureate (and our 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry prize winner for her c...
05/21/2020
The Arts are in Fairfax

CONGRATULATIONS TO NICOLE TONG, the first Fairfax Poet Laureate (and our 2017 Jean Feldman Poetry prize winner for her collection "How To Prove a Theory"). EXCITING NEWS!

Fairfax Poet Laureate Announced

Calling all writers from DC, Maryland and Virginia (and all those who have connections to this area), we are looking for...
05/16/2020

Calling all writers from DC, Maryland and Virginia (and all those who have connections to this area), we are looking for your poetry and short fiction (2,000 words and under) for our 2021 anthology -- our first in 25 years --

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE -- from Washington Writers' Publishing House, a 47-year-old nonprofit, cooperative, all volunteer press. We are looking for new and established voices --for diverse voices--for all DMV-area writers who want to shout and share: THIS is what America Looks Like!

More info on who we are: www.washingtonwriters.org. To submit, your work: www.wwph.submittable.com (note: $5.00 fee on submittable-email us if a hardship).Payment: contributor copy. Editor's prizes. Readings and celebrations - virtual, and hopefully, in person to be planned! Submit by June 1st! We want to SEE YOUR WORK! -- Caroline Bock, co-editor

Must-read essay on the impact of shelter-in-place from Baltimore public school teacher ADAM SCHWARTZ, 2020 Fiction Award...
05/16/2020
#39 - Adam Schwartz | The Sewanee Review

Must-read essay on the impact of shelter-in-place from Baltimore public school teacher ADAM SCHWARTZ, 2020 Fiction Award winner from the Washington Writers' Publishing House. Look for his upcoming short story collection, THE REST OF THE WORLD, coming in October!! (Read this first!)

America's oldest continuously published literary magazine.

YAY!  Submittable  highlights our call for Poetry and Short Fiction (under 2,000 words) for our upcoming anthology, THIS...
05/12/2020
'You are reading this'

YAY! Submittable highlights our call for Poetry and Short Fiction (under 2,000 words) for our upcoming anthology, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE.
So, writers from DC, Maryland and Virginia (and those who have connections to this area), submit! We want to SEE YOUR WORK!! Take a look at all the opportunities highlighted here,
but send your poetry and short fiction that answers the questions: What does America look like NOW? to us!! www.wwph.submittable.com
by June 1st -- Caroline Bock. co-editor

Submittable's weekly newsletter contains news about creative arts and writing, with opportunities from The Syndrome Mag, 805 Lit + Art, and more.

Writers of DC, Maryland and Virginia:  What are you seeing outside your window now? What are your feeling inside? The Wa...
05/12/2020

Writers of DC, Maryland and Virginia: What are you seeing outside your window now? What are your feeling inside? The Washington Writers' Publishing House wants YOUR poetry and short fiction (2,000 words and under) for our first anthology in 25 years, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE --please submit at www.wwph.submittable.com --we are eager to read your work. Editors prizes will be awarded!.Recognition through virtual and live reading events. We want to SEE your work. Deadline: June 1st. -- Caroline, co-editor

A WONDERFUL review for our award-winning poet and his WWPH publication  -- SAID THROUGH GLASS -- available now as ebook ...
05/02/2020
Said Through Glass by Jona Colson

A WONDERFUL review for our award-winning poet and his WWPH publication -- SAID THROUGH GLASS -- available now as ebook as well as trade paperback!

Source: Purchased Paperback, 84 pgs. I am an Amazon Affiliate Said Through Glass by Jona Colson is a keen observance of ordinary life and how we deal with not...

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathleen Wheaton and to ALL the amazing DC women writers in FURIOUS GRAVITY. We can't wait to read al...
05/01/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to Kathleen Wheaton and to ALL the amazing DC women writers in FURIOUS GRAVITY. We can't wait to read all the fiction and creative nonfiction included in Furious Gravity!! FYI, friends of WWPH -- Furious Gravity is available from Politics and Prose Bookstore which is open for online orders and includes free shipping!!!

Kathleen Wheaton president & managing editor of Washington Writers Publishing House & author of Aliens and Other Stories. Read her piece "Correction" in #FuriousGravity out tomorrow!!

The Washington Writers' Publishing House will be here 'virtually' check out the bookshop!! Thank you, Literary Hill Book...
04/27/2020
The Literary Hill BookFest Goes Virtual | Washington Independent Review of Books

The Washington Writers' Publishing House will be here 'virtually' check out the bookshop!! Thank you, Literary Hill Bookfest for making this happen in such a creative way!! your friends at WWPH

The Independent is an important voice in the community of readers and writers dedicated to book reviews and writing about the world of books.

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOK LIKE -- during a time when we should be gathering with our families-- a WRITING PROMPT:  in a ...
04/08/2020
Washington Writers' Publishing House Submission Manager

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOK LIKE -- during a time when we should be gathering with our families-- a WRITING PROMPT: in a poem or short story, tell us the story of a holiday dinner/gathering in America in 2020. Who shows up? Who doesn't? Who should be at the table? Why is this night different from all other nights?

Write and submit to our 2021 anthology, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE -- www.wwph.submittable.com

For more on our 47-year-old nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press, The Washington Writers' Publishing House, go to www.washingtonwriters.org. We are looking forward to reading your work!

And from our home to yours, Happy Passover, Happy Easter, happy spring day -- stay inside, stay safe! 🦉🦉-- Caroline Bock, co-editor, This Is What America Looks Like

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE :  THE WASHINGTON WRITERS PUBLISHING HOUSE ANTHOLOGY  SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please read all of the following guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not comply with these guidelines may be discarded. Eligibility: You must be a resident of the District of Columbi...

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE ...at night.... that's the prompt for today, inspired by the gorgeous full moon. DC, MD,...
04/07/2020

THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE ...at night.... that's the prompt for today, inspired by the gorgeous full moon.

DC, MD, and VA writers (and those with connections to this area) write and SUBMIT to our 2021 anthology THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE. We are looking for poetry and short fiction (2,000 words or less) that speaks to the American moment we are living in.

More about our 47-year-old nonprofit, cooperative, volunteer press at www.washingtonwriters.org ...SUBMIT at www.wwph.submittable.com.

Stay well, write on....Caroline, co-editor, THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE 🦉🦉

A weekend worth of prompts -- since time seems to be standing a bit still these days-- I missed two days of the daily pr...
04/05/2020

A weekend worth of prompts -- since time seems to be standing a bit still these days-- I missed two days of the daily prompts...but here they are... and another reminder: SUBMIT to our 2021 anthology: THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE-- poetry and fiction from writers of DC, MD, and VA (and those who have any connection to the area!...

PROMPT #1
Write a poem or short story (under 2,000 words) about a group of people that has provided you with a warm sense of community in the Maryland/DC/Virginia area. What small, perhaps mundane, moments do you recall that have helped create a sense of belonging, support, and bonding? (Adapted from Poets & Writers) and with thanks to co-editor Jona Colson

PROMPT #2
Waiting: we are all waiting for our shelter-in-place days to end. Are we are like those in Waiting For Godot, or are we waiting for something that will actually arrive-- and when it does, when that thing arrives-- what happens? How does a life change? Write a poem or short story about when the waiting ends, and what happens to a life, to America, then?

Write and submit! www.wwph.submittable.com by June 1st.

Need more information our 47-year-old nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press, Washington Writers' Publishing House -- go to www.washingtonwriters.org

Write on, stay inside, be well... Caroline, co-editor, This Is What America Looks Like...🦉🦉.

NICE NEWS!! Grace Cavalieri, poet laureate of Maryland, and one of the founding members of Washington Writers' Publishin...
04/03/2020

NICE NEWS!! Grace Cavalieri, poet laureate of Maryland, and one of the founding members of Washington Writers' Publishing House, our nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press--will be one of the writers in THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS-- our 2021 anthology. THANK YOU, GRACE for being one of the founders of WWPH 47 years ago and for supporting our upcoming anthology with your poetry!! Her new collection of poems, WHAT THE PSYCHIC SAID is now available!

But writer friends across DC, MD, and VA (and those who have connections to this area!), we want YOUR poetry and short fiction too! SUBMIT at www.wwph.submittable.com by June 1st.

More information on our press at www.washingtonwriters.org. Stay inside, stay well!! Write on!!! --Caroline, co-editor of THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE 🦉🦉

Calling all DC, MD & VA writers/poets (and those with connections to the DMV). Be inspired to submit to our 2021 antholo...
04/03/2020

Calling all DC, MD & VA writers/poets (and those with connections to the DMV). Be inspired to submit to our 2021 anthology- THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE. I have 'lifted' two pieces of artwork used by NPR and Kwame Alexander (read this poet's work!) for today's prompt -- an ekaphrastic prompt. Be inspired. Tell us what is outside YOUR WINDOW! Submit to us! www.wwph.submittable.com. Deadline June 1. More information about our nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press at www.washingtonwriters.org. Stay inside, stay well, Caroline, co-editor, This Is What America Looks Like 🦉🦉

🦉Today is the first day of National Poetry Month. Write a poem (or short story, under 2,000 words) and send it to our up...
04/02/2020
Washington Writers' Publishing House | An independent literary publisher based in the Baltimore-DC metro area

🦉Today is the first day of National Poetry Month. Write a poem (or short story, under 2,000 words) and send it to our upcoming anthology (spring, 2021), This is What America Looks Like.

The prompt for today is the chant from the Women's March that inspired this new anthology: WHAT DOES AMERICA LOOK LIKE?? ,THIS Is What America Looks Like. Describe what 'this' is...

More about our nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press at www.washingtonwriters.org including our award-winning poetry collections from Holly Karapetkova, Jona Colson, Nicole Tong, Sid Gold, Elizabeth Knapp and many more!!

Submit to our anthology at www.wwph.submittable.com by June 1.

DC, MD & VA poets & short story writers (and writers who have a connection to the DMV,)  for the first time in 25 years,...
03/31/2020

DC, MD & VA poets & short story writers (and writers who have a connection to the DMV,) for the first time in 25 years, the Washington Writers' Publishing House , a nonprofit, cooperative, all-volunteer press, is publishing an anthology -- THIS IS WHAT AMERICA LOOKS LIKE. It's scheduled for spring, 2021, and we WANT YOUR WORK. Please consider submitting to us www.wwph.submittable.com.

And to encourage you, here is our daily prompt:

Try writing a dynamic poem or flash fiction story floats through a wide range of topics. Don’t be afraid to mix the public with the personal, the ancient with the contemporary, the magical or spiritual with the mundane or mechanical. Imbue your lines with a playfully performative quality; read them out loud for rhythm as you compose them. (Adapted from Poets & Writers)
and courtesy our poetry editor Jona Colson. Image below courtesy of me -- a nearby street after a rain of cherry blossoms.

Submit! Deadline is June 1st. More information on our press at www.washingtonwriters.org -- be well, stay safe! Caroline Bock🦉🦉

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