The Driftless Writing Center seeks submissions for its 10th anniversary anthology to be published in 2020. 

We welcome poems, essays, short stories, self-contained novel excerpts, hybrid forms, and black-and-white images that relate to and are rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). 

We’re seeking work that reflects the diversity of experience in this region, and we strongly encourage members of marginalized groups to submit. Our criteria are excellence, originality, and insightfulness. 

Authors and artists need not be residents of the Driftless region to submit.

  • Reading period: January 15, 2019 to April 1, 2019.
  • Reading fee: $10.00 for one story, essay, or novel excerpt of no more than 4,500 words, up to five poems, or up to three flash (500 words or fewer) pieces. Writers who demonstrate financial hardship may be eligible for a reading-fee exemption. To request an exemption, contact us at driftlesswritingcenter@gmail.com. (Do not send manuscripts to this address.)
  • Work must be previously unpublished. (Work shared with friends or in a publication with a circulation of fewer than 1000 copies will be considered eligible.)
  • Multiple submissions are allowed, but each submission must be accompanied with a reading fee. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but we expect writers to  let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Initial selections will be made by prose- and poetry-judging subcommittees comprising Driftless Writing Center instructors. Final selections will be made by guest editors Matt Cashion (Fiction), Nikki Wallschlaeger (Poetry), and Amy Weldon (Nonfiction and Hybrid).
  • Contributors whose work is chosen will receive $75 and two complimentary copies of the anthology and may be invited to read at a public celebration of the book’s publication.
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance no later than August 1, 2019.
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The Driftless Writing Center welcomes short stories and self-contained novel excerpts of no more than 4,500 words for its 10th Anniversary anthology.

  • Work must relate to and be rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). 
  • Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but must be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • Work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we expect writers to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Please double-space your text, number your pages, and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Do not include identifying information in your story or novel excerpt. All submissions will be judged blindly. Only those works with no identifying information on them will be considered.
  • Include title of submitted work in your cover letter.
  • You may submit multiple stories, but each must be accompanied by a separate reading fee of $10.00.

Final fiction selections will be made by Matt Cashion.

Matt Cashion is the author of three books: Our Thirteenth Divorce (Livingston Press); winner of the 2017 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Prize, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, (UNT Press) winner of the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, and How the Sun Shines on Noise (Livingston  Press), a novel. A three-time winner of short story awards sponsored by  the Council for Wisconsin Writers, his work has appeared in The Sun, Willow Springs, Grist: A Journal for Writers, Carolina Quarterly, Literal Latte, storySouth, Moon City Review, and  elsewhere. He is a Professor of English at the University of  Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he teaches courses in Creative Writing and  serves as faculty advisor for Steam Ticket, a nationally-distributed literary journal.  

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The Driftless Writing Center welcomes nonfiction and hybrid works of no more than 4,500 words for its 10th Anniversary anthology.

  • Work must relate to and be rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here).
  • We're looking for creative nonfiction and hybrid pieces. We won't accept book reviews, scholarly articles, or other academic work.
  • Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but must be accompanied by an English translation.
  • Work must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we expect writers to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Please double-space your text, number your pages, and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Do not include identifying information in your nonfiction or hybrid pieces. All submissions will be judged blindly. Only those works with no identifying information on them will be considered.
  • Include title of submitted work in your cover letter.
  • You may submit multiple nonfiction or hybrid pieces, but each must be accompanied by a separate reading fee of $10.00.

 

Final nonfiction and hybrid selections will be made by Amy Weldon.

Amy Weldon is Professor of English at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and the author of The Hands-On Life: How to Wake Yourself Up and Save The World (Cascade Books, 2018), The Writer's Eye: Observation and Inspiration for Creative Writers (Bloomsbury, 2018), and Eldorado, Iowa: A Novel (Bowen Press Books, 2019). 

The  Driftless Writing Center welcomes flash fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid forms of no more than 500 words for its 10th anniversary anthology.
 

  • Work must relate to and be rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). 
  • Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but must be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • Work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we expect writers to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Please double-space your text, number your pages, and use Times New Roman 12-point font.
  • Do not include identifying information in your flash fiction or flash nonfiction. All submissions will be judged blindly. Only those works with no identifying information on them will be considered. 
  • Include title(s) of submitted work(s) in your cover letter.
  • You may submit up to three flash pieces in a single file, accompanied by a reading fee of $10.00.


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The  Driftless Writing Center welcomes poems of no more than 4,500 words for its 10th anniversary anthology.

  • Work must relate to and be rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). 
  • Submissions in languages other than English are welcome, but must be accompanied by an English translation. 
  • Work must be previously unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we expect writers to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not include identifying information in your poems. All submissions will be judged blindly. Only those works with no identifying information on them will be considered.
  • Include title(s) of submitted work(s) in your cover letter.
  • You may submit up to five poems in a single file, accompanied by a reading fee of $10.00.

 

Final poetry selections will be made by Nikki Wallschlaeger.

Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work  has been featured in The Nation, Georgia Review, Brick, POETRY, American Poetry Review, Witness, and others. She is the author of the full-length collections Houses (Horseless Press 2015)  and Crawlspace (Bloof 2017) as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel, also from Bloof Books. 

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The  Driftless Writing Center will include a very limited number of black-and-white images in its 10th anniversary anthology.
 

  • Artwork must relate to and be rooted in the Driftless region (a geographic area defined here). 
  • Artwork must be previously unpublished. 
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but we expect artists to let us know as soon as possible if their submissions have been accepted elsewhere.
  • Do not include identifying information in your image file. All submissions will be judged blindly. Only those works with no identifying information on them will be considered.
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