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Washington Writers Publishing House

Washington Writers' Publishing House activities:

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.

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.

"Washington Writers' Publishing House involves some of the best writers in the area in its activities and has built an audience of national significance. It is among the most successful recent literary experiments in the country."—Henry Taylor, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Since WWPH is a collaborative not-for-profit press run by the writers themselves, winners volunteer their various talents to help future winners shepherd their own books through the stages from manuscript preparation, production, publication and publicity. As a result of her own poetry collection Raking the Snow chosen as a winner of the Washington Writers' Publishing House competition in 1982, for three years Elisavietta Ritchie was asked to serve as president.

Her manuscript of short fiction, In Haste I Write You This Note: Stories & Half-Stories, was a co-winner with Laura Brylawski-Miller of the Premiere Fiction Competition in 1999, and, for lack of anyone else then available, the two found themselves running the WWPH fiction division. After a decade as president and/or co-president for fiction, Elisavietta turned over the presidency to new generations of fiction winners, but remains an editor.

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Washington Writers' Publishing House submission  deadlines!

Washington Writers' Publishing House is a non-profit organization that has published over 50 volumes of poetry since 1973 and over a dozen volumes of fiction. The press sponsors an annual competition for poetry and fiction writers living in the Washington-Baltimore area. WWPH has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Poetry Society of America. Its authors participate in the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program, and its titles have been reviewed in national publications from Publishers Weekly to Prairie Schooner. Visit http://www.washingtonwriters.org
Each fall, WWPH accepts manuscripts for our annual book competitions, The Jean Feldman Poetry Prize and The Washington Writers' Publishing House Fiction Prize. Writers who live within a 75-mile radius of the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia are eligible to enter. Staffed by previous winners who volunteer their time and skills, WWPH is a non-profit cooperative press reflecting the cultural and racial diversity of the greater Washington, Baltimore and Northern Virginia areas. Judging is traditionally performed by WWPH members. Winners receive $1,000 and 50 copies of their book. Deadline November 1.

The winners become members of WWPH and should be prepared to participate actively in the work of the press. Our 41-year 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 living within 75 driving miles of the U.S. Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are eligible. The manuscript should be 50-70 pages, single or 1-1/2 spaced. A reading fee of $25.00 (include manuscript title in "For" line of check) and a stamped, self-addressed reply envelope are required and should be sent by regular mail. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page of an electronic copy, or each paper copy, should contain the title only. Provide name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title on a separate cover sheet accompanying a paper submission, or in the body of the email with the electronic copy attached. See  http://www.washingtonwriters.org for details.

The Washington Writers' Publishing House Fiction Prize
Fiction writers living within 75 driving miles of the Capitol (including the District of Columbia, the Baltimore area and Northern Virginia) are eligible to submit either a novel or a collection of short stories (no more than 350 pages, double or 1-1/ 2 spaced). A $25.00 reading fee (include manuscript title in "For" line of check) and a stamped, self-addressed reply envelope should be sent by regular mail. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. The title page and running head of each copy should contain the title only. Provide name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, and title on a separate cover sheet accompanying a paper submission, or in the body of the email with the manuscript attached. See http://www.washingtonwriters.org

Elisavietta Ritchie
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