​​​​​​​Outrider Press Small Press Publishing & Writing Contests

Outrider Press small press publishing w/editorial, design & typeset support plus writing contests & anthologies  




PLAY Anthology Update: we must regretfully re-schedule publication of PLAY until the first quarter of 2022 because shortages of publishing materials continue in these uncertain times. Please re-visit us for updates.

​MEANWHILE we announce the theme of our next anthology LUCK.

Sponsored by Outrider Press in Affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild  

·         Deadline: 10-31-22
·         Prizes: Cash Prizes determined by number of entries. Awarded to each category—Poetry and Prose
·         Email: tallgrassguild@sbcglobal.net
·         Previously published/simultaneous submissions OK with notification
·         Planned publication date: Fourth Quarter, 2022
·         Entry fees: Poetry—group(s) of 1 to 4 single-page poems, max 32 lines w/spaces: 
$19/$16 TallGrass Guild                          members for each full or partial group
·         Entry fees: Non/fiction—2500 words max: $19/$16 TallGrass members for each 
separate entry

·         Working title: LUCK!

Some Approaches to Consider

·         Gambling, Races, Card/Dice/Board Games—all levels
·         Genetic luck—good and not-so-good pre-dispositions and attributes
·         "Born lucky" or "born on a bad-luck day"

          Making our own luck; risk-taking; survival despite the odds
·         Lucky at love (or not)

We interpret themes broadly and recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies (see “Publications” tab on the web site: wwwDOToutriderpressDOTnet) for a sense of the work we accept.  

All submissions read/evaluated by in-house editorial staff. Submission does not guarantee acceptance; manuscripts making the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible cash award for poetry and prose. Also: 2nd and 3rd places. All winners and other selected contributors receive Featured Reader status at our Publishing Party, free and open to all, and traditionally held at Chicago's Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology. Judge: To be announced.

Important Details

Poetry: 32-line (including spaces) limit per poem; no long lines, please, and no long titles since our anthologies are 5.5 inches X 8.5 inches. No head notes or foot notes. Reading fee for each group or partial group of 1-4 poems: $19 / $16-TallGrass Writers Guild member. A separate file for each poem, please.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; no long titles please—our anthologies are 5.5 inches X 8.5 inches. Cuttings from longer works OK. No head notes or foot notes. Number/staple your pages. Reading fee for each entry: $19 / $16-TallGrass Guild member.



Our 2019 (LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds) 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in LITERARY LICENSE, published by the Society of Midland Authors.

How to Submit:

Electronic via SUBMITTABLE—https://tallgrasswritersguildDOTsubmittableDOTcom/submit

Submit separate file for each poem to Submittable in Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF) or Microsoft Word – no pdf. Specify word processing program used and provide complete author contact info:  full postal address, email address + phone number on the 1st page of prose entries and on each separate poem.  No academic emails or phone numbers, please.  Optional TallGrass Guild Membership Form also at Submittable.

Optional Hard Copy Submission Using Postal Mail 

Step One: Double-spaced manuscripts. Single-spaced OK for poetry. Include your manuscripts + entry fee (MADE PAYABLE TO: TALLGRASS  (one word) WRITERS GUILD. 

Optional: TallGrass Writers Guild Membership (see separate tab above).

Include name, complete postal address, phone numbers (w/area code) and e-mail addresses on first sheet of fiction and on each sheet of poetry. No academic emails or phone numbers. 

Also include a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for reply. No mss.  returned; shredded/recycled.  Include stamped, self-addressed postcard to confirm receipt. Mail to: TallGrass (one word) Writers Guild, 2036 North Winds Dr, Dyer, IN 46311 Postmarked by 10-31-22.

Step Two:EMAIL your submissions (in RTF or MS Word) to: tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet as an attachment. Separate files for each poem and/or prose entry. Specify “Anthology Submission” in the subject line.