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

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2019 Anthology Entry Form Optional, but Preferred

Please type or print clearly

Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________      

Address __________________________________________________________________________________________


Telephone/E-Mail (E-Mail required--0nly non-academic phone numbers or emails accepted) ________________________________________________________________________________________

Category (check only 1 per form; photocopies OK)     Prose (Fiction) ..…..     Prose  (Non-Fiction) …...…   Poetry..........  

Number of entries submitted within category     ………. 


TWG Member       Yes  ............           No  .............                           Entry Sub-Total __________________________

CHECK OUT Total: Publications + Entry Fee + Membership (p.6) + Donation (p.6) .......................... go to page 7

TallGrass Writers Guild, 2036 N Winds Dr. Dyer, IN 46311


How did you hear about us? ___________________________________________________________________________ 

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2019 Anthology Guidelines 

Sponsored by Outrider Press in Affiliation with TallGrass Writers Guild--$1,000 in Cash Prizes

DEADLINE: 5-4-19
 Email  tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet  Prizes: $500 Cash Prize each-Poetry and Prose divisions; previously published material + simultaneous submissions OK (notify us).

Planned publication date: fall, 2019. Working Title:  LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds. Planned publication date: fall, 2019. Please remember it’s all about twilight and night sounds w/emphasis on sound--NOT dawn to daylight. We interpret themes broadly, and include: Nature's sounds at twilight and night including frogs, crickets, cicadas, all manner of birds including owls, ducks and other water and wading birds; other nocturnal animals waking and finding food; and paranormal life at sundown, including vampires. 

Also: people leaving work; crowded supermarkets; indoor/outdoor and 24/7 restaurants; concerts, formal and otherwise; sounds of evening meal-making; children at bedtime; parties; whispered conversations in the dark.  

In addition, we welcome writing with
specifically urban settings:  people who operate 24/7 tech/mechanical support and retail services like gas stations and donut shops; sports fans at an outdoor stadium or indoor bar. Sensuality OK, but no erotica/soft porn, please. We recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies (see 'Publications' tab) for a better sense of the work we publish. 

All submissions are read and evaluated by in-house editorial staff. Submission does not guarantee acceptance; manuscripts making the final cut are forwarded to independent judges for possible award of $500 First Prizes each for poetry and prose. Also: 2nd and 3rd places. All winners will have Featured Reader status at LOON MAGIC's free Kickoff Reading (depending on Printers Row Lit Fest scheduling) at Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Lit Fest, the nation's third largest book fair of its kind, seeing 120,000+ attendance in 2018. 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 venerable Sulzer Regional Library. Each published contributor receives a free copy of the anthology.

We nominate for a variety of literary prizes including the Pushcart Prize. Our 2018 Pushcart nominees are Tracey Ludvik and Jill Marcusse published in THE STARS (2018).

Judge: Diane Williams, author of Performing Seals

Non-refundable entry fees ($US) for each category are $19 reduced to $15 each for TWG members. TallGrass is rare among arts organizations since it is independent and self-supporting. Current annual U.S. TWG membership fee is $50 (students: $30) and includes four 10-page newsletters each year. Newsletters contain current events in the creative arts community; member news; book reviews; and pages of Manuscripts Wanted that list publications seeking writers’ submissions.

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Poetry: 32-line (including spaces) limit per poem; no long lines, please--no lines over 3 3/4" using size 12 Times Roman, and no long titles exceeding 3 3/4" using size 18 Times Roman. No head notes or foot notes. Reading fee for each group or partial group of 1-4 poems: $19 / $15-TWG member. A separate file for each poem, please.

Prose: 2500 word limit per entry; no long titles exceeding 3 3/4" using size 18 Times Roman, please; sections from longer works OK. No head notes. Number/staple your pages. Reading fee for each entry: $19 / $15-TWG member.

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Our 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in


Published by the Society of Midland Authors

OUR PREFERENCE: Electronic Submission -- November 1 to May 4, 2019 


We are using SUBMITTABLE.com from November 1, 2018 to May 4, 2019. SUBMIT TO:                                              


Please provide a separate file for each separate poem to Submittable in Windows Rich-Text-Format (RTF--preferred) or Microsoft Word -- no pdf, please. You will need to specify the word processing program used and provide complete author contact information including your full postal address, email address and phone number on the first page of prose entries and on each separate poem.

We cannot accept academic emails or phone numbers. 

​OPTIONAL: Hard Copy, Year Round Submission w/5-4-19 deadline for LOON MAGIC
HARD COPY SUBMISSION using postal mail: 

Step One:Double-spaced manuscripts. Single-spaced OK for poetry. Include your manuscripts + SASE + entry fee (MADE PAYABLE TO: TALLGRASS WRITERS GUILD--see CHECK OUT on page 7 (below). Bio and TallGrass Writers Guild membership (p. 6) is optional.

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. We cannot accept academic emails or phone numbers. 

Also include a stamped, self-addressed #10 (business size) envelope (SASE) for response. Mss. shredded/recycled, not returned. Include a stamped, self-addressed postcard to have receipt of ms. confirmed. Mail to: TallGrass Writers Guild, 2036 N. Winds Drive, Dyer, IN 46311. DEADLINE: 5-4-19. 

Step TwoEmail your submissions (in RTF or MS Word) to: tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet as an attachment. Separate files for each poem and/or prose entry, please. Questions: tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet / 219-322-7270 or  866-510-6735 

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