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

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



​​​​​​​​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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2021 Anthology Guidelines 

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

DEADLINE: 6-30-21
 Email  tallgrassguildATsbcglobalDOTnet  Prizes: $500 Cash Prize each-Poetry and Prose divisions; previously published material + simultaneous submissions OK (notify us).

Planned publication date: First or Second Quarter, 2021. Working Title:  PLAY!  Please keep in mind playtime throughout our lives as well as theatrical productions for specialized as well as mainstream audiences, and produced by those with all levels of expertise; the play's the thing, from programs by kindergarden kids to lauded actors on Broadway and London's East End. Backstage drama, theater moms, awards, tech crews, tragedies, comedies, musicals, the agonies and ecstasies of flops and the longed-for goal of THE SMASH. Also: music; sports; card, board and mind games; "playing for keeps" and "playing with fire," artists' imaginations at play; play dates, and more.

We interpret themes broadly, and recommend becoming familiar with past years' anthologies (see 'Publications' tab on this www.outriderpressDOTnet website) for a greater 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 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. 

Judge: To be announced.

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: $35) and includes leadership opportunities, participation in TWG themed readings, and 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, and no long titles; keep in mind the anthologies' pages are 5.25 x 8.5 inches. 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 please; keep in mind the anthologies' pages are 5.25 x 8.5 inches. sections from longer works OK. No head notes or foot notes. Number/staple your pages. Reading fee for each entry: $19 / $15-TWG member.

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Our 2019 (LOON MAGIC and Other Night Sounds), 2018 (THE STARS), 2017 (THE MOON), 2016 (HOME) and 2015 (EMBERS AND FLAMES) anthologies featured in


Published by the Society of Midland Authors

Electronic Submission for PLAY -- Year-Round to June 30, 2021 


We are using SUBMITTABLE.com year-round. 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/6-30-21 deadline for PLAY!

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  (one word) 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: 6-30-21. 

Step Two: Email 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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