Apr 7, 2006    #075
Contact: Michelle Hopkins

New Letters announces awards for writers - $4,500 in prizes

New Letters, the international quarterly of new writing, is now accepting submissions for its 21st Annual Literary Awards. Writers may submit unpublished work in poetry, fiction, and essay. The contest has awarded more than $50,000 in prize money to nearly 60 writers from all over the United States.

“New Letters has to be one of the top five [magazines],” says Donald Junkins, winner of the New Letters Poetry Prize in 2003. “The contest is always attractive because there are top quality judges, and even non-winning poems sometimes get plucked out of the pile for publication. It’s a win-win submission for good writers.”

Winners of each category will receive $1,500 and publication of the winning work(s) in a future issue of New Letters. A poetry entry consists of 3 to 6 poems; a fiction or essay entry may contain up to 8,000 words. There is no limit to the number of entries or categories a writer can enter. The reading fee for the first entry is $15 (includes a one-year subscription to the magazine); every entry after the first is $10. All entries will receive consideration for future publication in the magazine.

The deadline for entries is May 18. For complete guidelines and rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to New Letters Awards for Writers, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5101 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110, or call (816) 2325-1168, or visit to enter online.

Subscriptions to New Letters magazine are available for $22 for one year, $36 for two years.


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