Writer’s Relief: Helping authors reach their publishing goals since 1994

As an authors submission service, we help authors reach their  publishing goals with targeted submissions to literary agents and  editors. Writing and sending out submissions should make you feel EXCITED! EMPOWERED! Not anxious and overwhelmed. If you need help researching and preparing your submissions to literary agents and editors, Writers Relief will identify the best literary agents and publishers for your book manuscript or the best literary journals for your poetry, short story or personal essay. Our targeted submissions will boost your exposure and maximize your acceptance rate!

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Please Note: Our primary focus is on American markets. We target American literary agents for books. And for short prose and poetry, we target American markets and some overseas publications that accept submissions in English. Therefore, we can only work with manuscripts written in English.

Keep in mind that if your submission comes when we’re not actively reading submissions, it may take up to two months to get back to you.   


Please select your genre below to submit your strongest work for consideration.

  

Peter K. Hixson Memorial Award Open For Submissions June 27 - July 18, 2018.

For consideration please submit the first 15 pages, and a short 1-2 page synopsis or a full proposal for prescriptive nonfiction books.


Your novel/memoir must be complete. Prescriptive nonfiction books (e.g. self-help, history) can be unfinished so long as you have a completed proposal.

If you are submitting a book, previously published and self-published works are welcome.

For consideration please submit 9-12 stand-alone poems, as separate  files (DOC, DOCX, or PDF).


If you are submitting short prose or poetry, do NOT send previously published works—whether they appeared in print or online. This policy is necessary due to current industry-wide trends and guidelines.


For consideration please submit  3 short stories (fiction) or  personal essays/creative nonfiction, each under 3,500 words, as separate  files (DOC, DOCX, or PDF).

If you are submitting short prose or poetry, do NOT send previously published works—whether they appeared in print or online. This policy is necessary due to current industry-wide trends and guidelines.


Submission Guidelines:

  • Send two short stories as separate .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF files.
  • Each piece must be less than 3,000 words.
  • One-inch margins, 12 pt. Times New Roman or other standard font, double-spaced.
  • Include all contact information on the first page of your submission.
  • Fiction should not have appeared anywhere online or in print.

Who Is Eligible To Apply

All writers eighteen or older are welcome, but early- to mid-career writers with financial or other need are especially encouraged to apply. To honor Peter’s too brief career in creative writing, preference will be given to writers who have not necessarily been widely published but who demonstrate exceptional technique, voice, and perspective.

Writer’s Relief clients past or present, employees past or present, and previous winners are not eligible.

No preference will be given to applicants who identify themselves as friends or family of Peter K. Hixson.

Writers from all nations and backgrounds are welcome! Submissions must be in English (for targeting primarily to American literary journals or American literary agencies).

Applicants must be at least eighteen years old. Applicants warrant that all writing is their original creation and has not been published in any form in print or online. We cannot work with previously published poetry and short stories; most editors won’t consider it.




Submission Guidelines:

  • Send 5 previously unpublished poems in one .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF file.
  • Applications with more or less than five poems will be disqualified. Sorry! No exceptions.
  • One-inch margins, 12pt Times New Roman or other standard font, single-spaced.
  • One poem per page, please.
  • Include all contact information on the first page of your submission.
  • Poems may not have appeared anywhere online or in print.
  • No children’s poetry.

Who Is Eligible To Apply

All writers eighteen or older are welcome, but early- to mid-career writers with financial or other need are especially encouraged to apply. To honor Peter’s too brief career in creative writing, preference will be given to writers who have not necessarily been widely published but who demonstrate exceptional technique, voice, and perspective.

Writer’s Relief clients past or present, employees past or present, and previous winners are not eligible.

No preference will be given to applicants who identify themselves as friends or family of Peter K. Hixson.

Writers from all nations and backgrounds are welcome! Submissions must be in English (for targeting primarily to American literary journals or American literary agencies).

Applicants must be at least eighteen years old. Applicants warrant that all writing is their original creation and has not been published in any form in print or online. We cannot work with previously published poetry and short stories; most editors won’t consider it.



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