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!

Writer’s Relief has been named one of the top websites for writers. You can also watch and read our many client testimonials and reviews. 

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.

POETS: Enter The Second Annual WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest Using the Submission Link Listed Below.

Ends on January 31, 2018$20.00

At Writer’s Relief, we know how challenging it is for poets to get their poetry manuscripts published. So we’re very happy to sponsor the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest and support the work of a talented poet.

Since 1994, the Writer’s Relief office has been located a mere stone’s throw from the New Jersey Meadowlands: a large ecosystem of vital wetlands in the metropolitan region. Home to many species of plant life, fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, the Meadowlands are an important bird habitat. However, located so close to urban development, the conservation of the Meadowlands is imperative. In this fragile environment that is home to numerous endangered and threatened species, the water sedge is an endangered plant struggling to survive.

The efforts of water sedge to flourish despite difficult odds seems kindred in spirit to poets hoping to successfully publish their poetry books and chapbooks in an uncooperative publishing environment. With the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest, we can help our winning poets get published and thrive. The winning poet’s chapbook will receive both print and e-book publication through our Self-Publishing Relief division. All royalties belong to the winner.

Contest Judge: Molly Peacock, poet, essayist, short fiction writer, and biographer

Poet, essayist, short fiction writer, and biographer Molly Peacock has taught at many universities and served as the president of the Poetry Society of America, where she began the Poetry in Motion program, which places poetry placards on subway cars and buses throughout American cities. At one point she also served as Poet-in-Residence for the state of Delaware. Peacock is the author of seven books of poetry, including Analyst (2017), The Second Blush (2008), and Cornucopia: New and Selected Poems 1975-2002. Her prose works include the story collection Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions(2014), the biography Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72(2012), the guide How to Read a Poem & Start a Poetry Circle (1999), and the memoir Paradise, Piece by Piece (1998). 

A dual-citizen of Canada and the U.S., Molly Peacock lives in Toronto. 

  • BLIND SUBMISSION: DO NOT include your name or contact info anywhere on the manuscript; include your name and contact information on the entry form
  • File Name: PoetryChapbookManuscript.doc (or .docx or .rtf)
  • Submit the manuscript as one file
  • 12-point Times New Roman
  • Single-spaced, typed 1 poem per page (Note: Though poems can be more than 1 page long, each poem must start on a new page regardless of length.)
  • Include table of contents
  • Include cover/title page
  • Include acknowledgements page (any previous publications of the poems in the manuscript)
  • Include page numbers
  • Do NOT include any images or illustrations in manuscript
  • 24-48 pages
  • Each entry must include the $20 entry fee
  • U.S. residents only are permitted to submit (Because the winning manuscript will be published using Amazon/CreateSpace, their rules prohibit us from choosing a winner for this contest if they live outside the U.S.)
  • Only poets over 18 years of age are eligible to submit
  • Current or former clients and employees and their family members, or anyone otherwise affiliated with Writer's Relief and its subsidiaries, are not eligible to enter the WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest

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.