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.


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:  Susanna Lang, award-winning poet and author of three full-length books of poetry 

 Susanna Lang has taught literacy and literature in grades 5-12, as well as graduate level education courses at National Louis and Northeastern Illinois Universities. She has led adult poetry workshops in public libraries and for many literary organizations. Susanna has published original poems and translations in such journals as Poetry East, Little Star, Prairie Schooner, december, The Baltimore Review, Prime Number Magazine, Jubilat, Comstock Review, Verse Daily, and American Life in Poetry. She has won numerous awards, including a 1999 Illinois Arts Council Award, the Inkwell Poetry Competition in 2009, the Prime Number Poetry Prize in 2015, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. She was a 2010 and 2015 Hambidge Fellow and received a 2011 Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. 

 Susanna Lang’s newest collection of poems, Travel Notes from the River Styx,was released in summer 2017 from Terrapin Books. Her translations of poetry by Yves Bonnefoy include Words in Stone and The Origin of Language.  She lives with her husband in Chicago.  

  • 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.


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