You guys have been in this for a long, long time and have an excellent reputation. — Dennis Littrell, Kula, HI 

It's true!

New Millennium Writings was launched in 1996 with a 15-word classified ad. From those humble beginnings, NMW has exploded into an internationally recognized and highly sought-after literary award and journal.

Submitted to by poets and writers from nearly 50 countries, "first-time-awarded" and "first-time published-in-print" distinctions remain in the majority here.

Our recent launch of Sunshot Press & Book Awards has expanded opportunities for writers even farther. In its 2018 inaugural year, Sunshot Press published four books. All have garnered wide attention and praise, including a PEN America Longlist honor.

Since 1996, New Millennium Writings has also:

  • Hosted 175 Consecutive Writing Awards
  • Published 2,000+ authors
  • Delivered 50,000+ anthologies
  • Awarded more than $350,000 to new and emerging poets and writers

We believe in the creative potential of every writer, regardless of experience. Our blind and anonymous judging system ensures equality to writers of every level. All writers are welcome, and no subject is off-limits.

A few writers and poets share why they chose NMW... 

NMW makes a writer feel welcomed. The enthusiasm of the magazine and its editors is refreshing. — Gloria Roxanne, Buckley, NJ

I'm impressed with your open, inclusive, and encouraging submission policies. — Helen Engelhardt, Brooklyn, NY

I researched countless sites for submission and found NMW to be the most reputable and informative.  Thank you! — Amy Harley, Atlanta, GA

I like the variety, diversity, and egalitarian attitude of the editors. You display a fairness not found many other places. — S.E. Ingraham, Alberta, Canada

I love that serious publications like yours exist for both new and experienced writers. Thank you! — Judith Manzoni Ward, Guilford, CT

NMW publishes work that gives humanity a voice. — Davida D. Washer, El Paso, Texas

I admire the longevity and quality of NMW. There is a convincing, contemporary edge to the writing you award. — Renate Stendhal, Point Reyes Station, CA

I cannot overestimate the value of winning the NMW award. I credit you with giving me a second career as a writer. — J. L. Schneider, NY


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POETRY • FICTION • FLASH FICTION • NONFICTION

$4,000 IN AWARDS + PUBLICATION (in print and online)

PRIZES

 

  • First Place in each category receives a $1000 cash prize, a certificate to document the success, publication online and in print, in New Millennium Writings, and two complimentary copies.
  • Select Finalists, and all Poetry Finalists, will be published in New Millennium Writings (online and in print) and receive two complimentary copies. 

  
GUIDELINES

 

  • No restrictions on style or subject matter.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Previously published works accepted if: Print circulation was under 5,000, or the work was published online only.
  • Fiction (all types welcome) - 7,499 words or less
  • Nonfiction (all types welcome) - 7,499 words or less
  • Flash Fiction (aka: Short-Short Fiction) - 1,000 words or less
  • Poetry - each entry may include three poems, up to five pages total. 
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, or poem(s). Cover letters are optional and may be uploaded separately.
  • For mail/postal submissions click here for instructions.
  • Submit your work (or postmark) by November 30, 2019.

   
ENTRY FEES AND MULTIPLE ENTRY SUPPORT

  For any category or combination of categories:

 

  • 1 Entry - $20
  • 2 Entries - $35 (reg $40)
  • 3 Entries - $45 (reg $60)
  • 4 Entries - $60 (reg $80)
  • 5 Entries - $75 (reg $100)

  Note: Poetry may include up to three poems per Entry.

The Monthly Musepaper — September 2019

Halloween's lurking just around the bend, so let the explorations of Fear and Fantasy commence!

Whether isolated, opposite poles of the human imagination, or inseparable sides of the same coin, fear and fantasy are an inescapable part of the human condition. They can freeze us in place or inspire us to chase our bliss, but their power looms largest in our imagination. Let's drag them out and hold them up to the light, shall we?

For this Monthly Musepaper, send us your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay about Fear, Fantasy, or both!

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)


GUIDELINES

 

  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners will be announced within 60 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by September 30, 2019. This deadline will not be extended.

 

* * * You can make the Monthly Musepaper part of your writing practice by visiting musepaper.org/subscribe. Subscribers receive discounted submissions, more writing and publishing opportunities, and much more. Join before September 20, 2019 and take $15 off any annual subscription with this secret code: submit2415


If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org

The Monthly Musepaper — September 2019

You don't know me, but...

...I've known about you for a while.
...I can make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.
...You're the only one who can help.
...I'm here to save your life.
...You're my mom.


A phone call out of the blue. An unexpected knock on the door. A stranger running up to you on the street. There you are going about your daily life, when suddenly someone is saying words you never expected. Is it a joke? A scam? Is it a bomb dropped in your lap, or a door opening to your new life?

For this Monthly Musepaper, send us your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay about the "You don't know me, but..." encounter that just might change everything.

For this Monthly Musepaper, send us your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay about this unusual, and often startling, encounter.

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)


GUIDELINES


 

  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners will be announced within 60 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by September 30, 2019. This deadline will not be extended.

  

* * * You can make the Monthly Musepaper part of your writing practice by visiting musepaper.org/subscribe. Subscribers receive discounted submissions, more writing and publishing opportunities, and much more. Join before September 20, 2019 and take $15 off any annual subscription with this secret code: submit2415


 If you have any questions, shoot us an email and we'll be happy to help: hello [at] newmillenniumwritings [dot] org

New Millennium Writings + Sunshots