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Unleash Work-in-Progress (WIP) Award 2024 (January 15 – July 15, 2024)

We aim to assist writers with an important literary project and vision. The Unleash WIP Award offers writers holistic support to aid a book-length work of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or hybrid. Writers will receive editorial feedback, a coaching call, $500 US, and an excerpt/interview feature in Unleash Lit. This contest is designed to support writers who are just starting or have been toiling away but need a little boost to keep going. The Unleash Board of Directors will select the winner. 

“This contest is designed to support an artist with a clear vision who would benefit from mentorship to finish a writing project.” –Jen Knox, Executive Director, Unleash

Entries will be judged on originality, emotional resonance, and the author’s vision. More information is here.


We are dedicated to publishing courageous writing that displays literary merit and philosophical or spiritual curiosity (no dogma, please). We are looking for fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and experimental submissions.  UNLEASH LIT just reopened to Submissions! Enter here.

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We are partnering to publish


See their call for Poetry, Prose, and Visual Art below

Share your polished short stories, creative nonfiction, humor, poetry, photography, or visual art for publication in a book of creative works by military-connected artists. 

Who is eligible to submit?

  • Veterans

  • Service Members

  • Military Spouses

  • Military Family Members

  • Military Caregivers

The deadline to submit is March 1, 2024. 

A cash prize of $500 will be awarded to the Editors’ Choice Grand Prize winner. The finalists in each genre of poetry, prose, and visual art will receive $250.

Theme: Partnerships, The Untold Stories (closing for subs on 3/1)

Partners are an integral aspect of military life, at home and afar, during deployment and after homecoming. Partnerships drive military action and extend beyond being a battle buddy, wingman, or crew member. Some are planned while others arise in unexpected ways. Spouses, family, old or new friends, community, faith leaders, and medical specialists all support the military community.

Despite their importance, the stories of these partnerships often go untold. This anthology aims to correct that: use this space to highlight the nuances, surprises, joy, sorrow, heroism, tears, healing power, or ache of your own partnerships. Submit a piece of art that embodies the partnerships from your journey, and we'll help you tell that story. 

Submit here.

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