Willow Springs Books is a literary press housed in Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane, Washington and operates under the direction of poet Jonathan Johnson. Each year, we host the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction and the Emma Howell Rising Poet Prize. Past judges have included Rick Bass, William Kittredge, Jess Walter, John Keeble, Shawn Vestal, Sharma Shields, Alexis Smith, and Molly Giles. Please view each category for guidelines or visit willowspringsbooks.org/submit. 



Manuscripts must have a minimum of three (3) stories of fiction totaling at least 98 pages.
All authors, regardless of publication history, are eligible. Manuscripts must contain page numbers and a table of contents. There is no maximum page count and individual stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes. The collection as whole must be previously unpublished.
For the well-being of our staff, we ask that you include content warnings in your cover letter for any stories within your manuscript that may have triggering material (i.e. self-harm, suicide, sexual misconduct, race or gender-based violence, etc.)  
One manuscript per submission.
Current Eastern Washington University Creative Writing MFA students and alumni who have graduated within the past five years from Eastern Washington University's Creative Writing MFA are not allowed to submit.

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