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 Christopher Howell. Each year, we host the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. 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 United States authors, regardless of publication history, are eligible. Manuscripts must contain page numbers and a table of contents. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes, but cannot have been published in a previous collection by the author.

One manuscript per submission.

Manuscripts must have a minimum of three (3) stories of fiction totaling at least 98 pages.


All United States authors, regardless of publication history, are eligible. Manuscripts must contain page numbers and a table of contents. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes, but cannot have been published in a previous collection by the author.


One manuscript per submission.


Along with your submission, you will receive a previous Spokane Prize winning collection of your choice at half the cover price. Please enter into the notes which collection you would like to receive:


things for the coming difficulties by Valerie Vogrin

A Kind of Solitude by Dariel Suarez

Swimming in Hong Kong by Stephanie Han

Ventriloquisms by Jaclyn Watterson

Suffering Fools by Glori Simmons

Here Among Strangers by Serena Crawford 

All the Wrong Places by Molly Giles

The Empty House by Nathan Oates

Love Songs for the Quarantined by K.L. Cook

You Are Not Alone & other stories by Sherril Jaffe

Our final judge and reading committee change each year and so we encourage finalists to reapply.

Manuscripts must have a minimum of three (3) stories of fiction totaling at least 98 pages. 

All United States authors, regardless of publication history, are eligible. Manuscripts must contain page numbers and a table of contents. There is no maximum page count and stories may have been previously published in journals, anthologies, or limited edition volumes, but cannot have been published in a previous collection by the author.

One manuscript per submission.



  Order your copy of Valerie Vogrin's collection, "things we'll need for the coming difficulties".  If you'd like to order wholesale, please contact us at willowspringsbooks@gmail.com  

 Order your copy of Cameron McGill's poetry chapbook, "Meridians".  If you'd like to order wholesale, please contact us at willowspringsbooks@gmail.com  

Order your copy of Dariel Suarez's debut collection, "A Kind of Solitude".
If you'd like to order wholesale, please contact us at willowspringsbooks@gmail.com

Purchase an edition of Willow Springs Books' ongoing Zodiac Series of anthologies of poetry & prose. Each year, we hope to publish a new anthology based off a different animal represented in the Chinese Zodiac. 
Purchase one of the poetry chapbooks in the American Surrealist tradition that Willow Springs Books publishes under the auspices of the ACME Poem Company. Past authors include: Larissa Szporluk, Michael McGriff, Ray Amorosi, Karyna McGlynn, and Adam Hammer.
The Spokane Prize for Short Fiction is an annual contest run out of the MFA at Eastern Washington University's small press, Willow Springs Books. Past and current winners have included: Ann Joslin Williams, Molly Giles, K.L. Cook, Sherrill Jaffe, Glori Simmons, and Jaclyn Watterson. 
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