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Since 1977 Willow Springs has published the finest in contemporary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as interviews with notable authors including Marilynne Robinson, Stuart Dybek, Aimee Bender, Robert Wrigley, Joyce Carol Oates, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Kim Addonizio, to name a few. Affiliated with Eastern Washington University’s Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane. Willow Springs is published semi-annually, in both print and digital format. Willow Springs publishes work by unknown and up and coming writers, and by U.S. Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners, engaging our readers in an ongoing discussion of art, ideas, and the human experience. In our forty years, Willow Springs has published over a thousand writers, including Tobias Wolff, Jorge Luis Borges, Yusef Komunyakaa, Louis Jenkins, Denise Levertov, Lydia Millet, WS Merwin, William Stafford, Charles Bukowski, Chris Offutt, Robert Olmstead, Michael Martone, Robert Hass, Stacey Richter, Tomaž Šalamun, Bret Lott, Sam Hamill, Naomi Shihab Nye, Erin Belieu, Laura Kasischke, Osip Mandelstam, Patricia Henley, Dorianne Laux, Mark Halliday, D. Nurkse, Elizabeth Murawski, among others from around the world.

Willow SpringsUnited States
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Submission Periods

FTemporarily closed to fiction submissions. Will be open to submissions from Thursday, September 1, 2016 (93 days from now) through Sunday, April 30, 2017.5
NCurrently open to nonfiction submissions. 
PCurrently open to poetry submissions through Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (1 days from now).12


G General 

Audience, Poetry Forms, Styles & Topics

Audience:Open to a broad Audience.
Poetry Forms:Open to all/most Forms.
Styles:Open to all/most Styles, including: Experimental, Literary.
Topics:Open to all/most Topics.

Types & Lengths

Y Essayup to 750 words; up to 3 pieces
Y Essaymore than 751 words
P Poemno line limits known; up to 6 pieces
F Flash Fictionup to 750 words; up to 3 pieces
S Short Storyno specific word count limits known (our definition: 1000 to 7500 words)

Media & Publication Frequency

P Print PublicationPublished 2 x per year


We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
F FictionT to P Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word)
N NonfictionT to S Pay ranges from Token payment (under 1 US cent per word) to Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word)
P PoetryS Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem)

Submission Types

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  Electronic SubsPostal SubsReprintsSimultaneous
F Fiction OK No No OK
N Nonfiction OK No No OK
P Poetry OK No No OK

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Date Added:
07 Feb 2006
Last Updated:
10 May 2016
Last Checked:
25 May 2016