To support authors and creators throughout North America, we have compiled a list of writers’ conferences and book festivals below and will update this list frequently. Subscribe to this calendar below to receive notifications of new events. Also, tell us about any conferences or festivals by posting the info in the comments below or emailing books at jozefpa dot com.

Omnidawn’s First/Second Poetry Book Contest
Nov 1 2019 – Feb 18 2020 all-day

The winner Omnidawn’sFirst/Second Poetry Book Contest wins an immediate cash prize of $3,000 and publication

Submission dates: Nov 1, 2019–Feb 18, 2020

This contest is open to writers who have either never published a full-length book of poetry, or who have published only one full-length book of poetry, so that the winning book would become a poet’s first or second published full-length book of poetry. Writers who have published two or more full-length books of poetry are NOT eligible. (Chapbooks do not count and non-poetry books do not count.)

Submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-70 pages long.)

Colleagues, students, and close friends of any previous judge are not eligible.

Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between May 1 and June 24, 2019, at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Reading fee is $27. For $3 extra to cover shipping cost, entrants who provide a U.S. mailing address may choose to receive this contest’s winning book or any current Omnidawn book (including 4 PEN USA winning books). A complete list of all current Omnidawn poetry books is available at

Established in 2008, this was Omnidawn’s first book contest. The 2019 winner will be announced in August 2020, and Omnidawn expects to publish the winning book in October 2021.

To view details Omnidawn Poetry Contests helpful additional details and submission procedures below that are virtually identical for all Omnidawn Poetry Book Contests.


Savannah Book Festival @ Telfair and Wright Squares
Feb 13 – Feb 16 all-day

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. (SBF), presented by Georgia Power and Bob and Jean Faircloth, is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. The 2020 Savannah Book Festival will be held in locations in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District.

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Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest
Mar 1 – Apr 20 all-day

The winner of the Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest wins an immediate cash prize of $1,000, letterpress publication of the broadside by Omnidawn, 50 free copies of the broadside, and publication of the winning poem in the Omniverse online journal. The five finalist poets also have the option to have their finalist poems published in Omniverse.

Submission dates: March 1–April 20, 2020

Poems must be previously unpublished in any form. Omnidawn recommends that poems be between 8 and 24 lines in length, with blank lines used as stanza breaks each counting as a line.

To submit: