Submission Dates: 

Writers' Residency deadline extended to July 31

Open Reading Period February 1- April 30

Red Mountain Poetry Prize May 1-October 18, 2020

Click on the form below for submission guidelines.

No information will be available in response to telephone inquires. Email questions to and write prize query in the subject line.

Please check the website,, for updates and further information. The winner and finalists will be announced on this page and our website.

Applications are due by July 31, 2020

The WRITERS' RETREAT at Sanibel Island, Florida offers two- and four-week residencies  November 14-December 12, 2020 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in a secluded Sanibel Island home.  Residents are provided with a private room, space and undistracted time. Resident authors will be responsible for their own meals in the shared kitchen and will meet for dinner each evening. 

There is no fee for the residency.
Using the online application system, submit 10 pages of poetry or up to 15 pages of prose,  a project proposal, a professional résumé, and a $35 application fee by July 31.  

Authors will have an opportunity for an individual, private critique with Susan Gardner, poet, publisher and founding editor of Red Mountain Press for fee of $150.00.

The invitation to the residency is for the author only. Collaborators must apply separately. Family and guests cannot be accommodated. Pets and smoking are not permitted.

The residency can be reached by island taxi. Bicycles and tricycles are available for rent and are a good way to get around the island. If you decide to rent a car, there is easy parking on the property. The nearest airport is Fort Myers, FL, about an hour's drive in the winter season.

No purchase is required, but we hope that you will read Red Mountain Press' books, available at your local library, our website, and your favorite independent bookstore.

The open reading period is February 1-April 30. There is no fee to submit for the open reading.

Use a standard 12 point font like Palatino or Gill Sans, with no gimmicks or glitz. You may send a cover letter in the form. Be sure your contact information is accurate and complete, including your website if you have one.

Poetry: send a manuscript of 48-72 pages, in a standard font, with a Table of Contents and pagination. Each poem should start at the top of a new page.

Narrative: From a completed work, send three chapters of your memoir, essays or novel, paginated, with a brief description of the work. If you are invited to submit the manuscript, be prepared to send the complete, well edited manuscript.                            


We will reply within three months, by September.                       

Red Mountain Press