Of Special Note:

Frequent contributor, and long time friend Shoshauna Shy has something good going on here and we wanted to share it.

Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf announces a new Woodrow Hall Top Shelf Awards contest

for Flash Fiction Books published in 2021

Flash Fiction is stories of less than 1000 words, and books can consist of stories of any length, as long as they individually do not exceed 1000 words. Must be in English.  Poetry can be part of the mix, but not more than half of the collection. (Anthologies by publishing houses not eligible.)

Three winners will receive $250.00 each

There will (potentially) be two Honorable Mentions

No fee to submit

Send books with author’s ground mail and email addresses to:

Shoshauna Shy

Woodrow Hall Editions

PO Box 5343

Madison, WI  53705

Postmarked deadline for submissions:

February 1st, 2022

Winners will be notified Spring 2022

Books not selected for this award will be placed for circulation in Little Free Libraries

Questions? Contact poetryjumpsoff@gmail.com

New issue and more

       Our new issue, “Dollar Store” has mailed out. The stories in this issue are very exciting, and not at all what you would expect from the theme. Accompanying “Dollar Store” is a very nice little eight page insert piece from our sister press Kitty Wang. The art work is great in both publications, and the writing is extraordinary. 

We will have guidelines for our next issue posted soon. Thank you’ll for your support

Best Microfictions Award 2021

We are very pleased to announce that Claire Polders has won he Best Microfictions Award for 2021. Her story “Stella is” was published as part of the “Jane Doe” supplement from our sister press, The Mambo Academy of Kitty Wang. A Zoom reading of “Jane Doe” was hosted earlier this year by Nancy Stolhman, and we hope to have it posted on our site soon. Thank you to the judges, the participants, and of course to Claire Polders. Congratulations!

Water, issue 44

Our Water issue, has mailed out for June 1st 2021 delivery. The very lovely cover art and end papers (yes, an issue with end papers) is by the talented Roberta Warshaw. The stories inside are amazing. The issue runs a little long at 24 pages, rather than our usual 20, and every story is a gem. Writers you may recognize, and others you may not. Please consider subscribing if you have not done so already. We thank everyone who sent in their work, and everyone who chipped in time or money. It means the world to us that people care.

Doug & Sally

Lit Mag News

Lit Mag News! Becky Tuch of Lit Mag News was kind enough to give Blink-Ink avery great and insightful review. Big thanks to her for sure, but seriously look into her newsletter, lot’s of good stuff.


Blink Ink is a nifty little magazine. It comes in stapled pages, which I absolutely love, evoking as it does the punk-rock cousin of literary magazines: the zine. Issue 43’s cover features what I interpret as an extremely fed-up robot. She appears in a pastel palette that reminds us that, grudges and aggravations aside, spring is finally on its way.The inside cover also features some cool surreal art (a robot walks through an icy world where one red tree blazes). And the pages within are a delightful hot pink.The theme of the issue is Lost and Found, and all of the pieces, which appear to be no longer than 50 words or so, touch on this theme. Writers describe losing loved ones, finding new career paths, losing wedding rings, finding one’s white privilege. The pieces are charming and you can soak them up in a blink.The editors of this sweet little magazine say, “What we love most is writing that has found that preternatural detail of thought or thing that cracks the story open and allows it to matter or to reveal a truth.” Submissions should be about 50 words.** Sooo, Great time to submit! Great time to subscribe! **