More details to come, but Lori Howe, editor of Clerestory Poetry Journal, has offered to put together a third special issue of her on-line ezine for conference participants only.

In the past this has meant, 10 pieces of nonfiction, 10 pieces of fiction, and 10 pieces of poetry were selected by Lori. More details to come, but we at JHWC appreciate this opportunity to have our registrants’ work published.

Lori will be at the conference, so grab her for a chat. There will be fliers at the conference as well with the nuts and bolts of submitting. She will have very specific instructions. The deadline has usually been a couple of weeks after the conference.


Catherine McKenzie Young Writer Scholarship

Long-time JHWC resident faculty and best-selling author Catherine McKenzie is providing a full scholarship to an area high school student; this will include three one-on-one manuscript critiques as well.

“I’m sponsoring this scholarship because I’ve been extremely fortunate in my writing career and have benefited from feedback and support from other authors,” she emailed from her home in Canada. “It would have been a wonderful experience for me to have attended something like the JHWC when I was young, and I’d like to give that opportunity to a deserving student.”

Read about Catherine at her website. Her next book, The Good Liar, will be released in April. She will be critiquing manuscripts during the 2018 conference, June 28-30.

For this particular scholarship, applicants need to provide a five-page sample of their writing (fiction, poetry or nonfiction). Submission should be double-spaced, 12 point type and sent in either .doc format or as a PDF. Do not embed in an email; send as an attachment. Catherine will read the top five manuscripts.

In the email application, let us know why you want the scholarship, which school you attend, and what grade you are in as of June 2018.


Clerestory editor Lori Howe wants to hear from JHWC participants by Aug. 31. Work will be considered for a special edition of Clerestory. Read on.

Clerestory: Poems of the Mountain West

Jackson Hole Writers Conference Special, Multi-Genre Issue

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the JHWC or this is your first year attending, the editorial staff at Clerestory invites you to submit your work in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or non-fiction (whatever the genres mean to you), to be considered for publication in the JHWC special Fall, 2017 issue of Clerestory, which is reserved for conference attendees.

This year, ten individual pieces will be selected from across the genres to be showcased in this special issue, from across the different genres, so send us your favorite piece of your own previously-unpublished writing–poetry or prose, or something in between.

Submissions Guidelines:

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, pieces written during the Jackson Hole Writers Conference;

Submissions must be sent as Word document attachments to an email with the subject line: JHWC Special Issue Submission, to;

Submit up to three poems of any length,  or short fiction, creative non-fiction, or non-fiction up to 5,000 words;

Submit, in a second Word doc attachment, a third-person author’s bio up to 100 words;

Submissions must be previously unpublished

Note: Clerestory DOES NOT ACCEPT:

Work by, about, or intended for children;


Hate speech of any kind;

Rhyming poetry;

Visual arts such as paintings, photography, or images of three-dimensional artwork;

Screenplays or scripts of plays;

Full-length novels or collections of poetry

See previous JHWC special issues at


REMEMBER: Submissions must be sent as Word document attachments to an email with the subject line: JHWC Special Issue Submission, to;


QUESTIONS? Email Dr. Lori Howe, Clerestory‘s Editor in Chief, at or visit with her at the conference, June 22-24, 2017.



Commemorative Book

Possible Topics Expanded, So Read On






We are only a week past the fall equinox, but the Jackson Hole Writers Conference is looking ahead to the 25th conference, June 23-25, 2016. We are excited to have lined up most of our faculty, which will include Gretel Ehrlich,  Lynne Sharon Schwartz, poets Paisley Rekdal and Maria Melendez Kelson, and a roster of established editors and agents.

In the meantime, we are seeking submissions for a trade-size paperback about the conference: why people come, why people come back. Poet Naomi Shihab Nye and past success novelist David Abrams have sent in their offerings. It’s a good start, but we want anyone who attended our conference to get a shot at sharing their experience.

We hope to raise money with this book by sharing our commitment to and enthusiasm for what has become an important part of the writing community.  Tim Sandlin started the conference 25 years ago and it has blossomed under his continued leadership. We want to celebrate that.

Writing It Right, the working title for this collection, will focus on the experiences of those who have attended the conference: registrant, faculty member, volunteer or staff. We are looking for short pieces, no longer than 1200 words. While it is not intended as a literary anthology, we are open to literary musings, notes and observations. Perhaps a piece you brought to the conference and had critiqued: fiction, nonfiction or a poem. Even a haibun or journal entries can find their way into this collection.

Here are some topics or approaches:

  • A “how to” or “how not to”
  • A vignette
  • Here’s what happens at the conference, full of surprises and quirks
  • Poem that came out of a workshop prompt, with discussion of the process
  • Found poem from the conference
  • Why you come back year after year
  • Expectations you came with, how those may have changed
  • The critique process: who reads what and why
  • Submissions: the joys and the terrors
  • Volunteers and what can happen
  • Ten books recommended by folks at the conference
  • I was there when such and such happened
  • Faculty writer, editor or agent who changed your life
  • A black and white photograph that says it all
  • Black and white illustrations
  • A graphic poem
  • A collection title that says it all
  • Something we haven’t thought of

The guidelines for content are fairly loose, but the editors will be looking for entertaining, enlightening and educational pieces. Just because you send something to us doesn’t mean we will accept it. We are looking for quality. This is for writers and we see it as a resource. We also see it as something to hand out to friends and family, so that they have an inkling about why we come to Jackson Hole in June and sit inside and write and talk about writing and getting published. We feel that the conference is about more than “just” getting published: it’s about meeting other writers, learning the craft, and spreading our wings with words.

Rather than query us about a possible topic, send it in. Surprise us. Surprise yourself with your observations.

The deadline is Dec. 6, 2015. Submissions must be in 12 point type, double-spaced, Word-compatible format, and in electronic form. 1200 word maximum. Poems no longer than 30 lines. Please preface the submission with a title page, listing the year(s) you attended the conference. Please include your name on each page, plus page number, so we get your offering in proper order. No paper submissions will be accepted. Please no PDFs or links to websites. Email questions to us through Contact on our website. Send manuscripts to us at:


Watch in our posts for links to submission calendars. If you are writing essays, poetry and short stories, there are lots of markets out there. Some may not pay but they get your name and voice out there.


Glimmer Train announces submission calendar. GT also has a quarterly Writers Ask publication. Check it out.


If you have suggestions on places to submit, please forward to us at Contact.