Why There Are Words


If you’re interested in reading, please send an email to whytherearewords at gmail dot com.

Writers who are starting out–those who haven’t yet published a book–are granted reading slots through a submission process.


Submission Guidelines:

1.  Original work only.

2. Please send a single file containing all submitted materials, including your bio. Your bio should contain your website.

2.  No more than 8 minutes total reading time, which equates to 3.5-4 pages of double-spaced prose, 12 pt. text, or 4-6 poems, depending on length. Submissions with more will be deleted unread.

3.  Include your name, phone number, and e-mail within the body of your email.

4.  Please send all submissions via e-mail to whytherearewords at gmail dot com. Please do not send your work to any other email address or contact form.

If you are a teacher or friend of writers, please share this information and encourage your students and friends to submit their work for consideration.


— Very few slots are available for poetry. If you want to submit your poems for one of the few openings, follow the above guidelines.

— Previous readers can submit work again after the anniversary of their last reading has passed–so one year from when you last read. WTAW reserves the right to privilege first-time readers.

— The series is usually booked out far in advance.



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