By Subscription: Writing by Carl Dennis, Alberto Ríos, Castle Freeman Jr., Aliki Barnstone, Ruthvika Rao, and others. 


Terrance Hayes shares poetry from his fifth book, How to Be Drawn, and tries out work that appears in his 2018 book, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin.


Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by Enid Shomer. Coming in November.


Send your story to the $750 New Letters Publication Award: Deadline, Oct. 28, 2018, on the topic: children. Guidelines here and enter online via Submittable. 

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Kansas City Literary Events

Leif Enger

Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Stempleman, Wagner & Morse

Kansas City, Mo.
Monday, October 15, 2018

Kansas City Voices Reading

Overland Park, Kan.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Winners Announced: New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the $2,500 Conger Beasley Jr. Prize for Nonfiction, the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Fiction, and the $1,500 Prize for Poetry. See the winners, judges, and finalists here.

New Letters Summer 2018 Poetry Series

Follow our new series of poems about children, each day or two through July. Begin reading here. 


Dave Smith Collection

Special Pricing: This collection includes New Letters (Vol. 80, No. 1), two CDs with New Letters on the Air programs from 19811988, and part one and two of a 2014 interview, all featuring the work of Dave Smith. Downloads of these programs have also been reduced in our audio archives.