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CityLit Press

CityLit Press's mission is to provide a venue for writers who might otherwise be overlooked by larger publishers due to the literary nature or regional focus of their projects.  Want the full story?  Check out Heather Harris's terrific piece in City Paper (9/15/2010).

Writers can download submission guidelines here.

CityLit Press extends CityLit Project's mission by connecting writers with readers in an on-going effort to nurture the culture of literature.  Support the press and all of CityLit's programs by clicking here.

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Ripple Meets the Deep
Jason Tinney
A man attempts to make a fresh start by reclaiming domain over his yard with the last birthday gift from his ex-wife, a lawnmower. A couple discovers Faulkner, shrimp and grits, Morgan Freeman, and how much they don't know about each other. A son reconnects with a distant father and his dog while "bucket-sitting" on a frozen lake. Weaving through these stories and more, a wandering musician-tackle box full of harmonicas in tow-is audience to his transient neighbors residing at a La Quinta Inn and Suites. At times funny, often close to the bone, always poignant, Ripple Meets the Deep defines the voice of a true storyteller whose tales of flawed people are at once local and expansive. Jason Tinney is a fiction writer, poet, and freelance journalist. He co-founded and performs with Donegal X-Press and The Wayfarers. He lives in Maryland.

Habana Libre (Novella)
Tim Wendel
The distance between Cuba and the United States: tantalizingly close yet worlds apart. When a beautiful showgirl married to Cuba's most famous baseball player escapes to the sea, only a boy and a boat and a belief in the "American Dream" keep her afloat. Planning to rendezvous with her husband after an exhibition game in El Norte, the show girl risks everything only to discover that crossing the straits might be easier than spanning allegiances. Set against the backdrop of actual games played between the Cuba National Team and the Baltimore Orioles, Habana Libre is the story of people caught between home and hope.

Battle Creek: A Tale of Slavery and Freedom in Colonial Maryland

Neil Didriksen
After his father dies at sea, a fourteen-year-old boy struggles to survive in colonial Maryland, to gain his freedom from the man who buys him, and to rescue his sister who has been sold to another master. This story of slavery and freedom explores the world of English settlers, native peoples, and enslaved Africans who carve out new lives along the edges of the Chesapeake Bay (middle-grade readers).

It Can Be Solved By Walking
Jennifer Wallace
This collection of poems and photographs blends two art forms to capture glimpses of a city that explore the sights, sounds, and flavors of the its urban ecology.

A Peachy Life: Waiting on Tables and Beating the Odds in the '60s--An Italian-American Woman's Story
Leonora "Peachy" DiPietro Dixon
A faithful wife and practicing Catholic makes the bravest decision of her life: to leave her abusive, drug-addicted husband and set on her own in the late '60s.  She supports two children through a series of waitressing jobs at storied Baltimore restaurants: the rotating restaurant atop the Holiday Inn, Johnny Unitas's Golden Arm, and the quintessential Little Italy restaurant, Sabatino's.

An Easy Place / To Die
Vincent Cellucci
A New Orleans-based poet explores existence and extinction in aftermath of city's own deluge story.

City Sages: Baltimore
Jen Michalski (Editor)
Description: Anthology of writers past and present who have called Baltimore home.


The Clarinda Harriss Poetry Prize (Click link to the left for guidelines)
Series Editor: Michael Salcman

Description: The Prize is named in honor of Clarinda Harriss, eminent Maryland poet, publisher, and professor of English at Towson University (for poets not previously published in book-length form).

Deadline: Every December 1

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Oblige the Light
Danuta Kosk-Kosicka
2014 Winner
Judge: Michael Salcman


Rebekah Remington
2013 Winner
Judge: Marie Howe

Every Bit of It
Katherine Bogden

2012 Winner
Judge: Tom Lux


Bruce Sager
2011 Winner
Judge: Dick Allen

Mountain, Log, Salt, and Stone

Laura Shovan
2010 Winner
Judge: Michael Salcman

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