•                                  Kallisto Gaia Press 

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Welcome to Kallisto Gaia Press, home of "The Ocotillo Review". We are a nonprofit literary organization supporting writers at all stages of their careers. Although we welcome experimental or unusual approaches to literature, our goal is to promote finely crafted work with an expressive and meaningful voice. We pay our contributors upon publication because we feel that too much art is taken for granted. Thank you for supporting Kallisto Gaia Press.  


>>>The Ocotillo Review will accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, creative or narrative nonfiction, and flash fiction from January 15 through March 31 and August 15 through October 31 annually. 

_ All work must be original and unpublished. Work posted on blogs, social media, or your neighborhood newsletter are considered published. 

_ We accept submissions through Submittable. Email and snail mail submissions will not be considered. There is no cost to submit to The Ocotillo Review.

_ Do NOT put your name or other identifying info on the document or in the submission title. 

_ Multiple submissions or submissions in multiple categories are acceptable 

_ Please format your submission using a 12pt Times New Roman font.

_ We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures - including submissions partly or entirely in Spanish, French, Italian, German, or Portuguese. Please include an English translation. 

_ See specific guidelines for each genre. Failure to adhere to guidelines may disqualify the submission. Reading fees are not refundable. 

_  We accept simultaneous submissions for The Ocotillo Review with the agreement that you will retract it if it is accepted elsewhere. 

_ Do not include images or drawings.  

_ Kallisto Gaia Press reserves first serial rights. All other rights revert to author upon publication. Published submissions will receive payment via PayPal.

_ We no longer charge a reading fee. We appreciate your voluntary support through our "tip jar", or by making a donation here. We appreciate your interest in our journal..

TEXAS POETRY CALENDAR Is no longer being published by Kallisto Gaia Press.

>>>The Texas Poetry Calendar has been an iconic staple of the poetry community in Texas since 1998, publishing Texas Poets Laureate and Pushcart winners alongside emerging poets from the vast cultural diaspora culminating in this great state.

It was a good run.

SUMMER WRITING CONTESTS Are currently on Hiatus. Check back in 2024.

SAGUARO POETRY PRIZE is currently on Hiatus. Check back in 2024.


ACACIA FICTION PRIZE  is currently on Hiatus. Check back in 2024.

The Joshua Tree Novel Contest

$2000 Cash Prize

Plus Publication by Kallisto Gaia Press

All entries receive a +/- 800 word critique / analysis of their novel and a copy of the winning book.


> All manuscripts must be complete and unpublished.

> Send the first 10K words of their novel followed by a maximum 2500 word synopsis in one file.

> Do not include your name or identifying info with the file.

> All entries must be sent through our submission portal (Submittable).

> Entry fee is $70 which includes the critique and a copy of the winning novel. All entries will be considered for publication. KGP may select up to five manuscripts for publication.

> Contest opens January 15th and closes at midnight on May 31st annually. 

> The KGP  editorial staff will select up to 10 finalists. The guest judge will make the final decision on the winner.


All submissions must be previously unpublished in any format. All manuscripts are considered for publication. Everyone entering will receive a copy of the winning novel. EVERYONE ENTERING WILL RECEIVE A 600-800 WORD ANAYSIS/CRITIQUE OF THEIR SUBMISSION by a member of our editorial team. at no extra charge!

Please send one file containing the FIRST 12,500 words of your manuscript followed by a 2500 word maximum synopsis in Word or Word doc.. Please double space and use a common font. We prefer Times New Roman.

The winning entry will receive $2000 and publication. All entries will be considered for publication and we do plan to publish up to five of the finalists depending on quality. Simultaneous submissions are allowed and encouraged. Please contact us and withdraw your submission if it is accepted elsewhere. Please allow up to three months after contest closes for announcement of the finalists. Please enter only if you have a completed manuscript. We will send all finalists' completed manuscripts to the final judge.

Thank you for your interest and GOOD LUCK!


Send up to 10 pages of poetry in 12 point Times New Roman font - start each poem on a new page


Sent a prose piece, fiction or nonfiction, up to 4000 words. Please use 12 point Times New Poman font and double space

You will receive a 300-500 word critique from an appropriate member of our editorial staff. This is a double-blind review so please don't put your name on the document for review. If you have specific items you want to address put the requests on a separate page before the work you want reviewed.  This page is not included in the page/word count.

Please allow 8 to 12 weeks for a response although we will make every effort to respond sooner.

Kallisto Gaia Press