Evening Street Press strives to publish words with positive impact

Evening Street Press is centered on Elizabeth Cady Stanton's 1848 revision of the Declaration of Independence: "that all men -- and women -- are created equal," with equal rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." It recognizes that all people are created equal and focuses on the realities of experience, personal and historical, from the most gritty to the most dreamlike, including awareness of the personal and social forces that block or develop the possibilities of a new culture.

Barbara Bergmann: Editor and Managing Editor

Donna Spector, Kailen Nourse-Driscoll, Patti Sullivan, Anthony Mohr, L.D. Zane, Stacia Levy, Jeffrey Davis,  Clela Reed, Matthew Mendoza, Matthew Spireng, Ace Boggess, Kristin Laurel:  Associate Editors

Gordon Grigsby: Founding Editor

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Entries for the prize can be submitted all year. 

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There is a $15 reading fee, which includes a copy of Evening Street Review.
$200 Prize

The Bench

Windwalker’s documentary-like precision expertly weaves a poetry of witness centering on a seemingly simple bench that operates as a lyrical thread to hold these artfully rendered poetic narratives together. “What does a bench say,” Windwalker asks readers to consider, telling us that “this  testament to frailty became a repository of strength.” So, too, does the bench become a place for the reader to rest, for Windwalker has invited us “to sit here and listen” so we can “take the stories” with us when we go. 

A magazine of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published two or more times a year.

Submissions accepted all year round.

Send either to editor@eveningstreetpress.com or to 2881 Wright St, Sacramento, CA 95821. Please read a copy (Read online). (Check Guidelines)

. . .all men and women are created equal in rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, revision of the

 American Declaration of Independence, 1848

A book of poetry, the winner of the Sinclair Poetry Prize, a competition held every year. (Read a copy online).

Current contest is May 1, 2023-Dec. 1, 2023. (Check Guidelines)
There is a $25 reading fee, which includes a copy of Evening Street Review.

$400 Prize


Jerry Johnson’s new book, Poets Should Not Write about Politics, immediately undermines its title in seemingly innocent poems about daisies, bison, and kittens that hit hard in their love for America and their rage against her injustices. Musicality and rhythm reinforce this message in these poems, as in the poem “Trains” where they ground a voice that aches for a different world, even as it honors the beauties of this one: “…we find night has taken the helm/the crescendo climbs, the stars overcome the darkness/i overcome the darkness, my grief, the darkness of my soul/ and my train moves on and on and my train moves on and on.” 

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