Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – March 2017

Spring is on the way – it’s time to emerge from hibernation, put your best literary foot forward and a new list of poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March is here to help you get your work out into the world. What are you waiting for?!

If you’re struggling to hit the right note in your poems, perhaps a one-to-one poetry mentoring session, where I give you the benefit of nine years writing, editorial and publishing experience (full details below), will be just the thing to blow those winter cobwebs away?

Best of luck!!

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March 2016

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust – Poetry – closes 3 Mar (submit by post)

Glastonbury Festival – Poetry & Spoken Word Artists – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

Neil Gunn Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction  – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry – Poetry, Performance & Poetry Film (UK only) – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

Bridge & Tunnel Books: Farmhouse Poetry – Poetry  – closes 6 Mar (submit online)

Kerouac Project Residency – Poetry, Play, Screenplay, Fiction  – closes 12 Mar (submit online)

The Gambler Mag – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Experimental Writing, Art – closes 14 Mar (submit online)

Asymptote – Translated Poetry, Fiction & Non-Fiction, theme: Banned Lit, work from Iran, Iraq, Libya, SomaliaSudan, Syria, and Yemen – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Snowbound Chapbook Award – Poetry (20-36 pages) – closes 15 Mar (submit online or by post)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Bellingham Review Literary Contests – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Missouri Review Miller Audio Prize – Poetry, Prose, Humour, Audio Documentary  – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Pinch Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online or by post)

Tor House Prize for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Three Drops in a Cauldron: Beltane 2017 – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: Spring/Summer myths, legends & folklore – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Yellow – closes 16 Feb (submit online)

Candlestick Press Cloud Poem Competition – Poetry (10-20 pages, 36 lines per page) – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Cave Canem Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript by black writer of African descent (48-75 pages) – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Jane Martin Poetry Prize – Poetry (age 18-30) – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Stanzas – Poetry, theme: Snakes – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Before the Storm  – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Enzigram Journal Poetry Contest – Poetry, up to 10 pages  – closes 18 Mar (submit online)

Binstead Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Harvest  – closes 20 Mar (submit online)

Red Line Book Festival Expressions of Interest – Writers/Poets – closes 20 Mar (submit by post)

The Otley Poetry Prizes – Poetry – closes 20 Mar (submit online)

Abridged 0-49: Babel – Poetry, Artwork, theme: the death of communication – closes 24 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Day Ireland and Butlers Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: chocolate / coffee (max. 16 lines) – closes 24 Mar (submit online)

The A3 Review March Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Forests & Woods  – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

Vernal Equinox Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash  – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

The Ireland Funds Monaco Bursaries – Literary or academic writers, born or living in Ireland – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary – Mid-career poet living in Ireland (min. 2 collections published) – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

2018 Ottoline Prize – Full length poetry manuscript from previously published women poets – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Mar – (submit by post or online)

Banshee – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essays – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Booth Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Comics, Lists  – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Bristol Poetry Prize – Poetry  – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Burning Eye Open Call: 2018 Poetry List – Spoken Word & Performance Poetry (UK only) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Crannog – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

CutBank Chapbook Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Fence Books – Poetry, Fiction  – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Fish Poetry Competition – Poetry (max. 300 words) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Glass Poetry Press Chapbook Submissions – Poetry (15-25 pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Hugo House Residency – Published poets who teach – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Ireland and Cuirt Bursary – Emerging poet based in Ireland (under 35) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Post Road Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Short Plays, Artwork – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Puerto Del Sol Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Puerto Del Sol Submissions – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Saboteur Awards 2017 Nominations  – Categories include poetry pamphlets, magazines, short story collection, spoken word and more  – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize – Poetry for children (7-11 yrs) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Stare’s Nest  Poetry, theme: Brexit, Trump, Fascism, Solidarity – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Canthius – Poetry & Prose (Female & Genderqueer writers) – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Ninth Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Margins – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Swati Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Southampton Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays – 1 Apr (submit online) 

WCR Writing Fellowship – All writers – closes 1 Apr  (submit online)

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Tales From The Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 2 Apr (submit online)


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JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MARCH:

Milestones Poetry Competition – Poetry – open 21 Mar – 21 Jun (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: tbc – open 1 Apr – 1 Jun  (submit online)

The Warwick Prize for Women In Translation – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Children & YA by Women (trans. by male or female) – open 1 Apr – 1 Jun

Structo Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – closes 5 Apr (submit online)

DLRCC Writer In Residence – Script-writer (stage, TV, Film), theme: Ireland, The Future – closes 13 Apr (submit by post)

Passages North – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Poetry on the Lake – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Solstice Sounds Audio Magazine – Spoken Word & Experimental Sounds  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Swanwick Writers’ Summer School – Poetry, Fiction, Children’s Fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Montreal International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 5 May (submit online)

Bennington Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Translations – closes 15 May (submit online)

Gettysburg Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 31 May (submit online)

Grain Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 31 May (submit online)

New England Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama – closes 31 May (submit online)

2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Brittle Star – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

By and By Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online)

Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

GFT Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – open (submit online)

Gravel – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit by post)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post)

Hosking Houses Trust Residencies – Women writers over 40 (all genres – must have contract to publish / broadcast / perform) – open (submit online)

Idler – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Ink Sweat & Tears – Poetry – open (submit online)

Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

Noepe Center Residency Program – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Plays – open (submit online)

One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post)

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Carribean writers – open (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online)

Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (submit online)

Spry Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Squawk Back – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Brooklyn Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Humour – open (submit online)

The Collapsar – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Galway Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Great American Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

The MacGuffin – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Next Review – Poetry, Fiction, Reviews – open (submit online)

The Nottingham Review – Poetry & Fiction – open (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

The Quill Magazine – Poetry, Prose, All Genres (new writers only) – open (submit online)

The Southeast Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Sun Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Interviews – open (submit online)

Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – open (submit online)

Vending Machine Press – Poetry, Flash, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Essay – open (submit online)

Best of luck!


If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in March 2017, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – February 2017

The world has become an ever more unpredictable place in recent times. Weirdly, this can be a very productive time for writers, as our writing helps us process uncertainty, describe our experiences and express our fears, while also giving us a little objective distance. Whether you’re writing from a place of inspiration or provocation, here’s a list of poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in February, to get your work out into the world. It needs your voice now more than ever.

Best of luck!!

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February 2016

CutBank – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Sheila-Na-Gig – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

SubTerrain – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction. Essays, theme: The Future – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize – Poetry (10-20 pages, 36 lines per page) – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

The Meadow – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

WCR Writing Fellowship – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Close Approximations International Translation Contest – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Plays & more, Scottish writers only  – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Stoneboat Literary Journal: Beyond Red and Blue: Voices for America – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 5 Feb (submit online)

Picaroon Poetry: Troubadour Anthology – Poetry, theme: Music  – closes 5 Feb (submit online)

Granta – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction (French & English), theme: Canada  – closes 6 Feb (submit online)

York Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Art  – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

The Tangerine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 12 Feb (submit online)

John Dryden Translation Competition – Poetry, Prose, Drama  – closes 13 Feb (submit online)

Don’t Talk To Me About Love Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Love – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

Hippocrates Prize – Poetry, theme: Medical – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

Guernsey International Poetry Competition – Poetry  – closes 15 Feb (submit by post or online)

Gigantic Sequins – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction  – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry  – closes 15 Feb (submit by post or online)

The Adroit Prize for Poetry – Poetry (High School / Undergraduate writers)  – closes 15 Feb (submit by post or online)

Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship – All writers and artists  – closes 15 Feb (submit by post or online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Green – closes 16 Feb (submit online)

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Stone (students aged 16-18) – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Irish Chair of Poetry Travel Award – Poets (Ireland) – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Introductions Series – Unpublished poets (Ireland) – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Stanzas – Poetry, theme: Selfie – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

The Poetry Porch – Poetry, Essays, Reviews, theme: Artists & Airplanes – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Berkeley Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 19 Feb (submit online)

Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Feb (submit online)

The Penny Dreadful – Poetry, Fiction – closes 25 Feb (submit online)

The Ofi Press: Arctic Edition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 25 Feb (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash Fiction, Comics, Artwork, theme: Postcards – closes 25 Feb (submit online)

Poets and Players Competition – Poetry – closes 27 Feb (submit online)

The Ham Free Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Letters, Interviews, Art, theme: Change & Stasis – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Butcher’s Dog – Poetry (UK & Ireland) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Neon Books Chapbooks – Poetry, Fiction, Novellas, Graphic Fiction – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Mizna: Surviving: Arabs & Muslims As Villians, Again – Poetry, Prose, Art, theme: Exploring Arab America – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

404 Ink – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Illustration, theme: The F Word – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Donald Hall Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (min 48 pages) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit by post or online)

The Matador Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Stare’s Nest – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

York Literary Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (UK & Ireland only) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 28 Feb (submit by post or online)

Ambit Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online & by post)

42 Miles Press Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (45-100 pages) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Blackacre Reserve Residency – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Can Serrat Residency – All writers – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+ only) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (20-24 pages) – closes 1 Mar (submit by post or online)

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize  – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Kimmel Harding Nelson Residency – All writers and artists – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Norton Island Residency – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN FEBRUARY:

Listowel Writers’ Week – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

Glastonbury Festival – Poetry & Spoken Word Artists – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

CutBank Chapbook Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Southampton Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays – open 1 Feb – 1 Apr (submit online) 

Passages North – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction – closes Apr (submit online)

Structo Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Poetry on the Lake – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Montreal International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 5 May (submit online)

Bennington Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Translations – closes 15 May (submit online)

Gettysburg Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 31 May (submit online)

Grain Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 31 May (submit online)

New England Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Drama – closes 31 May (submit online)

2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Brittle Star – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

By and By Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online)

Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

GFT Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – open (submit online)

Gravel – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit by post)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post)

Hosking Houses Trust Residencies – Women writers over 40 (all genres – must have contract to publish / broadcast / perform) – open (submit online)

Idler – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Ink Sweat & Tears – Poetry – open (submit online)

Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

Noepe Center Residency Program – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Plays – open (submit online)

One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post)

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Carribean writers – open (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online)

Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (submit online)

Spry Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Squawk Back – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Brooklyn Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Humour – open (submit online)

The Collapsar – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Galway Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Great American Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

The MacGuffin – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Next Review – Poetry, Fiction, Reviews – open (submit online)

The Nottingham Review – Poetry & Fiction – open (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

The Quill Magazine – Poetry, Prose, All Genres (new writers only) – open (submit online)

The Southeast Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Sun Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Interviews – open (submit online)

Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – open (submit online)

Best of luck!


If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in February 2017, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – January 2017

Poetry Competitions & Submissions | Angela T. Carr

A bit of a late start to 2017 for the list thanks to the dreaded seasonal lurgy *cough, sniff, splutter* – but if you’re ready to take your writing to the next level or crush your fear of failure by aiming for 100 rejections a year, there are plenty of poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in January to make this your best year ever.

Best of luck!!

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Poetry Competitions & Submissions – December 2016

Poetry Competitions & Submissions | Angela T. Carr

It’s almost the end of the 2016 and I don’t think I’ll be sorry to see the back of this year! Even though it’s a busy time with the upcoming holidays, there are lots of poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in the month of December – still time to send your work out into the world and end the year in style.

Best of luck!!

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