Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2017

December, again – where did the year go? If you’ve been promising yourself that 2017 would be your year to finally send your work out into the world, there’s still time!! Here are over 100 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in the month of December – so get cracking and end the year in style.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and the very best of luck. See you in 2018!

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December 2017

Bosch & Breugel Anthology – Ekphrastic Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Brunel International African Poetry Prize – Poetry (first or second-generation African writers) – closes 1 Dec (submit by post or online)

Doolin Writers’ Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 1 Dec (submit by post or online)

Fine Arts Work Centre Writing Fellowship – Poetry & Fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Flight – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Strokestown International Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Iowa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Tales From The Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Mslexia Issue 77 – Poetry, Fiction, Plays, theme: Bewitched – closes 4 Dec (submit online)

The Penny Dreadful – Poetry, Fiction – closes 4 Dec (submit online)

Amaryllis Christmas Competition – Poetry, theme: Christmas / New Year’s Day – closes 6 Dec (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 7 Dec (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry – closes 9 Dec (submit online)

People Not Borders: I Am Me Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 10 Dec (submit online)

The Emma Press Poetry & Prose Pamphlets – Poetry, Fiction – closes 10 Dec (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Ice & Snow – closes 10 Dec (submit online)

Cove Park Literary Residencies 2018 – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Biography – closes 11 Dec (submit online)

Ink Sweat & Tears: Christmas – Poetry –  closes 11 Dec (submit online)

Templar Quarterly Portfolio Award – Poetry – closes 11 Dec (submit online)

Poetry Book Society Student Poetry Prize – Poetry (current students over 18 yrs old) – closes 12 Dec (submit online)

All The Sins – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

Reservoir – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Seamus Heaney Award for New Writing – Poetry (N. Ireland only – note 9am deadline) – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

The Passage Between – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

XBorders: Accord Project – Emerging writers, all genres (Ireland / N.Ireland only) – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Coral – closes 16 Dec (submit online)

Cork International Poetry Festival Introductions – Poetry – closes 17 Dec (submit online)

The Fortnight 24 Days of Christmas Prize – Poetry – closes 17 Dec (submit online)

ROPES Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays, Artwork – closes 24 Dec (submit online)

Oxford Poetry Review – Poetry, theme: Crossings – closes 25 Dec (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction – closes 25 Dec (submit online)

Dorset Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-88 pages) – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Happenstance Press Feedback Service – Poetry (subscribers only) – closes 31 Dec (submit by post (UK) or online)

Into The Void Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript (50-100 pages) – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

The McNeese Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

The Moth Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

The Puritan: Literary Suburbia – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

WoLF Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Out of Darkness – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Breakwater Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 Jan 2018 (submit online)

Tongue&Grooves Prose Poem Prize – Prose Poetry – closes 1 Jan 2018 (submit online)


Ó Bhéal Five Words – Poetry – deadline each week, annual prize (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry – deadline and prize every 14 days (submit online)


Salome – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction, theme: Creation – opens 30 Oct, closes when 250 submissions are accepted (submit online)

The Good Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Photo Essays, Comics (British writers of colour only) – closes 3 Jan 2018 (submit online)

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 8 Jan 2018 (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction – opens 4 Dec, closes 11 Jan 2018 (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast Pamphlet Competition – Poetry – opens 8 Dec, closes 8 Feb 2018 (submit online)

Iota Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – opens 1 Jan (submit online)

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 January 2018 (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 April 2018 (submit online)

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

400 & Falling – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Artwork (emerging writers)  – (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

Ambit – Poetry, Short Fiction – open (submit online)

A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – 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)

Disclaimer Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Journalism, themes: Politics, Economics, Art – open (submit online)

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

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

FIVE:2:ONE – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork by underrepresented writers (POC, LGTBQ, non-binary, neurodivergent, trauma survivors etc.) – 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)

HCE Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit online)

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)

Inside the Bell Jar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: mental illness – open (submit online)

Irish Literary Review – 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)

New Contrast – 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)

Poetry Saltzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online)

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

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

Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open (submit online)

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – 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 Curlew – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: the natural world – open (submit online)

The Ellis Review – Poetry, published weekly – 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 Missouri Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – 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 Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – 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)

Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Best of luck!

If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in December 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, Submissions & Opportunities – October / November 2017

I’m afraid life got the better of me in September and most of October – apologies – but, believe it or not, the last week of October has almost twice as many opportunities as the whole rest of the month! So this is a bumper edition of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in October and November 2017. And there are some corkers…

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