Are you ready to Crush #NaPoWriMo in 2019?

Welcome to the April Write Off – A #napowrimo 30 day Challenge!

National Poetry Writing Month is almost upon us – the time of year when writers around the world take on the challenge of penning a poem every single day for a month.

Are you ready to make 2019 the year you conquer #NaPoWriMo???

Following the success of the January Write Off, I’m launching a brand spanking new 30 day challenge to spark your imagination and get those creative juices flowing in April.

It’s the perfect way to hold yourself accountable to your writing goals during #NaPoWriMo.

Writers on my mailing list always get first dibs on new opportunities and over half the spots have already been snapped up overnight. Numbers are limited and the remaining spots will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

All the information is on the website – just click the button below for details. And if you have any questions, drop me a line.

Hope to see you in the Challenge!


Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2019

With temperatures this week warmer than an Irish summer, it seems Spring is on the way! If you spent the long winter evenings scribbling poems into the wee hours, it’s the perfect time to go back over your work with a gimlet eye, polish it up and send it out to one of over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March 2019!

Or, if your poems are still not quite there, keep an eye on the blog for a new writing event kicking off shortly – details coming soon. Better yet, get on the mailing list and be the first to know, as numbers will be restricted.

And before you send those poems off, be sure to check out Submitting to Journals & Competitions: A Beginner’s Guide.  It’s chock full of tips for making sure your work makes the best possible impression when it lands in the inbox of your preferred journal, and it already getting the thumbs-up from poetry editors!

Best of luck sending your lovely words out into the world!

March 2019

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

Anomaly – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Ghost City Press Micro-Chap Series – Poetry, Prose, Multi-media (15 pages max.) – closes 1st Mar (submit online)

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

Interim Journal – Poetry, Essay, Translation, Artwork – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Essay – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Poetry & Words at Glastonbury Festival – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Sidereal Magazine – Poetry, Essays – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 New Poets’ Prize – Poetry (age 17-24) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry – Poetry, Performance, Film – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business Anthology – Poetry, theme: Running – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 Poetry Business International Poetry Book & Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-24 pages) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Valentine’s Day Love Your Bike Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Synaesthesia – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art & more – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

D-light Studios Residency Award – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Stockholm Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Brotherton Prize – Poetry (poets who have yet to publish a first collection) – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Jerwood Arts Bursaries  – All disciplines (UK) – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Popshot Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: Escape – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Edgeworth Society Festival Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 8 Mar (submit online)

The Kerouac Project – Residency, open to all writers – closes 10 Mar (submit online)

The Charles Causley Trust Writer-in-Residence Programme – Open to all writers (UK only) – closes 11 Mar (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Short Scripts, theme: Clothes – closes 11 Mar (submit online)

Poets & Players Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 13 Mar (submit online)

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition – Poetry pamphlet (10 no. poems) – closes 14 Mar (submit online)

Barren Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction & more, theme: Migration | Storms | Neglect | Pain | Softening – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary – Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Southword Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 16 Mar (submit online)

Words of Dublin Poetry Anthology – Poetry – closes 22 Mar (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Corners – closes 23 Mar (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Review – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

Cobh Readers & Writers Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

Newcastle Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

Cuirt Spoken Word Platform – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

North West Words Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Submission – Writers, Poets, Publishers, Cultural Organisations – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

The Binsted Prize – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2019 – Poetry, theme: Land is Life – EXTENDED closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Irish Funds Monaco Bursaries – Literary or Academic Writers, born or living in Ireland – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

Bray Literary Festival Applications – All writers – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Cave Canem Poetry Competition – Poetry manuscript in English by Black writers of African descent – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize – Poetry manuscript (15-25 poems) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

Hugo House Writer-In-Residence – Published Poets/Creative Writing Teachers – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Indiana Review Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Open House Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Salt Hill Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

San Fedele Press: American Writers Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Splonk – Prose Poetry/Flash – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Caterpillar – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Shearsman – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

FWS Vernal Equinox Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Gaelic (Poetry or Flash) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres, theme: Identity – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Minnesota Review – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 1 Apr (submit online)


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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


Fly on the Wall Poetry Press: Planet in Peril Competition – Poetry, Photography – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Dedalus Press Open Reading Period – Poetry manuscript – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Writing Home: The New Irish Poets Anthology (Dedalus Press) – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Other Terrain Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Backstory Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (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)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – 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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – 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 Lake – Poetry – 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 Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 March 2019, 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)

Submitting to Poetry Journals & Competitions: A Beginner’s Guide

Chatting to writers during the recent #JanuaryWriteOff 30 Day Challenge, it became clear many people find the process of submitting to poetry journals and competitions quite daunting. From formatting to bios to fees, there can be a lot of hoops to jump through and I thought it might be useful to walk you through the process.

What Goes into a Submission?

When you’re preparing work to send out into the world, you will need to prepare a package of information comprising some, or all, of the following:

  • Your work, presented in accordance with the competition or journal’s Submission Guidelines;
  • A short writer’s bio;
  • A cover letter and/or a completed application form;
  • An author’s photo;
  • Competition or Submission fees (if applicable).

Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail. Continue reading

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – February 2019

Today in Ireland, we celebrate Imbolc – traditionally, the first day of Spring – and the ancient Celtic goddess Brigid (later, St. Bridget), who rules over inspiration, healing, smithcraft, the fire and hearth, and POETRY! What better time to light a fire under your asses to send your poems out to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in February 2019?!

You’re welcome.

In other news, last month I hosted the #JanuaryWriteOff – a 30 Day Writing Challenge to kick-start a daily writing habit for 2019. It far exceeded my expectations with over 120 people from around the world signing up to the FB group – 40+ poets actively posted in response to the daily prompts and gave feedback on each other’s work every day. It became so busy, I had to close entry to the group to keep things manageable! What started off as an idea for beating the January blues has turned into a thriving community of writers encouraging and supporting one another. It’s been an absolute pleasure to facilitate such a committed and talented group!!

At the moment, I’m putting together a new writing event kicking off in March – more details shortly but, lesson learned, numbers will be restricted. If you’d like to be first to know all about it and beat the rush, you can sign up to my mailing list here:

In the meantime, get your lovely words out into the world and best of luck! Continue reading

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2019

Happy New Year!

Time to hit the reset button on your poetry goals with the January poetry list – over 110 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in January 2019!

January can often feel like a bit of a let down after all the holiday festivities so I thought I’d try something a little different to kick-start the year – a 30 day challenge with a series of daily writing prompts to spark the imagination and get those creative juices flowing.

Welcome to the #JanuaryWriteOff!

All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes each day and free-write around that day’s prompt. The challenge isn’t about producing finished work but about playing with ideas and trying something new. By the end of the month, at the very least you’ll have a whole bunch of new first drafts and have made a productive start to 2019!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Download the prompt image below – save to your laptop, phone or device, or print out and pin up in your writing spot.
  2. Share the image on social media with the hashtag #JanuaryWriteOff and tag @adreamingskin.
  3. Join the Facebook group for daily encouragement and to share your experiences:
  4. Write every day!

Will you join me???

Jan write off

Whether writing or submitting poetry this January, best of luck! Continue reading