Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – April 2017

April is National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), for those of you up for a challenge – the task is to write a brand new poem every single day for a month. And what will you do with all those bright and shiny poems?  Well, here’s a list of poetry competitions, journal submissions and writing opportunities open or with deadlines in April.

You’re welcome. You might even find some inspiration among those calls for submissions with a particular theme in mind. Good luck!


April 2017

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)

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

Forage – Poetry, Essay, Creative Non-Fiction, Art – closes 3 Apr (submit online)

Stories From the City – Event Ideas for ILFD: poetry, fiction, drama, song or comedy – closes 3 Apr (submit online)

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

Basil Bunting Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 7 Apr (submit online)

Poetry Meets Politics International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Apr (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival International Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

Audio Poems for Poetry Day Ireland – Poetry recordings – closes 10 Apr (submit online)

Pork Belly Press – Poetry, Essays, Art, theme: Love Me, Love My Belly – closes 10 Apr (submit online)

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

Harpur Palate – Poetry, Prose – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

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

The Normal School – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

New Women’s Voices Series Chapbook Competition – Unpublished female poets (up to 30 pages) – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

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

Ledbury Poetry Festival New Writers Programme – Emerging poets with min. one collection published – closes 17 Apr (submit online)

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition – Poetry – closes 19 Apr (submit online)

Silver Stream Journal – Poetry, Prose, Essays, Art – closes 21 Apr (submit online)

The A3 Review April Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Dinners  – closes 22 Apr (submit online)

Ruskin Poetry Prize – Poetry  – closes 26 Apr (submit online)

The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition – Poetry  – closes 29 Apr (submit online)

Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Barking Sycamores – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art by neurodivergent writers  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Hourglass Writing Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Essays  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art and more  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: The Deaf Issue  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Picaroon – Poetry  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

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

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships – Poets aged 21-31 years (US only) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

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

Sutra Press – Poetry Chapbook (12-32 pages)  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

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

Tools For Solidarity Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Solidarity  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Tupelo Press 2017 Berkshire Prize – First or Second collection of Poetry (48-88 pages)  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize – Poetry (17-24 pages)  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Vers Poets Poetry Competition  – Poetry  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Short Fiction, based on visual prompt, 50-500 words in 1 hour – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry  – closes 30 Apr (submit by post only)

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

Poetry London Competition – Poetry  – closes 2 May (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN APRIL:

The Weary Blues – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art – open 4 Apr – 26 May (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction, Translation – open 17 Apr – 19 May (submit online)

The Bedford International Writing Competition – Poetry – open 1 May – 30 Sept (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)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Borders – closes 1 Jun  (submit online)

The 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry – Poetry: new collection by American poet at any stage (48-100 pages) – closes 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) – closes 1 Jun

Milestones Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 Jun (submit online)

2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – 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)

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)

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 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 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 April 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)

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8 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – April 2017

  1. Brilliant round-up, as always, Angela! I’ve had at least one acceptance (probably more!) from subs done off your lists in recent months. So, a very big thank you!!

    1. Hi Karen,

      Thanks for reading! I think both these competitions are for Australian writers only. The list is based in Ireland/UK – I try to include opportunities that are open to that demographic or are open worldwide.

      A.

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