Poetry Competitions & Opportunities – May 2017

Now that you’re done with National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), you’ll be gussying up all those shiny new poems and looking to send your wordy fledglings out into the world! Here’s a list of poetry competitions, journal submissions and writing opportunities open or with deadlines in May.

Good luck!


May 2017

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

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition – Poetry  – closes 1 May (submit online)

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

Poetry on the Lake – Poetry  – closes 2 May (submit online)

Abridged: 0-1979 – Poetry, theme: life-shattering moments  – closes 5 May (submit online)

Inklette Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual, theme: Home  – closes 5 May (submit online)

King at the Back of the Hill Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: King Maine  – closes 5 May (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 10 May (submit online)

The Nottingham Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash  – closes 10 May (submit online)

The Alaska Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama  – closes 10 May (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast Poetry – closes 14 May (submit online) 

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

Montreal International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 May (submit online)

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 15 May (submit online)

The Sussex Chanctonbury Cup Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 May (submit online)

The Georgia Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Artwork – closes 15 May (submit online)

The Perch – Poetry, Prose, Artwork, Music, theme: mental health – closes 15 May (submit online)

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

Belfast Book Festival Mairtín Crawford Award – Poetry (emerging writers – unpublished) – closes 19 May (submit online)

South Downs Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 19 May (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction, Translation – closes 19 May (submit online)

Hematopoiesis Press – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 21 May (submit online)

The Pedestal Magazine – Poetry, theme: War – closes 21 May (submit online)

Wicklow Literature Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 May (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 24 May (submit online)

The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in Translation – closes 26 May (submit online)

The Weary Blues – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art – closes 26 May (submit online)

Three Drops Press: White Noise & Ouija Boards Anthology – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: Hauntings & the Supernatural – closes 26 May (submit online)

Wigtown Poetry Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art – closes 26 May (submit online)

Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Prose, Critical writing  – closes 27 Apr (submit online)

The A3 Review May Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Teachers  – closes 27 May (submit online)

The Emma Press Poetry, theme: Travel, being in transit  – closes 28 May (submit online)

AGNI – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 31 May (submit online)

Bread & Roses Poetry Award – Poetry, theme, Working Class life – closes 31 May (submit online)

Duende – Poetry, Prose, Drama, Screenplay, theme: States of Mind – closes 31 May (submit online)

Frogmore Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Gladstones Library Writers in Residence – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, Screenplay – closes 31 May (submit online)

Glass: A Journal of Poetry – Poetry, theme: Tundras – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Matador Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Silver Birch Press – Poetry, Flash, theme: My First Job – closes 31 May (submit online)

Sentinel Quarterly Poetry Competitions – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Strix – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

The Bridport Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Novel – closes 31 May (submit online)

The North – Poetry (poets under 35) – closes 31 May (submit online)

The Well Review – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

Villa Sarkia Residency – Writers & Translators (Under 40) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Wundor Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Spring – closes 31 May (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Short Fiction, based on visual prompt, 50-500 words in 1 hour – closes 31 May (submit online)

New Binary Press: Unreal Cities – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Metropolis, cities, urban spaces – closes 1 Jun  (submit online)

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

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

Helen Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

Low Light Magazine – Poetry, Prose, Journalism, Photography – 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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MAY:

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open 21 May (submit online)

Ploughshares – Poetry – open 1 June – 15 January 2018 (submit online)

Bare Fiction – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Drama – closes 5 Jun (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 13 Jun (submit online)

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

The Bedford International Writing Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (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)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – 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 May 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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