Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2017

Summertime and the living is easy… Unless your laptop goes phhtttz…. and your new laptop follows suit. But I’m happy to report all technical difficulties have been overcome and there are still loads of great lots of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in July 2017.

Good luck!

July 2017


Knightmare Press 2017 Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Change – closes 1 Jul (submit online)

Live Canon Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Jul (submit online)

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

Words Ireland: Call for Mentors – Poetry, Fiction (Adult, YA, Children) – closes 10 Jul (submit online)

Words Ireland: Call for Mentees – Poetry, Fiction (Adult, YA, Children) – closes 10 Jul (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Housing & Homelessness – closes 12 July (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 13 July (submit online)

Tincture Journal – Poetry – closes 13 July (submit online)

The Tangerine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 14 July (submit online)

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 – Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing – closes 14 July (submit online)

Ambit Annual Summer Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Jul (submit online)

Ashville Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 15 Jul (submit online)

Fairy Tale Review Awards – Poetry, Prose, theme: Resistance and Protest – closes 15 Jul (submit online)

Rattle Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Jul (submit online)

Vallum Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 Jul (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+, all genders) – closes 16 Jul (submit online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Tan – closes 16 Jul (submit online)

The Poetry School: ‘Drawing Poetry’ residency – Poets, Artists (London-based) – closes 17 Jul (submit by post)

Dodging the Rain – Poetry & Fiction, Artwork – closes 18 Jul (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 19 Jul (submit online)

Bangor Poetry Prize – Poetry, theme: Journeys – closes 21 Jul (submit online)

The A3 Review May Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art  – closes 22 Jul (submit online)

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 28 Jul (submit online)

Bradford-on-Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Flights of fancy – closes 30 July (submit online)

Penfro Open Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Flights of fancy – closes 30 July (submit online)

Against the Grain Poetry Press – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Creative Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, title: Being There – closes 31 July (submit online)

Butcher’s Dog – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award – Poetry, ages 11-17 – closes 31 July (submit online)

Scintilla – Poetry, metaphysical – closes 31 July (submit online)

Settle Sessions Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Sylvia Plath: Letters, Words, Fragments – Call for papers / panels, academic and artistic responses – closes 31 July (submit online)

The David Burland Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Dermot Healy International Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Virginia Quarterly Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Jazz Cigarette – Poetry (Formal: Villanelle, Pantoum, Triolet etc.)  – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Porkbelly Press Micro Chapbook – Poetry, Micro Fiction & Creative Non-fiction (10-12 pages) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Winter Tangerine Awards – Poetry, Fiction (New and emerging)  – closes 1 Aug (submit online)




Milk: An Anthology of Eroticism – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction (needs more submissions from female writers) – currently open / publication in 2017 (submit online)

Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (new and emerging writers) – closes 11 Aug (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Europe – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Dromineer Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry & Flash – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Ogham Stone – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Bailieborough Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 2 Sept (submit online)

Mslexia Issue 76 – Poetry, Fiction, Plays, theme: Yesteryear – closes 4 Sept (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast – Poetry – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Ink Sweat & Tears Pamphlet Commission Competition – Poetry (12 pages plus outline) – closes 22 Sept (submit online)

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

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

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 January 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)

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)

HCE Review – 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)

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)

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 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 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 July 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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