Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2017

It’s the beginning of the month and that can only mean one thing… Loads of great lots of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in August 2017.

Good luck!


August 2017

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)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 2 Aug (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry & Flash – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

Free Verse: The Poetry Book Fair Competition – Poetry, theme: Hope – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

Over The Edge New Writer of the Year – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Aug (submit online)

POESIOMAT: Poetry Jukebox – Recordings of original poems (max. 2 mins / Ireland only) – closes 10 Aug (submit online)

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

The Limerick Competition – Poetry – closes 11 Aug (submit online)

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 11 Aug (submit online)

The Lonely Crowd – Poetry – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

Second Light Poetry Competition – Poetry, Long & Short Poems by Women (under / over 50 lines) – closes 15 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)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Turquoise – closes 16 Aug (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 16 Aug (submit online)

The Resurgence Prize – Poetry, theme: Eco-poetry – closes 17 Aug (submit online)

Robert Graves Prize – Poetry – closes 17 Aug (submit online)

Poetry-Scotland Writing Residency – Poetry – closes 25 Aug (submit online)

Brisons Veor Residency – All writers, low income – closes 26 Aug (submit online)

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition – Poetry (70 lines max.) – closes 26 Aug (submit online)

The A3 Review May Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Silver Things  – closes 26 Aug (submit online)

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition – Poetry  – closes 28 Aug (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

Aesthetica Magazine Creative Writing Award – Poetry & Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Antarctic Poetry Exhibition – Poetry, theme: Antarctic – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize – Poetry, debut collection (US only) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Eyewear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Melita Hume Poetry Prize – Poetry, full length first collection by poet under 35 – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Pickled Body: Issue 3.3 – Poetry, theme: Trash – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

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

Words By Water Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Glebe House International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Hannah Greally International Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Beneath Western Skies – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Naugatuck River Review Poetry Competition – Narrative Poetry – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Overton Poetry Prize – Poetry pamphlet (300 lines max.) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

The 2017 Beverly Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Criticism (Full Manuscripts) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN AUGUST:

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

OMI International Arts Center Residency 2018 – all genres – opens 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Southword – Poetry (English & Irish language) – 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)

Ambit – Poetry – opens 1 Aug – closes 1 Oct (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 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)

Ink Sweat & Tears – Poetry – closed until 2 Oct (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 August 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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