Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October / November 2017

I’m afraid life got the better of me in September and most of October – apologies – but, believe it or not, the last week of October has almost twice as many opportunities as the whole rest of the month! So this is a bumper edition of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in October and November 2017. And there are some corkers…

Good luck!


October 2017

Leaves Literary Festival – Poetry – closes 27 Oct (submit by post)

The A3 Review Monthly Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Betrayal  – closes 28 Oct (submit online)

The Emma Press: Dinosaur Poems for Children – Poetry – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Artis Natura – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, theme: The Forest Imagined  – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

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

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Competition – Poetry, 14 lines – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Iceland Writers Retreat Alumni Award – Literary Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize – Poetry (up to 30 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Iota Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Raleigh Review – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize – Poetry (20 – 36 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Bare Fiction Prize – Poetry, Flash, Short Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Blue Nib Chapbook Competition – Poetry (8 poems / max. 15 pages – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Eric Gregory Awards – Poetry (30 poems by poet under 30 yrs old) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The 2017 Flambard Poetry Prize – Poetry (5 poems by unpublished poet) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Frogmore Press Submissions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The National Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

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

November 2017

2 Elizabeths Love & Romance Contest – Poetry (3 – 10 pages), Fiction – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The 2018 Alice James Award – Poetry manuscript (48 – 80 pages) – closes 1 Nov (submit by post or online)

Ambit – Poetry – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

New Binary Press Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (50-80 poems) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

NILVX – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, theme: Divine Androgyne (LGBT identity and spirit) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

2018 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Provocation & Witness – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Sun Magazine – Poetry, theme: Love & Justice (esp. writers of colour) – closes 1 Nov (submit by post or online)

The White Review Poet’s Prize – Poetry portfolio by unpublished poet (5 – 10 pages) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Walt Whitman Award – Poetry manuscript by unpublished US poet (resident or citizen) (48 – 100 pages) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Winter Tangerine Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 3 Nov (submit online)

Exchanges Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Plays, Creative Non-fiction – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 5 Nov (submit by post or online)

Shooter Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, theme: New Life – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

New York Encounter Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: An Impossible Unity – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

Seren Christmas Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 8 Nov (submit online)

Iceland Writers Retreat Competition – Poetry, Flash, Essay, theme: Waterfalls – closes 12 Nov (submit online)

Writers’ Centre Norwich Christmas Poem Competition – Poetry – closes 13 Nov (submit online)

Barnet Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Nov (submit online)

Writeabridge International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Nov (submit online)

Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Dirty Paws Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Gorse: 11 – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, theme: Borders – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition – Poetry (48 – 70 pages) – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The Yale Younger Poets Prize – Poetry manuscript by unpublished US poet (48 – 64 pages) – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Grey – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

The Dark Mountain – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art – closes 17 Nov (submit online)

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

Judith Wright Poetry Prize – Poetry, emerging poets – closes 19 Nov (submit online)

Shooter Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 19 Nov (submit online)

Three Drops From A Cauldron: Midwinter Special – Poetry, Flash, theme: Solstice & Winter lore – closes 20 Nov (submit online)

tenderness, yea chapbook series contest – Poetry manuscript by unpublished poet, esp. QTPOC (10-35 pages) – closes 23 Nov (submit online)

Popshot Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Romance – closes 27 Nov (submit online)

Anomaly: Radical: Avant Garde Poets of Colour Folio – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Beyond The Breadcrumbs – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, theme: Fairytales – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Book of Kells Creative Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Cafe Writers Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Glittermob – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Migration – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Frontier Open Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Gregory O’Donohue International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Matador Review Winter Issue – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

North West Words Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize – Poetry manuscript by female (incl. trans or identifying as) over 50 years old (60 – 100 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Bosch & Breugel Anthology – Ekphrastic Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Brunel International African Poetry Prize – Poetry (first or second-generation African writers) – closes 1 Dec (submit by post or online)

Doolin Writers’ Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 1 Dec (submit by post or online)

Fine Arts Work Centre Writing Fellowship – Poetry & Fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Flight – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Strokestown International Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Iowa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Tales From The Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry – deadline and prize every 14 days (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN OCTOBER & NOVEMBER:

Salome – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – opens 30 Oct, closes when 250 submissions are accepted (submit online)

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

Breakwater Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 Jan 2018 (submit online)

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 January 2018 (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 April 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)

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)

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)

Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open (submit 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 Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – 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 October or November 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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