Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – February 2018

It’s the beginning of the month which means the list is here with nearly 100 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in the month of February – so what are you waiting for?

Not sure which competitions or opportunities to submit to? Here are some thoughts on making smart choices when entering poetry competitions.

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

February 2018

Coast to Coast to Coast Pamphlet Competition – Poetry – closes 8 Feb (submit online)

Strokestown: 20 Photos, 20 Lines Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

York Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Can Serrat Writers’ Residency – All writers – closes 10 Feb (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry (Poet working toward first collection) – closes 12 Feb (submit online)

Guernsey International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Fib Review – Fibonacci Poetry – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Forty Words Competition – Mini Poetry & Fiction – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Lighthouse Works Fellowship – Writers, Artists – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship – Writers and Artists – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Introductions – Emerging poets (Irish or Irish resident only) – closes 16 Feb (submit by post)

Abridged 0-52: Contagion – Poetry, Artwork – closes 23 Feb (submit online)

York Literature Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 25 Feb (submit online)

Popshot Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: The Truth – closes 26 Feb (submit online)

The Tangerine Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 26 Feb (submit online)

Auditory Cortex Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Snowbound Chapbook Award – Poetry (20-26 pages) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Compass Magazine – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Poets & Players Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Ambit – Poetry, Short Fiction – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Here Comes Everyone Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Articles, Artwork, theme: Tomorrow – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Iota Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-24 pages) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize – Poetry ( aged 17-24, 12 poems) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Edwin Morgan Poetry Award – Poetry (Scottish poets under 30, manuscript 25-50 poems) – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

Two Chairs Creative Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Prose – closes 2 Mar (submit online)


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

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


Salome – Poetry, Fiction< Non-Fiction, theme: Time – opens 30 Jan (submit online)

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

A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – 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)

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)

New Contrast – 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)

Poetry Saltzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online)

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)

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – 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)

Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Best of luck!

If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in February 2018, 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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