Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2018

Brrrr! We’re snowed in, here in Dublin, as ‘The Beast From the East’ has most of Ireland and the UK clamped in its jaws. But the good thing about snow days is they’re ideal for reading, writing and for sending your work off to one of over 100 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March. Let’s put that cabin fever to good use!

While most of us understand the benefit of submitting to journals, I often see writers online asking if it’s worthwhile entering competitions – here are some thoughts on writing competitions from Kit de Waal, prize-winning author of The Times and international bestseller ‘My Name is Leon’, and the forthcoming ‘The Trick to Time’.

Not sure which competitions or opportunities to submit to? Can’t afford all those entry fees? Here’s how to make smart choices when entering poetry competitions.

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

March 2018

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)

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)

Tales From the Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, Photography, theme: Endings – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 6 Mar (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Maria Edgeworth Poetry & Short Story Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Mar (submit online)

The Dizziness of Freedom Anthology – Poetry, theme: Mental health – closes 12 Mar (submit online)

Bare Fiction – Poetry – closes 12 Mar (submit online)

Lambda Literary – Poetry (all submitting authors self-identity as queer) – closes 13 Mar (submit online)

Brittle Star Poetry & Short Fiction Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 14 Mar (submit online)

Ahsahta Press Sawtooth Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (50-100 pages) – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres, theme: Childhood – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Blue Mesa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Gordon Square Review – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Miller Audio Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Audio Documentary, Humour – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Southword Journal – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

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

National Student Poetry Competition – Poetry (Ireland/UK – primary and secondary level) – closes 16 Mar (submit by post or online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry (Irish resident only), theme: When Love Conquers Fear – closes 16 Mar (submit by post or online)

Birr Writers’ Residency – Any genre – closes 22 Mar (submit by post or online)

Burning House Press – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Masks, transformations, cosmos, personal myth – closes 24 Mar (submit online)

Sidekick Books: No, Robot, No Anthology – Poetry, Experimental Writing (3-5 pages) – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary – Poetry (Irish resident only – emerging poet from under-represented groups incl. poets from minority ethnic and socio economically disadvantaged backgrounds, poets with disabilities, and poets who identify as LGBTQI+) – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

Airlie Prize – Poetry manuscripts (48-90 pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Banshee – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Crannog – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast: Irish Issue – Poetry (resident on the island of Ireland only) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast: Issue 4 – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

FWS Vernal Equinox Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Mar (submit by post or online)

Jane Martin Poetry Prize – Poetry (young poets, aged 18-30 only) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Mojo – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Notre Dame Review – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Day Ireland Mix Tape – Poetry (audio) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Rattle Ekphrastic Challenge – Poetry (based on specified image) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Sycamore Review – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Translation – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize – Poetry for children – closes 31 Mar (submit by post or online)

The Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction (unpublished writers only) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Arkansas International – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Emma Press: Future Poems Anthology – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)


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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships – Poetry (US only) – open 1 Mar – 30 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 March 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)


7 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2018

  1. Thanks for doing this every month Angela – for a new writer like me (a million miles from the world of medicine) your blog is one of the most useful sources of information that I’ve found.

    1. Hi Aishwarya,

      Thanks for dropping by and for your question!
      Most of the opportunities on the list are open to writers all around the world. The only exceptions would be those where I’ve highlighted that there are restrictions eg. Ireland only. To be on the safe side, you should always check the individual journal or competition submission guidelines before sending your work.

      Hope that helps and best of luck!


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