Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2018

Apologies for the slow start this month – a combination of Easter holidays and the dastardly machinations of my inner ear which keeps telling my brain I’m on the move when I’m not! But never fear there are still over 110 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in April, so plenty of chances to get your work out there.

Running low on poems? Well, April is National Poetry Month, which means it’s also NaPoWriMo time, where masochistic poets all over the world attempt to write a poem a day for 30 days. Due to the aforementioned vertigo, I’m three for six at the moment but the month is young and there’s plenty of time to catch up. If you’d like to join in and are looking for inspiration to write lots of shiny new poems, check out the free NaPoWriMo resources at The Poetry School.

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

April 2018

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)

Poetry Day Ireland Mix-tape – Poetry recording – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

Binstead Arts Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Country – closes 9 Apr (submit by post)

The Straid Collection Award – Poetry manuscript (38-60 pages) – closes 9 Apr (submit online or by post)

Roscommon Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Surprises – closes 10 Apr (submit online)

The Cowles Poetry Book Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages) – closes 13 Apr (submit online)

CantoMundo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Etel Adnan Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Helios Quarterly Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

New Ohio Review Contests – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Poetry on the Lake International Competition – Poetry, incl. theme: Cinema – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry (unpublished poets) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Adroit Prizes – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Cardiff Review: The Queer Issue – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

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

Welshpool Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Jewels – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Kerouac Project Writing Residency – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

The Poetry Kit Competition – Poetry – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

Submittable-Centric Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Submittable – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

Books Upstairs Poetry Day Ireland Competition – Poetry, theme: Bidding Adieu to Britain (14 lines) – closes 23 Apr (submit online)

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry chapbook (20-40 pages) – closes 23 Apr (submit online)

SciPo2018 Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Climate change – closes 23 Apr (submit online or by post)

The Oliver Goldsmith Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 27 Apr (submit online)

University College Cork Writer in Residence – Open to all genres – closes 27 Apr (submit online or by post)

Poets Meet Politics Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Red Shed Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Apr (submit online and by post)

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript, unpublished poets (40-100 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Crossways Magazine – Poetry, Short Fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Earlyworks Press – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online or by post)

Exmoor Society Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (by post)

FIELD Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grey Hen Poetry Competition – Poetry (women over 60) – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Grist Pro-Forma Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Jacar Full-length Poetry Book Contest – Poetry (40-80 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Jacar Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry (20-32 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Modern Poetry in Translation – Poetry by poet or translator who identifies as LBGTQ+  – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Nimrod Literary Awards – Poetry (3-10 pages), Fiction (US only) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Nine Arches Press – Poetry manuscript (20 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Plumwood Mountain – Poetry, ecological theme – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships – Poetry (US only) – open 30 Apr (submit online)

The Lonely Crowd – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Vers Poets Open Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Poetry London Clore Prize – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Porridge – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art and more – closes 1 May (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)


Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (Unpublished writers only) – open 1 March – 15 May (submit online)

The Poets’ Republic – Poetry – open 1 April – 31 May (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 April 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)


3 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2018

  1. Nonbinary Review is currently accepting poetry for the following themed issue:
    A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (until April 23) – https://nonbinaryreview.submittable.com/submit/96405/nbr-17-a-wrinkle-in-time

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