Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – June 2018

Summer’s finally here and with it more than 100 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in June!

May saw a historic referendum in Ireland, where the country overwhelmingly voted to remove legal restrictions on women’s healthcare by repealing the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution. It’s been an emotive journey for everyone and, to commemorate the occasion, New Binary Press have released a digital version of Autonomy, edited by Kathy D’Arcy – a snapshot of Ireland on the brink of change and a must read for anyone wanting to understand what autonomy means for women in the 21st Century.

We also had our first National Writers’ Day on the same day, organised by Words Ireland – a national collective of writing organisations – as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin. The main topic of discussion across all the sessions was how to create a sustainable working life as a writer – keep an eye on the Words Ireland website for a series of articles exploring the themes of the day, as well as some fantastic resources for writers.

In the meantime, start submitting and best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

June 2018

Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 June (submit online)

Field Notes – Poetry, Fiction, Essays and more (women, lgbtqia, gender non-conforming, POC, and/or other marginalized voices) – closes 1 June (submit online)

Fourteen Hills – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art and more – closes 1 June (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Translation – closes 1 June (submit online)

Helen Literary Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Essays, Art and more (esp. work by people of color, LGBTQIA+, disabled creatives, and other marginalized groups)  – closes 1 June (submit online)

Three Drops Press – Poetry, Micro/Flash, theme: Changelings & Fairy Rings  – closes 1 June (submit online)

Mslexia Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme:Cooking  – closes 4 June (submit online)

The Franz Wright Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48-120 pages)  – closes 6

June (submit online)

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

Mad Like Us – Poetry, theme: Mental Health  – closes 7 June (submit online)

Vallum Magazine – Poetry, Essay, Audio & Video  – closes 7 June (submit online)

Bread & Roses Poetry Award – Poetry, theme: Working Class Life, Politics, Communities & Culture  – closes 8 June (submit online)

Africa Day Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Africa & Ireland  – closes 12 June (submit online)

Abridged 0-53 – Poetry, theme: Relapse, the pull of the past – closes 15 June (submit online)

Akron Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Chicago Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 June (submit online)

Elastic – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 June (submit online)

Gŵyl Cybi – Cybi Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 June (submit online)

ImageOutWrite – Poetry, Fiction, theme: LGBTQ lives  – closes 15 June (submit online)

Litmus Press – Long Poetry, theme: Critical Forms of Enquiry (max. 35 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Sandwich Arts Week Poetry Trio Competition – Poetry – closes 15 June (submit online)

Segora International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Drama – closes 15 June (submit online)

The Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Essays – closes 15 June (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Yeats Summer School Scholarship – Poetry (Irish resident – min. 2 collections published) – closes 15 June (submit online)

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

Riddled With Arrows – Metapoetry, Metafiction, theme: The Invisible World – closes 17 June (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year – Poetry – closes 18 June (submit online)

Creative Future Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction (underrepresented writers, UK only) – closes 18 June (submit online or by post)

Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest – Poetry manuscript (40-120 pages) – closes 18 June (submit online)

McLellan Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 June (submit online)

Next Generation Artists’ Award – Literature – closes 21 June (submit online)

South Bank Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: London – closes 21 June (submit online)

The Tangerine Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 22 June (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash and more, theme: Wheel – closes 23 June (submit online)

SurVision – Poetry, Essay, theme: Surrealism – closes 25 June (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 25 June (submit online)

The John Hewitt Society Summer School – Writers of all genres (NI, Ireland and UK only)  – closes 27 June (submit online)

Barrow Street Book Contest – Poetry, Essay, Art – closes 30 June (submit online)

Borderlands – Poetry manuscript (50-80 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Briars Lit – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Experimental – closes 30 June (submit online)

Burnside Review Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (18-24 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Cha Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art, theme: Writing Singapore – closes 30 June (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Competition – Poetry (16-23 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

iYeats Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Meridian – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 30 June (submit online)

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages, debut collection, US only) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Nightjar Review – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Paper Swans Poetry Pamphlet Prize – Poetry (18-24 poems) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poet Lore – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Prole Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (15-30 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Seashores – Haiku – closes 30 June (submit online)

Sixth Finch – Poetry, Art – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Bangor Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Love – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

UC Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

CutBank Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction (writers who self-identify as Queer) – closes 1 July (submit online)

IOTA Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 1 July (submit online)

Quarterly West Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (18-44 pages) – closes 1 July (submit online)

Territory – Poetry, Fiction, Art, Music, theme: Journeys – closes 1 July (submit online)

Live Canon International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 2 July (submit online)

Otley Poetry Prizes – Poetry, theme: Wildlife – closes 2 July (submit online)

Not4U Zine – Poetry, theme: the Cailleach (seeking voices of diverse gender, sexuality, ability, race etc.)  – closes 5 July (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)


Buddy  – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, theme: Mental Health – open 1 June – 31 July (submit online)

GlitterMob – Poetry, Art – open 1 June – 31 July (submit online)

The North: Irish Issue – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

Broken River Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-40 pages) – open 1 June – 31 Aug (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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – 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 June 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 – June 2018

  1. Hi Angela, Thanks for including Otley Poetry Prizes competition in your listing. Just in case anyone is led astray by it, the theme is Wildlife, not Wildfire! Thank you for this great resource.

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