Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2018

It’s July and we’ve officially hit the middle of the year – an excellent time to check in on your writing goals for 2018. If you’ve haven’t hit your targets, never fear – there’s still plenty of time to get your work out into the world with over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in July!

Life often gets in the way and I know I’ve not been writing or sending out as much as I’d hoped to this year, which is why I was delighted to be shortlisted last month in The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition in the UK, judged by Liz Berry and David Constantine. It was a much needed reminder to keep sending the work out – it can’t find its place in the world if it’s sitting in a drawer!

And, if 2018 has brought you nothing but rejection letters so far, you might be doing better than you think – time to re-read Kim Liao’s piece on why she aims for 100 rejections a year.

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)


July 2018

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)

Picaroon Poetry – Poetry – closes 5 July (submit online)

SAND Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 6 July (submit online)

The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in Translation – closes 6 July (submit online)

The Good Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Comics/Photo Essays by writers of colour (UK only) – closes 8 July (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Portraits – closes 7 July (submit online)

Arts Council Bursary Award – All genres – closes 12 July (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 12 July (submit online)

Wasafiri New Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing – closes 13 July (submit online)

Ambit Magazine Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Home – closes 15 July (submit online)

Emrys Press Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (24-28 pages) – closes 15 July (submit online)

Foglifter Journal – Poetry, Prose, Cross-genre (LGBTQ+ friendly) – closes 15 July (submit online)

Frontier Summer Poetry Award – Poetry (new and emerging poets – 2 collections max.) – closes 15 July (submit online)

Grist Competition – Poetry, Fiction theme: Protest – closes 15 July (submit online)

Helios Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 July (submit online)

Rattle Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online)

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online)

Vallum Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online)

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

Words by Water Creative Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 July (submit online)

A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 16 July (submit online)

Dodging the Rain – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, Art – closes 18 July (submit online)

Eavan Boland Poetry Workshop at Kilkenny Arts Festival – Poetry – closes 20 July (submit online)

Michael Mullan Cancer Fund Poetry Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 20 July (submit online)

Primers: Volume 4 – Poetry (unpublished & UK only) – closes 22 July (submit online)

Women Poets’ Prize – Poetry (UK/NI only) – closes 23 July (submit online)

Culpepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Home – closes 25 July (submit online)

Write by the Sea Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir – closes 26 July (submit online or by post)

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 26 July (submit online or by post)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash and more, theme: Thieves – closes 28 July (submit online)

3 Elements Review – Poetry, Fiction, Art, themed (see submission guidelines) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Betjeman Poetry Prize – Poetry (age 10-13) – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Cigar City Poetry Journal – Poetry, Translation (English/Spanish language) – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Esc Zine – Poetry, Flash, Micro-fiction, theme: Bad Advice – closes 31 July (submit online)

Foyle Young Poets of the Year – Poetry (age 11-17) – closes 31 July (submit online)

GlitterMob – Poetry, Art – closes 31 July (submit online)

Indigo First Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript (15 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Not Very Quiet – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Papercuts Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art, theme: Nomad – closes 31 July (submit online)

Petrichor Magazine – Poetry, Visual/Hybrid – closes 31 July (submit online)

Rhino Poetry – Poetry, Translation, Flash – closes 31 July (submit online)

River Styx – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 July (submit online)

Sentinel Poetry Book Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Sydenham Arts Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Heroes & Heroines – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Blue Nib Autumn/Winter Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Collagist – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Fenland Reed – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Gravity of the Thing – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online)

The John Montague International Poetry Fellowship – Poet of international standing from outside Ireland – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Impossible Archetypes – Poetry (LGBTQ+) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Memoir Mixtapes – Creative Non-fiction Poetry & Essays, theme: Guilty Pleasures  – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Mom Egg Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Mothers and Motherhood  – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Padraic Colum Gathering 2018 Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online or by post)

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN JULY:

Popshot Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – opens 9 July (submit online)

Waterford Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 10 Aug (submit online)

The Gingko Prize – Poetry, theme: Ecology – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Former Cactus – Prose poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Magma Poetry – Poetry, theme: Changeling – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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 July 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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2 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2018

  1. Your list is very helpful in my hope to have more of my work published globally. Thank you for the sharing of information.

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