Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2018

Here’s it is, a new list with over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in August!

Summer can be a tricky time for writing with so many distractions vying for our time. In July, I managed just ONE piddly submission for the whole month BUT I also received news of an earlier submission being accepted for the next issue of a gorgeous journal, coming out in September. Sometimes, one submission is all it takes for your work to land in the right place at the right time.

So, whether you’re sending out one submission this month or twenty, keep up the good work and very best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

August 2018

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 Emma Press: Night-time Stories – Prose poetry, Fiction – closes 3 Aug (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Artwork – closes 4 Aug (submit online)

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

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Into the Trees – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

Second Light Competition – Poetry (women only) – closes 9 Aug (submit online)

Camac Competition – Poetry, Songs – closes 10 Aug (submit online)

Limerick Literary Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 10 Aug (submit online or by post)

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) –closes 10 Aug (submit by post)

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (Ireland only, unpublished poets) –closes 10 Aug (submit online)

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

Diode Editions 2018 Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (22-38 pages) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition – Poetry film (up to 10 mins) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Parentheses – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

The Hunger – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Poetry Contest – Poetry (8-24 lines) – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize – Poetry, Flash, Lyric Essay – closes 22 Aug (submit online)

Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Literary Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Children’s/YA Fiction – closes 23 Aug (submit online)

The Patrick and Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship – Poetry (Ireland only) – closes 25 Aug (submit by post)

Buzzwords Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 25 Aug (submit online)

Poetry-Scotland Writing Residency – Poetry – closes 25 Aug (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash and more, theme: Ball – closes 25 Aug (submit online)

Poetry Kit – Poetry – closes 27 Aug (submit online)

Popshot Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: Nostalgia – closes 28 Aug (submit online)

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

The Pickled Body: Issue 4.1 – Poetry, theme: The View From Here/From Here The View – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Blue Mesa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Coast to Coast to Coast – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Dancing Girl Press Chapbook Series – Poetry manuscript (12-32 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

HVTN  – Poetry, Fiction, Theory, Artwork – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Indicia Lit – Poetry, Flash, Artwork – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

James Tate Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-29 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Link Age Southwark Writing Competition – Poetry, Flash, theme: Friendship and/or Generations – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Matador Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Praha Mesto Literartury Residency – Writers, Translators – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

SFPA Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Bookends Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Emma Press: Illness – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Jan Michalski Residences for Writers – All Genres – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Spectacle – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Tiny Words – Haiku, Tanka, Haibun & very short poems – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Torbay Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Anomaly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Comics – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Apt – Poetry, Fiction, Essays (esp. POC, LGBTQIA, Disabled, Women, Non-gender confirming, Activist writers) – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

Asian American Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Translation – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

Interim Magazine – Poetry, Hybrid/Multimedia, Translation, Essay – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

Sidereal Magazine – Poetry, Essay, Flash Essay – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

The Account – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes  1 Sept (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes  1 Sept (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)


Irish Book Awards: Poem of the Year – Poetry – closes 7 Sept (submit online)

Baillieborough Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 10 Sept (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 August 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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