Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – September 2018

It’s that back to school time of year so get ready to knuckle down and get your poems out into the world with a new list of over 110 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in September!

Last month, I was delighted to discover I’d taken first place in the 2018 Laureate’s Prize, as organised by The Poetry Business and judged by UK Poet Laureate, Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy! Thank you so much to The Poetry Business for this opportunity and congratulations to the other prize winners in the Single Poem and Pamphlet competitions – I’m looking forward to meeting and reading with them later in the year.

I feel I should qualify this by saying it’s not been a particularly productive writing year for me – there have been too many other things snaffling up precious time. But, if I’ve learned anything over the past decade since I started writing it’s that however little you feel you’re producing work-wise, you need to keep putting it out there. Even if you only send out a handful of poems a month, you never know where or when one will land in the right place!

Wherever you are with your writing, keep up the good work and very best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

September 2018

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)

UCD Writers’ Fellowship – All genres (Irish writers only) – closes  3 Sept (submit online)

Writers Residency in Brussels – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction (English writers only) – closes  3 Sept (submit online)

Banff Centre Arts Writer in Residence – Poetry – closes 5 Sept (submit online)

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

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Truth & Lies – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: A Bright Future – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

Baillieborough Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

Dig: The Value of Archaeology for Society & the Economy –  Call for presentations from Poets, Writers, Artists, Architects, Community Leaders and anyone who can demonstrate how archaeology has enhanced their work – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

The Michael Marks Poetry Award – Poetry pamphlets (pub. after 1 Aug 2017) – closes 13 Sept (submit online)

Manchester Poetry Prize – Poetry (3-5 poems) – closes 14 Sept (submit online)

Mslexia/Poetry Book Society Women’s Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Sept (submit online)

Mslexia/Poetry Book Society Women’s Pamphlet Competition – Poetry pamphlet (20-24 pages)– closes 14 Sept (submit online)

Bonsai – Haiku, Small Poems – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast – Poetry pamphlet (12 pages) – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Dark Wood – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction and more – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Grist – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Robert Watson Literary Prizes – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

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

Voices of War Internation Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

New Irish Writing in Germany Award – Poetry, Fiction (Irish or German writers only) – closes 17 Sept (submit online)

Soundswrite Press: Take Three – Poetry (women writers, living/working in East Midlands) – closes 17 Sept (submit online)

Dodging the Rain – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction and more – closes 18 Sept (submit online)

Granada Writers in Residence Programme – Poetry, Fiction, Essays (min. 1 book published) – closes 20 Sept (submit online)

The Well Review – Poetry, Artwork – closes 20 Sept (submit online)

Allingham Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 21 Sept (submit online)

Westival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 Sept (submit online)

Greywood Arts Winter Writing Residency – Poetry, Prose, Plays – closes 23 Sept (submit online)

Magma Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (18-24 pages) – closes 25 Sept (submit online)

Jonathan Swift Creative Writing Awards – Poetry, Prose – closes 26 Sept (submit online)

Grindstone International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 28 Sept (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing, Aural/Video Poetry – closes 28 Sept (submit online)

2020 Miller Williams Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (60-90 pages) – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

ARC Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Hammond House International Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Screenplay – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Indigo First Pamphlet Competition – Poetry pamphlets (up to 30 pages, unpublished poets only) – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Infinite Rust – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Irish Arts & Writers Festival Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Pendle War Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Strix – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

The Compass Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Five Lamps Arts Festival – All art forms – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Artist-in-Residence – Artists – closes 1 Oct (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)


Winter Tangerine Fellowship – Poetry, Prose – closes 3 Oct (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 September 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)


9 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – September 2018

    1. Hi Monty – thanks for the tip! I’m based in Ireland, so there’s a strong Ireland/UK slant to the list but I’m always happy to include international journals, competitions and opportunities. All the best with your writing!

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