Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October 2018

The days are getting colder and shorter so what better way to make use of the longer nights than to polish up your poems and submit them to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in October?

And if those rejections are piling up and getting you down, have a read of ‘So Your Piece Has Been Rejected’ by Josephine Taylor in the Westerly Mag. It not only offers some useful perspective on the submissions process from an editor’s point of view, it also emphasizes that ALL writers get rejections, even amazing, renowned and celebrated ones! It’s a right of passage for us all – submit, review, adjust and keep sending your writing out into the world!

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

(Click on links below for info)


October 2018

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)

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

Irish Arts Los Gatos Writing Contests – Poetry, Fiction – closes 4 Oct (submit online)

Caboodle Flash Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Oct (submit online)

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

Sixth Finch – Poetry, Artwork – closes 8 Oct (submit online)

Abridged 0-54: Control – Poetry, Artwork – closes 10 Oct (submit online)

Anastamos – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Academic, Artwork, theme: Tangible – closes 10 Oct (submit online)

Damn Zine – Poetry, Illustration and Artwork – closes 12 Oct (submit online)

Every Pigeon – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

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

Inscape Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

New Square – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews and more – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (40-120 pages) – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Palette Poetry Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry (3no. poems max. – poets with no more than 2no. collections published) – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

The Jake Adam York Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages, US citizens only) – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

The Penn Review Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

The Southampton Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, Artwork – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

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

Washington Square Review – Poetry, Fiction, Translation – closes 15 Oct (submit online)

Riddled With Arrows – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork and more, theme: Objects & Artifacts – closes 18 Oct (submit online)

HCE Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 19 Oct (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal: Halloween Ekphrastic Challenge – Poetry, Flash – closes 21 Oct (submit online)

Troubadour International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 22 Oct (submit online)

NonBinary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Dante’s Inferno – closes 24 Oct (submit online)

Triple Canopy Call for Proposals – Poetry, Fiction – closes 26 Oct (submit online)

Gorse – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 28 Oct (submit online)

3Elements Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Puerto Del Sol – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, theme: Absence – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Banshee – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Bare Fiction Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Beech Street Review – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Blue Light Books – Poetry manuscript (48-75 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Ellipsis – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Drama, Artwork – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Hedgehog Press First Collection Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Indiana Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Lumina – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

National Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Red Hen Press Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-96 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Seneca Review – Poetry (trans and genderqueer) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Songs of Lennon & McCartney Competition – Poetry (trans and genderqueer) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Sunken Garden Poetry Prize – Poetry chapbook (20-36 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Collaborative Voices Folio – Poetry, Fiction (two or more writers in collaboration) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Feelings Journal – Poetry, Artwork – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Gravity of the Thing – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Ofi Press – Poetry, Fiction, Translation – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Plough International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry – Poetry manuscript (50-80 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Bat City Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Brick Road Poetry Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (50-100 pages) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Interim: Poetry & Politics Poetry Book Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Kenyon Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Plays and more – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Storyscape Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, theme: Winter, Christmas, Seasonal – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

What Are Birds? Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Leeds Peace Poetry – Poetry, theme: Food Inequality – closes 2 Nov (submit online)

The Ogham Stone – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir, Art – closes 2 Nov (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 OCTOBER:

Saboteur Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Spoken Word – closes 4 Nov (submit online)

The Tangerine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 4 Nov (submit online)

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

The Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

The White Review Poet’s Prize – Poetry – closes 6 Nov (submit online)

The Pangolin Review – Poetry – closes 8 Nov (submit online)

The Emma Press – Poetry, theme: Gothic – closes 9 Nov (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 Lake – Poetry – 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 October 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)

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October 2018

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s