Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – November 2018

The clocks went back last weekend, temperatures plummeted and winter is now well and truly upon us. But the long dark evenings are perfect for lighting the fire and getting down to the serious work of writing or editing poems, perhaps to submit to one of nearly 150 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in November.

I’ve received a number of requests over the past few months asking if I could provide one-to-one mentoring to help writers polish their work before submitting to journals or competitions. If you’re interested in receiving feedback on your poetry via Skype (up to 6 poems per session), drop me a line via my website Contact Page, and I’ll send on all the details.

Or if you’re in need of encouragement, illumination for these dark nights, read Audre Lorde‘s essay, Poetry is Not a Luxury:

‘…for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless-about to be birthed, but already felt.’

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

(Click on links below for info)


November 2018

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)

Angel City Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Translation – closes 2 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)

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

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

As Above So Below – Poetry – closes 5 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)

Winter Tangerine: Dispatched from the Stars – Poetry, Prose, Essays, Artwork, theme: Citizenship & Sanctuary (esp. work from undocumented, non-citizen, and/or 1st generation immigrants of color) – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

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

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Frost & Dew – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

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

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

Cordite Review – Poetry, theme: Domestic – closes 11 Nov (submit online)

Popto Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essays, theme: Pub – closes 11 Nov (submit online)

Peculiar – Poetry, Prose, Art (Queer/LGBTQIA+ only) – closes 11 Nov (submit online)

Patchwork Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 12 Nov (submit online)

The Columbia Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 13 Nov (submit online)

Barnet Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Nov (submit online)

Carve Prose & Poetry Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Eleanor Zine – Poetry, Artwork (trans and non-binary women only) – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Fire Poetry Journal – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize – Poetry manuscript (min. 48 pages) – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Petrichor – Poetry, Art, theme: Renewal – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Seneca Review – Poetry, Essays – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Slant – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The Boiler – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The Hunger – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The Rush – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

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

Dodging the Rain – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays, Artwork – closes 18 Nov (submit online)

ZYZZYVA – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – closes 19 Nov (submit online)

Claim – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 20 Nov (submit online)

The Penn Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art – closes 20 Nov (submit online)

The John Hewitt Society: Call for Writing Workshop Facilitators – All genres – closes 22 Nov (submit online)

Burning House Press – Poetry, Prose, Artwork, Sound and more, theme: Facing up to the Future – closes 23 Nov (submit online)

Concrete Queers – Poetry, Prose, Artwork (Queer/Questioning writers only) – closes 25 Nov (submit online)

Iron Horse Trifecta Competition – Poetry (long poems or poetry sequences, 10-20 pages) – closes 25 Nov (submit online)

Shooter Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 25 Nov (submit online)

Sinking City – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art – closes 28 Nov (submit online)

Against the Grain Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Book of Kells Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Cafe Writers’ Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Candlestick Press Breakfast Poem Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Crannog – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

GlitterMob – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

JuxtaProse Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript, theme: Nature/Spirituality/Environment (50-100 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Matador Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Nimrod – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Northwest Words Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Parhelion – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Solstice Sounds – Poetry, Spoken Word, Experimental Sounds – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Baltimore Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Baltimore Review Winter Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Tools – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Fiddlehead – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Frontier New Voices Fellowship – Poetry (emerging writers from under-represented communities) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Hedgehog Press Full Fat Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript (60 pages max.) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Iowa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Women’s Aid NI Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, themes: Survival & Empowerment, Autonomy, Identity, Celebration (women, trans, non-binary, presumed female writers only)  – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Wundor Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-88 pages) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Doolin Writer’s Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Foglifter – Poetry, Prose, Cross-genre (especially queer, cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Heron Tree – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Hot Metal Bridge – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Porter Gulch Literary and Arts Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Plays, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Tammy – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (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 NOVEMBER:

Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Strokestown International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 7 Dec (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 November 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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