Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – February 2019

Today in Ireland, we celebrate Imbolc – traditionally, the first day of Spring – and the ancient Celtic goddess Brigid (later, St. Bridget), who rules over inspiration, healing, smithcraft, the fire and hearth, and POETRY! What better time to light a fire under your asses to send your poems out to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in February 2019?!

You’re welcome.

In other news, last month I hosted the #JanuaryWriteOff – a 30 Day Writing Challenge to kick-start a daily writing habit for 2019. It far exceeded my expectations with over 120 people from around the world signing up to the FB group – 40+ poets actively posted in response to the daily prompts and gave feedback on each other’s work every day. It became so busy, I had to close entry to the group to keep things manageable! What started off as an idea for beating the January blues has turned into a thriving community of writers encouraging and supporting one another. It’s been an absolute pleasure to facilitate such a committed and talented group!!

At the moment, I’m putting together a new writing event kicking off in March – more details shortly but, lesson learned, numbers will be restricted. If you’d like to be first to know all about it and beat the rush, you can sign up to my mailing list here:


In the meantime, get your lovely words out into the world and best of luck!

February 2019

Eye Flash Poetry Journal – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

William Soutar Writing Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

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

CutBank – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Berkeley Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Griffith Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir and more, theme: Crimes & Punishment – closes 4 Feb (submit online)

Anthony Cronin Award – Writers (mid-career, min. 1 book published) – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

Trim Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

Waterford Healing Arts Trust Artist-in-Residence – All disciplines – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

FOURXFOUR – Poetry – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Cordite – Poetry, theme: Monster – closes 10 Feb (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Introductions – Poetry – closes 13 Feb (submit online)

Cupid’s Arrow Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Love – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

Cambridge Writers ‘Disobedient Futures’ Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more, theme: Future Cultures – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

Hippocrates Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship – Writers and researchers – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Denver Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (12 poems) – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-32 pages) – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Boiler – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship – All writers and artists – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

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

Human/Kind Journal – Found Poetry,theme: Humanity/Human Nature – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Tales from the Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, theme: X – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Masque and Spectacle – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Fiction, Artwork and more – closes 20 Feb (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Romance – closes 23 Jan (submit online)

Spotlight Books Competition – Poetry, Fiction manuscripts (poetry – 40-45 pages) – closes 24 Feb (submit online)

YorkMix Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Feb (submit online)

Creative Future Writer in Residence – Poetry or Fiction (under-represented writers only – UK-based) – closes 27 Feb (submit online)

Blue Mesa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Correspondences Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork and more (writers and artists with experience of Direct Provision only) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Hedgehog Press First Collection Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Homology – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art (people of color, those in the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities only) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Infinite Rust – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Limerick Is… – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Ninth Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Haibun Journal – Haibun Poetry, Essays – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction (esp. LGBTQ+, poets of colour & disabled writers) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Yaffle Prize 2019 – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Tiny Words – Haiku & Micro-Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Anomaly – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Ghost City Press Micro-Chap Series – Poetry, Prose, Multi-media (15 pages max.) – closes 1st Mar (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+ only) – closes 1st Mar (submit online)

Interim Journal – Poetry, Essay, Translation, Artwork – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Essay – closes 1st Mar (submit online)

Poetry & Words at Glastonbury Festival – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Sidereal Magazine – Poetry, Essays – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 New Poets’ Prize – Poetry (age 17-24) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry – Poetry, Performance, Film – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business Anthology – Poetry, theme: Running – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 Poetry Business International Poetry Book & Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-24 pages) – closes 1 Mar (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)


D-light Studios Residency Award – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 3 Mar (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 Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – 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 February 2019, 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)


8 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – February 2019

  1. Thank you for all your work putting together this great list, Angela. You’ve spurred me on to submit more :-)

    Plus I’ve got another opportunity for you :-)

    The Interpreter’s House is open for poetry and short fiction submissions until 28th February:

    and our 2019 Open House Poetry Competition is currently open for entries until 31st March:

    1. Hi Georgi – thanks for the heads-up! I spotted The Interpreter’s House submissions call earlier today and added it to the list, and have the competition in the diary for next month. a.

      1. Ah, thanks, Angela. Sorry I didn’t notice you’d added the subs call. I tried to post this morning but our internet failed for a while. Happy weekend!

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