Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2019

Spring has just arrived here in Ireland (along with a deluge of hailstones and forecasts of snow) and, to celebrate the season and the birth of new things, here are over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in April 2019!

It’s also National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo or GloPoWriMo) where writers attempt to write a poem a day throughout April. My April Write Off 30 Day Challenge is now fully booked but here are the prompts we’re following, if you want to give it a go yourself.

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Trying your hand at writing a poem a day in April? Here are my tips for Surviving NaPoWriMo, maintaining momentum and getting the most out of the 30 day challenge experience. And if you’d like to know about future writing events before they’re officially launched, just jump on the mailing list.

Whether you’re writing or submitting poems this month, I wish you the very best of luck!


April 2019

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres, theme: Identity – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Minnesota Review – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Gladstone Library Writer in Residence – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 5 Apr (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Non-fiction – closes 7 Apr (submit nline)

Arts & Disability Connect – Funding for Artists – Literature – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

The Padraic Colum International Gathering Poetry Competitions – Poetry – closes 12 Apr (submit online)

Tin House: Broadside Thirty – Poetry – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

A Public Place – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

CantoMundo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Etel Adnan Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages, 1st or 2nd collection only) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Gutter Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Interim Magazine – Poetry, Performance, Art, Experimental, theme: To Carry Across – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Hunger Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & more – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Idyllwild Arts Writers’ Week Fellowship – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit onl

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

The Straid Collection Award – Poetry manuscript (min. 38 pages) – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, theme: Landscape & Maps – closes 18 Apr (submit online)

The Emma Press: Picture Book Proposals – Poetry, Fiction – closes 20 Apr (submit online)

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 22 Apr (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Normal – closes 27 Apr (submit online)

Fly on the Wall Poetry Press: Planet in Peril Competition – Poetry, Photography – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Poetry Wall – Poetry (max. 16 lines) – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript, first collection (48-100 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Amsterdam – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Beech Street Review – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Blacklion Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Culpepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Dedalus Press Open Reading Period – Poetry manuscript – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Frogmore Press – Poetry, Prose – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grey Hen Press Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grist Journal ProForma Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Jacar Press Full-length & Chapbook Contests – Poetry manuscript (40-80 pages, 20-32 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Loss – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Smithereens Literary Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Compass Magazine – Poetry, theme: Current Political Climate – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ver Poets Open Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Waxwing – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Welshpool Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Writing Home: The New Irish Poets Anthology (Dedalus Press) – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Poetry London Clore Prize – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Skylight 47 – Poetry, theme: Language, Landscape & Migration – closes 1 May (submit online)

Storyscape Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Mairtin Crawford Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 May (submit online)

Waltraud Field International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (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 APRIL:

Other Terrain Journal – Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Backstory Journal – Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 4 May (submit online)

The Stinging Fly Summer School – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 9 May (submit online)

Iota Shot Pamphlet Award – Poetry manuscript (16-20 pages) – closes 28 May (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 28 May (submit online)

The Bridport Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Novel – closes 31 May (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)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – 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: experimental – 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 April 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)

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