Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – June 2019

The start of another month means it’s time for a brand new list of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in June 2019!

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland and I’m just back from facilitating a poetry workshop at the Mountshannon Arts Festival on the banks of beautiful Lough Derg, in County Clare. In keeping with the watery location, the workshop took place in the harbour, on a barge undergoing renovation by the local heritage society – a wonderfully quirky and inspirational setting.


The theme for the festival was ‘Roots and Wings’ and we spend a productive morning exploring various interpretations of these words, while considering poems by Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Piller and Doireann Ni Ghriofa. I’m always amazed at how a couple of simple writing prompts can take a group of writers in so many different directions and how the ideas ripple out when they share their work with one another.

An added bonus was getting to meet some participants of the January & April Write Offs who travelled from around Ireland to take part. My thanks go out to the organisers and supporters of the festival for all their hard work creating this lovely event, especially Roisin and Margaret for taking such good care of me and the group during our visit.

Last month also saw the prize-giving for the Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition at the National Library of Ireland. My poem Shells was selected as a runner-up in the Adult Published category and I was delighted to be invited to read at the event. It’s one of my favourite annual poetry competitions that I always try to support as it shines a light on the work carried out by Trocaire in emergency situations around the world.

Whatever you’re up to this month, happy writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions! If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!

June 2019

Breakwater Review – Poetry, Prose, Art, theme: Climate Change – closes 1 June (submit online)

Helen Literary Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 1 June (submit online)

Marsden the Poetry Village Competition – Poetry, theme: Together – closes 1 June (submit online)

Creative Future Writers’ Award – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Home – closes 2 June (submit online)

Writers’ Digest Annual Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Script – closes 3 June (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 7 June (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 7 June (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary – Mid Career Poet (min. 2 published collections) – closes 7 June (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing – closes 7 June (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Script, theme: Journey – closes 10 June (submit online)

FourXFour – Poetry – closes 12 June (submit online)

Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (15-30 poems) – closes 14 June (submit online)

Michael Hartnett Poetry Award – Poetry collection in Irish (2nd or subsequent collection) – closes 14 June (submit online)

Street Cake Magazine Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction (young writers, aged 18-26) – closes 14 June (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash – closes 14 June (submit online)

Akron Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-80 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

Bomb Cyclone: A Journal of Ecopoetics – Poetry, Prose, Translation, Mixed Media – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

Segora International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Play – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (8 poems) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Up the Stairs – Poetry, Art, theme: Harrow (paranormal) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships – All writers and artists – closes 15 June (submit online)

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

Palette Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry – closes 16 June (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year – Poetry – closes 17 June (submit online)

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (20-40 pages) – closes 17 June (submit online)

Poetry Kit Spring Competition – Poetry – closes 17 June (submit online)

McLellan Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 21 June (submit online or by post)

Black Bough Poetry – Micro-Poetry, theme: Space, Cosmic – closes 22 June (submit online or by post)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Carpentry & Home Economics – closes 22 June (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 25 June (submit online)

Queen Mary Wasifari New Writing Prize – Poetry – closes 28 June (submit online)

The Blue Mountain Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 28 June (submit online)

Crabbe Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 29 June (submit online)

Barrow Street Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (50-80 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Battered Moons Poetry Competition – Poetry (UK only) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Copper Canyon Press – Poetry manuscript (45-200 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (16-24 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Griffin Poetry Prize – Poetry collection published in 2019 (48+ pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Hastings Litfest Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 30 June (submit online)

Hedgehog Press ‘Nicely Folded Paper – Deux’ Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Los Angeles Review Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages, US only) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Paper Swans Poetry Pamphlet Prize – Poetry manuscript (18-24 poems) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham – Poetry, Hybrid Forms – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Space Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Sonder – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 30 June (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Wells Festival of Literature Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Children’s Book – closes 30 June (submit online)

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 1 July (submit online)

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 July (submit online)

Counterclock – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 July (submit online)

Duende – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art and more, theme: Food – closes 1 July (submit online)

PENfro Book Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Radio Drama – closes 1 July (submit online)

Winter Tangerine Awards – Poetry, Prose (emerging writers only) – closes 1 July (submit online)

iYeats Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 3 July (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)


Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 July (submit online)

Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 July (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 June 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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