Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2019

Temperatures are finally starting to climb here in Ireland giving us a taste of proper summer weather, at last – there’s even talk of a heatwave! And with the sun comes a brand new list of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in July 2019! I’m planning to visit a few literary festivals around Ireland over the summer and maybe even squeeze in some writing time along the way. This month, I’m looking forward to attending a week-long series of poetry workshops with UK poet Liz Berry, whose gorgeous pamphlet Republic of Motherhood is a personal fave – the title poem won the 2018 Forward Prize – and a rare opportunity to hear Canadian poet, Anne Carson read her work. Both are appearing at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. I’ll also be designing and creating workshops for later in the summer, including one for emerging writers preparing for publication, at Bray Literary Festival in September – numbers are limited so be sure to book early! And keep your eyes peeled for news of something fun happening in August that I’ll be sharing in the next couple of days…

Whatever you’re up to in July, 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!

July 2019

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) Can Serrat Writers’ Residency – Poetry – closes 3 July (submit online) Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (35no. pages max., lesbian-identified poets) – closes 5 July (submit online) iYeats Summer School Scholarship – Poets with min. 2 collections published (Irish or Irish-resident) – closes 5 July (submit online) SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 6 July (submit online) Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 8 July (submit online) Live Canon International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 8 July (submit online) I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium – Poetry – closes 10 July (submit online) Faber Residency: The Future of Cultural Instititions – Multi-disciplinary – closes 12 July (submit online) The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in translation – closes 12 July (submit online) Barren Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative non-fiction, Photography, theme: Oppression, Fervour, Colour, Community, Justice – closes 14 July (submit online) Narrative Poetry Contest – Poetry  – closes 14 July (submit online) Anton Chekhov Prize – Prose Poetry, Flash – closes 15 July (submit online) A Poem and a Pint – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Asheville Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Frontier Poetry Industry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Rattle Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (8 poems) – closes 15 July (submit online) The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 15 July (submit online) Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 18 July (submit online) Pastimes Past Times Summer Competition – Poetry – closes 19 July (submit online) The Tangerine Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 19 July (submit online) The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Carpentry & Home Economics – closes 22 July (submit online) The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 pages, unpublished poets – Ireland/Irish only) – closes 22 July (submit online) Hedgebrook Writers in Residence – All genres – closes 23 July (submit online) Burning House Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art, theme: Secrets & Lies – closes 24 July (submit online) Varuna Residential Fellowship – Poetry, Prose – closes 30 July (submit online) Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art, theme: Borderlands – closes 31 July (submit online) A Poem for Europe – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Boyne Berries – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 July (submit online) Broken River Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-40 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Carcanet Press – Poetry manuscript (6-10 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 July (submit online) Culture Matters Anthology – Poetry, theme: Working Class Lives – closes 31 July (submit online) Fairy Tale Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay (submissions from women, indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and members of otherwise marginalized or underrepresented groups encouraged) – closes 31 July (submit online) Indigo Dreams Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript (15 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Modern Poetry in Translation – Poetry in translation, theme: Extinction – closes 31 July (submit online) Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Earth – closes 31 July (submit online) RHINO – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Seashores – Haiku/Senryu – closes 31 July (submit online) Sentinel Poetry Book Competitions – Poetry manuscript (up to 70 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) The Compass Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) The Gloucester Poetry Society V20 Pamphlet – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 July (submit online) The Rumpus Original Poetry – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Virginia Quarterly Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Words by Water Creative Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, YA – closes 31 July (submit online) Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LBGTQ+) – closes 1 Aug (submit online) The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Aug (submit online) Poetry Ireland Versify 2019 – Spoken Word Poets (Ireland only) – closes 2 Aug (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)


Finished Creatures – Poetry, theme: Risk – closes 4 Aug (submit online) Kore Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages by woman, trans or non-gender-conforming poet) – closes 15 Aug (submit online) Palette Poetry: The Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry (2 collections or less) – closes 15 Aug (submit online) Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online) Magma – Poetry, theme: The Resistencia – closes 31 Aug (submit online) Verve Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (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 Pea – Haiku – open (submit by post) Poetry Salzburg – 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 Poetry Village – Poetry – 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 July 2019, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!

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