Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – November 2019

The clocks are turned back and we’re heading into the end of the year and those deep, dark winter evenings by the fire. All the better for reviewing our poems and checking out a bumper crop of over 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in November 2019!

In October, I hosted a discussion on How to Get Ahead in Poetry featuring Irish poetry publishers Salmon Press, Doire Press and Gallery Press, as part of Poetry Night at the Red Line Book Festival. We had a fantastic discussion on all aspects of the poetry scene in Ireland and the do’s and don’ts of sending work out to publishers – I’ll be posting a summary of that conversation on the blog shortly.

November and December will be a much quieter time for me as I’ve been dealing with some very difficult health and personal issues over the past six months and am sorely in need of rest and recuperation. I really appreciate all the support for the poetry list in Ireland, the UK and around the world and very much hope to develop it further in 2020, when current challenges are behind me. 

Looking ahead, if you’re organising a literary event in Ireland in 2020, or are part of a poetry group and would like to arrange a reading or a workshop session, please do drop me a line!

Whatever you’re up to in November, keep writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to help it continue, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!

November 2019

Bat City Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Foglifter – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Cross-genre (LGBTQ+) – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Poets in Pyjamas – Poetry – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Puddock Haiku Journal – Haiku – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Ninth Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Borderlessness – closes 3 Nov (submit online)

Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 4 Nov (submit online)

Ache Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art, theme: Abrasion (work by women, trans and non-binary people that explores illness, health, bodies and pain) – closes 4 Nov (submit online)

Black Horse Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

Speckled Trout Review – Poetry – closes 6 Nov (submit online)

Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

The White Review Poet’s Prize – Poetry (5-10 pages) – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

Cordite Review 94: Earth – Poetry, Flash – closes 10 Nov (submit online)

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 11 Nov (submit online)

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

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

Crab Creek Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

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

Kanstellations – Poetry, theme: Technology – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Kissing Dynamite – Poetry – opens 5 Nov, closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Nightboat Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Slant – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The McNeese Review – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

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

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

Sonder – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Art – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

The Penn Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

Tinderbox – Poetry – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Fairy Tale – closes 18 Nov (submit online)

ZYZZYVA – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art – closes 18 Nov (submit by post)

The Lonely Crowd – Poetry – closes 21 Nov (submit by post)

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

Filling the Void – Letters Project – Letters – closes 25 Nov (submit online)

The Tangerine – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Illustration – closes 25 Nov (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 27 Nov (submit online)

Banff Centre Spring Writers’ Retreat – All genres – closes 27 Nov (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, theme: Galway 2020 – closes 28 Nov (submit online)

Wales Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 28 Nov (submit online)

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-96 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Brunel International African Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (10 poems, unpublished writers only) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

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

Children’s Poetry Anthology Submission Call – Poetry, theme: The Performing Arts – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

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

Dedalus Press – Poetry manuscript (10-20 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: My Mind, My Thoughts – closes 30 Nov (submit online or by post)

Flock Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

GlitterMOB Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Lammergeier – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition – Poetry manuscript, theme: Nature, Spirit, Environment (42-96 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

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

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir & more – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Baltimore Review – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The C.P. Cavafy Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

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

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

Under the Radar Magazine – Poetry, theme: Changes – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Waxwing – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Doolin Writers’ Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Video Poem – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Michigan Quarterly Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Translation, theme: Water – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Poetry Book Society Spring Pamphlet Choice – Poetry pamphlets (pub. Oct-Dec 2019, 47 pages max.) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Poetry Jukebox: Once Barefoot… – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay, theme: Persistance – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Iowa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Popshot – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 2 Dec (9am) (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)


The Strokestown International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 6 Dec (submit online)

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

Parentheses Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art & Photography – closes 10 Dec (submit online)

ROPES Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Essays & more – closes 20 Dec (submit online)

The Moth Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 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)

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 Salzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online)

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Caribbean 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 November 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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