Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2020

Happy New Year!

A new year and a new decade – time to weigh up the past, think about the future and set some writing resolutions for 2020. And to help you hit those goals here’s the January poetry list – over 120 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in January 2020!

In addition to the poetry deadlines for this month, I’ve done a New Year blitz on all the Open Submission links (thanks to Claire Hennessy for the tip!) and removed journals that are no longer operating or have changed their submissions policy. I’ve also added a whole bunch of new links to literary journals who are always open for submission including heavy-hitters like POETRY Magazine, PN Review, The Poetry Society, The Moth and more, giving you even better opportunities to get those poems out into the world!

January can be a bit of a flat month after all the festivities so I’m running a 30 Days of Winter Writing Challenge, with daily prompts to help build a regular writing practice. All you have to do is write for 15 minutes about whatever the prompt brings to mind. 

Places are booked out in the official challenge group but if you could do with a little inspiration over the next few weeks, here’s the prompt list – feel free to follow along at your own pace. If you’re feeling brave, post an extract of your writing on social media with these tags: #30DaysofWinter #30DayChallenge #JanuaryWriteOff.

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If you’d like to hear about future events, sign up to my mailing list for first dibs on the next challenge before it goes public!

Whether you’re writing or submitting during January, I wish you a happy and successful 2020! If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, 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 and best of luck!

January 2020

Arc Poetry Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Black Sun Lit – Poetry, Prose, Essay, Translation, theme: Lacunae/Death – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Boyne Berries – Poetry, Flash – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Columbia Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Crazyhorse – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

The Selkie Resiliency Anthology – Poetry (Canadian/Canada-based poets only) – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

The North – Poetry – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Tupelo Press Dorset Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-88 pages) – closes 2 Jan (submit online)

The Barn Owl Trust Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Protecting Life on Earth – closes 3 Jan (submit online)

The Disquiet Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 3 Jan (submit online)

Dartmouth Poet in Residence at The Frost Place – Poetry – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Translation & Art – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 6 Jan (submit online)

Yaddo Residency – All disciplines – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

Centre Culturel Irlandais Residency – All disciplines – closes 8 Jan (submit online)

Arts Council Ireland: Touring & Dissemination Scheme – All genres – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

Gorse 13: Taboo – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

The A3 Review Chapbook Submission – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

The Colorado Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages) – closes 14 Jan (submit online)

Cork International Poetry Festival: Prebooked Poetry Introductions Reading – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Rattle Chapbook Prize – Poetry (15-30 pages) – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Seashores Haiku Journal – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

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

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction – closes 16 Jan (submit online)

The Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 18 Jan (submit online or by post)

IOTA Shot Pamphlet Award – Poetry manuscript (16-20 pages) – closes 20 Jan (submit online)

Poets & Players Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 Jan (submit online)

The Emma Press – Poetry pamphlets (20-24 pages) – closes 24 Jan (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Thanatos – closes 25 Jan (submit online)

Mother Tongues Poetry Competition – Poetry (Age 8-18 years old) – closes 27 Jan (submit online)

Arts Council Ireland: Literary Bursary Award – All genres – closes 30 Jan (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Media – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Bad Betty Press – Poetry manuscript (send 10 pages, under-represented writers encouraged) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Clav Mag – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Foundry – Poetry (under-represented writers encouraged) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Into the Void Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

LossLit – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (Under-represented writers encouraged) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Lunch Ticket: Amuse-Bouche – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Neon Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Art and more – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Pigott Poetry Prize – Published poetry collections (Ireland only) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Prole Laureate Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Room Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art, theme: Neurodivergence (Under-represented writers encouraged) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2020 Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Iowa Review Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Keats-Shelley Prizes – Poetry, Essay, theme: Songbird – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online and by post)

The Plough International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Rupture – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

The Southhampton Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction. Art – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Open – Surprise us! – closes 2 Feb (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)


Abridged 0-59: Persephone – Poetry – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Essay & more – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Introductions – Poetry (unpublished poets, Ireland only) – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Acumen International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Southword Journal – Poetry – closes 29 Feb (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Poetry Awards – Poetry  – closes 29 Feb (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – re-opening early 2020 (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Ambit – Poetry, Fiction, Art – open (submit online)

A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Anthropocene – 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)

Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online)

Fecund Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Essay & more (POC only) – 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)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post)

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)

Ink Sweat & Tears – Poetry – open 13 Jan 2020 (submit online)

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open 1 Jan 2020 (submit online)

Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Marble – Poetry – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online)

Orbis – Poetry – open (submit by post (UK) or online (overseas only))

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

POETRY Magazine – Poetry – open 2 Jan 2020 (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post)

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

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

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

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Caribbean writers – open (submit online)

PN Review – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit by post)

Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online)

Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open 31 March 2020 (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)

Stand Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – open (submit online)

Tears in the Fence – Poetry – 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 Compass Magazine – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experimental – open (submit online)

The Dark Horse – Poetry – open (submit by post)

The Ellis Review – Poetry, published weekly – open (submit online)

The Galway Review – 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 London Magazine – Poetry, Non-Fiction, Art – open (submit online)

The Missouri Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Moth – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

The Poetry Village – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Poetry Review – Poetry – 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 Seventh Quarry – Short Poetry – 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)

The Times Literary Supplement – Poetry (submit by post)

Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – on hiatus until 2021 (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 January 2020, 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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