Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2020

March already and Spring is in the air! It’s also time for a brand spanking new list of nearly 140 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March 2020!

I’m just back from a week’s residency at the Greywood Arts Centre in Killeagh, Cork where I worked on new poetry, along with larger projects, in their gorgeous white-washed writer’s room, overlooking the River Dissour. The centre is housed in a Georgian building, adjoining an older 18th century structure, and has been beautifully restored accommodating a library, movement and artist studios, as well as guest accommodation.

The residency was postponed from earlier in the month so there was no official reading but I was invited to take part in the local Arboreal Book Club, who are currently reading C.D. Wright’s beautiful book/object Casting Deep Shade, a series of observations, meditations and mini-essays exploring the human relationship to trees, especially the beech.

I responded to the book by reading a selection of my own poems about trees, forests and nature, and this was followed by a lively discussion with the group covering everything from moss to art installations and interventions in the local Glenbower Wood. It was a wonderful evening and so inspiring to see the commitment to both natural resources and arts practice within the Killeagh community.

I am incredibly grateful to hosts Jessica and Hughie Coogan who run Greywood Arts and the fab Sarah and Glenna, artists on work exchanges from Australia and Canada, respectively. I received such a warm welcome from everyone at the centre (including the family pets) and in the local community, that I felt thoroughly at home during my stay. Keep an eye out for their Winter Writer Residencies in 2021 but, if you can’t wait until then, paid creative residencies are available throughout the year. I highly recommend it as an experience.

I celebrated my birthday whilst in Killeagh (Baby Guinness, chocolate cake and late-night tarot readings!) then recovered with a chilled weekend in Cork, where I visited the Zurich Portrait exhibition and lunched at the Crawford Gallery, browsed in bookshops, sipped fizzy pink cocktails and ate too much cake and cheese. It was an absolute pleasure to catch up with poets Clodagh Beresford Dunne, Afric McGlinchey and Kathy Darcy during this trip. 

I’d also like to thank everyone who sent me their Poetry List success stories – these are still pouring in and I’m touched to hear how the list has helped so many people make an impact with their work. Thank you also for all your lovely birthday messages – they’ve helped make this a very special celebration!

Whatever you’re up to with your writing during March, I wish you the very best of luck. 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!

March 2020

Columbia Journal: Womxn’s History Month – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Grondal’s House City of Literature Residency – All genres – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+ poets) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Book Society Autumn 2020 Recommendations – Poetry books and pamphlets (Publishers only) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Sonic Boom – Poetry, Japanese short forms, Prose, Art  – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

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

Artlyst Art to Poetry Competition – Ekphrastic poetry – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency – All genres – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

The Stinging Fly: Galway 2020 – Poetry, Fiction – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

The Trinity Journal of Literary Translation – Poetry, Prose, theme: Audacity – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

Tiny Seed Literary Journal: Hindsight in 2020 – Poetry, Flash, Photography, theme: Nature – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

Newcastle Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

Jane Martin Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 6 Mar (submit online)

Maria Edgeworth Festival Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 6 Mar (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

The Enfield Poets Poetry Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

The Idaho Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction & more – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Cave Canem Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscripts (Black writers of African descent) – closes 9 Mar (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, theme: Other Worlds – closes 9 Mar (submit online)

Burningword Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash (Fiction & Non-fiction), Drama, Photography & Art – closes 10 Mar (submit online)

Gladstone Library Writers in Residence 2021 – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 13 Mar (submit online)

Feral Journal – Poetry, Art – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Greg Grummer Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Naugatuck River Review – Narrative Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Kerouac Project Residency – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

The Norton Island Residency – Writers and artists – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

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

The Laurel Prize – Poetry collections, theme: ecology, environment – closes 16 Mar (submit online)

Cathalbui Hedge School Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Standing her Ground – closes 20 Mar (submit online)

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Remote – closes 21 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Jukebox – Poetry – closes 23 Mar (submit online)

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

The Ireland Funds Monaco Residential Bursary – Published writers and poets – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

Bracken Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Applications – Published writers – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Candlestick Press Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: ‘Getting Older’ – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Fish Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Federation of Writers Vernal Equinox Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Live Canon Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (18-35 poems) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Art & more – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Magma Poetry – Poetry, theme: Collaborations – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Nightingale & Sparrow – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Photography – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

North West Words – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal – Poetry, Reviews – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Wales – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Rattle: Ekphrastic Challenge – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Red Shed Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Reliquiae – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: landscape, nature and mythology – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir & more – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize – Poetry (for children) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Hudson Prize – Poetry or Fiction manuscript – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Lascaux Prize in Poetry – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Waxwing – Poetry – CLOSED (submit online)

Ambit Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Fugue Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Fugue Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Leeds Peace Poetry – Poetry, theme: The Impact of Water – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Skylight 47 – Poetry, Art – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres – closes 1 Apr (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)


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)

Frontier Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Fruit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid (LGBTQI+, with emphasis on unheard voices – POC, trans, working class) – 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)

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)

Palette Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Porridge Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – 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 March 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)

4 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2020

  1. I’m so pleased I found this -beats my scraps of paper all over the house hands down!
    So, far I’m submitting 4 or 5 times a month – will keep you posted…..thank you so much,

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