Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2020

It’s April, bringing the start of summer and with it nearly 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in April 2020.

My apologies for the lateness of this month’s list. My lovely Dad passed away on Tuesday 31 March from pneumonia/Covid-19 complications after an operation. He was 83. Other family members are now in isolation due to close contact. It’s a terribly sad and difficult situation at the best of time, made harder and scarier by the isolation and restrictions around the virus. So, this is an uncharacteristically short preamble – I don’t really have the energy for much else. All I really want to say is: stay home, wash your hands, read, write, make art, stay grounded. These are unprecedented times. Please take care and keep safe.

Whatever you’re up to with your writing during April, 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!


April 2020

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

Fugue Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – 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)

Comórtas Filíochta 2020 South Dublin Libraries Irish Language Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 6 Apr (submit online)

Bat City Review Editor’s Prize – Poetry – closes 7 Apr (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 7 Apr (submit online)

Fugue Journal Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

The Pinch Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

Splonk – Prose poetry, Flash – closes 13 Apr (submit online)

The York Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 13 Apr (submit online)

Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital National Poetry Day Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

Boston Review Annual Poetry Contest – Poetry, theme: Ancestors – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Dedalus Press: Virtual Poem-Card Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

New Ohio Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

New Ohio Review Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Queer Writers of Ireland Anthology – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry (Service Workers only) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Southern Indiana Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

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

Coast to Coast to Coast: Poetry Day Ireland – Collaborative Poetry Project – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

The Pinch Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

Boyne Berries: The Covid Issue – Poetry, theme: There Will be Time – closes 19 Apr (submit online)

Bracken Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 19 Apr (submit online)

Palette Poetry Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry – closes 19 Apr (submit online)

Mooky Chick: The Medusa Project – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essays – closes 24 Apr (submit online)

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

Abridged 0-19: Eris – Poetry, Art – closes 26 Apr (submit online)

Holland Park Press Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Royalty – closes 27 Apr (submit online)

Ken Saro-Wiwa Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 29 Apr (submit online)

Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ballyroan Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast Individual Poet Journal – Poetry manuscript (12no. pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Earth Shadow – Poetry, theme: Climate Change and the Natural World – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grist ProForma Writing Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Poetry International Prize – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

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

The Broken Spine – Poetry, Photography, Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Missouri Review 13th Annual Miller Audio Prize – Poetry, Prose, Documentary, Humour – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ulyanovsk UNESCO City of Literature International Literary Residency – Writers & Artists – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Vers Poets Open Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Welshpool Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Dundalk Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

FACEBOOK Ireland & Culture Ireland present: Ireland Performs – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Poetry London Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Prairie Schooner – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Nature & Place – closes 1 May (submit online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Standing her Ground – closes 1 May (submit online)

Fugue Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 2 May (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

Ó Bhéal Five Words – Poetry – deadline each week, annual prize (submit online)

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN APRIL:

Barren Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 9 May or when full (submit online)

Parentheses Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Art, Photography – closes 10 May (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)

Dust Poetry – Poetry – 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)

Pigeon Pages – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – 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 Offing – Poetry, Translation, Art and more – 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 April 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)

5 thoughts on “Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2020

  1. Deepest sympathies to you and your family. Please could you include Obsessed With Pipework- we have an open submission policy, up to 5 previously unpublished poems. Editors Charles Johnson & co ed. Katerina Neocleous. Many thanks.

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