Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – June 2020

The new poetry list is here with over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in June 2020.

What a time we’re living through. Like so many, I am appalled by the death of George Floyd and the police violence toward protesters in the US that has marked its aftermath.

Yesterday, I posted Black Lives Matter: What Can I Do As A Writer? including a list of resources, reading lists and relevant work by black writers and poets. Please read the post and take action:

  • Sign petitions;
  • Donate, if you can, share info and resources, if you can’t;
  • Educate yourself about racism and its impact on all our lives – there are reading recommendations and free resources at the link above;
  • Support black writers and writers of colour – read and share their work.

Black lives matter and we are all in this together.

Otherwise, I hope you are all well and holding it together whether you are still in lockdown or if restrictions are now easing. Take care of yourselves and each other. Stay creative, stay grounded, stay connected and stay safe.

Whatever you’re up to with your writing during June, I wish you luck. I normally ask you to consider support this blog with a small Paypal donation but this month I’d ask you to put that money toward supporting the George Floyd fund, Black Lives Matter, Bail Funds or an organisation fighting racism near you. Thank you!

June 2020

Headline Poetry and Press: Restoration V.1 – Poetry, Flash – closes 1 June (submit online)

The Montreal International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 1 June (submit online)

The White Review – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 June (submit online)

The Blue Nib (Print) – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction & more – closes 5 June (submit online)

Lumin – Poetry, Visual Poetry, Text Art, Prose (experimental – 50% BME, LGBTQ+, neurodivergent, disabled, low-income and marginalised voices) – closes 7 June (submit online)

Mollyhouse – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction (welcomes work from deaf/disabled, LGBTQ+, women/non-binary and Black/POC/Indigenous writers) – closes 7 June (submit online)

The Seventh Wave Editorial Residency – Deadline extended for Black writers, artists and activists (paid opportunity) – closes 7 June (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, theme: Wildlife – closes 8 June (submit online)

The Aurora Prize for Writing – Poetry, Fiction – closes 8 June (submit online)

Francis Ledwidge Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 11 June (submit online)

Columbia Journal Online – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, theme: Loneliness – closes 12 June (submit online)

Nottingham Virtual Print & Publishing Fair 2020 – Indie Print & Publishing, Zines, Pamphlets etc – closes 12 June (submit online)

Sonder – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction & Art, theme: Challenges – closes 12 June (submit online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Standing her Ground – EXTENDED – closes 12 June (submit online)

Empty Mirror: LGBTQ+ Pride Issue – Poetry, Non-fiction, Art – closes 12 June (submit online)

EX/POST Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, Art & more (feedback to 15 poetry/15 prose subs on proof of $15 donation to George Floyd-related fund) – closes 14 June (submit online)

The Sappho Prize for Women* Poets – Poetry (*cis, trans, non-binary, identifying as) – closes 14 June (submit online)

The Seventh Wave – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Art, theme: Before After – closes 14 June (submit online)

Akron Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition – Poetry – closes 15 June (submit online)

Queen Mary Wasifiri New Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Life-writing (emerging writers only) – closes 15 June (submit online)

River Styx International Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 June (submit online)

Segora International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 15 June (submit online)

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

Fly on the Wall Press: Mancunian Ways Anthology – Poetry, Photography, Art, theme: Manchester – closes 16 June (submit online)

Beyond the Storm Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 19 June (submit online)

Verve Poetry Press – Poetry manuscripts (pamphlet – 22-32 pages / collection – 60+ pages) – closes 20 June (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: The Heart – closes 26 June (submit online)

Wirral Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 June (submit online)

Tales From the Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Time – closes 28 June (submit online)

Red Line Book Festival WIR – All genres – closes 29 June (submit online)

Alchemy Spoon – Poetry, Essays, Artwork, Reviews, theme: Time – closes 30 June (submit online)

Atlanta Review – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

14 Magazine – Poetry (14 lines) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Bath Magg – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Black Lawrence Press – Poetry manuscripts (pamphlet 16-36 pages / collections 45-120 pages)  – closes 30 June (submit online)

Broken Sleep Books – Poetry manuscripts (40+ pages – welcomes working class, LGBTQ+ and BAME writers) – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

Fairy Tale Review: The Gold Issue – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: Anne Sexton’s ‘Transformations’ – closes 30 June (submit online)

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham – Poetry (incl. 5 free critiques for unpublished working class black and asian writers) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Book Awards – Independent writers and small presses – closes 30 June (submit online)

Spoonfeed – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction & more, theme: creative food writing – closes 30 June (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir (free submissions for Black writers) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Sundog Lit – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal: The Forty Words Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

Butcher’s Dog – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Candlestick Press – Poetry, theme: Winter (younger and BAME poets welcome) – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Fingal Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Waxed Lemon – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Willowherb Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Nature, Place & Environment (writers of colour only – closes 30 June (submit online)

Tiny Spoon – Poetry, Fiction, Experimental, theme: Solitude – closes 30 June (submit online)

Wells Festival of Literature International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Children’s Books – closes 30 June (submit online)

Carte-Blanche – Poetry, Comics, Translation, Photography, theme: Anxiety – closes 1 July (submit online)

Into the Void: We Are Antifa Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Fascism, Racism and/or Police Violence – closes 1 July (submit online)

Penfro Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Ecology – closes 1 July (submit online)

The Blue Nib (Web) – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction & more – closes 1 July (submit online)


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


The Second Shelf – Essays, Creative Non-fiction – closes 2 July (submit online)

Ireland Chair of Poetry Trust Special Commemorative Anthology – Poetry, Essay, theme: Poetry Mentors (emerging Irish/NI writers, especially those under-represented on the basis of gender, civil status, family status, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, race, and membership of the Traveller community; as well as writers from diverse socio-economic backgrounds) – closes 6 July (submit online)

Abridged 0-60: Echo – Poetry, Art, theme: Echo & Narcissus, Communication – closes 10 July (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 16 July (submit online)

Poetry London Mentoring Scheme – Poetry (incl. travel bursary) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+, all genders) – opens 1 June & closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Shoreham Wordfest Poetry & Short Story Competition – Poetry, Fiction (10 lines / 10 words) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – 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)

Omelette Literary Magazine – Poetry, Visual Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction & more – 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 (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 May 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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