Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – July 2020

Is it just me or does it feel like the beginning of 2020 was about a million years ago? June was a hell of a month but it’s finally over and I’m here with a new list of over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in July 2020.

I’m still reading and thinking a lot about the impact of George Floyd’s death, Black Lives Matter and how to be actively anti-racist in my local and literary community. I’ll probably write more about this soon but in case you missed it here’s my piece from last month with resources, reading lists and work by Black writers and poets – Black Lives Matter: What Can I Do As A Writer?

We’re now in Phase 3 of re-opening after Covid-19 in Ireland with the final phase due to kick off on 20 July and, like many others, I’m both exhausted from the stress and grief of the past few months and nervous about what comes next. The pandemic hit at the end of a particularly difficult 12 months for me and, for my own well-being and to manage ongoing health problems, I’ve decided to switch off in July.

I try to be a good literary citizen online, sharing info on FB, Twitter and Instagram but it really sucks you in, between literary news, social activism, local horror stories like the latest round of sexual abuse revelations involving the comedy, music and entertainments communities in Ireland. I want to be supportive but I also need to look after myself and, right now,  I need a break.

Aside from the poetry list updates, I’ll be unplugging from social media and the online world. If you are currently waiting to hear from me regarding a book order or a mentoring session, I’ll be in touch this week with confirmation and/or available dates from August onward. Thanks for your patience.

If you need to contact me for any other reason, please use the website contact form and I’ll be in touch when I’m back up and running in August.

Otherwise, I hope you are all well and keeping it together whether you are still isolating or if restrictions are now easing. Take care of yourself and each other. As ever, stay creative, stay grounded, stay connected and stay safe.

Whatever you are writing in July, I wish you 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!

July 2020

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

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

The Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards – Poetry, theme: Peace & the Human Spirit – closes 1 July (submit online

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

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

Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (35 pages max, lesbian-identified poets (see submission guidelines)) – closes 4 July (submit online)

Mineral Lit – Poetry (Black writers only) – closes 5 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)

Black Lives Matter Anthology – Poetry, Micro-fiction, theme: any of the images, issues, triggers, histories, lives, demands and outcomes that are being highlighted by Black Lives Matter and current and past protests – closes 7 July (submit online)

Wine Cellar Press – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 8 July (submit online)

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

Write by the Sea Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir – closes 10 July (submit online)

Los Angeles Review Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 14 July (submit online)

Ambit Annual Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Cataclysm – closes 15 July (submit online)

The Bellevue Literary Review Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Health, healing, illness, the mind and the body – closes 15 July (submit online)

Vallum Award for Poetry – Poetry (strongly encourages submissions from LGBTQI2S, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers or persons with mental or physical challenges) – closes 15 July (submit online)

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

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

The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in Translation – closes 16 July (submit online)

Narrative Magazine Annual Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 17 July (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Industry Award – Poetry – closes 19 July (submit online)

Feral Journal – Poetry, Art, theme: The Body – closes 20 July (submit online)

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

Varuna Residential Fellowships – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Heroes – closes 29 July (submit online)

192 Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art & Photography, theme: Choices – closes 31 July (submit online)

Arc Poetry Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Bring Your Limericks to Limerick Competition – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Columbia Journal – Poetry, Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online)

Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, theme: The Natural World – closes 31 July (submit online)

Dreich Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Finished Creatures – Poetry, theme: Stranger – closes 31 July (submit online)

Fly on the Wall – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Reviews & Art, theme: Unite (BAME only) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Into the Void: We Are Antifa Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Fascism, Racism and/or Police Violence – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Magma – Poetry, theme: Dwelling – closes 31 July (submit online)

Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Memoir – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

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

Poets Meet Politics International Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Anything related to politics – closes 31 July (submit online)

Robert Graves Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Rhino Poetry – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Seashores – Haiku, Senryu – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Haibun Journal – Haibun – closes 31 July (submit online)

Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

Porridge – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

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

The North Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Frontier: Types of Burns – All genres, under 1500 words (Black voices only) – closes 2 Aug (submit online)

The Dalkey Writing Prizes – Poetry, Fiction – closes 2 Aug (submit online)


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


Second Light Poetry Competition – Long & short Poetry by women – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

The Magma Open Poetry Pamphlet Competition – Poetry pamphlets (18-20 pages) – closes 10 Aug (submit online)

Patrick & Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship – Irish poets in middle years – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

Inklette Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 16 Aug (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (unpublished poets only) – closes 24 Aug (submit online)

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition – Poetry pamphlets (16-24 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Pallina Press – Poetry pamphlets (25-40 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The 8th Annual Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition – Poetry films – closes 31 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)

Dreich Mag – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Dust Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Empty Mirror – Poetry, Non-fiction, Visual Art (committed to diversity & inclusion) – 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 (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)

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 (under-represented and marginalized voices of all colors encouraged to submit) – 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)

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

Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (submit online)

Sine Theta Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art (Sino diaspora only. People of Chinese, Taiwanese, Hong Kong, or Macau heritage, who live anywhere away from the original ‘homeland’ of that heritage – rolling deadlines, email to express interest (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 July 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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