Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2020

After a month in seclusion, I’m back to some semblance of health and sanity, and come bearing a bright new shiny list of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in August 2020!

First of all, I’m hugely grateful to everyone who contacted me after last month’s list to wish me well during my time off. I was exhausted at the beginning of July but so touched by your lovely messages of support, and to hear how the work I put into the list each month is valued and appreciated by this writing community. Thank you for your kindness and encouragement.

This month also brings The Grand Tour 2020 Summer Writing Challenge – a 30 day virtual jaunt around Europe, with all the travel-themed prompts, ideas and poetic inspiration you’ll need to keep you writing every day in August!


The first writing exercise went live today and there are still a couple of spots available in the supportive Facebook group but, be warned, I’m pulling up the gangplank by end of day tomorrow (Aug 3) to avoid stragglers. Ready to pack a trunk and join us? Find all the info and deposit your shiny guineas here:


Or, if you prefer to ‘wander lonely as a cloud’ on your Grand Tour, there’s a reduced-rate email version of the daily exercises, avoiding social media to work at your own pace – there’s no numbers limit on this option and it will remain available until 8 August.

If you’re too busy for either but would like a little inspiration in the coming weeks, here’s the basic prompt list we’re working with – feel free to dip in when the muse strikes. 

The Grand Tour 2020_Prompt Graphic_final

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!

Otherwise, be well this month, and mind yourselves – we’re still a long way from normality. Take care of yourselves and each other. As always, stay creative, stay grounded, stay connected and stay safe.

Whatever you are writing in August, 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!

August 2020

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)

Poetry News Members’ Poems Competition – Poetry, theme: Vision – closes 4 Aug (submit online)

Cill Rialaig Residencies 2020 – All genres – closes 5 Aug (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)

Gigantic Sequins Summer Contests – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Gloucestershire Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Grist Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Room Magazine 2020 Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Boiler Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

The Charroux LitFest Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Truths – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Vallum Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

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

Modern Poetry in Translation: Dead Women Poets – Translations of work by dead women and non-binary poets (women translators encouraged esp. women of colour, LGBTQ women, working class women, d/Deaf women and disabled women, and those new to translation) – closes 17 Aug (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 22 Aug (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Habitat – closes 22 Aug (submit online)

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

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Beloit Poetry Journal – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 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)

Poems from Pandemia Anthology – Poetry, theme: Covid-19, Pandemic, Plague – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Reliquiae – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Landscape, Nature & Mythology – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition 2020 – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Post Apocalypse – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir & Art (free entry for Black writers until the end of 2020) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Waxwing – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art & more (monthly limit of 300 submissions) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Kinsale Literary Festival Words by Water Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Translations, Art – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translations & more – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Tiny Fork Chapbook Series Contest – Poetry, Prose, Hybrid manuscripts (15-40 pages) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

For Women Who Roar – Poetry, Non-fiction, Art, Photography – closes 2 Sept (submit online)


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


Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 7 Sept (submit online)

Arts Council Literary Project Award – All genres – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

Parentheses Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art, Photography – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

2020 Manchester Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 18 Sept (submit online)

Troubadour Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 28 Sept (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Oct (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 August 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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