Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October / November 2020

Well, 2020 is the unwanted gift that keeps on giving. The usual October list, alas, became a casualty of a spooky convergence of tech troubles over the past 4 weeks. But never fear! I have donned a tinfoil hat, drawn a circle of salt, cast spells to ward off witching season hexes and put traps down for those pesky mercury retrograde gremlins – all to bring you a bumper crop of over 160 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in October & November 2020!

Here in Ireland, we’re heading into another 6 weeks of social isolation today and if you’re in need of something to beat lockdown lethargy and the Covid-19 blues, the 30 Day Writing Challenge is back in November to help you make the most of this ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.

30 Days of Autumn promises fun Autumn-themed and topical prompts to spark your imagination and get you writing every day in November, with bite-sized daily exercises, inspiration and a supportive and encouraging community of writers in the private Facebook group. Places fill up fast in the group so book early to guarantee a spot – click the button for more info.

Or, if you prefer to avoid social media right now and work at your own pace, there’s a reduced-rate email version of the daily exercises. There is no limit of participants on this option and it will remain open until 8 November. Just select the ‘Email Only’ Paypal option at the link above.

And if the timing isn’t right for you but you’d like to hear about future challenges, be sure to jump on the mailing list so you don’t miss out on the fun in 2021!

It looks like its going to be a long, tough winter but we’re all in it together so please be careful, mind yourself and each other and take care. As always, stay creative, stay grounded, stay connected and stay safe.

Whatever you are writing or sending out in October and November, 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!


OctoBER & NOvember 2020

Fly on the Wall Press – Poetry & Fiction manuscripts – closes 23 Oct (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art – closes 23 Oct (submit online)

Manchester Irish Language Writing Competition – Poetry, Prose, theme: Change – closes 23 Oct (submit online)

2 Meter Review – Poetry, Photography – closes 28 Oct (submit online)

Palette Poetry: Voices for Change from Nigeria – Poetry (Nigerian poets only) – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer in Residence (Irish Language) – Dublin City University – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer in Residence – NUI Galway – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer in Residence – University College Cork – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer in Residence – University College Dublin – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer in Residence – University of Limerick – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Writer’s Fellowship – Trinity College Dublin – All literary genres – closes 29 Oct (submit online)

Book of Kells Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 30 Oct (submit online)

F(r)iction Fall Contests – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 30 Oct (submit online)

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

404 Ink – Poetry, Short/Fiction, Non-fiction manuscripts (complete or project pitch) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Ambit Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Banshee Lit – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Bath Magg – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-96 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Black River Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (16-36 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Broken Sleep – Poetry manuscripts (up to 40 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Cinnamon Literature Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Fruit Queer Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid (LGBTQI+ only) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Gingko Prize – Eco-Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

KAIROS Editors’ Prizes – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

National Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Ninth Letter (Print Edition) – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Touch – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Bedford Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Broken Spine – Poetry, Photography, Artwork – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

The Frogmore Papers – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) – closes 31 Oct (submit online)


Nimrod International Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Endings & Beginnings – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

The Bangor Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

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

The Columbia Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Art – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Tiny Seed Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Photography, theme: Facing the Fire – closes 1 Nov (submit online)

Ninth Letter (Web Edition) – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Touch – closes 3 Nov (submit online)

The Francis Ledwidge International Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 5 Nov (submit online)

Nine Arches Press – Poetry collection manuscript (20 page sample) – closes 7 Nov (submit online)

Abridged 0-67: Nyx – Poetry – closes 8 Nov (submit online)

The Poetry Society Members’ Competition – Poetry, theme: Youth – closes 9 Nov (submit online)

Granta – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 10 Nov (submit online)

Poetry Wales – Poetry – closes 12 Nov (submit online)

Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

Libretto – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The 2020 Frontier OPEN – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

The NORward Prize for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 Nov (submit online)

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

Dublin City Council Arts Grants & Bursary Awards – All disciplines – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

Poets & Players Poetry Prize – Poetry, theme: Re-Emergence – closes 16 Nov (submit online)

The Arts Council Professional Development Award – All disciplines – closes 19 Nov (submit online)

Blue Diode Press – Poetry manuscripts (full collections only, welcomes submissions from disabled, working class, latinx, black and Asian poets, LGBTQ+ poets, and any other groups traditionally under-represented in UK poetry) – closes 20 Nov (submit online)

Tealight Press – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Confessions (queer writers only) – closes 23 Nov (submit online)

Wales Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 27 Nov (submit online)

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: My Companion, My Best Friend – closes 28 Nov (submit online)

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize – Poetry, theme: Expectations – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Beloit Poetry Journal: Chad Walsh Chapbook Series – Poetry manuscript (20-35 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Brunel International African Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (10 poems, unpublished writers only) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Crannog Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Flipped Eye Publishing – Poetry, Fiction, Translation – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Lammergeier – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

LitMag (Online) – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition – Poetry manuscript, theme: Nature/Spirit/Environment (50-100 pages) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Avatars – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Nimrod International Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

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

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Boiler Prize – Prose Poem/Flash/Hybrid – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Trim Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Under the Radar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: The Elements – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

Waxwing – Poetry (note: 300 entry limit – may close earlier) – closes 30 Nov (submit online)

American Poetry Journal Chapbook Series – Poetry manuscript (42 pages max.) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Hollis Summers Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (60-95 pages) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Slice Literary – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Common – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Iowa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

The Ralph Gustafson Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN OCTOBER & November

Cove Park Residency – Literature/Translation (UK-based only) – closes 7 Dec (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

C.P. Cavafy Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

The Moth Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Dec (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)

Bending Genres – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – 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)

Lunate – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – 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)

Prole – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – open (submit online)

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 Lincoln Review – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Essays and more (actively encourages writers, artists, and photographers who come from marginalised and underprivileged backgrounds) – 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 October or November 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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