Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2021

How’s your Summer going? If you’re tired of sunning yourself (or have been driven indoors by the weather) there’s plenty to keep you busy in the new poetry list with over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in August 2021!

I’m still in catch-up mode from earlier in the year due to health and personal stuff. My lovely Dad who died back at the beginning of COVID-19 is finally going to be laid to rest in his beloved Donegal on Saturday. I still can’t travel for the funeral which is tough but I’m happy to know that he is being brought gently home by family and friends. Please keep him and us in your thoughts this week.

Last month, I mentioned new developments for Autumn/Winter – these are still in the planning stages and I hope to share more info very soon – keep an eye on the blog or, if you’d like to be first to hear about new and shiny happenings, jump on the mailing list for the scoop.

Whatever you are writing or sending out in August, 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!


August 2021

Dreich Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Gigantic Sequins Annual Poetry Context – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

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

Mud Room Mag – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Muzzle Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

The Poetry Society Members’ Competition – Poetry, theme, Surreal Cities – closes 4 Aug (submit online)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (Emerging writers only – max. 5 publication credits across all genres) – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Non-fiction, Art, Photography – closes 4 Sept (submit online)

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

Here Comes Everyone – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: Gods & Monsters – closes 8 Aug (submit online)

The Mechanic Institute Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 poems, Irish, Ireland-based poets only) – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Shahidah Janjua Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Rialto – Poetry – closes 13 Aug (submit online)

Black in White Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Racism & Prejudice – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Diode Editions Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (25-50 pages) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Diode Editions Full-Length Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (55-85 pages) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Re-Creation: An Anthology of Queer Poetry – Poetry (BIPOC poets and resistant, liminal, and nonconformist queer voices, UK only) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Room Magazine 2021 Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

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

Wine Cellar Press – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Arts Council Literature Project Award – All genres – closes 19 Aug (submit online)

Crow Name – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Comics & more, theme: Bud, Blossom, Bloom – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Goldsmith Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Raftery Returns Poetry Competition – Poetry (max. 20 lines) – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (unpublished poets only) – closes 27 Aug (submit online)

Granta – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & Photography – closes 29 Aug (submit online)

Dedalus Press: Local Wonders – Poetry (Irish/Irish-based poets only) – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

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

Broken Sleep Books Ecopoetry Anthology – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Crow of Minerva – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Drawn to the Light – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Gloucestershire Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Poetry Archive NOW WordView 2021 – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition – Poetry, Prose, theme: Horizons – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Hedgehog Press Stickleback Micro-Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (4 poems) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Hedgehog Press White Label Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, theme: Dirt – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Mono Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Sanity – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Abridged 0-78 – Poetry, Artwork, theme: Judgement – closes 3 Sept (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 August 2021

Stanza Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Choice – closes 5 Sept (submit online)

The Moth Nature Writing Prize – Poetry, Prose – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Allingham Writing Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 17 Sept (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets – Poetry (no more than one collection published) – closes 19 Sept (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 (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 Aurora Review – Poetry (quick turnaround / feedback) – 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 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 2021, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!


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