Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2022

Happy New Year! Ready to roll up your writing sleeves again? To get you started, here are over 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in January 2022!

For some reason, this New Year feels less like a transition or milestone and more like a pitstop. We know we’re in the middle of something our man-made temporal rules have no real power over. We’re still carrying burdens we can’t safely put down and I, for one, am really not feeling the ‘new year, new you’ messages typical for January. Who needs a shiny new planner when all our plans are subject to disruption?!

In a maelstrom of things we cannot control, maybe it’s OK to stick with the familiar, reliable ‘old you’ for a little bit longer. To take our rest, as our ancestors did at this time of year, and be a little gentler, a little kinder to ourselves and each other. To think of this month as an old year add-on and keep our plans for days that are longer and brighter. Embrace the space to write and dream. Ponder how our hopes and plans have changed over the past two years and what kind of future we now dream of…

Whatever shape your writing time takes this month – drafting, honing, editing or submitting – I wish you every luck and success! If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, please consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share this post on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


JaNUARY 2022

Mississippi Review Annual Contests – – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

The Test Site Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscripts (min. 48 pages) – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Haleakala National Park Artist Residency – All Disciplines – closes 4 Jan (submit online)

Famidan Chapbooks – Poetry, Fiction manuscripts (max. 40 pages, women and people of colour) – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

Frost Place Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-25 pages) – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

Modern Poetry in Translation – Poetry, theme: Bodies – closes 6 Jan (submit online)

The White Review Poets Prize – Poetry – closes 6 Jan (submit online)

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 6 Jan (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Prose, Visual Art – closes 7 Jan (submit online)

Passengers Press – Poetry, Prose manuscripts (40-100 pages) – closes 7 Jan (submit online)

James Merrill House Writing Residency – Writers – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham – Poetry – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

Button Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscripts (20-30 pages max) – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

Degenerate Art – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Translation & Art – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash– closes 10 Jan (submit online)

CCI Artists Residency – All disciplines – closes 12 Jan (submit online)

Arts Council Touring & Dissemination of Work Scheme – All disciplines – closes 13 Jan (submit online)

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Okay Donkey Magazine – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Room – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, theme: Audacity – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

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

Magma Poetry Competition – Poetry – EXTENDED closes 16 Jan (submit online)

Palette Poetry: Previously Published Poem Prize – Poetry – closes 16 Jan (submit online)

The Bournemouth Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction – closes 16 Jan (submit online)

The Norman Houston Multi-Disciplinary Commissioning Award – All artists (island of Ireland only) – closes 18 Jan (submit online)

The Madrigal – Poetry, theme: Verity – closes 22 Jan (submit online)

Manchester Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 28 Jan (submit online)

Abridged 0-81: Xanadu – Poetry, theme: Imaginary/Created Worlds – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Allegro Poetry Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Flight – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Beir Bua Press – Experimental Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Essay & more (manuscripts – 40-55 pages) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Dorset Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-88 pages) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Gingko Ecopoetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Finished Creatures – Poetry, theme: Pressure – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Fruit Queer Literary Journal – Poetry, Prose, theme: Ingestion – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

London Grip – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Marble – Poetry, theme: Religion – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Seashores Haiku Journal – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

Soor Ploom Press – Poetry, Flash (max. 14 lines/500 words) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Tangerine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Variant Literature – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Variant Literature – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction chapbooks (18-60 pages) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Prose, Critical Writing – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Pigott Poetry Prize – Published poetry collections (Ireland only) – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Spelt Magazine – Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, theme: The Rural Experience – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir (free subs for Black writers) – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

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

The Southhampton Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction. Art – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Yeats Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Arts Council Agility Award – All disciplines – closes 3 Feb (submit online)

Arts Council Markievicz Award – All disciplines – closes 3 Feb (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 JANUARY 2022

Guernsey International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry – Poetry manuscript (min. 48 pages) – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Hearth & Coffin – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: What You See Is What you Get – opens 15 Jan, closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Southword – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)#

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+ writers only) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers Week Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 1 Mar (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)

Antipoetry Magazine – 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)

Damnation – Poetry, Prose, Flash – 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)

Jaden Magazine – Poetry, Non-fiction, Flash, Art & Photography (writers of colour/underrepresented writers) – 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)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

Neon Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Art and more – 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 (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 January 2022, 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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