Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2022

A little later than usual but here’s the new poetry list bringing you over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in April 2022.

And as we head toward Easter and the Spring season – a time of renewal and rebirth, we look to the lengthening days with anticipation and hope. Kicking off next weekend, I’m hosting PRESENCE | 15 Days of Mindful Writing (15-30 April), a new online writing retreat that invites you to explore and celebrate the ideas and language of mindfulness and self-care.

Yes, we are still adapting to a tough couple of years when all the usual routines and structures that gave shape to our lives fell apart. But can we simply return to life and business as usual, as if nothing has happened? During lockdown, many of us have realised how much time we spend ‘fire-fighting’ – reacting to external forces and others people’s agendas rather than living our own.

In PRESENCE | 15 Days of Mindful Writing April, we’ll explore the gap between attention and intention, taking a deep dive into the language and ideas we associate with mindfulness and self-care to emerge with a renewed sense of direction and purpose in our writing.

If you’re in need of a creative kickstart, please join me to explore the value of mindfulness and self-care as creative, exploratory and storytelling tools. For more information and booking details, click the blue button below – places are filling up fast!

Whatever you’re up to with your writing 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!

APRIL 2022

Arts Council Next Generation Artists Award – Literature – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival – Expressions of Interest – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Modern Poetry in Translation: Somali Focus – Poetry translation – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Poetic Map of reading – Poetry, theme: Power & Joy of Reading – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry Scholarship 2022 – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Stinging Fly: All New Writers Issue – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

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

Palette Poetry: Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry (max. 2 published collections) – closes 17 Apr (submit online)

The Laurel Prize – Poetry manuscript, theme: Nature/Environment (Publishers only) – closes 17 Apr (submit online)

Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (28 pages max.) – closes 18 Apr (submit online)

Poetry Wales – Poetry – closes 18 Apr (submit online)

Live Canon Pamphlet/Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (18-35 poems) – closes 21 Apr (submit online)

Poetry Day Ireland 2022 – Poetry events, theme: Written in the Stars – closes 21 Apr (submit online)

The Madrigal – Poetry, theme: Poesis – closes 22 Apr (submit online)

Charm Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Apr (submit online)

The Martello – Poetry, Flash, Visual Art, theme: Loneliness – closes 25 Apr (submit online)

Drawn to the Light – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Dreich Mag – Poetry manuscripts (64 pages approx.) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grey Hen Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Grist ProForma Writing Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

London Grip – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Porridge Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction, Visual Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Sonder Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Visual Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Broken Spine – Poetry, Photography, Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Gaelic Literature Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction & more – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Lincoln Review – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art & more – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit BY POST)

Vers Poets Open Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online or BY POST)

Cathulbui Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Mairtín Crawford Awards – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 May (submit online)

Puca Lit – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 1 May (submit online)

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

Welshpool Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry, theme: Faces – closes 1 May (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Drama, Visual Art – closes 1 May (submit online)

National Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Literary Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Children/YA – closes 2 May (submit online)

Harper-Wood Creative Writing & Travel Award – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 4 May (submit online)


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


Trocaire & Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: A Better Tomorrow – closes 6 May (submit online)

Tin House – Poetry, Fiction & Essay Manuscripts – open 7-8 May (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction – open 14 May (submit online)

Fat Éire – Poetry, Creative Non-fiction, Memoir, Art – closes 15 May (submit online)

Skylight47 – Poetry, Art – closes 15 May (submit online)

Arts & Disability Connect – All genres – closes 16 May (submit online)

The Bridport Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Novel – closes 31 May (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)

Crow & Cross Keys – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: Gothic – open (submit online)

Damnation – Poetry, Prose, Flash – open (submit online)

Disabled Tales – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – 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 – (submit online)

River Styx – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama, 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)

Sunday Mornings at the River – Poetry – open (submit online)

Tears in the Fence – 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)

Trasna – Poetry, Fiction, Essays (open to writers across the world who consider Ireland a home in some regard) – 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 April 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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