Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – MAY 2022

Welcome to May and the Celtic festival of Bealtaine – the mid-point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice! It’s a bumper crop this month with over 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in May 2022.

We’re just finishing up on the Presence | 15 Days of Mindful Writing online retreat this weekend and it’s always a pleasure to work with such committed writers in the private FB group, as they take the daily prompts in surprising new directions to create gorgeous and exciting work!

I’m already working on ideas for a new 30-Day Writing Challenge for summer, and some upcoming one-off workshops, but before that I’ll be launching a new 6-week course – Writing Slant: The Making of a Poem, designed to help you take those sketchy first drafts and develop them into polished pieces of work, ready for publication. To be first in line for any of these events (and take advantage of special offers and early-bird prices) jump on the mailing list here.

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!


MAY 2022

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)

The Poetry Society Members’ Competition – Poetry, theme: Magical Nature – closes 3 May (submit online)

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

The Goldsmith Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 6 May (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)

South Dublin Libraries Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 8 May (submit online)

Myth & Lore Zine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art, theme: Fungus Amongus – closes 10 May (submit online)

Varuna, Tyrone Guthrie, and Poetry Ireland International Exchange – Irish writers (min. 2 books published) – closes 10 May (submit online)

Fly on the Wall Press: Demos Rising Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art & Photography – open 14 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)

Frontier Digital Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (10-30 pages) – closes 15 May (submit online)

Lucent Dreaming: For a Friend Anthology – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 May (submit online)

Montreal International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 May (submit online)

Ploughshares Emerging Writers Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 May (submit online)

Poetry in Aldeburgh: Expression of Interest – Poetry events – closes 15 May (submit online)

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

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

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

The Aodh Ruadh Ó Domhnaill Poetry Bursary – Poetry – closes 16 May (submit online)

Live Canon International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 20 May (submit online)

Lough Mask Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 May (submit online)

Spectrum: Poetry Celebrating Identity Competition – Poetry – closes 21 May (submit online)

Creative Future Writers’ Award – Poetry, Fiction, theme: How It Started – closes 22 May (submit online)

UKTS Global Art and Poetry Competition – Poetry, Art, theme: A Whole New World – closes 22 May (submit online)

Wirral Festival Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 22 May (submit online)

Wirral Poetry International Competition – Poetry – closes 29 May (submit online)

Broken Sleep Books Frightened Rabbit Anthology – Unspecified – closes 31 May (submit online)

Crannog – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

Fiction Factory Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Novel (Chapter) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Lammergeier – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid – closes 31 May (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

Lucent Dreaming International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 May (submit online)

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Nightingale and Sparrow – Poetry, Prose, Photography or Mixed Media manuscript (50-150 pages) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir and more – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

The Frogmore Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

The Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

The New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Translation, Art – closes 31 May (submit online)

The Other Side of Hope – Poetry, Fiction (refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants only) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Two Sylvias Press Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (17-24 pages) – closes 31 May (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year – Poetry – closes 3 June (submit online)

Write by the Sea Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 3 June (submit online)

Eat the Storms – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Eat the Storms – closes 4 June (submit online)


OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MAY 2022

Under the Radar Magazine – Poetry – closes 7 June (submit online)

Abridged 0-82 – Poetry, Art, theme: Axis – closes 10 June (submit online)

HOWL Writing – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & Photography – closes 12 June (submit online)

Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art – closes 15 June (submit online)

Fingal Poetry Festival Competitions – Poetry (English & Irish) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry London Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (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 May 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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