Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2022

The August poetry list is here – a little late thanks to a heat-induced migraine last week – but with 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines between now and the end of the month.

For those of you looking to kickstart your writing as the summer wanes and the back-to-school season begins, a new creative writing challenge – Miracle Machine | 30 Days of Writing the Body – is now live and open for bookings. Originally planned for August, it will now take place in September and you can find all the details at the link above, along with a sneak peak of something I’ve been working on since July 2021…

WORDBOX is a new writing resource launching Autumn 2022, which will host courses and events, along with the monthly poetry list, plus lots of tools and tips for the beginner and emerging writer, taking you from the blank page all the way through to publication. I’d love for you to take a look and tell me what you think – just add a comment at the bottom of this post or drop me a line here.

Along with the new look website, I am thrilled to announce Irish poet Victoria Kennefick, whose debut collection Eat or We Both Starve (Carcanet, 2021) has been storming the literary awards circuit, will join us via Zoom for a guest reading and a chat to spark our imaginations as part of the new writing challenge. And, just confirmed, UK poet Hannah Hodgson, winner of The Poetry Business New Poets Prize, will also be joining us to read and chat about her debut collection 163 Days (Seren, 2022).

Both poets write powerfully about the body and if you haven’t discovered their work yet, you’re in for a treat – I highly recommend delving into their collections.

The tech makeover has extended to behind the scenes where new systems, widgets and doo-dahs have been set up to help with the smooth running of challenges and events. As always, there are a number of free places available for low income and under-represented writers – see the website for details and applications are welcome until 20 August. I do hope you can join us!

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!


Fingal Poetry Festival’s Grand Poetry Slam – Poetry, Spoken Word – closes 12 Aug (submit online) 1 July (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

Passengers Press – Poetry manuscript (40-100 pages) – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

Waterford Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

Women’s Poetry Prize – Poetry (UK/NI only) – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

D-Light Studios Creative Residency Award – All creatives – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

Salmon Poetry Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

Spellbinder Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Drama, Artwork – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

The Emma Press – Poetry pamphlet, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Cephalopress Anthology Competition – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Borders & Belonging – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Gigantic Sequins Annual Summer Contests – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Ink Sweat & Tears – Poetry, Prose – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Madrigal Press/The Martello Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: An Aítiúil/Local – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 poems, unpublished Irish poets) – closes 18 Aug (submit online)

RS Thomas Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 19 Aug (submit online or by post)

Berlin Lit – Poetry – closes 21 Aug (submit online)

Palette Poetry Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-30 pages) – closes 21 Aug (submit online)

The Waxed Lemon – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Artwork – closes 21 Aug (submit online)

Patrick Kavanagh Fellowship – Irish poet in middle years in need of financial assistance – closes 22 Aug (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Aug (submit online)

Postscript Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: Alpha – closes 24 Aug (submit online)

Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Virtual Writer in Residence – Various categories – closes 28 Aug (submit online)

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

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Feral Poetry – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (16-25 poems) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Grist Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Listowel Writers Week Irish Poem of the Year – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Magpie Lit – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Mud Season Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Aug (may close earlier – submit online)

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition – Poetry (English & English as a second language (EAL)) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Ó Bhéal’s International Poetry-Film Competition 2022 – Poetry film (10 minutes max.) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Okay Donkey – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Steel Incisors Anthology – Visual Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The McNeese Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Oxford Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Tupelo Press Summer Open Reading Period – Poetry manuscripts (Chapbooks/Full Collections – 28-47 pages/48-90 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction & more – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Michael Marks Environmental Poet of the Year – Poetry manuscript (150-200 lines, UK only) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Solstice Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Artwork – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

The Shore – Poetry – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Tiny Fork Chapbook Series Contest – Poetry, Prose, Hybrid manuscript (15-50 pages) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Popshot Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: Roots – closes 2 Sept (submit online)


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


Abridged 0-88 – Poetry, Artwork, theme: Dance the Ghost – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

Drawn to the Light – Poetry – open 15 Aug & closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Nature & Place Prize – Poetry, theme: The Natural World – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

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

Troubadour International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 26 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)

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)

Crowstep Journal – Poetry – 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 House Press – Poetry, Prose Poetry, Flash, Hybrid  – 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)

Prelude – Poetry – open (submit online)

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)

Tab Journal – Poetry, Poetics – 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 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 New Yorker – 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 AUGUST 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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