The Revival Tour: Poet Bloggers 2018

The Revival Tour Poet Bloggers 2018

When I started this blog back in 2014, I posted fairly regularly about poetry, and writing in general, but gradually life took over and the posts slowly whittled down to the monthly competitions and submissions list.

It’s been on my mind for a while that I could be writing more here and when I saw the call-out on Twitter at the end of last year for poetry bloggers to post weekly for a year, I jumped on board (I’m sneaking this post in under the wire for Week 2)!

The Revival Tour Poet Bloggers 2018 comprises almost 100 poetry bloggers across the world, covering everything from writing, reading and reviewing poetry to interviews to writing successes and failures – anything and everything to do with writing poetry. A big thank you to Donna Vorreyer and Kelli Russell Agodon for getting the tour off the ground!

For my part, I’ll be drawing from my 10+ years of writing and submitting poetry, two years as a poetry editor, an enormous To Be Read book pile and other creative interests, including art and design. I also have a particular interest in social media and how writers present themselves online.

If you have questions about any of the above or there are other areas of poetry that you’d like to see articles about, please leave a comment below. I’d love to know what aspects of poetry you’re interested in!

In the meantime, check out the full list of The Revival Tour bloggers and discover a new favourite read.



Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2018

Happy New Year! Are you ready to own 2018?! It’s a clean slate and if you’ve decided this will be the year to get your writing back on track, you are in the right place. Here are over 100 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in the month of January – perfect for acing those New Year’s writing resolutions!

Need a little encouragement or want to build some solid writing practices this year? Check out this great writing advice thread from Kelli Russell Agodon on Twitter.

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

January 2018

Breakwater Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Tongue&Grooves Prose Poem Prize – Prose Poetry – closes 1 Jan (submit online)

Steinbeck Fellow Program – Prose, Drama – closes 2 Jan (submit online)

The Good Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Photo Essays, Comics (British writers of colour only) – closes 3 Jan (submit online)

Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry – Poetry – closes 4 Jan (submit online)

Fly On The Wall Poetry Anthology: Mind – Poetry, theme: mental health – closes 5 Jan (submit online)

Best New British & Irish Poets – Poetry – closes 7 Jan (submit online)

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 8 Jan (submit online)

Jerwood Performing Arts Micro Bursaries – Independent artists, makers, producers incl. writers (UK only) – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

CCI Artist Residency Paris – All art forms (Irish or Irish resident only) – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction – closes 11 Jan (submit online)

Boyne Berries – Poetry, Fiction – closes 12 Jan (submit online)

Magma Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

The Keats-Shelley Prize – Poetry, Essay, theme: Liberty – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

British Army Poetry Competition: Writing Armistice – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest – Poetry – closes 16 Jan (submit online)

Clochoderick Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 25 Jan (submit online)

Cuirt New Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction – closes 25 Jan (submit online)

Highland Park Poetry Challenge – Poetry, themes: Monsters, Electricity, Golden Shovel form – closes 29 Jan (submit online)

IOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards – Poetry, 12-16 pages – closes 29 Jan (submit online)

Stephen A DiBiase Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 Jan (submit online)

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

Magma – Poetry, theme: Film – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Ó Bhéal Five Words Annual Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (10 pages) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Iowa Review Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Plough Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)


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

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry – deadline and prize every 14 days (submit online)


Iota Magazine – Poetry, Fiction – opens 1 Jan (submit online)

York Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction – opens 26 Jan, closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Salome – Poetry, Fiction< Non-Fiction, theme: Time – opens 30 Jan (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast Pamphlet Competition – Poetry – closes 8 Feb (submit online)

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

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 April (submit online)

2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – open (submit online)

400 & Falling – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Artwork (emerging writers)  – (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

Ambit – Poetry, Short Fiction – open (submit online)

A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

Brittle Star – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

By and By Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Disclaimer Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Journalism, themes: Politics, Economics, Art – open (submit online)

Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online)

Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – 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)

GFT Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – open (submit online)

Gravel – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit by post)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post)

HCE Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit online)

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)

Inside the Bell Jar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: mental illness – 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)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

Noepe Center Residency Program – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Plays – open (submit online)

One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post)

Poetry Saltzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online)

Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Carribean writers – open (submit online)

Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online)

Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open (submit online)

Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (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)

Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – 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 Collapsar – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Curlew – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: the natural world – open (submit online)

The Ellis Review – Poetry, published weekly – open (submit online)

The Galway Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Great American Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

The MacGuffin – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Missouri Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

The Next Review – Poetry, Fiction, Reviews – open (submit online)

The Nottingham Review – Poetry & Fiction – open (submit online)

The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

The Quill Magazine – Poetry, Prose, All Genres (new writers only) – open (submit online)

The Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – 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)

Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – open (submit online)

Vending Machine Press – Poetry, Flash, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Essay – 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 2018, 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)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2017

December, again – where did the year go? If you’ve been promising yourself that 2017 would be your year to finally send your work out into the world, there’s still time!! Here are over 100 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in the month of December – so get cracking and end the year in style.

Wishing you all a happy holiday season and the very best of luck. See you in 2018!

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October / November 2017

I’m afraid life got the better of me in September and most of October – apologies – but, believe it or not, the last week of October has almost twice as many opportunities as the whole rest of the month! So this is a bumper edition of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in October and November 2017. And there are some corkers…

Good luck! Continue reading


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