Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – May 2019

Today is the festival of Bealtaine in Ireland, the mid-point between the Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice – it marks the start of summer and is generally regarded as a time of optimism and growth. What better time to send your work out to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in May 2019?!

And, as if the start of Summer weren’t enough to celebrate, tomorrow is also National Poetry Day in Ireland, with events throughout the country. I’m delighted to say my poem ‘English Lessons With a Polish Colleague on the Blessington Bus’ is one of several selected by Poetry Ireland to promote this year’s theme of ‘Truth or Dare’, alongside Vona Groarke, Jean O’Brien, Colette Bryce, Eleanor Hooker, Maurice Devitt, Liz Quirke, Stephanie Conn and more. The poems are featured on the Poetry Ireland website, their pocket poetry postcard series and on public transport around Ireland!

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I have a couple of signed copies of my postcard poem to give away – if you’d like a chance of winning one, simply pop over to the Poetry Ireland Discover Poetry page and tell me which is your favourite Truth or Dare poem.

Send your answer by email to angela (@) angelatcarr (dot) com, with ‘TRUTH OR DARE’ in the subject line. Please include your name and postal address. Names will be drawn at random on 8th May and the winners announced on the blog and social media.

Happy National Poetry Day! And whether you’re writing or submitting poems this month, I wish you the very best of luck!


May 2019

Poetry London Clore Prize – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Skylight 47 – Poetry, theme: Language, Landscape & Migration – closes 1 May (submit online)

Storyscape Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Mairtin Crawford Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 1 May (submit online)

Waltraud Field International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Loss – DEADLINE EXTENDED – closes 2 May (submit online)

Poetry Jukebox: EPIC – Poetry, theme: Hunger & Migration – closes 3 May (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 4 May (submit online)

Cordite Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 5 May (submit online)

Writers’ Digest Annual Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Memoir, Essay, Drama and more – closes 6 May (submit online)

Dromineer Literary Festival Writer-in-Residence – All genres – closes 7 May (submit online)

The Stinging Fly Summer School – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 9 May (submit online)

Bennington Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction  – closes 15 May (submit online)

Breadcrumbs – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction  – closes 15 May (submit online)

Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest – Poetry  – closes 15 May (submit online)

Hedgehog Press Handwritten Poem – Poetry, theme: Your Best Friend/Pets  – closes 15 May (submit online)

Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 May (submit online)

Pleiades Press Editors’ Prize for Poetry – Poetry – closes 15 May (submit online)

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

The Boiler Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Essay – closes 15 May (submit online)

Vallum – Poetry, theme: Fear – closes 15 May (submit online)

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

Abridged: Issue 0-404 – Poetry, theme: Delete – closes 19 May (submit online)

Antithesis – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art and more, theme: Devotion – closes 19 May (submit online)

New Letters Writing Contests – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 20 May (submit online)

Mental Health Narrative Project – All genres – closes 21 May (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Four – closes 25 May (submit online)

Iota Shot Pamphlet Award – Poetry manuscript (16-20 pages) – closes 28 May (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 28 May (submit online)

AGNI – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 May (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

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

Hedgehog Press: Conversationally Yours – Poetry manuscripts, 2 poets (20 pages max.)  – closes 31 May (submit online)

Hedgehog Press: Selected or Neglected – Poetry manuscripts (40 pages)  – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Longleaf Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

River Styx International Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

Sentinal Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 May (submit online)

Strix – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 May (submit online)

The A3 Press Chapbooks – Poetry manuscript (12 pages) – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

The Gettysburg Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

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

Willow Springs – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 31 May (submit online)

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

Breakwater Review – Poetry, Prose, Art, theme: Climate Change – closes 1 June (submit online)

Helen Literary Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 1 June (submit online)

Marsden the Poetry Village Competition – Poetry, theme: Together – closes 1 June (submit online)

Creative Future Writers’ Award – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Home – closes 2 June (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MAY:

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 7 June (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing – closes 7 June (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (16-24 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Birmingham – Poetry, Hybrid Forms – closes 30 June (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)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – 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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experimental – 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 Lake – Poetry – 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 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 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 May 2019, 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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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2019

Spring has just arrived here in Ireland (along with a deluge of hailstones and forecasts of snow) and, to celebrate the season and the birth of new things, here are over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in April 2019!

It’s also National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo or GloPoWriMo) where writers attempt to write a poem a day throughout April. My April Write Off 30 Day Challenge is now fully booked but here are the prompts we’re following, if you want to give it a go yourself.

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Trying your hand at writing a poem a day in April? Here are my tips for Surviving NaPoWriMo, maintaining momentum and getting the most out of the 30 day challenge experience. And if you’d like to know about future writing events before they’re officially launched, just jump on the mailing list.

Whether you’re writing or submitting poems this month, I wish you the very best of luck!


April 2019

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres, theme: Identity – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Minnesota Review – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Gladstone Library Writer in Residence – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Drama – closes 5 Apr (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Non-fiction – closes 7 Apr (submit nline)

Arts & Disability Connect – Funding for Artists – Literature – closes 8 Apr (submit online)

The Padraic Colum International Gathering Poetry Competitions – Poetry – closes 12 Apr (submit online)

Tin House: Broadside Thirty – Poetry – closes 14 Apr (submit online)

A Public Place – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

CantoMundo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Etel Adnan Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages, 1st or 2nd collection only) – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Gutter Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Interim Magazine – Poetry, Performance, Art, Experimental, theme: To Carry Across – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Hunger Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & more – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

The Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Idyllwild Arts Writers’ Week Fellowship – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Apr (submit onl

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

The Straid Collection Award – Poetry manuscript (min. 38 pages) – closes 16 Apr (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, theme: Landscape & Maps – closes 18 Apr (submit online)

The Emma Press: Picture Book Proposals – Poetry, Fiction – closes 20 Apr (submit online)

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 22 Apr (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Normal – closes 27 Apr (submit online)

Fly on the Wall Poetry Press: Planet in Peril Competition – Poetry, Photography – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Poetry Wall – Poetry (max. 16 lines) – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript, first collection (48-100 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Amsterdam – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Beech Street Review – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Blacklion Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Culpepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Dedalus Press Open Reading Period – Poetry manuscript – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Frogmore Press – Poetry, Prose – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

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

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

Jacar Press Full-length & Chapbook Contests – Poetry manuscript (40-80 pages, 20-32 pages) – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Loss – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Smithereens Literary Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

The Compass Magazine – Poetry, theme: Current Political Climate – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Ver Poets Open Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit by post)

Waxwing – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Art – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Welshpool Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Writing Home: The New Irish Poets Anthology (Dedalus Press) – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Poetry London Clore Prize – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

Skylight 47 – Poetry, theme: Language, Landscape & Migration – closes 1 May (submit online)

Storyscape Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Mairtin Crawford Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 May (submit online)

Waltraud Field International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN APRIL:

Other Terrain Journal – Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Backstory Journal – Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Wexford Literary Festival Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Drama – closes 4 May (submit online)

The Stinging Fly Summer School – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 9 May (submit online)

Iota Shot Pamphlet Award – Poetry manuscript (16-20 pages) – closes 28 May (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 28 May (submit online)

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

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – 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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experimental – 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 Lake – Poetry – 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 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 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 April 2019, 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 – March 2019

With temperatures this week warmer than an Irish summer, it seems Spring is on the way! If you spent the long winter evenings scribbling poems into the wee hours, it’s the perfect time to go back over your work with a gimlet eye, polish it up and send it out to one of over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March 2019!

Or, if your poems are still not quite there, keep an eye on the blog for a new writing event kicking off shortly – details coming soon. Better yet, get on the mailing list and be the first to know, as numbers will be restricted.

And before you send those poems off, be sure to check out Submitting to Journals & Competitions: A Beginner’s Guide.  It’s chock full of tips for making sure your work makes the best possible impression when it lands in the inbox of your preferred journal, and it already getting the thumbs-up from poetry editors!

Best of luck sending your lovely words out into the world!


March 2019

Ambit – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Anomaly – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork and more – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Translation – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Ghost City Press Micro-Chap Series – Poetry, Prose, Multi-media (15 pages max.) – closes 1st Mar (submit online)

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

Interim Journal – Poetry, Essay, Translation, Artwork – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Listowel Writers’ Week Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Drama, Essay – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Poetry & Words at Glastonbury Festival – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Sidereal Magazine – Poetry, Essays – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 New Poets’ Prize – Poetry (age 17-24) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry – Poetry, Performance, Film – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The Poetry Business Anthology – Poetry, theme: Running – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

The 2019 Poetry Business International Poetry Book & Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-24 pages) – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Valentine’s Day Love Your Bike Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Mar (submit online)

Synaesthesia – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art & more – closes 2 Mar (submit online)

D-light Studios Residency Award – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Stockholm Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 3 Mar (submit online)

The Brotherton Prize – Poetry (poets who have yet to publish a first collection) – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Jerwood Arts Bursaries  – All disciplines (UK) – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Popshot Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, theme: Escape – closes 4 Mar (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Edgeworth Society Festival Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 8 Mar (submit online)

The Kerouac Project – Residency, open to all writers – closes 10 Mar (submit online)

The Charles Causley Trust Writer-in-Residence Programme – Open to all writers (UK only) – closes 11 Mar (submit online)

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Short Scripts, theme: Clothes – closes 11 Mar (submit online)

Poets & Players Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 13 Mar (submit online)

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition – Poetry pamphlet (10 no. poems) – closes 14 Mar (submit online)

Barren Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction & more, theme: Migration | Storms | Neglect | Pain | Softening – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Access Cúirt Bursary – Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Southword Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

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

The Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 16 Mar (submit online)

Words of Dublin Poetry Anthology – Poetry – closes 22 Mar (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Corners – closes 23 Mar (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Review – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

Cobh Readers & Writers Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

Newcastle Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

Cuirt Spoken Word Platform – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Kilkenny Poetry Broadsheet – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

North West Words Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Submission – Writers, Poets, Publishers, Cultural Organisations – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

The Binsted Prize – Poetry – closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Trócaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition 2019 – Poetry, theme: Land is Life – EXTENDED closes 29 Mar (submit online)

Irish Funds Monaco Bursaries – Literary or Academic Writers, born or living in Ireland – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Banshee – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essays – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Applications – All writers – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Cave Canem Poetry Competition – Poetry manuscript in English by Black writers of African descent – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize – Poetry manuscript (15-25 poems) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Fish Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Hugo House Writer-In-Residence – Published Poets/Creative Writing Teachers – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Indiana Review Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Open House Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Salt Hill Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

San Fedele Press: American Writers Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Splonk – Prose Poetry/Flash – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Caterpillar – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Shearsman – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

FWS Vernal Equinox Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Gaelic (Poetry or Flash) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – All genres, theme: Identity – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Minnesota Review – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 1 Apr (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MARCH:

Fly on the Wall Poetry Press: Planet in Peril Competition – Poetry, Photography – closes 28 Apr (submit online)

Dedalus Press Open Reading Period – Poetry manuscript – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Writing Home: The New Irish Poets Anthology (Dedalus Press) – Poetry – closes 30 Apr (submit online)

Other Terrain Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (submit online)

Backstory Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 1 May or earlier if quota is met (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)

Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online)

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – 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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – 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 Lake – Poetry – 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 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 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 March 2019, 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)

Submitting to Poetry Journals & Competitions: A Beginner’s Guide

Chatting to writers during the recent #JanuaryWriteOff 30 Day Challenge, it became clear many people find the process of submitting to poetry journals and competitions quite daunting. From formatting to bios to fees, there can be a lot of hoops to jump through and I thought it might be useful to walk you through the process.

What Goes into a Submission?

When you’re preparing work to send out into the world, you will need to prepare a package of information comprising some, or all, of the following:

  • Your work, presented in accordance with the competition or journal’s Submission Guidelines;
  • A short writer’s bio;
  • A cover letter and/or a completed application form;
  • An author’s photo;
  • Competition or Submission fees (if applicable).

Let’s take a look at each of these in more detail. Continue reading

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2018

December, again – where did the year go? If you’ve been promising yourself this would be the year to finally send out your work, there’s still time!! Here are over 120 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in December – so get cracking and end the year in style.

2018 has been a bumper year here on the blog, with almost double the number of readers as last year! I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to expand the site to provide even more advice, information and resources to help poets with writing and publication and I’ll post more about that anon.

In the meantime, I’d like to thank you all for your support and hope these lists have helped you find homes for your work. If you’re in a position to give back (see below) it would be very much appreciated.

And as you’re ticking off your Christmas shopping list, don’t forget to support writers and small presses. Poetry makes the perfect stocking filler:

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Wishing you all a happy holiday season and the very best of luck. See you in 2019!


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December 2018

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-88 pages) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Doolin Writer’s Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Foglifter – Poetry, Prose, Cross-genre (especially queer, cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work) – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Heron Tree – Poetry – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Hot Metal Bridge – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Porter Gulch Literary and Arts Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Plays, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Tammy – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 1 Dec (submit online)

Peter Porter Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Three Drops from the Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, Artwork, theme: Midwinter – closes 3 Dec (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 7 Dec (submit online)

Strokestown International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 7 Dec (submit online)

Brunel International African Poetry Prize – Poetry (emerging – not yet published a full-length collection) – closes 12 Dec (submit online)

Poetry Jukebox: A Deeper Country – Poetry recording (max. 2 mins) – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

AWP Ireland Call for Papers – Topics relating to creative writing – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

Modern Poetry in Translation: UK Focus – Poetry (languages and language communities of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

Not Your Mother’s Breast Milk – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork, theme: Mental Health – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

Tara Building Creative Scholarship – All disciplines – closes 14 Dec (submit online)

Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden – Poetry (10 Pages) – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

BLYNKT – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: New Beginnings – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Constellate – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Copper Nickel – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Duende – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

F(r)iction’s Winter 2018 Literary Contests – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Mikrokosmos Fiction & Poetry Contest – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

New Ohio Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Porter House Review Editor’s Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Pretty Owl Poetry – Poetry, Flash, Art – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Sequestrum – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

So To Speak – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Swimming with Elephants Chapbooks – Poetry (25-75 pages) – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (8 poems) – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

The Hunger – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

Third Coast – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Drama – closes 15 Dec (submit online)

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

Dodging the Rain – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction and more, theme: Christmas & New Year – closes 18 Dec (submit online)

Programming Proposals for Poetry Day Ireland 2019 – Poetry events, theme: Truth or Dare – closes 19 Dec (submit online)

Overton Poetry Prize – Poetry sequence (up to 300 lines) – closes 20 Dec (submit online)

The Deva Literary Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-120 pages) – closes 20 Dec (submit online)

ROPES Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 24 Dec (submit online)

Quercus Review Press Poetry Book Award – Poetry manuscript (up to 125 pages) – closes 28 Dec (submit online)

1919 Limerick Soviet Anthology – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Brexit in Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Brighthill Press Poetry Book Competition – Poetry manuscript (48-64 pages) – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Calyx Journal – Poetry, Flash, Fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Carte Blanche – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

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

Five Aspects Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Spirit of Childhood – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

River Styx – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Tampa Review Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages) – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

The Moth Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Winter Tangerine Workshops: Feathered We Remember – Femme-identified writers, any genre – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

WoLF Poetry Competition – theme: Wanderer – closes 31 Dec (submit online)

Boyne Berries – Poetry, Fiction – closes 2 Jan 2019 (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

Rattle: Poets Respond – Poetry, theme: current events – deadline each week (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN DECEMBER:

SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 5 Jan 2019 (submit online)

Arvon Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Fiction, Playwriting – closes 7 Jan 2019 (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction – opens 3 Dec – closes 9 Jan 2019 (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)

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)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – 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)

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – 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)

PANK – Poetry – 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 Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – 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 Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – 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 Lake – Poetry – 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)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 December 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)

Submitting to Poetry Competitions: Which Competition?

I’m struggling with the flu right now but the general BLEUGH has been tempered by some good news on the poetry front.

I’ve had a couple of pieces accepted for a new women-led anthology on bodily autonomy, edited by poet and academic, Kathy D’Arcy, and due to be published by New Binary Press in the Spring. We have a historic referendum coming up in 2018, to repeal the 8th Amendment which compromises women’s healthcare in Ireland, and I’m proud to be among a chorus of voices writing about this important issue.

I’ve also had poems shortlisted and commended in a couple of competitions – the Doolin Writers’ Weekend Poetry Competition and the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize 2018.

A writer recently asked me, ‘What makes a good competition poem?’ As many of you read this blog for the monthly poetry competitions and submissions list, I thought it might be useful to talk a little bit about submitting work to competitions. I’m no expert but there are certain boxes I like to tick when deciding whether to enter a competition and what poems to send.

Why Submit to Competitions?

For me, it started with not being very confident and wanting to get a sense of whether the poems were any good – did they stand up to scrutiny? I submitted to competitions rather than journals because they are anonymous. I didn’t want to be submitting work over and over to an editor who (in my mind) would roll their eyes and exclaim, ‘Not this eejit again!’. Rejection is a big part of the process of writing and the competition route seemed a gentler introduction to disappointment.

I was very lucky to bag a win early on – a micro-poetry competition – word for word, my best pay-day to date! That early success encouraged me to keep writing and to keep submitting.

I do think it’s a good idea to ask yourself what you want to get out of the experience. It rarely leads to wealth or glory but don’t despair – I have a few ideas about why it might still be worth your while!

Which Competitions?

This is a tricky one. Some competitions are hugely prestigious and attract thousands of entries from around the world. As a rule of thumb, the higher the prize money, the bigger the draw. It means your work will be read alongside – and have to hold its own against – established and extensively published writers.

These competitions are highly competitive. It doesn’t mean younger writers can’t win, especially if they have been writing seriously for a few years and have established a track record of good work, but if you’ve only written a handful of poems then these competitions are probably not a good bet. The idea of winning a major prize as a novice writer is seductive but, generally, they go to writers who have been working at their craft for years.

If you’ve yet to publish a full-length collection of poetry, look out for competitions that specifically target unpublished writers. Your work will be part of a smaller pool and be read alongside writers with a similar level of experience.

What About Competition Fees?

I also see a lot of debate online about the cost of submitting to competitions (and some journals) and how it can be a bar to lower-income poets putting their work forward.

I don’t believe competitions are money-making scams intended to exploit writers. They have legitimate costs that need to be covered – prize money, judge’s fee, administration, technical costs (eg. Web Hosting, Submittable, Paypal). Many offer discounts for multiple entries or membership. If there is a profit, generally it is being plowed back in to activities and publications that support writers. No-one is buying a yacht and retiring to the Caribbean on the back of a poetry competition!

That said, there are always exceptions. If a competition is hosted by an organisation you’ve never heard of, who doesn’t have a strong or transparent online presence and who charge an exorbitant sum for entry, then proceed with caution. Check out a few comparable competitions to establish the going rate.

I know it can seem hard that everyone pays and only a handful benefit, but I like to take a wider view. Nobody owes you anything as a writer – not publication, not prestige, nothing. When I trained as an architect, I had to absorb the cost of tools, equipment, wardrobe, membership fees – all the things I needed to present myself as a working architect. Same goes for writing. Paying to enter competitions and submit to journals is just the cost of doing business. It also helps support organisations and journals that in turn support writers – you’re contributing to a healthy literary community.

I am a low-income poet. I don’t have full-time income to rely on and this means I have to pick and choose the opportunities I pursue. I’m serious about building a body of work, so I set aside an affordable sum to invest in myself as a writer and I only enter competitions when I have work of a suitable standard.

No writer should enter every single poem they write into a competition or enter every competition out there! In one year, I might write 50-100 poems – only a handful of these will be competition standard.

IF I’M LUCKY.

With limited funds and a limited number of suitable poems, I pick my targets carefully. The odds are always against winning but there are better odds on valuable side-benefits. I look for competitions that are democratic, offering the largest number of rewards to the widest group of people.

Poetry Competition Checklist

  • Is the competition run by an established organisation or journal? Making the long/shortlist of a competition held by a reputable literary organisation or journal, eg. The Poetry Society / Magma, builds credibility and increases the chances of your name/work being noticed by other editors, publishers and literary organisations, festival committees etc. It also looks good on a writing CV, if applying for literary jobs, grants or bursaries.
  • Is the judge an established writer? Does the competition publish the judge’s comments? It’s an opportunity to have your work read and possibly selected / commented upon by a writer you would never have access to normally. Having a blurb about your work by an established writer can be helpful when approaching publishers and, again, it’s good for the writing CV.
  • How many principal prize winners? Does the prize money go to a single winner? Look out for competitions that spread the wealth among several winners and offer acknowledgement to runners-up.
  • Is there a published long/shortlist? It’s not feasible to give everyone a prize but it doesn’t cost organisers anything to publish these lists when they are an integral part of the judging process. If a competition attracts 2000 entries, your poem making it to the last 50 puts it in the top 2-3% – that’s no small achievement. Being included on a longlist, or going from the longlist to the shortlist in successive years, gives writers a boost in confidence / credibility and costs the organisers nothing. When writers pay good money to support a competition, I believe organisers should spread the love and offer as much value as possible in return.
  • Will the winners / runners-up / shortlist poems be published? If the competition is run by a reputable journal, it may also offer publication/payment to the top entries, eg. Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize. Some competitions offer publication in an anthology. Publication in a reputable journal is always good. I’m warier of competition anthologies. Some are highly regarded and widely read within the literary community, eg, The Forward Prize annual anthology. Others feel like another way to exploit writers, using the writers work without payment and then expecting the writer to pay for a copy of the anthology to have a record of their published work. I’d watch out for the latter. If a writer has paid to enter a competition and the organisers want to use their work for publication, the very least they should do is provide the writer with a copy of that publication. I also have a bit of a bugbear about competitions publishing the entire shortlist without paying for use of the work. Most competitions exclude poems that have been prize-winners in other competitions but if a poem is commended or makes it to the shortlist, it might easily do better in another competition with a different judge or be submitted for publication to a journal. The only thing that would prevent it being sent out again is publication.
  • Will there be a prize-giving or reading? Many competitions are held by literary festivals to coincide with and help promote their main event, eg. Ledbury Poetry Prize. If prize-winners and runners-up (sometimes even the shortlist) are also invited to read at the festival, it’s an opportunity to meet and thank the judge, and have the work heard by a literary audience.

Sometimes, I’ll forego one or more of these. For example, if it’s a judge whose work I particularly admire and it would mean a lot to me to have my worked chosen by them. As a writer, it’s up to you to decide what’s important to you and hold yourself to that standard.

All of this is conditional on the poems being good enough to hold their own in a competition. I’ve written more than I intended about the competitions themselves, so I’ll save what makes a competition-worthy poem for the next post.

In the meantime, is there anything I’ve missed? What things do you consider when deciding whether or not to enter a competition? Please leave a comment below.

NB. I live in Ireland and these thoughts are based on my experience of the UK/Irish literary scene. I’d also love to hear thoughts about submitting to competitions in other parts of the world.

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