JOIN SPELLBOUND: 30 DAYS OF SAMHAIN WRITING CHALLENGE FOR OCTOBER 2021

As we look forward to crisp days of Autumn, the 30-Day Writing Challenge returns with all the inspiration you need to spark your imagination and write every day in October – plus a few extras tricks and treats!

October is when we take stock of the year before the onset of winter. It is also the time of Samhain, the ancient Celtic festival marking Summer’s End – a time of celebration and remembrance, when spirits cross from the Otherworld into the human realm for a single day.

In Christian times, it became All Hallow’s Eve, then Halloween, and many of our modern customs still have their roots in the old ways.

For this challenge, we are taking inspiration from all things natural and supernatural – witches and woodland, fairy folk and fantastic creatures, moonlight, magic and things that go bump in the night… 

Join me for the month of October to explore the myths, legends, superstitions and folklore of Samhain and Halloween!

In addition to writing prompts, we’ll have a few surprise activities to help us flex our creative muscles in new directions.

If you haven’t taken part before, the 30-Day Challenge is the perfect remedy for an uncertain world, with bite-sized daily exercises, inspiration, opportunity to explore, and a supportive and encouraging community of writers in the private Facebook group.

Whether you’re looking for focus, connection or a creative kick-start, the challenge offers a reprieve from the everyday anxieties – plus all the tools you’ll need to build a daily writing habit.

As before, I’m offering an email only version of the challenge for those who want to avoid social media and the internet right now, and have also introduced a tiered pricing system.

All the information is on the website – just click the button below for details – and if you have any questions, please drop
me a line.

For those of you using this time to send your work out, there are still plenty of opportunities available in the September Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities list!

I completely understand that this might not be the right timing for you to take part in a challenge and that’s OK.

Nurture your creative self in any way you can – DO WHAT YOU LOVE – play, read, make art, make something with your hands, knit, sew, mend, grow seeds, bring something new into the world this Autumn.

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – September 2021

The summer is winding down and as we dig out the jumpers and cardis, light the fire and prepare for cosy autumn evenings, AKA writing time, the new poetry list is here with over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in September 2021.

A big thank you to everyone who sent kind messages and condolences for Dad’s interment service in Donegal last month – I feel very lucky to be part of such a thoughtful and generous community of writers.

For those of you who have let the writing slide over the summer and are in the back to school mood, there is an all new 30 Day Writing Challenge coming in October – full details of upcoming spooky fun will be announced very soon, so keep an eye out here or jump on board the mailing list for early access.

Whatever you are writing or sending out in September, I wish you the very best of luck. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


September 2021

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, theme: Dirt – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Mono Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Sanity – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Abridged 0-78 – Poetry, Artwork, theme: Judgement – closes 3 Sept (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Artwork – closes 3 Sept (submit online)

Stanza Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Choice – closes 5 Sept (submit online)

Kithe – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Hybrid, Art – closes 6 Sept (submit online)

Poetry School & Wayne Holloway Scholarships – Poetry – closes 6 Sept (submit online)

Arts Council Literature Agility Award – All genres (Irish, Ireland-based only) – closes 9 Sept (submit online)

Parentheses Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

Patrick & Katherine Kavanagh Fellowship – Established Irish poets in their middle years – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal Ekphrastic Challenge – Poetry, Flash, Hybrid – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

The Bangor Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 14 Sept (submit online)

Black Warrior Review Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Cave Canem: Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize – Poetry manuscript (Black Writers only, 25-30 pages max.) – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Padraic Fallon Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

Okay Donkey – Poetry, Flash – closes 15 Sept (submit online)

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

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

Allingham Writing Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 17 Sept (submit online)

Bealtaine Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Photography & Art, theme, (Un)belonging – closes 19 Sept (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets – Poetry (no more than one collection published) – closes 19 Sept (submit online)

Hart House Review – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 19 Sept (submit online)

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition – Poetry (in English and English as an Additional Language) – closes 20 Sept (submit online)

Gutter Mag – Poetry, Fiction – closes 24 Sept (submit online)

Troubadour International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 27 Sept (submit online)

Corvid Queen – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Hammond House International Literary Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Scriptwriting, Songwriting – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Hedgehog Press: A Slim Volume of One’s Own Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems max.) – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Indigo International Wild Nature Poetry Award – Poetry, theme: Wildlife, Natural World, Environment, Cruel Sports – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Kenyon Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay, Play, themes, Work or Climate – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Manchester Cathedral 600 Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Religious/Spiritual & connected to the Cathedral (max. 15 lines) – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Open Door Career Advancement Grants for BIPOC Women Writers – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction (unpublished writers) – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Osmosis Press – Manuscripts, poetry, hybrid genres – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Perhappened – Poetry, Flash, theme: Disguise – opens 9 Sept, closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Rhino Founders’ Prize – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Artwork – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

The North Magazine – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Violet Indigo Blue Etc. – Poetry, Art Criticism – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Waxwing – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online – may close earlier due to submissions cap)

Skylight47 – Poetry, Artwork – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

The Missouri Review Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – closes 1 Oct (submit online)

The Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Prose, Critical Writing – closes 3 Oct (submit online)

The Liminal Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – opens 6 Sept, closes 3 Oct (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN september 2021

The Aryamati Poetry Prize – Poetry pamphlets (20-30 pages) – closes 5 Oct (submit online)

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

The Prole Pamphlet Competition – Poetry pamphlet (20-40 pages) – closes 17 Oct (submit online)

Fawn Press Anthology – Poetry, theme: Elements: The Natural & Supernatural – closes 31 Oct (submit online)

National Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Oct (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)

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)

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)

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)

Marble – Poetry – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – 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 – 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)

Tears in the Fence – Poetry – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Aurora Review – Poetry (quick turnaround / feedback) – 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 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 until 2021 (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 September 2021, 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 – August 2021

How’s your Summer going? If you’re tired of sunning yourself (or have been driven indoors by the weather) there’s plenty to keep you busy in the new poetry list with over 130 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in August 2021!

I’m still in catch-up mode from earlier in the year due to health and personal stuff. My lovely Dad who died back at the beginning of COVID-19 is finally going to be laid to rest in his beloved Donegal on Saturday. I still can’t travel for the funeral which is tough but I’m happy to know that he is being brought gently home by family and friends. Please keep him and us in your thoughts this week.

Last month, I mentioned new developments for Autumn/Winter – these are still in the planning stages and I hope to share more info very soon – keep an eye on the blog or, if you’d like to be first to hear about new and shiny happenings, jump on the mailing list for the scoop.

Whatever you are writing or sending out in August, I wish you the very best of luck. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


August 2021

Dreich Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Gigantic Sequins Annual Poetry Context – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+, all genders) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Mud Room Mag – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Muzzle Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

The Poetry Society Members’ Competition – Poetry, theme, Surreal Cities – closes 4 Aug (submit online)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction (Emerging writers only – max. 5 publication credits across all genres) – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

Passengers Journal – Poetry, Non-fiction, Art, Photography – closes 4 Sept (submit online)

Second Light Poetry Competition – Long & short Poetry by women – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

Here Comes Everyone – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: Gods & Monsters – closes 8 Aug (submit online)

The Mechanic Institute Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 poems, Irish, Ireland-based poets only) – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Shahidah Janjua Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 12 Aug (submit online)

The Rialto – Poetry – closes 13 Aug (submit online)

Black in White Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Racism & Prejudice – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Diode Editions Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (25-50 pages) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Diode Editions Full-Length Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (55-85 pages) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Grist Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Re-Creation: An Anthology of Queer Poetry – Poetry (BIPOC poets and resistant, liminal, and nonconformist queer voices, UK only) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Room Magazine 2021 Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Boiler – Poetry. Fiction, Essay – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Wine Cellar Press – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Arts Council Literature Project Award – All genres – closes 19 Aug (submit online)

Crow Name – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Comics & more, theme: Bud, Blossom, Bloom – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Goldsmith Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Raftery Returns Poetry Competition – Poetry (max. 20 lines) – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (unpublished poets only) – closes 27 Aug (submit online)

Granta – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art & Photography – closes 29 Aug (submit online)

Dedalus Press: Local Wonders – Poetry (Irish/Irish-based poets only) – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

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

Broken Sleep Books Ecopoetry Anthology – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Crow of Minerva – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Drawn to the Light – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition – Poetry pamphlets (16-24 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

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

Poetry Archive NOW WordView 2021 – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competition – Poetry, Prose, theme: Horizons – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The 8th Annual Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition – Poetry films – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Hedgehog Press Stickleback Micro-Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (4 poems) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Hedgehog Press White Label Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, theme: Dirt – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Mono Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Sanity – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Abridged 0-78 – Poetry, Artwork, theme: Judgement – closes 3 Sept (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN August 2021

Stanza Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Choice – closes 5 Sept (submit online)

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

Allingham Writing Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 17 Sept (submit online)

Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets – Poetry (no more than one collection published) – closes 19 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)

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)

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)

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)

Marble – Poetry – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – 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 – 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)

Tears in the Fence – Poetry – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Aurora Review – Poetry (quick turnaround / feedback) – 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 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 until 2021 (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 2021, 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 – July 2021

Hello Summer! The poetry list is back with over 150 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in July 2021!

Despite my best intentions, health and technical issues got the better of me during the past few months but – fingers crossed – the poetry list is back on track for the rest of 2021. I’m posting July a little early to include some opportunities for the last day of June – these are closing in the next 6-12 hours, so be quick if you don’t want to miss out!

And although I’ve been struggling with my energy levels for a while, it hasn’t all been bad news. I was delighted to be awarded an Arts Council Literary Bursary in May to support the completion of my second poetry collection, due to be published by Dedalus Press in 2022/3.

This was my first successful application after trying many times over the past 10 years – a reminder to keep doing the work, honing the craft and practicing resilience in the face of rejection. If you have been experiencing any disappointments in your work lately, don’t give up. Take a step back, give yourself and the work some space, place your energy somewhere else for a while, perhaps a different genre or art form. Do something that makes you feel good and return to the work when you are replenished and it starts to intrigue you again.

At the moment, I’m trying to catch up on commitments that stalled in Spring but I have lots of exciting things planned for late Summer and Autumn, and hope to share more about those with you next month. If you’d like to be first to hear about new developments, jump on the mailing list for the scoop!

Whatever you are writing or sending out in July, I wish you the very best of luck. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


JulY 2021

14 Magazine – Poetry (14 lines max.) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Alba – Poetry (12 lines max.) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Abridged 0-69: Nemesis – Poetry, Visual Art, theme: Nemesis – closes 30 June (submit online)

Analogies & Allegories – Poetry, Fiction, Photography & Visual Art, theme: Fate – closes 30 June (submit online)

Bath Magg – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Catatonic Daughters – Poetry, Prose, Script, Visual Art (welcomes under-represented communities including people of colour, disabled writers, and LGBTQIA+ writers, including trans & non-binary writers) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Long Poem Magazine – Poetry (75 lines min.) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Los Angeles Review Literary Awards – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

Present Tense – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 30 June (submit online)

Rhino Poetry – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Alchemy Spoon – Poetry, theme: Body – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Well Review – Poetry manuscripts (20 – 35 poems) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Wells Festival of Literature Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Diversifying Irish Poetry: Poetry Critics of Colour in Ireland Call – Poetry (Irish/Irish-based writers of colour) – closes 1 July (submit online)

Oxford Poetry – Poetry – closes 1 July (submit online)

The Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards – Poetry, theme: Peace & the Human Spirit – closes 1 July (submit online)

Poetry Magazine: Collaborative Issue – Poetry, Prose, theme: Collaboration – closes 1 July (submit online)

AUB International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 2 July (submit online)

Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (35 pages max, lesbian-identified poets (see submission guidelines)) – closes 4 July (submit online)

York Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 4 July (submit online)

Perhappened – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Saltwater – closes 6 July (submit online)

The Fairy Tale Review: The Lilac Issue – Poetry, Fiction, Comics, Artwork & more, theme: Sleep & Dreams – closes 6 July (submit online)

Arts Council Agility Award – All genres – individual artists and arts workers – closes 8 July (submit online)

Coast to Coast to Coast Competition – Poetry mini pamphlet (max 12 pages) – closes 8 July (submit online)

McLellan Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 11 July (submit online)

Ambit Annual Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Illustration, theme: Metamorphosis – closes 14 July (submit online)

Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art & Photography – closes 14 July (submit online)

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Health, healing, illness, the mind and the body – closes 15 July (submit online)

Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48 pages min.) – closes 15 July (submit online)

Francine Ringold Awards for New Writers – Poetry, Fiction – closes 15 July (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online)

Vallum Award for Poetry – Poetry (strongly encourages submissions from LGBTQI2S, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers or persons with mental or physical challenges) – closes 15 July (submit online)

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

Narrative Magazine Annual Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 16 July (submit online)

The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in Translation – closes 16 July (submit online)

Frontier Poetry OPEN Award – Poetry – closes 18 July (submit online)

Poetry Wales – Poetry – closes 21 July (submit online)

Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Literary Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Children’s/YA Fiction – closes 22 July (submit online)

Varuna Residential Fellowships – Poetry, Fiction, Narrative Non-fiction, Drama and more – closes 29 July (submit online)

Allegro Poetry – Poetry, theme: Georgraphy – closes 31 July (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art & Photography, theme: The Future – closes 31 July (submit online)

Arc Poetry Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Bad Lilies – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Foyle Young Poets of the Year – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Obsidian (Black poets only) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Re-Creation: An Anthology of Queer Poetry – Poetry (BIPOC poets and resistant, liminal, and nonconformist queer voices, UK only) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Red Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Seashores – Haiku, Senryu – closes 31 July (submit online)

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry (50 lines max.) – closes 31 July (submit online)

Spelt Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Rural – closes 31 July (submit online)

The A3 Press Chapbook – Poetry, Fiction, Art (12-14 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Haibun Journal – Haibun – closes 31 July (submit online)

The Gravity of the Thing – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online)

Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Dreich Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Gigantic Sequins Annual Poetry Context – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LGBTQ+, all genders) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Mud Room Mag – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Muzzle Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

The Poetry Society Members’ Competition – Poetry, theme, Surreal Cities – closes 4 Aug (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN JULY 2021

Second Light Poetry Competition – Long & short Poetry by women – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

The Mechanic Institute Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – opens 4 July / closes 6 Aug (submit online)

The Rialto – Poetry – closes 13 Aug (submit online)

Grist Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Visual Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Palette Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Boiler – Poetry. Fiction, Essay – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Wine Cellar Press – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Red Line Book Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry (unpublished poets only) – closes 27 Aug (submit online)

Dedalus Press: Local Wonders – Poetry (Irish/Irish-based poets only) – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition – Poetry pamphlets (16-24 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The 8th Annual Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition – Poetry films – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 31 Aug (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)

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)

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)

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)

Marble – Poetry – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – 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 – 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)

Tears in the Fence – Poetry – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Aurora Review – Poetry (quick turnaround / feedback) – 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 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 until 2021 (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 July 2021, 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 2021

It’s March and the poetry list is back and bringing you over 140 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in March 2021!

If you’ve been wondering what happened in January and February, I’ve been at a low ebb for a while now (Exhaustion + YOU-KNOW-WHAT fatigue + Winter + Lockdown = 😥🤒🤕🤧🥴😱) and I finally hit a wall when a bug knocked me on my arse for several weeks in February, incl. my birthday – oh joy…

Self-care is such an important part of surviving in our strange new world – and I don’t mean the pampering and bubble bath kind (although that’s nice too) but recognising our own limitations – physically, mentally, emotionally – working within our actual energy levels at any given time and not over-committing out of financial necessity (not an easy call) or a misguided wish to please others. Let’s just say there have been a lot of plates spinning and crashing at my end. If you’ve been waiting to hear from me, I’ll be in touch with a tube of UHU, a Pritt stick, Blu Tac and a giant roll of gaffer tape very soon. As always, I’m grateful for the understanding, encouragement and support of this community of writers. Take care of yourself and each other as we head toward Spring, new growth, brighter days and – hopefully – happier and healthier times.

I’m starting to toss around ideas for the next 30 day challenge and National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) in April. If you’d like to hear about it as soon as it launches, jump on the mailing list for first dibs on a spot!

Whatever you are writing or sending out in March, I wish you the very best of luck. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button (right) and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


MARCH 2020

The Mechanic’s Institute Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 5 Mar (submit online)

Dreich Summer Anywhere Anthology – Poetry – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Feral: A Journal of Poetry & Art – Poetry, Visual Art, theme: Weather – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

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

Kissing Dynamite – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 7 Mar (submit online)

Forward Prizes for Poetry – Poetry / Manuscripts (publishers only) – closes 8 Mar (submit online)

We Only Want the Earth Residency 2 – Visual Art / Multidisciplinary (artists with experience of homelessness only) – closes 8 Mar (submit online)

Marble Poetry Broadsheet – Poetry, theme: History – closes 10 Mar (submit online)

Parentheses Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Visual Art – closes 10 Mar (submit online)

Bracken – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Brian Dempsey Memorial Prizes: Single Poem – Poetry – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Brian Dempsey Memorial Prizes: Short Collection – Poetry (10 poems, UK only) – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Cheltenham Poetry Festival Single Poem Contest – Poetry, theme: Transformation – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Frosted Fire: New Voices – Poetry manuscript (10 poems, poet aged 25 or under) – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Ledbury Poetry Critics – Poets / Poetry critics of colour (UK only) – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Lumiere Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Party Time – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Poetry Day Ireland Bright Ideas – Poetry Event / Project, theme: New Directions: Maps & Journeys – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

Up the Stairs – Poetry, Visual Art – closes 15 Mar (submit online)

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

Same Page Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – closes 17 Mar (submit online)

iOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards – Poetry manuscript (16-20 pages) – closes 22 Mar (submit online)

Desmond O’Grady International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Mar (submit online)

Indigo Literary Journal – Poetry, Prose – closes 25 Mar (submit online)

Creative Ageing Writing Bursary – Poet, Writer, Artist (aged 50+, Republic of Ireland only) – closes 26 Mar (submit online

York Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay, theme: Time & Memory – closes 26 Mar (submit online)

The Rialto – Poetry – closes 30 Mar (submit online)

192 Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

American Poetry Journal – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

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

Glass Poetry Press – Poetry manuscript (15-25 pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48-80 pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)#

Hedgehog Press: A Slim Volume of One’s Own Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (up to 20 poems) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Hedgehog Press: Selected or Neglected Book Competition – Poetry manuscript (up to 40 poems) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: Anthropocene – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Split Lip – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir, Visual Art – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

The Antivenom Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (first or second collection, 48+ pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

The Gutter & Edwin Morgan Trust Poetry Competition – Poetry (unpublished poets, aged 40+) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

The Red Shed Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Tupelo Press Snowbound Chapbook Award – Poetry manuscript (20-36 pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Verve Poetry Press – Poetry manuscript (60+ pages) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

Waxwing – Poetry (limited submissions – may close early) – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

American Poetry Journal Chapbook Series – Poetry manuscript (up to 42 pages) – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Anthropocene – Poetry – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Prototype Anthology – Poetry, Prose, Visual, Experimental – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, theme: Untamed: On Wilderness and Civilization – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Lincoln Review – Poetry, Flash, Essay, Creative Non-fiction, Visual Art / Comics – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Momentist – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Translation, Visual Art – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

The Tiny Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 1 Apr (submit online)

Full House Lit Mag – Poetry, Prose, Script, Visual Art – closes 2 Apr (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MARCH 2021

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 6 Apr (submit online)

Spelt Magazine – Poetry, Creative Non-fiction (special segment for writers under 25 years of age) – open 5 Mar – 10 Apr (submit online)

The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Apr (submit online)

Cathalbui Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 17 Apr (submit online)

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

Tether’s End Magazine – Poetry, theme: Folklore – closes 1 May (submit online)

Seek Poetry Magazine – Poetry – closes 1 May (submit online)

The Liminal Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 May (submit online)

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

Anthropocene – Poetry – open (submit online)

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)

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)

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)

Marble – Poetry – open (submit online)

New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – 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 – open 31 March 2020 (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)

Tears in the Fence – Poetry – open (submit online)

The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

The Aurora Review – Poetry (quick turnaround / feedback) – 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 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 until 2021 (submit online)

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – 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 2021, 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)

Black Lives Matter: What Can I Do As a Writer?

For those of you waiting for the new list of poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in June 2020, it will be published tomorrow. Thank you for your patience.

I’ve held it back a day for #BlackOutTuesday – to show respect for the death of George Floyd, highlight the senseless loss of black lives due to police brutality and protest the disturbing use of state force against the citizens of the US right now.

We all live in a world shaped by racism and now more than ever, we need to acknowledge and understand that Black Lives Matter. This quote from a 2014 essay by Scott Woods is particularly resonant.IMG_20200602_114203_465

In immediate response to the murder of George Floyd, here’s a great summary of direct action options from Black Lives Matter.

If you want to better understand the issues surrounding racism, the POC Online Classroom is curated by and for people of colour and has a fantastic database of reading and resources, including articles, essays and poems on everything from identity to organizing to self care with writing by Audre Lorde, Bell Hooks, Angela Davis, Langston Hughes, Marlon James, Angel Nafis and more. Here are a few relevant sections to check out:

I’ve been thinking about how I could better educate myself and help amplify black voices within the literary community. If you feel as helpless as I do and want to know what you can do to take a stand against racism, here are some of the things I’m pledging to:

  1. Make a donation – to the family of George Floyd, to Black Lives Matter, to Reclaim the Block who work to make communities like George’s safer, without police intervention, or to Minnesota Freedom Fund to help with bail funds for protesters who have been arrested. In Ireland, you can tackle racism by supporting MASI (Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland) or MERJ (Migrant & Ethnic-Minorities for Reproductive Justice). Petition your local TDs and councillors to end Direct Provision. If you are in the UK, check out this poem and list of resources by poet, Salena Godden.
  2. Educate myself. Do the work to understand the insidious nature of racism and how it impacts on everyone’s lives. None of us are free from its impact, as Scott Woods explains above. Don’t ask black friends or colleagues to do this work for me. The information is widely available. There are lots of resources being shared under the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter and Instagram right now. Here are a few ideas to get started:
    • How to Be an Anti-Racist, Ibram X. Kendi;
    • This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work, Tiffany Jewell;
    • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, Reni Eddo-Lodge;
    • Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad;
    • Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehesi Coates;
    • So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo;
    • This thread on racism in Ireland by Dr. Justine Akase.
  3. Support the work of black writers and poets. As a writer, read and share their work. Here are some great books to get started:
    • Citizen, Claudia Rankine;
    • Don’t Call Us Dead, Danez Smith;
    • Incendiary Art, Patricia Smith;
    • The Evidence of Things Not Seen, James Baldwin (pretty much anything by Baldwin);
    • White Teeth, Zadie Smith;
    • The Black Flamingo, Dean Atta;
    • Don’t Touch My Hair, Emma Dibiri;
    • This Hostel Life, Melatu Uche Okorie;
    • Correspondences: An Anthology to Call for an End to Direct Provision, ed. Stephen Rea and Jessica Traynor;
    • The Jhalak Prize is also a great reference point for recent work by British BAME writers.
  4. Amplify. I actively seek out and highlight submission opportunities for Black writers, as well as other marginalised groups, in my monthly poetry list but am painfully aware how few journals and competitions make their work a priority. As an editor or publisher, please ensure your submissions policy is inclusive toward black and other marginalised groups of writers. Make space for their voices.
  5. Listen. Who am I following on social media? Whose voices and experiences am I paying attention to? Am I only listening to voices and experiences that chime with my own? Break out of the echo chamber. Accept that my opinion is neither relevant nor necessary in every conversation.
  6. Know that I will make mistakes. Know that those closest to me will make mistakes and some will not be interested in doing the work. Don’t dig in behind these errors. Learn from them. Apologise and pledge to do better. Continue to hold myself and others accountable for words or actions that are harmful to others. Do this with compassion.

Will you join me?

Don’t forget, when buying books, please try and support local, independent and/or black-owned bookshops. 

For some poetry to read right now, here’s a great compilation of Poems of Protest, Resistance, and Empowerment by Poetry Foundation. It includes one of my all-time favourite poems: Rosa Parks by Nikki Giovanni.

…they noticed his stutter and probably understood
why his mother wanted him out of Chicago during the summer
when school was out. Fourteen-year-old Black boys with limps
and stutters are apt to try to prove themselves in dangerous ways
when mothers aren’t around to look after them.

Rosa Parks – Nikki Giovanni

Update: Here’s a fantastic thread of poems and recommended reading by black poets from Luther X. Hughes on Twitter.

Update: Here’s a link to an Antiracist Allyship Starter Pack from Kandice Le Blanc’s post ‘Dear White People, This is What We Want You to Do’, with thanks to writer and editor Chiamaka Enyi-Amadi for sharing on FB.

Update: Here’s a link to Racial Equity Tools: Arts & Culture Strategies, with thanks to Chiamaka, as above, for sharing on FB.

Update: For those who prefer visual materials, Two Thumbs Up: Movies and Documentaries to Use (and Avoid) When Teaching Civil Rights, an article by Hasan Kwame Jeffries at Zinn Education Project, is a great run-down of good, bad and downright ugly documentaries and films covering civil rights history.

I realise this only scratches the surface of a pervasive problem and if you have any other ideas or reading recommendations, please feel free to add them in the comments section below. I’ll keep updating this post as more ideas about useful information come to me.

Featured Image: Black Lives Matter

The Irish Writers’ Centre in Dublin – I’m on the Team!

I’m delighted to announce I’ll be joining the Admin. team at the Irish Writers’ Centre, in Dublin, from the beginning of February until the end of October, to assist in running the Centre and to learn about Arts Administration & Management. The Centre runs an extensive programme of writing classes across all styles and genres, literary and publishing events, along with an increased focus on professional development for writers.

The Irish Writers’ Centre is particularly dear to my heart, as it is where I took my first creative writing class in 2007, it is where I returned to focus on writing poetry, under the tutelage of Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill in 2009, where I’ve attended workshops with Dermot Bolger, Ciaran Berry, Theo Dorgan and more, where I’ve read on Culture Night, the Centre’s 20th Anniversary and Poetry Ireland’s Introductions Series as part of the Dublin Writers’ Festival, and where I’ve met and worked with my fellow Words on the Wind poets, every fortnight for the past 5 years.

I can’t wait to get started!

Poetry Ireland Introductions 2014 Redux: Angela T. Carr

The Poetry Ireland Introductions Series – a showcase for emerging poets working towards a first collection and with a track record of publication in journals and magazines – is open for submissions until 31 Jan.

Introductions mentors new writing talent in Ireland, providing the opportunity to workshop poetry with an established, published poet and perform work to a live audience at a showcase, hosted by Poetry Ireland; the showcase is recorded and published on the Poetry Ireland web-site.

As an alumni of last year’s series, 2014 was pretty busy for me on the writing front, and I’ve been asking my fellow emerging poets to share their experience of taking part in the Introductions series. I thought I’d round up today with my own feedback: what it was like to take part in Poetry Ireland Introductions, how I benefited and where I am now with my writing.

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2014: A Year in Writing

Having won the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition at the end of 2013, and with the publication of my first collection in the offing, 2014 was set to be a busy year on the writing front and what a year it was!

In January, I was Commended in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize, and finally got serious about sending my work out to literary magazines and journals.

In February, 2 poems were published on the topical Poetry 24 web-site, including one about the infamous Panti Bliss homophobia scandal at RTE. I was also delighted to read as part of The Ash Sessions: Covers of Love event for St. Valentine’s Day and the open mic for Wicked Women’s Week.

In March, I started working on developing my own series of online courses (which I now hope to launch in 2015) and had a poem selected for publication in The Pickled Body, an online journal or poetry and art.

In April, I read at The Pickled Body launch at the Ranelagh Arts Centre, was short-listed for the Single Poem Award at Listowel Writers’ Week, and was one of nine writers selected for the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series 2014 – the most prestigious event for emerging poets in Ireland.

In May, I met the other emerging writers at the Poetry Ireland Introductions Series workshop, where we critiqued our poems with Alan Jude Moore and were schooled on reading and delivery of poetry by Theo Dorgan. Later that month, we were introduced over 2 nights of readings at the Irish Writers Centre, as part of the Dublin Writers’ Festival. Through Poetry Ireland, I also attended a poetry workshop with Ciaran Berry, as part of the Writers’ Festival.

In June, I attended a Mindshift meeting at the Irish Writers Centre – a series of professional development events, for published writers – focusing on PR & Marketing, and received great advice on promoting my book from Nuala Ni Choncuir, June Considine, Lia Mills, Christine Dwyer Hickey and others. I also took part in How Writers Write Poetry, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) run by the International Writer’s Programme at the University of Iowa. A great teaching programme – the Iowa Writers Workshop is world-renowned – but I found the feedback process overwhelming, given the sheer numbers involved (around 2000 participants), and focused instead on working through the excellent content.

The summer was a little quieter. July, I found out I was a finalist in the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition, judged by Wendy Cope, but the news was embargoed and I had to sit on my hands until the results were officially published in September! In August, I had a particularly productive month writing new work and also made the long-list for the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2014.

It all kicked off again in September, when 2 poems were accepted for publication, in the Boyne Berries and Abridged literary journals. I also won a coveted spot on a poetry workshop with Don Paterson at the Mountains to Sea Literary Festival, in Dun Laoghaire. It was a great event – not only did I get to critique work with a dozen amazing poets, in the beautiful surrounds of the new Lexicon library complex, but I also got to hear Michael Symmons Roberts, Menna Elfyn and Sinead Morrissey read their work. A whole day of talking poetry with equally passionate writers sparked a host of new ideas and, in the course of the day, the seeds of my second collection were planted. Mslexia magazine published the results of the Women’s Poetry Competition 2014 along with some lovely words from Wendy Cope about my poem, After the Storm, in her judge’s comments. Ahead of the Referendum, my thoughts on Scottish Independence were published in the Sunday Business Post – sadly, the outcome of the vote was not what I’d hoped. On Culture Night, I took part in the Over The Edge event in Galway, both reading and judging the open-mic competition, alongside poet, Ruth Aylett, followed by an impromptu poetry reading afterwards at The Crane Bar and a great evening catching up with writer friends! I also discovered in September, that I’d made the short-list of the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year and been Highly Commended in the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, for the third year running!

October brought the news that the poem I’d workshopped with Don Paterson, ‘Persephone Ascends‘, was accepted for publication in UK literary journal, Bare Fiction; the Dublin launch of my debut poetry collection was set for 14 November; and my poem, ‘CAT Scan‘, won the Allingham Poetry Competition! I finished off the month with my debut reading at the long-running O’Bheal Poetry Night in Cork and being Highly Commended in the Over The Edge New Writer of the Year 2014.

November kicked off with the Allingham Festival in Donegal, where I was to read my winning poem. Due to a last minute hitch, I was unable to travel and Theo Dorgan kindly stepped into the breach. I had workshopped the poem with him, a few years previously – it was both lovely symmetry and an honour to have him read it at the festival. Later in the month, I made my first film poem, ‘The Tiger’s Tail’, featuring the beautiful black and white street photography of Mike Bors. Then, the big one: the Dublin launch of my debut poetry collection, How To Lose Your Home & Save Your Life – a lovely evening at the Workman’s Club, among friends – then off the next day to the Dublin launch of the Skylight 47 literary journal. A writer’s work is never done!

December was much more relaxed. I had hoped to join poets Jo Bell, Jacqui Rowe and Roy Marshall to read at the Bare Fiction launch in Birmingham, but the poet budget wasn’t up to it! Instead I enjoyed poetry closer to home at the launch of the Poetry Bus literary journal, with a final stop at the Irish Writers’ Centre Christmas Party to present a copy of my collection to Irish poet, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, whose poetry class at the Centre is where it all began.

When I walked into my first creative writing class in 2007, and when I joined Nuala’s poetry group in 2009, I couldn’t have imagined ending up here. It’s been an amazing year – a breakthrough year – and 2015 is already shaping up to be an exciting one, with the debut collection to promote and new writing projects to explore.

I’d like to say huge thank you to everyone who has supported my writing this year – in writing groups and workshops, in competitions and journals, in buying my collection or in reading this blog.

Happy New Year – may 2015 bring you everything you wish for!

Angela x