Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – June 2017

A teensy wee bit late this month due to the Bank Holiday weekend and the author swanning about at the Listowel Writers’ Week literary festival in gorgeous Co. Kerry, but it’s here – lots of poetry competitions, submissions and opportunities with deadlines in June 2017.

Good luck!


June 2017

New Binary Press: Unreal Cities – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Metropolis, cities, urban spaces – closes 1 Jun  (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: Borders – closes 1 Jun  (submit online)

Harvard Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

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

Low Light Magazine – Poetry, Prose, Journalism, Photography – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

The 2017 Sexton Prize for Poetry – Poetry: new collection by American poet at any stage (48-100 pages) – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

The Warwick Prize for Women In Translation – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Children & YA by Women (trans. by male or female) – closes 1 Jun

WCR Writing Fellowship – All writers – closes 1 Jun (submit online)

Bare Fiction – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Drama – closes 5 Jun (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 7 June (submit online)

Into the Void – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 13 Jun (submit online)

The Gambler – Poetry, Fiction (one piece only) – closes 14 Jun (submit online)

Alternating Current – Poetry – closes 15 Jun (submit online)

Segora Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Jun (submit online)

Writing Residency Louisville – Poetry (writers who identify as under-represented groups)  – closes 15 Jun (submit online)

Sixteen – Poetry & Fiction, theme: Orange – closes 16 Jun (submit online)

Writing Places Residencies – All writers – closes 16 Jun (submit online)

Welsh Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 18 Jun (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year – Poetry – closes 19 Jun (submit online)

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 19 Jun (submit online)

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-24 pages) – closes 19 Jun (submit online)

McLellan Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 21 Jun (submit online)

Milestones Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 21 Jun (submit online)

The Fortnight Prize – Poetry (prize awarded every 14 days) – closes 21 Jun (submit online)

The A3 Review May Contest – Poetry, Fiction, Art, theme: Dates & Dating  – closes 24 May (submit online)

The Puritan – Poetry – closes 25 Jun (submit online)

Creative Future Literary Awards – Poetry, Flash, theme: Important Nothings – closes 26 Jun (submit online)

Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Jun (submit online)

Waterford Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 26 Jun (submit online)

Alyss – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art (female identifying writers/artists) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Battered Moons Poetry Competition – Poetry (UK only) – closes 30 June (submit online)

BBC Radio Scotland Poet In Residence – Poet, based in Scotland – closes 30 June (submit online)

Bellevue Literary Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, theme: Health & Healing – closes 30 June (submit online)

Boyne Berries ‘Francis Ledwidge’ Issue – Poetry (18-24 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Fool for Poetry Competition – Poetry manuscript (16-23 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Incidental Poetry Series Chapbooks – Poetry (20 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

iYeats International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Nourish – Poetry & Haiku – closes 30 June (submit online)

Paper Swans Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize – Poetry (18-24 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Poetry Space Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Prole Pamphlet Competition – Poetry (35 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Rabbit Catastrophe Press Real Good Poem Prize – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Rush Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Poet’s Republic – Poetry, theme: Public spirited & Political poems – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Threepenny Review – Poetry, Fiction, Articles – closes 30 June (submit online)

The Well Review – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Two Sylvias Press – Poetry, full-length manuscript – closes 30 June (submit online)

University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 30 June (submit online)

Visual Verse – Poetry, Short Fiction, based on visual prompt, 50-500 words in 1 hour – closes 30 Jun (submit online)

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

Knightmare Press 2017 Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Change – closes 1 Jul (submit online)

Live Canon Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 1 Jul (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN JUNE:

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Housing & Homelessness – open 7 June – 12 July (submit online)

The Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 – Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing – closes 14 July (submit online)

Against the Grain Poetry Press – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Butcher’s Dog – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online)

Bray Literary Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry & Flash – open 16 June – 1 Sept (submit online)

The Bedford International Writing Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Sept (submit online)

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 January 2018 (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)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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 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)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spry Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

Squawk Back – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online)

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

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

The Brooklyn Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Humour – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Southeast Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – open (submit online)

The Sun Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Interviews – open (submit online)

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

Vending Machine Press – Poetry, Flash, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Essay – open (submit online)

Best of luck!


If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in June 2017, 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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