Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2018

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

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

Best of luck!

(Click on links below for info)

January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ploughshares – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

FIVE:2:ONE – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork by underrepresented writers (POC, LGTBQ, non-binary, neurodivergent, trauma survivors etc.) – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

Hosking Houses Trust Residencies – Women writers over 40 (all genres – must have contract to publish / broadcast / perform) – open (submit online)

Idler – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Inside the Bell Jar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: mental illness – open (submit online)

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online)

LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online)

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online)

Best of luck!

If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in January 2018, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!

(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)


Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2017

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

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

(Click on links below for info) Continue reading

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October / November 2017

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

Good luck! Continue reading

Poetry Competitions & Submissions – December 2014

Poetry Competitions & Submissions - February 2016

10 days to the end of December and if you feel you haven’t quite lived up to your potential on the writing front this year, there’s still time to get new work out, before the bells strike for 2015. Here are the poetry competitions and writing submissions on my radar for the rest of the month:

(Click on links for info)

Sentinel Annual Writing Competitions – Poetry & Short Story – closes 21 December;

Ropes 2015 – NUI Galway’s Annual Literary Anthology – Poetry, Prose, Artwork & Photography – closes 30 December;

Berfrois Poetry Prize  – Inaugural Poetry Competition – closes 31 December;

The Incubator Journal – Poetry, Short & Flash Fiction – closes 31 December;

Guernsey’s International Poetry Competition 2014 – judged by Andrew Motion – closes 31 December;

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014 – judged by Michael Symmons Roberts – closes 31 December.

And for those of you who want to get a head start on publication in the new year:

The Mississippi Review Prize 2015 – Poetry & Fiction – closes 1 January 2015.

Best of luck!

(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions: Play by the Rules

Hoisted on my own petard!

Only last week, I was holding forth on the importance of proofreading work carefully, before making submissions or entering into competitions, and, this week, I receive a message from the organisers of one of the competitions I’d entered advising my entry was ineligible because it’s only open to UK residents…

Lesson of the Week: Check the poetry competition / submission rules carefully and abide by them!

If the organisers had simply bundled up my entry and chucked it in the bin, muttering, “Complete numpty”, I certainly wouldn’t have blamed them. Which is why what they actually did blew me away.

Continue reading