Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – January 2019

Happy New Year!

Time to hit the reset button on your poetry goals with the January poetry list – over 110 poetry competitionswriting submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in January 2019!

January can often feel like a bit of a let down after all the holiday festivities so I thought I’d try something a little different to kick-start the year – a 30 day challenge with a series of daily writing prompts to spark the imagination and get those creative juices flowing.

Welcome to the #JanuaryWriteOff!

All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes each day and free-write around that day’s prompt. The challenge isn’t about producing finished work but about playing with ideas and trying something new. By the end of the month, at the very least you’ll have a whole bunch of new first drafts and have made a productive start to 2019!

Here’s what to do:

  1. Download the prompt image below – save to your laptop, phone or device, or print out and pin up in your writing spot.
  2. Share the image on social media with the hashtag #JanuaryWriteOff and tag @adreamingskin.
  3. Join the Facebook group for daily encouragement and to share your experiences: https://www.facebook.com/groups/januarywriteoff/
  4. Write every day!

Will you join me???

Jan write off

Whether writing or submitting poetry this January, best of luck!


January 2019

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

Rabbit Poetry – Poetry, theme: Tense – closes 4 Jan (submit online)

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

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

Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 7 Jan (submit online)

Brewery Lane Writers’ Weekend Bursary – Poetry, Fiction (unpublished/low income writers) – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

The Fresher Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

The Stinging Fly – Poetry, Fiction – closes 9 Jan (submit online)

Centre Culturel Irlandais Artist Residency – All genres – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

Full Bleed – Poetry, Fiction, Graphic Essays, Art & Illustration, theme: Machines – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

The Bangor Literary Journal – Poetry, Flash, Art – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

The Disquiet Prize Scholarship – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 10 Jan (submit online)

Magma Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 12 Jan (submit online)

Munster Literature Centre Poetry Mentorship – Poetry, Flash, Art – closes 13 Jan (submit online)

Panning for Poems – Micro Poetry (3-8 lines) – closes 13 Jan (submit online)

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 13 Jan (submit online)

The Colorado Prize for Poetry – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages) – closes 14 Jan (submit online)

The Keats-Shelley Prize – Poetry, theme: Wandering or Fiery Dust – closes 14 Jan (submit online)

Writers in the Forest – Poetry, Spoken Word, Fiction, Essay – closes 14 Jan (submit online)

Rattle Chapbook Prize – Poetry (15-30 pages) – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Rattle Instagram Poets – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Seashores Haiku Journal – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Slice Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, theme: Birth – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

The Kundiman Retreat – Poetry, Fiction (Asian American writers only) – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

Vassar Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art, theme: Fact, Fiction, Fabrication – closes 15 Jan (submit online)

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

Bothy Project Residency – All genres – closes 20 Jan (submit online)

Poems from Home – Poetry – closes 20 Jan (submit online)

Engage the City – Writers, Artist, Designers & Creatives – closes 21 Jan (submit online)

Finished Creatures – Poetry – closes 21 Jan (submit online)

Poetry Kit Winter Competition – Poetry – closes 22 Jan (submit online)

The Writers’ Cafe Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, theme: Letters – closes 22 Jan (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Top – closes 26 Jan (submit online)

The Well Review Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 26 Jan (submit online)

The Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 26 Jan (submit online or by post)

Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing – closes 21 Jan (submit online)

Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Art, theme: Media – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Leicester – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Essay – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Beech Street Review – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (15 poems) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Lunch Ticket – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction and more – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Mother’s Milk Books Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Neon Magazine – Poetry, Flash, Art and more, theme: Futurism – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Nothing Substantial – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essays and more, theme: Self – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Performing Gender (women/queer writers only) – 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)

Room 204 Writer Development Programme – All genres (emerging writers living/working/studying in the West Midlands) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Room Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

St Petroc’s Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Homeless – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Strix – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

SurVision Books – Poetry manuscripts (20 poem sample) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Jan (submit online and by post)

The Adroit Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

The Bookends Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Art and more – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

The Deaf Poet’s Society – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Ideas, Art (seeking inter-sectional work from artists and writers who identify as Deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, or neurodiverse) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

Tigershark – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction, Artwork, theme: Love and Hate – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Wannabe Cities: Dublin – Poetry, Fiction, Essay (strange/experimental/beautiful) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

Eye Flash Poetry Journal – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Griffith Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir and more, theme: Crimes & Punishment – closes 1 Feb (submit online)


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN JANUARY:

FOURXFOUR – Poetry – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Introductions – Poetry – closes 13 Feb (submit online)

Hippocrates Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – open (submit online)

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

The Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – open (submit online)

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

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

The Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – open (submit online)

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in January 2019, and it is not included above, feel free to add the details with a link in the comments section below!


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN DECEMBER:

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – open (submit online)

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

The Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – open (submit online)

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

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

The Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experiemental – open (submit online)

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – November 2018

The clocks went back last weekend, temperatures plummeted and winter is now well and truly upon us. But the long dark evenings are perfect for lighting the fire and getting down to the serious work of writing or editing poems, perhaps to submit to one of nearly 150 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in November.

I’ve received a number of requests over the past few months asking if I could provide one-to-one mentoring to help writers polish their work before submitting to journals or competitions. If you’re interested in receiving feedback on your poetry via Skype (up to 6 poems per session), drop me a line via my website Contact Page, and I’ll send on all the details.

Or if you’re in need of encouragement, illumination for these dark nights, read Audre Lorde‘s essay, Poetry is Not a Luxury:

‘…for it is through poetry that we give name to those ideas which are, until the poem, nameless and formless-about to be birthed, but already felt.’

Wherever you are with your writing, keep up the good work and very best of luck!

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – October 2018

The days are getting colder and shorter so what better way to make use of the longer nights than to polish up your poems and submit them to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in October?

And if those rejections are piling up and getting you down, have a read of ‘So Your Piece Has Been Rejected’ by Josephine Taylor in the Westerly Mag. It not only offers some useful perspective on the submissions process from an editor’s point of view, it also emphasizes that ALL writers get rejections, even amazing, renowned and celebrated ones! It’s a right of passage for us all – submit, review, adjust and keep sending your writing out into the world!

Wherever you are with your writing, keep up the good work and very best of luck!

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Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – September 2018

It’s that back to school time of year so get ready to knuckle down and get your poems out into the world with a new list of over 110 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in September!

Last month, I was delighted to discover I’d taken first place in the 2018 Laureate’s Prize, as organised by The Poetry Business and judged by UK Poet Laureate, Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy! Thank you so much to The Poetry Business for this opportunity and congratulations to the other prize winners in the Single Poem and Pamphlet competitions – I’m looking forward to meeting and reading with them later in the year.

I feel I should qualify this by saying it’s not been a particularly productive writing year for me – there have been too many other things snaffling up precious time. But, if I’ve learned anything over the past decade since I started writing it’s that however little you feel you’re producing work-wise, you need to keep putting it out there. Even if you only send out a handful of poems a month, you never know where or when one will land in the right place!

Wherever you are with your writing, keep up the good work and very best of luck!

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