Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – August 2019

It’s August and the long, languorous days of Summer are almost on the turn but no sign of things slowing down on the poetry front as there are over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in August 2019!

July was a mad month for me poetry-wise. First up was the West Cork Literary Festival and a week-long poetry workshop with UK poet Liz Berry. There was definitely something in the air in Bantry Bay. The whole week was an experience of rare magic from Anne Carson‘s Lecture on the History of Skywriting, to Sinead Gleeson and Emilie Pine‘s discussion of women lives, health and bodies in essay form, to Liz Berry‘s reading alongside Doireann Ni Ghriofa and Jessica Traynor. All this and Liz’s inspirational daily workshops examining poetry as spells, incantations and play.

A wonderful experience with a really lovely group of writers, including Edinburgh-based poet Stephanie Green, who generously invited us to share her reading slot on the Festival’s Fringe programme – a triumphant end to an invigorating week!

And, as if there wasn’t enough witchcraft in the air, on my second day in Bantry, I discovered my poem ‘Child’ was chosen as the winner of this year’s iYeats International Poetry Competition by judges Rafeef Ziadah and John B. Keane – a huge, though very welcome, shock! Here I am reading the winning poem:

On returning from Cork, I immediately headed north to Armagh and The John Hewitt Society Summer School. I was lucky enough to receive a full bursary this year, which not only covered the full programme of talks, readings, discussions and performances, but also accommodation and a 3-day literary workshop. A huge thank you to The John Hewitt Society for their generosity, providing 60 bursaries and opening up this amazing experience to writers like myself, who might otherwise not be able to attend. Keep an eye out for the bursary application dates next year – it’s well worth it!

I chose to do UK-based American poet Kathryn Maris‘s workshop on ‘Fragments’, looking at how poetry can be created from literary remnants, found texts, random generators and more. A more experimental approach to writing that was new to me, and I really enjoyed both the process and our group discussions of work by Anne Carson, Wallace Stevens, Don Paterson, Emily Berry and more. 

The JHS Summer School is a full-on experience with 7-8 events scheduled every day, and a really interesting mix of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama and current affairs, fostering the cross-pollination of ideas, and including poetry readings by Mona Arshi, Zaffar Kunial, Mary Jean Chan, Fiona Benson, Billy Ramsell, Tamar Yoseloff, Sarah Clancy and Kerrie Hardie. Standout events for me were Jan Carson‘s conversation with Kevin Barry (such an amazing reader!) and Kathryn Maris reading with two-time US Poet Laureate Billy Collins.

A showcase on the final afternoon gave us workshop participants the opportunity to read pieces created during the week, highlighting the phenomenal writing talent currently at work in Ireland, North and South of the border.

With the arrival of August, I’m now diving into the 30 Days of Summer Challenge – Day 2 and already the group are producing amazing work! The challenge is fully booked but feel free to follow along with the summer-themed prompts at home.

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I’m also busy preparing my workshop for emerging writers for the Bray Literary Festival in September – numbers are limited so be sure to book early! 

Whatever you’re up to in August, keep writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions. 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 2019

Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LBGTQ+) – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Aug (submit online)

Poetry Ireland Versify 2019 – Spoken Word Poets (Ireland only) – closes 2 Aug (submit online)

Finished Creatures – Poetry, theme: Risk – closes 4 Aug (submit online)

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long & Short Poems – Poetry (Women only) – closes 6 Aug (submit online)

The London Magazine Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 7 Aug (submit online)

Parentheses Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Art, Photography – closes 10 Aug (submit online)

The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award *EXTENDED* – Poetry manuscript (20 pages, unpublished poets – Ireland/Irish only) – closes 14 Aug (submit online)

F(r)iction Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Indiana Review 1/2K Prize – Any genre (max. 500 words) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

International Poetry Film Competition – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Jacar Press Broadside Contest – Poetry, theme: Identity – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Kore Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages by woman, trans or non-gender-conforming poet) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

Palette Poetry: The Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry (2 collections or less) – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

ROOM Poetry Contest – Poetry – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Boiler – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

The Charroux Memoir Prize for Poetry or Prose – Poetry, Prose – closes 15 Aug (submit online)

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

Writer in Residence, NUI Galway – All genres – closes 16 Aug (submit online)

Proms Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 18 Aug (submit online)

Culpepper Remedy’s Poetry Booklet Competition – Poetry manuscript (up to 36no. poems) – closes 19 Aug (submit online)

Masque & Spectacle – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Hybrid Fiction & more – closes 20 Aug (submit online)

Tin House – Broadside Thirty – Poetry (30 lines max.) – closes 22 Aug (submit online)

Red Line Book Festival – Poetry (unpublished poets only) – closes 23 Aug (submit online)

Robert Graves Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 23 Aug (submit online)

Buzzwords Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Aug (submit online)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Money or the Box? – closes 24 Aug (submit online)

Gloucestershire Open Poetry Society Anthology – Poetry, theme: Magic – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

GPS Annual Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Aug (submit online)

The Bangor Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Elements – closes 30 Aug (submit by post)

The Kavanagh Fellowship – Poetry (Irish poets in middle years with body of published work) – closes 30 Aug (submit by post)

Westival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 30 Aug (submit online and by post)

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

Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Grindstone International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Honey & Lime – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art (especially welcomes work by women, LGBTQ+, POC, survivors of trauma, the neurodivergent and the disabled) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

James Tate Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (24-28 pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Magma – Poetry, theme: The Resistencia – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (up to 35no. pages) – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Saveas Writers’ International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Spilled Milk Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Verve Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online)

Black Warrior Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Poetry International Chapbook – Poetry manuscript (7-24no. pages) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Poetry on Planes – Poetry – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Pleiades Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

Sonder Midwest – Poetry, Fiction, Photography, Art (emerging writers/artists) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

The Account – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

The Coniston Prize – Poetry manuscript (3-6 poems, women only) – closes 1 Sept (submit online)

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

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 2 Sept (submit online)

Waterford Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 2 Sept (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 AUGUST:

Dogwood Literary Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction– closes 5 Sept (submit online)

The Listowel Writers’ Week Irish Poem of the Year – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction– closes 6 Sept (submit online)

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

Healing Words Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Mental Health (5no. categories) – closes 8 Sept (submit online)

Primers: Vol. 5 – Poetry (unpublished poets, UK only) – closes 10 Sept (submit online)

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Poetry Pea – Haiku – open (submit by post)

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Poetry Village – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online)

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) Best of luck!


If you have a competition or journal with a deadline in August 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 – July 2019

Temperatures are finally starting to climb here in Ireland giving us a taste of proper summer weather, at last – there’s even talk of a heatwave! And with the sun comes a brand new list of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in July 2019! I’m planning to visit a few literary festivals around Ireland over the summer and maybe even squeeze in some writing time along the way. This month, I’m looking forward to attending a week-long series of poetry workshops with UK poet Liz Berry, whose gorgeous pamphlet Republic of Motherhood is a personal fave – the title poem won the 2018 Forward Prize – and a rare opportunity to hear Canadian poet, Anne Carson read her work. Both are appearing at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co. Cork. I’ll also be designing and creating workshops for later in the summer, including one for emerging writers preparing for publication, at Bray Literary Festival in September – numbers are limited so be sure to book early! And keep your eyes peeled for news of something fun happening in August that I’ll be sharing in the next couple of days…

Whatever you’re up to in July, happy writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions. If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


July 2019

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 1 July (submit online) Bellevue Literary Review Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 July (submit online) Counterclock – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 July (submit online) Duende – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art and more, theme: Food – closes 1 July (submit online) PENfro Book Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Radio Drama – closes 1 July (submit online) Winter Tangerine Awards – Poetry, Prose (emerging writers only) – closes 1 July (submit online) iYeats Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 3 July (submit online) Can Serrat Writers’ Residency – Poetry – closes 3 July (submit online) Charlotte Mew Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (35no. pages max., lesbian-identified poets) – closes 5 July (submit online) iYeats Summer School Scholarship – Poets with min. 2 collections published (Irish or Irish-resident) – closes 5 July (submit online) SAND – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Art and more – closes 6 July (submit online) Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 8 July (submit online) Live Canon International Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 8 July (submit online) I’ll Show You Mine: A Sex Writing Symposium – Poetry – closes 10 July (submit online) Faber Residency: The Future of Cultural Instititions – Multi-disciplinary – closes 12 July (submit online) The Stephen Spender Prize – Poetry in translation – closes 12 July (submit online) Barren Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative non-fiction, Photography, theme: Oppression, Fervour, Colour, Community, Justice – closes 14 July (submit online) Narrative Poetry Contest – Poetry  – closes 14 July (submit online) Anton Chekhov Prize – Prose Poetry, Flash – closes 15 July (submit online) A Poem and a Pint – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Asheville Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Frontier Poetry Industry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Rattle Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) The Blue Nib Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (8 poems) – closes 15 July (submit online) The Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Award – Poetry – closes 15 July (submit online) Visual Verse – Poetry, Flash, Non-Fiction – closes 15 July (submit online) Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 18 July (submit online) Pastimes Past Times Summer Competition – Poetry – closes 19 July (submit online) The Tangerine Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Art – closes 19 July (submit online) The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Carpentry & Home Economics – closes 22 July (submit online) The Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (20 pages, unpublished poets – Ireland/Irish only) – closes 22 July (submit online) Hedgebrook Writers in Residence – All genres – closes 23 July (submit online) Burning House Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Art, theme: Secrets & Lies – closes 24 July (submit online) Varuna Residential Fellowship – Poetry, Prose – closes 30 July (submit online) Amsterdam Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Art, theme: Borderlands – closes 31 July (submit online) A Poem for Europe – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Boyne Berries – Poetry, Flash, Fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 July (submit online) Broken River Prize – Poetry manuscript (20-40 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Carcanet Press – Poetry manuscript (6-10 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 July (submit online) Culture Matters Anthology – Poetry, theme: Working Class Lives – closes 31 July (submit online) Fairy Tale Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essay (submissions from women, indigenous writers and writers of color, LGBTQIA+ writers, and members of otherwise marginalized or underrepresented groups encouraged) – closes 31 July (submit online) Indigo Dreams Collection Competition – Poetry manuscript (15 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) Modern Poetry in Translation – Poetry in translation, theme: Extinction – closes 31 July (submit online) Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Earth – closes 31 July (submit online) RHINO – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Seashores – Haiku/Senryu – closes 31 July (submit online) Sentinel Poetry Book Competitions – Poetry manuscript (up to 70 pages) – closes 31 July (submit online) The Compass Magazine – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) The Gloucester Poetry Society V20 Pamphlet – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 31 July (submit online) The Rumpus Original Poetry – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Virginia Quarterly Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Winchester Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 31 July (submit online) Words by Water Creative Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 July (submit online) Words Ireland National Mentoring Programme – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, YA – closes 31 July (submit online) Impossible Archetype – Poetry (LBGTQ+) – closes 1 Aug (submit online) The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 Aug (submit online) Poetry Ireland Versify 2019 – Spoken Word Poets (Ireland only) – closes 2 Aug (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 JULY:

Finished Creatures – Poetry, theme: Risk – closes 4 Aug (submit online) Kore Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-100 pages by woman, trans or non-gender-conforming poet) – closes 15 Aug (submit online) Palette Poetry: The Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry (2 collections or less) – closes 15 Aug (submit online) Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Poetry, Fiction – closes 31 Aug (submit online) Magma – Poetry, theme: The Resistencia – closes 31 Aug (submit online) Verve Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 31 Aug (submit online) 2 Elizabeths – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – open (submit online) 400 & Falling Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Artwork (emerging writers) – (submit online) Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online) Agenda – Poetry, Essays, Reviews – open (submit online) Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online) Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online) A New Ulster – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online) Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online) Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online) Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online) Bear Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork – open (submit online) Brittle Star – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online) By and By Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online) Carve Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction – open (submit online) Cheat River Review – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) Disclaimer Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Journalism, themes: Politics, Economics, Art – open (submit online) Driftwood Press – Poetry, Fiction, Literary Criticism – open (submit online) Fields Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online) FIVE:2:ONE – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Artwork by underrepresented writers (POC, LGTBQ, non-binary, neurodivergent, trauma survivors etc.) – open (submit online) GFT Press – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Non-fiction – open (submit online) Gravel – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit by post) Guernica – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit by post) HCE Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Photo Essays – open (submit online) Hosking Houses Trust Residencies – Women writers over 40 (all genres – must have contract to publish / broadcast / perform) – open (submit online) I Am Not A Silent Poet – Poetry, theme: protesting abuse – open (submit online) Idler – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online) Inside the Bell Jar – Poetry, Fiction, theme: mental illness – open (submit online) Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online) Lighthouse Literary Journal – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online) LitMag – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Essays – open (submit online) Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online) New Contrast – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online) Noepe Center Residency Program – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Memoir, Plays – open (submit online) One – Poetry, a single poem – open (submit online) PANK – Poetry – open (submit online) Poetry Ireland Review – Poetry – open (submit by post) Poetry Pea – Haiku – open (submit by post) Poetry Salzburg – Poetry – open (submit by post or online) Peepal Tree Press – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction manuscripts from Black & Carribean writers – open (submit online) Rattle – Poetry – open (submit by post and online) Riggwelter – Poetry, Short Fiction, Visual Art – open (submit online) Shakespeare & Co Tumbleweeds Residency – all writers – open (submit online) South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online) Spry Literary Journal – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – open (submit online) Squawk Back – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online) Stepaway Magazine – Poetry, Flash Fiction, theme: walking in the city – open (submit online) The American Journal of Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online) The Brooklyn Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Translation, Humour – open (submit online) The Cardiff Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Flash (preference given to students and unpublished graduates of Creative Writing, English Literature & Journalism) – open (submit online) The Collapsar – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) The Curlew – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction, theme: the natural world – open (submit online) The Curly Mind – Poetry, theme: experimental – open (submit online) The Ellis Review – Poetry, published weekly – open (submit online) The Galway Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online) The Great American Literary Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Reviews, Plays – open (submit online) The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online) The Lascaux Review – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – open (submit online) The MacGuffin – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online) The Missouri Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) The Next Review – Poetry, Fiction, Reviews – open (submit online) The Nottingham Review – Poetry & Fiction – open (submit online) The Ofi Press Magazine – Poetry & Short Fiction – open (submit online) The Poetry Village – Poetry – open (submit online) The Quill Magazine – Poetry, Prose, All Genres (new writers only) – open (submit online) The Sea Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork – open (submit online) The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online) The Southeast Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Reviews, Artwork – open (submit online) The Sun Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Interviews – open (submit online) Three Drops From a Cauldron – Poetry, Flash, theme: Myth, Folklore, Fables, Fairytales – open (submit online) Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online) Vending Machine Press – Poetry, Flash, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Essay – open (submit online) Wildness – Poetry, Fiction, Non-Fiction – open (submit online) Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – June 2019

The start of another month means it’s time for a brand new list of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in June 2019!

It’s a Bank Holiday weekend here in Ireland and I’m just back from facilitating a poetry workshop at the Mountshannon Arts Festival on the banks of beautiful Lough Derg, in County Clare. In keeping with the watery location, the workshop took place in the harbour, on a barge undergoing renovation by the local heritage society – a wonderfully quirky and inspirational setting.

Mountshannon

The theme for the festival was ‘Roots and Wings’ and we spend a productive morning exploring various interpretations of these words, while considering poems by Mary Oliver, Naomi Shihab Nye, John Piller and Doireann Ni Ghriofa. I’m always amazed at how a couple of simple writing prompts can take a group of writers in so many different directions and how the ideas ripple out when they share their work with one another.

An added bonus was getting to meet some participants of the January & April Write Offs who travelled from around Ireland to take part. My thanks go out to the organisers and supporters of the festival for all their hard work creating this lovely event, especially Roisin and Margaret for taking such good care of me and the group during our visit.

Last month also saw the prize-giving for the Trocaire Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition at the National Library of Ireland. My poem Shells was selected as a runner-up in the Adult Published category and I was delighted to be invited to read at the event. It’s one of my favourite annual poetry competitions that I always try to support as it shines a light on the work carried out by Trocaire in emergency situations around the world.

Whatever you’re up to this month, happy writing and best of luck with your poetry submissions! If you appreciate the monthly list and would like to support it, consider making a small donation via the Paypal donation button and/or share the link on your own blog or social media pages. Thank you!


June 2019

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

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

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

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

Writers’ Digest Annual Writing Competition – Poetry, Fiction, Essay, Script – closes 3 June (submit online)

Granta – Poetry – closes 7 June (submit online)

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

Poetry Ireland Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary – Mid Career Poet (min. 2 published collections) – closes 7 June (submit online)

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

Mslexia – Poetry, Fiction, Script, theme: Journey – closes 10 June (submit online)

FourXFour – Poetry – closes 12 June (submit online)

Kingdoms in the Wild Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (15-30 poems) – closes 14 June (submit online)

Michael Hartnett Poetry Award – Poetry collection in Irish (2nd or subsequent collection) – closes 14 June (submit online)

Street Cake Magazine Writing Prize – Poetry, Fiction (young writers, aged 18-26) – closes 14 June (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash – closes 14 June (submit online)

Akron Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48-90 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Award – Poetry manuscript (48-80 pages) – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

Bomb Cyclone: A Journal of Ecopoetics – Poetry, Prose, Translation, Mixed Media – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

Segora International Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Play – closes 15 June (submit online or by post)

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

Up the Stairs – Poetry, Art, theme: Harrow (paranormal) – closes 15 June (submit online)

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships – All writers and artists – closes 15 June (submit online)

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

Palette Emerging Poet Prize – Poetry – closes 16 June (submit online)

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year – Poetry – closes 17 June (submit online)

Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest – Poetry manuscript (20-40 pages) – closes 17 June (submit online)

Poetry Kit Spring Competition – Poetry – closes 17 June (submit online)

McLellan Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 21 June (submit online or by post)

Black Bough Poetry – Micro-Poetry, theme: Space, Cosmic – closes 22 June (submit online or by post)

The A3 Review – Poetry, Flash, Art, theme: Carpentry & Home Economics – closes 22 June (submit online)

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

Queen Mary Wasifari New Writing Prize – Poetry – closes 28 June (submit online)

The Blue Mountain Review – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 28 June (submit online)

Crabbe Poetry Prize – Poetry – closes 29 June (submit online)

Barrow Street Book Contest – Poetry manuscript (50-80 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

Copper Canyon Press – Poetry manuscript (45-200 pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

Griffin Poetry Prize – Poetry collection published in 2019 (48+ pages) – closes 30 June (submit online)

Hastings Litfest Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Flash – closes 30 June (submit online)

Hedgehog Press ‘Nicely Folded Paper – Deux’ Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

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

Milkweed Editions Max Ritvo Poetry Prize – Poetry manuscript (48+ pages, US only) – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

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

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

Sonder – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Essay – closes 30 June (submit online)

Split Lip Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Flash, Memoir – closes 30 June (submit online)

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

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

Wells Festival of Literature Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Children’s Book – closes 30 June (submit online)

Barbara Mandingo Kelly Peace Poetry Award – Poetry – closes 1 July (submit online)

Bellevue Literary Review Prizes – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction – closes 1 July (submit online)

Counterclock – Poetry, Prose, Art – closes 1 July (submit online)

Duende – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Art and more, theme: Food – closes 1 July (submit online)

PENfro Book Festival Writing Competitions – Poetry, Fiction, Radio Drama – closes 1 July (submit online)

Winter Tangerine Awards – Poetry, Prose (emerging writers only) – closes 1 July (submit online)

iYeats Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 3 July (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 JUNE:

Bray Literary Festival Competitions – Poetry, Flash – closes 31 July (submit online)

Channel Magazine – Poetry, Fiction, Essay – closes 31 July (submit online)

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online)

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – May 2019

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

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

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

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

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


May 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Granta – Poetry – closes 28 May (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MAY:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online)

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – April 2019

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

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

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – March 2019

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

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

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

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


March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shearsman – Poetry – closes 31 Mar (submit online)

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

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

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN MARCH:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Amaryllis – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Selkie – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Features (marginalised and/or under-represented voices incl. women (or identify as), people of colour, immigrants, LGBTQIA+, neurodivergent and more) – open (submit online)

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – December 2018

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

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

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

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

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


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December 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN DECEMBER:

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

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

Submitting to Poetry Competitions: Which Competition?

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

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

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

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

Why Submit to Competitions?

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

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

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

Which Competitions?

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

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

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

What About Competition Fees?

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

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

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

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

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

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

IF I’M LUCKY.

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

Poetry Competition Checklist

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

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

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

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

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

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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:

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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)