Poetry Competitions, Submissions & Opportunities – February 2019

Today in Ireland, we celebrate Imbolc – traditionally, the first day of Spring – and the ancient Celtic goddess Brigid (later, St. Bridget), who rules over inspiration, healing, smithcraft, the fire and hearth, and POETRY! What better time to light a fire under your asses to send your poems out to one of over 120 poetry competitions, writing submissions and opportunities open or with deadlines in February 2019?!

You’re welcome.

In other news, last month I hosted the #JanuaryWriteOff – a 30 Day Writing Challenge to kick-start a daily writing habit for 2019. It far exceeded my expectations with over 120 people from around the world signing up to the FB group – 40+ poets actively posted in response to the daily prompts and gave feedback on each other’s work every day. It became so busy, I had to close entry to the group to keep things manageable! What started off as an idea for beating the January blues has turned into a thriving community of writers encouraging and supporting one another. It’s been an absolute pleasure to facilitate such a committed and talented group!!

At the moment, I’m putting together a new writing event kicking off in March – more details shortly but, lesson learned, numbers will be restricted. If you’d like to be first to know all about it and beat the rush, you can sign up to my mailing list here:

http://eepurl.com/gejaxL

In the meantime, get your lovely words out into the world and best of luck!


February 2019

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

William Soutar Writing Prize – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

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

CutBank – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Berkeley Poetry Review – Poetry – closes 1 Feb (submit online)

Griffith Review – Poetry, Fiction, Non-fiction, Memoir and more, theme: Crimes & Punishment – closes 4 Feb (submit online)

Anthony Cronin Award – Writers (mid-career, min. 1 book published) – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

Trim Poetry Festival Competition – Poetry – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

Waterford Healing Arts Trust Artist-in-Residence – All disciplines – closes 7 Feb (submit online)

FOURXFOUR – Poetry – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

Cordite – Poetry, theme: Monster – closes 10 Feb (submit online)

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

Cupid’s Arrow Poetry Competition – Poetry, theme: Love – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

Cambridge Writers ‘Disobedient Futures’ Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and more, theme: Future Cultures – closes 14 Feb (submit online)

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

American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship – Writers and researchers – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Denver Quarterly – Poetry, Fiction, Essays – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (12 poems) – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Competition – Poetry manuscript (20-32 pages) – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

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

Vermont Studio Center Fellowship – All writers and artists – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

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

Human/Kind Journal – Found Poetry,theme: Humanity/Human Nature – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

Tales from the Forest – Poetry, Fiction, Artwork, theme: X – closes 17 Feb (submit online)

Masque and Spectacle – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Fiction, Artwork and more – closes 20 Feb (submit online)

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

Spotlight Books Competition – Poetry, Fiction manuscripts (poetry – 40-45 pages) – closes 24 Feb (submit online)

YorkMix Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 24 Feb (submit online)

Creative Future Writer in Residence – Poetry or Fiction (under-represented writers only – UK-based) – closes 27 Feb (submit online)

Blue Mesa Review – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Artwork – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Correspondences Anthology – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Artwork and more (writers and artists with experience of Direct Provision only) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Hedgehog Press First Collection Pamphlet Competition – Poetry manuscript (20 poems) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Homology – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction, Art (people of color, those in the LGBTQIA+ community, and people with disabilities only) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Infinite Rust – Poetry, Prose, Artwork – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Limerick Is… – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Ninth Letter – Poetry, Fiction, Creative Non-fiction – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Cormorant – Poetry, Flash – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Haibun Journal – Haibun Poetry, Essays – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Interpreter’s House – Poetry, Fiction (esp. LGBTQ+, poets of colour & disabled writers) – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

The Yaffle Prize 2019 – Poetry – closes 28 Feb (submit online)

Tiny Words – Haiku & Micro-Poetry – closes 28 Feb (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 1st Mar (submit online)

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

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


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 FEBRUARY:

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 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 February 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 – January 2019

Happy New Year!

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

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

Welcome to the #JanuaryWriteOff!

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

Here’s what to do:

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

Will you join me???

Jan write off

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


January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honest Ulsterman – Poetry, Fiction, Critical Writing – closes 25 Jan (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not Very Quiet – Poetry, theme: Performing Gender (women/queer writers only) – closes 31 Jan (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH RECURRING DEADLINES 

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

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


JOURNALS / OPPORTUNITIES WITH OPEN SUBMISSION PERIODS IN JANUARY:

FOURXFOUR – Poetry – closes 9 Feb (submit online)

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

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

The Blue Nib – Poetry, Fiction, Essays, Reviews – closes 15 Feb (submit online)

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

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

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

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

Acumen – Poetry – open (submit online)

Algebra of Owls – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apple Picking Press – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

Antiphon – Poetry – open (submit online)

Apartment Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

Atrium – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Literary Review – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Memorius – Poetry, Fiction – open (submit online)

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

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

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

PANK – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Bank Poetry – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lake – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tinderbox Poetry Journal – Poetry – open (submit online)

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

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

Best of luck!


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


(Illustration by Nicole Ray via Etsy)

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:

https://www.bustle.com/p/8-reasons-to-give-the-gift-of-poetry-this-season-13046340

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)