I’m only listing free-to-enter competitions as, if you are just starting out, you can otherwise spend a fortune. If you have anything poetry-related to share (free-to-submit listings only), please get in touch via email: email@example.com – thank you!
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I came across this call-out for poems in Writing Magazine, by a blogger called Tracey Ward, who wants to raise the profile of mental health issues and sufferers. (I am not sure what will be done with any proceeds from the book, should it make a profit.) Tracey is currently seeking crowdfunding, in the hopes of publishing the anthology in hardback. More information here.
Copied and pasted: We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizesare awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £7,500 of cash & professional writing development prizes. Winners are selected by a panel ofindustry experts. Deadline: 18 June 2018 at noon. Full details here.
An alternative to male stereotypes is sought for this anthology from Glasgow-based indie press, Galli Books. Send up to three poems that offer “radically positive models of masculinity”. Deadline is 15 April 2018. Full details here.
Ignore the 2017 deadline – submissions are still wanted for the Bhor Anthology Project from the Bhor Foundation (a not-for-profit which provides mental health support). If enough poetry and prose are received, there may be 2 separate anthologies. The following text is copied from the website: “We are curating and editing a book of stories, non-fiction narratives, poetry and art around mental health. We are looking for original, anonymous work if you want to protect your identity; we hope to help create awareness around this important area and help people realise they are not alone. We will have a section around the trials and tribulations of being a caregiver, so if you are a caregiver or want to write about one, please write.” More info here.
Poets under the age of 30 on 1 January 2018 who have a Scottish parent; were born, brought up in or have lived in Scotland for the past three years are invited to submit a collection to the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Deadline 2 March 2018.