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The March issue of this online poetry publication is open for responses to this month’s image. Send your poem (written in one hour) asap! (I’ve found you need to get in at the start, for your piece to be considered.) Full details here.
Online poetry journal Visual Verse has posted this month’s picture for creative writing responses. As ever, you have until 15th to respond, but I’d get your piece in asap. You have an hour in which to write it. View the piggy inspiration here.
UK-based indie Verve Poetry Press will be open in March 2021 to submissions of full poetry collections. Follow them on Twitter (@vervepoetrypres) or sign up to the newsletter for exact dates nearer the time. Info here. Pay attention to the information the editors want to see included in your cover letter.
This new print poetry journal will be open to submissions from 1 February 2021 until 28 February 2021, on the theme of ‘Spell’. The editors are especially keen to hear from ‘new phase’ poets – those who have come to poetry after doing something else. The magazine also publishes poetry-related essays and reviews. Full info here.
Indie publisher Pure Slush is open until 31 March 2021 for writings (poetry, stories and essays) on the theme of ‘Growing Up’. This is the second in twelve planned anthologies in the ‘Lifespan‘ series. Full submission info here.
Submit a maximum of 3 poems in a single document by midnight GMT on 31 December 2020 to this digital newsletter that: ‘publishes poems which are “deliberate, obstinate, unreasonable or unacceptable, contrary to the expected practice”. Translations and visual poems are welcome.’ You can read previously published work here. Full submission info here.
There’s a striking image as the prompt for Visual Verse December 2020. It’s by Nigerian artist Oscar Ukonu, who creates all his amazingly photographic work in ballpoint pen. Submit asap, giving yourself just an hour to write a response. The editors will post their favourite responses on the site.