I’m only listing free-to-submit publications and 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: firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Rosie Please note: publication on this site does not mean publication editors/competition organisers have been vetted – please do your own checks before submitting.
It’s that time again! Head over to the site here and give yourself just one hour to pen a response to the November 2021 image. As ever, I advise getting your submission in asap to increase your chances of being published on the Visual Verse site.
Poetry is one of the categories in the Create the Future Climate Writing Competition. Free to enter, but only one entry per person. Worldwide entries are welcomed. Deadline 13th February 2022. Full details here.
The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is free to enter for young people age 4-16. The theme is: My Reasons to be Cheerful. Deadline is 11.59pm UK time on Saturday 27 November 2021. Full info here.
Visual Verse is open for its monthly submission window. Submissions close 15 September 2021 until the next window on 1 October! View the visual prompt and write your response. As ever, I would encourage you to write your one-hour piece and submit asap, as I believe this increases your chances of getting it published. Submit here.
US indie press Soft Skull is open to unagented full-manuscript submissions in a variety of genres including poetry until 20 July 2021. From the website: “We are primarily seeking and strongly encouraging submissions from BIPOCwriters and underrepresented voices of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability.” Full info here.
Don’t mix this up with “perverted”: the editors of this digital newsletter want poems that are: “deliberate, obstinate, unreasonable or unacceptable, contrary to the expected practice”. Send up to 3 poems by midnight 31 July 2021 (British Summer Time). You can read previous issues and submit here.