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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The Emma Press has a callout for poems about insects for an anthology for children. Deadline 5 October 2018. As usual, you must buy/have bought a book or ebook from the Press in this calendar year (or have been previously published by them). Full details here.
Holland Park Press are running a competition for poems on the theme of Brexit. Entries (one poem per person) are welcome from anywhere in the world. You have until 31 December 2018 to submit. Full details here.
Worldwide submissions are invited by literary magazine Here Comes
Everyone, on the theme of RITUALS.
Deadline for The Rituals Issue is 1st July 2018.
The following is in the editors’ own words:
“Here Comes Everyone magazine is looking for submissions of poetry (plus
fiction, artwork and non-fiction). We encourage bold/striking
interpretations and reflections upon the theme.
Routines. Traditions. Religious festivals. The occult.
Births…marriages…death… Is life just one big ritual?
Share your stories, ideas and perspectives with us.”
POETRY: up to 3 poems of no longer than 30 lines each.
FICTION: stories may be up to 2,000 words.
NON-FICTION: articles/essays may be up to 1,500 words.
ARTWORK: all visual forms (300 dpi and 640 x 640 resolution)
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.