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: firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Please note: publication on this site does not mean publications/competition organisers have been vetted – please do your own checks before submitting.
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.
If you live in Australia and identify as female, femme or gender non-conforming, get your submission in quickly for the ‘stellar edition’ of the above: deadline is 18 February 2018. The following is copied from the website: “The stellar edition is back! We are such huge fans of the Stella Prize that we’ve decided #10 ofThe Suburban Reviewwill celebrate art and writing by Australian women, femmes, and gender non-conforming folx. And $1 from every sale will be donated toThe Stella Prize!…We want narratives rooted in the writer’s understanding of femininity.
All contributors will be paid. Click the link for details.
Third Point Press is open to submissions until 30 November 2017 for Issue 9. Submit up to five poems “in a standard font”, in a single document, via the Submittable portal. Full info and guidelines here. Payment is $10 per contributor for accepted work.
Make a note for 2018: submissions are open from January to March 15th for the summer issue; and between July and September 15th for the winter issue of Southword. This international online literary journal is published biannually by the Munster Literature Centre. Submission is via the Submittable portal (if you don’t already have a Submittable account, it’s free to register and use, and is used by a lot of journals these days, to manage submissions). Submit each poem in a separate document. There is payment for accepted work.