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, please get in touch via email: firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you! I hope we can make this site together. Happy writing!
The Poetry School in London is offering course vouchers to the winner of its poetry competition, inspired by the film Paterson (Soda Pictures). Deadline: 11 November 2016. Open only to UK-based poets, I’m afraid. The competition is for ‘Diary Poems’, to reflect the conversational, diary style of the poems by the film’s fictional poet Paterson (poems actually written by Ron Padgett). Your poem should be 40 lines or less; one poem per entrant. Check out Paterson’s poems here: Sample poems by Paterson Read the full rules before submitting.
Worldwide submissions are invited by bi-monthly magazine Here Comes Everyone, on the theme of East and West. Deadline for the next themed issue is 6 October 2016. The following is in the editors’ own words:
“Here Comes Everyone magazine is looking for submissions of poetry,
fiction, articles and artwork. We encourage bold and/or striking
interpretations upon the theme East and West.
“Is there truly a cultural dichotomy between East and West, or is it all
just lines etched on a map? With immigration increasingly becoming a
bread-and-butter issue for politicians, the media is in conflict: does
integration enhance diversity for all, or dilute the respective
cultures? Share your stories and perspectives with us. Some thinking
points to get you started:
– Is it a small world, after all?
– Do people living on the east side and west sides of cities experience
those cities differently?
– Is ‘The West’ a place or a state of mind? (Where are Australia and New
-Dual heritage, cultural pluralisms. What are some experiences of people
whose lives are a mix of both East and West?
– What sort of future could the globalisation trend bring about?
– Have western impressions of the East changed over time? (Since the
Cold War? Since WWII? Since the Crusades?)
-What might the implications of migration be on urban cultural policy?”
The Verve Poetry Festival in Birmingham, UK, has a competition this year, for poems that mention the city of Birmingham! There is a charge for adults to enter (judge: Hannah Silva), but: “The children’s category is open to any child in Year 11 or below in September 2016 (UK) or aged 15 or under on 1st September 2016 (non-UK).” The judge for the Children’s Category is Emma Wright, who runs The Emma Press. Deadline for both children and adults (new, extended deadline for the latter- ignore any references to an earlier date) is 30 September. More information here.
This new journal publishes work by writers and artists with disabilities.The publication appears online six times a year. Copied and pasted from the website: “We accept submissions of poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews/interviews/miscellany, and art for publicationon a rolling basis. We publish an online issue six times a year: August 1, October 1, December 1, February 1, April 1, and June 1. There are no deadlines for our issues.
“Poetry: We’re looking for poems on any subject that will change our readers in some way. We especially want intersectional work that upends the dominant rhetoric about disability. Please send us up to 3 poems in a single .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .txt file titled with your name and genre (NAME_GENRE).”
More information here.
Writers living within a 25-mile radius of the English town of Warrington are invited to enter the Stockton Heath Writers Group free competition. All entries must be unpublished and ‘family friendly’. Send up to three poems of up to 40 lines each. Deadline is midnight on 1 September 2016. There is also a Young Writer of the Year prize for writers under the age of 18. More information here.
If you are under 25, you might consider submitting your poems to Phosphene. This international, not-for-profit journal was launched in 2016. It invites submissions of up to four poems in separate documents. Sadly, there is no payment if your work is accepted – though you will receive a free PDF download of the relevant issue. Make sure you read the submissions guidelines thoroughly before submitting. More info here.
Submissions open on 1 September 2016 for issue two of the appropriately-named new US literary magazine LitMag. The magazine has both a print and online version – with payment if your work is published. Send up to five poems which must not have been previously published (including online/in personal blogs/etc.). Full details on their website.