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!
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 All entries must be unpublished and ‘family friendly’.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.
Scottish Book Trust is offering four published writers professional development support for 2017. Applicants must live and work in Scotland and should have a specific project in mind for the mentoring. Deadline is midday on Wednesday 26 October 2016. Full information can be found here.
The High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature 2016 is open for poetry this year – to poets with links to the English county of Cheshire. You are eligible if were born, have lived, or have studied in Cheshire. This includes the Wirral, Warrington and Halton. First prize is £2,000! Closing date is 1 September 2016. More information: http://chester.ac.uk/literatureprize
The Rachel Wetzsteon Chapbook Award is free to enter, and is inviting prose poetry (and prose) submissions until 30 July 2016. No poetry this year. (I am not familiar with Map Literary, who are behind this award – please do your own research before submitting!) Full info: http://www.mapliterary.org/rachel-wetzsteon-chapbook-award.html