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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Another one from fab Dawn Vincent of Mindfizz: For anyone who is training to work in/already works in/has worked in the NHS. Deadline is 14 September 2019. From the Fair Acre Press website: ‘The aim is to give a voice and reflect the experiences of NHS staff and celebrate their creativity and talent, while at the same time raising money to support the NHS.‘ Full details here.
Thanks to Dawn Vincent of Mindfizz for this one. Open to poets from around the world, this poetry competition on the theme of ‘where I’m from’ is free to enter for under-18s (over-18s can enter for a small fee). Winning and commended poems will be published in an anthology. Deadline: Monday 7 October 2019, midnight UK time. https://pctothepowerof2.wordpress.com/enter/
It’s that time again: Visual Verse posts an image on 1st of each month and is open until 15th to writing inspired by the image. There is a catch: you must write your piece within one hour. Submission guidelines here.
From the University of Louisville, Miracle Monocle is an online journal founded in 2009. For the next issue, submit up to 3 poems. The deadline is 1 August 2019, “and/or until we received 500 total…submissions”. Check out the full submission guidelines for information on how to submit to not just the journal but also an anthology for work by “contributors who identify as rural and queer”. There are also two awards which each have a fee to enter.
Copied from the website: “Truancy is a semipro market for revised folktales, legends, myth and other traditional narratives that have been made new by your retelling or your original fiction that has these folkloric elements or mythic elements.”
Send up to five poems. Payment is USD15 per poem. Deadline is 30 September 2019 (I think this is for issue 6). The editor also states: “There is only one editor for Truancy . You may address me as Dear Editor or Dear Nin.” Read the full submissions guidelines before submitting,, especially as you must include the mystery word in your subject header!
Third Point Press ezine/online journal is open to submissions until 12 July 2019 for its August issue (and 1 September to 11 October 2019 for its November edition). Send up to five poems in a single file, via the Submittable portal. Check out the full submission criteria here. Do read some of the past issues, which defeated me, but perhaps will make sense to you. There is a nominal payment if your poem is published.