Firebird Poetry Awards

OK: if anyone else has more information on this, please come forward! It certainly all looks more than above-board, if you check out the names of the judges/patrons. (I once posted info on this blog of a publishing company that I quickly realised was far-from-legit. I took the post down asap.)

This appears to be a website, which it’s free to subscribe to, and to which you can upload your poetry for free, in order to get feedback and show your work to the world. Poems on the website will also – if I have understood this correctly – be entered automatically into the annual awards (see below):

Firebird Poetry will make annual awards consisting of:

  • 1st Prize – £2,500
  • 2nd Prize – £1,000
  • 3rd Prize – £500
  • 20 Commendations – £50

 All poems featured on the Firebird Poetry’s website will be judged by a panel and are eligible for the awards.

Submissions should be received by 30th September and winners will be notified by 15th December 2013


Ink, Sweat and Tears

Copied from website: ‘Send your submission of no more and no less than 4-6 pieces of work to Helen Ivory at and include the words IS&T SUBMISSION in the subject line. [please cut and paste email address – it’s a spam avoidance technique…]’

I thought this was interesting: ‘Unlike many magazines, webzines and competition organizers we don’t care if a piece has been previously published elsewhere – providing the author still retains copyright’. That’s pretty rare!

Do let me know how you get on – I’d always like to hear about poets’ success stories.

Still time to submit to issue 4 of ‘Butcher’s Dog’

Submissions for Issue 4

Deadline approaching for submission by writers living in the UK and ROI to ‘Butcher’s Dog’ magazine:
Info copied and pasted below:
Butcher’s Dog publishes poems from writers with distinct voices. 
We welcome submissions from writers living in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, particularly those with a connection to Northern England.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit no more than 3 unpublished poems via Submittable (click the link below)
  • Submit your poems by 10 August 2014 


Published contributors will receive a copy of Butcher’s Dog and will be invited to read at the launch.

If you have any queries please email:

Just found this!

Also from Rattle magazine, you can submit a poem to a topical section called ‘Poets Respond’: ‘A poem written within the last week about a public event that occurred within the last week will appear every Sunday. Selected poets will receive $25. To have your own poem considered for next week’s posting, submit it before midnight Friday PST:

Rattle Magazine call for submissions

While the deadline for submissions to the Rattle Poetry Prize is tomorrow (15th July 2014) (entry fee being a year’s subscription, so you get something for it, rather than the usual sense of throwing your money away if you get nowhere), there is also the call for submissions to the magazine:

 #47 – Spring 2015 – Japanese Forms

 Poetry: This issue will be dedicated to Japanese forms. The poems may be written by any poet, in any subject or length, but must use a traditional or adapted Japanese form: haiku, renga, tanka, haibun, etc. Translations welcome, as well. Deadline: October 15th, 2014. More information here:

Deadline imminent for ‘Here Comes Everyone’, the Boy/Girl issue!!

Just stumbled across this one, with a deadline of 15th July, so get submitting! HCE (Here Comes Everyone) describes itself as: ‘a bi-monthly literary magazine of poetry, fiction, articles and artwork based around topical and interesting issues’.

Copied and pasted from the ‘Here Comes Everyone’ website: It’s submissions time again and this time HCE has a real gem: gender, sex and identity in the Here Comes Everyone Boy/Girl Issue. We’re interested in anything that  challenges or questions the nature of gender, sex, sexuality and identity. We want anything that challenges the gender divide, questions binary sexual characteristics and sexism.

  • As usual, we want articles, stories and poems that tackle the theme in an interesting, challenging or unusual way

    • What’s more important for gender identification, the mind or biology?

    • What is it like to be between the supposedly binary gender states?

    • Will there ever be an age where people stop identifying themselves with their sexuality? A ‘post sexaluality’ age where relationships and preferences are fluid and dynamic?

    • What’s the difference between a ‘ladette’ and a ‘tom-boy’?

    • What’s wrong with throwing ‘like a girl’?

    • Is art more interested in women than men?

    All submissions must be sent to

    Please submit enquiries to

    – See more at:

The Referendum Rant

Yay – a free-to-enter competition, with no limit to the number of entries you can send! 🙂 This poetry competition is linked to the 18th September referendum about the future of the Union and Scotland. The challenge is to imagine what the great poet Burns would have had to say about the referendum, had he been alive to witness it. There are cash prizes. Poems can be in any style, up to 150 lines. Closing date is 15th August. Full details here:

Digital magazine, ‘The Lifted Brow’

Originally a print-only magazine, ‘The Lifted Brow’ also now publishes a fortnightly digital magazine, which is newly open to submissions of poetry. Poems should be in any form, and no longer than 100 lines. Oh, I nearly forgot, I THINK they pay (do check, though!)