Visual Verse

It’s that time of the month again… You have until midnight UK time on 15th February 2022 to write and submit a one-hour response to the image shown here. Get your piece in asap for an opportunity to see it published on the site.

Visual Verse January 2022

It’s the first Visual Verse prompt of the year! As ever, I’d recommend you write your one-hour piece and submit it asap. Prompt and full info here. There are also some early pieces for inspiration.

Buzzer ezine seeks submissions from under-35-year-olds

Copied from Poetry Library news:

Buzzer is a new website that publishes poetry, flash fiction and art work of the under 35s. We give a platform to young, innovative artists.
We are now open for submissions. Please send your bio with up to three poems, a piece of flash fiction, or art work (photography accepted) to

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.

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:

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!)

Ginosko Literary Journal Open to Submissions

Check out this beautiful ezine, published twice-yearly by editor Robert Paul Cesaretti:
Copied and pasted from the Journal’s site: Accepting short fiction & poetry, creative nonfiction, interviews, social justice concerns, spiritual insights. Print annual anthology of material selected from ezine.

Stories of Living In Scotland

…for an anthology called ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’, to be available as a free e-publication during Book Week Scotland 2014. Real-life stories and poems of no longer than 1,000 words, in any form, including story, poem, song lyric, a short play or sketch, a letter or diary entry. People of all ages are invited to contribute. Submissions online; deadline 30 June 2014.