US indie press Soft Skull is open to unagented full-manuscript submissions in a variety of genres including poetry until 20 July 2021. From the website: “We are primarily seeking and strongly encouraging submissions from BIPOC writers and underrepresented voices of any race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class, and physical or mental ability.” Full info here.
Verve open soon for full collections
UK-based indie Verve Poetry Press will be open in March 2021 to submissions of full poetry collections. Follow them on Twitter (@vervepoetrypres) or sign up to the newsletter for exact dates nearer the time. Info here. Pay attention to the information the editors want to see included in your cover letter.
Bad Betty wants poetry manuscripts
Bad Betty Press is an independent UK poetry publisher, funded by the Arts Council. They are currently looking for full poetry pamphlets and collections. Send up to 10 pages of a completed poetry manuscript to be considered for publication in 2021. Deadline is 31 January 2020. Full details here.
Red Bird Chapbooks
You have until 31 July 2019 to send your “possibility” (their preferred word for a submission) to this small press. Send 26 pages, following the guidelines.
Nine Arches Press – Magazine and Full Collection Submissions
Nine Arches Press has opened its bi-annual submissions window for poetry collections until 30 November 2015. Poets should have a record of previous publications, but should not have previously published a collection for the Nine Arches Press Debut series. Send a sample of twenty poems in one document.
Nine Arches is also looking for poems for its magazine, ‘Under the Radar’. Send up to six original, unpublished poems (or short fiction up to a max. 3,000 words) through the online submission system. Again, check the website for full details.
Please read the full information on the Nine Arches website before submitting: http://ninearchespress.com/submissions.html
Dark Poetry Contest
The Eldritch Press has a free-to-enter competition for ‘dark poetry’ collections of a minimum of 50 pages (to a maximum of 100). Of the theme, the press explains that the poetry, ‘can be horror, sci-fi, fantasy, gothic or the various genres, but must be dark in nature’. Open to entries worldwide, but must be in English. Deadline is not until 30 September 2015, so you have plenty of time to put your collection together. Copied from The Eldritch Press website:
‘We will announce the winners on Halloween.
Three poetry collections will be chosen for the following prizes:
First Place: $1500 and a three year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!
Second Place: $1000 and a two year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!
Third Prize: $500 and a one year publishing contract with Eldritch Press!’
For submission criteria and more information, visit: http://www.eldritchpress.com/dark-poetry-contest.html
2015 Camden/Lumen Poetry Competition
I’m breaking my own rules, with a competition that has an entry fee – proceeds to Homeless Cold Weather Shelters. I found this on the Poetry Library website (http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/competitions/). Closing Date: 14-Feb-15
Details: Judge:George Szirtes. Prize: 50 free copies of a perfect bound small collection of your poems plus a reading. Poems up to 40 lines. Poetry must not be previously published. No entry form is necessary. Entry Fee: £2.50 for single poems, 6 poems £10
Contact: Please make out cheques to Caris Camden and send to Ruth O’Callaghan, 49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake, London SW14 8HF