Perverse #5

Submit a maximum of 3 poems in a single document by midnight GMT on 31 December 2020 to this digital newsletter that: ‘publishes poems which are “deliberate, obstinate, unreasonable or unacceptable, contrary to the expected practice”. Translations and visual poems are welcome.’ You can read previously published work here. Full submission info here.

Visual Verse

There’s a striking image as the prompt for Visual Verse December 2020. It’s by Nigerian artist Oscar Ukonu, who creates all his amazingly photographic work in ballpoint pen. Submit asap, giving yourself just an hour to write a response. The editors will post their favourite responses on the site.

And Other Poems

A brief reappearance during lockdown for this poetry blog by Josephine Corcoran. From website: “And Other Poems will be open for submissions of poems from 6 – 15 November, 2020. Please note that this submission window is for new, previously unpublished work only. Please read and follow the guidelines and thank you for your interest in this site.”

Better Than Starbucks

This fabulously-named quarterly publication accepts a wide range of genres, including: African Poetry, Poetry in Translation, Experimental and Form Poetry, Prose Poetry, Poetry for Children, Free Verse, Haiku, and International (which they define as: “being written by non-Westerners whose cradle tongue is not American or British English, and who have lived somewhere other than the US, Canada, the UK or Australia for most of their lives”). The editors are currently accepting submissions for the next issue, due out 1 February 2021. They stress that all submissions (except manuscripts) should be pasted into the body of an email – if submitting in more than one genre, send in separate emails. Submission details here. It’s worth purchasing a copy and/or checking out some of the work on the website.

Crab Creek Review

Submissions for the Spring 2021 issue of this US-based print publication opened on 15 September. Copied from the journal’s website: “General Submissions and Fast Lane Submissions open for Crab Creek ​September 15! Send us your best and brightest: that prose you’ve been storing in desk drawers and the poems you’ve been fine-tuning for months on end. Work submitted in the fall will be published in our 2021 Spring Issue. 
“To continue our work and promote equity in the Crab Creek community, we committed this June to making our Fast Lane Poetry Classic submissions free for Black writers. Learn more about our commitment to increasing diversity at Crab Creek Review in our Statement of Solidarity.”
Read full submission guidelines before submitting.

Dust Poetry Magazine

Dust Poetry Magazine (@DustmagPoetry) Tweeted: “Send us your sparkling new poems and your poems gathering dust ✨ Submissions are now OPEN for Dust’s fifth issue, Portrait, and I can’t wait to read your responses to this theme! Submissions close 28th August and the issue will be out in September. Thank you!” Submission details here.

Chapbook Competition | Hybriddreich

A chance to have a mini collection published as a *chapbook by Scottish indie Hybrid Press. Submit 20 poems by 31 July 2020. Poems submitted will also be considered for a special edition of Dreich Magazine. Full competition details here.*In case you don’t know, chapbooks are small collections, usually limited edition and often handmade or made on an old-style letterpress.

Neon open to submissions

“…one of the UK’s longest-running literary magazines”, Neon is inviting poetry (among other media) for future issue/s. The editor, Krishan Coupland, has a penchant for the dark/weird, but is “open to anything”. Send up to 10 poems. Payment is 10p per line, with a minimum of £10. If you buy an issue (print or ezine) or make a donation, your submission will be prioritised, with the bonus of editorial notes. Read full submission info here.