Opportunities for Underrepresented Writers

Creative Future Literary Awards are open for entries of poetry and flash fiction from writers (UK only) who find it hard to access the literary world, due to ill health (including mental health issues), disability or social circumstance. Poems are invited of up to 200 words (flash fiction up to 300) on the theme of ‘important nothings’. Winning pieces will be published in an anthology. Prizes include cash plus writer development opportunities such as mentoring, courses and professional consultations. Writers may submit a maximum of one piece per category (one poem and/or one piece of flash fiction). Read the eligibility criteria carefully before submitting.

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Allegro seeking submissions

Another new one to me, Allegro is an online poetry magazine, published four times a year. The magazine has strict submission windows, so check the dates on the website before you submit. The current deadline is 30 April 2017, for poems of up to 40 lines, on the theme of ‘Space’. Read the full guidelines here before submitting.

Award for African Poets living anywhere in the world

Run by the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, this award is open to all African poets, living anywhere in the world, provided they will not have published (including self-publishing) a full-length collection by May 2015. The first prize winner will receive USD1,000, and the top ten will receive mentorship and publication. Deadline is May 15th 2015, 11.59pm Ugandan time. For more information, visit: http://www.bnpoetryaward.co.ug/submit-poems/
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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

This prestigious international prize is open to poets aged 11 to 17. Deadline 31 July 2015.

The following is copied from the website:
‘With acclaimed poets Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts at the helm, this year’s competition is once again on the hunt for the world’s most exciting new poets aged 11-17. Last year the Award received entries from 7,603 young poets from a total 78 countries, cementing its position as the world’s largest literary competition. Among last year’s winners were poets from France, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada and the USA – and from right across the UK.’
For more information, visit: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/

Rattle magazine

I’ve had the round robin email from the above, and there are several inspiring opportunities. I’m copying and pasting below:

1) We’re currently seeking poems written in traditional or adopted Japanese forms for our spring issue—deadline: October 15th. After that we’re looking for New Yorker Poets (you have to have lived at least half your life in NYC), and Scientist Poets. We’re also reading open submissions any time, and (from now on) will have an open section in every issue—but if any of these themes apply to you, please visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.

2) We’re also continuing our new program online called Poets Respond—every Sunday we’ll publish a poet’s immediate response to a news event that occurred within the last week. You can read this week’s response, “Labor Day: Atlantic City” by Peter E. Murphy. If you’d like to submit a poem about a current event, there’s a link to use at the bottom of that page. The deadline for consideration each week is Friday at midnight, and the poems have been met with great enthusiasm—including a very positive write-up in the LA Times last week.

3) Given how much fun poets are having with the news a prompt, we’re also experimenting with an “Ekphrasis Challenge.” Issue #45’s cover artist, Judy Keown has supplied a photograph and we’re asking poets to submit poetic responses to it by October 1st. Judy and I will each pick our favorite, and they’ll be published online—those poets will also receive $25. So if that sounds interesting, visit that page.

The Emma Press

Just seen that there is a fee to submit your pamphlet to this one (although it is free if the Press has published one of your poems). Small indie publisher The Emma Press has a call-out for poetry pamphlets – but submit soon as the deadline is 31st August 2014. The Emma Press’s usual conditions apply – you must either have bought a copy of an Emma press book/ebook in the past calendar year, or you must have had a poem published in an Emma Press book.  http://theemmapress.com/

UK West Midlands Poetry wanted

Open to poets working or living in the West Midlands, the Poetry on Loan competition is free to enter. There’s a junior category (aged 11-18 on 12th September 2014) and an adult category (aged 19 and over on 12th Sept 2014). Up to three poems of a maximum of 20 lines each, on the theme of ‘home grown, home made’. They must not have been previously published, even on a website. Closing date is 12th September 2014. Adult winner gets a paid performance in the Library of Birmingham; junior winner gets book tokens. See full rules: http://poetryonloan.org.uk/poetry-competition