10 Calls for Poetry Submissions

Written by S. Kalekar | August 23, 2017

S. Kalekar

This is a list of ten places poets and translators can submit to. There are a couple of themed submission calls, and a poetry competition for young poets in the UK. Some magazines pay for work. While all of these calls are for poetry, all have widely different tones and styles.

Art UK: Art Speaks Competition

This is for 13-24-year-old poets based in the UK. Poets should upload a film of themselves on YouTube, reciting an original poem they have created in response to an artwork of their choice on Art UK.
Deadline: 28 August 2017
Word count: Films should be no longer than two minutes
Pay: £500, and development and professional filming of a new poem to be released on Art UK
Details here.

Liminality: A Magazine of Speculative Poetry

They are looking for speculative poems that touch the heart as well as the head; that are luminal, fluid and fantastic.
Deadline: 31 August 2017
Word count: Up to three poems per submission; up to five per reading period
Pay: $10 per poem
Details here.

The North

This is a UK-based poetry journal of contemporary poetry. They like energy, technique and imagination. Hard copy submissions only.

Deadline: 1 September 2017
Word count: Up to six poems; send synopsis/ideas for poetry-related prose
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Modern Poetry in Translation: Russia and Ukraine

They are looking for translations of poetry from Russia and Ukraine for their next issue. They have a preference for contemporary work.
Deadline: 22 September 2017
Word count: Up to six poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

McSweeny’s Quarterly: Immigrant & Refugee Open Call

They are looking for work by refugee writers living in the US and abroad. The work must explore themes relevant to immigrant and refugee communities, including immigration, exile, refuge, displacement, resettlement and belonging.
Deadline: 25 September 2017
Word count: Three poems of up to 40 lines; up to 7,000 words for fiction and 5,000 for non-fiction
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Thrush

They want poems with a strong sense of imagery, emotion, with a surprising and interesting use of language. They do not send form letters accepting or declining work and will comment whenever possible. They also nominate work for awards, including Pushcart and Best of the Net. They respond within 10 days.
Deadline: Now open
Word count: Up to three poems
Pay: Unpaid
Details here.

Anti-Heroin Chic

This collective publishes poetry, photography, essays, stories and more. It strives for inclusion and diversity of voices.
Deadline: Rolling
Word count: 4-6 poems, one story or one essay
Pay: Unpaid
Details here.

Southern Poetry Review

This Georgia-based journal is the second-oldest poetry journal in the region. They accept poetry from all over the US, and the world.
Deadline: Rolling
Word count: Five poems of up to ten pages
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Poetry Magazine

This well-regarded poetry journal publishes poetry, including translated poetry, and poetry-related prose, including book reviews.
Deadline: Rolling
Word count: Four poems or translations, up to 10 pages; up to 10 pages for prose
Pay: $10 per line of poetry ($300 minimum); $150 per page of prose
Details here.

Rattle

They publish poetry and translations of poems. They publish both free verse and traditional forms.
Deadline: Rolling
Word count: Up to four poems
Pay: $100 per poem and subscription for print issue, $50 per poem online; all submissions are automatically considered for the $1,000 Neil Postman Award for Metaphor
Details here.