17 Poetry Markets and Competitions Seeking Submissions

Written by S. Kalekar | December 18, 2017

Contributed By S. Kalekar

These websites and journals all have calls for poetry. Topics include translations from the Caribbean, ecology and the environment, small towns, nature, speculative and holiday-themed poetry, and #MeToo submission calls, apart from several unthemed calls. There are also a few competition calls for poets with upcoming deadlines, with prizes ranging from £3,000 to $500. The non-contest calls range from unpaid to token to professional payment. For more poetry markets, see this list and this one.

Modern Poetry in Translation: Poetry from the Caribbean

They only publish translations of poetry. For the Spring 2018 issue, they want translations of work from all the languages of the Caribbean: Spanish, French, Dutch, Papiamento and Haitian Creole, as well as poems in English Creoles. They are also accepting translated poetry outside of this focus.
Deadline: 22 January 2018 for the Caribbean issue, 31 July 2018 for general submissions
Length: Up to 6 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Ninth Letter

They want “prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.” They also have a web edition.
Deadline: 28 February 2018
Length: 3-6 poems; up to 8,000 words of prose
Pay: $25 per printed page for the print edition
Details here.

Blackbird

They publish poetry, as well as fiction and nonfiction.
Deadline: 15 April 2018
Length: Up to 6 poems; up to 8,000 words of prose
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Flyaway

They want prose and poetry that “explores the intersection of human experience and the environment, broadly interpreted: work that focuses on ecology, science and the environmental imagination, certainly, but also work that focuses on place, on natural and built environments, and on the ways that people interact with their environments.” They welcome diverse and under-represented voices. See their poetry guidelines for further specifications about preferences and aesthetic.
Deadline: 1 May 2018
Length: Up to 5 poems; 500-7,500 words for prose
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Little Star

This is a well-regarded annual digital and print journal of poetry and prose, with wide distribution. They prefer submissions by post but also accept electronic submissions.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Unspecified
Pay: unspecified
Details here.

Cimarron Review

They are looking for “poetry that engages the reader through a distinctive voice—be it lyric, narrative, etc.” They also accept fiction and creative nonfiction.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 3-6 poems
Pay: Contributor copies
Details here.

Devilfish Review

They publish speculative poetry, fiction and nonfiction. They prefer writing that is weird, tenacious and improbable.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 5 poems; prose of 5000 words; flash fiction of 500 words
Pay: $10 per poem or prose piece
Details here.

Frontier Poetry

Submissions are open for new and emerging poets only, who have not yet published more than one full-length collection of poetry. The only requirement is excellence in craft. They welcome work by diverse poets and underrepresented voices. There is a fee to submit for poets who want fast responses, or feedback.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 5 poems
Pay: $50 per poem, up to $150
Details here.

Inwood Indiana

They publish all forms of poetry, as well as fiction and nonfiction. Special consideration is given to work that addresses these themes: Inwood Indiana, small towns, eerie/spooky, or nature.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: Up to 5 submissions per issue
Pay: $1.50; one prize of $10; a year’s subscription to the magazine
Details here.

On Spec

This is a Canadian magazine of the fantastic, and accept work from Canadians and non-Canadians. They want strong voices and contemporary poetry; see guidelines for the editor’s preferences and aesthetic. They also accept fiction.
Deadline: Currently open for poetry
Length: Unspecified
Pay: CAD50 for poetry, up to CAD200 for fiction
Details here.

Through the Gate

This is a journal of fantastical poetry – fantasy, magic realism, myth, folklore, surrealism and slipstream. Between-genre work is welcome, as is work by diverse writers.
Length: Up to 3 poems
Pay: $10 per poem
Details here.

Strong Verse

Poems may be in any form. Formal poetry is welcome, as are translations.
Deadline: Rolling
Length: 3-5 poems
Pay: $10
Details here.

Jump

This is a new journal of modern poetry. They accept original poetry on most topics, but not inspirational or religious verse, or violent, pornographic, oppressive, or frivolously salacious work. They prefer modern free verse over end-rhyming, metered work, and like strong enjambment with no word wasted.
Deadline: Unspecified
Length: Up to 3 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Califragile

They are open to poetry on most topics, but not inspirational verse, or work that is violent, pornographic, or oppressive. Fitting in with their Califragile theme (responses to breakable environment and humanity) is a plus, but not required. They want work that is spare and economic while showcasing what’s possible with imagery, and prefer modern free verse over classical end rhyming, metered work. See guidelines for details about Holiday-themed and #MeToo submission calls (the latter is only for women).
Deadline: Rolling; they often publish daily
Length: Up to 3 poems
Pay: Unspecified
Details here.

Competitions for poets

The Society of Classical Poets Competition

Send 3-5 poems on any of these themes: The Issues of Our Age (at least one poem has to be on this theme – see guidelines for specific issues), Beautiful & Sublime, Great Culture, Humor & Riddles.
Value: $500; three prizes of $100 each – for High School poets, translators, and poets of Hudson Valley, New York
Deadline: 31 December 2017
Open for: All poets
Details here.

The Keats-Shelly Prize and the Young Romantics Prize

This is a contest for poems and essays on Romantic themes. For the Keats-Shelly Prize, adult writers should respond creatively to the work of the Romantics; this year, the theme is ‘Liberty: a celebration of Shelly’s Prometheus Unbound’. Write your own poem on Liberty, or an essay, which can be on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. For the Young Romantics Prize, writers aged 16-18 should make poetry/essay submissions on the same theme.
Value: Prizes of £3,000 for the adult, and £2,000 for the Young Romantics category
Deadline: 15 January 2018
Open for: All poets and writers
Details here and here.

Andrés  Montoya Poetry Prize

This prize is for the publication of a full-length poetry manuscript by an emerging Latinx poet. Applicants must neither have published, nor committed to publish a book-length collection of poems (48 pages of poems or more) with a registered ISBN, either in the US or abroad. There is no restriction on theme or style. Manuscripts must be between 48 and 100 pages.

Value: $1,000
Deadline: 15 January 2017
Open for: Emerging Latinx poets
Details here.