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Submission Calls — May 2023 and beyond...

I draw all readers’ attention to the following group on Facebook: “Calls for Submissions (Poetry, Fiction, Art):” 35517751475/? multi_permalinks=10157763449366476

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May 15:

The Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They consider you “emerging” if you haven’t published a book. This year’s judges are Gish Jen in fiction, Meghan O'Rourke in nonfiction, and Sandra Cisneros in poetry. One winner in each genre will receive $2,000.
Deadline: May 15, 2023

May 20: WHole Life Haiku

Every year, the Wrightwood Arts & Wine Festival (more on that below) features a “soapku” contest sponsored by Whole Life Soaps. The winning poet receives $100 and publication as a Rattle Daily Poem, and their haiku is printed in a custom line of soap. I can’t think of a more fun place to publish a haiku. For some background on the contest, check out this article on the owner, Bill McConnell, who also serves as judge. This year’s theme is “Aging and the Cycle of Life.” Visit the Whole Life Soaps website for more information and submit your entry for free online.

May 26: Solano Fair

*Link to register entries and pay entry fees:*
*Fine Arts guidebook:*
*Poetry is on the very last page. Read all the instructions. *
Entries Close Date
Friday, May 26, 2023
Entry Delivery Dates
Friday, June 2, Noon-7pm & Saturday, June 2, 10am-2pm at McCormack Hall
Pick Up Dates
Monday, June 19 from
Noon to 7 pm at McCormack Hall
Poetry is Department 205, Division 230, and choose Class 1 for Unpublished,
Class 2 for Published work


May 31: Poet Lore


Submit your work to Poet Lore!

General Submission: April 1 - May 31

Free to submit, and we pay $50 per published poem

We're looking for poems that surprise and excite us, so send your best work now through the end of May!

May 31:

Each winner receives a $1,000 honorarium and a $1,500 travel/publicity grant to promote the book. The judges for the 2023 full-length prizes are Toi Derricotte (poetry), Pam Houston (fiction), and Jenny Boully (nonfiction).
Deadline: May 31, 2023

July 16: Woody Guthrie Contest

Remembering Woody Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter, one of the most significant figures in American folk music. His work focused on themes of American socialism and anti-fascism. He has inspired several generations both politically and musically with songs such as "This Land Is Your Land", written in response to the American exceptionalist song "God Bless America”. Write a poem about or inspired by Woody Guthrie. Deadline 7/16, virtual event 7/30
Submit @

July 20: Voices of Lincoln






August 31: Aesthetica Poetry Contest

About the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is a celebration of innovative new writing from across the world. Each year, the competition invites submissions of poetry that redefine the parameters of form, concept and technique.
Our jury comprises some of the UK's most renowned editors and publishers, and has included representatives from the Guardian, the Independent, Wasafiri, Hodder & Stoughton, Litro, The Rialto, The Poetry Exchange and Jacaranda Books. Our authors and poets who have won, or been longlisted for, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Not the Booker Prize and the Northern Writers' Awards, amongst others. Representatives have also appeared on BBC Radio 3's The Verb, and been featured in the Observer, VICE and HQ.
Our alumni include winners and shortlistees for the Costa Book Award, National Poetry Competition, TS Eliot Prize and Forward Prize. We receive submissions from both established and emerging writers, including editors and board members of Magma, Poetry London, Verve Poetry Press and more.
Each year, we select two winners – one for poetry and one for fiction – who are each awarded £2,500 prize money as well as publication with the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology
Further prizes from our esteemed partner organisations, including consultations, subscriptions and courses with The Poetry School, The Poetry Society, Redhammer Management, Mslexia, Granta, and more
We offer continued support throughout the year, including further exposure through our channels, as well as opportunities for talent development, such as tailored offers to courses, residencies, subscriptions and more. 

Prizes Include

How To Enter

  • Register using the Add to Cart Button above.
  • Your Entry Form will be emailed to you upon registration.
  • The deadline for submitting your work is 31 August 2023. 

Discover more at:

October 15: Tribute to Collaboration, Rattle

The Spring 2024 issue will feature a Tribute to Collaboration. We’ve published a few collaborative poems over the years, like “Stairway to Heaven Sonnet” by Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton, but we’d like to see more. Find a friend and work together! Collaborations of any kind you can imagine are welcome.



Poets Respond
Deadline: Weekly
Every Sunday and occasionally mid-week, we publish a poem online that responds in some way to current events. Last Sunday we published an enigmatic little poem about lights that appeared in the skies over San Francisco, “Mystery Light” by Alison Davis. To submit your own poem about any current event, visit the Poets Respond page. And don’t hesitate to share your news poems on the Rattlecast open mic every Sunday!
Ekphrastic Challenge
Deadline: Monthly
We provide one image every month. You write a poem in response to that image. Two winners receive $100 and publication online. It’s a fun excuse to make more poetry. For more information, and to read all of the previous challenge winners, visit the webpage.

With more and more venues closing and fewer and fewer of them publishing critical reviews, Rattle has decided to do their part by publishing a new review each month. They’re looking for high-quality reviews on the long side (1,000 words min.) and will pay $200 for any reviews they publish.
Deadline: Rolling


Song of the San Joaquin: June 1 next deadline!


Blue Mountain Review is looking for submissions for poetry, fiction, and artwork. Poetry can be any style, any length. For fiction, please limit your prose to no more than 2,500 words. For the visual arts, they leave this category up to the artist to interpret and submit in standard, easily opened, attachments.
Deadline: Rolling