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Submission Calls — August 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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August 15:

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a book of innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or hybrid-genre work “that challenges conventions of genre and language, content and form.” The editors will judge.
Deadline: August 15, 2023

Follow these links and submit your poems! Detailed guidelines are provided
by the publisher on each website.
*Red-Head Writing Anthology*
Theme: Poems inspired by the songs of Willie Nelson
Deadline: Aug 15
*Persimmon Tree - *seeks poems by women over sixty
Theme: Shameless Self-Promotion Deadline: Aug 15
Persimmon Tree <>

August 17:

Fairfield Poetry Laureate invites you to submit a poem based on the art exhibit "Blank" at the Solano Town Center Gallery. Send in a Word doc with a picture of the art by 8-17, 42 lines or less.

August 20:

*Waywords Literary Journal*
Theme: Nightmares Deadline August 20, poems up to 15 lines
WayWords | The Writer's Workout (

August 21:

A prize of $2,500 is given in alternating years for a book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. The January 2024 prize will be awarded in poetry.
Deadline: August 21, 2023


August 29:

*Free The Verse Poetry Magazine*
Theme: Do You Smell Burning? Deadline: August 29

*Cape Magazine*
Theme: Excommunicado Deadline: Aug 29


August 30:

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a single poem. The winner will also be invited to be a featured reader for a Bardic Trails online reading in 2024 and will receive a $100 honorarium for participating. Deborah Kay Kelly will judge.
Deadline: August 30, 2023


August 31: 

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poetry collection by a writer over the age of 60. Marianne Boruch will judge.
Deadline: August 31, 2023

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. 

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also August 31: Carquinez Review



 Also Aug 31: Poetry Box Select:

The Poetry Box SELECTimprint is a Traditional Publishing opportunity for well-established poets (those who have been published widely in curated literary journals and anthologies). We aim to choose 2-3 full-length poetry manuscripts and offer those poets a traditional, royalty-earning publishing contract to have their book designed and published the following year.



Poets who have been published under The Poetry Box Select imprint, established in 2018, include: Cynthia Gallaher, Karla Linn Merrifield, Carolyn Martin, Christopher Luna, Kristin Berger, Joan Colby, Dianalee Velie, Rebecca Smolen, Laura LeHew, Jeanne Julian, Michael Waterson, Ahrend Torrey, Sherry Rind, and Michael Estabrook.

Submissions Open: July 1 - Aug 31




Sept 1:

A prize of $5,000, publication by Graywolf Press, and a six-week all-expenses-paid residency at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbria, Italy, is given annually for a poetry collection by a poet who has not published a book of poems in a standard edition.
Deadline: September 1, 2023

Sept 4:

Terrain is accepting submissions for their annual contests. The winners will receive $1,000. Ross Gay will judge poetry. Toni Jensen will judge nonfiction. Talia Lakshmi Kolluri will judge fiction.
Deadline: September 4, 2023

 September 15:

*Eye To The Telescope- *features sci-fi, horror, fantasy
Theme: Food and Feasting Deadline: Sept 15






November 15: Rattle Young Poets Anthology

As Sharon Olds remarked in our interview years ago, “There’s not a bad poet in first grade. None of them are anything but fresh and original … they don’t know how to avoid being original.” Each issue of the RYPA proves that, and we want to keep honoring the great insights these natural poets seem to pull out of the air. Poets age 15 and under or their parents and teachers are welcome to submit work for 2024.


January 15, 2024: Tribute to the Ghazal

The Summer 2024 issue will feature one of our favorite forms: the ghazal. Originally an Arabic style of poem expressing love and loss, the ghazal (pronounced like “guzzle”) has become one of the most popular forms of poetry in the world. The syntactically complete and intricately rhyming couplets allow for a great deal of flexibility and emotional power. Like the sonnet issue years ago, we’re interested in seeing how many ways poets can take advantage of the form.




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