Deadlines: March & April
Every middle of the month: new deadlines, new contests, and new opportunities for your work to find its audience. Here is a roundup of submission opportunities with deadlines in March or April, including Palette’s Emerging Poet Prize, The Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, and the Gulf Coast Prize, as well as other submission opportunities.
This individual poem prize is specifically for emerging poets, and will only accept submissions from poets with fewer than two full-length collections out at the time of submission—though poets who haven’t yet published a book are especially encouraged to submit. The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and a brief interview in Palette Poetry. Second and third place will receive $300 & $200 respectively and publication. The top ten finalists will be selected by Palette editors, and guest judge Safia Elhillo will then select the winner and two runner-ups from among the ten finalists.
Reading Fee: $20
Send up to three poems for consideration. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please add a note to your submissions should a specific poem get accepted elsewhere.
Reading Fee: $3
Submit up to 5 poems in one document for consideration. Simultaneous submissions are accepted and encouraged. Please send a message through Submittable’s system when an individual poem is accepted elsewhere.
Reading fee: $3
Submit up to 6 poems in one document for consideration. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please send a message through Submittable’s system when an individual poem is accepted elsewhere.
Reading fee: NONE through March!
Levis Prize in Poetry
The 2022 Four Way Books Levis Prize in Poetry is now open to submissions of full-length manuscripts. Submissions are open to all poets writing in English regardless of publication history. Winner will be awarded publication of a book-length collection, a Four Way Books sponsored reading, and $1000. Judged by Jericho Brown.
Reading Fee: $30
Copper Canyon Press Open Reading Period
Through March, poets and translators are invited to submit a 15-20 page manuscript sample accompanied by a query letter (500 words or fewer). Copper Canyon exclusively focuses on poetry and texts related to poetry. They are interested in reading samples from poetry collections, including works in translation; prose manuscripts about poetry; and manuscripts in hybrid genres that will delight a poetry-reading audience. Submissions from poets outside the United States are welcome. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
Reading Fee: different levels ranging from $15 – $30. Fee waivers available
Send up to 5 poems for consideration. All submissions are considered for the print magazine and/or online feature. If you would not like to be considered for online publication, please state this in your cover letter. Simultaneous submissions accepted as long as CCR is notified at the time of submission. CCR especially encourages submissions from poets of color, Indigenous poets, queer and LGBT+ poets, and poets with disabilities. Contributors are given a free subscription of 2 different issues, beginning with the issue in which their work appears.
Reading Fee: NONE
Michigan Quarterly Review
Submit up to 6 poems in one document, not to exceed a total of 12 pages. Poems published in MQR by early career writers (those who have not yet published a full-length collection) will be considered as finalists for the Page Davidson Clayton Prize. All poems by poets who meet these criteria that are selected for publication are considered finalists for the prize and passed on to the judge. Simultaneous submissions welcome. Please send a message through Submittable’s system when an individual poem is accepted elsewhere.Work submitted must be unpublished.
Reading fee: $3
Now accepting entries for the 2022 Gulf Coast Prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. The judge for Poetry is Jennifer Chang. Entrants for the Gulf Coast Prize in Poetry may submit up to five poems not exceeding 10 total pages in length. Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
Reading Fee: $26
Agha Shahid Prize in Poetry
Honoring the memory of a celebrated poet and a beloved teacher, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize in Poetry is awarded annually and is sponsored by The University of Utah Press and The University of Utah Department of English. The competition is open to poets who have previously published book-length poetry collections, as well as to unpublished poets. The winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the winning collection will be published by The University of Utah Press in the spring/summer of 2023. The winner will give a reading in the University of Utah’s Guest Writers Series, reading to take place during the fall or spring following publication. Travel and accommodations and an additional $500 honorarium are paid by The University of Utah Department of English. Judged by Monica Youn.
Reading fee: $25
Etel Adnan Poetry Prize
Submissions to the 2023 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize are now open for full-length poetry manuscripts by Arab American poets. Series edited by Fady Joudah and Hayan Charara. Only first or second full-length books of poetry may be submitted. Chapbooks are not considered as a previous publication in this regard. The winner will be announced by September 15.
Reading fee: $25
Submit up to 6 poems in one document. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please send a message through Submittable’s system when an individual poem is accepted elsewhere.Work submitted must be unpublished. Submissions will cap at 500!
Reading fee: $3