Deadlines: June and July


Every middle of the month: new deadlines, new contests, and new opportunities for your work to find its audience. Here is a roundup of ten submission opportunities with deadlines in June or July, including Palette’s Sappho Prize, the Manuscript Revision Lab, and more.



This contest only accepts submissions from women poetsALL women are welcome to submit (cis and trans). The winning poet will be awarded $3000, publication, and an interview with Palette Poetry. Second and third place will win $300 & $200 respectively, as well as publication. The top ten finalists will be selected by the editors, and guest judge Jos Charles will then select the winner and two runners-up. Submissions are open internationally, to any poet writing in English. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, and only unpublished submissions are accepted. There is no page requirement, but submission must be no more than 3 poems.

Reading Fee: $20


DEADLINE: 06/30 

Manuscript Revision Lab

This is an entirely online, asynchronous opportunity to have your poetry manuscript draft read and edited by editors at renowned presses from Sundress Publications, Milkweed, and Alice James Books. They will apply their expertise—both as poets and experienced editors—to provide extensive developmental feedback that will help you take your manuscript to the next level. A significant portion of the lab fee goes directly to the editors.

Application Fee: $697



Each year, the University of Akron Press offers the Akron Poetry Prize, a competition open to all poets writing in English. The winning poet receives $1,500 and publication of his, her, or their book as part of the Akron Series in Poetry. Other manuscripts may also be considered for publication in the series. Manuscripts must be a total length of at least 48 pages and no longer than 90 pages. Individual poems may have appeared in chapbooks or literary magazines, but we are unable to consider collections that have been previously published as full-length volumes. Translations are not eligible. The final judge for 2022 is Adrian Matejka.

Reading fee: $25



In an effort to promote BIPOC voices, The Common will waive submission fees for BIPOC writers from June 13 – June 27, 2022. Outside of that time, submitters with any financial hardship can contact us at for a fee waiver. Send up to five (5) poems. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry will be considered for print and online publication. $200 honorarium per story, and $40 per poem.

Reading fee: none



Ghost Proposal seeks cohesive manuscripts, and they are especially interested in work that challenges genre/formal conventions. Visual poems, digital works, and interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. The contest will be judged by the editors. The Winner and finalists will be announced by September 1, and the winner will receive 15 copies of the manuscript and $250.

Reading fee: sliding scale between $0-$20



Fairy Tale Review

The Rainbow Issue of Fairy Tale Review will be dedicated to queer fairy tales written by queer writers. Prose Editor Benjamin Schaefer will serve as Editor for the issue. Since its inception, Fairy Tale Review has been committed to contributor diversity and inclusive engagement. While The Rainbow Issue will be dedicated to queer fairy-tale poetry and prose written by writers who self-identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community, Fairy Tale Review is especially interested in submissions by writers working at the intersection of queerness, including women and nonbinary writers, BIPOC, writers with disabilities, and writers from other marginalized and underrepresented groups in mainstream publishing. Submissions must be previously unpublished, both in print and online. Writers may submit up to four poems totaling no more than ten pages. Contributors will receive two (2) issues of The Rainbow Issue and a $50 honorarium upon publication.

Reading fee: none


DEADLINE: 06/30 

Barrow Street Book Prize

A prize of $1,500 and publication by Barrow Street Press is given annually for a poetry collection. Tina Chang will judge. Submit a manuscript of 50 to 80 pages. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Reading Fee: $25

Poetry Online, a nonprofit literary organization established in Minneapolis, MN, is proud to launch its chapbook series: the Poetry Chapbook Fellowship. They will select one winning manuscript through an open reading period. Manuscripts of poetry, visual poetry, and experimental writing/hybrid work are permitted. The winner receives a $1000 stipend, 10 complimentary copies, a $200 budget for licensing cover artwork through the press, and a live-streamed celebration and reading with ASL interpretation and live captioning. For the fellowship, the winner will curate new authors for one month of’sliterary journal.

Reading fee: $5 (fee waivers available on request)



Muzzle Magazine

Muzzle Magazine publishes poems and book reviews. They publishes two issues per year. Please send 3-5 poems at a time. Include all poems in one DOC or PDF file. Make sure that your name does not appear anywhere in the document or submission title. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Reading Fee: none



Hayden’s Ferry Review is the international literary journal out of Arizona State University. Submit up to six (6) poems. Please include your entire submission in one file, and be sure your name and contact information are included on the first page of the file. Simultaneous submissions are welcome.

Reading fee: $3, but waived for Black and Indigenous writers!