Poetry Periodical & December Contests

Mont Sainte-Victoire (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire)

  • New Poetry Periodical!

Ugly Duckling Presse is starting a new poetry periodical.

UDP will accept up to 5 pages of poetry by December 31, for possible inclusion in the first issue, to be released in early 2019.

Submissions from new writers, translators, and people living outside the US are especially encouraged.

Read the guidelines carefully, and submit.

  • December is a great month for writing contests!

Plenty of FREE writing contests to choose from.

Again, read the guidelines carefully, and submit your work. Good luck!

Image: Paul Cézanne. Mont Sainte-Victoire (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire), c. 1900. Watercolor and graphite on laid paper, Overall: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.5 x 48.5 cm). BF652. Public Domain.

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Do You Like Beer? Start Writing Poetry

The Bathing Hour, Chester, Nova ScotiaHappy July to you!

  • Got a poetry chapbook, or a book-length poetry manuscript?

Consider entering these free contests:

Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, an annual (16th) prize awarded to the author of the winning book-length manuscript. Participating poets must reside in the Mid-Atlantic states (DE, MD, VA, PA, NJ, NY, WVA, NC and District of Columbia). The winner receives $500, two cases of Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Beer, manuscript publication by Broadkill River Press, and 10 copies of the book (in lieu of royalties). Deadline: August 15, 2018.

The Broken River Prize, an annual poetry chapbook (20–40 pages) contest from Platypus Press. Open internationally. The winner receives $250/£200 and publication. Submit your manuscripts by August 31, 2018.

  • Need inspiration?

Try writing to weekly prompts from The Sunday Whirl. Play with words. It’s fun.

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Image: William James Glackens. The Bathing Hour, Chester, Nova Scotia, 1910. Oil on canvas, Overall: 26 x 32 in. (66 x 81.3 cm). BF149. Public Domain.

On Submission Fees & Publishers with Class (or without)

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  • Submission fees have their pros and cons. There’s a number of things to consider when deciding if it’s worth it to “pay to play”. One of them, maybe the one, is the goodness of a place you’re about to submit your work to. Here’s what I mean by goodness:

“I was just describing what my experience has been like to another writer I’ve been encouraging…explaining that you are honest, and a force for good, and that sets a tone that comes through in everything, and produces all its own evidence, as all good work being done out of love does, and that’s what makes Glimmer Train different. It’s the two of you, it’s personal, and it matters. There is no warmer home for writers than what you two have built. And I feel so fortunate to have found my home early, because it’s made such a difference, and by some strange magic, always when I’ve needed it the most.” — Gabe Herron

My work hasn’t appeared in Glimmer Train, but I still remember their rejection letter. It was personalized, honest, and encouraging — it felt like acceptance. It came from a publisher with class, a good publisher.

Glimmer Train New Writer Award is open. 1st place wins $2,500 and publication in Glimmer Train Stories! Deadline: 6/30. (The grace period for the Fiction Open and Very Short contests ends 5/10.)

  • Another reason to submit to Glimmer Train is that, sadly, after nearly thirty years it’s leaving. Being nice as they are, the two sisters who run it have given writers and subscribers plenty of notice. They’ll accept submissions for twelve more months.

Send your best work, pay a submission fee, and add Glimmer Train to the list of your publications! Good luck.

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