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Calls for Submissions

Please note that we will be adding various calls for submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas publishers.
We will also be on the lookout for publication opportunities that are unusual or just plain fun.
Your best chance for publication (in addition to writing brilliant poetry, of course) is to follow the guidelines exactly, including the style and format of the submitted poetry. Good luck!

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Public Poetry

"Power" Poetry Contest

Late Submission Deadline: Jan 15, 2018


First prize is $1000.00 and an invitation to give a public reading.
The top 25 entries will be published online.

Entry: $20.00 USD

This contest is being judged by Cyrus Cassells, Tony Hoagland, Raina J. León and Sasha West.


See Judges' Bios



  • Anyone can submit, including outside the USA.

  • 40 lines maximum per poem.

  • The contest is judged blind; name and other identifying information cannot appear anywhere in the submission itself.

  • If your poem is "Untitled," include the first 3 words in brackets ().

  • You can enter up to 3 poems.** Multiple entries are allowed.

  • Published poems can be submitted provided any permissions required are obtained in advance.

  • Submissions may not be modified after entry.

  • Failure to comply with any contest guidelines may result in your submission being disqualified.

**Public Poetry Members can submit a fourth poem free. Memberships start at $8

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Winners will be notified in April 2018.


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Publisher TBD

A Fire to Light Our Tongues (Anthology)

Deadline: Jan 3, 2018

The editors of A Fire to Light Our Tongues invite writers to submit short stories, flash fiction, creative nonfiction (including memoirs and short narratives), and poems that explore the intersections among writing, spirituality, and the landscapes and cityscapes of Texas.

Our focus is primarily artistic, and we are interested in non-dogmatic work from a range of perspectives including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, humanism, and agnosticism. Collectively, the works in this anthology (the title taken from a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye) will represent the depth and diversity of 21st-century Texas writers’ spirituality, as well as their geographic and cultural grounding.

Each work will be written with an integral sense of place. The work we include will reflect sustained engagement with belief or lack of belief in a higher being and may reflect grappling or ambivalence, as well as orthodoxy. While the approach may be indirect or elusive, some connection to spirituality must be present.

  • We are interested primarily in previously unpublished work but will consider reprints.

  • Fiction and creative nonfiction should be 3500 or fewer words.

  • Submit no more than five poems in a single file with each poem beginning on a new page.

  • Send submissions as doc or docx attachments—with “poetry,” “fiction,” or “creative nonfiction,” in the subject line—to afiretolightourtongues@gmail.com.

  • Include an approximately 100-word biography written in the third person that connects in some way to the theme/s of your work. The biography should be sent as a separate attachment.

A Fire to Light Our Tongues does not have a publisher yet, but several presses are interested in seeing the book once we have a complete draft. Like many other publications, we wish we could provide compensation for those published in the anthology, but we are not able to do so at this time. In order to maintain the integrity of the book, we ask that writers not place their names on submissions.

About the editors:

Rachel Crawford’s short stories and poems have appeared in Red Rock Review, Mudlark, Lucid Rhythms, The Lyric, and Figures of Speech. She co-edited with Donna Walker-Nixon Her Texas, published by Wings Press. Her short story in that book placed first in the National Federation of Press Women contest.

Elizabeth Dell teaches creative writing fiction and American literature at Baylor University. A graduate of UVA’s MFA program, she is writing a story cycle set in Texas about women who negotiate work, family, faith and love, and who face moments of reckoning and seek reconciliation.

Donna Walker-Nixon is the founding editor of The Windhover and The Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas. Her short stories have appeared in descant, The Concho River Review and other journals. Recently, she has started writing narratives that reflect family history for her nieces and nephews.


Austin International Poetry Festival
di-vêrsé-city Youth & Adult Anthology

Deadline: Jan 15, 2018


Anyone around the world may submit. You do not have to attend the festival to submit your poetry. The adult submission fee is $30, and there is no submission fee for youth submissions (kindergarten through 12th grade).

The editor selects a panel of 3-5 readers to review and score each entry. Poems are judged anonymously, making the reading and judging neutral. Officials of the festival and others associated with the Festival are prohibited from submitting to the general pool. Poems accepted for publication are next submitted to a judge, who selects the top winners and honorable mentions. Cash prizes are awarded to the top entries.

For more information and other fees, check out the AIPF website:


AIPF Website


Third Wednesday Magazine
A Quarterly Journal
of Literary & Visual Arts

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Annual Poetry Contest:
Judged by Phillip Sterling

Three Prizes of $100 and publication in Third Wednesday's Spring Contest issue.

There is a $6.00 entry fee. As a thank you for your participation, every entry will receive a PDF copy of the poetry contest issue (a $5.00 value), so the net cost of your entry is just $1.00.

Non-prize poems will be considered for inclusion in the same or later issue of Third Wednesday as a regular submission, which pays $3.00 per poem.

Submit up to three previously unpublished poems per entry. You may enter as many times as you like, but only three poems per entry.

Poems should be in a single .doc or .docx file with no identifying information within the text of the file.

All entries must come through Submittable. If you are not already a Submittable user, registration is free. No entries by mail this year.

Submit through Submittable


Pay via credit card or Pay Pal by selecting it as an option when you upload your file at Submittable or, if you prefer, you can make a check or money order for $6 payable to Joseph Ferrari and mail it to:

Third Wednesday
11316 Farley Street
Redford, Michigan 48239

Be sure the name on your payment matches the name on your entry in Submittable.

White Stag Publishing
Full-Length Poetry Manuscripts

Deadline: Feb 1, 2018

One manuscript will be chosen & the author will be awarded:

  • $500 cash prize

  • Book publication

  • 20% royalty per copy sold, paid quarterly

  • 20 free copies, plus one free copy of the other published title


Minimum page requirement is 40 pages. There is no maximum page requirement.
All manuscripts must include a title page, table of contents and page numbers.
Please do not include any author information within the actual manuscript.

​Simultaneous submissions are OK, but please notify us right away if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

What we are looking for:
White Stag Publishing strives to publish only the deepest emotion, the rawest of images, the most unique language & syntax. We want manuscripts that take us into a whole new [sur]reality, voices so strong they're engrained in us, perspectives from people who may otherwise feel unheard. There is no theme for the contest, but please review our previous themes/issues of White Stag Journal to get a sense of what we like publish. We do not tolerate any racism, sexism, womanizing, homophobia, or animal cruelty so please don't send us any!

Chosen titles will be announced in the spring of 2018 with publication releases at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.

There is a submission fee of $10, but you may submit up to two full length collections in one submission. Please separate each manuscript with a blank page in the document.


Submit through Submittable


2018 Levis Prize in Poetry

Deadline: Mar 31, 2018
Submissions Open Jan 1 - Mar 31

The contest is open to all poets, regardless of publication history, for a book-length collection of poetry. This year’s contest will be judged by Dorianne Laux.

The award includes publication by Four Way Books, a reading in New York City, and $1000.


For mailed entries: postmarked March 31, 2017. For online entries:  via submission manager by April 1 at 3 AM EST, to accommodate poets in the Pacific time zone.

If you have trouble submitting past 6 p.m. (EST) on March 31, please email us and we will honor your attempt to submit by deadline and help you even after the deadline has passed. Someone will get back to you on Monday or Tuesday. Thanks for your interest in Four Way Books.


GENERAL GUIDELINES (for all submitters)

  • Submit a previously unpublished, full-length poetry manuscript, in English.

  • Material in your manuscript may have been published previously in a chapbook, magazines, journals or anthologies, but the work as a whole must be unpublished.

  • Use a legible 12 point font.

  • Do not include art work.

  • Translations and previously self-published books are not eligible.

  • You may include a list of acknowledgements if you wish.

  • There are no length requirements save that book-length collections of poetry usually run between 48 and 80 pages of text.

  • You may submit multiple manuscripts, but each must be treated as an individual submission, submitted separately, and each requires an entry fee of $30.00 per submission. Each must have complete contact info, etc.

  • If you pay the entry fee but fail to submit your manuscript by the deadline, your fee will not be returned.

  • Please let us know immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.

  • Your work will be disqualified if your name or contact info appears on the manuscript. Follow our guidelines for placement of contact info.

Link to instructions for online submissions.

Instructions for Mailed Submissions:

  • USPS only. No Fed Ex or UPS, for example.

  • Please include a completed Entry Form. Click here to download the Entry Form (PDF format). (You will need Adobe Reader to view and print the Entry Form.)

  • Include one cover page with the title of your work and all of your contact information, including your email address if you have one. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere else in the manuscript.

  • You must include a second cover page with just the title of your work, no other contact info.

  • Include an entry fee of $30 with your submission, by check, made payable to Four Way Books. A stamped self-addressed postcard may be included to confirm receipt of manuscript.

  • Mail submission and entry fee of 30.00 to:

Four Way Books
POB 535 Village Station
New York NY 10014

The winner will be notified by email or phone no later than Labor Day. Submitters will be notified by email only. The result will also be posted on our website by Labor Day.

We do not return manuscripts. We do not offer editorial feedback to submitters.

Each manuscript is delivered to the readers as a blind submission, stripped of identifying material whether it is submitted online or by mail. Only the manuscript, inclusive of any text notes, is sent to the readers and, if chosen as a finalist, to the judge who does not receive a list of submitters or titles.

Please do not submit to this contest if you are close enough to Dorianne Laux that her integrity, your integrity, and the integrity of Four Way Books would be called into question should you be selected as the winner. You may query Four Way Books if you have questions regarding this matter. Please query by email to editors@fourwaybooks.com.

Preliminary readers for the contest are selected by the director of the press and are published poets, experienced editors and/or poets who have received a graduate degree in creative writing or literature. Each manuscript is read by at least two readers. Readers are regularly rotated, and students are not employed to read manuscripts.

Readers select approximately 50 manuscripts as finalist selections. They look for work that is beautifully crafted, manuscripts that feel whole and well-shaped. They do not try to second-guess a judge’s preference. Rather, they look to present a wide range of excellent work to the judge.

Finalists are notified in May or June that their work will be sent on to the judge. On occasion, a judge may ask to see more work but the judge is not allowed to ask for specific work by a specific writer, but may ask to see a wider sampling of strong work. If that is the case, the press reviews the submissions again and more manuscripts are sent to the judge as finalists. Therefore, we do not inform the public of finalist selections since that list may grow after the first culling.

The judge is instructed to notify the press of any indiscretions. If a submitter contacts the judge regarding the contest, that person will be disqualified. If the judge does not select a winner, the press’s director and senior editors will select a finalist’s manuscript to publish.


Four Ways Books


Arte Público Press

Accepts submissions year-round


Manuscript Submission Guidelines:
Arte Público Press, affiliated with the University of Houston, specializes in publishing contemporary novels, short stories, poetry and drama based on U.S. Hispanic (Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, and others) cultural issues and themes. Arte Público also is interested in reference works and non-fiction studies, especially of Hispanic civil rights, women’s issues and history. Manuscripts, queries, synopses, outlines, proposals, introductory chapters, etc. are accepted in either English or Spanish, although the majority of our publications are in English.

Response time is 2-4 months for queries and proposals and 3-6 months for manuscripts.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with our current and previous titles, as well as specialized fields, and send only the material relevant to our publishing needs. Due to the overwhelming amount of submissions we get each year, we would advise that the writer take time to distinguish whether or not his/her work is appropriate for APP so that response time is diminished. Arte Publico recommends that writers include an introductory sample of the manuscript instead of sending the entire manuscript.

Please submit your manuscript using the Manuscript Submission Form. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Arte Publico Submissions Email.


Arte Publico Complete Submissions Guidelines

See more at: https://artepublicopress.com/submissions/#sthash.de6gSdJ5.dpuf


Harbinger Asylum

Accepts submissions year-round

Harbinger Asylum is a quarterly print journal published by Transcendent Zero Press. We accept submissions year round. We are looking for poetry by newcomers, as well as academics and established poets. We seek interesting black and white photos that express serene or joyous moments, interesting moments of friction, or have the appearance of abstract entities. We also love to see art by contemporary artists whose style is graceful, avant-garde, and/or modern.


Deadlines for each quarter:
March 15- Spring
July 15- Summer
October 15- Fall
December 15- Winter

Harbinger Asylum Website