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Calls for Submissions

  • We will be adding various calls for submissions as we go, with special attention to Texas publishers when possible.

  • We will also be on the lookout for publication opportunities that are unusual or just plain fun.

  • We will concentrate on opportunities in which poets get paid for their work.

  • 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!

2018 Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prizes
in Poetry and Nonfiction

Deadline Nov 1, 2017

The Oakland Arts Review invites undergraduates nationwide to submit work to the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Nonfiction and The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry. Awards will be given to the best piece in each genre that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. Winning pieces will speak to the experience — joys and challenges — of being Muslim in America today in ways that educate and inform our readers. Winning pieces may also demonstrate an understanding of Islamic history, culture, contributions, and / or its influence on society.

FIRST PRIZE: $500 and publication in OAR

SECOND PRIZE: $300 and publication in OAR

There is no fee to enter.



The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry

The Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Nonfiction

Winners must be undergraduates currently enrolled in degree granting colleges in the United States. Authors do not have to identify as Muslim to be awarded the prize.


The Leonard L. Milberg ’53
High School Poetry Prize
Princeton University
Deadline: Nov 27, 2017

The Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize recognizes outstanding work by student writers in the 11th grade. The jury consists of members of the Princeton University Creative Writing faculty such as Michael Dickman, Yiyun Li, Paul Muldoon, James Richardson, Tracy K. Smith, Susan Wheeler, and Monica Youn.

Online submissions are now being accepted for the 2018 contest — apply below. The application deadline is midnight EST on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Prizes: First Prize – $500, Second Prize – $250, Third Prize – $100

A note for high school teachers from Princeton:

Thank you for your interest in the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 High School Poetry Prize. While we encourage the inclusion of poetry in the high school English curriculum, we ask you to please refrain from using the contest as an occasion to require all your students to submit a poem as a homework assignment. If you read the poems from the past student winners, you’ll see that they all carry a sense of urgency and necessity that is difficult to conjure when a student is obliged to submit a poem. Ideally, we hope motivated students will choose to enter the contest, and that they’ll come to see the writing and sharing of their poems as a joy rather than an obligation.


Click here to submit


The Gregory O'Donoghue
International Poetry Competition

Deadline: Nov 30, 2017

Please note this competition is in Ireland, so in Texas, you might want to submit on or before Nov 29.

The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre.

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ xe.com on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner.

There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30.

1. The competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of 40 lines or less. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

2. Entries should be typed. As this competition is judged anonymously, the entrant's name and contact details must be on a separate piece of paper. If you pay by Paypal, please quote the receipt number and the email address payment was issued from. Please also include a note about how your heard about the competition. Manuscripts cannot be returned. Your name should not appear on the same page as the poem to ensure anonymity. No entry form is necessary.

3. There will be an entry fee of €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five. For postal entries from UK entrants, you may pay UK£5 per poem, or UK£20 per batch of five. Entrants outside of Ireland & the UK must pay by Paypal--the correct Euro amount will be deducted from your account or credit card in your own currency. You may submit as many entries as you wish. Withdrawn poems (for any reason) will not be eligible for refunds. Cheques and drafts from Ireland and the UK must be made payable to THE MUNSTER LITERATURE CENTRE. No cash. No postal orders from outside of the Republic of Ireland, please, as they cannot be redeemed outside of the country of origin. (Postal Orders purchased within the Republic of Ireland are a suitable form of payment.)

For more information: The Munster Literature Centre


The 2018 UNT Rilke Prize

Deadline: Nov 30, 2017


An annual award of $10,000 recognizing a book that demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision written by a mid-career poet and published in the preceding year.

  • Entrants must have published at least two previous books of poetry and be U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens of the United States.

  • Work must be original poetry written in English.

  • Books may be submitted by presses or by writers themselves and must be postmarked by November 30, 2017.

  • Eligible books must have been published between November 1, 2016 and October 31,2017.

  • Each submission must include 3 copies of the book and a completed entry form.
    Self-published books will not be considered.

  • Chapbooks are not considered previous publications.

  • Finalists may be asked to submit further copies.
    Books will not be returned.

The winner will travel to Texas to give readings at UNT and in the DFW metroplex on April 11 and 12, 2018. UNT will pay for travel expenses. The author must also allow portions of the winning work to be reproduced for promoting the award. Poets who enter the prize must agree to these terms in order to accept the prize.

Results will be announced in winter 2018.


The prize will be judged by UNT's poetry faculty.

Submission Requirements

Authors or publishers will mail completed entry form with the three copies of the book submission.

Entry form (found here). Please download to your desktop to complete the form.

Mail entry form and 3 copies of book submission to:

The UNT Rilke Prize
Department of English
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311307
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Contact: UNTrilkeprize@unt.edu

The prize is named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), a writer whose work embodies the qualities of ambition, intellectual and imaginative scope, and technical mastery we seek to recognize.


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: March 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