October Deadlines: 10 Contests and Magazines With Deadlines This Month

Fall is here, the summer is over, and October is a packed month. We’ve picked out a number of some of the most interesting deadlines for poets happening. Book awards, chapbook prizes, and anthologies looking for counter-narrative poetry—it’s all here. Write, submit, repeat.

Frontier Poetry’s 2017 Poetry Award for New Poets

This is it! Send us 1-3 poems for your chance to be selected as a finalist, with the winner hand picked by our guest judge Tyehimba Jess, 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner. We can’t wait to read your work! Submit here.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: September 30

One poem, $2000 and publication in Southern Indiana Review. Maggie Smith is judging this year; send up to 4 poems or 10 pages. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: October 2

Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize from Missouri Review

This prize offers a massive $5000 for a group of poems, plus publication. Send them up to 10 pages of poetry. In return for submitting, you also get a one year subscription to MR and a copy of their latest book, The Trail of the Demon.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: $25 (includes subscription)
Deadline: October 2

Omnidawn’s Broadside Prize

Omnidawn’s Broadside contest is one that we look forward to every year. Submit a poem, 8-24 lines, and you can win $1000, publication, and your own beautiful broadsides of your poem. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: October 17

Raleigh Review

Raleigh Review has built its reputation over the years as heavy weight in a poet’s bio. Send them 4-5 poems—and for you stage poets, you can submit audio versions as well. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $3
Deadline: October 31

Winter Tangerine

Winter Tangerine is a fantastic young journal, publishing some of the best emerging poets out there. Their free submission window for the year closes soon! Every piece selected pays, $20 to the poet. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: November 1

Sunken Garden Chapbook Prize

In its fifteen year now, this prize offers a lot: $1000, publication, distribution, speaking position at a festival. If you win, your chapbook will be published by the well respected Tupelo Press. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: October 31

Counter-Narratives Anthology

To be published by Four Chamber Press, this anthology seeks “voices of refusal, resistance, and joy.” That one poem you have—you know the one—will be perfect for them. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: November 1

This is the press that snagged the superb Kaveh Akbar debut: Calling a Wolf a Wolf. Send them a full length manuscript, 48-80 pages, and you may win the $3000 and publication prize, and maybe get to hang out with Kaveh. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: November 1

Walt Whitman Award

Last year’s winner of the Walt Whitman award is on the current longlist for the National Book Awards, Mai Der Vang. So are several other books that Graywolf Press put out recently. This contest doesn’t play: $5000, 6 week residency in Italy, & publication with Graywolf. This year’s judge is Joy Harjo Submit here.

Entry Fee: $35
Deadline: November 1


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