April Deadlines: 12 Contests and Magazines With Deadlines This Month

New month, new courage: submit yourself to these fellowships, magazines, awards and internships. & as always, submit poetry for free to our New Voices.


Bettering American Poetry Vol. 3

The third volume in the Bettering American Poetry series is closing up its nomination window. Submit 3 poems published in 2017 (can be your own) for a chance to see them in the new edition. Guest Editors include: George Abraham, Chen Chen, Kenning JP García, Candace Williams, Erika T Wurth, & John Yau. Submit by sending an email toBetterAmericanPoetry@Gmail.com.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: April 1

Poetry International Prize

$1000 prize for a single poem from the press of San Diego State University: Sherwin Bitsui will guest judge. Past winners include Nicole Sealey and Elisa Díaz Castelo.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: $15 for first 3 poems
Deadline: April 5

Sixth Finch has a solid history of finding excellent emerging poets in the slush pile of submissions. For the next few days, unsolicited subs are still accepted—send them up to 8 poems.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: April 5

A Public Space

Looking for “the brave and unexpected,” A Public Space publishes poems from some of the best new poets out there. Probably, at least one of your favorite poets has APS in their bio. Send them 5 of your very best. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: April 15

Summer Internship at Hub City Press

If you’re serious about the professional editing or working for a press, this is a great opportunity. You’ll be working 25 hours a week, with free lodging, utilities, and a small weekly stipend. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $30
Deadline: April 15

Black poets with one book already published: submit the manuscript for your second book here. The CC Prize is a second-book award that offers $1000 and publication with NWU Press. This one only takes hard copy submissions, so start prepping early.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: April 16

DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest

DIAGRAM produces some of the most stunning chapbooks around, and most of their works come from this contest. The winner will receive $1000 & publication, and finalists may also be published. Last year they published five finalists.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: $20 (comes with a chapbook)
Deadline: April 27

BOAAT Chapbook Prize

Camille Rankine is guest juding this year’s BOAAT Chapbook contest. Send them your collection of 15 – 30 pages of poetry. Winner gets $1000 and a first run of 300 copies—a few finalists will also receive $50 and digital publication. Submit here. (Opens April 1st)

Entry Fee: $17
Deadline: April 30

The Fence Modern Poets Series

Open to poets at any stage of their career, the Fence Modern Poets Series is accepting manuscripts of 48-80 pages. Publication and $1000 prize to the winner. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $29
Deadline: April 30

Blood Orange Review

The window for subs at BOR is opening this month. Every issue is a beautiful collection of poets and authors—get your name in there too. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $2
Deadline: April 30

Colorado Review

Colorado Review is Colorado Review. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $3
Deadline: April 30

Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket is Antioch University LA’s student-run journal. Publishing twice a year, their collections of art and poetry and stories and essays are always the highest quality. Submit here.

Entry Fee: Free
Deadline: April 30

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