May Deadlines: 11 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.


Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships

This fellowship is a heavyweight—every poet honored to be awarded the $25,800 has a good destiny in front of them. If you’re between the ages of 21 and 31, submit, join the ranks. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: April 30

Bayou Magazine

Bayou Magazine publishes twice a year and is always on the lookout for great emerging poets.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: May 1

The two Executive Editors of Poet Lore do the heavy lifting themselves here—they read every submission that comes in. They have a knack for finding the future stars of poetry and we frequently see them in the bio line of great emerging authors.  Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: May 1

|Tap| Lit Mag

Tap Lit is specifically looking for marginalized voices writing about trauma and grief and struggle and justice, and especially experimental or hybrid forms of such. They also pay $25 to every contributor. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: May 5

Emerging Translator Mentorships

Translation will always be a vibrant sister in the poetry community, and the American Literary Translators Association is seeking to partner up professional and emerging translators together. Submit here.

Entry Fee: N/A
Deadline: May 13

If you have not yet published a chapbook or collection, this contest is for you: send them a chapbook of 16-24 pages. Winners receive publication and 50 copies of their chapbook + royalties for others sold. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $5
Deadline: May 15

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest

If you’d like to stay on top of emerging poets with bright futures, winners of this contest is a good place to start. For poets with no published book out, the contest will award the winner with $2000 and publication of their poem/s. Send 3-5 pages. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $24
Deadline: May 15

Frontier Industry Prize

We are so honored to share space with three amazing judges this year: Don Share of Poetry Magazine, Nicole Sealey of Cave Canem, and Matthew Zapruder of Wave Books. These three are leaders of institutions at the foundation of our industry. One poem will win $3000 & publication. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: May 15

VQR Writer’s Conference

For the fifth year, VQR is hosting a conference of lectures and workshops, from July 30 to August 4, 2018. Wonderful folk are going to be there, including: Jericho Brown and Mary Szybist. Apply here.

Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: May 15

Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize for Poetry

One of the longest running contests, the Anhinga Prize has been going for over three decades. Send them your unpublished manuscript for a chance at the $2000 prize, publication, and a reading tour of some Florida colleges and universities. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: May 31

The Black River Chapbook Competition

Black Lawrence Press is heating up it’s respected chapbook contest. Winners receive $500 and publication. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $15
Deadline: May 31


The regular submission window for Crazyhorse closes this month. Send them 3-5 poems—your absolute best. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $3
Deadline: May 31

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