October Deadlines: 12 Contests and Magazines With Deadlines This Month

New month, new courage: submit yourself to these fellowships, magazines, awards and internships. Remember, too, acceptances and rejections are by-products of this journey—crafting your authentic art is the goal. And as always, submit poetry for free to our New Voices.

Featured: Palette’s Emerging Poet Prize

Palette Poetry is looking to find an emerging poet (less than two collections out) to uplift and spotlight. Send them up to three poems for consideration. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $20
Deadline: October 15

Split Lip Poetry Contest

The wonderful Paige Lewis is judging this year’s contest for Split Lip. Winner receives $500 for a poem 100 lines or less. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $10
Deadline: October 1

Philip Levine Prize for Poetry

Anhinga Press will publish this year’s winning manuscript, and Peter Everwine is judging. Winner receives $2000 and 24 author’s copies. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $28
Deadline: October 1

Apply now for the April, May, June & July sessions. Includes many fellowship opportunities, including Cave Canem, Native Arts, Women artists of color, and more. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $37
Deadline: October 4

Love Me, Love My Belly (Porkbelly Press)

Porkbelly is looking for some poems “grounded in (or reference) body.” Send them up to 5. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: October 10

Micro-Residency at The City Reliquary

From the Poetry Society of New York comes this unique opportunity for working poets. They’ve partnered with cultural institutions to open up space for poets to write. Really interesting. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $2
Deadline: October 10

Jetfuel is a great magazine that deserves some of your poems. Send them 3-5. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: October 15

Atlas Review’s Chapbook Series

20-30 pages and no identifying info in the manuscript. Get your chapbook out there! Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: October 15


Tinhouse publishes beautiful words and beautiful poets. They’re looking for your poems. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: October 15

The Windhover, from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, is a great magazine if you’re looking to place your more spiritual work. Send them poetry that explores the connection between faith and the arts. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: September 30

2018 Jake Adam York Prize

There really should be more contests for second books—one of the hardest books to get  published for career poets, and Copper Nickel is looking out. If you’ve already published one collection, send your second book manuscript here. $2000 and publication by Milkweed Editions. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $25
Deadline: October 16

Lunch Ticket

Lunch Ticket has consistently aligned literary arts with social justice for years now. If you’ve got good poetry, send it to them. Submit here.

Entry Fee: $0
Deadline: October 31

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