May Deadlines: 9 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: Frontier Poetry 2019 Chapbook Contest

Judged by poet extraordinaire Jericho Brown, the Frontier Poetry Chapbook Contest features a $2000 cash prize and online publication of the winner’s chapbook-length manuscript. Submit a 15-30 page manuscript here. Read last year’s winner, Xiao Yue Shan’s How Often I Have Chosen Love, here.

Fee: $20

Deadline: May 15, 2019


Beloit Poetry Journal Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry

Judged by the incomparable Patricia Smith, the 2019 Adrienne Rich Award offers $1,500 for a single poem. The contest guidelines make a point of noting that the editors enjoy long poems, so maybe try tackling that super ambitious idea you’ve tangoed with every now and then¾submit 1-3 poems here.

Fee: $15

Deadline: May 1


Foglifter Press General Poetry Submissions

Foglifter is an exceptional poetry journal “in which queer lives and queer bodies are neither periphery nor feature, but a sustained and celebrated norm.” The work in this issue is always exciting so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity and submit up to five poems here.

Fee: Free

Deadline: May 2


CantoMundo Poetry Prize


The CantoMundo Poetry Prize offers publication of a full-length manuscript of poetry and is “open to all US-based Latina/o writers—not just those who have been or are currently CantoMundo Fellows—regardless of citizenship status or previous publication record.” Latinx writers! This is a fantastic opportunity to have your work published by University of Arkansas Press and CantoMundo¾submit a full-length manuscript of forty-eight to ninety pages here

Fee: $28

Deadline: May 2


Boulevard General Poetry Submissions

Boulevard’s current issue is their centennial one; add your name to the incredible legacy of writers they’ve published by submitting up to five poems here.

Fee: $3

Deadline: May 2


Best New Poets Anthology Open Competition

An anthology purely of poets who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection, Best New Poets is one of the most prestigious anthologies to appear in for emerging poets. Shoot your shot by sending up to two poems, published or unpublished, here.

Fee: $4

Deadline: May 15


Tinderbox Poetry Journal General Poetry Submissions

An online literary publication, Tinderbox is an exciting place for your work¾and they accept hybrid forms! Send them your weirdest and best work here.

Fee: Free

Deadline: May 15


Longleaf Review General Poetry Submissions

An online publication featuring weekly publications, Longleaf Review has a caring team of editors and is dedicated to publishing consistently fascinating work. Submit 1-5 poems here.

Fee: Free

Deadline: May 31


New England Review General Poetry Submissions

An exceptionally prestigious journal, New England Review has a long tradition of publishing the most influential writers of their time. Join their names by submitting up to six poems here.

Fee: $2

Deadline: May 31

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