July 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 or Fellowship.


Note from the editors: When curating these deadlines posts, we always try to include a wide array of opportunities that do not require a submission fee, as we personally believe that often inhibits writers who might not be able to afford payment. For this month, many of the opportunities listed require submission fees. In response to this, we would encourage writers to explore the organizations offering these opportunities; many of them—Frontier Poetry included—offer alongside these payment-required opportunities submission fee-free opportunities. However, these tend to be accepted on a rolling basis, or have a deadline after July. This is why they do not appear on this post. Submitting can be frustrating—especially when it seems that publishing functions on a pay-to-play basis. We would encourage all writers to explore all opportunities available from these great organizations listed below. Best of luck submitting!


Featured Opportunity: Frontier Industry Prize

We are so excited to get to work with three of the best in the industry as our guest judges: Jeff Shotts—Executive Editor of Graywolf Press, Kwame Dawes—Editor-in-Chief of Prairie Schooner, and Sarah Gambito—Co-founder of Kundiman. The panel of three judges will collaborate to select a single winning poem from a group of finalists for the $3000 prize and publication on Frontier. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity! Submit one poem—yes, just one poem, your best one—here.

Fee: $20

Deadline: July 16

Black Lawrence Press Chapbook Submissions

Black Lawrence Press is a phenomenal home for your work¾they recently published the chapbook of Frontier Industry Prize winner K-Ming Chang! A dedicated press with beautiful, professional work; don’t miss your chance to submit! Send a chapbook manuscript of 16-36 pages here.

Fee: $12

Deadline: June 30th

2019 Barrow Street Book Prize

Barrow Street is taking in manuscripts for their annual book prize! Jericho Brown is going to be choosing the winner from this year’s finalists. The winner will receive publication with Barrow Street and a $1500 prize. Submit here.

Fee: $28

Deadline: June 30

Max Ritvo Poetry Prize

Milkweed Editions is a great publication to have your manuscript published under. They have published award-winning collections such as Jos Charles’ feeld and Ada Limón’s The Carrying. The Max Ritvo poetry prize awards publication and $10,000 to a winning poetry manuscript. Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognized by one of the most prestigious presses out there! Submit here.

Fee: $25

Deadline: July 1

Winter Tangerine Awards

Judged by Frontier Open winner Tiana Clark, the Winter Tangerine Awards offers $250 to an emerging writer who has not published a full-length collection of poetry or prose. Winter Tangerine is an exciting organization doing valuable work to support writers of color and queer writers¾don’t miss this opportunity to support and be recognized by this great organization! Submit here.

Fee: Free

Deadline: July 1

Foundry Expedited Poetry Submissions

Foundry just released their latest issue¾make sure you read it and then submit to them through their expedited submission opportunity! Not only will you hear back within three days, but one dollar of every expedited submission goes to ” End the Backlog, an organization that brings attention to the national rape kit testing backlog and advocates for survivors.” Submit 4-6 original poems here.

Fee: $5

Deadline: July 2

Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest

Judged by Marwa Helal, the Gigantic Sequins Poetry Contest offers publication and $100 to its prize winner. Gigantic Sequins is a supportive and active publication, known for giving voice to young and emerging writers. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Submit up to three poems here.

Fee: $5

Deadline: July 15

Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest

Won last year by Frontier contributor torrin a. greathouse, the Peseroff Prize is a wonderful opportunity to be published by a supportive and exciting organization. Breakwater Review publishes issues triennially, out of the University of Massachusetts Boston MFA program, and their Peseroff Prize offers publication and $1,000 for a single poem. Submit here!

Fee: $10

Deadline: July 15

Split This Rock’s annual poetry festival is looking to build it’s lineup of workshops, panels and lectures! For 2020, an election year, they’re inviting “proposals that combat despair or take action in the midst of it, encourage learning across generations, celebrate communities targeted by violence, imagine what it means to thrive in the midst of struggle, and equip us as artists to live at the center of public life and social change. We want to learn how you’ve invoked poetry to work against repressive regimes and for liberation.” Submit here.

Fee: $0

Deadline: July 23

Rhino Poetry

Rhino wants your work! Their general call for submissions ends in July, so send them 3-5 of your best. Every submission is automatically entered for their Editors Prize as well. Submit here.

Fee: $0

Deadline: July 31

The Rupture General Poetry Submissions

Formally The Collagist, The Rupture is accepting up to 6 poems or 8 pages of work. One of the most exciting online spaces for poetry, The Rupture seeks to publish work that “feels urgent and finely tuned.” Submit here.

Fee: Free

Deadline: July 31

About Place’s Infinite Country: Deepening Our Connection to Place, Culture and One Another

Inspired by work of the essayist and activist Rebecca Solnit and their book Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Austin Smith is guest editing this special issue of About Place—seeking work that reveals our connections to one another, rather than riles up division. They want “work that pushes back against this narrative of division (as accurate as it, in some ways, may be), that attempts to carry forward the vision of creating a more perfect union.” Submit here.

Fee: $0

Deadline: August 1


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