August Deadlines: 10 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.


Featured Opportunity: Palette Poetry Emerging Poet Prize

Palette Poetry is honored to be joined by the inimitable Kim Adonnizio as a judge for this year’s EPP. Please send them up to three unpublished poems—only poets with two full-length collections or less are eligible. $3000 prize to the winner! Submit here.

Fee: $20

Deadline: August 15

Virginia Quarterly Review General Poetry Submission

VQR, the highly-prestigious, nearly century-old publication that recently won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, is accepting general poetry submissions. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your work published alongside some of the most prominent literary figures today­­¾they are only open for general submissions for one month of the year! Submit up to four poems here.

Deadline: July 31

Submission Fee: Free


Rhino General Poetry Submission

Rhino consistently publishes some of the most fascinating, precise, and urgent writing today. Based in Illinois, the magazine is accepting general submissions until August 1¾send them your poems that have an exceptionally high level of craft. Submit anywhere from 3-5 poems here.

Deadline: August 1

Submission Fee: Free


Pidgeonholes Poetry Contest: The Body

Judged by poet Roy G. Guzmán, the Pidgeonholes Poetry Contest calls for short(er) poems (50 lines or less) related to the theme of the body, and offers a cash prize of $100 to the winner and $25 to each of the runner-ups. Submit up to five poems here.

Deadline: August 1

Submission Fee: $5


The Rumpus General Poetry Submissions

The Rumpus just started accepting unsolicited poetry submissions earlier this year, and their second reading period of the year ends soon! The publication publishes some of the most exciting voices in poetry today¾just look at their Poem-A-Day series in April. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Submit 4-8 poems here.

Deadline: August 1

Submission Fee: Free


Nimrod International Journal 2019 Francine Ringold Award for New Writers

Nimrod is a fantastic publication, and their most recent contest is specifically designed for emerging writers who have had two publications or less in the genre of their submission. New poets! Submit up to five pages of poetry to this prestigious journal here.

Deadline: August 1

Submission Fee: $13


PEN America Emerging Voices Fellowship

The PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship is one of the best opportunities out there for writers that did not study creative writing in a university, or those that are currently not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Poetry Fellowship applications include a CV, 10 page writing sample, and two letters of recommendation. If you qualify¾don’t miss this incredible opportunity. Submit here.

Deadline: August 2

Submission Fee: $10


2020 BOAAT Writer’s Retreat

Led by Shane McCrae, judge of the 2018 Palette Poetry Prize, Frontier’s sister magazine, the BOAAT 2020 Writer’s Retreat is a week-long workshop and residency experience in the mountains of North Carolina. Although there is no submission fee, the retreat breaks down its all-inclusive cost of $1,100 into two payments upon acceptance. Only seven emerging poets will be selected, but with no submission fee, there’s no reason not to submit here.

Deadline: August 15

Submission Fee: Free


Ruminate Broadside Poetry Prize

Want to know what Ruminate Poetry Editor and Broadside Poetry Prize judge Kristin George Bagdanov looks for when reading through submissions? Check out Frontier’s (extremely recent!) interview with her here, and then get your work together for Ruminate’s Broadside Poetry Prize! Offering $500, publication, and 15 copies of a letterpress broadside, Ruminate’s Broadside Poetry Prize calls for up to two poems between 10-30 lines in length, although this range seems to be an encouraged suggestion rather than a hard-pressed rule. Don’t miss this great opportunity! Submit here.

Deadline: August 19

Submission Fee: $12


Beloit Poetry Journal General Submissions

Beloit is an exceptional journal, coming up on its 70th year of circulation, publishing some of the most carefully crafted work out there. Don’t wait too long to submit—although the official deadline is August 31, should the journal receive 800 submissions in a month, it will close until the next reading period. Submit up to five poems or one long poem here.

Deadline: August 31

Submission Fee: Free


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