February 2020 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: The Antioch-Frontier Fellowship

We are so excited to be in our second year with this opportunity. An incredible prize for a poet: fully funded trip to Antioch University’s 10-day MFA Residency as a recognized student. Check out 2019’s winner experience here: “I absolutely loved the workshop and felt so lucky to have been able to work with (Program Director) Victoria Chang. For those who are unfamiliar, take this as a shameless plug of her work and also of her as a person. She was incredibly kind and generous with her time, and just a really cool person with a great sense of humor.” Submit here.

Deadline: February 15th


General Poetry Submissions: Washington Square Review

Based at NYU, the Washington Square Review has published poets like Paul Muldoon, Megan O’Rourke, and Mark Doty. The magazine is consistently excellent. Submit up to five poems here.

Deadline: February 1


The Iowa Review Awards: The Iowa Review

Judged this year by Stephanie Burt, the prize awards $1,500 and publication to its first-place winner. Take a chance and support the Iowa Review! Submit up to ten pages of poetry here.

Deadline: February 1


Rumi Prize for Poetry: Arts and Letters

Based at Georgia College, Arts and Letters has published poets like Donald Hall, Maxine Kumin, and Marianne Boruch. Their annual prize, judged this year by Cate Marvin, awards $1,000 and publication in next year’s fall or spring issue. Submit up to 4 poems here.

Note: simultaneous submissions are not accepted.

Deadline: February 1


General Poetry Submissions: Ecotone

Don’t miss the chance to submit to Ecotone this winter! The magazine, which looks for “the best place-based work being written today,” is open to submissions January 26, 2020- February 2, 2020. Editors will be reading for unthemed issues as well as the Fall 2020 Garden Issue.

On February 14, 2020, the magazine will open submissions again. During this one-day reading period, submit poems in fourteen-line forms.

Submit 3-5 poems here.

Deadline: February 2, 2020/ February 14, 2020


General Poetry Submissions: The Greensboro Review

Based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, The Greensboro Review aims to publish excellent, risk-taking poetry, especially by writers at the beginning of their careers. Submit up to ten pages of poetry here.

Deadline: February 16


Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference

Based in Ripton, Vermont, Bread Loaf is one of the oldest and most venerated writer’s conferences in the country. Poetry faculty this year include Reginald Betts, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Victoria Chang, Ilya Kaminsky, Carl Phillips, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Craig Morgan Teicher. Apply for general admission and fellowship opportunities here.

Deadline: February 16


Idyllwild Arts Writers Week Fellowship

Based in California, Idyllwild Arts runs a week-long workshop for poets and writers. This year’s guests and teachers include Dianne Seuss, Victoria Chang, Ed Skoog, Carl Phillips, and others. Take a chance and submit for a merit fellowship here. Fellowships cover tuition, housing, and meals.

Deadline: February 19


General Poetry Submissions: Granta Magazine

Don’t miss the chance to submit to this internationally acclaimed magazine, based in London. Submit up to three poems here.

Deadline: February 20


Issue III of 20.35 Africa Poetry Series, Guest-Edited by Itiola Jones & Cheswayo Mphanza

The third issue of the 20.35 APS is closing it’s submissions soon. For African poets between the ages of 20 and 35, this anthology wants your work! Send them your best poems written in English via email to 20.35africa.submission@gmail.com. Make sure to follow the guidelines available here.

Deadline: March 15

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