March 2020 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.

Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast is committed to supporting the authors who publish in our journal. This support takes many forms, including offering editorial guidance, exposing new work to the widest possible audience, and providing competitive honorariums for that work. Gulf Coast is now able to pay $50 per page! Please submit no more than 5 poems per submission. Submit here.

Deadline: March 1

AWP Award Series

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs sponsors the Award Series, an annual competition for the publication of excellent new book-length works. The competition is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and is available to published and unpublished authors alike. Prizes are available in book-length worth of creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, short fiction; winners receive prize money and publication with a press. Submit your manuscript here.

Deadline: March 1

Copper Nickel

Please submit four to six poems, and please wait at least six months between submissions. Copper Nickel pays $30 per printed page. They also award two $500 prizes per issue—the Editors’ Prizes in Poetry and Prose—for what they consider to be the most exciting work in each issue, as determined by a vote of our in-house editorial staff. Submit up to five poems here.

Deadline: March 1


Black Warrior Review

Send them up to five poems, with a maximum submission length of 10 pages, here.

Deadline: March 1

Lit Fest Fellowships For Emerging Writers

Lit Fest is a two-week celebration of the art and craft of writing, taking place annually in Denver, Colorado. The Lit Fest Fellowship for Emerging Writers covers the full cost of tuition for an advanced week-long or weekend workshop at Lit Fest. Lighthouse will be awarding four fellowships for Lit Fest 2020 to advanced writers of fiction, poetry, dramatic writing, and creative nonfiction who haven’t yet published a book-length work and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford a weeklong or weekend workshop. Apply here.

Deadline: March 14

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 Make sure to follow the guidelines available here.

Deadline: March 15

Tahoma Literary Review

Poetry: send up to 6 poems (rate is $55 pay for each poem). Feedback options, including full critiques, are available for a fee. Submit here.

Deadline: March 15

Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Offering workshops in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and playwriting, the Conference invites talented writers to come to Sewanee each summer to learn from each other in a welcoming and supportive environment. Fiction and nonfiction application manuscripts should be 20-40 pages. Poetry application manuscripts should be 10-15 pages. Contributors receive assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Apply here.

Deadline: March 15



Opening March 15th, please send three to five of the poems you consider your most urgent work. Send us prayers, spells, charms, curses, blessings, invocations—poems that try to make change happen. All forms, styles, and procedures are welcome. Submit here.

Deadline: March 31


The Robert Phillips Poetry Chapbook Prize

Esther Linn is judging this year’s chapbook prize from Texas Review Press. Winner receives $500 and publication. Send them manuscripts under 40 pages here.

Deadline: March 31


The Lucy Terry Prince Prize

Judged by Major Jackson, this anew ward from Mount Island is established to recognize and support exceptional work by rural poets of color and to honor the life of Lucy Terry Prince, a free, landowning Black woman in colonial America who is considered the first known African-American poet in English literature. Submit up to 3 poems here.

Deadline: March 31



Cleveland State University Press is looking for a full length manuscript from poets with any publication history. Randall Mann is judging and the prize is $1k + publication. Submit here.

Deadline: March 31


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