March 2021 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. This list is powered by the deadline service Literistic!

FEATURED: 20.35 Africa

20.35 Africa is committed to freshly contributing to contemporary African poetry. We welcome quarterly submissions to our Anthology series and nominations to our New Poets series are considered on a rolling basis.

Deadline: March 16 // Free

Open to any American citizen living anywhere in the world, or anyone living in the United States regardless of residency status, with at least one previous collection of poems. The winner receives publication and $2,000. Submissions should be at least 40 manuscript pages.

Deadline: March 7 // Reading Fee

We publish the best poetry, prose (creative nonfiction and fiction), and visual art created by individuals currently residing in the U.S. Please only send us one submission per reading period. Short stories or creative nonfiction may be up to 5,000 words in length. Contributors should include up to three poems per submission.

Deadline: March 8 // Free

Flash fiction (a.k.a. microfiction, short-short story, sudden fiction, etc.) and flash nonfiction submissions should aim for a word-count of 300-500 words or less per piece. You may submit up to two (2) pieces per issue. Poetry welcome in any form or style. Your poetry submission may contain up to five (5) poems.

Deadline: March 8 // Free

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.

Deadline: March 13 // Free

The Raz-Shumaker Prairie Schooner Book Prize Series welcomes manuscripts from all living writers, including non-US citizens. The fiction prize is for a short story collection, and manuscripts should be at least 150 pages long. The poetry prize is for a collection of poems, and manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. Winners will receive $3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Deadline: March 15 // Reading Fee

When submitting your work to Stoneboat, please include: 3-5 unpublished poems in a single document, unpublished fiction or nonfiction up to 5,000 words, 3-5 pieces of visual artwork (b&w or color), or graphic literature of up to 5 pages, a cover letter, a short bio (can be included in the cover letter).

Deadline: March 15 // Free

Poems may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. Winner receives $1,000, a bronze medallion, and publication online in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in the annual print journal Lascaux 8.

Deadline: March 31 // Reading Fee

The Cleveland State University Poetry Center welcomes submissions for the Lighthouse Poetry Series. The Lighthouse Poetry Series publishes contemporary poetry from poets with any history of publication. The winner will receive $1,000, publication, and a standard royalty contract. This year’s contest will be judged by Shane McCrae. Manuscripts should be 55 pages minimum, 150 pages maximum.

Deadline: March 31 // Reading Fee

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is for a single unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11). The poem can be of any length and on any subject. Anyone can enter the competition — from anywhere in the world — as long as they are over 16. The winner will be awarded €1000 plus publication.

Deadline: March 31 // Reading Fee

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