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


Our Prose Poetry Lab

This is an all-online, asynchronous opportunity to get your work prose poems read and edited by some of the best prose poets publishing work today. We are fortunate enough to have secured some great poets to participate—Jihyun Yun, author of Some Are Always Hungry; Felicia Zamora, author of I Always Carry My Bones; and Jose Hernandez Diaz, author of Fire Eater. These editors receive a significant portion of the Lab fee. Included in the Lab is MFA-style course material that’ll keep you learning for months, with workbooks, prompts, and submission guidance.

Deadline: July 31 // Fee

We are thrilled to offer the Palette Poetry Prize for 2021. We are seeking one excellent poem that represents what poetry is and can be for our world today. Send us your incandescent heart on the page. Our biggest prize of the year, this is open for all poets writing in English and will give out $4000 for a winning poem and publication on Palette Poetry. Palette’s editors will choose the ten finalists, and any honorable mentions they think deserve extra attention. Second and third place will receive $300 and $200, respectively.

Deadline: August 15 // Fee

Artists who qualify for Yaddo residencies are working at the professional level in their fields. An abiding principle at Yaddo is that applications for residency are judged on the quality of the artist’s work and professional promise. There is no fee for residency apart from Yaddo’s nonrefundable application fee. Residencies vary in length – the average stay is five weeks. The minimum stay is two weeks; the maximum is eight weeks.

Deadline: August 1 // Fee

We invite marginalized unpublished writers to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage unpublished writers living with disabilities, those who also identify as writers of color, and/or as part of the LGBTQ++ community. We usually don’t publish poetry, but we also usually don’t publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right? (At SFWP, we love being the first step in a writer’s career!) Theme: The Body.

Deadline: August 1 // Free

We are accepting submissions from talented poets from the UK who are looking to publish and perform poetry. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to publish a full-length manuscript for full distribution and a 50% royalty rate after first 500 copies sold. Write Bloody requires that all authors be willing and able to tour with their poetry upon publication, at least 20 readings the first year of the release of their book. Your book will be coming out in 2022. 5-8 pages max.

Deadline: August 4 // Free

The Briefly Write Poetry Prize celebrates and rewards bold, succinct writing. We want well-crafted poems up to 10 lines. We want innovative language, strong imagery and a subtle, focused composition. Send us your best work. There is a prize fund of £50. We are committed to accessibility and, as such, entry is free. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate any support towards the costs of running this competition. Everyone is welcome to enter, whoever you are and wherever you are in the world.

Deadline: August 8 // Free

The annual Diode Editions Book & Chapbook Contests are now open through August 15th, 2021. The contests are open to all poets over the age of 18 who write in English. Additionally, we welcome translations,* collaborations, hybrid works, and prose poetry. Length: 55-85 pages (front matter is not included in page count). We accept simultaneous submissions, but if your manuscript is accepted for publication elsewhere, please notify us as soon as possible.

Deadline: August 15 // Fee

This contest is open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. We recommend submissions should be 40–120 pages of poetry, not including front and back matter. (Most manuscripts we receive are 40-80 pages long.) Colleagues, students, and close friends of the judge, John Yau, are not eligible. Online entries must be received and postal entries must be postmarked between July 1 and August 16, 2021 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Reading fee is $27. The 2021 winner will be announced to our Email list and on this web page in February 2022, and we expect to publish the winning book in April 2023.

Deadline: August 16 // Fee

CAMP is a residential arts facility in the French Pyrenees. It’s a place where great art is made, new movements are formed, new ideas are explored and groundbreaking people are nurtured. This is a poetry writing and poetry reading course, focussed on issues connected to environmental and nature writing in the modern word. Through workshops, seminars and tutorials, the course will give students the opportunity to explore their attitudes towards nature through poetic expression, and to experiment with different written approaches.

Deadline: August 25 // Fee

Aesthetica is looking for the best new writing talent. The international literary prize is open to poetry and short fiction submissions on any theme, celebrating innovation in content, form and technique. Poetry entries should be no more than 40 lines; fiction entries should be no more than 2,000 words. One winner is selected for poetry, and one for fiction, each awarded £2,500. 60 longlisted writers, including the two winning entries, will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award Anthology. Previously published and simultaneous submissions accepted.

Deadline: August 31 // Fee

As we countdown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP–26, 1–12 November 2021 in Glasgow, we’re asking you to join us and WRITE FOR CHANGE. Our ambition is to create an anthology of public works to inspire a better world, but we need your help (and there are prizes to be won)… Throughout spring and summer 2021, we’re inviting you to submit short (100–500 word) pieces of fiction, non-fiction or poetry inspired by our opportunity for renewal.

Deadline: August 31 // Free

3Elements Literary Review is a themed literary journal. We appreciate good writing in any genre. We especially like edgy writing that offers insight into darkness. We prefer character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven ones. All THREE elements (the specific words, “Pocket”, “Hinge”, “Abandon”) must be included in your story or poem for your work to be considered for publication. NO EXCEPTIONS. There is no minimum word count, but please keep your fiction and nonfiction submissions under 3,500 words. Poetry must be under two typed pages.

Deadline: August 31 // Free

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