February 2023 Deadlines: 10 Contests and Magazines With Deadlines This Month

New month, new courage: submit your work 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 Hurt & Healing Prize

In our pursuit of gentleness, nostalgia, and a reimagining of ‘home’, Frontier Poetry is launching a new contest called “Nature and Place”.

We’re looking for poems rich and robust in language, technique, and form that pay homage to the natural world and all of the small marvels that occur in nature. We’re also interested in poems that observe geography and the landscape of home. Frontier Poetry warmly encourages poets of all backgrounds, identities and ethnicities to submit. You’re welcome here.

Deadline: January 31st // Fee


We’re open to a wide range of forms and styles in contemporary poetry. We’re always watching for new poets, quickened language, and work that offers a fresh purchase on the political or social landscape. We seek unpublished poems or translations of poems not already available in English. (If you submit translations, please also include the poems in their original language.)

Deadline: February 1 // No Fee


Ecotone, the literary magazine dedicated to reimagining place, welcomes work from a wide range of voices. We are particularly interested in place-based work by people historically underrepresented in literary publishing and in place-based contexts. We continue to seek work that engages with the climate crisis, along with other work that reimagines place. Prose: Send one prose piece of no more than 10,000 words (ca. thirty double-spaced pages), in a standard font. Poetry: Send three to five poems at a time. If submitting online, include all poems in a single document.

Deadline: February 3 // Fee


MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to six weeks. There are no residency fees. MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years. MacDowell accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts.

Deadline: February 10 // Fee


Denver Quarterly is the literary journal housed in the Department of English & Literary Arts at the University of Denver, currently in its 55th year of consecutive print publication. Founded by novelist John Williams in 1966, the journal has had work honored in the Pushcart Anthology, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Essays, The Best American Short Stories, and The Best American Poetry.

Deadline: February 15th // No Fee


This $1,000 award recognizes a poetry collection translated from any language into English and published in the previous calendar year. Established in 1976, it is given annually. A noted translator chooses the winning book. Submissions for the 2022 Harold Morton Landon Translation Award are accepted from September 15, 2021 through February 15, 2022 (11:59 p.m. Eastern Time). The judge is Anna Deeny Morales.

Deadline: February 15th // No Fee


Workshops in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction are at the core of the conference. Each faculty member conducts a workshop that meets for five two-hour sessions over the course of the 10 days. Groups are kept small to facilitate discussion, and all participants meet individually with their faculty leaders to elaborate on workshop comments. This year’s conference will take place from Wednesday, August 16 to Saturday, August 26.

 Deadline: February 15th // Fee

A prize of $1,500 and publication for a chapbook-length poetry collection in perfect-bound print edition. Royalty contract. Ingram Group distribution. Open to ALL. International entries are welcome. Multiple submissions are accepted. The top-ten finalists will be offered publication. All entries will be considered for publication. Submit up to 16-38 pages of poetry, PLUS bio, acknowledgments, SASE and cover letter with a $20 entry fee per manuscript submission.

Deadline: February 15th // No Fee


The Furious Flower Poetry Center at James Madison University, the nation’s first academic center devoted to Black poetry, offers a $1,500 prize for a group of three poems through its annual prize. The Furious Flower Poetry Center is committed to ensuring the visibility, inclusion, and critical consideration of Black poets in American letters, as well as in the whole range of educational curricula. The Center seeks to support and promote Black poets at all stages of their careers and to preserve the history of Black poets for future generations. Submissions that support this mission are welcome. Poets with no more than one published book are invited to submit up to three poems for consideration. Winner: $1,500 Honorable mention: $750

Deadline:February 15th // Fee


Ninth Letter is published semi-annually in print at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. We are interested in prose and poetry that experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work. To make life easier for everyone, including yourself, please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting your work to Ninth Letter: For poetry, submit 3-6 poems (max. 10 pages) at a time. For fiction and nonfiction, please send only one story or one essay at a time, or up to 3 pieces of flash prose, up to 8,000 words.

Deadline: February 28th // Fee


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