August 2023 Deadlines: 9 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!
We warmly invite you to submit your manuscript to the 2023 Palette Chapbook Prize! Poetry chapbook manuscripts of all styles are welcome—we have no theme or aesthetic preference. The guest judge this year is Danez Smith, who will select the winning manuscript from ten finalists chosen by Palette editors.
The winner will receive $2,000 and Summer 2024 publication, which includes a free, downloadable digital chapbook on our website, fifty physical author copies to share and sell, and the option to enable drop-shipping sales at Amazon, Bookshop.org, and Barnes & Noble, earning 50% royalties on your chapbook. Additionally, thousands of readers, editors, and journals will receive chapbook access through our newsletter. The winner will have creative agency over cover art/design, and also be offered the opportunity to work with Palette editors to revise the manuscript.
Submissions are open from June 23 to August 20, 2023. The Chapbook Prize is open to all poets writing in English. We have an extended editorial process for any book that we believe in, so please feel welcome to submit promising work that may not be fully polished yet. We’re excited to help the winning book become the best book it can be.
Deadline: August 20 // Fee
The chapbook prize includes 10 free copies and $150. Additional 40% royalties after 75 copies sold. Please submit manuscripts between 20-37 pags of poetry. Please include a brief bio with your submission. We accept simultaneous submissions. Please, let us know if your submission is accepted elsewhere. Once work is submitted, it can not be revised or edited. Please do not email revised versions of the original works or attach revisions to your submission on Submittable. We will not consider it. Manuscripts must be submitted as either .pdf or .docx Please keep in mind that our books are typically printed in 5×7 size, so do consider how your poems are currently formatted and adjust accordingly. Currently, GASHER is only accepting submissions from those who reside in the U.S. We publish perfect-bound, 12pt C1S matte lamination for cover stock and #60 text cream. Our chapbooks are sold exclusively through the Gasher website.
Deadline: August 1 // Fee
The Bennett Nieberg Transpoetic Broadside Prize awards a single poem written by a trans poet who has yet to publish their first full-length book. The prize consists of $500, 10 limited edition letterpress broadsides of the winning poem, and a feature in the upcoming issue of Gasher Journal. We are pleased to announce this year’s final judge is [sarah] Cavar. [sarah] Cavar is a PhD candidate, writer, and critically Mad transgender-about-town. They are editor-in-chief of Stone of Madness press, and their work can be found in CRAFT Literary, Split Lip Magazine, Electric Lit, and elsewhere. Cavar’s debut novel, Failure to Comply, is forthcoming with featherproof books (2024). More at www.cavar.club, @cavarsarah on twitter, and at librarycard.substack.com. This prize is reserved for writers who identify as a trans writer. This may include those who identify as non-binary, genderqueer, agender, trans-masc, trans-femme, bigender, two spirit, gender fluid, or intersex people. Writers cannot yet have published a full-length book of any genre (chapbooks and self-publishing okay). Submit ONLY 1 unpublished poem on any subject/theme with a brief author bio.
Deadline: August 2 // No Fee
This contest is open to all writers worldwide with no limitations on the amount of poetry a writer has published. The contest judge is Maw Shein Win. We recommend submissions should be 40–90 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, Maw Shein Win, are not eligible. Online entries must be received via Submittable from July 1 to August 13, 2023 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. No postal submissions can be accepted. The contest fee is $35. Our press has updated our contest links. Please update your bookmarks to submittable! The 2022 Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest winner chosen by Shane McCrae, is Sam Creely for the book Inventorys. Inventorys will be published in fall of 2024.
Deadline: August 14 // Fee
Submissions will open on February 15, 2023 and close on August 15, 2023. $500 prize for first place winner in each category. Publication in Hunger Mountain for first-place winners and runner-ups. Please submit up to three original unpublished poems in one entry (all three poems in one Word document or PDF). Submissions should be anonymous. Your name or any other information that would allow someone to identify you (email address etc.) should not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Contact information should only be included in the Submittable form. This year’s judge is Hunger Mountain Poetry Editor, Tarfia Faizullah, author of Registers of Illuminated Villages and Seam. We ask that you do not include song lyrics or any other copyrighted material in your submissions. Please read the general guidelines before submitting. If you have questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: August 15 // Fee
Thank you for your interest in Grist: A Journal of the Literary Arts! We read for our ProForma Contest every spring from March 15 – April 30 and for general submissions from May 15 – August 15. Our print issue is published annually with an accompanying online issue. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as we are immediately notified if the piece has been accepted elsewhere. We do not consider previously published work. We do not consider work from those currently or recently affiliated with the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Please submit all work in Times New Roman, size 12 font. For more information on our submission guidelines, please visit: www.gristjournal.com/submissions. Nonfiction: The staff at Grist considers nonfiction essays, including memoir, lyric essays, short shorts, and experimental forms. We want to see your best work, regardless of style, form, or subject matter. Please limit your submission to 7,000 words. Fiction: We want to see your best work, regardless of style, form, or subject matter. Please submit one fiction story of up to 7,000 words. Poetry: We want to see your best work, regardless of style, form, or subject matter. Please submit 3-5 poems.
Deadline: August 15 // Fee
We are looking for gut-turning, nerve-nudging and heart-tilting writing & creative endeavors. Please send us the most thoughtful & thought provoking versions of your work and only your very best creatively written &/or artistic response to the African Diaspora globally. Please also submit only grammatically polished work that has been carefully proofread & edited for readability, succinctness, and clarity. A) Poetry—40 lines or fewer, maximum of three poems each submission
Deadline: August 15 // Fee
Since our founding in 2016, the Arkansas International has been dedicated to publishing diverse, transnational voices. In 2024, we will advance this work by publishing our first issue dedicated entirely to women-identifying writers, translators, and artists. VIDA: Women in Literary Arts has conducted a study focused on women in literary publishing since 2009. In its most recent study (2019), VIDA estimated that women writers made up only 35% of the total writers published when compared to men. This includes publications such as Harper’s (36.68% women published or employed), The Atlantic (36.55% women published or employed), and the New York Review of Books (33.37% women published/reviewed). VIDA reported only three major publishers––Tin House, New York Times Book Review, and Poetry––reached the benchmark of women representing 50% or more of their total writers published. The Arkansas International defines women’s literature authored by women-identified writers, including transgendered and cisgendered women, as well as non-binary writers who also identify with the traditionally female pronouns, she/her/hers. We are especially interested in work that tells untold stories from experiences and identities often marginalized by the larger publishing industry. We’ll consider previously unpublished fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and translation between May 15 and August 15.
Deadline: August 15 // Fee
Founded in the fall of 2011 to provide a forum for older poets, who are sometimes overlooked by the current marketplace. We are looking for work by poets over sixty, ripened in craft and vision, and sufficiently sprightly to promote their work through readings and networks. We are pleased to announce that this year’s contest will be judged by poet Garrett Hongo. Manuscripts must be typed, paginated, and at least 50 pages in length. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication, promotion, and distribution of their book in print and audio formats. The entry fee is $25.
Deadline: August 31// Fee