UPCOMING POETRY READINGS/WORKSHOPS
April 13th (Saturday) @ 1:30pm-4pm – Poetry Reading & Workshop @ Fairfield Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield. Open mic, chat about writing and publishing poetry, with food, snacks and drinks provided.
April 30th (Tuesday) @ 7pm-9pm – A Night of Poetry @ Rumors European Café, 22 Mill Plain Road, Danbury, CT. Close out National Poetry Month with readings from local writers. Open mic - would like students and adults, seasoned and emerging writers.
May 5th (Sunday) @ 2pm-4pm – Jack Powers, Edward Ahern, Jeff Schwartz, and Alison McBain poetry reading and book signing @ The Fairfield Public Library, 1080 Old Post Road, Fairfield.
PLACES TO READ YOUR POETRY
Connecticut Open Mikes – A listing of open mike opportunities all around CT.
CT Poetry Calendar – Another listing of open mike opportunities, specifically for poets in CT.
Every 3rd Friday of the month @ 7:30-9:30pm - Open Mic Nights @ Hudson Valley Writers Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY. Max 20 readers, $5 fee to attend or read - all genres welcome.
Every 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 7-9pm – WritersMic @ Panera’s Restaurant, 1860 Post Road (near Home Goods), Westport. Free, casual open-mike format – all forms of creative writing OK to read. Each reader will have 5 minutes/about 1000 words. While not a critique group, you can request feedback afterwards.
PLACES TO SUBMIT YOUR POETRY
Publisher: Broadside Thirty (Tin House Online)
Deadline: April 14, 2019
Guidelines: Submit 3 poems or less, no more than thirty lines each. Very hard acceptance rate, but no fee to submit. Published poets are paid $100.
Publisher: A Public Space
Deadline: April 15, 2019
Guidelines: Send up to 5 poems. Very hard acceptance rate, but no fee to submit. Response time: about 4 months.
Contest: The Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry
Deadline: April 30, 2019 (contest) - $23 fee
Contest: 3-10 pages poetry, blind read. First prize: $2000, second prize: $1000.
Publisher: Beloit Poetry Journal
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Contest: 2019 Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry. Submit 1-3 poems, maximum 10 pages total, $15 submission fee. $1500 top prize. Judge: Patricia Smith.
Publisher: Lunch Ticket
Deadline: April 30, 2019
Guidelines: Submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages total, blind read.
Publisher: Breakwater Review
Deadline: April 30, 2019 (general submissions: poetry)
Deadline: May 15, 2019 (themed submission: CLIMATE CHANGE)
Guidelines for both: Submit up to 3 poems. Simultaneous submissions okay. Open year-round for submissions, but deadlines are for themed/summer issue.
Publisher: Tiny Seed Literary Journal
Deadline: May 1, 2019 (opens for submissions on April 15, 2019)
Guidelines: 1000 words max. Nature poetry theme. Fast response time: 2 weeks.
Publisher: Orison Books
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Contest: The Orison Chapbook Prize for manuscripts of 20-45 pages, in any genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Submission period: April 1 – July 1. The winner receives $300 and publication. Judged by Orison Books founder and editor, Luke Hankins.
Publisher: Nimrod Literary Journal
Deadline: September 30, 2019 (themed submission: WORDS ON PLAY) - $3 fee
Deadline: November 30, 2019 (general submissions: poetry) - $ 3 fee
General submission: 3-7 pages poetry - seeking poems that go beyond one word or image, honor the impulse to reveal a truth about, or persuasive version of, the inner and outer worlds.
MORE SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Duotrope ($5/month or $50/year)
The Submission Grinder (Free to use)
Submittable (Free to use)
Spring & Fountain Online 2019 – Deadline today! – 11:59pm April 13, 2019.
For one week, participants will receive a daily e-mail to help them incorporate poetry into their lives. Over the course of the week, these e-mails will include:
You'll receive the e-mails April 14-20. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
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POETRY SUBMISSION WEBSITES
Free to join. Large online poetry community – get feedback and enter poetry contests.
Free to join. Active community of writers and poets – post poems accompanied by images.
Deep Underground Poetry
Free to join. Publish poems, get feedback on your writing, enter contests.
Payment required to use. List of magazines, anthologies and contests for both fiction and poetry.
Free to join. An invite-only community focused exclusively on poetry.
Free to join. A place to get poems published, list achievements and discuss poetry.
Free to join/use. Database of 7,500 poems and listing of events and contests.
Poets & Writers
Free to use. List of helpful articles and news items, including places to submit your poetry, grants and awards, MFA programs, writers’ retreats, and more.
The Submission Grinder
Free to join/use. List of magazines, anthologies and contests.
Free to use. A place to get poems published, list achievements and discuss poetry.
Publisher: The Lascaux Review
Open continually for submissions – looking for conventionally formatted poems (not experimental) of literary quality. Submit up to 5 poems.
Publisher: Bewildering Stories
Open continually for submissions, and encourages new writers. Free to submit, online publication. Email the poetry editor, John Stocks: firstname.lastname@example.org and CC the managing editor, Don Web: email@example.com. No limits on length, genre, or number of poems to submit. Personalized response from the editors.
Publisher: Sky Island Journal
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Open continually for submissions (deadline is just for their Summer issue) – open to all types of poetry. Fast response time – 9 days, with a personalized response. No limit for how many poems or how many times you can submit. $3.99 fee to submit.
Publisher: Oyster River Pages
Deadline: May 31, 2019
Submit up to 3 poems – blind read, so don’t include name in manuscript.
Publisher: Rattle Magazine
Deadline: July 15
Contest: The annual Rattle Poetry Prize offers $10,000 for a single poem to be published in the winter issue of the magazine. Ten finalists will also receive $200 each and publication, and be eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award. Entry fee: one-year subscription to Rattle at $25. Blind read.
Deadline: Varied, based on theme – see website for details.
Guidelines: Encourages new writers: has “Emerging Writer Thursdays” for writers who have ben published three or fewer times, with a Thursday submission deadline each week. Reading fee: $4.77. Fast response: 1 day.
The Poets' Salon is an all-inclusive group that gets together the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m in the Memorial Room at the Fairfield Public Library. We read our poetry aloud, politely critique each others' work (upon request), highlight publishing opportunities, and also talk about local poetry readings.