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May Contests




These are some great magazine and contest opportunities closing in the next six weeks.

Read the host's information carefully and submit responsibly. Good luck!



The Archipelago Weekly Writing Competition

—CONTEST—

Deadline: weekly April 10 – July 10

Entry: FREE

Prize: $100-150 AUD + publication

Word count: 700-1,000 (f); 150 lines (p)

Details: "We looking for great works of fiction, poetry, and personal essays. We encourage the writers to do all the necessary editorial work for we are not providing any editing feedback due to the time constraints of the competition. Make sure your piece is ready and polished before sending us. It increases your chance of winning."

Theresa’s warning: This competition requires a WhatsApp number and other personally identifying information. Please use caution!

Find all the details here: www.thearchipelago.org/weekly-writing



Globe Soup

—CONTEST—

Deadline: Recurring

Entry: FREE

Prize: £500

Word count: 2,000 (f)

Details: "Writers are sorted into groups and assigned a genre and theme. You have 7 days to write and submit your entry under 2,000 words."

Theresa’s Note: This competition is somewhat similar to Writer’s Games in that the challenge is secret until the announcement and there’s a quick deadline. Globe Soup does not provide feedback on your entry, though you can join their Facebook group and swap with someone else.



Daylight Zine

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 14

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 1,000 (f); 2 poems; theme of “bury”

Details: "Daylight Zine seeks to think through concepts—such as daylight—that are observed by us all, but that mean something different to each of us. Our goal is to showcase work based not just in place, but in story. We want to relish the differences in our voices."

Find all the details here: www.daylightzine.com/submit



The Loraine Williams Poetry Prize

—CONTEST—

Deadline: May 15

Entry: $30 (includes annual subscription)

Prize: $1,500 + trip to Athens, Georgia

Word count: 1-3 poems, at most 10 pages

Details: "The Georgia Review is a literary magazine. The guest judge for this prize is Hanif Abdurraqib."



untethered magazine

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 15

Entry: Free

Payment: $20

Word count: 3,000 (f/nf); 2 poems

Details: "a Toronto-based literary journal publishing poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art, and those strange beings in between"

Find all the details here: alwaysuntethered.com/submissions



The Emerging Writer’s Contest

—CONTEST—

Deadline: May 15

Entry: $24 (includes annual subscription)

Prize: $2,000 + pro review + subscription

Word count: 6,000 (f/nf); 3-5p (p)

Details: "The Emerging Writer's Contest is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book."



Quill & Keyboard International Teen Writing Competition

—CONTEST—

Deadline: May 20

Entry: FREE

Prize: Certificate and feature

Word count: varies by category

Details: "We are a non-profit organization made of high schoolers committed to encouraging fellow students to write regardless of background."

Find all the details here: www.quillsandkeyboard.org/submit.html



WayWords

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 20

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 5,000 (f/cnf); 15 lines, limit 2 (p); theme of seasons

Details: "Editor's tip: seasons aren't just about the weather; they signify the passage of time. Show us seasons of perfect and imperfect timing—no matter the time of year."

Find all the details here: writersworkout.net/waywords



Free the Verse

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 29

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 3 poems; theme of “pulling teeth”

Details: "A quarterly poetry journal, designed to showcase the work of emerging and established poets. We believe poetry deserves a carved-out space in the online world. It’s certainly powerful enough to stand on its own."

Find all the details here: www.free-the-verse.com/poetry-submissions



Months to Years

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 31

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 2,500 (nf); 3 poems; theme of “mortality”

Details: "We strive to publish creative nonfiction (as well as poetry, photography and art) that explores the human experience as it relates to mortality."

**This journal does not publish fiction



The Shore Poetry

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 31

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 3-5 poems

Details: "An online poetry publication seeking cutting, strange, and daring work from new and established poets alike."

Find all the details here: www.theshorepoetry.org



Poet Lore

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 31

Entry: FREE

Payment: $50

Word count: 5 pieces

Details: "America's oldest poetry magazine, publishing in print since 1889. Poet Lore is a biannual print journal of poetry, featuring the finest in contemporary writing. We love featuring poems that broaden the spectrum of what poetry is – and can be – on the page."

Find all the details here: www.poetlore.com



Presence Haiku Journal

—Magazine—

Deadline: May 31

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 10 pieces

Details: "Britain's leading independent haiku journal"

Find all the details here: haikupresence.org



Salamander 2023 Fiction Prize

—CONTEST—

Deadline: June 1

Entry: $15 (includes annual subscription)

Prize: $1,000 (1st); $500 (2nd); publication

Word count: 30 pages double spaced

Details: "Guest Judge, Kirstin Valdez Quade"

Find all the details here: salamandermag.org/contests



Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

—CONTEST—

Deadline: June 2

Entry: £5 per entry

Prize: £200 (1st); £100 (2nd); £50 (3rd)

Word count: 60 lines

Details: "panel of judges: Luigi Marchini (Chair of SaveAs Writers) Greta Ross (Poet of the Year 2022) and Clifford Liles (Award Winning Poet)"



Clepsydra

—Magazine—

Deadline: June 3

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 5 poems; theme of “reflection”

Details: "Clepsydra is a literary and art magazine dedicated to amplifying the voices of those fascinated with the flow and movement of words. Its focus? The power of words, art, and moments that characterize our experiences—the majestic, ominous, and captivating."

Theresa’s Note: The Editor-in-Chief of this magazine was featured in issue 10 of WayWords!

Find all the details here: www.clepsydralit.com



Tales of the Strange

—Anthology—

Deadline: Sept 18

Entry: FREE

Payment: No

Word count: 7,500 (f); theme of "the strange"

Details: "Tales is an annual WW anthology. For 2023, I hope you'll explore the beautifully weird, the slightly off, and the unusual. Break free from the norm to investigate the strange!"

Find all the details here: writersworkout.net/tales



You can find more great opportunities on Chill Subs, Duotrope, and Reedsy!

Please submit responsibly.


 

About the author: Theresa is the co-founder of The Writer's Workout, a crime fiction writer, and a developmental editor at Premier Literary Services.


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