Opportunities for Artists & Writers | March 2021

Cave Canem Poetry Prize: “Launched in 1999 with Rita Dove’s selection of Natasha Trethewey’s Domestic Work, this first-book award is dedicated to the discovery of exceptional manuscripts by black poets of African descent. Winner receives $1,000, publication by Graywolf Press in fall 2022, 15 copies of the book, and a feature reading. Both the winner and runner-up will be invited to individual critique sessions with the final judge.” Deadline: April 30. No Fee.

Lavender Review: “an international, biannual (June & December) e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever LGBTQ might appeal to a lesbian readership. This e-zine is free, and open to everyone. Submissions are open year-round, and there is no fee to submit.” Submit here.

Pollux Journal: “As a literary journal dedicated to multilinguality, Pollux seeks to be home both to works that are multilingual themselves (written in two or more languages, including English) or centered around multilinguality (work in English that is about being or learning to become multilingual). We want to hear about your fluency in another language or the lack thereof, the journey to reach multilinguality or the way it was always part of your life, everything in between and beyond. Pollux is open to submissions from all genres, including but not limited to poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, concrete poetry, and hybrid genre.” Deadline: April 30. No Fee.

Small Orange Emerging Woman Poet Honor: “For National Poetry Month, Small Orange Journal invites women-identifying and nonbinary emerging poets who do not yet have a full-length poetry collection to submit poems for our Emerging Woman Poet Honor. The submission fee is $5.00 for up to five pages of poetry. This fee will support the $100.00 honorarium for the winning poet, as well as a donation to the nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now. The winning poet and three honorable mentions will be published in the April issue of Small Orange as well as our limited edition Small Orange Anthology. All entries will be considered for publication in a future issue of Small Orange.” Deadline: March 31.

Switchback Books Gatewood Prize: “The Gatewood Prize is Switchback Books’ annual competition for a first or second full-length collection of poems by a woman. It is named after Emma Gatewood, the first woman to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail.​​” Fee: $20. Deadline: March 31.

Vagabond City Literary Journal

Founded in 2013, we are a literary journal dedicated to publishing outsider literature. We publish art, poetry, and creative nonfiction from marginalized creators.