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The Passionfruit Review (Gold Star Program) Gold Star

The history of literature is a history of passion. Since its earliest iterations – in every age, from every corner of the world – language has been used to express, examine, and explore the human heart. The Passionfruit Review is a celebration of this, a new online poetry journal committed to making a new home for love poetry.

Passionfruit seeks work which engages with love in the broadest possible sense: writing which seeks love out or runs screaming from it; which delights in, is bored of, resents, yearns for, abhors, or denies love. Every issue will be primarily devoted to love poetry, although there is always space for short fiction and other creative pieces relating to the theme.

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3-Day Response (General Submissions) Fee: gbp £5.00

Open

Closes on Tuesday, December 31, 2024 11:59 PM GMT Standard Time (in 304 days)

NOTE: This submission page is for expedited responses only. Our general submissions page is here.

The theme for submissions is love: the romantic, the familial, the platonic, the intimate, the lost, the young, the wretched. Above all, Passionfruit seeks to be a home for that which illuminates something of the human spirit – pieces that explore what love is (or isn’t, or might be), when we love, how we love, what we love, and why we love.

Our focus is on poetry, but there are no particular restrictions on genre, type, or style – we will consider poetry, prose, and visual art for each issue.

  • There are no set restrictions on length for poetry submissions, but we will be looking for writing which shows meticulousness in its use of language, whether across 2 lines or 200.
  • We consider prose submissions (short fiction or creative non-fiction welcome) of up to 1500 words.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions - we just ask that you promptly withdraw any poems that are accepted elsewhere.
  • Please only send one submission (1-3 poems, up to 1500 words of prose, or 1-3 pieces of visual art) per submission window.
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be considered. The rights to anything you submit remain your own, please just acknowledge The Passionfruit Review should you re-publish elsewhere.
  • Strong language is fine – abusive or discriminatory language is not.
  • Visual accompaniments and audio poems are welcome, as long as all work is your own.
  • Collaborative works are welcome.
  • Response time varies, but will not exceed two months.
  • If you don’t see anything that looks like your work in a previous issue, don’t be discouraged – it might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for!

In Conversation Fee: gbp £4.00

Open

Closes on Tuesday, April 30, 2024 11:59 PM GMT Daylight Time (in 59 days)

1ST PRIZE £250
2ND PRIZE £50
3RD PRIZE £25

Our judge, Riley O’Connell, will also select up to 15 additional entries to be commended and published alongside the prizewinners in a special issue of The Passionfruit Review.

More details (including a note from the judge) are available on the contest page.

ABOUT THE THEME

For this contest, we are calling for poetry that engages with the theme of conversation.

Send us your poems about first words and last words; declarations of love and deliveries of bad news; poetry full of intimate whispers and poetry that shouts into the void; poems about navigating disagreement; poems about life-changing conversations and about life’s most mundane chatter. Poets are invited to take inspiration from Theresa Pisani’s ‘Cape Fear Café’ (see our website for more), if it is helpful to do so.

In short: if you have ever written a poem about human interaction (or even a lack of interaction), we want to read it.

As always, we are open to broad interpretations of the theme – feel free to surprise us and to stretch our imagination!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
  • The entry fee (per submission of up to 3 poems) is £4. If this fee prevents you from entering the contest, get in touch with us at [email protected]
  • Submissions are open to all poets writing in English.
  • Poems must be previously unpublished.
  • Strong language is fine – abusive or discriminatory language is not.
  • Simultaneous submissions are welcome – just let us know promptly through the submissions manager if you need to withdraw any of your poems.
  • Poems up to 40 lines – including spaces – will not be considered. Note that we consider longer poems as general submissions!
  • Please also note that the review process will be kept strictly anonymous. Do not include any identifying information in your attached documents.

Issue 8 Free Tip Jar Option

Open

Closes on Sunday, March 31, 2024 11:59 PM GMT Daylight Time (in 29 days)

The theme for general submissions is love: the romantic, the familial, the platonic, the intimate, the lost, the young, the wretched. Above all, Passionfruit seeks to be a home for that which illuminates something of the human spirit – pieces that explore what love is (or isn’t, or might be), when we love, how we love, what we love, and why we love.

Our focus is on poetry, but there are no particular restrictions on genre, type, or style – we will consider poetry, prose, and visual art for each issue.

  • There are no set restrictions on length for poetry submissions, but we will be looking for writing which shows meticulousness in its use of language, whether across 2 lines or 200.
  • We consider prose submissions (short fiction or creative non-fiction welcome) of up to 1500 words.
  • We encourage simultaneous submissions - we just ask that you promptly withdraw any poems that are accepted elsewhere.
  • We will not consider multiple submissions. Wait until you hear back from us before submitting again!
  • Only previously unpublished poems will be considered. The rights to anything you submit remain your own, please just acknowledge The Passionfruit Review should you re-publish elsewhere.
  • Strong language is fine – abusive or discriminatory language is not.
  • Visual accompaniments and audio poems are welcome, as long as all work is your own.
  • Collaborative works are welcome.
  • Response time varies, but will not exceed two months. If you would like to hear back sooner, we also offer the option of a fast response (within 3 days) for a £5 fee; submit to our 'expedited response' call here.
  • Please also note that - while we are always grateful for donations - no preferential treatment is given to paid submissions.
  • If you don’t see anything that looks like your work in a previous issue, don’t be discouraged – it might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for!

Visual Art Free Tip Jar Option

Open

The Passionfruit Review is open to submissions of visual art to be featured in future issues.

Passionfruit is primarily a poetry journal. It seeks work which engages with love in the broadest possible sense: creative pieces which seek love out or runs screaming from it; which delight in, are bored of, resent, yearn for, abhor, or deny love.

We welcome visual art which aligns with this theme.

Please submit no more than 3 pieces and wait for our response before submitting again.

Response time will likely vary, but will not usually exceed two months. If you would like to hear back sooner, we also offer the option of an expedited response (within 3 days) for a £5 fee. You can submit to our ‘expedited response’ call here.

If you don’t see anything that looks like your work in a previous issue, don’t be discouraged – it might be exactly what we’ve been waiting for!