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Welcome to The Prose Poem, a new prose poetry project.

We are currently seeking submissions of prose poems up to 500 words for online publication.

Please see our current submission calls for more details.

Prose Poetry

Temp Closed

Opens on Saturday, June 1, 2024 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 2 days, 17 hours)

Submission Call

  • We are currently reading prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject. We welcome micropoetry and other very short forms, as well as hybrid forms and ‘hermit crab’ poems that adopt the structure of other forms of writing (such as lists, forms, recipes, etc.).
  • We only publish prose poetry. We appreciate that there is a lot of crossover between the prose poem and forms such as narrative poetry, free verse, microfiction, flash fiction, etc. We are happy to read work that is on (or perhaps a little past) the fuzzy boundaries of these various forms, but we are unlikely to publish anything that looks like formal poetry or poetry consciously formatted in lines and stanzas without some nod to sentences, paragraphs, and/or other indicators of a prose-like sensibility.

Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit multiple poems.
  • We prefer .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, and .txt documents. If your piece relies heavily on formatting, please send us a pdf. (We may request another format if the poem is accepted for publication.)
  • Please do not include your name or personal details in the title or text of your document.
  • We publish on our website which is designed to be readable on many sizes of screens and which may not support unusual formatting decisions. Please keep this in mind when submitting. In some cases, we may have to publish poems as an image, or work with an author to find alternative formatting or digital publishing options.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but we only accept unpublished work. Please withdraw your piece by emailing us asap if it is picked up elsewhere. No refunds can be given.
  • We define previously published work as work that has appeared in other journals or on personal websites or social media that are freely available. You are welcome to submit work that has appeared in private, password-protected writers’ forums and crtitique groups. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
  • Submissions are free.
  • Donations are much appreciated and will go toward paying our expenses, including Duosuma fees, web hosting, and small honorariums for guest readers. That said, submissions will be at no advantage or disadvantage based on donations.
  • Please include a print-ready third-persion bio and your name as you wish it to appear in print with your submission.

Terms of publication

  • We request first publication rights and a period of exclusivity for six months after publication. Copyright remains with the author at all times.
  • We are not in a position to be able to offer payment outside of our competition awards. (We expect to lose money on this project.)
  • We nominate for awards such as the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. In some cases, we are required to provide nominee's email address with a nomination so that they can be contacted should their work be chosen for an award. If you are not happy with us passing on your name and email address as part of an award nomination, please let us know when you submit your work. (This will in no way affect the decision to publish your work.)
  • Authors will be given a chance to review our publication terms before accepting publication.

Prose Poetry (1 poem)

Temp Closed

Opens on Monday, July 15, 2024 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 46 days)

We welcome submissions of prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject for our inaugural prose poetry competition.

Prizes:

  • First place: £100 plus publication
  • Second place: £50 plus publication
  • Third place: £25 plus publication
  • Honorable mention: £10 plus publication

Submission fees are:

  • 1 poem £3
  • 2 poems £4.50
  • 3 poems £6
  • Free submission are available for underrepresented writers and writers who cannot afford the submission fee. You do not need to give a reason for taking this option and your poem will not be at any disadvantage if you use the free entry. If you would like to make use of this, please email us at [email protected] for details.

Submission Call

  • We are currently reading prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject. We welcome micropoetry and other very short forms, as well as hybrid forms and ‘hermit crab’ poems that adopt the structure of other forms of writing (such as lists, forms, recipes, etc.).
  • We only publish prose poetry. We appreciate that there is a lot of crossover between the prose poem and forms such as narrative poetry, free verse, microfiction, flash fiction, etc. We are happy to read work that is on (or perhaps a little past) the fuzzy boundaries of these various forms, but we are unlikely to publish anything that looks like formal poetry or poetry consciously formatted in lines and stanzas without some nod to sentences, paragraphs, and/or other indicators of a prose-like sensibility.
  • We publish all poems that receive a cash prize (first, second and third place, plus honourable mentions). We offer publication to all longlisted pieces as well, but when you submit, you may opt not to publish with us if you do not win a cash prize.

Timeline

  • The competition is open for submissions from 15 July – 15 October
  • The longlist will be announced by 30 October
  • The shortlist will be announced by 15 November
  • Winners will be announced by 30 November

Unlike many competitions, we will be reading throughout the submission period, so you may receive a notification that you are on the longlist or that your poem is no longer being considered before the submission window is over. We will not announce prize winners and honourable mentions until after the competition closing date.

Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit as many times as you like, with a maximum of three poems per submission.
  • We prefer .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, and .txt documents. If your piece relies heavily on formatting, please send us a pdf. (We will request another format if the poem is accepted for publication.)
  • Please do not include your name or personal details in the title or text of your document.
  • We publish on our website which is designed to be readable on many sizes of screens and which may not support unusual formatting decisions. Please keep this in mind when submitting. In some cases, we may have to publish poems as an image, or work with an author to find alternative formatting options.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but we only accept unpublished work. Please withdraw your piece by emailing us asap if it is picked up elsewhere. No refunds can be given.
  • We define previously published work as work that has appeared in other journals or on personal websites that are freely available. You are welcome to submit work that has appeared in private, password-protected writers’ forums and crtitique groups. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Terms of publication

  • All winning and highly commended pieces will be published on our website and will remain online for the lifetime of this project.
  • We request first publication rights and a period of exclusivity for six months after publication. Copyright remains with the author at all times.
  • Payment for prize-winning poetry can be made via PayPal or UK bank transfer.

Prose Poetry (150 word max)

Temp Closed

Opens on Tuesday, April 1, 2025 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 306 days)

Our annual Spring Short competition is open for submissions from 1 April to 15. We are looking for prose poems of up to 150 words on any theme. (Shorter poems are warmly welcome.) We announce the winners by 30 June.

Competition Details

Prizes:

  • First place: £50 plus publication
  • Second place: £25 plus publication
  • Third place: £15 plus publication
  • Honorable mention: £10 plus publication

Suggested Donations:

To make this competition easily accessible to all, we are experimenting with a pay-if-you-can format for this competition. If you are able to afford submission fees, we ask that you donate toward the cost of running the competition. Here are some recommended amounts:

  • 1 poem £2
  • 2 poems £3
  • 3 poems £4

If you cannot afford to donate at this time, we warmly welcome your submission. You do not need to give a reason for not donating and your poetry will not be at any disadvantage if you use the free entry.

Submission Call
  • For this competition, we are reading prose poems of up to 150 words on any subject. We welcome micropoetry and other very short forms, as well as hybrid forms and 'hermit crab' poems that adopt the structure of other forms of writing (such as lists, forms, recipes, etc.).
  • We only publish prose poetry. We appreciate that there is a lot of crossover between the prose poem and forms such as narrative poetry, free verse, microfiction, flash fiction, etc. We are happy to read work that lives in (or perhaps a little past) the fuzzy boundaries of these various forms, but we are unlikely to publish anything that looks like formal poetry or poetry consciously formatted in lines and stanzas without some nod to sentences, paragraphs, and/or other indicators of a prose-like sensibility.
  • We publish all poems that receive a cash prize (first, second and third place, plus honourable mentions).
  • We consider all submitted pieces for general publication and automatically offer publication to all shortlisted pieces, but when you submit, you may opt not to publish with us if you do not win a cash prize.

Timeline

  • The competition is open for submissions from 1 April - 15 May (BST)
  • The longlist will be announced by 30 May
  • The shortlist will be announced by 15 June
  • Winners will be announced by 30 June

We will be reading throughout the submission period, so you may receive a notification that you are on the shortlist or that your poem is no longer being considered before the submission window is over. We will not announce prize winners and honourable mentions until after the competition closing date.

Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit as many times as you like, with a maximum of three poems per submission.
  • We prefer .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, and .txt documents. If your piece relies heavily on formatting, please send us a pdf. (We may request another format if the poem is accepted for publication.)
  • We cannot publish poems with song lyrics unless they are in the public domain or you have secured the rights to use them. Please send details in your cover letter if this is the case. We do not have the resources to purchase rights. (Song titles are fine.)
  • Please submit your work via our submission engine, Duosuma. You do not need a paid subscription to Duosuma/Duotrope to enter, but you will need to make a free account if you don't have one already.
  • You can find an online guide to using Duosuma here, and their customer support webform can be found here.
  • If you unable to use Duosuma, please contact us for instructions.
  • Please do not include your name or personal details in the title or text of your document.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but we only accept unpublished work. Please withdraw your piece via Duosuma asap if it is picked up elsewhere.
  • We define previously published work as work that has appeared in other journals or on personal websites or social media that are freely available. You are welcome to submit work that has appeared in private, password-protected writers' forums and crtitique groups. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.
  • No refunds can be given for submission fees, donations or tips.

Formatting Note

  • We publish on our website which is designed to be readable on many sizes of screens and which may not support unusual formatting decisions. For poems with intentional formatting, we do our best to present the poem as the author intended, but the poem might not render correctly on phones and narrow screens. In these cases, we accompany the poem with a link to an image of the poem that readers can click to view the poem as intended. We are happy to work with authors to come up with solutions to presentation challenges, within the limitations of our platform. Please keep this in mind when submitting.

Terms of publication

  • All winning and highly commended pieces will be published on our website and will remain online for the lifetime of this project.
  • We request first publication rights and a period of exclusivity for six months after publication. Copyright remains with the author at all times. We are happy to waive the period of exclusivity if you are preparing a collection, having your work translated, or your story is selected for an award or prize anthology like Best of the Net. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
  • Payment for prize-winning poetry can be made via PayPal or UK bank transfer.

Prose Poetry (2 poems)

Temp Closed

Opens on Monday, July 15, 2024 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 46 days)

We welcome submissions of prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject for our inaugural prose poetry competition.

Prizes:

  • First place: £100 plus publication
  • Second place: £50 plus publication
  • Third place: £25 plus publication
  • Honorable mention: £10 plus publication

Submission fees are:

  • 1 poem £3
  • 2 poems £4.50
  • 3 poems £6
  • Free submission are available for underrepresented writers and writers who cannot afford the submission fee. You do not need to give a reason for taking this option and your poem will not be at any disadvantage if you use the free entry. If you would like to make use of this, please email us at [email protected] for details.

Submission Call

  • We are currently reading prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject. We welcome micropoetry and other very short forms, as well as hybrid forms and ‘hermit crab’ poems that adopt the structure of other forms of writing (such as lists, forms, recipes, etc.).
  • We only publish prose poetry. We appreciate that there is a lot of crossover between the prose poem and forms such as narrative poetry, free verse, microfiction, flash fiction, etc. We are happy to read work that is on (or perhaps a little past) the fuzzy boundaries of these various forms, but we are unlikely to publish anything that looks like formal poetry or poetry consciously formatted in lines and stanzas without some nod to sentences, paragraphs, and/or other indicators of a prose-like sensibility.
  • We publish all poems that receive a cash prize (first, second and third place, plus honourable mentions). We offer publication to all longlisted pieces as well, but when you submit, you may opt not to publish with us if you do not win a cash prize.

Timeline

  • The competition is open for submissions from 15 July – 15 October
  • The longlist will be announced by 30 October
  • The shortlist will be announced by 15 November
  • Winners will be announced by 30 November

Unlike many competitions, we will be reading throughout the submission period, so you may receive a notification that you are on the longlist or that your poem is no longer being considered before the submission window is over. We will not announce prize winners and honourable mentions until after the competition closing date.

Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit as many times as you like, with a maximum of three poems per submission.
  • We prefer .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, and .txt documents. If your piece relies heavily on formatting, please send us a pdf. (We will request another format if the poem is accepted for publication.)
  • Please do not include your name or personal details in the title or text of your document.
  • We publish on our website which is designed to be readable on many sizes of screens and which may not support unusual formatting decisions. Please keep this in mind when submitting. In some cases, we may have to publish poems as an image, or work with an author to find alternative formatting options.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but we only accept unpublished work. Please withdraw your piece by emailing us asap if it is picked up elsewhere. No refunds can be given.
  • We define previously published work as work that has appeared in other journals or on personal websites that are freely available. You are welcome to submit work that has appeared in private, password-protected writers’ forums and crtitique groups. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Terms of publication

  • All winning and highly commended pieces will be published on our website and will remain online for the lifetime of this project.
  • We request first publication rights and a period of exclusivity for six months after publication. Copyright remains with the author at all times.
  • Payment for prize-winning poetry can be made via PayPal or UK bank transfer.

Prose Poetry (3 poems)

Temp Closed

Opens on Monday, July 15, 2024 12:00 AM GMT Daylight Time (in 46 days)

We welcome submissions of prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject for our inaugural prose poetry competition.

Prizes:

  • First place: £100 plus publication
  • Second place: £50 plus publication
  • Third place: £25 plus publication
  • Honorable mention: £10 plus publication

Submission fees are:

  • 1 poem £3
  • 2 poems £4.50
  • 3 poems £6
  • Free submission are available for underrepresented writers and writers who cannot afford the submission fee. You do not need to give a reason for taking this option and your poem will not be at any disadvantage if you use the free entry. If you would like to make use of this, please email us at [email protected] for details.

Submission Call

  • We are currently reading prose poems of up to 500 words on any subject. We welcome micropoetry and other very short forms, as well as hybrid forms and ‘hermit crab’ poems that adopt the structure of other forms of writing (such as lists, forms, recipes, etc.).
  • We only publish prose poetry. We appreciate that there is a lot of crossover between the prose poem and forms such as narrative poetry, free verse, microfiction, flash fiction, etc. We are happy to read work that is on (or perhaps a little past) the fuzzy boundaries of these various forms, but we are unlikely to publish anything that looks like formal poetry or poetry consciously formatted in lines and stanzas without some nod to sentences, paragraphs, and/or other indicators of a prose-like sensibility.
  • We publish all poems that receive a cash prize (first, second and third place, plus honourable mentions). We offer publication to all longlisted pieces as well, but when you submit, you may opt not to publish with us if you do not win a cash prize.

Timeline

  • The competition is open for submissions from 15 July – 15 October
  • The longlist will be announced by 30 October 2023
  • The shortlist will be announced by 15 November 2023
  • Winners will be announced by 30 November 2023

Unlike many competitions, we will be reading throughout the submission period, so you may receive a notification that you are on the longlist or that your poem is no longer being considered before the submission window is over. We will not announce prize winners and honourable mentions until after the competition closing date.

Submission Guidelines

  • You may submit as many times as you like, with a maximum of three poems per submission.
  • We prefer .doc, .docx, .odt, .rtf, and .txt documents. If your piece relies heavily on formatting, please send us a pdf. (We will request another format if the poem is accepted for publication.)
  • Please do not include your name or personal details in the title or text of your document.
  • We publish on our website which is designed to be readable on many sizes of screens and which may not support unusual formatting decisions. Please keep this in mind when submitting. In some cases, we may have to publish poems as an image, or work with an author to find alternative formatting options.
  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but we only accept unpublished work. Please withdraw your piece by emailing us asap if it is picked up elsewhere. No refunds can be given.
  • We define previously published work as work that has appeared in other journals or on personal websites that are freely available. You are welcome to submit work that has appeared in private, password-protected writers’ forums and crtitique groups. If you have any questions, feel free to email us.

Terms of publication

  • All winning and highly commended pieces will be published on our website and will remain online for the lifetime of this project.
  • We request first publication rights and a period of exclusivity for six months after publication. Copyright remains with the author at all times.
  • Payment for prize-winning poetry can be made via PayPal or UK bank transfer.