Literary Submissions


Issue Theme Submission Period
March 2020 Poetry  Contest (Contest fee $10.00) – Villanelle December 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020
June 2020 Sonnet  Contest (No fee to enter) – Sonnet (Shakespearean or Italian) April 1, 2019 – June 15, 2020

Beginning in January 2020,  the journal will feature only poetry. For the inaugural issue, we are holding a Villanelle contest. We are extremely fortunate to have the great Annie Finch as our contest judge. Annie is the foremost authority on formal poetry and has written several textbooks on the subject. You can find out about her latest activities on her website. Here are a few other sites where you can find out about the form.
Poetry Foundation Villanelle Page.
Academy of American Poets Villanelle Page.

First place: $100.00 cash prize.
Second place: $50.00 cash prize.

Ten finalists: publication in the spring 2020 issue.

In addition, the first-place winner of the contest will win a signed, inscribed copy of the Villanelles anthology

Contest fee: $10.00 by PayPal. This fee is considered a donation to the journal.

Contact us at if you have problems paying with PayPal.

The regular no-fee submissions will return for the summer 2020 issue.

Contest Guidelines

Submit up to five original, unpublished poems at a time.  Send your poems to Attach one Word document with Contest Submission in the subject line. Include the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and a 75-word third-person biography at the top of the first page.  This is for administrative purposes only. The judges will read the submissions blind. No simultaneous submissions are accepted for the contest.

Click here to donate the entry fee.

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Publication Rights:  The Literary Nest acquires First North American Serial Rights to published works.

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