Contests (No Entry Fee)

FREE Poetry book contest for ages 18-23 ($100 prize + publication) - Platypus Press, DEADLINE: Oct. 8, 2017

Every once in a while a new press with new ideas and amazing projects appears on the literary scene. Platypus Press is one of those. I've been nothing but impressed with their creativity and professionalism. They are a boutique publisher based in England and seek to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences. They are currently accepting no fee poetry entries for young adults ages 18-23 for their forthcoming Celestial Bodies poetry series.

Celestial Bodies is a new series that includes Platypus Press’ four previous Tumblr poets:  @elisabethhewer  (Wishing for Birds),  @darshanasuresh  (Howling at the Moon),  @adavidajane (Every Dark Waning) and  @venettaoctavia (Prelude to Light).”

I wondered how and why this series came to be, so I asked editor Michelle Tudor a few questions to find out. See my interview with Tudor and a link to their submission guidelines below.

HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Platypus Press.

TUDOR: Platypus Press is a boutique publisher based in England. We seek to unearth innovative contemporary poetry and prose from a broad variety of voices and experiences.

HOPKINSON: How/why the Celestial Bodies contest originally came to be?

TUDOR: The idea had always been in the back of our minds. Four of our early releases were tied by similar themes and we'd always wanted to turn it into a series. So, we've designed new covers to link them, and we really liked the idea of finding a new poet to join and expand the series.

HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?

TUDOR: We would say the best thing to do is look at the books and blogs of the other four authors in the series. As with their books, we're looking for work that encompasses what it means to be a young person in today's world.

HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?

TUDOR: We're really enjoying Tongue JournalNat.Brut and The Adroit Journal at the moment.

HOPKINSON: Where can folks send contest entries?

TUDOR: with the subject link 'Celestial Bodies contest'

HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you? 

TUDOR: or see the guidelines on our blog here:

Click here to read contest guidelines

DEADLINE: September 3, 2017 



  • Publication by Platypus Press in 2018.
  • Five author copies.
  • $100 prize money (to be paid by PayPal).
  • Royalties on book sales.
  • Your book included as a part of our Celestial Bodies series.

FORMS: Manuscript of 35 – 50 poems (at least 50% unpublished)

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