2019 loving gaze poetry contest

gaze loves & encourages writers of all kinds, and of all genders.

our normal submissions are, therefore, open to any & all kinds of writing, & we publish work by any & all genders.

this contest, however, is for poetry by women & non-binary writers. we've noticed over the course of our first year that there are a disproportionate number of submissions from male-identifying writers. we don't want to discourage those writers from submitting, but we would like to encourage more women & non-binary writers to think of us as a potential home for their work. to this end, we are creating this contest.

why only poetry? we believe there are not nearly enough paying markets for literature in general, but poetry in particular is often given the short end of the stick. we want to do our little part in supporting poets & poetry.


send no more than three previously unpublished poems (pdf or docx) to gazesubmissions@@ at gmail dot com. please include a brief, third person bio.

in the body of your email, please mention you are submitting to the 2019 Loving Gaze contest. if you do not specify that the submission is for the contest, we will assume it is a regular submission & treat it accordingly.

submissions for the contest will be considered from February 1st through April 1st. publication will be in summer 2019.

the winner will receive $75.00 USD & publication of their poem. all poems submitted to the contest will also be considered for regular publication & standard compensation