Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice. See webpage for Submissions and Contest information.

Sheila-Na-Gig online — 3rd Annual Full-length Poetry Manuscript Contest


Sheila-Na-Gig Editions Poetry Manuscript Contest: Accepts Submissions January 1- July 1 Yearly.

Sheila-Na-Gig Editions invites entries for our annual full-length poetry manuscript contest January 1 through July 1, yearly.

Please follow the guidelines below to be eligible for the contest:

  • Submit a full-length poetry manuscript (60-100 pgs) via Submittable. Manuscripts will not be considered via email or snail mail. 
  • Poems  may be previously published in journals or online. Please only include  work from chapbooks, however, if it makes up less than 1/2 of your  full-length manuscript. 
  • Simultaneous  submissions accepted. Please notify us immediately if your manuscript  is accepted elsewhere. Reading fees are not refundable. 

Work  will be judged on the merits of the manuscripts alone. Please help us  judge the work in a “blind” forum by following these next guidelines  carefully:  

  • DO NOT include a bio or formal cover letter.
  • DO  NOT include an acknowledgments page for previously published work. If  your manuscript is selected for publication, you may send along this  information later.
  • DO  NOT include your name ANYWHERE on your manuscript or in the Submittable  title of your submission. Submissions that reveal authors’ identities  will be disqualified.
  • SPECIAL REQUEST: If we have published your work at Sheila-Na-Gig online, PLEASE DO NOT include these poems in your manuscript. If your manuscript is selected, you may put these poems back in.


  • One manuscript will be selected for publication by Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. For a sample volume, you may want to order today will take your breath away by Marc Swan, or Traveling for No Good Reason by George Franklin, or The Shape of Emptiness by Regina O’Melveny. 
  • $1,000 honorarium + 20% royalties
  • 25 copies of the published manuscript (and 40% discounts on future orders) 
  • All  participants will receive a copy of the winning volume upon  publication. International participants will receive ebook copies. 


THE SUBMISSION PERIOD: January 1 — July 1 

THE JUDGE: Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Founder & Editor, Sheila-Na-Gig online & Sheila-Na-Gig Editions:   

NEW POLICY — THE RESPONSE TIME: As the judge of the contest, I  personally read every manuscript submitted. This is a lengthy process.  To help cut down on the response time, I will now pick three manuscripts  per month during the submission period to move on to next stages. Poets  will be informed (within two weeks of the end of the month in which  they submitted their work) whether their manuscript has moved on or has  been bumped from the competition. Working in this manner, I can expect  to announce the contest winner on August 1 each year.  

 THE  FINE PRINT: Sheila-Na-Gig Editions reserves the right to not select a  winning manuscript if none meet our standards for publication. In the  case of this unlikely event, reading fees will be refunded. We really  want to publish manuscripts, however! Familiarize yourself with the  works on Sheila-Na-Gig online to get a sense of our aesthetic.  We publish well-crafted free verse poetry and especially seek poems with  excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.  

Sheila-Na-Gig online is happy to sponsor four poetry contests a year. Winners (one per contest) will receive $107 and publication in Sheila-Na-Gig online.
Fall issue submission period:
 June 1 — August 1
Winter issue submission period:
 September 1 — November 1
Spring issue submission period:
 December 1 — February 1
Summer issue submission period:
 March 1 — May 1 

All submissions are considered for publication in Sheila-Na-Gig online.

The submission fee is $7

Submit up to THREE previously unpublished poems via the Submittable link. Simultaneous submissions are accepted, and all submissions are read “blind” by the editors. Please do not include your name or any other identifying information on the poems or in the Submittable submission title. If you need to withdraw submissions, please just add a note under the “activity” tab in Submittable. Fees are non-refundable.

Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes well-crafted free verse poetry. We especially seek poems with excellent imagery and a strong sense of voice.

Please submit THREE previously unpublished  poems as one file (.doc, .docx) via the Submittable link. Include a  brief bio in the cover note field.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. If  you need to withdraw submissions, please just add a note under the  “activity” tab in Submittable.

Sheila-Na-Gig online publishes  quarterly. Deadlines: August 1, November 1,  February 1, and May 1  yearly. Each volume will contain up to 30 poets. Editors will select up  to six poems yearly from each volume to nominate for the Pushcart Prize  and The Best of the Net.

Sheila-Na-Gig online acquires  First North American Serial Rights. All rights revert back to authors  upon publication. If your work is later republished, please acknowledge Sheila-Na-Gig online in subsequent journals.

Sheila-Na-Gig online