Submit to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month Contest!


Helloooooo, readers, writers, and shark fans! Welcome or Welcome BACK to Lit Shark Magazine! I’m so grateful you’re interested in submitting.

If you’re specifically interested in submitting to Lit Shark’s Poem of the Month contest, I’m happy to tell you we’ll be announcing our March Poem of the Month winner this coming week, and there are two weeks left to be considered for April’s contest!

If you submit in April, no worries! Your poetry will be considered in the next month.

Poems of all styles will be considered for the contest, and the theme can be anything. Works incorporating marine life are always of interest but are not required for our Poem of the Month contest.

To submit, please see our submission portal page for more details on how to submit.

Honorable Mentions will be considered for the contest, and they will receive a shoutout on the website, a feature in our next magazine issue, and automatic inclusion in our annual Best Of Anthology. Winners of the contest will receive these features, as well as a $20 honorarium and a unique digital broadside of their poem.


Submit to Lit Shark's Poem of the Month Contest



If you’re not ready to submit to Issue 5, we have multiple other issues to consider this year:

Special Edition of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK DOG Edition

Issue 6 of Lit Shark Magazine: General Issue

Issue 7 of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK WEEK Edition

Issue 8 of Lit Shark Magazine: The SPOOKY (TEETH) Edition

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