Submission Call for Poetry

We are open to submissions of Poetry with the theme of Bones. Writers are invited to interpret that as loosely or closely as they wish. Deadline to submit up to 3 poems is October 31, 2023 with a 40 line limit.

Submitting to the Chattanooga Monthly Contest Series is a great way to showcase your work, gain recognition, and get published. Here are some tips to improve your chances:

  • Join the Chattanooga Writers Guild and get involved in a critique group: Getting feedback is a great way to improve your writing skills and find encouragement.
  • Read the guidelines: Be sure to carefully review the guidelines. This ensures your submission is not rejected before the content is even read.
  • Choose the right contest: Select a contest that aligns with your writing style and the genre you write in. The CWG Monthly Contest Series rotates between poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Start early: Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your entry. Give yourself plenty of time to draft, revise, have your piece critiqued, and revise and proofread. Also, be sure to check grammar and spelling.

This contest is free to enter for members of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild. To become a member, click HERE

This contest is available to members only. Once logged into your account, the submission form is under the “Members” tab on our homepage. If you need help logging in, please contact

Our Monthly Contests open on the 1st of each month and close on the last day, with one winner and one runner-up announced the following month. Winners receive $25, and winners and runners-up receive publication in The Pulse and our anthology, and one free copy, available in 2024. Monthly Contests are available to current members of the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild only, and are free to enter. To become a member, click HERE

The Monthly Contests rotate through a pattern of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction throughout the year, with a new theme each month. Go to the 2023 Monthly Contest Series Info page to view the genre and theme for each month.

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