Into The Void Poetry Competition 2016

Welcome to the inaugural annual Into the Void Poetry Competition. This contest aims to place some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as award them with a cash prize and publication on our website. Submissions are now closed. Winners will be announced soon.

Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre. That said, be wary of submitting traditional or rhyming poems. Modern, contemporary poetry is what we want to see, but an exceptional poem is an exceptional poem. There is a limit of 60 lines to all entries. Be aware of both the music of the words and the economy of them, as well as imagery, the evoking of the senses, and voice.

photoHeath Brougher is the judge of this year’s competition. Heath, poetry editor of Five 2 One Magazine, has been writing his entire life although he didn’t begin to submit his ‘life’s work’ for publication until two years ago. He has published one chapbook, ‘A Curmudgeon Is Born’ (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), and his work has recently appeared in Gold Dust, Chiron Review, Of/with, The Seventh Quarry, Main Street Rag, MiPOesias, The Journal, Peeking Cat Poetry Magazine, eFiction India, and elsewhere. He prefers poems that are unafraid to test limits and take risks, that have an unconventional edge, pushing outward into something new. He lives for those moments when he reads something raw and fresh and true.


Heath’s first chapbook, ‘A Curmudgeon is Born’ (Yellow Chair Press, 2016), “is in turns, curmudgeona lyrical meditation on the hologram of our human condition, and a lucid sojourn to the truth behind the hologram. The language is musical yet penetrating, and Brougher’s
use of imagery from nature and the cosmos evokes a certain dark whimsy in his examination of what lies at the center of the spiral dance of life. Brougher’s voice is singular and unapologetic in his quest for what is real and true in this world.” – Cindy St. Onge, Multimedia poet

You can buy ‘A Curmudgeon is Born’ here.




  • 1st Place: €150 + published on website.
  • 2nd Place: €50 + published on website.
  • 3rd Place: €25 + published on website.
  • 3 Runners-up: A copy of ‘A Curmudgeon is Born’ + published on website.

Authors retain all rights.


It costs €3 per single poem submission of a maximum 60 lines. Any poems longer than 60 lines will be rejected without refund. Submit one poem per submission, however, you can submit as many times as you like. This means that if you want to submit two poems, you have to submit twice. The deadline is midnight Irish time on November 30th. All contestants will be notified of the winners by December 21st.

**N.B. All entries are read blind. Do not include any identifying information anywhere in the document or in the document name or in the title in Submittable.**