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  • This list is compiled monthly from information sent to The Poetry Library by organisers of competitions.
  • Each competition has different regulations. In most cases, poems should be in English and not previously published.
  • Where regulations and entry forms are available online, a link is provided, but in other cases, competitors should write to each competition, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope for an entry form before submitting work.
  • For competitions suitable for children and young people, click here
  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list.

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Jul-17

Prizes: £500, £150, £100 Length: 20 lines maximum Poems to be on the subject of: Flights of Fancy. Judge: Carrie Etter. 10 finalists plus a local prize for BA15 postcode entrants. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entry at a prize-giving event at Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Sunday September 17th, which will also feature a reading by Carrie Etter. Run in association with the Words & Ears Reading Series, Bradford on Avon: www.dawngorman.co.uk
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10.

Contact: How to enter and  rules see website http://www.boaartsfestival.com/poetry-competition

PENfro Book Festival Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jul-17

For poems of up to 40 lines. Top prize: £300. Top 3 poems published on website. Winners announced at the PENfro Book Festival, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW, September 8-10 . Richardson. Poems should be loosely based on a myth or legend. Online entry preferred, or download entry form from website and submit by post. The Penfro Book Festival competitions for first chapter and short radio drama are now open see festival website details.
Entry Fee: £4 a poem

Contact: For full details  of poetry competition see https://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/poetry/poetry-competition

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

Open to writers aged 11-17. For poems of any length and on any theme. Judges, Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi. All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London. Each year we select 100 winners (top 15 winners and 85 commended poets) of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award who receive a range of fantastic prizes.The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online. The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology. The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent)
Entry Fee: £0


Enter online at http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/
Request an entry form by writing to
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Or email fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk

David Burland Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

First Prize: £200,- Second Prize: £100 Third Prize: £50 Winning poems will be published in the 2017 ‘Poetic Art’ Anthology. Three poems awarded a ‘Special Mention’ will receive a copy of the Poetry CD ‘Michel François and Friends’and also published in the Anthology Judges:Michel François and R Friedman
Entry Fee: ££8,- (1st poem), £4,- each extra poem

Contact: email:annaburland@btconnect.com see website for details:

Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

Prizes: 1st £1000 2nd £500 3rd £250. Line limit: 40 lines. Sole Judge: Sarah Howe Shortlist announced: 18 September 2017. Winners announced: 14 October 2017 (Announcement will be made at a special reading/ceremony at the Winchester Poetry Day. Winners and longlisted poems will appear in a winners anthology.
Entry Fee: £5.00 first poem, £4.00 each subsequent entry in same submission


For online entry and links to further information see http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/poetryprize 
Postal entries to: Winchester Poetry Prize, c/o 41 Nuns Road, Hyde, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7EF

Settle Sessions Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

PRIZES: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £75 ( A ‘Young Poet’ prize of £50 will be awarded from the entrants aged 18-21) JUDGING:Kim Moore. You must be over 18 to enter. Maximum length is 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for 3 poems. Cheques made payable to Settle Sessions.


Full competition details: info@settlesessions.co.uk http://www.settlesessions.co.uk/ Entries should be posted to Settle Sessions, 3 Tillman Close, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9RA . Please use the correct postage; no excess charges will be accepted.Winners will be notified by 6th September 2017

Vee Bradley Humorous Poetry Competition. | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

The Society of Civil & Public Service Writers is holding The Vee Bradley Competition for Humorous Verse: Maximum 30 lines, one poem per sheet; Prize £25; The competition is open only to SCPSW members. Those eligible include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force or any Public Service.
Entry Fee: £0 The competition is open only to SCPSW members.


Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk  

Carers UK Creative Writing and Photography Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers. Judges: Cheryl Moskowitz (poems and stories) Bella West (photography) In our fourth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, staff and trustees. Entry fee: Free Contact: For further details and to enter: www.carersuk.org/creative
Entry Fee: £0 Free


Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 07-Aug-17

We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about hope to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30th September 2017. The winner will receive £500 Grand Prize + a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair; three runners up will each receive £50 and a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair. Winning poems will also be displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £5 one poem, or three poems £10.

Contact: Contact: For online entry and full submission details see http://www.poetrybookfair.com/p/competition_12.html  

The Robert Graves Prize | Closing Date: 23-Aug-17

The Robert Graves Prize is launched this year as an exciting new collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest. It is named for one of the major figures of twentieth century poetry and encourages entries from all around the world. The Prize will be given for the best single poem submitted; multiple entries are encouraged but will be judged separately. Entries must be original, written in English and unpublished at the time of submission. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced. The prize will be judged by Professor Fiona Sampson and Literary Agent Peter Straus. The winning poem will receive £200, and two runners up will receive £100 each. All three winning entries being published in POEM Magazine.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem


For more information, including entry details and terms and conditions, visit www.roehampton.ac.uk/robert-graves-prize

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Aug-17

Sole Judge: Adam Horovitz Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only). Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/ or SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).


SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Aug-17

Two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed from writers of 18 years or over in the following two categories: English as an Additional Language - for poets who write in English as an additional language Open category - for poets whose first language is English. Prizes will be awarded in both categories: First prize – £1000 Second prize – £200 You may submit a maximum of ten poems. All poems must be unpublished. Judge: Helen Mort.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem, or 4 per poem for more than three entries

Contact: More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/ 

SaveAs Writers Open Competition 2017 (Jane Austen: Love and Freindship [sic]) | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

SaveAs Writers, Canterbury, invite poems and stories with a link to Jane Austen. Poems up to length: 60 lines. Short stories up to 3500 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25 for each section, + publication for all shortlisted in an anthology. Awards ceremony during the Canterbury Festival in October/November. Judges: Poetry: Professor Jan Montefiore from the University of Kent // Prose: Victoria Grainger, writer and illustrator.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem/£8 for three

Contact: Full entry details are on the Saveas website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

Organised every three months since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Oz Hardwick.
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Enter Online or download Entry Form at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Inspired by Newark and Sherwood Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

The Inspired by Newark & Sherwood poetry competition has been launched to promote and celebrate the history and culture of this fabulous part of Nottinghamshire. Entrants are invited to look at an Inspiration Board with eight of the region’s heritage sites and to write a poem about the one they find most inspiring. The poems will be published across the Visit Newark and Sherwood social media accounts and the one with the most likes will win. The top five poems will be displayed at the National Civil War Centre in Newark in the Autumn. The author of the winning poem will receive the prize of a wonderful heritage break in Newark. It consists of: one night’s B&B accommodation at Millgate B&B, an 18th century Georgian townhouse; a £50 voucher towards an evening meal for two at The Ram Bar and Brasserie; a river cruise along the Trent for two people with Newark Castle Line; two day passes to the National Civil War Centre
Entry Fee: £Free


The full terms of the competition are online at http://www.visitnewarkandsherwood.info/competitions
For more information or photos, call Sara Snelling on 07414 777235 or email sara.snelling@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Overton Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 01-Sep-17

In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Judge: Helen Calcutt. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University.
Entry Fee: £12 per sequence of poetry can be made online.

Contact: Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Loughborough University, FAO: Lizzie Hobbs, LU Arts, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU For online entry and full details see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/ Please direct any queries to e.hobbs@lboro.ac.uk

Making Waves Spoken Poetry Competion | Closing Date: 03-Sep-17

Falmouth Poetry Group is launching an exciting new prize for spoken poetry. The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 200 seconds in length. Entries can be on any subject and should highlight the spoken word.There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. Entries must be in the form of .mp3 or m4a files included as attachments in emails. First prize: £600, Second Prize: £250 and third prize £150. Judge: Luke Wright.
Entry Fee: £6.00 for the first and £4.00 for subsequent entries.


To enter the competition, send your poem as a sound file at makingwaves.comp@gmail.com. See CoCoPoFest website  for competition rules and details of how to pay:  https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/  

Stanza Poetry Competition: Walls | Closing Date: 11-Sep-17

The 2017 Stanza Poetry Competition is open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS – however you wish to interpret it. Send up to two poems, either online, or by email, or by post, max 40 lines per poem. Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Tel: 020 7420 9881 (Paul McGrane, Membership Manager)
Email: membership@poetrysociety.org.uk
Web: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/membership/poetry-society-stanzas/stanza-poetry-competition/

Forward Emagazine Student Critics Competition | Closing Date: 11-Sep-17

We seek fresh, lively, engaging responses to the poems on this year's Forward Prizes shortlist. Teachers, encourage your students to enter, and have a go yourself: there are separate categories for ages 14-16 (GCSE), ages 16-19 (A Level, IB, PreU) and for teachers. Just read ten of the Forward shortlisted poems on the EMC website and choose one that appeals. We welcome two kinds of entries: either a critical appreciation or a creative/critical response. The judges are the poet Sarah Howe and the critic Sarah Crown. Each winning student receives £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 21 September. The best teacher response will win an invitation, a set of ten shortlisted collections, plus the new Forward Book of Poetry 2018, launched the same night.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Full details, rules and how to enter on the EMC website: https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/competitions/forward-emagazine-student-critics-competition/

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 29-Sep-17

Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. For updates on the competition, please join the Manchester Writing School mailing list and click to indicate that you are interested in'Manchester Writing Competition'. If you'd like to be sent a postal entry form, please supply us with your name and address via writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

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