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"we can not compete
but perhaps we meet somewhere"

from 'Red Rose and a Beggar' by H.D., found in Hermetic Definition (New Directions,1972)

  • 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.

Ealing Magna Carta Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 04-Sep-15

Details:
Leading poet George Szirtes will judge this year's Ealing Autumn Festival poetry competition, which will be based on the theme of Magna Carta and freedom, human rights and democracy. This year's festival is inspired by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the poetry competition is open to anyone with cash prizes totalling £500 for the winners in two categories - adult group (19 years and over) and 18 years and under. Apart from judging the competition, Mr Szirtes will visit Ealing Central Library on October 11 and then later he will talk about the entries and present the prizes for the Magna Carta Poetry Competition at The Drayton Court, West Ealing. Selected poets will be invited to read and the focus will be on younger poets in the afternoon at Ealing Central Library and on the adult age-group in the evening at The Drayton Court.
Entry Fee: £5.50 and £2.50 for additional poems in the adult group and in the 18 years and under the first poem is free and then £2.50 for additional ones, maximum of four.

Contact: You can enter online at www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk or telephone 020 8567 7623 for further details.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 06-Sep-15

Details:
The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 is for poets and young critics writing in response to WWII poetry. Free entry; publication and prizes (book vouchers, books, posters and notebooks) on offer. For poets aged 14-25 from all over the world.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Find out more here: http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2015/06/10/the-timothy-corsellis-prize-2015/

Live Canon 2015 International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 06-Sep-15

Details:
Entries are open for the Live Canon 2015 International Poetry Competition, with a first prize of £1000. The winning poem will also be eligible for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. An additional 'Borough' prize of £100 is sponsored by Greenwich Theatre and awarded to a poet living, studying or working in the London Borough of Greenwich. The unique aspect of the Live Canon competition is that all the shortlisted poems are peformed by the Live Canon ensemble (from memory) in a special event at Greenwich Theatre to launch the anthology and announce the overall winner. As part of the judging process all poems are read aloud by the judging panel, so we are particularly interested in poems which leap off the page.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £12 for 3 Poem

Contact: For entry and further information: 
http://www.livecanon.co.uk/poetry-competition

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 25-Sep-15

Details:
Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller. £10,000 prizes 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 per portfolio of 3 to 5 poems

Contact: More information available on website: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php.
Contact the Manchester Writing School at MMU on: +44 (0) 161 247 1787 or writingschool@mmu.ac.uk to order a printed entry pack. 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'.

The Salopian Poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

Details:
The 39th annual competition is open to everyone. Entries must be in English & your own original work. Entries must not be entered into any other competition, nor have been a prize winner in any other competition. Poems: maximum 42 lines. Prizes: First Prize £150, Second prize £100, Third prize £50. Ten consolation prizes of £20 will be awarded and all winners will receive a copy of the Winter 2015 issue of Salopeot which will contain all the winning poems. No limit to number of entries. Entries unaccompanied by an entry form will be accepted provided that the rules are followed. Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members

Contact: For entry and more information: 
http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/#/competition-rules/4531672813

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

Details:
Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Publication 2016 to coincide with Geoff's birth date June 4th.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems.

Contact: All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal. See full submission rules at www.indigodreams.co.uk/#/competition/4577197527. Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU.

SLAMbassadors UK 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

Details:
SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds is open for entries. Slam is the competitive art of spoekn word performed before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter SLAMbassadors by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to our SlamCam YouTube channel. The theme is identity - who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity. Prizes: Six acts will be chosen from across the UK to take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners work will be showcased at a live performance in central London alongside Joelle and a spoken word icon. The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by the Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Find out more on the SLAM blog:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/

Third Words and Music Festival Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

Details:
For a poem up to 40 lines on any subject. Shortlist judge: Kim Moore. First prize £100. Prizegiving 18th October.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem

Contact: Details on http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/

The Poems Please Me Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Oct-15

Details:
This is an Open competition. However simple or challenging the subject, poems which communicate skilfully and clearly will find favour with the judges. Language: English. Length: 12 to 28 lines. Prizes: First £300; Second £200; Third £100; Highly Commended(s) £30 each. Winning and commended poems will be later be illustrated and published - see earlier eBooks Pure Silver and Movement - this is our fourth annual competition. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to November 1st 2015.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three; £14 for four.

Contact: Full details for online or postal entry: www.poemsplease.me

PLAX Jewellery Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 09-Oct-15

Details:
PLAX Jewellery invites entries for a short poem titled 'Just like a Pearl' THEME: 'Just like a Pearl' - The poem will aim to express the beauty, characteristics and gracefulness of a pearl embodied in a woman, creating strong resonance and reflection. POEMS: Short poems, 6-8 Lines and limited to 2 poem submissions per person. PRIZE: £500 Cash and £500 worth of PLAX Luxury Pearl Jewellery.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Please visit http://www.plaxjewellery.com/poetrycompetition-page for further information or write to pearls@plaxjewellery.com 

Poetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 11-Oct-15

Details:
The competition this year is for poems on the theme of 'cities' (this can be broadly interpreted). There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 1st prize is £100. All shortlisted poets will be considered to be part of for the CITN Featured Poet series. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN.
Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8 for 3 poems, £10 for 5 poems.

Contact: Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org. See website for further information:
http://www.poetrykit.org/comps.htm

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 19-Oct-15

Details:
Judge: Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe. Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan on Monday 30th November 2015 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5/ 6 Euro/ 8 Dollars per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only)

Contact: For further information and entry please see website:
http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/

Amnesty International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

Details:
Theme: Enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka: 'Silenced Shadows'. Entries may be submitted in English, Tamil or Sinhala from any place in the world. Writers must be Sri Lankans living in the country or who have emigrated in the past 20 years. All entrants must be 14 years of age or older when they submit their entry to the competition. Prizes: There will be no financial awards for the competition but all the winning poems will be on the Amnesty website and copies of the tri-lingual book of those poems to be published by Amnesty International in 2016, will be sent to all their writers. There will be a Panel of Judges of known poets and literary figures for each language. They are listed on the Amnesty website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further information and entry forms see: http://join.amnesty.org/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4326  All entries must be submitted online to this email address: entry.poetry@amnesty.org. 

Mungrisdale Writers Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

Details:
The theme for this year 'Gleams that untravell'd world' (Tennyson). Judge: Grevel Lindop. Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. In addition to the winners the judge will also select some other poems of a publishable standard to be included in a booklet to be published Spring 2016 priced £4.50. 40 lines maximum per poem. Winners will be notified before the end of November 2015. Please enclose SAE if you wish a list of winners to be sent. Winners are invited to a prize-giving ceremony, to include readings with judge Grevel Lindop, on 5th December at Mungrisdale Village Hall, followed by lunch at The Horse and Farrier, Threlkeld.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10. No restriction on the number of poems entered by any individual.

Contact: Entries to be sent by post, with cheque made out to Mungrisdale Writers, to:  Sue Banister, 6, Eskin Street, Keswick, CA12 4DH. See website for more information: http://www.mungrisdalewriters.org.uk/

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-15

Details:
The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world's first major 'ecopoetry. award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. Prizes: First prize £5,000, Second prize is £2,000 and Third prize £1,000.Founded in the spring of 2014 Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Lumley and Peter Phelps.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

Contact: For further information and entry: 
http://www.resurgenceprize.org/

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 16-Nov-15

Details:
OPEN COMPETITION: 35 lines on any subject. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize: £500, second prize: £250, 3 x third prizes: £100. JUNIOR COMPETITION: Two juniors categories: 7-11 and 12-16. Judge: Katherine Gallagher. Prizes (7-11): first, £25; second, £15; 3 x third, £10. Prizes (12-16): first £75; second, £50; 3 x third £25.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem for adults; £1 per poem for juniors. Free Entry to Barnet Schools.

Contact: Entry form on line at www.barnetarts.org.uk Alternatively, send a SAE to Barnet Borough Arts Council, 122 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ

Fair Acre Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2015/16 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Details:
Judge: Jonathan Edwards. Submission window opens 1.11.15, Deadline 30.11.15. Two categories: 1. Open (aged 18 and over). 2. Open only to those without a published pamphlet or collection (including self-published) at midnight 30.11.15. Details of how many poems etc to follow. Prize: The same for both categories: Publication, with ISBN and editorial advice by Fair Acre Press, in Spring 2016. Launch Reading at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2016, alongside Jonathan Edwards. Complimentary copies, plus 40% discount on purchasing further copies. Submission by Fair Acre Press of your pamphlet to both Michael Marks Award and P.B.S. Pamphlet choice.
Entry Fee: £12 entry (profits are for future poetry publication)

Contact: For entry and further information see www.fairacrepress.co.uk 

The Plough Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Details:
Judge: Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500 - 3rd Prize: £250. Forty lines or under, no theme. Long and short lists published.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: For entry and further information:
http://www.theploughprize.co.uk/

Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Details:
Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50. Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100. Sponsored by The Iron House, The Norfolk Prize £200 & Meal for Two awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: Tiffany Atkinson. Maximum of 40 lines (excluding title) on one side of A4. Prizewinners will be notified in writing by 31st January 2016. The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the prize-giving ceremony at Café Writers on 8th February 2016.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://cafewriters.co.uk/home/poetry-competition/

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-15

Details:
£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any we show on the website. Quality book publication for best entries. The competition is open to anyone over 16.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

Contact: Contact details and postal and online entry instructions on the web page here:http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm 


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