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Competitions

"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.

Poetry & Politics competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-16

Details:
The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home. We don't have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, we look for a beautiful use of language. Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country Length: 50 lines or less .
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: To submit email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to submissions@hollandparkpress.co.uk Complete guidelines are available from http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=407&language=English please read these instructions carefully.


SaveAs International Poetry and Short Story Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-16

Details:
SaveAs Writers invite entries for its annual poetry and prose competition. This year the theme is REBELLION, inspired by the centenary of the Easter Rising in Ireland. You do not need to write about the Rising if you do not wish to, and may choose any type of 'rebellion' you like, be it personal, political, religious, social, cultural or any other. Poems up to 60 lines, short stories up to 3000 words. Prizes for each category: 1st prize £100; 2nd £50; 3rd £25. Entries must be typed and be the submitter's own original work and not been previously published (either paper, websites, online journals or blogs). All entries must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet with your details; no identifying marks on your entry. Judges Simon Smith and Derek Sellen. Entries may be emailed to saveas@hotmail.co.uk, or posted to: Luigi Marchini, c/o Save As Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME 13 8QP Payment may be made online through PayPal to SaveAs Writers, (please add a 50p administration charge to each entry), or by post with a cheque made out to 'SaveAs Writers'. Full T&Cs are on the SaveAs website: www.saveaswriters.co.uk Winners will be announced on 29th October at the Awards evening as part of the Canterbury Festival.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or £8 for three; £4 per story or £10 for three.

Contact: www.saveaswriters.co.uk

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Aug-16

Details:
With 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 in the following two categories: English as Second Language - open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as an additional language Open category - open to all poets over 18 years of age. These prizes will be awarded in both categories: First prize - £1000, Second prize - £200. Judge:Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or £4 per poem for over 3 entries

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-16

Details:
Judge: Terry Jones. For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prizes: £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation). First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online). Results: will be announced on 15 October 2016
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom. Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry


Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival - Open Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 03-Sep-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st prize: £600, 2nd prize: £150, 3rd prize: £50. Judge: Alison Brackenbury.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £3 per poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and more information see: https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/competition/

Primers competition 2016 | Closing Date: 04-Sep-16

Details:
The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press are delighted to announce the arrival of Primers Volume 2, the second year of an annual scheme which creates a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. The scheme will select three poets whose work will feature together in Primers Volume 2, a book showcasing short debut collections of work. With the involvement of Jane Commane (Nine Arches’ poetry editor), Jacob Sam-La Rose (poet) and the Poetry School, Primers Volume 2 will nurture and support new talent that may otherwise not find an outlet. It also aims to provide an important opportunity for poets to develop their skills, work on their poetry practice, and find audiences for their work. Following editing and mentoring with Jacob and Jane, the Primers Volume 2 collection will be published by Nine Arches Press, and a further series of live events will showcase the three chosen poets at festivals and shows around the country.
Entry Fee: £15 per submission of up to 6 poems.

Contact: For entry and more information see: https://poetryschool.com/articles/primers-volume-2-mentoring-publication-scheme-now-open-entries

The Poetry Society's Stanza Competition | Closing Date: 12-Sep-16

Details:
Open exclusively to Poetry Society members, or anyone who joins before the closing date, who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for this year's competition is SILENCE. Send up to two poems, max 40 lines per poem. The winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 6 October 2016. Our judge is award-winning poet and novelist Ros Barber.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: For more information see: www.poetrysociety.org.uk/stanzacomp 

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 12-Sep-16

Details:
The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize asks young writers aged 14-25 to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed Timothy Corsellis and Anna Akhmatova. Prizes: There will be a first prize winner and two runners-up in each category, who will receive £100 in book tokens and £50 in book tokens respectively, plus a Young Poets Network notebook, other poetry goodies, and publication on Young Poets Network. The first prize poem will be published in The Poetry Society?s quarterly paper Poetry News. The first prize essay will be published on The Poetry Society's website. Judges: Fran Brearton, Judith Palmer and Wendy Cope.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/the-timothy-corsellis-prize-2016/

Live Canon 2016 International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 12-Sep-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st Prize £1000, there is also a £100 prize for the highest placed entry by a local writer, living working or studying in the London Borough of Greenwich, 25 shortlisted poems will be published in our 2016 prize anthology, and performed by the Live Canon Ensemble at our prize giving event at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2016. Judge: Lorraine Mariner, guest judge.
Entry Fee: £6 for a single poem, £15 for three poems and £20 for five poems

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

The 2016 Words & Music Festival Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Sep-16

Details:
This year's judge is Elisabeth Sennitt Clough PhD. The short list will be compiled by a team from the Words & Music organising committee including singer-songwriter, Thea Gilmore. Winning poets will be invited to read at the prize-giving at 7pm on Thursday 13 October. Winning entries will also be published on the Words & Music website. First prize £150, second prize £75, third prize £50. The best local entrant, residing within 20 miles of Nantwich, will have the opportunity to read at the prize-giving and will be given two free tickets to see John Cooper Clarke on Sat 15 October. Please mark the entry with an ‘L’ in the top left hand corner. There will also be a prize of a £15 book token for the best poem from an entrant under 16. Please mark the entry with ‘under 16’ in the top left hand corner.
Entry Fee: £4 (three entries cost £10)

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/poetry.html

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 23-Sep-16

Details:
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.

The Bedford Writing Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-16

Details:
The Bedford Writing Competition poetry section (there is also a short story competition) is a volunteer-run and judged contest. The income of the competition is donated to charities that promote literacy, particularly for children. Judge, Ian McEwen. A shortlist of ten poems will be announced, first prize £200, second £100, third £50. Poems no more than 40 lines, enter online, or by post to The Administrator, Bedford Writing Competition, 28 Miller Road, Bedford, UK, MK42 9NZ.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem or three for £10

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/cgi-bin/bwcp16-rules.cgi

Cookham 2017 Festival Stanley Spencer Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-16

Details:
The Cookham Festival has teamed up with The Stanley Spencer Gallery, The University of Reading and Two Rivers Press to organise an international poetry competition on the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs. First prize £2500 plus 2 runner up prizes of £500. All short listed works will be published by Two Rivers Press in an anthology. Poems must not exceed 54 lines.
Entry Fee: £10 for each entry.

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.cookhamfestival.org.uk/

The Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 10-Oct-16

Details:
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject or theme. 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. Prizes: 1st prize is £100. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN. Competition Judge; TBA.
Entry Fee: £3.50, 1 poem , £8, 3 poems, £10, 5 poems.

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.poetrykit.org/comp_pk.htm. Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

Shooter Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Oct-16

Details:
Shooter's Poetry Competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We're looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart. The winner of the 2016 Shooter Poetry Competition will receive £100, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media. The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter's website, and promotion on social media. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter's winter issue. Poems may be any theme or style, up to 125 lines long.
Entry Fee: £3 entry fee, ALL ENTRANTS will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2017 issue, which will feature the winning poem.

Contact: For more information see: https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition/

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

Details:
The Flambard Poetry Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, 2nd Prize: £250. Judges: Linda France & Andrew Forster.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: Full details, including terms & conditions, can be found here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

Details:
1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £75. Adjudicator: Alison Brackenbury. Prizewinners will be notified at the end of January and winning poems will appear on the Fire River Poets website. Prizewinners will be invited to take part in a special reading in Taunton with Alison Brackenbury in April 2017. 40 lines maximum.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem; £3 each additional poem.

Contact: SEND TO: Fire River Poets Poetry Competition 2016, 2, Deane View, Bishop’s Hull Road, Taunton TA1 5EG. For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries,  visit http://fireriverpoets.org.uk

Rubies in the Darkness Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-16

Details:
Organiser: Robert Karoke. Judge: Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Entries in traditional form with rhyme scheme preferred. No entry form required. Poems of any length. The author retains copyright and published poems are acceptable. Book prizes for the top three.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to: Rubies Poetry Competition, 41 Grantham Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5LZ. 

Inspired by Film Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-16

Details:
This competition is open to all participants of the Inspired by Film poetry workshops taking place at The Friends' Meeting House, King's Lynn, Cambridge Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, Cinema City, Norwich and the NAWE Conference workshop at Stratford-on-Avon. You may enter one poem inspired by the workshop themes. Judges: Maura Dooley and Heidi Williamson. Prizes: First Prize One-year Picturehouse Membership, a poetry book bundle (including signed copies of our judges' books) and a one-to- one mentoring session with one of our judges, Second Prize: A Day School of your choice at Cinema City, a poetry book bundle (including signed copies of our judges' books) and a one-to-one mentoring session with one of our judges, Third Prize:Magnetic Poetry Kit, signed copies of our judges' books and a Writing Ideas notebook and pen.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.sueburge.uk/poetry/

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st prize 10,000 Euro, plus 3 prizes of 1,000 Euro for each of the shortlisted poems. For an unpublished poem of any length. The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth. Judged by Deborah Landau.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro

Contact: See: www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8010&page=13


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