"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.
Brittle Star Competition | Closing Date: 12-Mar-14Details:
Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Mimi Khalvati (poetry), David Constantine (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.
Entry Fee: £4 for 1st entry then £3 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.
Contact: For more details and an entry form please visit http://www.brittlestar.org.uk/competition/
2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 14-Mar-14Details:
The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. Judges: Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards. Samantha Wynne Rhydderch will be returning as filter judge. Prizes: First prize is £5000. Additional prizes are £500 for second place, £250 for third and five runners-up receive £50 each. Poems must be no longer than 50 lines long.
Entry Fee: £7 per poem
Contact: For more information and to download an entry form, visit www.literaturewales.org/cipc/. To receive an entry form through the post send a stamped, self addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, CIPC14 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 5FL.
Straid Collection Awards 2014 | Closing Date: 17-Mar-14Details:
The annual Straid Collection Awards are open for submission of full collections of poetry. Poets are invited to submit between forty and sixty pages of poetry, with no more than forty lines per page, excluding title and stanza breaks. Prize: The award is given to one poet each year and is intended for poets who have a complete new collection. The winning poet will be offered a launch reading at the 2014 Derwent Poetry Festival and a further launch reading in our Keats House events programme.
Entry Fee: £22.00 for each submission and £25.00 for each Online Submission
Contact: For further information see website: http://templarpoetry.com/products/straid-collection-award
Postal Entries: Templar & Iota Poetry, PO BOX 7721, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 9DD
Email entries: email@example.com
Wenlock Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 17-Mar-14Details:
Prizes: 1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100. Shortlisted entries will be judged by Daljit Nagra. Winners will be invited to read at an awards ceremony on Saturday 26th April in Much Wenlock as part of Wenlock Poetry Festival 2014.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem
Contact: For further details and entry form please see website: www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org
Address: Corn Exchange, High Street, Much Wenlock, TF13 6AE
Jane Martin Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 21-Mar-14Details:
Girton College's 2014 national Jane Martin Poetry Prize is now taking entries. Entrants must be aged 18 - 30. Judges: John Fuller and Vahni Capildeo. Prizes: The winner will receive £700 and will have an opportunity to give a reading at a celebratory event at Girton College, at which the prize will be awarded. There will also be a second cash prize of £300.
Entry Fee: £0. No fee for submissions but entries are limited to four poems per person per year, submitted as one entry.
Contact: More information and the entry link can be found on our website: http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/747-jane-martin-2014
Federation of Writers (Scotland) Vernal Equinox Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 21-Mar-14Details:
The optional theme is Light. Judges: Anne Connolly and Elizabeth Rimmer. Prizes: 1st prize £50, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem
Contact: See website for full details. Entry by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Email submission of entries preferred. For postal entry send the appropriate fee as a cheque or postal order made out to The Federation of Writers (Scotland) to: Competition Secretary, Federation of Writers Scotland, 0/1 25 Craigmillar Rd, Glasgow, G42 9JZ.
The Wenlock Children and Young People's Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 27-Mar-14Details:
The theme for the 2014 competition is: 'I found this in a derelict building'. Head Judge: Frieda Hughes. There are three age categories are for the competition: 7-9 years, 10-12 years, 13-16 years. Prizes this year include book tokens, high street vouchers, poetry books and the opportunity to attend a special creative writing workshop and afternoon tea during the festival weekend. A maximum of 3 poems can be submitted by one person. Poems should be a maximum of 20 lines, typed and submitted as a Word document or written clearly on an A4 piece of paper. Winners will be invited to read at an awards ceremony on Saturday 26th April in Much Wenlock.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: More information and details on how to enter can be found via www.wenlockpoetryfestival.org
Cinnamon Press Competition for Poetry Pamphlets | Closing Date: 31-Mar-14Details:
4 prizes of £150 each + publishing contracts for each of the four winners. Judged by Ian Gregson. Open to all writers - published and beginners.
Entry Fee: £10
Contact: Enter online: www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 31-Mar-14Details:
Line Length: Up to 32 lines . Prizes will be awarded as follows: First: £150, Second: £100, Third: £50. The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter
Contact: See website for further details: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html
Buxton Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 07-Apr-14Details:
Theme: The Natural World. Judge: Helen Mort. Patron: Lady Jasmine Cavendish. Prizes: Open - £300, £200, £100. Youth and Children's - book tokens. Categories: Open - 18 and over, Youth -12-17 years (Free entry), Children - up to 11 years (Free entry)
Entry Fee: £5
Contact: For full details and to download an entry pack:
Further Information: 01298 70395
Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 16-Apr-14Details:
Prizes: £400, £200, £100. Judge: Vona Groarke will read all entries. Poem in English, any subject, maximum of 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems
Contact: An application form is required, available from website. Send postal entries to Poets and Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.
Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 25-Apr-14Details:
First prize: £100. Second prize: £50 Wakefield postcode prize: £25. Adjudicator: Gareth Durasow
Entry Fee: £3, subsequent poems £2
Contact: For further information and entry see website: http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-poetry-competition-2014.html
The Colour of Saying - Dylan Thomas Creative Writing Competition | Closing Date: 27-Apr-14Details:
For ages 10 to adult. Responses invited to the poem 'The Hunchback in the Park'. They can be in poetry, prose-poems, prose, diary form, and letter form. The best of the submissions will be judged by international writers/translators and published in an anthology which will appear on the 27th October 2014, the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth. The remainder of the submissions will appear in phases on website. Part of the remit of the competition is to encourage trauma or war victims, prisoners, abused wives or husbands, immigrants or refugees to a new country who do not speak the country's language and so entries are welcome in the writer's mother tongue (whatever the language is) or in the writer's dialect, together with (if possible) an English translation. Submissions are limited to one page each for the original and translation. Please see website for full details.
Entry Fee: £0.00
14th International Poetry On the Lake Competition | Closing Date: 28-Apr-14Details:
Silver Wyvern + 500 Euro, 2nd 200 Euro; 100 Euro, best sonnet. Other prizes. Theme: Weather. Max 50 lines. Adjudicators Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker
Entry Fee: £6 per poem (£15 x 3, then £5) or 10 Euro (20 Euro x 3)
Contact: Postal entries: 2 copies of each poem, both with pen name only, put contact details, titles, fee in sealed envelope with pen name, titles, on front. Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall). Euro/dollars: Paypal or notes (wrap in silver foil).SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy
Email entries: pay Paypal to poetry on the lake through Donations button on www.poetryonthelake.org), note transaction ID with contact details one attachment, poem/s (with pen name) in second attachment £8/11 Euro/12 USD per poem, email to email@example.com, subject line: 2014 comp/Paypal ID
Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 4 July 2014. Length: up to 50 lines. Judge: Roddy Lumsden.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).
Contact: Entry form: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware14.pdf
or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
Judge: Stephen Beattie. First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25. In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize. No application form is required.
Entry Fee: £ £3 per poem or four poems for £10
Contact: Envelopes should be marked 'POETRY COMPETITION' and sent to:Southport Writers' Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery. For further information and to enter online please visit www.swconline.co.uk
Thynks Publications: Collections of poems for children aged 5 - 8 year-olds by grown-ups writing for children! | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
Collections of poems for children aged 5 - 8 year-olds by grown-ups writing for children. 25 to 50 poems. To be judged by members of the Thynks Publications team. 1st prize £100 plus publication, runners up - publication.
Entry Fee: £12 per collection
Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
Competition for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone. Prizes: £100, £75, £25.
Entry Fee: £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4
Contact: Rules and entry form (essential) from www.greyhenpress.com or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG
Ver Poets Open Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
Adjudicator Claire Pollard. Prizes: First Prize £600, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £100 Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems to a maximum of 30 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; 3 poems for £10; £2 each for any poem thereafter.
Contact: Entry forms can be downloaded from: www.verpoets.org.uk. Cheques to be made payable to 'Ver Poets'. Send entries to:
Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4AH
Adlestrop Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
The entrants to the competition are asked to write a poem of sixteen lines which has been inspired by the original Edward Thomas poem 'Adlestrop'. Judge: P.J. Kavanagh. Prize: £400 and the winning poem will be published on website and also in Cotswold Life.
Entry Fee: £10
Contact: For full conditions visit www.adlestroppoem.wordpress.com
Postal Entries: Competition Organiser, Windrush House, 12 Main Street, Adlestrop, Moreton-in-Marsh,Gloucestershire GL56 0UN.