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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.
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  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list.

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

Halloween-Themed Annual Poetry Award. Prizes: First Prize Winner will receive an elegant and engraved Glass Trophy, a decorative 'First Prize Winner Award' Certificate for framing, publication in a 2015 Edition of 'The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine' - plus - publication on The Poetry Box website, on a specially created 'Winners' page. The 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners will receive £100.00 and £50.00 respectively - plus - beautiful and decorative 'Second Prize' and 'Third Prize' Award-Winning Certificates for framing - and publication as per the First Prize Winner above. There will also be a number of 'Judge's Special Commendation Awards' and 'Highly Commended Awards' awarded for outstanding poems entered for this year's Annual Award - and these Award-Winners will receive beautiful and decorative Award-Winning Certificates - and - publication as per the Prize-Winners above.
Entry Fee: £6 for 1 poem, £15 for 3 poems, £20 for 4 poems

Contact: Entry Forms and Submission Rules may be downloaded from The Poetry Box website: www.ThePoetryBox.co.uk. To Request An Entry Form via Post - Please email your postal address to: FairytaleRhymes@aol.com. Poem Entries may be sent via Email to: FairytaleRhymes@aol.com  - OR - via Post - together with the completed Entry Form (or the same details may be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted with poem entries). 

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

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: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html

Guernsey Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

Judge: Andrew Motion. Maximum line length: 14 lines. Prizes: Open Category: 1st prize £600, 2nd place £400, 3rd place £200. 33 poems will be chosen for exhibit in the island's buses for up to one year, 12 of these form a second moveable display. See website for further information.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10, Young People's Poetry: entries FREE

Contact: Entries can be sent to: poetry@cwgsy.net. Post to: Poems on the Move 2014 Guernsey Literary Festival, P.O. Box 174, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands. UK Entry forms at: www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com 

Magma Judges Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Jo Shapcott for the Judge's Prize. Prizes: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £150. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at Magma's prize-giving event in Spring 2015. All winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For further information and entry see website: 

Magma Editors' Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

This competition celebrates the short poem and is open to poems of up to 10 lines. The Magma Editors' Prize reflects the magazine's rotating editorship and poems of up to 10 lines will be judged by a panel of Magma Editors who will select a range of poems for 'special mentions' as well as choosing first and second prize winners. First prize £1,000, Second Prize £300, Plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For further information and entry see website: 

Benchmark Creative Writing Competition | Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

Fundraising collaboration between Willow Burn Hospice and writer Rachel Cochrane, inspired by Rachel's latest drama, Benchmark. Competition Prizes: First Prize is a solid Iroko Dalton 3 seater (1500cm) hardwood bench with personalised plaque. To include an engraved plaque (attached) and delivery within the UK. Kindly donated by Faithful & Gould, Victory Signs and Solid Oak Hardwood Furniture. Second Prize is a Kindle kindly donated by David Ridley. Third Prize is a £30 book token kindly donated by Rachel Cochrane. All winning entries will also be showcased in written form on rachelcochrane.com. This national competition is open to all adults.
Entry Fee: £5 with 40% of that donated to Willow Burn Hospice.

Contact: For entry and further information see website:

Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 20-Jan-15

For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject, up to 60 lines long. Eligibility: Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world may enter this competition.Judge: Roger Elkin. Prizes: £700 (1st), £350 (2nd), £175 (3rd), £55 x 5 (High Commendation)
Entry Fee: £5 per poem (You may enter as many poems as you wish)

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/sawc/poetry.htmlSend Cheques/Postal Orders in GB Pound Sterling only, payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB E-mail: competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Jan-15

Adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. Unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £75. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015.
Entry Fee: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five

Contact: Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on separate sheet. No entry form required. Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries june.english@outlook.com

Four Counties Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jan-15

Rottingdean Writers' Group announces the first competition specially designed for poets connected to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The judge is John McCullough, academic and prize-winning author of The Frost Fairs. Three major cash prizes and discretionary honorary awards will be presented at a ceremony on 25 February 2015: £750, sponsored by Wellesley Wealth Advisory, £250, sponsored by The English Language Centre, £100, sponsored by Chalk Gallery, Lewes.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £10 for two or £12 for three poems. The fee for each additional poem after that is £4.

Contact: Entry forms and competition rules are available at www.rottingdeanwritersgroup.co.uk

Prole Laureate 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

Prizes: The winner will receive £200 and publication in Prole 16, due out in April 2015. There are two runners up prizes of £50 each and possible publication in Prole 16. The winner and runners up will be showcased here on the Prole website. Judge: Helen Ivory.
Entry Fee: £3 for first entry, £2 for subsequent entries

Contact: For more details and entry see website: http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page6.html Email entries to: poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

Prizes: First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50. Judge: Mario Petrucci.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

Contact: Postal Entries: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG. Put name and address on separate sheet - not on poem. Or enter online and pay by Paypal. For more details, go to: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

Open Theme. Adjudicator - Roger Elkin. Poems may be up to 60 lines in length but must not be previously published or accepted for future publication in print or online. Prizes: £275; £100; £75. There is an additional prize of £25 and the award of the Chanctonbury Cup for a winning West Sussex entrant. Winners will be notified individually & all results will be published on the Slipstream Web Site by 31st March 2015.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem or 4 for £12.00, 6 for £15.00

Contact: For full details and entry please see website: http://www.slipstream-poets.co.uk/

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

Prizes: 1st - £500 2nd - £200 3rd - £100. Judge: Penelope Shuttle. Winners: to be announced on Sunday 22nd March 2015.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £3 each for additional poems

Contact: See website for entry and further information:

The Corinium Museum Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 06-Feb-15

Poems of up to 40 lines inspired by an object displayed or theme interpreted at the museum. Prizes: The winner of each category will receive a season ticket to the museum valid for a year. Winning poems will be displayed in the museum and published on the museum website. Highly commended poems will also be displayed in the museum and may be published on the museum website. Judge: Hilda Sheehan. Categories: 16 years old and above, 11-15 years old, Under 11s.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and entry see the website: 

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 20-Feb-15

Prizes: 1st Prize £200, 2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £75. Prizewinners will also be invited to take part in a special Reading in Taunton. Judge: Lawrence Sail. Length: 40 lines. Prizewinners notified by beginning of May.
Entry Fee: £4 for 1; £8 for 2; £10 for 3, £3 each for additional poems.

Contact: Entries: Postal entries to: FRP Poetry Competition, 127 Monks Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 7BQ Rules & Online Entries: www.fireriverpoets.org.uk

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 27-Feb-15

Competition for 16-18 years of age. Theme: 'Cells'. Prizes: The first prize is £3,000, with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize- winners. In addition to individual prizes, the students' schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School.. Longlisted entrants' poems are published on the Tower Poetry website. Judges: Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. The winners will be announced on Monday 20 April 2015.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk or call 01865 286591.

The Society of Civil and Public Service Writers | Closing Date: 28-Feb-15

Prizes: 1st £50; 2nd £25. Poems should not be more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Entries should be typed on A4 paper. 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: £2 per poem

Contact: All entries should bear only the name of the competition being entered, a title, the author's pen name and a separate sheet quoting: the name of the competition being entered, pen name, title, real name and address. Entries returned if accompanied by SAE. For details of membership send SAE to Michael Smith, 22 Western Drive, Shepperton, TW17 8HL, or email membership@scpsw.co.uk
For more details visit the website: www.scpsw.co.uk

HAD Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-15

The title for the poem is 'Honouring the Ancient Dead' (a celebration of the ancestors on display up and down the country - perhaps acknowledging their continuing place within the community). However, the theme may be interpreted as loosely as the entrant wishes.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Postal entries should be marked 'Poetry Competition' and sent to: Box 275, 8 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1HF.
Entries should be sent via email or the Contact form on the HAD website:

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-15

Prizes: £400, £100, £50 (and a prize of £40 to the best York entry, excluding the first, second or third prize winners). Highly Commended and Commended certificates will also be awarded at the discretion of the judge, multi-award-winning poet Carole Bromley, Poet in Residence at YorkMix.com. All prize-winning, Commended and Highly Commended poems will be featured on YorkMix.com website, and poets invited to read their work at the prize-giving event on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at York St John University. Poets may enter as many batches of entries as they wish. Poems may be in any form, but no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 for a single poem entry. Or £10 for up to five poems

Contact: Entry is via the online entry form and PayPal here: http://www.yorkmix.com/things-to-do/poetry/win-400-for-your-poem-in-the-yorkmix-poetry-competition/

The Rialto - Nature Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Mar-15

Theme: Nature Poetry. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2015 (worth £550). Additional prize, a personal tour with Mark Cocker in wild life places in East Anglia. The winning poems will be published in The Rialto, Britain?s leading independent poetry magazine. Judge: Simon Armitage.
Entry Fee: £6 for your first poem £3.50 for each subsequent poem. You can submit up to six poems in one batch, the first poem includes an administration fee.

Contact: For entry and further information see website: www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2014

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