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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 Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2017 | Closing Date: 26-May-17

Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words. The submitted translation should be no more than 60 lines long, so entrants may submit an extract if their chosen poem is longer. Self-translation is not accepted. The judges of the 2017 competition are: Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O'Brien. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date.
Entry Fee: £7 for those entering the open category. (Anyone eighteen or under on 26 May 2017 is exempt from this charge.)

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.stephen-spender.org/spender_prize.html

Cruddy Poetry Contest | Closing Date: 30-May-17

A Cruddy was developed in 2009 by the poet Ephraim Crud. It comprises four lines of no fixed syllables, with a rhyme scheme AABB. The last line is a reversal/twist of the first. £20 Winner takes. Minium entries per person 4. The poems in this contest and on this site as a whole, are not used by Screech Magazine for any other purpose other than reads on this site.Judge Anita Zehavi
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact: For full details see  http://screech.myfreeforum.org/COMPOSE_A_CRUDDY__about106.html

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. Adjudicator: Maggie Butt.
Entry Fee: £3.00

Contact: For full conditions of entry see: www.frogmorepress.co.uk. Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

The Bridport Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

International open competition founded in 1973. Poetry Catergory: 1st prize £5,000 / 2nd prize £1,000 / 3rd prize £500 plus ten highly commended awards of £100. Poems max 42 lines. Poetry Judge Lemn Sissay. See Bridport Prize website for details of other writing categories and prizes for short stories, flash fiction and first novel award. The winning and highly commended poems, short stories and flash fiction are published in an annual anthology. Winners will be notified in September and the results will be published on the Bridport prize website on 21 October 2017
Entry Fee: £9 per poem

Contact: Submissions can be made online athttps://www.bridportprize.org.uk/enter-onlinePostal forms are available to download at https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/submit-post

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

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 3 (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation). First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) on 31st July, 2017. Results: will be announced on 15-July-2017 Judge: Anthony Watt
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10


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

Bread and Roses Poetry Award | Closing Date: 31-May-17

In partnership with Unite the Union, Culture Matters is a web platform (www.culturematters.org.uk) which promotes a progressive political approach to the arts and other cultural activities. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite. Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long. Entry is open to everyone regardless of trade union membership, and is free. Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Unite conference in Durham in July.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Poems should be sent via email to: info@culturematters.org.uk, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

The prize for the competition will be £500. Open to 16 year and over. The winning poet will also have their work published on the Wundor website, and will be strongly considered for print publication.The prize-winners will receive multiple copies of any Wundor publication which includes their work. Each entry may consist of up to six poems of unlimited length. The poems must react in some way to the theme of ‘Spring’, but poets are encouraged to use the theme innovatively. Entrants retain the copyright to all submitted work, but the poems must be previously unpublished. The contest will be judged by an impartial, external judge. We will be appointing the judge within the next week. The competition is based in the UK and judged by Caroline Price.
Entry Fee: £10 for an entry of up to six poems

Contact: For full details: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions---contests.html

Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-Jun-17

Wirral Festival of Firsts 7th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Gill McEvoy. First Prize £175, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £50 with 2 Highly Commended prizes of £10 each and a special Wirral Prize of £30. Poems of up to 40 lines in English. Online submission preferred, but postal entries also accepted. Prize Giving takes place at West Kirby Arts Centre on Sunday 9th July at 5.00pm. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website with the writers’ permission.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three poems

Contact: For further details, rules & entry form visit http://www.festivaloffirsts.com/2017/02/11/poetry-competition/

Segora 11th International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Jun-17

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Prizes: £300, £50, £30 Judge: A. C. Clarke Winning poems published on website Proceeds from competition entries donated to Médecins Sans Frontières
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £2.50 for each subsequent poem.


Email: simms.gordon@orange.fr
Jocelyn Simms, 1 rue de la Sèvre, 79380 St. André-sur-Sèvre, France
For further information see website http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/

The International Welsh Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 18-Jun-17

Prize money:1st Prize – £500 2nd Prize – £250,3rd Prize – £100 plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries. Each poem must be no more than 50 lines in length. Entries can be in any style and on any subject. Judge – Kathy Miles
Entry Fee: £5 per poem (£6 via PayPal) see website for fees for larger submissions.


info@welshpoetry.co.uk see http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/entry/ for competition rules and to enter by post and download an entry form or enter online.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition | Closing Date: 19-Jun-17

Poems of up to 60 lines on any theme are invited. The Competition attracts entries from all over the world. 1st prize £200, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100 and £50, with prizes for ‘People’s Choice’ and best read poem. Longlisted entries are published in an anthology and shortlisted poets are invited to read at the Adjudication event at the time of National Poetry Day. The judges are last year's winner, Jen Syrkiewicz, Nancy Gaffield from the University of Kent and prize-winning poet Derek Sellen (SaveAs Writers)
Entry Fee: £5 per poem


For more details and online or postal entry go to: 

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-Jun-17

1st prize: £2,000 2nd prize: £400 3rd prize: £200 Judge: Sinéad Morrissey. The winning entry receives a £2,000 cash prize, plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park, in Argyll and Bute, plus a one-to-one mentoring session with Seren Poetry Editor, Amy Wack. As well as the top three prizes, 17 runners up will receive £25, plus every prize winner is published in Mslexia Magazine. In addition there is a special prize of £500 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet. The competition is open new and experienced women writers of any nationality from any country, and welcomes poems of in any style, of any length, on any subject.
Entry Fee: £7.00 entry fee allows you to submit three poems. See website to submit additional poems.

Contact: For any further information, call on 0191 204 8860 or email poetry@mslexia.co.uk. Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment. https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/womens-poetry-competition-2017/

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-Jun-17

1st Prize: £250 Judge: Amy Wack, Poetry Editor, Seren Books.In addition to the top prize of £250, the winning pamphlet will be published in 2017 by Seren Books. The winner will also receive 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet,and earn ten per cent royalty on any sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine. The annual pamphlet competition is open to women of any nationality from any country, and welcomes completed collections of between 20-24 pages long, for 18-20 poems, these may be in any style, of any length, on any subject. Each £20 entry fee allows you to submit one pamphlet. If you would like to enter more than one, please select the correct number of entries below.
Entry Fee: ££20.00

Contact: For any further information, call on 0191 204 8860 or email poetry@mslexia.co.uk. Please ensure you’ve read the rules and FAQs before entering, and you have the PDF or .doc/.docx file of your entry ready to upload immediately after payment. See https://mslexia.co.uk/products/competition_entry_fee/womens-pamphlet-competition-2017/

Milestones Open Poetry Competition 201 7 opens on March 21st | Closing Date: 21-Jun-17

Prizes: £500, £100, £25, and the U-16s Prize £100.Free anthology for winners and commended poets. Prizegiving 7 October 2017. Poems on the theme of ‘milestones’. You may interpret this theme as literally or figuratively as you wish. Poems must be in English, and no more than 40 lines long. Judge Brian Pattern. Results will be announced in early August. The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony on October 7th, 2017.
Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem entered, and can enter three poems in the same submission for £10 Entrants aged 16 years or over . Subsequent entries (also in the same submission) are £3 each. Entrants aged 15 or under pay £1 per entry.

Contact: Entries to the competition must be made online at https://www.writeoutloud.net/

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 21-Jun-17

A poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines. Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25.Judge: Maura Dooley
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: Enter on line or by post.  See website for full details https://www.arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/poetry-competition or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Jun-17

All adult entries to be judged by Dawn Gorman open poetry competition supported by freebird campers classic 1970s vw camper hire – www.freebirdcampers.co.uk Write a poem on any topic of no more than 40 lines for a chance to win a cash prize major prizes: 1st prize £200; 2nd prize £100; 3rd prize £50 prize winners may be published on the festival website. three runners-up £15 - certificates of distinction and merit. Please make cheques payable to: PennyBank Writers
Entry Fee: £3.50 first poem; £2.50 second and subsequent entries JUNIORS:- £1.00 per poem – 25% discount on school entries of ten or more poems.


Entries sent M.L.F. Poetry Competition, Monkswell Cottage, Mill Lane,
Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6DA

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any shown on the website.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

Contact: For rules and conditions see http://earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm Send paper copy to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street , Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL or e-copy to services@earlyworkspress.co.uk Payment in pounds sterling. POs or cheques payable to Kay Green.

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

Judges: Malika Booker and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. First prize £700; second £200; third £100; plus four commendations of £25 each. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7th October 2016, when Malika will hand out prizes and read from her work. Poems will appear in the Battered Moons Pamphlet and website. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.


Enter online or by post see website for more details http://batteredmoons.com/

Prole poetry pamphlet competition. | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

The competition is open to anyone writing in English, The maximum page limit is 35. Poems may have been published before but not as a collection. One winner will receive 15 copies of their book (with the opportunity to purchase more at a discount price) and a cash prize of £50. Our judge is Fiona Pitt-Kethley. Any profits made after printing, prize money, and judge's fee will go towards the continuation of Prole as a print journal and a literary event later in the year.
Entry Fee: £12


Full details of the competition may be found here:

Humour Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

£20 Amazon Voucher. Max 64 lines. min 25 entries to go ahead. 1 x entry per member. Please review two other poets on site, to be eligible (either in or out of the contest). The author retains copyright of their work and poems entered into the contest can be published or unpublished. The poems in this contest and on this site as a whole, are not used by Screech Magazine for any other purpose than reads on this site. Judge: Anita Zehavi
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact: For full competition rules see http://screech.myfreeforum.org/forum43.php

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