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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 Rivals 2014 | Closing Date: 17-Sep-14

Details:
Poetry Rivals is open to poets across the UK who are 18 years and over. Prizes: Top 100 poems will be selected by guest judges, those finalists will receive five free copies of the finalist publication and invited to the live poetry slam where they perform their poem to a live audience and the judges. The overall winner will be crowned the Poetry Rivals Slam Champion 2014 and get a book publishing contract.
Entry Fee: £10 (only one entry per person)

Contact: To find out more about Poetry Rivals 2014 please visit www.poetryrivals.com or email info@poetryrivals.com.

Skipton Library Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 26-Sep-14

Details:
For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25, 5 prizes £10 each, 5 Hight commended. Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed. Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem

Contact: Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council) to Skipton Library Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send SAE for details to above address.

Black Country Living Museum Annual Poetry Competition 2014: Conflict & Contemplation | Closing Date: 27-Sep-14

Details:
Theme: 'Conflict & Contemplation', a topic inspired by the story of the Black Country and informed by the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Judges: Dave Reeves, last years winners Roz Goddard and Mel Weatherly, Head of Learning at the Black Country Living Museum. First prize includes £100 and publication in an anthology. Two runners-up receive cash prizes, publication and more. Entrants should be aged 19 and over.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Details and entry  form can be found at http://www.bclm.co.uk/learning/annual-prize-poetry-competition/457.htm 

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Publication (to coincide with Geoff's birth date) June 4th 2015. All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems

Contact:

Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Line Length: Up to 32 lines. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First: £150. Second: £100. Third: £50.
Entry Fee: ££3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and further information see our website.


Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Theme:'films' (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. Competition Judge: Jim Bennett. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website.
Entry Fee: ££3.50 for first poem, 3 Poems £8, 5 poems £10

Contact: Online entry only: Entry is by email to comp@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

For more details please see website: http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2014.htm

Exiled Writers Ink Free Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 08-Oct-14

Details:
Exiled Writers Ink presents the poetry competition for UK refugees, asylum seekers and exiles. Free entry. Prizes: First prize: £400 plus assessment of winner's poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy. Second Prize: £200, Third Prize: £100. Free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. A special poetry night at which the winners will be announced and will perform their poetry. Judges: Dajit Nagra - Michael Zand - Alev Adil.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Website: www.exiledwriters.co.uk

Send entries as email attachment to fathieh2001@yahoo.co.uk

SLAMbassadors UK 2014 ( For entrants Aged 12-18) | Closing Date: 10-Oct-14

Details:
Poetry Society's national youth slam championships. Theme: Identity. Judges: A panel of artists including Kate Tempest. The 6 final winners will be invited to London to attend a master class led by poet Joelle Taylor, before performing a debut professional set at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31st. Open to all 12-18 year olds resident in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information see website:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk  
Contact: jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 20-Oct-14

Details:
Judges: Amy Wack & Neil Astley. Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500, plus 20 prizes of £25 each, a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Amy Wack & Neil Astley on Monday 1st December 2014 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

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

National Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-14

Details:
The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process. Judges: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding. First prize: £5,000. Second Prize: £2000. Third Prize: £1000. Seven Commendations: £100. The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Entry Fee: £6 for your first poem; £3.50 for each subsequent entry. Free second entry for Poetry Society members

Contact: For online entry, to download a postal entry form and to see full terms and conditions please visit: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/

Ariadne's Thread Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-14

Details:
120 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted. All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. Entrants may enter up to 5 poems per entry but they are allowed to submit any number of separate entries. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded. The first prize is £600; the deadline for entries to the prize is the midnight of 31/10/2014; besides the first prize, there will be 3 honourable commendations who will receive a free one year subscription of the magazine; all winners and short-listed poems will be published in the magazine.
Entry Fee: £4 for non subscribers or £3 for magazine subscribers

Contact: Read rules, access the entry forms to enter by post or pay via paypal and enter through our online system here.

Bare Fiction Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-14

Details:
Bare Fiction Magazine has launched its inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500. All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine's website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015. Judges: Adam Horovitz (poetry) and Angela Readman (flash fiction) will read all entries in their categories. Short story judges Tania Hershman & Rachel Trezise will select winners from a longlist of 50 writers chosen by filter judge Penny Thomas (fiction editor at Seren Books). Prizes (in each category) 1st Prize: £500, 2nd Prize: £200, 3rd Prize: £100 plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25.
Entry Fee: £5 / £3 for subscribers

Contact: For more details, including competition rules, to enter online or download an entry form, please visit Bare Fiction Prize 2014 for Poetry, Flash Fiction and Short Story

Rubies in the Darkness Annual Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-14

Details:
An open poetry competition. Poems of any length on any subject, which must be typed. Judge: poet and editor of 'Rubies in the Darkness' Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Book prizes for top three. Your name and address should not appear on the poems but should be enclosed, with the titles of your entries, on a separate sheet of paper marked 'Annual Competition.' Cheques for entry fee payable to P. G. Thompson and crossed 'not transferable.' The top three poems are guaranteed publication in 'Rubies in the Darkness' poetry magazine, and there will be an 'Honours List' of the top ten poems. Also Highly Commended and Commended listings. Results available in December. For notification of results please send SAE marked 'Results' in the top left hand corner.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to 115 Green Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6HG

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 06-Nov-14

Details:
Judge: Kathryn Simmonds. Prizes: First prize £2000, Second prize £250, Third prize £100. There will also be 5 Highly Commended Awards of £30 each. Maximum 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem, £4 for subsequent entries

Contact: http://thecharlescausleypoetrycompetition.wordpress.com/to-contact-the-competition/
See website for further information and entry form:
http://thecharlescausleypoetrycompetition.wordpress.com/2014-rules-guidelines/ 

War Poetry for Today | Closing Date: 27-Nov-14

Details:
Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker's Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY. 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and to enter the competition go to http://theatrecloud.com/education/creative-projects/1000-in-prizes-in-our-war-poetry-for-today-competition. If you have any questions please contact creativeprojects@theatrecloud.com.

Cafe Writers Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: David Morley. Maximum of 40 lines per poem (excluding title) on one side of A4
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and full details see website: cafewriters.co.uk/home/news-2/poetry-competition

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
Open for worldwide submissions of unpublished work and must be aged 16+. Poems on any theme up to 50 lines. Electronic and postal entries welcome. To upload and for full rules, terms and conditions see website. First Prize - £1,000, Second Prize - £300, Third Prize - £100, Two Highly Commended - £50 and the shortlist and winners will be taken into print. In addition, a tree will be planted in Bore, Kenya for each entry and an additional schoolroom will be built at the nearby Kundeni School. When the contest closes the GPS co-ordinates of your tree will be emailed to you.
Entry Fee: £5 per entry

Contact: Click here to watch the trailer.
For full details and entry see website:
www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition
For details on Kundeni School click here.

The Tenth Annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-14

Details:
A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest's judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
Entry Fee: £15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)

Contact: Visit the press's website for guidelines and entry forms:

 http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize10.htmlor else send an SASE to:The Waywiser Press[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize]29a Carr Hill Road, Upper Cumberworth, Huddersfield HD8 8NW.

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams | Closing Date: 02-Dec-14

Details:
An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website. Longlist publication on website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Contact: phd@book-of-phd.com 
Website: http://www.book-of-phd.com

The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize | Closing Date: 05-Dec-14

Details:
The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry. Prizes: £1,500 (first), £1,000 (second) and £500 (third).
Entry Fee: £5 per entry

Contact: Enter online or download an entry form from www.stephen-spender.org, where you can read the winning entries from previous years.


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