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  • 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.

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

Poetry Space Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

Poems on any theme. Prizes of £250, £100 and £50 for the top 3, along with publication of the winning and commended poems (20 in all) in the prize winners’ anthology.Judge Michael Di Placido Friends of Poetry Space ( ie supporters who pay a small yearly subscription to support our work ) can enter 2 poems for £5. There is no limit on entry but no poet can win more than one cash prize.Entries accepted from anywhere in the world. Poems must 40 lines or less and all poems must be previously unpublished. No entry form required.
Entry Fee: £5 and Friends of Poetry Space ( ie supporters who pay a small yearly subscription to support our work ) can enter 2 poems for £5. There is no limit on entry but no poet can win more than one cash prize.


susan@poetryspace.co.uk For full details see http://www.poetryspace.co.uk/2016/11/poetry-space-competition-2017-2/ If you prefer to send poems by post the address is: Poetry Space Competition 2017, 21 Davis Close, Barrs Court
Bristol, BS30 7BU

Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

Poems may be on any subject. They must not exceed 40 lines in length. Competitors may submit any number of entries.1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200 and the Hilly Cansdale local poetry prize of £10. Judged by Gillian Clarke. See website for details of short story and A book for children competition.
Entry Fee: £6

Contact: For entry details see http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/2017-competitions/

The International Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

First Prize is €1,000 and Second Prize €500. Both winning poets will have their chapbook published and each receive 50 free copies, as well as being offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at Cork 2018 International Poetry Festival. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges that consists of poets Mary Noonan, Matthew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.
Entry Fee: £25 euro will be charged for each manuscript.Entrants may enter more than one manuscript.

Contact: See website for details https://munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html

YES Arts Festival 2017 Poetry Challenge | Closing Date: 30-Jun-17

Judges’ prize £500, People’s choice £500 (adult competition, 16+); Book token prizes (young people’s competition, 7-15) Original, unpublished poems of up to 100 lines on the theme of The Water’s Edge. Poems can be in English, Scots, or local dialect from either side of the national border. Up to three entries per person. Prizes awarded at reception on Sunday 17 September, during YES Arts Festival. Judges include Ken Cockburn.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem (adults); Free (young people)


For more information and guideline entry details 

Live Canon 2017 International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Jul-17

£1000 first prize for a single poem Guest Judge: Clare Pollard Poems must be written in the English language. Poems can be of any length. You can enter as many poems as you like. Poems must not have been previously published. Please do not include your name on your poem, so all poems can be considered anonymously. 50 poems will be longlisted and published in our annual anthology. 20 poems will be shortlisted and performed at our annual prize-giving event. The overall winner will be awarded a £1000 prize.
Entry Fee: £6 for first poem.

Contact: Submit here: https://livecanon.submittable.com/submit

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 13-Jul-17

Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Fiona Sampson. Theme: Any. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2018.
Entry Fee: £Adults: £5.00 for first poem, £3.50 for additional ones. Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.50 for additional poems. Entry processing fee: £0.75 (where there is a fee).

Contact: For online entry and more information see website: http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 14-Jul-17

Categories: Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing The competition is open to anyone around the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Word limit is 3000 or 5 poems max Judges: Sabrina Mahfouz, Andrea Stuart, Boyd Tonkin and Susheila Nasta (Chair)
Entry Fee: £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.


wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk For further details and online application form: http://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize/

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Jul-17

Prizes: £500, £150, £100 Length: 20 lines maximum Poems to be on the subject of: Flights of Fancy. Judge: Carrie Etter. 10 finalists plus a local prize for BA15 postcode entrants. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entry at a prize-giving event at Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Sunday September 17th, which will also feature a reading by Carrie Etter. Run in association with the Words & Ears Reading Series, Bradford on Avon: www.dawngorman.co.uk
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10.

Contact: How to enter and  rules see website http://www.boaartsfestival.com/poetry-competition

PENfro Book Festival Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jul-17

For poems of up to 40 lines. Top prize: £300. Top 3 poems published on website. Winners announced at the PENfro Book Festival, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW, September 8-10 . Richardson. Poems should be loosely based on a myth or legend. Online entry preferred, or download entry form from website and submit by post. The Penfro Book Festival competitions for first chapter and short radio drama are now open see festival website details.
Entry Fee: £4 a poem

Contact: For full details  of poetry competition see https://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/poetry/poetry-competition

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

Open to writers aged 11-17. For poems of any length and on any theme. Judges, Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi. All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London. Each year we select 100 winners (top 15 winners and 85 commended poets) of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award who receive a range of fantastic prizes.The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online. The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology. The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent)
Entry Fee: £0


Enter online at http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/
Request an entry form by writing to
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Or email fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk

David Burland Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

First Prize: £200,- Second Prize: £100 Third Prize: £50 Winning poems will be published in the 2017 ‘Poetic Art’ Anthology. Three poems awarded a ‘Special Mention’ will receive a copy of the Poetry CD ‘Michel François and Friends’and also published in the Anthology Judges:Michel François and R Friedman
Entry Fee: ££8,- (1st poem), £4,- each extra poem

Contact: email:annaburland@btconnect.com see website for details:

Winchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

Prizes: 1st £1000 2nd £500 3rd £250. Line limit: 40 lines. Sole Judge: Sarah Howe Shortlist announced: 18 September 2017. Winners announced: 14 October 2017 (Announcement will be made at a special reading/ceremony at the Winchester Poetry Day. Winners and longlisted poems will appear in a winners anthology.
Entry Fee: £5.00 first poem, £4.00 each subsequent entry in same submission


For online entry and links to further information see http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/poetryprize 
Postal entries to: Winchester Poetry Prize, c/o 41 Nuns Road, Hyde, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 7EF

Settle Sessions Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

PRIZES: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £75 ( A ‘Young Poet’ prize of £50 will be awarded from the entrants aged 18-21) JUDGING:Kim Moore. You must be over 18 to enter. Maximum length is 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for 3 poems. Cheques made payable to Settle Sessions.


Full competition details: info@settlesessions.co.uk http://www.settlesessions.co.uk/ Entries should be posted to Settle Sessions, 3 Tillman Close, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9RA . Please use the correct postage; no excess charges will be accepted.Winners will be notified by 6th September 2017

Vee Bradley Humorous Poetry Competition. | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

The Society of Civil & Public Service Writers is holding The Vee Bradley Competition for Humorous Verse: Maximum 30 lines, one poem per sheet; Prize £25; 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: £0 The competition is open only to SCPSW members.


Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk  

Carers UK Creative Writing and Photography Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers. Judges: Cheryl Moskowitz (poems and stories) Bella West (photography) In our fourth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, staff and trustees. Entry fee: Free Contact: For further details and to enter: www.carersuk.org/creative
Entry Fee: £0 Free


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