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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.
  • 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.

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 27-Feb-17

Details:
1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

Contact: For rules and details of postal and online entry see https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2017/

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

Contact: For full details of conditions of entry visit the website www.scpsw.co.uk  

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page.Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards.Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.”
Entry Fee: £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.

Contact:

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
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 (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online) Judge: Mandy Pannett author of All the Invisibles Results: will be announced on 15-April-2017
Entry Fee: £4/1 poem, £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

Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:
Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Nature and Place Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie. RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Prizes:1st PRIZE £1000, 2nd PRIZE £500: 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature. A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Contact: Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2017/

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan
Entry Fee: £8

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/newpoetsprize/information

The Poetry Business 2016/17 International Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Entry Fee: ££28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition-menu/competition

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-Mar-17

Details:
Write a poem on the theme of Hope. 1ST Prize £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10, an extra £25 prize for winner of local poet section (postcode eligibility NG22/23/24/25) Poems (40 lines maximum) should be printed on one side of A4 paper. No email entries. The competition is judges by Peter Day. The winners will be announced on 4th May 2017 at 7pm at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark.Results will also be posted on the blog https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com/
Entry Fee: £3 for first poem, £2 each for further poems

Contact: Competition guidelines and Results will also be posted on the blog https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com. Postal entries only to: The Competition Secretary, 34 Wright Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1PJ.  01636 672616. Cheques made payable to Fosseway Writers, To receive details about future competitions, please send your email address to: brendamillhouse@hotmail.com

Out-Spoken Prize For Poetry 2017 | Closing Date: 03-Mar-17

Details:
Each category winner will win £70 and the overall winner £500: Poetry: this category is for entrants who wish to submit any style of poetry ranging from traditionalist page, free verse and experimental. Performance: This category refers to poems which have been performed in a live space (either at home or at a poetry night). You are being judged on performance and execution so please make sure the footage is clearly audible as judges will not be able to mark entries with poor sound and visual quality. Poetry Film: This category is for those who wish to submit poetry films. Pieces must not exceed the ten-minute time limit and the film must include the poem either being read by a narrator or have it featured as subtitles.The category winners and overall winner will be announced at the Out-Spoken show on March 29th. Winners will also be asked to read out their winning pieces on the night.
Entry Fee: ££5 per entry with a maximum of 5 pieces per category

Contact: Full entry details can be found at  http://www.outspokenldn.com/tnc2017

The Wicked Young Writer Awards | Closing Date: 13-Mar-17

Details:
The acclaimed creative writing competition is for 5-25 year olds and entrants can submit anything from poems to stories to scripts! There are amazing prizes for young people and schools including writing internships, book vouchers, and the chance to get published in a printed awards anthology.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Please send postal submissions to:Wicked Young Writer Awards, c/o The ArtsLink 8th Floor, The Dutch House, 307-308 High Holborn, London WC1V 7LL. For entry online and full details see http://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 20-Mar-17

Details:
Prizes: 1ST £150, 2ND £100 3RD £50. Maximum of 40 lines. Judge: Clare Best. Theme ‘Harvest’Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prize-giving evening, June 10, 2017,part of the Binsted Arts Festival (June 8-11,2017). Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem; £3.00 for all subsequent poems

Contact: Entries ( 2 copies of each poem) should be sent to:Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0AN, with a cheque payable to Binsted Arts. For further information, rules and entry form, visit: http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-17

Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Mar-17

Details:
Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number, between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10 There is no theme this year. Open entry.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

Contact: For full rules go to https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/vernal-equinox-competition-deadline-mar-26th/  or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com

Bristol Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2017. 2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize: £100. Open theme. Line restriction: 100 lines.Judge: Liz Berry (All poems will be seen by Liz Berry)
Entry Fee: £6.00 per poem. Members of Poetry Can may submit second and third poems free.

Contact: To enter by post or online download the postal guidelines and entry form: http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news/bpp16-form.html Send your postal entries and payment to: Bristol Poetry Prize 2017, Poetry Can 12 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RH

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
€1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar for a single poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. No line limit. You can enter as many poems as you like. Judged by John Hegley. Last year’s winner Laura Mucha had this to say about the prize: ‘I love writing poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’
Entry Fee: £€12

Contact: For full details see: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition 2017 from Writing East Midlands | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
Enter the second Aurora writing competition and help celebrate the very first National Writing Day on 21st June 20017. Poems up to 40 lines. Stories up to 2000 words (excluding titles).Poetry judge Penelope Shuttle and Fiction Judge Jacob Ross. The prizes are: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize* £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course. Winners will be invited to the prize-giving event at Bromley House Library in Nottingham City of Literature as part of National Writing Day. *Enter the Stonewood Press Regional Prize when you enter the main competition. Inclusion is at no extra cost. Only East Midlands residents are eligible to enter this prize. Separate prizes will be awarded per category.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem or story and £6 for subsequent entries.

Contact:

Enter online at www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk or fill in an Entry Form and send it with a cheque, made payable to Writing East Midlands, to: Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition, Writing East Midlands , 32a Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LL.

The Ruskin Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 17-Apr-17

Details:
Submissions are welcome from first time writers, students and established authors. Up to 40 lines on any subject.£200 pounds for the winner £100 pounds for each of the two runners up. Poems will be judged anonymously by the Roehampton Poetry Centre’s two visiting research fellows: poet-translator Dr Alipio de Franca and poet-critic Dr Patrick Davidson Roberts. The prize has been named after John Ruskin, a Victorian philanthropist, political economist and early proponent of education for young women.The University reserves the right to publish and seek publication for the winning poems in connection with the Ruskin Prize.The 3 winners will be published in POEM magazine.The competition is open to all and there are no restrictions on the number of entries per person, provided that each entry is paid for.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem and £3 for subsequent entries

Contact: For more information, please contact Dr Amy Waite: Amy.Waite@roehampton.ac.uk and see http://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/product-catalogue/english-creative-writing/poetry

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-Apr-17

Details:
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject. 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. 1st prize is £100. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN. Judge: Lesley Burt. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems. We will not make alterations or substitutions to poems once they have been sent as entries.The judge’s decision is final.
Entry Fee: £3.50 1 poem, 3 Poems £8.00 5 poems £10

Contact: The competition organiser is Jim Bennett jimbennett@poetrykit.org Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org For full details of rules see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines. Sole judge: Hannah Lowe. Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July 2017.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Contact: email:warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk Entry form available at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware17.pdf or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB 

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
First prize £600,second prize £300,third prize £100.Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet, Two copies of each poem Adjudicator – Tamar Yoseloff
Entry Fee: £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets.

Contact: Please send entries to: Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH. Competition rules and entry from can be downloaded from www.verpoets.co.uk

Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Theme for Silver Wyvern: Metal – may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme. No set theme for Short & Formal categories. Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500. 2nd - €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each All prizewinners present at Celebration receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI no entry form required Open Category (theme: Metal, max 40 lines) judged by patron, Carol Ann Duffy. Other categories: Formal (40), Short (10) no set theme
Entry Fee: £8 first poem; further poems £6 each. Online entry£ 10 or € 12 or $ 15 first poem;

Contact: poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk For further information and details of the postal and online entry see: http://www.poetryonthelake.org/


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