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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.

Clochoderick Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 25-Jan-18

We are running a poetry competition in conjunction with our annual main event in March 2018, which includes the launch of our literary journal. Prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £7.50 for two poems, £10 for three poems

Contact: For a full list of terms and conditions for the competition click here: http://clochoderickpress.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and a prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact within your syntax, you’re welcome to pluralise, join or even split the word to form two adjoining words. There is no limit on submission quantities, although each payment and submission will need to be made separately. Entries to be sent no later that 12pm on Tuesday.
Entry Fee: £5 euro


The Plough International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

For previously unpublished poems on any subject. An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year, The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition – maximum length 10 lines. Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts. The prizes in each category: 1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250
Entry Fee: £5 per poem in each category.


Details and entry forms downloadable from www.theploughprize.co.uk or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all. All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. Prizes: Winner - £200, publication in Prole 25 in April 2018 & publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes: £50, publication in Prole 25 & publication on the Prole website. All entries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first entry, £2 for every subsequent entry

Contact: For full details and how to enter, please visit: http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50 Judge: Helen Ivory. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each


For more details, go to:
Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2017 and closes 31st Jan 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Liz Diamond. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and winning poems will be published on our website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details visit www.poetryteignmouth.com from Nov 1st.

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition Open House 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Prizes:First Prize £500, Second Prize £150,Third Prize £100. Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Translations of the work of other poets will not be accepted. Poems must not have been published or be currently submitted for publication. Each poem must by typed in black on one side of A4 using a clear font such as Times or Arial 12 point. Judge Zaffar Kunial
Entry Fee: £4 for a single poem £10 for three poems

Contact: See website for full details and online and postal entry : http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 20 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems. Publication 2018 if possible to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. See full submission rules at http://www.indigodreams.co.uk/geoff-stevens-prize/4592770640 Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems


See full submission rules at
Postal submissions to
Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 15-Feb-18

Your poem read by thousands, on buses and posters all over the beautiful island of Guernsey. Please view online samples. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250, poems 14 lines maximum. Categories: Open Poetry, Channel Islands' Poetry, Young People's Poetry. Judged by Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems @ £10, young people FREE.


Write to poetry@cwgsy.net, or Poems on the Move, Guernsey Literary Festival, PO Box 174, St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK.

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-18

Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of All the Invisibles
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10


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

Send Cheques/Postal Orders payable to SPM PUBLICATIONS LTD to:

SPM Publications Ltd, Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113 – 115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-18

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events. Judge Pascale Petit 1st Prize: £600 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Winners will be informed by Friday 12th April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems


Entry by post or email. For full rules and details please see https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2018-closing-date-28-february-2018/

Nature and Place Poetry competition 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

The 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 the competition judge, Michael Longley, at CCI in spring 2018. Prizes 1st PRIZE £1000 2nd PRIZE £500 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550) TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia, a personal tour with Nick Davies of Wicken Fen. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.


The Poetry Business 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

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 2018. The laureate Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy is a 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. Prizes -A share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at the Wordsworth Trust. Judges Liz Berry, David Constantine.
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

The Poetry Business 2017/18 New Poets Prize | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 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 17 and 24 (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 Kayo Chingonyi
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

2018 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

The 2018 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition has been launched following the success of the one organised in 2017. Last year entries were received from all over the country. There are three classes. Class 1 Any Subject Class 2 Countryside Class 3 Memories. (following bereavement) There will be cash prizes for each class special prizes for the most amusing and for the highest placed poem by an entrant under 18 on March 1st
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. Maximum 4 poems.


Send 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,
Title List and cheque by Mar 1st 2018 to:-
CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,
The Coach House, Walberton,
Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ  
There is a Facebook page where entrants can see updates and results.

The Edwin Morgan Poetry Award | Closing Date: 02-Mar-18

The 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is accepting entries now. The sum of £20,000 will be awarded for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up will receive £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000.Conditions for entry have changed a little for 2018. Whereas in previous years a collection could either be published or unpublished, it must now be unpublished; it can be submitted if it has been accepted for publication so long as the collection doesn’t appear in print before the announcement of the Prize, which will take place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. Poets should be no older than 30 years of age on the first day of January in the year of the Award, i.e. 1 January 2018 for the 2018 Award. Furthermore, those taking part must either have been born in Scotland, or continuously resident in Scotland for the last three years, or brought up in Scotland, or have a Scottish parent.There will be two judges on the panel, one of whom will always be Scottish.The judges for the 2018 award are Janice Galloway and John Glenday. Three copies (hard copy, not electronic) of an unpublished collection should be submitted.
Entry Fee: £0 Free


Entries should be sent to:Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,  Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, EDINBURGH EH8 8DT

For rules and full details 


Brittle Star Competition | Closing Date: 14-Mar-18

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

Contact: For more details and an entry form please visit http://www.brittlestar.org.uk

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro you can enter as many poems as you like


The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry Fee: £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

Contact: For full competition details see http://www.dempseyandwindle.co.uk/competition.html

The Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each) and flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10. Judge: Marjorie Lofti Gill.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction story, £5 per short story.


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