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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.
  • 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.

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner FIRST PRIZE £600 SECOND PRIZE £300 THIRD PRIZE £100 Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet. This year’s charity donation from the fee will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care in St Albans.
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. Bank Transfers to: 40-40-01 (Sort Code) 82410419


Entry from can be downloaded from
Please send entries to:
Competitions Secretary
181 Sandridge Road
St Albans

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)


Entry form available at

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

£100 first prize, £25 runner up £5 for commendations and/or any we show on the website.Quality book publication for best entries Rules and Conditions The competition is open to anyone over 16.The best entries will be published in a paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 authors are normally included, depending on length and quality of work. All winners will be offered further copies of the anthology at a reduced price if they request them. Winners will be notified before the end of August 2018. Poems must be the work of the entrant and not simultaneously entered for other competitions. The judges’ decision is final. No discussion will be entered into. Entries are not returnable and cannot be acknowledged without SAE marked for that purpose. Copyright remains with the author although Earlyworks Press reserves the right to publish winning entries on the website. Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries

Contact: Contact details for paper and e-entries on the website here http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_2018_details.htm

Poetry London Clore Prize | Closing Date: 01-May-18

1st Prize £5000 2nd Prize £2000 3rd Prize £1000 £500 four commendations plus publication in the magazine. Judge Kwame Dawes
Entry Fee: £7 subscribers £3 per poem

Contact: For more details see  http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

Erbacce-prize for poetry 2018 | Closing Date: 01-May-18

The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish a perfect-bound collection of the winner's book. Two runners-up will also be considered and they will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under the same terms as the winner. Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide. 1) Send five pages of poetry in a single MS Word document preferably as a Rich Text Format and with type set at 12 points in TNR. Name this document with your full name please. 2) You are welcome to send previously published BUT we must also see some unpublished work.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full rules and competition details see

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 27-May-18

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries! Judge - Sally Spedding. 50 lines maximum. 1st prize - £500 2nd Prize - £250 3rd Prize - £100 plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem (£6 PayPal)


Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from: http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity 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. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry Fee: £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.


Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For full details see http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/

The Bridport Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

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 Dalgit Nagra. 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.
Entry Fee: £9 for each poem submitted. You may enter as may poems as you wish.

Contact: Submissions can be made online http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/poetry

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

The ninth Battered Moons Poetry Competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Jacob Sam La-Rose and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems.The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018, when Jacob Sam La-Rose will present the prizes and read from his own work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website. First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter


On-line and postal entries accepted. 
For further information and to enter online, visit http://batteredmoons.com or http://www.richardjefferies.org/battered-moons


Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-18

Invitation to send poems for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc. Prize: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at: http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/donate

Contact: full details are available at  http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/news-and-events

Mad Like Us | Closing Date: 07-Jun-18

Open internationally to writers and artists. Unpublished poems up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health.Top prize 5 copies of the book, and £100. Runners up will also be included in the finished book and will receive 2 copies. Judges for each catergory include Eve Nortley Colin Kendall and Rowan Brooks.
Entry Fee: £4 per entry

Contact: For full details and how to enter the illustration and flash fiction categories see http://readingroomprojects.wixsite.com/competitionpages

Segora International Writing Competitions | Closing Date: 15-Jun-18

12th Segora Poetry Competition. Judge Mario Petrucci. 1st prize £300; £50 second prize, £30 third prize. Publication on Segora website and invitation to a presentation /workshop event in France.
Entry Fee: £5; £2.50 subsequent entries


Full details of how to enter and details of  2018 Segora Short Story, Vignette and One-Act play competitions on http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/
Organiser Jocelyn Simms 1 rue de la Sevre, St Andre sur Sevre 79380 France. Supporters of Médecins Sans Frontières.


Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-18

The littoral press will be holding a yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry. 60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. Results will be posted on Littoral Press website in February 2019.
Entry Fee: £20 per manuscript

Contact: See website for full details http://www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/CompetitionRules.html

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