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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.
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  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list.

Erbacce prize for poetry | Closing Date: 01-May-17

The highly acclaimed and prestigious erbacce prize for poetry, (in its tenth year) now with SEVEN winning chances, opens for submissions on January 1st 2017. First prize is publication of the poets complete works plus a generous royalties contract and a dedicated sales page.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Send five pages of poetry in ONE SINGLE A4 MS-WORD DOCUMENT See the website for full submission details.  http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 01-May-17

Poets are invited to submit entries exploring any theme of their choice. Maximum number of lines: 40. Shortlisted entries will be judged by multi award-winning poet Gladys Mary Coles. Prizes: First prize: £100 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £25 Winners to be notified by 1 September, and winning entries published on the website. Entries by email OR by mail – not both.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. More than 3 poems: £3 per additional poem.

Contact: Email entries to be sent to Creweanddistrictwriterscircle@gmail.com, and payment made by BACS transfer. Post your entries together with payments  to: Poetry Competition Secretary, Crewe & District Writers’ Circle 72 Queens Park Gardens, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7SW

Poetry London Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-May-17

1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £200, four commendations £75. Maximum length of poems 80 lines. You may enter as many poems as you wish on any subject. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. Judged by Liz Berry
Entry Fee: £7 per poem (non-subscribers), £3 (subscribers)

Contact: For further information and online form please visit http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk

The Sussex Chanctonbury Cup 2017 Poetry Competition. | Closing Date: 15-May-17

Organised by the Slipstream Poets. Looking for unpublished poems up to 50 lines on any subject. Prizes: £150 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd). The author of the 1st prize poem will also be awarded The Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland. All entrants must be living, studying or currently working in E.Sussex, W.Sussex or Brighton.
Entry Fee: £5 first poem, £3 each additional poem.

Contact: For full details and entry forms see: www.slipstream-poets.co.uk

South Downs Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-May-17

Prizes: £400 (1st), £150 (2nd), £50 (3rd) Best poem by an unpublished poet £100 Best poem by a poet under the age of 20 £100. Looking for: previously unpublished poems up to 50 lines.Judge: Jackie Wills.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem (£4.50 if submitting online)


Further information: full details and entry forms and to enter online: www.sdpf.org.uk Entries for the South Downs Poetry Festival Competition should be sent to: SDPF, c/o 123 Valley Park Drive, Clanfield, PO8 0PS.

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty 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. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. Adjudicator: Maggie Butt.
Entry Fee: £3.00

Contact: For full conditions of entry see: www.frogmorepress.co.uk. Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

The Bridport Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

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 Lemn Sissay. 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. Winners will be notified in September and the results will be published on the Bridport prize website on 21 October 2017
Entry Fee: £9 per poem

Contact: Submissions can be made online athttps://www.bridportprize.org.uk/enter-onlinePostal forms are available to download at https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/content/submit-post

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-17

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 3 (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation). First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) on 31st July, 2017. Results: will be announced on 15-July-2017 Judge: Anthony Watt
Entry Fee: £4/1, £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

Bread and Roses Poetry Award | Closing Date: 31-May-17

In partnership with Unite the Union, Culture Matters is a web platform (www.culturematters.org.uk) which promotes a progressive political approach to the arts and other cultural activities. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite. Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long. Entry is open to everyone regardless of trade union membership, and is free. Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Unite conference in Durham in July.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Poems should be sent via email to: info@culturematters.org.uk, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.

Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-Jun-17

Wirral Festival of Firsts 7th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Gill McEvoy. First Prize £175, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £50 with 2 Highly Commended prizes of £10 each and a special Wirral Prize of £30. Poems of up to 40 lines in English. Online submission preferred, but postal entries also accepted. Prize Giving takes place at West Kirby Arts Centre on Sunday 9th July at 5.00pm. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website with the writers’ permission.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three poems

Contact: For further details, rules & entry form visit http://www.festivaloffirsts.com/2017/02/11/poetry-competition/

Segora 11th International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Jun-17

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Prizes: £300, £50, £30 Judge: A. C. Clarke Winning poems published on website Proceeds from competition entries donated to Médecins Sans Frontières
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £2.50 for each subsequent poem.


Email: simms.gordon@orange.fr
Jocelyn Simms, 1 rue de la Sèvre, 79380 St. André-sur-Sèvre, France
For further information see website http://www.poetryproseandplays.com/

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition | Closing Date: 19-Jun-17

Poems of up to 60 lines on any theme are invited. The Competition attracts entries from all over the world. 1st prize £200, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100 and £50, with prizes for ‘People’s Choice’ and best read poem. Longlisted entries are published in an anthology and shortlisted poets are invited to read at the Adjudication event at the time of National Poetry Day. The judges are last year's winner, Jen Syrkiewicz, Nancy Gaffield from the University of Kent and prize-winning poet Derek Sellen (SaveAs Writers)
Entry Fee: £5 per poem


For more details and online or postal entry go to: 

Milestones Open Poetry Competition 201 7 opens on March 21st | Closing Date: 21-Jun-17

Prizes: £500, £100, £25, and the U-16s Prize £100.Free anthology for winners and commended poets. Prizegiving 7 October 2017. Poems on the theme of ‘milestones’. You may interpret this theme as literally or figuratively as you wish. Poems must be in English, and no more than 40 lines long. Judge Brian Pattern. Results will be announced in early August. The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony on October 7th, 2017.
Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem entered, and can enter three poems in the same submission for £10 Entrants aged 16 years or over . Subsequent entries (also in the same submission) are £3 each. Entrants aged 15 or under pay £1 per entry.

Contact: Entries to the competition must be made online at https://www.writeoutloud.net/

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 21-Jun-17

A poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines. Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25.Judge: Maura Dooley
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: Enter on line or by post.  See website for full details https://www.arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/poetry-competition or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

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:

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/

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

Making Waves Spoken Poetry Competion | Closing Date: 03-Sep-17

Falmouth Poetry Group is launching an exciting new prize for spoken poetry. The competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. All poems must have a title and must not exceed 200 seconds in length. Entries can be on any subject and should highlight the spoken word.There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. Entries must be in the form of .mp3 or m4a files included as attachments in emails. First prize: £600, Second Prize: £250 and third prize £150. Judge: Luke Wright.
Entry Fee: £6.00 for the first and £4.00 for subsequent entries.


To enter the competition, send your poem as a sound file at makingwaves.comp@gmail.com. See CoCoPoFest website  for competition rules and details of how to pay:  https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/  

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