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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.

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

Details:
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 Poems must 40 lines or less and all poems must be previously unpublished.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.

Contact:

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

Details:
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/

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

Details:
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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Contact:

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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Contact:

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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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

Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 07-Aug-17

Details:
We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about hope to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30th September 2017. The winner will receive £500 Grand Prize + a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair; three runners up will each receive £50 and a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair. Winning poems will also be displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £5 one poem, or three poems £10.

Contact: Contact: For online entry and full submission details see http://www.poetrybookfair.com/p/competition_12.html  

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Aug-17

Details:
Two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed from writers of 18 years or over in the following two categories: English as an Additional Language - for poets who write in English as an additional language Open category - for poets whose first language is English. Prizes will be awarded in both categories: First prize – £1000 Second prize – £200 You may submit a maximum of ten poems. All poems must be unpublished. Judge: Helen Mort.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem, or 4 per poem for more than three entries

Contact: More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/ 

Overton Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 01-Sep-17

Details:
In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Judge: Helen Calcutt. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University.
Entry Fee: £12 per sequence of poetry can be made online.

Contact: Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Loughborough University, FAO: Lizzie Hobbs, LU Arts, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU For online entry and full details see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/ Please direct any queries to e.hobbs@lboro.ac.uk

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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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/  

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 29-Sep-17

Details:
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. For updates on the competition, please join the Manchester Writing School mailing list and click to indicate that you are interested in'Manchester Writing Competition'. If you'd like to be sent a postal entry form, please supply us with your name and address via writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

Bedford International Writing Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Competition opens 1st May. Poems up to 40 lines. Story- up to 3000 words-Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes donated by The Harpur Trust: Short Story £100, Poem £100. Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe. All shortlisted entries published as download anthology. -A not-for-profit group, all net proceeds going to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12.

Contact: For further details on online and postal entry see: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk or email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 16-Oct-17

Details:
Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry Fee: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 14-Nov-17

Details:
Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize = £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3 = £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize = £25.00 2nd prize = £15.00 3rd prize x3 = £10.00 free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges - Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry Fee: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

Contact: Downloadable forms available at http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ


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