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Competitions

"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.

National Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Details:
The Poetry Society's annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
Entry Fee: £6.50. Subsequent poems in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second poem, with subsequent poems at £3.50

Contact: For further information see 

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

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 19-Nov-17

Details:
Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Judge: Melanie White, editor of Shooter. Entry fee includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants.
Entry Fee: £3, or £8 for three poems

Contact: Details at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition

The Moth Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Dec-17

Details:
Formerly known as the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland.
Entry Fee: £12 (Euros) per poem

Contact: See http://www.themothmagazine.com

Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Jan-18

Details:
This inaugural Prose Poem Competition marks the fifteenth anniversary of the much-loved Tongues & Grooves community organisation for poetry and music. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read at a special event on Sunday 25th March 2018, to be held at Portsmouth’s iconic Square Tower. First prize £600, Second prize £200, Third prize £100, seven commendations £25. Judge - Michael Loveday.
Entry Fee: £5 for first prose poem, £4 for subsequent prose poems.

Contact:

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

Details:
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

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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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

Details:
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


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