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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 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  

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Aug-17

Details:
Sole Judge: Adam Horovitz Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only). Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/ or SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).

Contact:

SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE

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/  

Stanza Poetry Competition: Walls | Closing Date: 11-Sep-17

Details:
The 2017 Stanza Poetry Competition is open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS – however you wish to interpret it. Send up to two poems, either online, or by email, or by post, max 40 lines per poem. Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Tel: 020 7420 9881 (Paul McGrane, Membership Manager)
Email: membership@poetrysociety.org.uk
Web: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/membership/poetry-society-stanzas/stanza-poetry-competition/

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

The Salopian poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm. Poems,(maximum 80 lines) should be typed but, if hand-written, printed. First prize £150 – Second prize £100 – Third prize £50. Ten consolation prizes of £20 will be awarded and all winners will receive a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of Salopeot which will contain all the winning poems.To celebrate our 40th anniversary, additional prizes will be awarded for poems chosen by the Magazine Editor. No limit to number of entries.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members.

Contact: Please submit two copies of each poem. Entries to be sent to the Competition Secretary. 5 Squires Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5RU. 
For full details see: 
http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition-rules/4531672813

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
Entry Fee: £25.00 per collection

Contact: For full details and publishing schedule see http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017

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

Bare Fiction Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Details:
International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

Contact: Visit the website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online. http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

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


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