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Competitions

  • Many poets send their poems to competitions. This can be a good way to find out what other people think of your writing.
  • We add competitions to this list when organisers send us information.
  • To enter the competition, send a stamped addressed envelope to the competition's address, and they will send you an entry form, or ask for an entry form by phone or email.
  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list [boring adult stuff!]

The Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2017 | Closing Date: 26-May-17

Details:
Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words. The submitted translation should be no more than 60 lines long, so entrants may submit an extract if their chosen poem is longer. Self-translation is not accepted. The judges of the 2017 competition are: Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O'Brien. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date.
Entry Fee: £7 for those entering the open category. (Anyone eighteen or under on 26 May 2017 is exempt from this charge.)

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.stephen-spender.org/spender_prize.html



Wundor Poetry Contest 2017 | Closing Date: 31-May-17

Details:
The prize for the competition will be £500. Open to 16 year and over. The winning poet will also have their work published on the Wundor website, and will be strongly considered for print publication.The prize-winners will receive multiple copies of any Wundor publication which includes their work. Each entry may consist of up to six poems of unlimited length. The poems must react in some way to the theme of ‘Spring’, but poets are encouraged to use the theme innovatively. Entrants retain the copyright to all submitted work, but the poems must be previously unpublished. The contest will be judged by an impartial, external judge. We will be appointing the judge within the next week. The competition is based in the UK and judged by Caroline Price.
Entry Fee: £10 for an entry of up to six poems

Contact: For full details: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions---contests.html

Young Poets Competition Taunton Live 2017 | Closing Date: 16-Jun-17

Details:
Entrants are asked to write a poem which examines climate. All entrants must reside in Somerset. There are three categories: age 7-9, age 10-12, age 13-16. Poems must be between 10 and 35 lines excluding the title and line gaps. Each poet may enter a maximum of two poems. The competition will be judged by members of Fire River Poets Prize-winners in each age group will each receive a book token (First prize £15; Second Prize £10; Third Prize £5), journal and pen. The three first prize winners will also receive a free creative writing workshop for their school, led by a professional writer. All prize-winning and commended poets will be invited to an awards ceremony on the evening of Wednesday 12th July at the Brewhouse, Taunton, where the winning poems will be displayed and the prize-winning poets can give a reading of their work.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full competition rules and to download an entry form see http://tauntonlive.co.uk/young-poets-competition-2/

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

Details:
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/

Mere Literary Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Jun-17

Details:
All adult entries to be judged by Dawn Gorman open poetry competition supported by freebird campers classic 1970s vw camper hire – www.freebirdcampers.co.uk Write a poem on any topic of no more than 40 lines for a chance to win a cash prize major prizes: 1st prize £200; 2nd prize £100; 3rd prize £50 prize winners may be published on the festival website. three runners-up £15 - certificates of distinction and merit. Please make cheques payable to: PennyBank Writers
Entry Fee: £3.50 first poem; £2.50 second and subsequent entries JUNIORS:- £1.00 per poem – 25% discount on school entries of ten or more poems.

Contact:

Entries sent M.L.F. Poetry Competition, Monkswell Cottage, Mill Lane,
Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6DA

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/

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

Betjeman Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

Details:
For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the UK. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. 2017 judges Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney. The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2017 anthology.Finalists read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of an audience at St Pancras Station, London. The winning poet receives £500, and £500 for their school. All finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in Spring 2018. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit. Enter now! http://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full details and online entry forms see  http://www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk by post to Betjeman Poetry Prize, 5 Princes Crescent, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GS

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

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

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/  

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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