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  • 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!]

Art Speaks: the competition | Closing Date: 28-Aug-17

Calling all young poets: Art UK and National Poetry Day want you to help us look at the nation's art in an entirely different way... We want you to find a painting on Art UK that inspires you to get creative. Maybe it's a portrait of someone you can identify with, maybe it's beautiful scenery or industrial gloom that inspires you, or maybe it's a painting of a submarine: whatever it is, we want you to take the inspiration and run with it, using the painting as a starting point to create a brand new poem. You don't have to be an art buff, or to know anything about the history of an artwork or artist: we just want to know what a painting makes you think, and how it makes you feel. A single winner will be chosen by our panel of judges and will receive £500. They will also have the opportunity to work with Art UK to create a new poem and have it professionally filmed and featured on Art UK. The film will go out on National Poetry Day. To enter, you need to upload a film of yourself to YouTube, reciting an original poem that you have created in response to an artwork of your choice on Art UK. It doesn't need to be a high quality film: phone or laptop will be fine, as we're looking for the quality of the poem, not production values. You don't need to have memorised the poem. Name your film on YouTube with the name of your poem and #artspeaks. Send an email with the subject line 'Art Speaks' to including your full name, your age, the link to your film on YouTube and a link to the painting you have chosen. Add the link to the artwork in the description box of your YouTube film. Only open to 13 to 24 year olds living in the UK. Judges: Jacob Sam-La Rose, Sabrina Mahfouz, Sophia Thakur and Anthony Anaxagorou.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: For more details, visit:

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 See CoCoPoFest website  for competition rules and details of how to pay:  

Forward Emagazine Student Critics Competition | Closing Date: 11-Sep-17

We seek fresh, lively, engaging responses to the poems on this year's Forward Prizes shortlist. Teachers, encourage your students to enter, and have a go yourself: there are separate categories for ages 14-16 (GCSE), ages 16-19 (A Level, IB, PreU) and for teachers. Just read ten of the Forward shortlisted poems on the EMC website and choose one that appeals. We welcome two kinds of entries: either a critical appreciation or a creative/critical response. The judges are the poet Sarah Howe and the critic Sarah Crown. Each winning student receives £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre on 21 September. The best teacher response will win an invitation, a set of ten shortlisted collections, plus the new Forward Book of Poetry 2018, launched the same night.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Full details, rules and how to enter on the EMC website:

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

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 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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