- 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!]
I am the Universe: writing climate change poetry challenge | Closing Date: 23-Apr-17Details:
Young Poets Network wants your poems for our new challenge with poet and adventurer Helen Mort! Helen asks young poets write their way through the world’s increasingly shifting landscapes, drawing on the legacies of some famous (and some lesser-known) Romantic poets, and their preoccupation with environment and catastrophe. Explore strange landscapes and shifting terrain, and be inspired by Helen’s wild and wonderful workshops to create poetry exploring your own place in the world. Some fantastic prizes, as well as other opportunities, will be up for grabs for the winners. This competition is open to poets up to the age of 25, from anywhere in the world.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: Find out more about the challenge and enter your poems at: https://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/i-am-the-universe-writing-climate-change/
The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17Details:
If you’re aged between 10 & 17 years old and love to write, we’re on the hunt for your best poetry & short stories.You can enter up to 40 lines of poetry or a short story of up to 1000 words on any subject for your chance to win! The competition is completely free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. We will award prizes in two age categories, 10-13 and 14-17.1st prize: £50 book token for your school library and £50 cash for yourself! And see your work published on the website at www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk Ten highly commended pieces of writing from each age category, along with the overall winning pieces, will be published in our online anthology, The Beacon. Winners will be announced on the Summer Solstice, 21st June 2017, which is also National Writing Day.
Entry Fee: £0
South Downs Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-May-17Details:
Prizes: £400 (1st), £150 (2nd), £50 (3rd) Best poem by an unpublished poet £100 Best poem by a poet under the age of 20 £100. Looking for: previously unpublished poems up to 50 lines.Judge: Jackie Wills.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem (£4.50 if submitting online)
Further information: full details and entry forms and to enter online: www.sdpf.org.uk . Entries for the South Downs Poetry Festival Competition should be sent to: SDPF, c/o 123 Valley Park Drive, Clanfield, PO8 0PS.
Milestones Open Poetry Competition 201 7 opens on March 21st | Closing Date: 21-Jun-17Details:
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/
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 13-Jul-17Details:
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/
Betjeman Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17Details:
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
Making Waves Spoken Poetry Competion | Closing Date: 03-Sep-17Details:
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.