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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.

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Prizes 1st £1,000,2nd £500 3rd £250. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition. No entrant may win more than one prize. Maximum length, excluding title and any blank lines, 40 lines.Judged by Philip Goss.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: info@ploughprize.co.uk For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries visit website at http://www.theploughprize.co.uk/

Each postal entry (of one or more poems) should be accompanied by an entry form. Entry forms are available for download or on request via the website contact page. Post entries to: The Plough Prize, The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Torrington, EX38 8HQ 

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
First prize: £1,000 second prize: £300,third prize: £100,Plus 4 x £50 . The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines. The Judge is poet Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or for 3 or more poems £4 each. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to KENT & SUSSEX POETRY SOCIETY.

Contact: kentandsussexpoetry@gmail.com For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries visit website at https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/

Entries should be addressed to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 - Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2016 and closes 31st Jan 2017. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Rebecca Gethin. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 18 March 2017, and winning poems will be published on website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Postal entries . Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details see  www.poetryteignmouth.com from Nov 1st.

Prole Laureate competition 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Poems of any style, content and length. Poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all. Winner will receive £200, publication in Prole 22 in April 2017. Publication on the Prole website.2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22.Publication on the Prole website.Judge Macdara Woods Winners will be announced in issue 22 of Prole in April 2017 and the Prole website by April 20th 2017.
Entry Fee: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries

Contact: For full details see http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

Email your entry, including the text and PayPal transaction number within the body of the email, to:  poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk 
By post send a cheque (GBP only, please) payable to: P Robertson for the correct amount and mail along with entry to: Brett Evans, 15 Maes - y - Dre, Abergele, Conwy, LL227HW

Open House 2017 The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
First Prize:£500, second prize £150, third Prize £100, and seven Highly commended poems.Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Prize winners will be notified by 31st March 2017. Prize winners will be announced on the TIH website in April 2017.Competition Judge: Niall Campbell
Entry Fee: £4 for single poems, £10 for 3 poems

Contact: Send your completed entry form, poem/poems and entry fee cheque made payable to The Interpreter's House to the following address:The Competition Administrator,Open House 2016, The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition 26 The Wern, Lechlade, GL7 3FF. For full competition rules and email entry details see: http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

Pavilion Poetry is open for submissions | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Pavilion Poetry are delighted to announce submissions to their award-winning Pavilion Poetry series. Submissions are being accepted during January 2017 for first full length collections only. If you are interested in working with their series editor, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (Professor of Poetry at University of Liverpool and Next Generation Poet 2005) and being published alongside Mona Arshi (Forward Prize winner for Best First Collection 2015) and Ruby Robinson (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2016), then please send a covering letter, your writing CV (detailing where you have previously published and any awards/prizes won. Only postal submissions will be accepted and they must be received at the above address between 1st – 31st January 2017. Due to the number of submissions expected, we are unable to offer feedback, however we will try and notify you of our decision by the end of March.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact:

Send a collection of your poetry and a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Alison Welsby, Editorial Director, Pavilion Poetry submissions, Liverpool University Press, 4 Cambridge Street, Liverpool L69 7ZU, UK. Stay connected for updates @LivUniPress | @PavilionPoetry

2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Feb-17

Details:
Original, unpublished poems are invited.With two classes, adults and under 18, the organisers have created two sections.Leaving the choice of subject to the writer in Section 1 ‘Any Subject’ but for some writers who need a focus the word ‘Home’ has been given as a theme for Section 2. Four winners will be able to claim first prizes of £50 each with £5 each for second and £10 for the third prize winners.Prize winners will be notified during the first week in March. Winners’ poems may be published on the 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Facebook Page Cruse West Sussex Area web page http://www.cruse.org.uk/west-sussex-area and reported in The West Sussex Gazette. All proceeds from Cruse Lines Poetry Competition will be donated to:- Cruse West Sussex Area. Judges:-Sara Hutton Potts BA(Hons) PGCE Belinda Wilkins BEd(Hons). Poems must not exceed 40 lines.Type poem using Times New Roman, at 12 point DOUBLE spacing.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem £3 for subsequent poems. (Maximum 4)

Contact: For entry forms email Competition Secretary:cruselinespoetrycompetition@gmail.comSend 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,The Coach House, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ. Visit website https://cruselinespoetrycompetition.com/ or  Facebook Page for competition rules and entry form and updates and results:-2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Visit Facebook Page for updates and results:- 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition https://www.facebook.com/groups/cruselinespoetrycompetition/ 


John Dryden Translation Competition 2016-2017 | Closing Date: 13-Feb-17

Details:
Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Any language into English. Any genre, Literary translation includes poetry, prose or drama from any period. A maximum of 20 pages First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one £12 for two or £16 for three entries

Contact: Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to: DrydenTranslationCompetition@city.ac.uk 
Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to: Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London London – EC1V 0HB.
Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website: https://bcla.org/prizes-and-competitions/john-dryden-translation-competition

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 15-Feb-17

Details:
The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £1000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper. Judge Gwyneth Lewis
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Contact: Email poems to: poetry@cwgsy.net Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com for festival details. For full competition entry details see http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/images/potm-competition2017.pdf

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 17-Feb-17

Details:
All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2016 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘STONE’ and the judges are Sarah Howe and Vahni Capildeo. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/competitions/how-to-enter-stone-2017-competition/

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 27-Feb-17

Details:
1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

Contact: For rules and details of postal and online entry see https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2017/

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

Contact: For full details of conditions of entry visit the website www.scpsw.co.uk  

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page.Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards.Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.”
Entry Fee: £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.

Contact:

Nature and Place Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie. RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Prizes:1st PRIZE £1000, 2nd PRIZE £500: 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature. A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Contact: Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2017/

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan
Entry Fee: £8

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/newpoetsprize/information

The Poetry Business 2016/17 International Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Entry Fee: ££28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition-menu/competition

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-Mar-17

Details:
Write a poem on the theme of Hope. 1ST Prize £25, 2nd £15, 3rd £10, an extra £25 prize for winner of local poet section (postcode eligibility NG22/23/24/25) Poems (40 lines maximum) should be printed on one side of A4 paper. No email entries. The competition is judges by Peter Day. The winners will be announced on 4th May 2017 at 7pm at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark.Results will also be posted on the blog https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com/
Entry Fee: £3 for first poem, £2 each for further poems

Contact: Competition guidelines and Results will also be posted on the blog https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com. Postal entries only to: The Competition Secretary, 34 Wright Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1PJ.  01636 672616. Cheques made payable to Fosseway Writers, To receive details about future competitions, please send your email address to: brendamillhouse@hotmail.com

Out-Spoken Prize For Poetry 2017 | Closing Date: 03-Mar-17

Details:
Each category winner will win £70 and the overall winner £500: Poetry: this category is for entrants who wish to submit any style of poetry ranging from traditionalist page, free verse and experimental. Performance: This category refers to poems which have been performed in a live space (either at home or at a poetry night). You are being judged on performance and execution so please make sure the footage is clearly audible as judges will not be able to mark entries with poor sound and visual quality. Poetry Film: This category is for those who wish to submit poetry films. Pieces must not exceed the ten-minute time limit and the film must include the poem either being read by a narrator or have it featured as subtitles.The category winners and overall winner will be announced at the Out-Spoken show on March 29th. Winners will also be asked to read out their winning pieces on the night.
Entry Fee: ££5 per entry with a maximum of 5 pieces per category

Contact: Full entry details can be found at  http://www.outspokenldn.com/tnc2017

The Wicked Young Writer Awards | Closing Date: 13-Mar-17

Details:
The acclaimed creative writing competition is for 5-25 year olds and entrants can submit anything from poems to stories to scripts! There are amazing prizes for young people and schools including writing internships, book vouchers, and the chance to get published in a printed awards anthology.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Please send postal submissions to:Wicked Young Writer Awards, c/o The ArtsLink 8th Floor, The Dutch House, 307-308 High Holborn, London WC1V 7LL. For entry online and full details see http://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 20-Mar-17

Details:
Prizes: 1ST £150, 2ND £100 3RD £50. Maximum of 40 lines. Judge: Clare Best. Theme ‘Harvest’Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prize-giving evening, June 10, 2017,part of the Binsted Arts Festival (June 8-11,2017). Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem; £3.00 for all subsequent poems

Contact: Entries ( 2 copies of each poem) should be sent to:Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0AN, with a cheque payable to Binsted Arts. For further information, rules and entry form, visit: http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-17


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