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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.

Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Mar-17

Details:
Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number, between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10 There is no theme this year. Open entry.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

Contact: For full rules go to https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/2017/01/03/vernal-equinox-competition-deadline-mar-26th/  or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com

A Quiet Passion' Instagram Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 27-Mar-17

Details:
The Poetry School and Soda Pictures Emily Dickinson Instagram Poetry Competition. Poems which use the concentrated visual qualities of an Instagram post to deliver a punch as strong as an Emily Dickinson line. You can use text images, photos of written or typed text, or some other creative or crafty way with words. Think about how ED herself might have used an Instagram account – ‘Forever is composed of nows’ – scrolling slowly through her feed. The competition is open to all varieties of original Instagram poetry – graphic, illustrated, crafted etc. Entries – up to five poems per poet – and you have the chance to win free cinema tickets, A Quiet Passion goodies, and a £170 voucher towards Poetry School courses.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact:

Enter by posting on Instagram with #aquietpassionpoetrycompetition and tagging @thepoetryschool and @sodapicturesuk.

Bristol Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
1st Prize: £600 plus an invitation to read your poem at Bristol Poetry Festival 2017. 2nd Prize: £300 3rd Prize: £100. Open theme. Line restriction: 100 lines.Judge: Liz Berry (All poems will be seen by Liz Berry)
Entry Fee: £6.00 per poem. Members of Poetry Can may submit second and third poems free.

Contact: To enter by post or online download the postal guidelines and entry form: http://www.poetrycan.co.uk/comp-news/bpp16-form.html Send your postal entries and payment to: Bristol Poetry Prize 2017, Poetry Can 12 Great George St, Bristol, BS1 5RH

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
€1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar for a single poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. No line limit. You can enter as many poems as you like. Judged by John Hegley. Last year’s winner Laura Mucha had this to say about the prize: ‘I love writing poetry for children, and believe it’s one of the best ways of getting young people interested in language, reading and performance. I think The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an important award, particularly as there are so few outlets for children’s poets, and it’s a huge honour to have won it.’
Entry Fee: £€12

Contact: For full details see: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition 2017 from Writing East Midlands | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
Enter the second Aurora writing competition and help celebrate the very first National Writing Day on 21st June 20017. Poems up to 40 lines. Stories up to 2000 words (excluding titles).Poetry judge Penelope Shuttle and Fiction Judge Jacob Ross. The prizes are: 1st £500, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, and the Stonewood Press Regional Prize* £70 which includes a Writing School East Midlands course. Winners will be invited to the prize-giving event at Bromley House Library in Nottingham City of Literature as part of National Writing Day. *Enter the Stonewood Press Regional Prize when you enter the main competition. Inclusion is at no extra cost. Only East Midlands residents are eligible to enter this prize. Separate prizes will be awarded per category.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem or story and £6 for subsequent entries.

Contact:

Enter online at www.writingeastmidlands.co.uk or fill in an Entry Form and send it with a cheque, made payable to Writing East Midlands, to: Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition, Writing East Midlands , 32a Stoney St, Nottingham NG1 1LL.

Ledbury Forte Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Mar-17

Details:
The £5000 prize is for a second collection published in the previous two years. A shortlist of six books will be announced in June 2017 and published on the website. The winner will be announced at the 21st Ledbury Poetry Festival in July at a reading given by the winning poet and this year’s two main poet judges, Vahni Capildeo and Tara Bergin.Eligible for entry are book-length second collections by poets from Britain and Ireland who have previously published book-length first collections.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Publishers should send three copies of each submitted second collection to Chloe Garner, Ledbury Poetry Festival, The Master’s House, Bye Street, Ledbury, HR8 1EA . Publishers can submit as many collections as are eligible. For full submission guidelines and entry form see http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-forte-poetry-prize/

Poets Meet Politics competition 2017 | Closing Date: 07-Apr-17

Details:
First prize of €500. Poems must be on any theme related to politics. Each poem must be uploaded in PDF format. Other file types can no longer be accepted, for formatting reasons. Each poem should not exceed 40 lines, and should be typed single-spaced. Each poem must be in either Arial, Times New Roman or Open Sans font.Judge: Cherry Smyth. The launch of the Competition Anthology will be held in Castletownbere, Co. Cork, on the 3rd of June 2017. There will be readings and workshops throughout the weekend.
Entry Fee: £A fee of €10 is payable per entry of up to three poems. Payment should be made via the PayPa

Contact: For online entry and full submission details see http://www.hungryhillwriting.org/tandcts.html

The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition | Closing Date: 07-Apr-17

Details:
Open to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Entries will be judged by Ahren Warner.The prizes are as follows: first prize: £1,000, second prize: £750, third prize: £250 The Basil Bunting Award also includes a separate competition especially for young poets.The three best poems submitted in each category each win a prize of £20 in gift tokens.The competition is open to any poet aged 19 or under, writing in English and resident in the UK. The competition has two categories: 14 and under and 15-19. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £7 for a single poem, or £5 per poem for multiple entries. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10. For young poets entry is £2 per poem and the maximum number of entries per poet is three

Contact:

You can enter via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to:
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Further information see the website http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/#thebasilbuntingpoetryaward



In Search of New Makars | Closing Date: 10-Apr-17

Details:
Submissions of creative adaptations of the Flyting of Dunbar and Kennedy. Flytings were medieval poetic exchanges of insults between poets, also known as makars, whose goal was to defeat the opponent through a demonstration of skill and originality. Record a three-stanza performance as Dunbar or Kennedy. Make a transcript of your performance and submit it along with the video. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to Edinburgh to take part in the final live event ‘Ready? Flyte!’ where the audience chooses the winner of the competition. Join in as audience in one or both of the following ways: Help build the final presentation by sharing feedback on your favourite submission (submissions and online feedback form can be found here). Come to the final event Ready? Flyte! and help select the winner. Prize for the winner: £250
Entry Fee: £0

Contact:

please visit the website
Event website
@NewMakarsSearch

The Ruskin Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 17-Apr-17

Details:
Submissions are welcome from first time writers, students and established authors. Up to 40 lines on any subject.£200 pounds for the winner £100 pounds for each of the two runners up. Poems will be judged anonymously by the Roehampton Poetry Centre’s two visiting research fellows: poet-translator Dr Alipio de Franca and poet-critic Dr Patrick Davidson Roberts. The prize has been named after John Ruskin, a Victorian philanthropist, political economist and early proponent of education for young women.The University reserves the right to publish and seek publication for the winning poems in connection with the Ruskin Prize.The 3 winners will be published in POEM magazine.The competition is open to all and there are no restrictions on the number of entries per person, provided that each entry is paid for.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem and £3 for subsequent entries

Contact: For more information, please contact Dr Amy Waite: Amy.Waite@roehampton.ac.uk and see http://estore.roehampton.ac.uk/product-catalogue/english-creative-writing/poetry

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-Apr-17

Details:
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject. There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 1st prize is £100. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN. Judge: Lesley Burt. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems. We will not make alterations or substitutions to poems once they have been sent as entries.The judge’s decision is final.
Entry Fee: £3.50 1 poem, 3 Poems £8.00 5 poems £10

Contact: The competition organiser is Jim Bennett jimbennett@poetrykit.org Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org For full details of rules see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

I am the Universe: writing climate change poetry challenge | Closing Date: 23-Apr-17

Details:
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 Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 29-Apr-17

Details:
For poems of 50 lines or fewer Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50 Wakefield Postcode Prize £25 Sole judge: Di Slaney Award ceremony: Sunday 28th May
Entry Fee: £3 and £2 for subsequent entries

Contact:

The Competition Organiser, The Red Shed Poetry Competition, 3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU Full competition  details available from: http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-open-poetry-competition-2017.html

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines. Sole judge: Hannah Lowe. Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July 2017.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Contact: email:warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk Entry form available at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware17.pdf or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB 

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
First prize £600,second prize £300,third prize £100.Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet, Two copies of each poem Adjudicator – Tamar Yoseloff
Entry Fee: £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets.

Contact: Please send entries to: Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH. Competition rules and entry from can be downloaded from https://www.verpoets.co.uk

Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Theme for Silver Wyvern: Metal – may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme. No set theme for Short & Formal categories. Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500. 2nd - €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each All prizewinners present at Celebration receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI no entry form required Open Category (theme: Metal, max 40 lines) judged by patron, Carol Ann Duffy. Other categories: Formal (40), Short (10) no set theme
Entry Fee: £8 first poem; further poems £6 each. Online entry£ 10 or € 12 or $ 15 first poem;

Contact: poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk For further information and details of the postal and online entry see: http://www.poetryonthelake.org/

Tools For Solidarity International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity is launching its inaugural poetry competition. Poems on the theme of ‘Solidarity’ in any style, up to 40 lines long. An international competition for poets from any part of the world. Prizes: £200 (first prize), £75 (second prize), £25 (third prize). All winning and commended poems will be published on the Tools for Solidarity website. Judges: Poets Maria McManus The Awards Night will be on Friday 9th June 2017 as part of Belfast Book Festival. All entrants are invited to attend.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £8 for 2 poems £10 for 3 poems

Contact: Submit online tfspoetrycompetition@gmail.com 

 (pay through PayPal) or send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) payable to Tools for Solidarity, 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast BT7 3EX
You can find information about Tools for Solidarity on their website and full compettition rules: http://www.toolsforsolidarity.com/poetry-competition-2017/

Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
Entries are judged blind. First Prize is USD$250 and inclusion in THE ANNUAL 2017 anthology. The winner will receive one digital copy and three hard copies of THE ANNUAL 2017 anthology in addition to the cash prize. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, previously unpublished, and not submitted elsewhere. Poems must be no more than 14 lines in length and entrants should ensure that the entry can fit on a single square Instagram post without the need for the caption.
Entry Fee: £USD$10.00 per entry, or a discounted fee of USD$20.00 for up to three entries.

Contact: Entries must be submitted via the submissions portal link https://herheartpoetry.com/poetry-prize/

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
1st Prize: £50 + a pamphlet of the winner's poems (up to 34 pages) published by Dempsey & Windle. 2nd Prize: £25, 3rd prize: £10 .Judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. All longlisted poems will be published in POEMS FOR KEEPS this year's anthology to be launched in July 2017 and all contributors will receive a copy of the book.
Entry Fee: £3.50; you can enter 3 poems for £6.50 or 5 poems for £9.50.

Contact: For further details see http://www.dempseyandwindle.co.uk/

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

Details:
For women over 60. Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Denise Bennett and Wendy Klein.
Entry Fee: £3.00 per poem, £10 for four.

Contact: Rules and entry form from website www.greyhenpress.com or write to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE.


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