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"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 Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro you can enter as many poems as you like


The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry Fee: £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

Contact: For full competition details see http://www.dempseyandwindle.co.uk/competition.html

The Federation of Writers Scotland Vernal Equinox Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each) and flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10. Poetry judge: Marjorie Lofti Gill.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction story, £5 per short story.


Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

On the theme of ‘FLIGHT’.To be judged by Leanne Moden. 1ST PRIZE £25, 2ND PRIZE £15, 3RD PRIZE £10 With an extra prize of £25 for the winner of the LOCAL POET SECTION (postcode eligibility NG22 / 23 / 24 / 25) Maximum length per entry: 60 lines (excluding title). The winners will be announced on 07 June at 7 pm at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark. Prize-winners and commended entrants will be notified before the results evening. Other entrants will only be notified if an SAE is enclosed with the entry. Details of the prize-winners are posted on our webpage at https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com/
Entry Fee: £3 for first entry; £2 each for further entries

Contact: Entry sent to: The Competition Secretary, 34 Wright Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1PJ. 01636 672616. Cheques made payable to Fosseway Writers, please.

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 09-Apr-18

Prizes: 1ST £150, 2ND £100 3RD £50. Maximum of 40 lines. Judge: Jeremy Page. Theme ‘Country’Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prize-giving evening, June 8, 2018, part of the Binsted Arts Festival (June 8-10, 2018). Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem; £3.50 for all subsequent poems


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:

18th Poetry on the Lake International Competition | Closing Date: 15-Apr-18

Silver Wyvern Category (no set theme or form) 1st €500 & Silver Wyvern Other categories Formal, Short (no set theme), & ‘Cinema’:. Winners €100 each Online & postal entries. Poetry on the Lake, 28016 Isola San Giulio NO, Italy
Entry Fee: £10 first poem; further poems £6 each.

Contact: For full details see: https://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php

Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 16-Apr-18

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. 2nd prize is £50 Competition Judge; Jim Bennett.
Entry Fee: £3.50 1 poem, 3 Poems £8.00 5 poems £10

Contact: For more info see http://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 28-Apr-18

For poems on any theme related to politics. First prize of €500 for each competition, with a second prize of One week’s accommodation in the Creativity Cabin, (http://www.thecreativitycabin.com) and a third prize of €100.Judged by Emily Wills
Entry Fee: £€12 per entry. One entry can be up to three poems.

Contact: For full details see http://hungryhillwriting.com/competition.html

The Red Shed Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 28-Apr-18

Prizes, £100, £50, Wakefield Post Code Prize £25. Judge: Maria Isakova Bennett. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems should be in English, they must not have been previously published, nor be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, they must be typed on A4 paper and be no longer than 50 lines.
Entry Fee: £3 subsequent poems £2


Entries should be sent to:
The Competition Organiser,
Red Shed Open Poetry  Competition,
3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner FIRST PRIZE £600 SECOND PRIZE £300 THIRD PRIZE £100 Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet. This year’s charity donation from the fee will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care in St Albans.
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. Bank Transfers to: 40-40-01 (Sort Code) 82410419


Entry from can be downloaded from
Please send entries to:
Competitions Secretary
181 Sandridge Road
St Albans

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)


Entry form available at

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

£100 first prize, £25 runner up £5 for commendations and/or any we show on the website.Quality book publication for best entries Rules and Conditions The competition is open to anyone over 16.The best entries will be published in a paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 authors are normally included, depending on length and quality of work. All winners will be offered further copies of the anthology at a reduced price if they request them. Winners will be notified before the end of August 2018. Poems must be the work of the entrant and not simultaneously entered for other competitions. The judges’ decision is final. No discussion will be entered into. Entries are not returnable and cannot be acknowledged without SAE marked for that purpose. Copyright remains with the author although Earlyworks Press reserves the right to publish winning entries on the website. Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries

Contact: Contact details for paper and e-entries on the website here http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_2018_details.htm

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Adjudicators: Carole Bromley and Pauline Kirk.PRIZES: IST – £100 2ND – £50 3RD – £25 For women over 60 only. Those who will reach 60 before the end of June 2018 are eligible. Poems should be up to 40 lines, on any theme, previously unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems to be listed on entry form, together with contact details. No personal details on poem page/s please. Entry forms are available at www.greyhenpress.com or by post from address above. Please enclose sae.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or 4 for £10. Cheques payable to Grey Hen Press

Contact: No email submission. Poems (2 copies of each please or your entry will be disqualified) accepted by post only, and sent to: Competition 2018, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 9FE.

Entry forms are available at http://www.greyhenpress.com/poetry-competition-2018-entry-rules/ or by post from address above. Please enclose sae.

Poetry London Clore Prize | Closing Date: 01-May-18

1st Prize £5000 2nd Prize £2000 3rd Prize £1000 £500 four commendations plus publication in the magazine. Judge Kwame Dawes
Entry Fee: £7 subscribers £3 per poem

Contact: For more details see  http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

Erbacce-prize for poetry 2018 | Closing Date: 01-May-18

The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish a perfect-bound collection of the winner's book. Two runners-up will also be considered and they will win either a perfect bound book or a high quality chap-book under the same terms as the winner. Entry is FREE to everyone. World-Wide. 1) Send five pages of poetry in a single MS Word document preferably as a Rich Text Format and with type set at 12 points in TNR. Name this document with your full name please. 2) You are welcome to send previously published BUT we must also see some unpublished work.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full rules and competition details see

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 27-May-18

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries! Judge - Sally Spedding. 50 lines maximum. 1st prize - £500 2nd Prize - £250 3rd Prize - £100 plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem (£6 PayPal)


Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from: http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry Fee: £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.


Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For full details see http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/

The Bridport Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

International open competition founded in 1973. Poetry Catergory: 1st prize £5,000 / 2nd prize £1,000 / 3rd prize £500 plus ten highly commended awards of £100. Poems max 42 lines. Poetry Judge Dalgit Nagra. See Bridport Prize website for details of other writing categories and prizes for short stories, flash fiction and first novel award. The winning and highly commended poems, short stories and flash fiction are published in an annual anthology.
Entry Fee: £9 for each poem submitted. You may enter as may poems as you wish.

Contact: Submissions can be made online http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/poetry

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

The ninth Battered Moons Poetry Competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Jacob Sam La-Rose and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems.The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018, when Jacob Sam La-Rose will present the prizes and read from his own work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website. First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter


On-line and postal entries accepted. 
For further information and to enter online, visit http://batteredmoons.com or http://www.richardjefferies.org/battered-moons


Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-18

Invitation to send poems for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc. Prize: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at: http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/donate

Contact: full details are available at  http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/news-and-events

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