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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 Robert Graves Prize | Closing Date: 23-Aug-17

Details:
The Robert Graves Prize is launched this year as an exciting new collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon BookFest. It is named for one of the major figures of twentieth century poetry and encourages entries from all around the world. The Prize will be given for the best single poem submitted; multiple entries are encouraged but will be judged separately. Entries must be original, written in English and unpublished at the time of submission. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced. The prize will be judged by Professor Fiona Sampson and Literary Agent Peter Straus. The winning poem will receive £1,000, and two runners up will receive £100 each. All three winning entries being published in POEM Magazine.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact:

For more information, including entry details and terms and conditions, visit www.roehampton.ac.uk/robert-graves-prize

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 26-Aug-17

Details:
Sole Judge: Adam Horovitz Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only). Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/ or SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).

Contact:

SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Aug-17

Details:
Two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed from writers of 18 years or over in the following two categories: English as an Additional Language - for poets who write in English as an additional language Open category - for poets whose first language is English. Prizes will be awarded in both categories: First prize – £1000 Second prize – £200 You may submit a maximum of ten poems. All poems must be unpublished. Judge: Helen Mort.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem, or 4 per poem for more than three entries

Contact: More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/ 

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

Details:
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 editorial@artuk.org 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: https://artuk.org/participate/art-speaks-the-competition

SaveAs Writers Open Competition 2017 (Jane Austen: Love and Freindship [sic]) | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

Details:
SaveAs Writers, Canterbury, invite poems and stories with a link to Jane Austen. Poems up to length: 60 lines. Short stories up to 3500 words. Prizes: £100, £50, £25 for each section, + publication for all shortlisted in an anthology. Awards ceremony during the Canterbury Festival in October/November. Judges: Poetry: Professor Jan Montefiore from the University of Kent // Prose: Victoria Grainger, writer and illustrator.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem/£8 for three

Contact: Full entry details are on the Saveas website: http://saveaswriters.co.uk/competitions.html

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

Details:
Organised every three months since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Oz Hardwick.
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Enter Online or download Entry Form at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Inspired by Newark and Sherwood Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-17

Details:
The Inspired by Newark & Sherwood poetry competition has been launched to promote and celebrate the history and culture of this fabulous part of Nottinghamshire. Entrants are invited to look at an Inspiration Board with eight of the region’s heritage sites and to write a poem about the one they find most inspiring. The poems will be published across the Visit Newark and Sherwood social media accounts and the one with the most likes will win. The top five poems will be displayed at the National Civil War Centre in Newark in the Autumn. The author of the winning poem will receive the prize of a wonderful heritage break in Newark. It consists of: one night’s B&B accommodation at Millgate B&B, an 18th century Georgian townhouse; a £50 voucher towards an evening meal for two at The Ram Bar and Brasserie; a river cruise along the Trent for two people with Newark Castle Line; two day passes to the National Civil War Centre
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact:

The full terms of the competition are online at http://www.visitnewarkandsherwood.info/competitions
For more information or photos, call Sara Snelling on 07414 777235 or email sara.snelling@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Overton Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 01-Sep-17

Details:
In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Judge: Helen Calcutt. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University.
Entry Fee: £12 per sequence of poetry can be made online.

Contact: Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Loughborough University, FAO: Lizzie Hobbs, LU Arts, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU For online entry and full details see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/ Please direct any queries to e.hobbs@lboro.ac.uk

Making Waves Spoken Poetry Competion | Closing Date: 03-Sep-17

Details:
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.

Contact:

To enter the competition, send your poem as a sound file at makingwaves.comp@gmail.com. See CoCoPoFest website  for competition rules and details of how to pay:  https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/  

The Nantwich 2017 Words & Music Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 04-Sep-17

Details:
The Nantwich 2017 Words & Music Poetry Competition is now open to entries! As well as cash prizes, entrants will have the opportunity to have their poems published in our special 10th anniversary anthology. The competition is open to anyone resident in the UK or Ireland and is for original, unpublished poems up to 40 lines. Winners will be announced at the Roger McGough poetry reading at Words & Music Festival on Wednesday 11th October 2017. The competition will be judged by John Lindley, award-winning former Cheshire Poet Laureate and a small team of former winners and executive members of the Words & Music Festival. 1st prize: £150 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough; 2nd prize £75 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough; 3rd prize £50 and 2 x tickets to Roger McGough. The winners and the best local poet (within 20 miles of Nantwich) will also each receive two tickets to see Roger McGough on 11th October 2017.
Entry Fee: £4, or £10 for three poems

Contact: For more details, please visit: http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/words-and-music-festival-2017/poetry-competition/

Stanza Poetry Competition: Walls | Closing Date: 11-Sep-17

Details:
The 2017 Stanza Poetry Competition is open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2017 competition is WALLS – however you wish to interpret it. Send up to two poems, either online, or by email, or by post, max 40 lines per poem. Free entry. Closing date is Monday 11 September 2017 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017. Judge: Andy Croft.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Tel: 020 7420 9881 (Paul McGrane, Membership Manager)
Email: membership@poetrysociety.org.uk
Web: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/membership/poetry-society-stanzas/stanza-poetry-competition/

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

Details:
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: https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/competitions/forward-emagazine-student-critics-competition/

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 29-Sep-17

Details:
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. For updates on the competition, please join the Manchester Writing School mailing list and click to indicate that you are interested in'Manchester Writing Competition'. If you'd like to be sent a postal entry form, please supply us with your name and address via writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

Bedford International Writing Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Competition opens 1st May. Poems up to 40 lines. Story- up to 3000 words-Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes donated by The Harpur Trust: Short Story £100, Poem £100. Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe. All shortlisted entries published as download anthology. -A not-for-profit group, all net proceeds going to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12.

Contact: For further details on online and postal entry see: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk or email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk

The Salopian poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm. Poems,(maximum 80 lines) should be typed but, if hand-written, printed. First prize £150 – Second prize £100 – Third prize £50. Ten consolation prizes of £20 will be awarded and all winners will receive a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of Salopeot which will contain all the winning poems.To celebrate our 40th anniversary, additional prizes will be awarded for poems chosen by the Magazine Editor. No limit to number of entries.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members.

Contact: Please submit two copies of each poem. Entries to be sent to the Competition Secretary. 5 Squires Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5RU. 
For full details see: 
http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition-rules/4531672813

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
Entry Fee: £25.00 per collection

Contact: For full details and publishing schedule see http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017

Hammond House International Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
We are pleased to announce the launch of this prestigious annual Poetry Prize. The winner receives a £250 cash prize and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of poetry together with twenty-four other shortlisted entries. 2nd prize is £50, 3rd prize is £25. The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem. There are no limits to line length or word count, so both Haiku and Epic poems fit the bill. This competition will be judged by Christopher Sanderson, Robert Etty and Paul Sutherland.
Entry Fee: £10, or £5 for HH members, and there is an option for feedback at £5.

Contact: For more information, and how to apply, please visit https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 16-Oct-17

Details:
Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry Fee: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

The Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 23-Oct-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. Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt. 1st prize is £100. Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8.00 for three poems, £10 for five poems

Contact: 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 further details and to enter online see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Bare Fiction Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Details:
International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

Contact: Visit the website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online. http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/


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