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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.

Rubies in the Darkness Annual Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-14

Details:
An open poetry competition. Poems of any length on any subject, which must be typed. Judge: poet and editor of 'Rubies in the Darkness' Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Book prizes for top three. Your name and address should not appear on the poems but should be enclosed, with the titles of your entries, on a separate sheet of paper marked 'Annual Competition.' Cheques for entry fee payable to P. G. Thompson and crossed 'not transferable.' The top three poems are guaranteed publication in 'Rubies in the Darkness' poetry magazine, and there will be an 'Honours List' of the top ten poems. Also Highly Commended and Commended listings. Results available in December. For notification of results please send SAE marked 'Results' in the top left hand corner.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to 115 Green Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6HG

John Ruskin Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 01-Nov-14

Details:
Inaugural Ruskin Prize recently launched by the University of Roehampton's Poetry Centre. The works, which must be new, unpublished and not submitted for any other competitions, can be on any subject but must be no longer than 40 lines. Classical, rhyming or urban poetry submissions would all be welcomed from first time writers, students and established authors. Prize: Three prizes worth a total of £600 are on offer, and the first, second and third best works will appear in Poem magazine. Judge: Fiona Sampson
Entry Fee: £5 for first entry, with subsequent poems at £3 each.

Contact: Submissions can be made online at Roehampton's estores webpage. A shortlist will be announced in mid-November and winners will be announced at an event hosted by the University of Roehampton at a London venue in December. Find out more at www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/The-Roehampton-Poetry-Centre/

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 06-Nov-14

Details:
Judge: Kathryn Simmonds. Prizes: First prize £2000, Second prize £250, Third prize £100. There will also be 5 Highly Commended Awards of £30 each. Maximum 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem, £4 for subsequent entries

Contact: http://thecharlescausleypoetrycompetition.wordpress.com/to-contact-the-competition/
See website for further information and entry form:
http://thecharlescausleypoetrycompetition.wordpress.com/2014-rules-guidelines/ 

War Poetry for Today | Closing Date: 27-Nov-14

Details:
Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker's Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY. 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and to enter the competition go to http://theatrecloud.com/education/creative-projects/1000-in-prizes-in-our-war-poetry-for-today-competition. If you have any questions please contact creativeprojects@theatrecloud.com.

Beatons Tearooms & Bookshop Second Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 27-Nov-14

Details:
Adjudicators: Beatons House Poet, Liz Darcy Jones; Jon Amos, Nick Kelly. Prize-giving at Beatons Blandford Forumand recital Sat 13th Dec when winners invited to recite their poems publicly (or nominate reader in their stead) Theme: 'Restoration'. Prizes: First Prize £50 Beatons voucher and poem framed/displayed in Beatons Blandford Forum; Young Aspiring Wordsmith Winner (13 - 17 year olds) £25 Beatons Voucher and poem framed/displayed in Beatons Blandford, adult runner up £25 junior £10 Beatons Vouchers respectively.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further details, rules & entry see website: 
http://beatonstearooms.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/beatons-annual-poetry-competition-2014.html

Cafe Writers Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: David Morley. Maximum of 40 lines per poem (excluding title) on one side of A4
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and full details see website: cafewriters.co.uk/home/news-2/poetry-competition

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
Open for worldwide submissions of unpublished work and must be aged 16+. Poems on any theme up to 50 lines. Electronic and postal entries welcome. To upload and for full rules, terms and conditions see website. First Prize - £1,000, Second Prize - £300, Third Prize - £100, Two Highly Commended - £50 and the shortlist and winners will be taken into print. In addition, a tree will be planted in Bore, Kenya for each entry and an additional schoolroom will be built at the nearby Kundeni School. When the contest closes the GPS co-ordinates of your tree will be emailed to you.
Entry Fee: £5 per entry

Contact: Click here to watch the trailer.
For full details and entry see website:
www.magicoxygen.co.uk/competition
For details on Kundeni School click here.

The Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 prize is open for entries | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
The £3000 prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. The prize is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full submission details see:
http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/rules
For full details of The Brunel University African Poetry and to see the winning and shortlisted poems: http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject, up to 50 lines long. Eligibility: Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world may enter this competition. Judge: Mandy Pannett. Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems

Contact: E-mail: competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at http://www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitionsSend Cheques/Postal Orders in GB Pound Sterling only, payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113 ? 115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

Details:
The Munster Literature Centre holds an annual competition for an international poetry prize for a single poem, named in honour of a late Irish poet long associated with the Centre. Prizes: 1st Prize 1000 Euro, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork, Ireland, 2nd Prize 500 Euro & publication in Southword, 3rd Prize 250 Euro & publication in Southword. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive 30 Euro publication fee. Judge: Matthew Sweeney.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or £20 per batch of five

Contact: For entry and more information see website:
http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html#prize

The Tenth Annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-14

Details:
A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest's judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
Entry Fee: £15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)

Contact: Visit the press's website for guidelines and entry forms: http://waywiser-press.com/hechtprize10.htmlor else send an SASE to: The Waywiser Press[Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize]29a Carr Hill Road, Upper Cumberworth, Huddersfield HD8 8NW.

The 2014/15 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 01-Dec-14

Details:
The 2014/15 International Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition is open for entries. Judge: Billy Collins. Prizes: Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine, and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business. The 29th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith|doorstop, a share of £2,000 and other prizes.
Entry Fee: £25, or £20 for North subscribers, Friends of The Poetry Business and members of The Poetry Society

Contact: For full details and terms and conditions see our website www.poetrybusiness.co.uk. Deadline: Last post on the 28th November 2014; online entries accepted until midnight on the 1st of December 2014.

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams | Closing Date: 02-Dec-14

Details:
An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website. Longlist publication on website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Contact: phd@book-of-phd.com 
Website: http://www.book-of-phd.com

The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize | Closing Date: 05-Dec-14

Details:
The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry. Prizes: £1,500 (first), £1,000 (second) and £500 (third).
Entry Fee: £5 per entry

Contact: Enter online or download an entry form from www.stephen-spender.org where you can read the winning entries from previous years.

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 13-Dec-14

Details:
Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine, there are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem - 10,000 Euro for the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of 1,000 Euro. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth and the winners will be invited to read at a special award ceremony in Dublin in March 2015. This year's judge is Michael Symmons Roberts.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro

Contact: Contact: Further details can be found at www.themothmagazine.com. Email enquiries@themothmagazine.com or call 00 353 49 4362677.

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

Details:
Halloween-Themed Annual Poetry Award. Prizes: First Prize Winner will receive an elegant and engraved Glass Trophy, a decorative 'First Prize Winner Award' Certificate for framing, publication in a 2015 Edition of 'The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine' - plus - publication on The Poetry Box website, on a specially created 'Winners' page. The 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners will receive £100.00 and £50.00 respectively - plus - beautiful and decorative 'Second Prize' and 'Third Prize' Award-Winning Certificates for framing - and publication as per the First Prize Winner above. There will also be a number of 'Judge's Special Commendation Awards' and 'Highly Commended Awards' awarded for outstanding poems entered for this year's Annual Award - and these Award-Winners will receive beautiful and decorative Award-Winning Certificates - and - publication as per the Prize-Winners above.
Entry Fee: £6 for 1 poem, £15 for 3 poems, £20 for 4 poems

Contact: Entry Forms and Submission Rules may be downloaded from The Poetry Box website: www.ThePoetryBox.co.uk. To Request An Entry Form via Post - Please email your postal address to: FairytaleRhymes@aol.com. Poem Entries may be sent via Email to: FairytaleRhymes@aol.com  - OR - via Post - together with the completed Entry Form (or the same details may be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted with poem entries). 

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

Details:
Line Length: Up to 32 lines. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First: £150, Second: £100, Third: £50. The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Contact: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html

Magma Judges Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

Details:
Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Jo Shapcott for the Judge's Prize. Prizes: First Prize £1,000, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £150. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at Magma's prize-giving event in Spring 2015. All winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For further information and entry see website: 
http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

Magma Editors' Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

Details:
This competition celebrates the short poem and is open to poems of up to 10 lines. The Magma Editors' Prize reflects the magazine's rotating editorship and poems of up to 10 lines will be judged by a panel of Magma Editors who will select a range of poems for 'special mentions' as well as choosing first and second prize winners. First prize £1,000, Second Prize £300, Plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For further information and entry see website: 
http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Jan-15

Details:
Adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. Unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £75. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015.
Entry Fee: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five

Contact: Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on separate sheet. No entry form required. Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries june.english@outlook.com


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