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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.

Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 28-Aug-15

Judge: John Greening. Poem Length: In English, typed and up to 50 lines. Prizes: 1st prize: £700 plus a weekend's accommodation and Festival Pass for the Torbay Festival of Poetry 22nd - 26th October 2015, 2nd Prize £400 plus a Festival Pass to the Torbay Festival of Poetry, 3rd Prize: £200 plus a ticket for two to the Festival Supper, Saturday 24th October 2015. Poetry books/ subscription to Acumen Literary Journal for short-listed poets. Winners announced at the prize-winners' event: Saturday 24th Oct. at the Torbay Festival of Poetry (Prize-winners informed in advance).
Entry Fee: £5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.00

Contact: Entries can be by post to The Administrator, 6 The Mount, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY UK. Or online: see www.torbay poetryfestival.co.uk

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15

Prizes: £1000 for winners in each category; £200 for second place in both categories. Categories: English as a Second Language (ESL) Category & Open Category. Judges: Bernard O'Donoghue and Hannah Lowe.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter up to ten poems, providing they are unpublished.

Contact: Enter via website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/. Please read our full terms and conditions on the website to ensure that your entry meets the competition's criteria.

SaveAs Writers International Poetry and Short Story Competition, 'Writing the City' | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15

The writer and the urban landscape have been inseparable partners across time, culture and genres. We invite poems and short stories with a strong sense of city as setting, real or imagined. Prizes: £100/ £50/ £25, with a trophy for best Canterbury-themed writing. Publication in an anthology for winning entries. Judges: Poetry: Gillian Laker. Short stories: Maria C. McCarthy. Awards evening 31st October 2015 as part of Canterbury Festival Umbrella events.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, or £8 for 3; £4 per short story.

Contact: Online entries as Word doc attachment to saveas@hotmail.co.uk with either 'short story' or 'poetry' in the subject line of the e-mail, and the title/s of your work, your name and contact details in the body of the email. Hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Cheques made out to 'SaveAs Writers'. For full terms and conditions: www.saveaswriters.co.uk

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15

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), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation), £10 x (Commendation).
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at http://www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions. Send 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. E-mail: competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-15

Prizes: First prize: £1000, Second prize: £250. The Judges: Cynthia Fuller and Jacob Polley. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: For more details see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard
Entries can be made 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. Payment should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to 'University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne' with your entries. If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at ncenla@ncl.ac.uk.

Primers - a mentoring and publication opportunity from the Poetry School and Nine Arches Press | Closing Date: 01-Sep-15

The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press are delighted to announce the arrival of Primers, a new annual scheme creating a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. The scheme will select three poets whose work will feature together in the first volume of Primers, a book showcasing short debut collections of work. Selecting Editors: Jane Commane and Kathryn Maris.
Entry Fee: £14 for a submission of up to 6 poems, online submissions only

Contact: For entry and further information, please see http://campus.poetryschool.com/primers-guide-your-poems-into-print/

The Poetry Book Fair Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-15

The Poetry Book Fair is looking for a short poem (max. 10 lines) on the theme of 'books' to display around our venue, to welcome and inspire visitors to this year's Fair on the 26th September 2015 - please help us! Winner Receives: £200 prize + poster publication at venue on the day of the fair itself. 3 x Runners-Up Receive: £20 each to spend at the fair + poster publication at venue on the day of the fair itself. Open to all ages! Judges: Chrissy Williams, Joey Connolly & Special Guest Judge W.N. Herbert.
Entry Fee: £5 for 1 poem or £10 for 3 poems

Contact: For full details and to enter online (or download an entry form) please visit our website: http://bit.ly/compo2015 . Contact: poetrybookfaircompetition@gmail.com

Ealing Magna Carta Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 04-Sep-15

Leading poet George Szirtes will judge this year's Ealing Autumn Festival poetry competition, which will be based on the theme of Magna Carta and freedom, human rights and democracy. This year's festival is inspired by the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta and the poetry competition is open to anyone with cash prizes totalling £500 for the winners in two categories - adult group (19 years and over) and 18 years and under. Apart from judging the competition, Mr Szirtes will visit Ealing Central Library on October 11 and then later he will talk about the entries and present the prizes for the Magna Carta Poetry Competition at The Drayton Court, West Ealing. Selected poets will be invited to read and the focus will be on younger poets in the afternoon at Ealing Central Library and on the adult age-group in the evening at The Drayton Court.
Entry Fee: £5.50 and £2.50 for additional poems in the adult group and in the 18 years and under the first poem is free and then £2.50 for additional ones, maximum of four.

Contact: You can enter online at www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk or telephone 020 8567 7623 for further details.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 06-Sep-15

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 is for poets and young critics writing in response to WWII poetry. Free entry; publication and prizes (book vouchers, books, posters and notebooks) on offer. For poets aged 14-25 from all over the world.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Find out more here: http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2015/06/10/the-timothy-corsellis-prize-2015/

Live Canon 2015 International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 06-Sep-15

Entries are open for the Live Canon 2015 International Poetry Competition, with a first prize of £1000. The winning poem will also be eligible for the Forward Prize for best individual poem. An additional 'Borough' prize of £100 is sponsored by Greenwich Theatre and awarded to a poet living, studying or working in the London Borough of Greenwich. The unique aspect of the Live Canon competition is that all the shortlisted poems are peformed by the Live Canon ensemble (from memory) in a special event at Greenwich Theatre to launch the anthology and announce the overall winner. As part of the judging process all poems are read aloud by the judging panel, so we are particularly interested in poems which leap off the page.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £12 for 3 Poem

Contact: For entry and further information: 

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 25-Sep-15

Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller. £10,000 prizes 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 per portfolio of 3 to 5 poems

Contact: More information available on website: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php.
Contact the Manchester Writing School at MMU on: +44 (0) 161 247 1787 or writingschool@mmu.ac.uk to order a printed entry pack. 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'.

The Salopian Poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

The 39th annual competition is open to everyone. Entries must be in English & your own original work. Entries must not be entered into any other competition, nor have been a prize winner in any other competition. Poems: maximum 42 lines. Prizes: 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 2015 issue of Salopeot which will contain all the winning poems. No limit to number of entries. Entries unaccompanied by an entry form will be accepted provided that the rules are followed. Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members

Contact: For entry and more information: 

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Publication 2016 to coincide with Geoff's birth date June 4th.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems.

Contact: All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal. See full submission rules at www.indigodreams.co.uk/#/competition/4577197527. Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU.

SLAMbassadors UK 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds is open for entries. Slam is the competitive art of spoekn word performed before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter SLAMbassadors by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to our SlamCam YouTube channel. The theme is identity - who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity. Prizes: Six acts will be chosen from across the UK to take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners work will be showcased at a live performance in central London alongside Joelle and a spoken word icon. The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by the Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Find out more on the SLAM blog:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/

Third Words and Music Festival Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-15

For a poem up to 40 lines on any subject. Shortlist judge: Kim Moore. First prize £100. Prizegiving 18th October.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem

Contact: Details on http://www.wordsandmusicfestival.com/

The Poems Please Me Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Oct-15

This is an Open competition. However simple or challenging the subject, poems which communicate skilfully and clearly will find favour with the judges. Language: English. Length: 12 to 28 lines. Prizes: First £300; Second £200; Third £100; Highly Commended(s) £30 each. Winning and commended poems will be later be illustrated and published - see earlier eBooks Pure Silver and Movement - this is our fourth annual competition. Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to November 1st 2015.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three; £14 for four.

Contact: Full details for online or postal entry: www.poemsplease.me

PLAX Jewellery Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 09-Oct-15

PLAX Jewellery invites entries for a short poem titled 'Just like a Pearl' THEME: 'Just like a Pearl' - The poem will aim to express the beauty, characteristics and gracefulness of a pearl embodied in a woman, creating strong resonance and reflection. POEMS: Short poems, 6-8 Lines and limited to 2 poem submissions per person. PRIZE: £500 Cash and £500 worth of PLAX Luxury Pearl Jewellery.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Please visit http://www.plaxjewellery.com/poetrycompetition-page for further information or write to pearls@plaxjewellery.com 

Poetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 11-Oct-15

The competition this year is for poems on the theme of 'cities' (this can be broadly interpreted). 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. All shortlisted poets will be considered to be part of for the CITN Featured Poet series. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN.
Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8 for 3 poems, £10 for 5 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. See website for further information:

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 19-Oct-15

Judge: Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe. Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan on Monday 30th November 2015 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5/ 6 Euro/ 8 Dollars per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only)

Contact: For further information and entry please see website:

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-15

The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world's first major 'ecopoetry. award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. Prizes: First prize £5,000, Second prize is £2,000 and Third prize £1,000.Founded in the spring of 2014 Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Lumley and Peter Phelps.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

Contact: For further information and entry: 

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