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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.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25 (In addition: £25 Humour Prize) Chief Judge: CAROLE BALDOCK RULES: Poems should bear no identification of the poet. Humour entries should be marked with an ‘H’. Humour entrants are not disqualified A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed. Winners will be informed in June, general availability of results thereafter.No application form is required.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10


Envelopes should be sent to:-
Southport Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition
3 Hereford Road, Southport, Merseyside, PR9 7DX
 Cheques/Postal orders should be in sterling and payable to: SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE.
For online entry and competition rules see http://www.swconline.co.uk/n1/?cat=5

Erbacce prize for poetry | Closing Date: 01-May-17

The highly acclaimed and prestigious erbacce prize for poetry, (in its tenth year) now with SEVEN winning chances, opens for submissions on January 1st 2017. First prize is publication of the poets complete works plus a generous royalties contract and a dedicated sales page.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Send five pages of poetry in ONE SINGLE A4 MS-WORD DOCUMENT See the website for full submission details.  http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 01-May-17

Poets are invited to submit entries exploring any theme of their choice. Maximum number of lines: 40. Shortlisted entries will be judged by multi award-winning poet Gladys Mary Coles. Prizes: First prize: £100 Second prize: £50 Third prize: £25 Winners to be notified by 1 September, and winning entries published on the website. Entries by email OR by mail – not both.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. More than 3 poems: £3 per additional poem.

Contact: Email entries to be sent to Creweanddistrictwriterscircle@gmail.com, and payment made by BACS transfer. Post your entries together with payments  to: Poetry Competition Secretary, Crewe & District Writers’ Circle 72 Queens Park Gardens, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 7SW

Love Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-May-17

1 entry per member 1st prize: £25; 2nd prize: £15; 3rd prize: £10. (in the form of a voucher of your choice, as we can't put cash in the post!) winners decided by the quality of the poem and the quantity and quality of comments, in addition to a membership voting system. min: contestants to allow competition to go ahead: 25. Independent judging. Winners announced 1st June 2017 max lines 64 entry The author retains copyright of their work and poems entered can be published or unpublished. The poems in this contest and on this site as a whole, are not used by Screech Magazine for any other purpose than reads on this site.Judge: Anita Zehavi
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact: For full details see shttp://screech.myfreeforum.org/

Page is Printed Creative Writing Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 01-May-17

The only limit to this competition is that of the page itself – you can write in any genre or style you like, the judges will simply be looking for the page that inspires them the most. The only rule is that each entry must be contained on one A4 side of paper.
Entry Fee: £10 for adults, FREE for Under 18’s. This fee entitles you to up to three entries


Download an entry form at http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/page-is-printed-2017--competition-entry  Emailed to: thepageisprinted@gmail.com 
By Post: The Page is Printed, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, School Road, Taunton, TA2 
How to pay Online: tacchi-morris.com. By cheque: payable to Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre.By Phone: 01823 414141

Poetry London Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 02-May-17

1st prize £1000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £200, four commendations £75. Maximum length of poems 80 lines. You may enter as many poems as you wish on any subject. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. Judged by Liz Berry
Entry Fee: £7 per poem (non-subscribers), £3 (subscribers)

Contact: For further information and online form please visit http://www.poetrylondon.co.uk

Young People’s Laureate for London Poetry Awards | Closing Date: 02-May-17

The competition theme is 'tomorrow'. You can interpret this as creatively as you wish. You can submit a written poem or a performed poem. Performed entries must be a link to an online video. Length: Written poems can be up to 40 lines. Performed pieces on video can be up to 3 minutes.You can enter online or by post. Judged by Caleb Femi. There are two categories; 13 – 17 year olds and 18 – 25 year olds. If you are 13 – 17 years old, you will need permission from an adult such as a parent, carer or teacher, to approve your entry and agree to the terms and conditions.Each entrant can enter one poem. All poems should be written or performed in English. The Young People’s Laureate Poetry Award is open to young poets living in Greater London. There will be one winner from 13 – 17 year olds category who will win £75 Waterstones vouchers. Spread the Word will publish the winning poem on its website. The winner of the 18 – 25 year olds category will receive £75 cash. The winner and up to five highly recommended poets from this category will be invited to attend Caleb Femi’s Poetry Lab at the Roundhouse in Camden on 10 June 2017. The Poetry Lab will be an opportunity to work with talented poets including Caleb to hone your craft and contribute towards a collaborative poem for London. Spread the Word will publish the winning and up to five highly recommended poems on its website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: hello@spreadtheword.org.uk or call us 020 8692 0231 ext 249 For full terms and conditions and Caleb Femi's  top tips  see https://www.spreadtheword.org.uk/young-peoples-laureate-london-poetry-award/

Printerinks Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 05-May-17

You can write about a topic of your choice! For a chance to win £100 Amazon vouchers Whether you are a budding or experienced poet, poets of all ages can enter this competition. Anything based on 'New Beginnings’ is acceptable, it can be written in any style, in no more than 45 lines and must be original.Judge: Pamela Koehne-Drube.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: To enter send poems to competitions@printerinks.com (copy and paste the poem on to the body of your email)  See website for full details https://www.printerinks.com/poetry-competition.html

Love the Words | Closing Date: 05-May-17

This year, young people aged 7-25, from anywhere in the world, are invited to take part in Love the Words, an online competition in celebration of International Dylan Thomas Day. Simply download the opening paragraphs from Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood, cut up the words, use them to create your own poem, take a photo, and share it with the world on Twitter. Use the hashtags #LovetheWords and #DylanDay so everyone can see your poem! And use the same hashtags to see everyone else’s, too. Poems may be in either English or in Welsh. A selection of entries will be chosen by Hannah Ellis, the grand-daughter of Dylan Thomas, and showcased on Discover Dylan Thomas.com, on International Dylan Thomas Day, Sunday 14 May. Do you love the words? Then join us in celebrating their magic for this year’s #DylanDay!
Entry Fee: £Free


For more information, contact:
07846 484 274 / intdylanthomasday@gmail.com

#LovetheWords #DyddDylan @DyddDylanDay @LitWales

Aurora Poetry & Short Fiction Open Competition 2017 from Writing East Midlands | Closing Date: 09-May-17

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.


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.

The Sussex Chanctonbury Cup 2017 Poetry Competition. | Closing Date: 15-May-17

Organised by the Slipstream Poets. Looking for unpublished poems up to 50 lines on any subject. Prizes: £150 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd). The author of the 1st prize poem will also be awarded The Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland. All entrants must be living, studying or currently working in E.Sussex, W.Sussex or Brighton.
Entry Fee: £5 first poem, £3 each additional poem.

Contact: For full details and entry forms see: www.slipstream-poets.co.uk

South Downs Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-May-17

Prizes: £400 (1st), £150 (2nd), £50 (3rd) Best poem by an unpublished poet £100 Best poem by a poet under the age of 20 £100. Looking for: previously unpublished poems up to 50 lines.Judge: Jackie Wills.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem (£4.50 if submitting online)


Further information: full details and entry forms and to enter online: www.sdpf.org.uk Entries for the South Downs Poetry Festival Competition should be sent to: SDPF, c/o 123 Valley Park Drive, Clanfield, PO8 0PS.

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