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Competitions

"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 Manchester Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 29-Aug-14

Details:
First Prize: £10,000 'It's a delight to give money to poets!' National Poet for Wales Gillian Clarke, Judge 2008 'Asking for a batch of poems rather than a single entry allows judges to look beyond competency and control in writing and to reward other virtues, such as risk-taking, inventiveness and sustained achievement.' Simon Armitage, Chair of Judges 2010 Under the direction of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University runs the annual Manchester Poetry Prize - a major international literary competition, celebrating excellence in creative writing.
Entry Fee: £ £17.50

Contact:

The 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the poems submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum line length: 120). The poems can be on any subject, and in any style, but must be new work, not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere.

If you have any queries, or would like to be sent a printed entry pack for postal submission, contact the Manchester Writing School at MMU, on: +44 (0) 161 247 1787/1797; writingschool@mmu.ac.uk.

International Children's Stories Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Aug-14

Details:
Prizes: The two winning stories in the 1-3 years and 4-6 years category will be published as illustrated children's books by Clavis publishing inc. The theme of this year's competition is 'Grandpa, grandma and I living in our multicultural society'. You can participate in the 1-3 years category (600 words maximum) and the 4-6 years category (900 words maximum). Rhyming stories welcome.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: You can submit your stories online on our website. Here you will also find a better description of the theme and competition guidelines.
Website: inclusiveworks.eu  and facebook: facebook.com/ICSC2014

The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Aug-14

Details:
Prizes offered in two categories for a poem on 'Conflict and Community'. Entries may want to focus on particular conflicts and their effect on a community or write from the perspective of an individual experiencing conflict. OPEN CATEGORY (Over 16s). Judge: Prof. John Whale. Prizes: 1st: £250, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £100. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English. YOUNG CATEGORY (Under 18s). Judge: Dr. Paul Maddern. Prizes: 1st: book tokens, 2nd: book tokens, 3rd: book tokens. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £2.50 per extra poem; FREE for YOUNG category

Contact:

Email: poetry@theportico.org.uk. For full entry rules and conditions see: www.theportico.org.uk/prizes/poetry-prize

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Aug-14

Details:
For original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Judge: Will Daunt. Prizes: £200 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (High Commendation). The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems

Contact:

Enter online and pay securely by PayPal or print out an Entry Form for postal entries at: www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry
Or send your poems with a cover note titled 'Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition August 2014', together with a cheque/postal order for the applicable payment in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Westhope College Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-14

Details:
Judges: Chris Kinsey, Oriel Davies. Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25. The winners' will be published on the Westhope website. Poets are invited to submit unpublished poems typed in English, on any subject of up to 40 lines. Two copies of each poem required please, plus a sheet with your name & contact details, which will be kept separate. Results night party Wednesday 1st October at Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9JL.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £2 each for subsequent poems, no limit

Contact:

For details ring 01584 861293 or email info@westhope.org.uk or www.westhope.org.uk
Entry Fees payable to 'Westhope Charity'

 

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-14

Details:
Prizes: First prize: £1000, Second prize: £250. Judges: Peter Bennet and Gladys Mary Coles. The Flambard Prize will be 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 further information see website. Entries can be made via email 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 via the NCLA Webstore or by enclosing a cheque made payable to "Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts" with your entries. If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at ncenla@ncl.ac.uk.

Ealing Autumn Festival Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 08-Sep-14

Details:
Judge: George Sirztes. There are two categories: Category 1: adults (19 years and over). Category 2: 18 years & under. Subject for both categories: Constellations Prizes: Category 1 - 1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize: £100, 3rd Prize: £50 Category 2 - 1st Prize: £85, 2nd Prize: £45, 3rd Prize: £20. Winning poems will be announced on the festival website. Winners will be announced and prizes presented by the judge at the Festival event on October 21st at The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8PH. Winners will be invited to read their poems.
Entry Fee: £Category 1: £5 for one poem, £2 for additional poems (maximum 4), Category 2: first poem free, £2 for additional poems (maximum 4)

Contact: Go to: www.ealingautumnfestival.co.uk for further details and to download an entry form. Enquiries to info@ealingautumnfestival.co.uk or ring 020 8567 7623.

The Salopian Poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 12-Sep-14

Details:
The 38th annual competition is open to every one. 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), should be typed but, if hand-written, printed. Each poem should be entered on a separate sheet of A4 paper, bearing only the title of the poem. Author's name, address or any other form of identification must not be included on the poem or poems but should be written on the entry form or a separate sheet of paper, together with the title/s of the poem/s and the name and address of the poet, and attached to the entries. Please ensure that sufficient postage is paid. All cheques or postal orders must be made payable to The Salopian Poetry Society and not to the adjudicator or competition organiser. No manuscripts can be returned. Please keep a copy of poems entered. First Prize £200 - Second prize £100 - Third prize £50. Six consolation prizes of £25 will be awarded and all nine winners will receive a copy of the Winter 2014 issue of Salopeot which will contain all nine winning poems. No limit to number of entries. Entries unaccompanied by an entry form will be accepted provided that the rules are followed.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members

Contact: More information and Contact details here

The Poems Please Me Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 14-Sep-14

Details:
Prizes: 1st £600, 2nd £300, 3rd £150, Highly Commended £30 each. Subject: open. Length: 12-40 lines. Judge: Anthony Watts. Artists worldwide will illustrate the winning and commended poems (with mounted illustrations of their choice for the top three poets) with publication by Poems Please Me, by The Artists' Quarter (TAQ) and in a new eBook (see 'Movement' with 2013 prizewinners: http://www.poemsplease.me/movement/)
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, two poems £9, three poems £12.

Contact: Please see Poems Please Me website for full details www.poemsplease.me

General enquiries: admin@poemsplease.me

Stanza Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Sep-14

Details:
Open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme is NEGLECT. Send up to two poems, email or post, max 40 lines. Winners announced on National Poetry Day, 2 October 2014. Judge: Les Robinson. Poems to be sent in anonymously, with contact details on a separate sheet, plus the name of your Stanza and your Stanza rep. Winning poet will be given the choice of a free Poetry Prescription or a year's worth of membership. The poem will also be entered into the Forward Prize for a Best Single Poem nomination. Top 3 and 10 commended will be published on Society website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact:

Paul McGrane membership@poetrysociety.org.uk or 020 7420 9881,or go to www.poetrysociety.org.uk and click on Competitions

The Timothy Corsellis Prize | Closing Date: 15-Sep-14

Details:
Prize for writers aged 14-25 responding to work from six Second World War poets. Winners will be chosen by the Poetry Society, Imperial War Museums and the War Poets Association. Prizes include book tokens, poetry books, and the overall winner will be published in Poetry News.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further information and entry see http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2014/07/11/the-first-annual-timothy-corsellis-prize/

Poetry Rivals 2014 | Closing Date: 17-Sep-14

Details:
Poetry Rivals is open to poets across the UK who are 18 years and over. Prizes: Top 100 poems will be selected by guest judges, those finalists will receive five free copies of the finalist publication and invited to the live poetry slam where they perform their poem to a live audience and the judges. The overall winner will be crowned the Poetry Rivals Slam Champion 2014 and get a book publishing contract.
Entry Fee: £10 (only one entry per person)

Contact: To find out more about Poetry Rivals 2014 please visit www.poetryrivals.com or email info@poetryrivals.com.

Skipton Library Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 26-Sep-14

Details:
For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25, 5 prizes £10 each, 5 Hight commended. Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed. Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem

Contact: Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council) to Skipton Library Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send SAE for details to above address.

Black Country Living Museum Annual Poetry Competition 2014: Conflict & Contemplation | Closing Date: 27-Sep-14

Details:
Theme: 'Conflict & Contemplation', a topic inspired by the story of the Black Country and informed by the Centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Judges: Dave Reeves, last years winners Roz Goddard and Mel Weatherly, Head of Learning at the Black Country Living Museum. First prize includes £100 and publication in an anthology. Two runners-up receive cash prizes, publication and more. Entrants should be aged 19 and over.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Details and entry  form can be found at http://www.bclm.co.uk/learning/annual-prize-poetry-competition/457.htm 

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies. Publication (to coincide with Geoff's birth date) June 4th 2015. All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems

Contact:

Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, EX21 5UU

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Line Length: Up to 32 lines. Prizes will be awarded as follows: First: £150. Second: £100. Third: £50.
Entry Fee: ££3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and further information see our website.


Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-14

Details:
Theme:'films' (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. Competition Judge: Jim Bennett. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website.
Entry Fee: ££3.50 for first poem, 3 Poems £8, 5 poems £10

Contact: Online entry only: Entry is by email to comp@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

For more details please see website: http://www.poetrykit.org/comp2014.htm

Exiled Writers Ink Free Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 08-Oct-14

Details:
Exiled Writers Ink presents the poetry competition for UK refugees, asylum seekers and exiles. Free entry. Prizes: First prize: £400 plus assessment of winner's poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy. Second Prize: £200, Third Prize: £100. Free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. A special poetry night at which the winners will be announced and will perform their poetry. Judges: Dajit Nagra - Michael Zand - Alev Adil.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Website: www.exiledwriters.co.uk

Send entries as email attachment to fathieh2001@yahoo.co.uk

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 20-Oct-14

Details:
Judges: Amy Wack & Neil Astley. Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500, plus 20 prizes of £25 each, a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Amy Wack & Neil Astley on Monday 1st December 2014 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: For further information and entry see website: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes/

National Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-14

Details:
The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process. Judges: Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding. First prize: £5,000. Second Prize: £2000. Third Prize: £1000. Seven Commendations: £100. The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival.
Entry Fee: £6 for your first poem; £3.50 for each subsequent entry. Free second entry for Poetry Society members

Contact: For online entry, to download a postal entry form and to see full terms and conditions please visit: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/


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