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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 John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

The theme is 'a sense of place' and our aim is to encourage children aged 10 to 13 years to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry. The first prize is a £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school) as well as four Eurostar tickets. £50 book tokens are awarded to commended entrants. Junior/primary schools entering a whole class will receive a copy of The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse on receipt of entries and secondary/senior schools, The Rattle Bag. We organise eight poet visits a year to schools entering the competition. The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: An online entry form can be found at www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

Poetry competition open to 11-17-year-olds from all over the world writing in English, with whatever level of experience. Judges: Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough. The top 15 winning poets will have their poems published in an anthology in March 2015, which will be sent out to more than 22,000 people worldwide, making it one of the largest circulated poetry anthologies in the world. The top 15 poets will attend a week-long residential creative writing course at the prestigious Hurst Arvon centre in Shropshire, where they will be tutored by this year's judges, or receive a visit to their school from a professional poet, followed by one to one and distance mentoring (age dependent). The 85 Commended Winners will receive book prizes and a year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Full details about entry can be found online: www.foyleyoungpoets.org

Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

Judge: Andrew Motion. Prizes: £500, £200 and £100. Poems should show imagination, skill and originality. They may be on any subject. They must not exceed 40 lines in length.
Entry Fee: £5

Contact: For full details and online entry visit: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk or phone 01749 678411

PENfro Book Festival Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

Guest Judge: Alan Kellermann. Prizes: 1st - £250; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £75. Entry fee: £4 per poem. Maximum length: 40 lines. Subject: open. The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. The top three poems will be published on the website and the winners will be invited to read their work at the PENfro Book Festival (September 12th to 14th).
Entry Fee: £4 per poem

Contact: Full details, online entry and paper entry forms can be found here: http://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/open-poetry-competition-2014

Ambit Poetry Competition - Under the Influence | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

What's your influence? Send us your best poems and we'll see who gets our hearts racing. Judged by Roddy Lumsden and Declan Ryan. Open to anyone of any nationality above the age of 16. Also accepting translations into English. £500 1st prize, £250 2nd and £100 3rd. All winners will be published in issue 218 of Ambit and be invited to read alongside Roddy Lumsden.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem


See website for further details, rules and regulations:

Wordpool's 1st Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 04-Aug-14

Open to UK residents over 16. Subject is 'Light'. Judge is Poet Polly Atkin, winner of the 2012 Myslexia Pamphlet Prize 2012 for her pamphlet 'Shadow Dispatches' Brigend Seren 2012 1st prize is to have your poem in lights in Blackpool's World Famous Illuminations from 2nd October and £100 cash prize. 2nd Prize £75. 3rd Prize £50. Limited to up to 3 poems per poet of up to 32 lines each on one side of a sheet of A4 Competition opens from 9am Mon July 7th to 11.30pm 4th August 2014.
Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, 2 Poems £6, 3 poems £7.50


Entry forms with payment, Pay be cheque to Blackpool Council or pay on Eventbrite link on the blog. This is the blog address to download application form and competition rules:

Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 15-Aug-14

Judge: R. V. Bailey. First prize: £700, plus free weekend at the Poetry Festival, including accommodation and Festival Pass. Second prize: £400, plus a free Festival Pass. Third prize: £200, plus free ticket for the Festival supper for two. Poems not to exceed 50 lines. Please make cheques payable to Torbay Poetry.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, or 4 poems for £15

Contact: Send entries and cheques to The Administrator, c/o 6 The Mount, Brixham, South Devon, TQ5 8QY. Alternatively, see www.torbaypoetryfestival.co.uk/competition for how to enter online, plus full terms and conditions

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 17-Aug-14

Sole Judge: Jonathan Davidson (will read all entries). Closing date AUGUST 17TH Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended.
Entry Fee: ££4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).


Online entry at http://tinyurl.com/buzzwords-competition or
SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN for 

Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2014 - Reflections on the Great War | Closing Date: 23-Aug-14

This year marks the centenary of the outset of the Great War and entries are invited of short works of poetry or prose written in response to any work of art associated with World War One. 'Work of art' in this context can be a painting, a song, a poem, even a film or a soundtrack to a film. The interpretation of the term is entirely up to the entrant. Poetry judge: Marilyn Donovan. First Prize £50, Second Prize £30, Third Prize £20. Poems: maximum length 50 lines. Your name must not appear on your hard copies but please include a covering letter with your name, contact details, and titles of the entries.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem


Send hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, Chairman, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Payment to be sent to the above address. Cheques payable to 'SaveAs Writers.' Electronic entries to be sent to saveas@hotmail.co.uk
and headed 'poetry' or 'prose.' Electronic payments to be made via Paypal and to incur 50p administration charge. For more details visit: www.saveaswriters.co.uk

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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.

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

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


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, EX21 5UU

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