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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.

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-16

Details:
Judge: Philip Gross. Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016. Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 8 July 2016. Length: up to 50 lines.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Contact: For entry and further information: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware16.pdf

The Ver Poets 50th Anniversary Open Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-16

Details:
Adjudicator: Andrew McMillan. First Prize: £600, Second Prize: £300, Third Prize: £100. Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet, two copies of each poem. Competitors' names and addresses must not appear anywhere on the poems. Please write your contact details and the titles of all poems clearly on the entry form.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Any number of poems can be submitted. 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. See website for more information: www.verpoets.org.uk

XVI Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern | Closing Date: 30-Apr-16

Details:
Adjudicators: Christopher North and Anne Stewart, Kevin Bailey. Theme 'STAR' - movie, celestial or other, it's up to you. 3 categories: Open & Formal (max 40 lines each), Short (max 10 lines). Mark category top right of each page. The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry. Overall winner receives the Silver Wyvern and 500 Euro. Open category - 200 Euro, Formal - 100 Euro, Short - 100 Euro. Awards: Lake Orta, October, with Carol Ann Duffy & Gillian Clarke.
Entry Fee: £See website for entry fee and early bird entry fee

Contact: See website for more information: http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php

THE POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-16

Details:
Our competition is for poems on the theme of ?nature? (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. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 30th April 2016 Entries received after this time will be discarded.
Entry Fee: £1 poem £3.50 3 Poems £8.00 5 poems £10

Contact:

The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-16

Details:
Download 2016 entry form and include it with your competition entry. Alternatively include all necessary information typed on a separate piece of paper and include it with your poems. Stamped addressed envelopes ensure notification of the results. Sole adjudicator: John Foggin Prizes: 1st £100 2nd £50 Wakefield Postcode prize £25 The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems should be in English, they must not have been previously published, nor be currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, they must be typed on A4 paper and be no longer than 50 lines. Each poem must be on a separate sheet of paper which must not bear names or any other form of identification. Entries must be accompanied by a completed application form or a separate sheet with all of the appropriate information included and a stamped addressed envelope. The results and the judge's comments are sent out via this SAE. Entries must be accompanied by an appropriate entry fee: £3 for first entry, £2 for each poem subsequently entered. Cheques (sterling only) must be made payable to Currock Press. Entrants paying via PayPal should ensure that their PayPal confirmation of payment numbers are listed. Entries eligible for the Wakefield postcode prize should be marked with a W in the top right hand corner. An awards event will be held at Mocca Moocho Café, Cross Square, Wakefield on Sunday 29th May at 2.00pm. Copyright remains with the authors but Red Shed Readings reserves the right to print winning poems.
Entry Fee: ££3 for first entry, £2 for each poem subsequently entered.

Contact: Entries should be sent to:

The Competition Organiser,
Red Shed Open Poetry  Competition, 
3 Sandal Cliff, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6AU

The erbacce-prize 2016 | Closing Date: 01-May-16

Details:
Prizes: Publication of your collected works in perfect-bound format with full-colour gloss or matt cover (the winner chooses), A publishing contract with erbacce-press, Generous royalties, Your own dedicated Sales-Page, Five free copies of your book delivered to your home. There will also be two or three runners-up prizes including publication of chap-books.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://erbacce-press.webeden.co.uk/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

Dylan's Great Poem | Closing Date: 05-May-16

Details:
Opens for submissions on Thursday 28 April at 9 am and invites anyone aged between 7 and 25 years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit up to four lines of poetry written in English or Welsh. From these, 100 lines will be chosen to create the Great Poem. The theme for this year's competition is 'hands', after the Dylan Thomas poem 'The Hand That Signed The Paper.' This year, we have joined forces with Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Selected entrants to Dylan's Great Poem, who are between 11 and 17 years of age, and living in Wales, will be invited to a poetry writing masterclass to work on entries to the Poetry Society competition. Dylan's Great Poem will be edited by Rufus Mufasa and clare e. potter, and will be published online and performed on #DylanDay.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Entries need to be sent via developing Dylan 100 Website here: http://www.developingdylan100.co.uk/dylans-great-poem-2016/ before 12 noon Thursday 5 May. For more information contact Literature Wales: 07846484274/ mabananajones@gmail.com

The Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2016 | Closing Date: 27-May-16

Details:
Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words. The submitted translation should be no more than 60 lines long, so entrants may submit an extract if their chosen poem is longer. Self-translation is not accepted. The judges of the 2016 competition are: Katie Gramich, Sean O'Brien, Stephen Romer. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date.
Entry Fee: £7 for those entering the open category. (Anyone eighteen or under on 27 May 2016 is exempt from this charge.)

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.stephen-spender.org/spender_prize.html

Ways to be Wilder Poetry Challenge | Closing Date: 29-May-16

Details:
This Spring, the Young Poets Network is digging a little deeper into the idea of the 'nature poem' and create a new challenge which asks young poets to write about the wild world from their own unique perspective. We've partnered with the charity People Need Nature and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield to create a new challenge which focuses on, among other ideas, 'remembering you're an animal'. This challenge is open to poets up to the age of 25, from anywhere in the world. There are fantastic prize up for grabs for winning poets, plus the chance to be published on the Young Poets Network! Deadline for entries: 29 May
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/ways-to-be-wilder/

 

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: For more information see: www.frogmorepress.co.uk. Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 

David Burland Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Prize open internationally to both English and French Speaking Poets 16 years and over. Prizes: 1st Prize £ 500, 2nd Prize £ 200, 3rd Prize £100, Special Mention £25. Prizes presented for both languages. Judges for 2016 are Michel François and R Freidman.
Entry Fee: £9, £5 per each extra poem

Contact: For entry and more information, see website: http://www.davidburlandliteraryservices.com/Poetry_Prize/index.html

South Bank Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
South Bank Poetry's contest is for London poems. Judge: Mimi Khalvati will read all the entries and choose 5 winning poems and 5 commended poems. Prizes: 1ST Prize £300, 2nd Prize £150, 3rd Prize South Bank Poetry Membership (worth £50), 4TH Prize: A two year subscription to South Bank Poetry magazine, 5TH Prize: A one year SBP magazine subscription. Additionally, five commended poets will have their poems published in SBP Issue 24, along with the prize winners. The rest of the poems long-listed by the judge, Mimi Khalvati, and only those poems, will be considered for inclusion by the editors in the special London poems competition anthology Issue 24 to be published in 2015. There will be a reading at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London. All those included in Issue 24 will be invited to read at the subsequent launch readings at the Poetry Society's Cafe in The Poetry Place at 22 Betterton Street with extended readings for the prize-winning and commended poets.
Entry Fee: £The entry fees are £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second and £2 for the third and each subsequent poem. South Bank Poetry subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £3 for the first poem, £2 for the second, and £1.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: Postal entries:  Southbank Poetry Competition, 40 Ledbury House, Pytchley Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8AN. For more information and online entry see:  http://southbankpoetry.co.uk/poetry-competition/

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of 'All the Invisibles' & Editor 'Poems for a Liminal Age.' For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prizes: £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online). Results: will be announced on 15-July-2016.
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom. Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry

Segora 10th International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Jun-16

Details:
Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Results end of July. Judge: Roger Elkin. Prizes: £300, £50, £30 or equivalent in euros. Winning poems published on website. Presentation evening to be announced.
Entry Fee: ££4 for single entry or 5.50 euro add £2.50 or 2.75 euro each subsequent poem

Contact: More details on www.poetryproseandplays.com. Contact: simms.gordon@orange.fr


Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 17-Jun-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st place - £200, and the title of Poet of the Year, 2nd place - £100, 3rd place - £50. Judges: Luigi Marcini - SaveAs Writers Group, Abigail Morley - Poet of the Year 2015, Patricia Debney - reader in Creative Writing at the school of English at Univeristy of Kent.
Entry Fee: £5

Contact: For more information and entry see: http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/festival-friends/events/poet-of-the-year-2016.aspx. Contact tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 19-Jun-16

Details:
For a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines. Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25. Judge: David Constantine.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: Full details at http://www.arrantheatreandarts.org/index.php/poetry-competition or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 21-Jun-16

Details:
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 judges Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell on Mon 31 October 2016 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
The London Magazine's annual Poetry Prize looks for new poets whose work is adventurous, innovative and surprising in both form and content. Submit for the chance to be published in the UK's oldest literary journal. Judges: Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry. Opening date: 1st May 2016. Prizes: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize £150.
Entry Fee: £7, Subsequent Poems: £5.

Contact: More information will be available shortly at www.thelondonmagazine.org

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
The second SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries. Three poets will have their full-length poetry collections published by the London-based publishing house whose authors include Roger Elkin, Mandy Pannett, Uche Nduka, Obemata, Afam Akeh, Peter Oram, Graham Burchell, Nnorom Azuonye and Abigail Ardelle Zammit. Poets of all ages and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Poetry collections may be on any subject but must be in English language. Judges: Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie. Prizes: Standard publishing contract with SPM Publications, cash prizes of £300 (1st), £200 (2nd) and £100 (3rd), plus 20 authors' copies for each published poet.
Entry Fee: £25 (UK) or £30 (Rest of the World) per collection (Your fee covers administration and a poetry collection; choose from one of the three prizewinners from our 2015 competition)

Contact: See the full terms and conditions, enter online or download Entry Form at http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
Judges: Daljit Nagra and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. First prize £700; second £200; third £100; plus four commendations of £25 each. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 8th October 2016, when Daljit will hand out prizes and read from his work. Poems will appear in the Battered Moons Pamphlet and website. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Postal and online entries accepted; see site for details.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.

Contact: Email: hamusandoichi@googlemail.com; cristina.ne.newton@gmail.com. Website: http://batteredmoons.com/


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