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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.

Shooter Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Oct-16

Shooter's Poetry Competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We're looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart. The winner of the 2016 Shooter Poetry Competition will receive £100, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media. The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter's website, and promotion on social media. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter's winter issue. Poems may be any theme or style, up to 125 lines long.
Entry Fee: £3 entry fee, ALL ENTRANTS will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2017 issue, which will feature the winning poem.

Contact: For more information see: https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition/

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

The Flambard Poetry 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. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, 2nd Prize: £250. Judges: Linda France & Andrew Forster.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: Full details, including terms & conditions, can be found here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £75. Adjudicator: Alison Brackenbury. Prizewinners will be notified at the end of January and winning poems will appear on the Fire River Poets website. Prizewinners will be invited to take part in a special reading in Taunton with Alison Brackenbury in April 2017. 40 lines maximum.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem; £3 each additional poem.

Contact: SEND TO: Fire River Poets Poetry Competition 2016, 2, Deane View, Bishop’s Hull Road, Taunton TA1 5EG. For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries,  visit http://fireriverpoets.org.uk

Bare Fiction Prize 2016 for Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

Details: 3rd annual Bare Fiction Prize is accepting entries of poetry (max 40 lines), flash fiction (max 500 words) & short story (max 3000 words). Prizes in each category of: 1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, 2 x Highly Commended Awards of £25 each. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in March/April 2017 (date and location/venue to be confirmed). Entries accepted from anyone in the UK, or internationally, online or by post until October 31st 2016. Judges: Poetry - Helen Mort, Flash Fiction - David Gaffney, Short Story - Courttia Newland.
Entry Fee: £2 discount per entry for subscribers £5 per poem, £6 per flash fiction, £8 per short story. You can subscribe during the submission process if you wish and receive the discount.

Contact: For more information, rules, submission details, to enter online or download a postal entry form, please see http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

National Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

For previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject, the competition is judged by Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambrige and Jack Underwood. The judges read all entries, and all poems are judged anonymously. 1st prize is £5,000, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,000 and there are seven commendations at £200 each. Winning poems are also published in an anthology and on the Poetry Society website.
Entry Fee: £6:50 subsequent entries £3:50 per poem

Contact: See full details: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/national-poetry-competition/ Enter online: http://npc.poetrysociety.org.uk/register/

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2016 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-16

Poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length, traditional sonnet forms, or experiment with alternative 14 line forms using half rhyme, metarhyme or blank verse. Prizes: First Prize: £450 Second Prize: £200 Third Prize: £100 Judge is Steve Ellis
Entry Fee: £4.00 or the first poem and £2.50 .for each additional poem submitted

Contact: http://www.cannonpoets.org.uk/competitions.php?panel=sonentry.php Enter online or by post: Cannon Poets, 22, Margaret Grove,Harborne,Birmingham, B17 9JH

Who is Giselle? Poetry Challenge | Closing Date: 06-Nov-16

Young Poets Network is thrilled to be partnering with English National Ballet to bring young poets a tantalizing new challenge based around renowned choreographer Akram Khan's new production of Giselle. The story of Giselle is a classic romantic narrative – but there’s plenty in this new production to strike a chord with some of the biggest questions facing us in the 21st century – questions about identity, inequality and displacement. We’re asking young poets to create a poem focusing on identity as it is expressed in this new production of Giselle. This competition is open to poets up to the age of 25, from anywhere in the world.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/who-is-giselle-a-poetry-challenge-with-english-national-ballet/

Writeabridge | Closing Date: 12-Nov-16

To raise money for Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre and Daughters for Life Foundation. Judges: Lemn Sissay and Anjum Malik. First prize £300, Second prize £50 Poems can be submitted on any topic or theme. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines and have a title (The title is not included in the line count).International entries accepted. Entries must be typed – any clear font accepted, 12pt, black, single line spaced, except between stanzas
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem and £10 for three

Contact: writeabridge@yahoo.com See full competition details www.writeabridge.com 

Barnet Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 16-Nov-16

Elegy? Satire? Comedy? For Young and Old Write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic GENERAL CATEGORY 1st Prize = £500 JUNIORS (7-11 & 12-16) 1st Prize = £75.00 2nd Prize = £50.00 3rd Prize x3 = £25.00 FREE ENTRY to BARNET SCHOOLS REDUCED FEE TO BARNET RESIDENTS The Judges - Anne Stewart (General Catagory) Katherine Gallagher (Junior Catagory) Poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry Fee: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s 7 12-16

Contact: Downloadable forms available at http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ

The Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 25-Nov-16

Prize: A two-week residency at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales. Judge: Earl Livings. All poems entered must be written in English, typed in 12pt in a standard font (such as Times Roman, Garamond or Calibri), 1.5 spacing, with a maximum of 50 lines. The author's name or any identification must not appear on the same page(s) as the poem. A shortlist of five poems will be announced.Entry is by email to stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com
Entry Fee: £5 per poem or three for £10.

Contact: For further information see https://stiwdiomaelor.wordpress.com/events/annual-competition-poetry-2016/ or contact stiwdiomaelor@gmail.com.

Rubies in the Darkness Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-16

Organiser: Robert Karoke. Judge: Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Entries in traditional form with rhyme scheme preferred. No entry form required. Poems of any length. The author retains copyright and published poems are acceptable. Book prizes for the top three.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to: Rubies Poetry Competition, 41 Grantham Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5LZ. 

The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-16

Judge: Hannah Lowe. Your pamphlet: 18-24 pages of poems. Prize: publication of the winning pamphlet + launch reading + up to £200 travel expenses Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback. Winner and 3 others will have a poem published in The Rialto. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on our website.
Entry Fee: £22, or £16 for Rialto subscribers. Non-subscribers may pay subscribers' rate if they take out a subscription when they enter.

Contact: Please see http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/pamphlet-competition/ for the rules and how to enter.

Cafe writers open poetry competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-16

Prizes: 1ST £1000, 2nd £300 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100 The Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize Maximum of 40 lines (excluding title) Judge: Andrew McMillan For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries, visit www.cafewriters.co.uk
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter

Contact: www.cafewriters.co.uk Entries should be sent to:  Café Writers Poetry Competition, 168a Silver Rd, Norwich NR3 4TH with a cheque payable to Café Writers or enter and pay online at www.cafewriters.co.uk

The 2017 Gregory O' Donoghue International Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-16

The Gregory O’Donoghue Prize is an award for a single poem, with a first prize of €1,000 ($1,120/£860), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and publication in Southword journal. The winning writer will read at the Cork International Poetry Festival in February 2017. The Munster Literature Centre will be covering travel costs up to €600 and providing food and hotel accommodation for the four days of the festival. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive the journal’s standard fee of €30. This year’s judge is poet Mary Noonan.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or £20 per batch of five, €5 per poem or €20 per batch of five.

Contact: info@munsterlit.ie for any competition queries. Further information, including submission guidelines, may be found on our website: http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html#guidelines

Inspired by Film Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-16

This competition is open to all participants of the Inspired by Film poetry workshops taking place at The Friends' Meeting House, King's Lynn, Cambridge Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, Cinema City, Norwich and the NAWE Conference workshop at Stratford-on-Avon. You may enter one poem inspired by the workshop themes. Judges: Maura Dooley and Heidi Williamson. Prizes: First Prize One-year Picturehouse Membership, a poetry book bundle (including signed copies of our judges' books) and a one-to- one mentoring session with one of our judges, Second Prize: A Day School of your choice at Cinema City, a poetry book bundle (including signed copies of our judges' books) and a one-to-one mentoring session with one of our judges, Third Prize:Magnetic Poetry Kit, signed copies of our judges' books and a Writing Ideas notebook and pen.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.sueburge.uk/poetry/

The Brunel University International African Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 01-Dec-16

The prize is open to African poets, defined as those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation. Only poems written in English are accepted. Poems translated into English are also accepted with a percentage of the prize going to the translator. Each entrant must submit 10 poems to be eligible, no more and no less.There is no stipulation as to the content of submitted poems but no poem should exceed 40 lines in length.The poems may have been previously published or won previous awards.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk. For full details visit www.africanpoetryprize.org/rules

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-16

Prizes: 1st prize 10,000 Euro, plus 3 prizes of 1,000 Euro for each of the shortlisted poems. For an unpublished poem of any length. The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth. Judged by Deborah Landau.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro

Contact: See: www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8010&page=13

Magma Poetry Competitions 2017 | Closing Date: 16-Jan-17

Two prizes. The Judges Prize (11-55 lines) and the Editors Prize (up to 10 lines) both have prizes of £1000 first prize, £300 second prize, £150 third prize. This year's main judge is Jane Draycott
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poemMagma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees..

Contact: info@magmapoetry.com For further information, rules and entry details,  visit website at http://magmapoetry.com/competition/  

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition | Closing Date: 20-Jan-17

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition invites entries from people of any age writing in English. We are looking for your poems and short stories which evoke our theme of MEMORIES. Max 100 lines for a poem. Max 1500 words for your short story All entries should include a completed cover sheet and should not have been published in print or online previously. Entries will be judged by leading writers, poets, professionals and a panel of young people. The categories for entry are: Best Poem Award – Prize £4000 Best Short Story Award, Prize £4000, Plymouth University Best Young Writer aged 15 -18 Award – Prize £2000,Best Primary Carer Voice Award – Prize £2000 The winners in each category will be announced at the National Memory Day celebrations on 18 May 2017 This project is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Plymouth University and the Poetry Archive.
Entry Fee: £3 per first entry and £2 for all subsequent entries which are entered at the same timeAll funds raised will go towards placing Poets-in-Residence in Memory Cafes around the UK to work with people living with memory loss..

Contact: For further details visit www.nationalmemoryday.org.uk 

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Prizes 1st £1,000,2nd £500 3rd £250. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition. No entrant may win more than one prize. Maximum length, excluding title and any blank lines, 40 lines.Judged by Philip Goss.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: info@ploughprize.co.uk For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries visit website at http://www.theploughprize.co.uk/

Each postal entry (of one or more poems) should be accompanied by an entry form. Entry forms are available for download or on request via the website contact page. Post entries to: The Plough Prize, The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Torrington, EX38 8HQ 

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