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

Details:
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 For an unpublished poem of any length.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

The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-16

Details:
First Prize will be £50 and publication in the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society. Second and third-placed poems will also be published, along with two Commendations. Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.The competition will be judged by the Editor of the Society’s Review, Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle. Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English. Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre?Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle. Every poem should be accompanied by a brief (maximum 100 words) explanation of how the poem relates to the Pre-Raphaelites.Poems must be typed/printed on A4 paper; hand-written entries are not permitted.The maximum length for each poem is 100 lines. A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems

Contact: Please send TWO COPIES of your poem/s and explanation/s, along with the entrance fee, and one copy of your personal details to:

The Competition Secretary, 21 Shaw Lane, Stoke Prior, Worcestershire B60 4DP
On a SEPARATE sheet of paper, please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and the name/s of your poems. Cheques should be made payable to ‘The Pre-Raphaelite Society’. Full competition details  are available at: http://www.pre-raphaelitesociety.org/news.htm 

Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 07-Jan-17

Details:
The Read Raw RobertTannahill poetry Competition has a prize fund of £2,700 with a first prize in the main competition of £1,500, second £400 and third of £100 with two commended prizes of £50. In the Scots Language competition first prize is £500 and second £100. Sally Evans will judge the competition. Sally is the Editor of Poetry Scotland and Poetry Editor of the Scots Language Centre Website The same poem can be entered for more than one part of the competition but it must be entered individually under each category in the online entry form and will be counted as a separate entry. Poems must not exceed 40 lines (not including title).There is no theme - your poem(s) may be on any subject of your choosing. Entries may be in English, or Scots. The competition is open to anyone throughout and outside the United Kingdom.
Entry Fee: £6:00 first poem, additional poems £3:00. Scots language. first poem £6.00, additional poems £3:00 per poem.

Contact: Full entry details can be found at  http://readrawltd.co.uk/tannahillpp.html Winners will be announced on 16th March 2017 as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry | Closing Date: 09-Jan-17

Details:
Prize: £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets who in the judges opinion, have made the most exciting contribution to poetry in 2016 Judges: Jo Bell, Bernard 0'Donoghue, Kathryn Williams. Reccomnedations can only be made by members of the Poetry Society or Poetry Book Society.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Website:http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/tha 
Telephone on 020 7420 9880 or email
tedhughesaward@poetrysociety.org.uk

Keats-Shelley Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 15-Jan-17

Details:
Poems should focus on the theme ‘To A Friend.’ They must not exceed 30 lines and should not be a pastiche. See website for full details of Essay Prize on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles and a Young romantics prize for 16s-18s. All entries are now free You may enter up to two poems and two essays. Short-listed candidates will be notified in April and a presentation ceremony will take place at the Royal Festival Hall, London, in the second half of April 2017. Judging Poems: Matthew Sweeney & Jo Shapcott.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Entries may now be submitted via admin@ksprize.onmicrosoft.com. For full details please see http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prize

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 15-Jan-17

Details:
The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £600, 2nd place £400, 3rd place £200. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Contact: Email poems to: poetry@cwgsy.net Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com for festival details. For full competition entry details see http://www.guernseyliteraryfestival.com/images/potm-competition2017.pdf

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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Details:
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 

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
First prize: £1,000 second prize: £300,third prize: £100,Plus 4 x £50 . The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines. The Judge is poet Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or for 3 or more poems £4 each. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to KENT & SUSSEX POETRY SOCIETY.

Contact: kentandsussexpoetry@gmail.com For further information, rules and entry details, including online entries visit website at https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/

Entries should be addressed to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 - Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2016 and closes 31st Jan 2017. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Rebecca Gethin. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 18 March 2017, and winning poems will be published on website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Postal entries . Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details see  www.poetryteignmouth.com from Nov 1st.

Prole Laureate competition 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
Poems of any style, content and length. Poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all. Winner will receive £200, publication in Prole 22 in April 2017. Publication on the Prole website.2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22.Publication on the Prole website.Judge Macdara Woods Winners will be announced in issue 22 of Prole in April 2017 and the Prole website by April 20th 2017.
Entry Fee: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries

Contact: For full details see http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

Email your entry, including the text and PayPal transaction number within the body of the email, to:  poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk 
By post send a cheque (GBP only, please) payable to: P Robertson for the correct amount and mail along with entry to: Brett Evans, 15 Maes - y - Dre, Abergele, Conwy, LL227HW

Open House 2017 The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-17

Details:
First Prize:£500, second prize £150, third Prize £100, and seven Highly commended poems.Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Prize winners will be notified by 31st March 2017. Prize winners will be announced on the TIH website in April 2017.Competition Judge: Niall Campbell
Entry Fee: £4 for single poems, £10 for 3 poems

Contact: Send your completed entry form, poem/poems and entry fee cheque made payable to The Interpreter's House to the following address:The Competition Administrator,Open House 2016, The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition 26 The Wern, Lechlade, GL7 3FF. For full competition rules and email entry details see: http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Feb-17

Details:
Original, unpublished poems are invited.With two classes, adults and under 18, the organisers have created two sections.Leaving the choice of subject to the writer in Section 1 ‘Any Subject’ but for some writers who need a focus the word ‘Home’ has been given as a theme for Section 2. Four winners will be able to claim first prizes of £50 each with £5 each for second and £10 for the third prize winners.Prize winners will be notified during the first week in March. Winners’ poems may be published on the 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Facebook Page Cruse West Sussex Area web page http://www.cruse.org.uk/west-sussex-area and reported in The West Sussex Gazette. All proceeds from Cruse Lines Poetry Competition will be donated to:- Cruse West Sussex Area. Judges:-Sara Hutton Potts BA(Hons) PGCE Belinda Wilkins BEd(Hons). Poems must not exceed 40 lines.Type poem using Times New Roman, at 12 point DOUBLE spacing.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem £3 for subsequent poems. (Maximum 4)

Contact: For entry forms email Competition Secretary:cruselinespoetrycompetition@gmail.comSend 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,The Coach House, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ. Visit website https://cruselinespoetrycompetition.com/ or  Facebook Page for competition rules and entry form and updates and results:-2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Visit Facebook Page for updates and results:- 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition https://www.facebook.com/groups/cruselinespoetrycompetition/ 


John Dryden Translation Competition 2016-2017 | Closing Date: 13-Feb-17

Details:
Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Any language into English. Any genre, Literary translation includes poetry, prose or drama from any period. A maximum of 20 pages First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one £12 for two or £16 for three entries

Contact: Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to: DrydenTranslationCompetition@city.ac.uk 
Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to: Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London London – EC1V 0HB.
Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website: https://bcla.org/prizes-and-competitions/john-dryden-translation-competition

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 17-Feb-17

Details:
All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2016 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘STONE’ and the judges are Sarah Howe and Vahni Capildeo. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/competitions/how-to-enter-stone-2017-competition/

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-17

Details:
The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email membership@scpsw.co.uk
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

Contact: For full details of conditions of entry visit the website www.scpsw.co.uk  

Nature and Place Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie. RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Prizes:1st PRIZE £1000, 2nd PRIZE £500: 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature. A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Contact: Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2017/

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan
Entry Fee: £8

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/newpoetsprize/information

The Poetry Business 2016/17 International Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

Details:
PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Entry Fee: ££28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online http://www.poetrybusiness.co.uk/competition-menu/competition


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