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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 Caterpillar International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Mar-15

Details:
Competition to celebrate the first year of The Caterpillar, an arts and literature magazine for children. We're looking for a stand-out poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11). Prize: 1,000 Euro. The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The prize will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like.

Contact: For further details go website: www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com

15th Poetry on the Lake International Competition | Closing Date: 31-Mar-15

Details:
Adjudicators: Robert Minhinnick, Kenneth Steven, Kevin Bailey. Suggested (not obligatory) theme for all categories is 'Wining & Dining - or hungering, thirsting, fasting, starving'. Prizes: winner: Silver Wyvern and 400 Euro, 200 Euro x 2, 100 Euro x 3. Open, Short & Formal categories.
Entry Fee: £7 per poem (4 x £25, then £ 6)

Contact: For entry and more information please see website: 
http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2014/2015 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-15

Details:
Entries are invited to the first SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition. Poets are required to submit 20 pages of poetry made up of any number of poems or length. Collections may be on any subject or style. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Judges: Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie. Prizes: £500 (1st prize), £250 (2nd prize) and £125 (3rd prize). The three prize winners also receive traditional publishing contracts and 20 copies of their books each.
Entry Fee: £25 per collection (Maximum 3 collections)

Contact: Enter online or download entry form at http://www.sentinelpoetry.org.uk/publications/competition/poetrybook.html. Cheques / Postal Orders in GB£ only payable to Sentinel Poetry Movement. Address: SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition, Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom 

The Federation of Writers Scotland Easter Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Apr-15

Details:
Poetry (any number of poems; maximum 40 lines each); short stories (1,500-2000 words each); flash fiction/mini-story (up to 500 words). No theme. Open Entry.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem; £3 per flash fiction piece; £5 per short story.

Contact: Full rules at http://www.writersfederation.org.uk/news-and-events/156-fws-easter-competition-2015.html or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com

The Aldeburgh Eight Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 13-Apr-15

Details:
A unique opportunity, professional and creative, for a poet early in their publishing career, the next Aldeburgh Eight will take place in Suffolk from 6th-13th November 2015. The principle aim is for eight carefully selected poets to develop their writing with two established poets and experienced tutors after an immersive three days at the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, to be immediately followed by an intensive five-day rural retreat. The course tutors are Peter Sansom and Jackie Wills, who has succeeded Michael Laskey this year. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 15 May 2015.
Entry Fee: £see website

Contact: For more information and to apply, see website: http://www.thepoetrytrust.org/advanced-seminar/how_to_apply

Overton Poetry prize | Closing Date: 17-Apr-15

Details:
In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), English, Drama and Publishing offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Prizes: The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University's Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Judges: Sarah Kelly and Dr Kerry Featherstone.
Entry Fee: £10.00

Contact: Entries can be made via the online portal at: www.lboro.ac.uk/store/overton or by sending hard copy with accompanying cheque made payable to 'Loughborough University', to: Overton Poetry Prize, English, Drama and Publishing, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom.

Buxton Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 20-Apr-15

Details:
Theme: 'Time'. Judge: Helen Mort. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 for Open Poetry (over 19s). Young People (12-18) and Children (under 11s): receive book tokens. Winning poems exhibited in Buxton in July and printed in the Buxton Festival programme book. 15 finalists informed after June 1. Length: 40 lines. Patron: Lady Jasmine Cavendish.
Entry Fee: £5; FREE for under 19s

Contact: Entries must be sent with an entry form via post to: Claire Barlow, Buxton Festival, 3 The Square, Buxton SK17 6AZ. Tel: 01298 70395. Email: claire@buxtonfestival.co.uk Website: http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk/outreach/poetry-competition/

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 25-Apr-15

Details:
Prizes: £100, £50 Wakefield postcode prize £25. Adjudicator: Julie Mellor.
Entry Fee: £3, subsequent poems £2

Contact: For further information and entry please see:
http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-open-poetry-competition-2015.html

Poetry Competition: Poems for Queen Bess | Closing Date: 27-Apr-15

Details:
Poems are invited on the theme of 'Tudor'. There are three categories: under 13, 14-17, and 18+. The winners in each category will receive book tokens (£30 for under 13, £40 for 14-17, and £50 for 18+). Winners will be announced on Friday 8th May. Shortlisted poems will be printed for display on the walls of University Church, as they were in the time of Elizabeth I, and poets will be invited to read as part of the celebrations on 23rd May.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: To enter, email smv.heritage@gmail.com by Monday 27th April. Poems must be original and unpublished. Please email your poem (max. 40 lines) as an attachment (the poet's name must not appear on the poem itself) and include a separate document with your name, title of poem, age (if under 18), address and email. For further information see: http://www.universitychurch.ox.ac.uk/poetry-competition-poems-queen-bess/

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-15

Details:
Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets. Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 10 July 2015. Length: up to 50 lines. Sole judge: Carrie Etter.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)

Contact: Entry form available at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware15.pdf

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-15

Details:
Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe. 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. Competitors may submit any number of poems.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Contact: For more information please see website: www.verpoets.org.uk. Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets. Please send entries to: Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH

The Writers Bureau Limerick Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-15

Details:
Prizes: 1st Prize £100 and the choice of any Writers Bureau course (worth over £300), 2 Runners-up Prizes of £50 PLUS subscription to Freelance Market News (One year's subscription worth over £60). The winning Limericks will be published in Freelance Market News and on the Internet. The Judge will be Diana Nadin, Director of Studies.
Entry Fee: £5.00 for up to four limericks and then £1.00 for each subsequent limerick. (All must be submitted at the same time.) There is no limit on the number of entries.

Contact: For copies of the Entry Form email: studentservices@writersbureau.com, Telephone: 0161 819 9922. To enter online or print an entry form visit: www.wbcompetition.com. Postal  entries to The Writers Bureau, 8-10 Dutton Street, Manchester, M3 1LE

Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-15

Details:
Anonymous peer review online poetry competition. Single Poem Prize: £2,000, Portfolio Prize: £1,000. Poems up to 42 lines. Established publication: Poems to Talk About.
Entry Fee: £7.00

Contact: Enter online at:  http://www.poeticrepublic.com/

Ver Poetry Open Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-15

Details:
Adjudicator - Anne-Marie Fyfe. First Prize: £600, Second Prize: £300, Third Prize: £100. Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 for £10, £2 per poem thereafter

Contact: 2015 open entry form available on website: www.verpoets.org.uk

The erbacce-prize for 2015 | Closing Date: 01-May-15

Details:
The erbacce-prize for 2015 is accepting submissions up until midnight on the first of May 2015. 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.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information please see website: http://www.erbacce-press.com/#/erbacce-prize/4533449873

Divine Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-May-15

Details:
This year we are focusing on the future of cocoa and asking poets to imagine why a child would want to go into cocoa farming. The competition is titled 'When I grow up I want to be a cocoa farmer' as ever we want the poems to focus on the positives of Fairtrade, and we hope that with this title poets will look at the positive impact that Fairtrade has had on cocoa farming making it a viable job that young people would want to do when they are older. The competition is open to all ages and there will be winners in each age category 7-11, 12-17 and 17+ this year the competition will judged by poet and children's author John Dougherty.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: More information about the theme and how to enter can be found here:   http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/poetry

2015 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Awards | Closing Date: 11-May-15

Details:
Templar Poetry invites submissions to the tenth Pamphlet and Collection Awards. Up to three pamphlets are published from submissions received and an anthology of selected poems from short and longlisted submissions is published alongside the pamphlets, which are launched at the Derwent Poetry Festival in Derbyshire (November 6,7 & 8.) The winning pamphlet poets have the opportunity to submit a full collection for publication by Templar and we occasionally commission pamphlets or collections from anthology poets.
Entry Fee: £16

Contact: For entry and further information see website: http://templarpoetry.com/products/the-templar-poetry-pamphlet-collection-awards-2015?variant=266256926

The 2015 Stephen Spender Prize | Closing Date: 22-May-15

Details:
Translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English. Three categories: Open, 18-and-under, 14-and-under. Cash prizes, publication in a booklet. Open to UK and Irish citizens and residents only.
Entry Fee: £5 per entry for the Open (Adult) category only

Contact:

www.stephen-spender.org
email: info@stephenspender.org

Spring 2015 Short Story and Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 23-May-15

Details:
Judges: Susan Hulme and Gordon Simms. First prize in the Short Story section is £25 with a signed copy of 'Passions Pursued' Sue Hulme. First prize in the Poetry section is £25 with a signed copy of Uphill to the Sea (which won the Biscuit prize) by Gordon Simms. All the winning entries published on This French Life, Deux-Sevres Life, Galgo News Podenco Post. This competition is a fundraiser for Pepi and his pals who live at Pepis Dog Refuge, Pedrera, Seville, Spain.
Entry Fee: £3.00/4,00 euros - £8.00/10,00 euros for 3 entries (Fee for poetry category)

Contact: For more information and entry see website: http://www.thisfrenchlife.com/deuxsevres/

2015 Wigtown Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 29-May-15

Details:
Scotland's International Poetry Prize, Open to All. Main Prize £1500, Runner-up £400, Eight additional prizes of £25 each. Judge: Jim Carruth. Scottish Gaelic Prize £250. Judge: Peter Mackay. Scots Prize £250. Judge: Frances Robson.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for the first entry. Multiple entries - the first three poems cost a total of £17.00

Contact: Telephone 01988 402036 Website: http://www.wigtownbookfestival.com/poetry-competition/2015-wigtown-poetry-competition


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