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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.

The Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 23-Oct-17

This year's competition is for poetry on any subject. 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. Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt. 1st prize is £100. Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8.00 for three poems, £10 for five poems

Contact: Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org. For further details and to enter online see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Bare Fiction Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

Contact: Visit the website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online. http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

National Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

The Poetry Society's annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
Entry Fee: £6.50. Subsequent poems in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second poem, with subsequent poems at £3.50

Contact: For further information see 

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet Submission: Full poetry pamphlet sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks Publication: Summer 2018
Entry Fee: £15 per submission.


Postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. Email via PayPal only.
See full submission rules at
Postal submissions to
Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

Flambard Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Prizes: £1,000, £250. Looking for: Best group of five poems by a poet who has not published a single-author collection. Further info: Judges are Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: For full details see website: www.ncl.ac.uk/competitions/#theflambardpoetryprize

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2017 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

First Prize: £500 Second Prize: £250 Third Prize: £125 You are invited to write a poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length. You may choose any one of the traditional sonnet forms, or experiment with alternative 14 line forms perhaps using half rhyme, metarhyme or blank verse. First Prize: £500 Second Prize: £250 Third Prize: £125 Special Offer: Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £13.00 to £11.00 [UK] or from £20 to £18 [outside UK]. Entries: An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Judge is Liz Berry.
Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem submitted.

Contact: For entry forms and to enter on line. See website

Eric Gregory Awards | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

The Eric Gregory Awards are given for a collection of poems, published or unpublished, by a poet under the age of 30. CRITERIA FOR ENTRY 1. The author must be under the age of 30 at 31 March 2018. 2. The author must either be a British national or be resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, and writing in English 3. The work submitted may be a published or unpublished volume of poetry, drama-poems or belles-lettres. 4. No more than 30 poems should be submitted.
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact: For full details see: http://www.societyofauthors.org/Prizes/Poetry/Eric-Gregory

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 14-Nov-17

Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize = £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3 = £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize = £25.00 2nd prize = £15.00 3rd prize x3 = £10.00 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

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

Writeabridge International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 14-Nov-17

The competition was set up to celebrate creativity and to raise money and awareness for charities that seek to build bridges between different communities. This year's charities are Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre and Clever Fox Press - both of which support refugees. There are first and second prizes of £300 and £50 and publication on the Wasafiri magazine website. There are all three runners-up prizes. The competition will be judged by Bidisha and Joseph Horgan. 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). Please email your poems as attachments in separate Word documents (.doc format) to writeabridge@yahoo.com
Entry Fee: £5 One poem. Three poems – £10. Example – If you are submitting four poems, it will total £15. Six poems will total £20.

Contact: Please email your poems as attachments in separate Word documents (.doc format) to writeabridge@yahoo.com 

For full details see website https://writeabridge.com/

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 19-Nov-17

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Judge: Melanie White, editor of Shooter. Entry fee includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants.
Entry Fee: £3, or £8 for three poems

Contact: Details at https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-17

We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with the subject of migration. Poems can be triggered by any aspect of or point of view about migration. We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, we look for a beautiful use of language. Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine Length: 50 lines or less Entry fee: none Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country.
Entry Fee: £0


To submit: email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to submissions@hollandparkpress.co.uk
Organizer: Holland Park Press

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 30-Nov-17

The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ xe.com on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner. 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 Southword’s standard fee of €30. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.
Entry Fee: £5 euro

Contact: For full details see http://munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-17

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

Contact: For further details visit https://www.strokestownpoetry.org/

Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-17

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. 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. Only poems written in English are accepted. Poems translated into English are also accepted with a percentage of the prize going to the translator. The poems may have been previously published or won previous awards.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 30 lines in length. All entries must be submitted via email only to BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk. See Website for entry details and rules.
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact: For full details see http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/

I AM ME People Not Borders Competition | Closing Date: 10-Dec-17

Poem: Maximum 100 words emailed as a document (attachment) with name secondary school/adult category and phone number. Poetry Judge: Caroline Smith. Prizegiving takes place on January 31st 2018.
Entry Fee: £2.00

Contact: See website https://www.peoplenotborders.org/ for full details and short story and artwork categories. To email entry send to: info@peoplenotborders.org

Postal Entries: The Way Inn Bookshop, 268 High Street, Berkhamstead HP4 1AQ

The Moth Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Dec-17

Formerly known as the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland.
Entry Fee: £12 (Euros) per poem

Contact: See http://www.themothmagazine.com

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Dec-17

The Littoral Press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry. 60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. Realising how difficult it may be to submit a full poetry collection made up entirely of Nature, spiritual or environmental poems, as long as the majority of the poems (i.e. more than half) are either directly or indirectly concerned with nature, spirituality or the environment, the collection will be deemed an acceptable submission. The adjudicator will not give any preference as far as the number of nature poems in relation to the number of poems on other subjects. Although, as stated earlier, the objective of the competition was to publish more nature poetry, the whole collection will be judged on the merits of all the poems in the collection and not just the nature/spiritual/environmental work. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. Judge: Mervyn Linford.
Entry Fee: £20.00 per manuscript

Contact: Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions. These can be found on the littoral press website- www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/Competition.html

Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Jan-18

This inaugural Prose Poem Competition marks the fifteenth anniversary of the much-loved Tongues & Grooves community organisation for poetry and music. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read at a special event on Sunday 25th March 2018, to be held at Portsmouth’s iconic Square Tower. First prize £600, Second prize £200, Third prize £100, seven commendations £25. Judge - Michael Loveday.
Entry Fee: £5 for first prose poem, £4 for subsequent prose poems.


The Magma Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Jan-18

Two competitions: the Judge’s Prize, judged by Mona Arshi, for poems of 11-50 lines, and the Editors’ Prize, judged by a panel of Magma editors, for poems of up to 10 lines. First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150, plus publication in the magazine; there will also be 5 special mentions for each competition. All entries to be previously unpublished.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For further details and to enter, please visit the competition page at https://magmapoetry.com/competition/

Clochoderick Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 25-Jan-18

We are running a poetry competition in conjunction with our annual main event in March 2018, which includes the launch of our literary journal. Prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £7.50 for two poems, £10 for three poems

Contact: For a full list of terms and conditions for the competition click here: http://clochoderickpress.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

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