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"we can not compete
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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.
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  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list.

PLAX Jewellery Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 09-Oct-15

PLAX Jewellery invites entries for a short poem titled 'Just like a Pearl' THEME: 'Just like a Pearl' - The poem will aim to express the beauty, characteristics and gracefulness of a pearl embodied in a woman, creating strong resonance and reflection. POEMS: Short poems, 6-8 Lines and limited to 2 poem submissions per person. PRIZE: £500 Cash and £500 worth of PLAX Luxury Pearl Jewellery.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Please visit http://www.plaxjewellery.com/poetrycompetition-page for further information or write to pearls@plaxjewellery.com 

Poetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 11-Oct-15

The competition this year is for poems on the theme of 'cities' (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. All shortlisted poets will be considered to be part of for the CITN Featured Poet series. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN.
Entry Fee: £3.50 for 1 poem, £8 for 3 poems, £10 for 5 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. See website for further information:

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 19-Oct-15

Judge: Jean Sprackland & John McAuliffe. 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 Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan on Monday 30th November 2015 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5/ 6 Euro/ 8 Dollars per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only)

Contact: For further information and entry please see website:

Bare Fiction Prize 2015 for Poetry, Flash Fiction & Short Story | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

2nd 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 2016 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in March/April 2016 (date and location/venue to be confirmed). Entries accepted from anyone in the UK, or internationally, online or by post until October 31st 2015. Judges: Poetry - Jo Bell, Flash Fiction - Richard Skinner, Short Story - Paul McVeigh.
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/

Amnesty International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

Theme: Enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka: 'Silenced Shadows'. Entries may be submitted in English, Tamil or Sinhala from any place in the world. Writers must be Sri Lankans living in the country or who have emigrated in the past 20 years. All entrants must be 14 years of age or older when they submit their entry to the competition. Prizes: There will be no financial awards for the competition but all the winning poems will be on the Amnesty website and copies of the tri-lingual book of those poems to be published by Amnesty International in 2016, will be sent to all their writers. There will be a Panel of Judges of known poets and literary figures for each language. They are listed on the Amnesty website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further information and entry forms see: http://join.amnesty.org/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4326  All entries must be submitted online to this email address: entry.poetry@amnesty.org. 

Mungrisdale Writers Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

The theme for this year 'Gleams that untravell'd world' (Tennyson). Judge: Grevel Lindop. Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. In addition to the winners the judge will also select some other poems of a publishable standard to be included in a booklet to be published Spring 2016 priced £4.50. 40 lines maximum per poem. Winners will be notified before the end of November 2015. Please enclose SAE if you wish a list of winners to be sent. Winners are invited to a prize-giving ceremony, to include readings with judge Grevel Lindop, on 5th December at Mungrisdale Village Hall, followed by lunch at The Horse and Farrier, Threlkeld.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10. No restriction on the number of poems entered by any individual.

Contact: Entries to be sent by post, with cheque made out to Mungrisdale Writers, to:  Sue Banister, 6, Eskin Street, Keswick, CA12 4DH. See website for more information: http://www.mungrisdalewriters.org.uk/

National Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-15

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: Sarah Howe, Esther Morgan, David Wheatley.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for the first poem, £3.50 thereafter

Contact: For entry and further information see http://npc.poetrysociety.org.uk/

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-15

The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world's first major 'ecopoetry. award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. Prizes: First prize £5,000, Second prize is £2,000 and Third prize £1,000.Founded in the spring of 2014 Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Lumley and Peter Phelps.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

Contact: For further information and entry: 

(Un)natural - A Poetry competition exploring ideas about naturalness | Closing Date: 01-Nov-15

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Apples and Snakes are calling on poets from across the UK to help us to explore ideas about naturalness in a creative way. We are looking for poems that explore, delve into and reveal the meaning of the words natural, unnatural, nature and similar words in the context of debates about science, technology and medicine. Judging: All entries will be read by a team from Apples and Snakes and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics. A judging panel will select a winner and at least two runners-up from 25 long-listed entries. The judging panel includes Maria Ferguson, Kayo Chingonyi ,Tom Shakespeare, Mona Siddiqui . Prizes: Prizes include at least one paid performance of their poem at a public event on naturalness on Monday 30th November 2015 in London; a professionally-filmed video of this performance to be published on the Apples and Snakes and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics websites; and a one-to-one advice session with Apples and Snakes for the winning entry.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Find out more: www.nuffieldbioethics.org/poetry

Oriel Davies Open Writing Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 02-Nov-15

Prize: A £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies shop. 1 for best poem and 1 for best prose. Writers are invited to submit either poems (up to 50 lines each) or prose pieces (up to 1000 words each) that focus on the theme of flora.
Entry Fee: £3 per entry

Contact: Entries should be addressed to: Sheela Hughes, Oriel Davies Gallery, The Park, Newtown, Powys SY16 2NZ. Please mark the envelope WRITING COMPETITION. For further information, email Sheela at informallearning@orieldavies.org

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 16-Nov-15

OPEN COMPETITION: 35 lines on any subject. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize: £500, second prize: £250, 3 x third prizes: £100. JUNIOR COMPETITION: Two juniors categories: 7-11 and 12-16. Judge: Katherine Gallagher. Prizes (7-11): first, £25; second, £15; 3 x third, £10. Prizes (12-16): first £75; second, £50; 3 x third £25.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem for adults; £1 per poem for juniors. Free Entry to Barnet Schools.

Contact: Entry form on line at www.barnetarts.org.uk Alternatively, send a SAE to Barnet Borough Arts Council, 122 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ

Fair Acre Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2015/16 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Judge: Jonathan Edwards. Submission window opens 1.11.15, Deadline 30.11.15. Two categories: 1. Open (aged 18 and over). 2. Open only to those without a published pamphlet or collection (including self-published) at midnight 30.11.15. Details of how many poems etc to follow. Prize: The same for both categories: Publication, with ISBN and editorial advice by Fair Acre Press, in Spring 2016. Launch Reading at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2016, alongside Jonathan Edwards. Complimentary copies, plus 40% discount on purchasing further copies. Submission by Fair Acre Press of your pamphlet to both Michael Marks Award and P.B.S. Pamphlet choice.
Entry Fee: £12 entry (profits are for future poetry publication)

Contact: For entry and further information see www.fairacrepress.co.uk 

The Plough Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Judge: Dame Carol Ann Duffy. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500 - 3rd Prize: £250. Forty lines or under, no theme. Long and short lists published.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact: For entry and further information:

Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50. Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100. Sponsored by The Iron House, The Norfolk Prize £200 & Meal for Two awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: Tiffany Atkinson. Maximum of 40 lines (excluding title) on one side of A4. Prizewinners will be notified in writing by 31st January 2016. The list of prizewinners will be displayed on the website after the prize-giving ceremony at Café Writers on 8th February 2016.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://cafewriters.co.uk/home/poetry-competition/

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Entries are now being accepted for the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition judged by Oz Hardwick. For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Prizes: £200 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation), 3 x £10 (Commendation)
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: See website for entry and more information:

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-15

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any we show on the website. Quality book publication for best entries. The competition is open to anyone over 16.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

Contact: Contact details and postal and online entry instructions on the web page here:http://www.earlyworkspress.co.uk/Competition_poetry_details.htm 

Enfield Poets Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-15

Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe (who will read all entries). Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £200, 3rd: £100. All winners and commended poets will be offered the chance to read alongside the judge as part of a special event at the Dugdale Theatre, Enfield Town in February 2016.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem.


For full details and to download and entry form, go to: www.enfieldpoets.com/competition.

T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 11-Dec-15

The T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition is ideal for A level English students keen to explore poetry beyond the prescribed texts of the examination boards. This year's Writing Competition will open on 3rd November. Read the 20 poems we've selected, 2 by each of the shortlisted poets for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Pick your favourite poet. There are two choices of response: A 500 word critical piece on the 2 poems by your chosen poet, reflecting on what you particularly liked about them and why you think they should win. A poem of your own, 'writing back' to one of the poems you found particularly interesting. Your poem might take the same title, or use aspects of the form of the poem, or explore the same subject matter, or argue back with a view or angle that challenges or subverts ideas in the original. There are 2 prizes, one in each category - subject to the standard in both categories being sufficiently high. Each prize includes: £100 cash prize, 3 tickets to the T S Eliot Prize and the Award Ceremony, where the winners will meet the poets and judges publication in emagazine and on the Poetry Book Society website a full set of all 10 shortlisted collections. Education membership of the PBS for the school or college of the winning students.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and entry see website: http://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/projects/15/

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-15

Short Stories, up to 4,000 words (not including the title). Poetry up to 50 lines (not including title or lines between stanzas). The theme is open. Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission. Every single entrant to the competition will have a tree planted in the Magic Oxygen Word Forest and the GPS co-ordinates for their tree/s will be sent to them via email after the competition has closed. Short story: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. Poetry: 1st prize £1,000, 2nd prize £300, 3rd prize £100, Highly Commended 2 x £50. The shortlist will comprise 10 entries in each category, which will include the top 5 ultimate winners. Their entries will be included in full in the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.The first prize winners in both categories will have an additional showcase page for their photograph, biography, comments and links to their work.
Entry Fee: £5 per entry

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.magicoxygen.co.uk/molp/prize-rules/

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-15

1st Prize 10,000 Euro, plus three runner-up prizes of 1,000 Euro. The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro

Contact: Details at www.themothmagazine.com

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