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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 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

David Burland Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
Submissions open to poets worldwide writing in English, and poems may be in free style and any length. Entries accepted from writers of any nationality, over 18 and, writing in English. Judges: Michel François(English/French Poet), R Freidman (English poet, translator). 1st Prize: £500. 2nd Prize: £200. 3rd Prize: £100. Winning Writers will have their work published in the Second volume of 'Poetic Art' 2015 / 2016, and the Winning Poem will also be published on the David Burland website. All entries to be sent with a signed application form and confirmation of payment.
Entry Fee: £8 for first poem and £4 for each additional

Contact: Submit entries and completed application forms to: Anna Burland Services, 39 High Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 1ST, England UK. To download application forms and for more information: http://www.davidburlandliteraryservices.com/Poetry_Prize/index.html

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Adjudicator: John McCullough. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. For more information, please see website:
http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/

The London Magazine's Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
Prizes: First Prize: £200, Second Prize: £150, Third Prize: £100. The winning poem will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The runners up will be featured on the website. The winners will be announced at a special London networking drinks reception. This is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team. Judges: Holly Howitt-Dring and Tristam Fane Saunders.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. There is no limit on the number of poems you can submit.

Contact:  If you have any questions, please email: competition@thelondonmagazine.org
For entry and more information please see website: 
http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/tlm-poetry-competition-2015/

Roundel Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
Judge: Susan Wicks. 1st Prize £200; 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £50. Winners announced at a prize giving event in Tonbridge, Kent, on Friday 24 July when Susan Wicks will give a reading
Entry Fee: £3 per entry

Contact: Send entries to: The Administrator, Roundel Poetry Competition, Leavers Cottage, Cemetery Lane, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0LT. Full details on the website: www.roundelpoetrytonbridge.com


Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject, up to 50 lines long. Eligibility: Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world may enter this competition.Judge: Mark Totterdell. Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation).
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems.

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htmSend Cheques/Postal Orders in GB Pound Sterling only, payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113 - 115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1ABE-mail: competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk

Welsh Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
The Welsh Poetry Competition offers a chance for budding writers and published authors from all over the world to compete on an equal footing and be recognised for their work. Prizes: 1st Prize £400 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100. Judge: Sally Spedding . All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously so your creativity will be judged on its own merits.
Entry Fee: £4 each

Contact: For entry and further information: http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

Munster Literature Centre Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-15

Details:
Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition. Prizes: 1st place will receive 1,000 Euro prize, 2nd place 500.00 Euro prize, both receive publication of their chapbook through Southword and 50 complimentary copies. Chapbook entries must not have been previously published. Open to international and national poets. Winners also invited to read at a showcase during the 2016 Cork International Poetry Festival (Formerly Cork Spring Poetry). A longlist will be published for Highly Commended entries. Entries should be 16-24 pages in length, while individual poems may have been published previously, the submission as a whole must be new. Judges: Mathew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, Leanne O?Sullivan and James Harpur.
Entry Fee: £25 Euro

Contact: A cover letter, receipt of paypal and indication of whether this is your first chapbook should be included in a submissions email to foolforpoetry@munsterlit.ie. Further Info: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html

Back Room Poets first international poetry competition | Closing Date: 07-Jun-15

Details:
Prizes £400/£150/£50, 5x£10 commendations. Sole judge: Pat Winslow. Winners will be invited to read with the judge at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford on 26 September, 2015. Winners will be notified by the first week in September.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem; £8 for two; £10 for three

Contact: Contact:  backroompoets@gmail.com. For more information, rules, and submission details, please see http://backroompoets.weebly.com/competition-page.html

Pacuare Nature Reserve 2015 Wildlife Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 10-Jun-15

Details:
Poems of up to 50 lines on the subject of wildlife or the boundaries between the human and the natural. The theme will be interpreted broadly. Prizes: First prize: One week's board and lodge at La Casa Grande in the Pacuare Nature Reserve. (travel not included). Worth $840. The winner is elected Poet Laureate of the Pacuare Reserve for one year. They will have the chance to run a poetry workshop with local children on our Environmental Education program. All the poems they write at or about the reserve will be published on our website. Runners up: 3 runners up will have their poems published on our website. They will also receive a picture postcard, certificate, and turtle-tag keyring with a handmade purse. Judges: Vahni Capildeo, Joseph Minden, Kat Addis.
Entry Fee: £10 for one poem. £5 for each additional poem. Up to 5 poems.

Contact: Send submissions to kat@pacuarereserve.org with the subject line "poetry submission". Entrants must be 18 or over. Format: Please put your name, age and telephone number in the email and attach your poem/s as a word document. DO NOT write your name in the document that contains the poem. All proceeds go direct to the maintenance of the Reserve and the Environmental Education Program.http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/pacuarepoetrycompetition

Segora International Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 15-Jun-15

Details:
Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Judge Mandy Pannett. Prizes: £200, £50, £30 or equivalent in euros. Winning poems published on website. Presentation evening Saturday 19th September in St Clémentin, 79150 SW France.
Entry Fee: £4 for single entry or 5.50 Euro, add £2.50 or 2.75 Euro each subsequent poem

Contact: More details on www.poetryproseandplays.com. Email: simms.gordon@orange.fr

Search for next generation of Welsh writers | Closing Date: 15-Jun-15

Details:
Open to anyone aged 17-24 who was either born or currently living in Wales. Search underway for next generation of Welsh writers. Open to anyone born or living in Wales, between the ages of 17 and 24. Please submit poetry, fiction, drama or non-fiction, either complete works or excerpts on the theme of Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity. The winners will be announced in September 2015. Winner was receive £500 along with publication of their work, there will also be prizes of £100 and £50 for the runners-ups who will also have their pieces included, along with a selection of shortlisted work.
Entry Fee: £5 per piece

Contact: More details can be found here: https://welshwriterstrust.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/competition-search-for-the-next-generation-of-welsh-writers/


Thomas Gray Anniversary - Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 19-Jun-15

Details:
Theme: 'In response to Gray's Elegy'. This is the second of three annual poetry competitions organized by The Stoke Poges Society as part of a programme of events celebrating the tercentenary of Gray's birth in 2016. Judge: Carol Rumens. Three prizes will be awarded of £250, £100 and £60. In addition there will be up to three highly commended entries awarded £30.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first and £3 for subsequent poems.

Contact: Entries can be made online via www.thomasgray2016.org/poetry-competition (this page - scroll down for entry form). Entries can also be sent to the following address: The Stoke Poges Society, c/o The Firs, Farthing Green Lane, Stoke Poges, Bucks, SL2 4JQ. Please mark your envelope 'Poetry Competition'.

Wild Words Bilingual Writing Competition | Closing Date: 21-Jun-15

Details:
1st Prize: Free Wild Words online course, plus publication on website. (Top three shortlisted entries may also be published) Theme: 'Tell me, what is it you expect to do, With your one wild and precious life?' (Mary Oliver} Format: Prose, Poetry or Non-Fiction, max 1000 words. Double space, 12pt. Send cover email with personal details - do not put them on your entry.
Entry Fee: £7 entry fee payable by PayPal

Contact: Entries via email to theteam@wildwords.org. For full details visit: 
http://www.wildwords.org/component/content/article/13-content/91-wild-words-biannual-writing-competition-2015.html

William Soutar Writing Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 23-Jun-15

Details:
Annual competition, now in its fourteenth year, alternates between poetry and short stories. For 2015, poems can be entered. Competition will open for entries from 21st March 2015. Judge: John Glenday. Up to two, original, unpublished poems in English or Scots, no more than 40 lines, typed or word-processed on one side of paper only. Entrants must be 16 years or over. Name of the writer must not appear on the manuscript. Prize: writing course at a UK Arvon Centre.
Entry Fee: £ see website for information after March 21st

Contact: Two copies of each poem submitted must be provided and entries must be accompanied by an entry form, available from  www.pkc.gov.uk/library from 21st March. Send to William Soutar Writing Competition, AK Bell Library, York Place, Perth PH2 8EP. 

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-15

Details:
For a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines. Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25. Judge: Simon Armitage
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter

Contact: Contact: Enter on line or by post. Full details at www.arrantheatreandarts.org or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-15

Details:
Judges: Pascale Petit and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. First prize £700; second £200; third £100; plus four commendations of £25 each. Winners and commended poets will be invited to read at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 3rd October 2015, when Pascale will hand out prizes and read from her work. Poems will appear in the Battered Moons Pamphlet and website. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter

Contact:  Postal entries to: Battered Moons Poetry Competition, c/o Hilda Sheehan, 28 Brunswick Street, Swindon, SN1 3NB, with cheque to Blue Gate Poets and separate personal details, including email address if available. To enter online, and for further details, see website: http://batteredmoons.com/

Four Corners 2015 - International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 02-Jul-15

Details:
Poems are invited for an international poetry competition judged by Mimi Khalvati. Prizewinning and commended poems will be published in a commemorative pamphlet and prizes awarded at a ceremony on Tuesday 13th October 2015. Theme: 'Four Corners', based on the College motto ad quattuor cardines mundi (to the four corners of the earth), which will be interpreted broadly. Poems: up to six poems, in any form, each up to 40 lines. Judges: Mimi Khalvati, Giles Goodland, Kate Venables and Sir Mark Jones. Awards: Prizes of £500 (open category) and £250 (St Cross category) will be awarded. Prizewinning and commended poets will receive a copy of the prize pamphlet and their poems will appear on the College website.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem

Contact: For entry and further information please see website:http://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/50/fourcorners


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