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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 Manchester Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 29-Sep-17

Details:
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. For updates on the competition, please join the Manchester Writing School mailing list and click to indicate that you are interested in'Manchester Writing Competition'. If you'd like to be sent a postal entry form, please supply us with your name and address via writingschool@mmu.ac.uk +44 (0) 161 247 1787.

Bedford International Writing Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Competition opens 1st May. Poems up to 40 lines. Story- up to 3000 words-Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes donated by The Harpur Trust: Short Story £100, Poem £100. Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe. All shortlisted entries published as download anthology. -A not-for-profit group, all net proceeds going to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Entry Fee: £6 or 3 for £12.

Contact: For further details on online and postal entry see: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk or email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk

The Salopian poetry Society's Open Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm. Poems,(maximum 80 lines) should be typed but, if hand-written, printed. First prize £150 – Second prize £100 – Third prize £50. Ten consolation prizes of £20 will be awarded and all winners will receive a copy of the Winter 2016 issue of Salopeot which will contain all the winning poems.To celebrate our 40th anniversary, additional prizes will be awarded for poems chosen by the Magazine Editor. No limit to number of entries.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members.

Contact: Please submit two copies of each poem. Entries to be sent to the Competition Secretary. 5 Squires Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5RU. 
For full details see: 
http://www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition-rules/4531672813

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
Entry Fee: £25.00 per collection

Contact: For full details and publishing schedule see http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017

Hammond House International Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
We are pleased to announce the launch of this prestigious annual Poetry Prize. The winner receives a £250 cash prize and worldwide publication of their work in an anthology of poetry together with twenty-four other shortlisted entries. 2nd prize is £50, 3rd prize is £25. The theme for 2017, ETERNAL, is intended to be inspirational, not restrictive, please feel free to interpret it in any way you choose. Be creative, be unpredictable, be different; the judges will be eternally grateful if you can make them feel the honesty and the emotion as well as the intellect and rigour in your poem. There are no limits to line length or word count, so both Haiku and Epic poems fit the bill. This competition will be judged by Christopher Sanderson, Robert Etty and Paul Sutherland.
Entry Fee: £10, or £5 for HH members, and there is an option for feedback at £5.

Contact: For more information, and how to apply, please visit https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

SLAMbassadors UK 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Sep-17

Details:
SLAMbassadors UK, the national youth slam for 12-18 year olds is open for entries. Slam is the competitive art of spoekn word performed before a loud and lively audience. Young people across the UK are invited to enter SLAMbassadors by filming themselves performing a poem or rap piece and uploading it to our SlamCam YouTube channel. The theme is identity - who you are, where you have come from, what you see around you and how it affects you and others, cultural identity, national identity, human identity. Prizes: Six acts will be chosen from across the UK to take part in an intensive, two-day masterclass with the spoken word artist Joelle Taylor. The winners work will be showcased at a live performance in central London alongside Joelle and a spoken word icon. The biggest prize however is the continual mentoring provided to the young artists by the Poetry Society, who work hard to introduce the emerging poets to the professional arena and open up the world of performance and publishing to them. Judged by Sabrina Mafouz.
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

Contact:   Find out more on the SLAM blog:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk/

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 16-Oct-17

Details:
Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry Fee: £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Details:
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 

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

Details:
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

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

Details:
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

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

Details:
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/

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

Details:
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

Details:
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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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

Details:
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

The Plough International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
For previously unpublished poems on any subject. An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year, The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition – maximum length 10 lines. Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts. The prizes in each category: 1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250
Entry Fee: £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:

Details and entry forms downloadable from www.theploughprize.co.uk or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all. All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. Prizes: Winner - £200, publication in Prole 25 in April 2018 & publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes: £50, publication in Prole 25 & publication on the Prole website. All entries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first entry, £2 for every subsequent entry

Contact: For full details and how to enter, please visit: http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html


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