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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.

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 25-Apr-14

First prize: £100. Second prize: £50 Wakefield postcode prize: £25. Adjudicator: Gareth Durasow
Entry Fee: £3, subsequent poems £2

Contact: For further information and entry see website: http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-poetry-competition-2014.html

The Colour of Saying - Dylan Thomas Creative Writing Competition | Closing Date: 27-Apr-14

For ages 10 to adult. Responses invited to the poem 'The Hunchback in the Park'. They can be in poetry, prose-poems, prose, diary form, and letter form. The best of the submissions will be judged by international writers/translators and published in an anthology which will appear on the 27th October 2014, the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth. The remainder of the submissions will appear in phases on website. Part of the remit of the competition is to encourage trauma or war victims, prisoners, abused wives or husbands, immigrants or refugees to a new country who do not speak the country's language and so entries are welcome in the writer's mother tongue (whatever the language is) or in the writer's dialect, together with (if possible) an English translation. Submissions are limited to one page each for the original and translation. Please see website for full details.
Entry Fee: £0.00

Contact: Submissions must be sent to colour@dylandowntheups.org.uk
as a word attachment, which should include the age of the entrant and contact details. www.dylandowntheups.org.uk

14th International Poetry On the Lake Competition | Closing Date: 28-Apr-14

Silver Wyvern + 500 Euro, 2nd 200 Euro; 100 Euro, best sonnet. Other prizes. Theme: Weather. Max 50 lines. Adjudicators Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker
Entry Fee: £6 per poem (£15 x 3, then £5) or 10 Euro (20 Euro x 3)

Contact: Postal entries: 2 copies of each poem, both with pen name only, put contact details, titles, fee in sealed envelope with pen name, titles, on front. Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall). Euro/dollars: Paypal or notes (wrap in silver foil).SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy
Email entries: pay Paypal to poetry on the lake through Donations button on www.poetryonthelake.org), note transaction ID with contact details one attachment,  poem/s (with pen name) in second attachment  £8/11 Euro/12 USD per poem, email to cict@occam.org, subject line: 2014 comp/Paypal ID
info: www.poetryonthelake.org

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 4 July 2014. Length: up to 50 lines. Judge: Roddy Lumsden.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Contact: Entry form: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware14.pdf 
or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB
or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk

Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Judge: Stephen Beattie. First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25. In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize. No application form is required.
Entry Fee: £ £3 per poem or four poems for £10

Contact: Envelopes should be marked 'POETRY COMPETITION' and sent to:Southport Writers' Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery. For further information and to enter online please visit www.swconline.co.uk

Thynks Publications: Collections of poems for children aged 5 - 8 year-olds by grown-ups writing for children! | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Collections of poems for children aged 5 - 8 year-olds by grown-ups writing for children. 25 to 50 poems. To be judged by members of the Thynks Publications team. 1st prize £100 plus publication, runners up - publication.
Entry Fee: £12 per collection

Contact: Contact: thynkspublications@yahoo.co.uk.
Further details on the website:- http://www.thynkspublications.co.uk/competitions

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Competition for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone. Prizes: £100, £75, £25.
Entry Fee: £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4

Contact: Rules and entry form (essential) from www.greyhenpress.com  or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG   

Ver Poets Open Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Adjudicator Claire Pollard. Prizes: First Prize £600, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £100 Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems to a maximum of 30 lines.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem; 3 poems for £10; £2 each for any poem thereafter.

Contact: Entry forms can be downloaded from: www.verpoets.org.uk. Cheques to be made payable to 'Ver Poets'. Send entries to:
Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4AH

Adlestrop Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

The entrants to the competition are asked to write a poem of sixteen lines which has been inspired by the original Edward Thomas poem 'Adlestrop'. Judge: P.J. Kavanagh. Prize: £400 and the winning poem will be published on website and also in Cotswold Life.
Entry Fee: £10

Contact: For full conditions visit www.adlestroppoem.wordpress.com
Postal Entries: Competition Organiser, Windrush House, 12  Main Street, Adlestrop, Moreton-in-Marsh,Gloucestershire GL56 0UN.

Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize £1,000. Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves. The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants. For poems up to 42 lines.
Entry Fee: £7 per poem

Contact: Enter online at:  www.poeticrepublic.com

The Stoke Poges Society - Thomas Gray Anniversary Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Theme: 'Inspired by the Elegy'. Competitions in the run up to the tercentenary of Gray's birth in 2016: There is a Senior Class and Junior Class open to anyone aged 14 years or under on date of submission. Judges: Senior entries will be judged by local poet David Gwilym Anthony. Junior entries will be judged by Roger Askew, Chairman of The Stoke Poges Society. Prizes - Senior Class: Three prizes will be awarded of £250, £100 and £60. In addition there will be up to three honourable mentions awarded £30. Junior Class: Three prizes will be awarded of £125, £50, and £30.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £3 for subsequent poems.

Contact: Entries can be made online via our website and full details are available there: http://thomasgray2016.org/

Friends of Cotswold Volunteers Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14

Theme: 'The First World War'. Judge: Michael Scott, Chair of Swindon's BlueGate Poets and co-founder of the Swindon Festival of Poetry. Prizes: £150, £75, £50. Winners will be invited to read their poems at a service of commemoration in Cirencester Parish Church on 8th August 2014, with the option also to be published as part of the Friends 2015 calendar. All proceeds raised will go towards fundraising for a new wheelchair adapted car for Cotswold Volunteer Transport Services. Poems may be in any form, but no longer than 40 lines please.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem or three poems for £10.

Contact: For more information and terms of entry, see website: http://www.cotswoldvolunteers.org/poetry-competition/

The Travel Expert Travel Writing Competition | Closing Date: 01-May-14

Prize: £50.00 paid to the winning entry. To be judged by the website editors.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Please see website for further information and entry form: http://travelexpert.org.uk/travel-expert-writing-competition/

Poetry London competition | Closing Date: 02-May-14

Judge: Michael Symmons Roberts. Prizes: First Prize £1000, Second Prize £500, Third Prize £200. plus publication in Poetry London. Four Commendations of £75 each. Poems are welcome on any subject. Poems must be entrant's original work, unpublished and not already accepted for publication. There is no limit to the number of entries per person. Your name must not appear on the poem.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem/ £3 subscribers (new subscriptions may be taken out at time of entry)

Contact: Download form from http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition and send with poems to Poetry London Competition, The Albany, Douglas Way, Deptford, London SE8 4AG by 2 May 2014. Alternatively enter and pay online from the above web link. Cheques payable to Poetry London Competition. Enquiries:

Aldeburgh Eight: Advanced Poetry Seminar | Closing Date: 16-May-14

Applications are now invited for Aldeburgh Eight which will take place in Suffolk from 7 - 14 November 2014. We are seeking eight poets with a strong publishing track record (magazines, anthologies, individual pamphlet and possibly a first collection), real promise and clear evidence of commitment. The principle aim remains - to devise a unique opportunity, professional and creative, for eight carefully selected poets early in their publishing careers. For the first time last year the poets began with an immersive three days at the international Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, immediately followed by an intensive five-day rural retreat led by experienced tutors Michael Laskey and Peter Sansom. A once-in-a-lifetime eight days of accelerated poetry development. Aldebrugh Eight is highly subsidised and will cost £485 per participant (approximately one third of the 'real' cost). This will include a Festival Pass to all events in the main 'Britten Studio' venue, all tuition fees, accommodation for seven nights (single occupancy), subsidised food at the Festival, and all meals at Bruisyard Hall (catered). All applications must be received by Friday 16 May 2014 and successful applicants will be notified by Friday 6 June 2014.
Entry Fee: £0


Please email info@thepoetrytrust.org or visit www.thepoetrytrust.org for more information and application materials

The Stephen Spender Prize 2014 for poetry in translation | Closing Date: 23-May-14

Judges: Susan Bassnett, Edith Hall, WN Herbert, Stephen Romer. Prizes: Cash prizes. All winning entries published in a booklet.
Entry Fee: £5 (free for those aged 18-and-under)

Contact: For entry form and conditions of entry: http://www.stephen-spender.org/spender_prize_2014.html
Postal Entries: The Stephen Spender Prize, The Stephen Spender Trust, 3 Old Wish Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4JX
Email: info@stephenspender.org

Shot Through the Heart - Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition | Closing Date: 30-May-14

Calling all poets and filmmakers (both adults and children) - love is in the air this summer at Southbank Centre and we want you to create poetry films that explore the joy of first love, the pain of lost love, the confusion of displaced love, the purity of platonic love, or any other kind of love. Shortlisted films will be shown in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre on Friday 18th July and the winning adult + winning children's films will each receive £500 to be shared between poet and filmmaker, as well as a pair of tickets each to Poetry International's Gala Reading. Both winning films will be shown at 2014's Berlin's Zebra Poetry Film Festival.
Entry Fee: £10 per entry (max. 3 entries per person)

Contact: For full terms and conditions, how to enter, and where to send your films, please visit the competition page here: www.southbankcentre.co.uk/poetryfilm 

Wigtown Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-May-14

Competition in association with The Scottish Poetry Library. Main Prize £2000, Runner-up £400, Eight additional prizes of £25 each. Judge: W.N. Herbert. Gaelic Prize £250. Judge: Anne Lorne Gillies, Scots Prize £250. Judge: John Manson.Poems must not exceed 40 lines. Entries may be in English, Scots, Scots/Irish Gaelic.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for first poem (See website for details on multiple entries)


For more information or to enter online visit:
www.wigtownbookfestival.com/poetrycomp or telephone 01988 402036

David Burland Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-May-14

For poems in French and English. 1st Prize £500,(plus recording/ enregistrement)2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £30.
Entry Fee: £8 (first poem)

Contact: Information: www.davidburlandpoetryprize.com
Michel François: www.michel-francois.com
Or contact: annaburland@btconnect.com

Frogmore Papers Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-May-14

For poems up to 40 lines. First Prize: two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. First and second runners-up: 75 and 50 guineas respectively and a year's subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets receive selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Abegail Morley.
Entry Fee: £3

Contact: Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.
Website: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk

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