"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.
PBS National Student Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 13-Dec-13Details:
Prizes: £200, with a second prize of £50 and third prize of £25. All three will receive Full PBS memberships. Eight highly commended poems will receive Associate membership of the PBS and a selection of books. The Competition is free to enter for PBS student members and it is free and easy to join the PBS online, with membership offering access to the PBS Bulletin, poetry newsletters and 25% off poetry titles. The winning poems will be published on the PBS website with the Judge's comments and a freely available ebook of the 20 best poems. Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: Website: www.poetrybooks.co.uk
The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Dec-13Details:
40 lines or less. Judge: Patrick Cotter. Prizes: 1st Prize 1000 euros, a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, publication in Southword and a trip to Cork, Ireland*, 2nd Prize 500 euros & publication in Southword, 3rd Prize 250 euros & publication in Southword. Ten runners-up to be published in Southword and receive 30 euros publication fee.
Entry Fee: £/ 5 euros per poem or 20 euros per batch of five
Contact: See website for more details and submission guidelines: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html#judge
Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2013 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-13Details:
Judge: New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe. Prizes: 1st 10,000 euros, 2nd 2,000 euros, 3rd 1,000 euros. The Moth magazine teams up with Ballymaloe Cookery School. You can enter as many poems as you like. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2014 issue of The Moth and the winners will be invited to read at a special award ceremony at the Ballymaloe Liteary Festival of Food & Wine in Co. Cork, Ireland.
Entry Fee: £9 euros per poem
Contact: For further details go to www.themothmagazine.com
What's your Place? | Closing Date: 31-Dec-13Details:
Prize: £100 plus publication in our online magazine. Organised by Holland Park Press. Theme: a poem about a neighbourhood that's important to you.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: More information is available from http://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=255&language=English
Pighog Poetry Film Competition 2013 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-13Details:
The competition asks filmmaker entrants to pick a poem from a Pighog poetry publication and create a 90 second film based around it. This could mean anything from an animation to a live action film. First Prize: £500. The winner and shortlisted entrants of this international competition will be featured and celebrated as part of the growing Pighog poetry and film community.
Entry Fee: £5/10 - see website for conditions
Contact: See website for further details and submission: http://www.pighog.co.uk/prize/
Writing @ Sea | Closing Date: 31-Dec-13Details:
The Marine Society and Nautilus Telegraph's new creative writing competition. Theme: Life at Sea. Maximum word limit 80 lines. Prize £1000.
Entry Fee: £0
Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition | Closing Date: 31-Dec-13Details:
Line Length: Up to 32 lines Prizes: First: £150 plus publication, Second: £100, Third: £50. The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem
Contact: See website for more information and entry details: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/humourverse.html
The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry | Closing Date: 09-Jan-14Details:
Prize: £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets to our cultural life. Judges: Denise Riley, Sean Borodale and Eileen Cooper
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: Website: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/tedhughes/
Telephone Robyn Donaldson on 020 7420 9886 or email
Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-14Details:
Prizes: First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50. Judge: Pascale Petit
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each
Contact: Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS. Put name and address on separate sheet - not on poem. Or enter online here: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com
The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-14Details:
Theme: 'Conflict'. Adjudicator: David Caddy. Poems may be up to 60 lines in length but must not be previously published or accepted for future publication in print or online. Prizes: £250; £100; £75; 2 x £10. There is an additional prize of £25 and the award of the Chanctonbury Cup for a winning West Sussex entrant.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem or 4 for £12.00, 6 for £15.00
Contact: Full details and entry form: www.slipstream-poets.co.uk
Prole Laureate 2014 | Closing Date: 01-Feb-14Details:
Judge: Kate Noakes. Prize: £140, publication in Prole 13 in April 2014 and publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes of £30, possible publication in Prole 13 and publication on the Prole website.
Entry Fee: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries
Contact: Further details: http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page6.html
Email your entry, including the text and PayPal transaction number within the body of the email, to: email@example.com
By post: Make a cheque (GBP only, please) payable to P Robertson for the correct amount and mail along with entry to: Brett Evans, Prolebooks, 15 Maes-y-Dre, Abergele, LL22 7HW.
The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14Details:
Competition for all UK students, aged 16 - 18 opened on National Poetry Day. This year's theme is 'NEWS'. Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller and Peter McDonald. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Entry Fee: £0
Torriano Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14Details:
Prizes: First Prize £250, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £75 Adjudicator: Angela Kirby. Poems should be written in English up to a maximum of 40 lines, typed on a single side of A4 paper. A booklet of the winning poems will be produced.
Entry Fee: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five
Contact: Enquiries: 01304 372914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Send entries to: Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA
Entry fees: Cheques payable to the Torriano Support Fund.
Grace Dieu Writers' Circle 2014 Tenth Anniversary Writing Competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14Details:
Poetry Competition: A poem on any subject with a maximum of 40 lines. 1st Prize: £500; 2nd Prize: £200; 3rd Prize: £100; 4th Prize: £75; 5th Prize: £50
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £12 for 4, £3 for each additional entry over four
Contact: Full details and entry forms can be found on our website at www.gracedieuwriterscircle.co.uk
The Yogic Path Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14Details:
Competition for poems about yoga. Prize: Publication in Yoga and Health magazine, publication on The Yogic Path website, three signed books by Mira Mehta. Judges: Mira Mehta and Adrian Brown.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £3 for additional poems
Thynks Publications: 'In Memoriam' poetry competition | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14Details:
'In Memoriam' poetry competition (positive, celebratory, comforting, inspiring). Poems up to 40 lines. To be judged by members of the Thynks Publications team. 1st prize £100 plus publication, runners up - publication.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem
2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 14-Mar-14Details:
The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. Judges: Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards. Samantha Wynne Rhydderch will be returning as filter judge. Prizes: First prize is £5000. Additional prizes are £500 for second place, £250 for third and five runners-up receive £50 each. Poems must be no longer than 50 lines long.
Entry Fee: £7 per poem
Contact: For more information and to download an entry form, visit www.literaturewales.org/cipc/. To receive an entry form through the post send a stamped, self addressed envelope to: Literature Wales, CIPC14 Entry Form, Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 5FL.
Cinnamon Press Competition for Poetry Pamphlets | Closing Date: 31-Mar-14Details:
4 prizes of £150 each + publishing contracts for each of the four winners. Judged by Ian Gregson. Open to all writers - published and beginners.
Entry Fee: £10
Contact: Enter online: www.cinnamonpress.com/competitions/
The Colour of Saying - Dylan Thomas Creative Writing Competition | Closing Date: 27-Apr-14Details:
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
Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-14Details:
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 2013. Length: up to 50 lines. Judge: Roddy Lumsden.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).
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: email@example.com