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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.
  • 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.

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:

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Judge Patrick Cotter. Prizes 1st 1,000 Euro, up to 600 Euro travel grant, reading spot, meals & hotel accommodation at Cork International Poetry Festival. 2nd 500 Euro. 3rd 250 Euro plus 10 runners-up prizes of 30 Euro and publication in Southword. Past winners include Suji Kwock Kim, John F. Deane and Maya Catherine Popa.
Entry Fee: £5 Euro per poem or five poems for 20 Euro

Contact: For more information see: http://www.munsterlit.ie/Gregory%20ODonoghue%20International%20Poetry%20Competition.html#judge

Poetry Rivals Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 30-Nov-15

Prizes: As one of the 100 finalists you will receive 5 free copies of the exclusive 2015 Poetry Rivals Finalist book. From the top 100 longlist we will invite 30 shortlisted finalists to perform their poem at the slam final. The final will be held at The Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall on the 2nd April 2016. Shortlisted finalists will perform to a live audience and panel of esteemed judges who will then go on to choose the Poetry Rivals 2015 Slam Champion, who will bag the top prize - a pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.
Entry Fee: £10

Contact: See website for more information: http://www.poetryrivals.com/about-competition.php

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.

Kingston Libraries Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 03-Dec-15

Ages 18 and over. Theme: Light. Prizes: 1st prize £50 book tokens, 2nd prize £30 book tokens, 3rd prize £20 book tokens. Judges include local poet Alison Hill. Poets will be invited to read their poems at a library event in February and poems will also be published online.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: See website for more information: http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200208/libraries/984/annual_events_in_libraries

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/

Beaumont Park's Beautiful Poetry Trail Competition | Closing Date: 25-Dec-15

Poetry competition with various categories, open to all ages. Local poets/ Judges involved Julia Deakin, Ian McMillan, Winston Plowes, Gez Walsh. Themes: The present Beaumont Park, Beaumont Park of the past. Natural habitat of Beaumont Park, People, past or present, of Beaumont Park. All of the above are open to all age groups as follows: 5-11, 12-18, 19-55, 56 & above, Plus an additional category for the residents of the local area, Residents must live within a one mile radius of The Depot at Beaumont Park. Prizes: The poem the judges deem to be the best in each category will receive a £25 book voucher; and the single poem deemed by the judges to be the best in the competition will be awarded a £100 book voucher. The poems will be published in a book to be sold at various outlets. This will also include photographs of the Park taken by the FoBP Photography Club. The winning poems will have their own permanent location throughout the Park to form the Beaumont Park Beautiful Poetry Trail. A map will be provided for visitors to explore the Trail.
Entry Fee: £see website

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.fobp.co.uk/index.php/beaumont-park-s-beautiful-poetry

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

Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-15

For original, previously unpublished poems and short stories in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 60 lines long (poems) or up to 2000 words long (short stories). Judges: The judges for this year's competitions are Afam Akeh (Poetry) and Alex Keegan (Short Stories). Prizes: Prizes in each category are £700 (1st), £350 (2nd), £175 (3rd) and 5 x £55 (High Commendation).
Entry Fee: £6/1, £11/2, £15/3, £18/4 and £20/5 poems or stories.

Contact: For more information see website:

Culpepper's Remedy Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Dec-15

For poems of any length on the theme of 'home'. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, Brian Spencer. First prize is £75 2nd £50 3rd £25 and all poems will be considered for our 2016 anthology.
Entry Fee: £4 for 1 poem, £7 for 2 poems, £10 for 3 poems, £12 for 5 poems.

Contact: Enter online at http://culpeppersremedy.wordpress.com/

The Magma Poetry Competition 2015/16 | Closing Date: 18-Jan-16

Magma's 2015/2016 Poetry Competition is now open and runs until 19 January 2015. Daljit Nagra is the Judge for the Judge's Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines. First prize £1,000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. Magma?s Editors' Prize is also open over the same period for poems of up to ten lines: First prize £1,000, second prize £300 and 10 special mentions £15. Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://magmapoetry.com/

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Jan-16

Prizes: First Prize £500, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £100, Seven Highly Commended. The winning poems will be featured in Issue 62 of The Interpreter's House. Judge: Jonathan Edwards.
Entry Fee: £4 for single poem, £10 for three poems.

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-16

Prize: A prize of 500 euros will be awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal's ninth anniversary event on Monday 11th of April, 2016 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol IX - the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event. This year's judges are Marie Coveney and Colm Scully. A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March 2016.
Entry Fee: £5 euro

Contact: For further information and entry: 

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-16

Prizes: First prize £250, Second prize £150, Third Prize £75. Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale. No entry form required. Winners will be notified by 20th March 2016.
Entry Fee: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.

Contact: Cheques payable to 'Torriano Support Fund.' To use PayPal, log into your PayPal account and send your payment to anderwest@sky.com. If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem. Entries to:  Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or email:june.english@outlook.com or Anthony Anderson at anderwest@sky.com

The 2015/16 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-16

Judge: Billy Collins. Prizes: Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine, and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business. The 30th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith /doorstop, a share of £2,000 ($3,250) and other prizes. Four first-stage winners are selected and given the opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript to the second round of the competition, in which one of them can win book publication. The three first-stage winners will then receive pamphlet publication. All four winners will receive an equal share of the £2,000 prize money, and will have a launch reading organised by The Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in The North magazine. The Yorkshire Poetry Prize: The best single poem from each collection submitted by an entrant with a Yorkshire postcode is automatically entered into the Yorkshire Prize category, for the chance to win £100 and publication in The North magazine and on the Poetry Business website.
Entry Fee: £25. Subscribers to The North, Friends of The Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £20

Contact: For further information please see:

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