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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 Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation 2016 | Closing Date: 27-May-16

Details:
Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with the original poem and a commentary of no more than 300 words. The submitted translation should be no more than 60 lines long, so entrants may submit an extract if their chosen poem is longer. Self-translation is not accepted. The judges of the 2016 competition are: Katie Gramich, Sean O'Brien, Stephen Romer. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date.
Entry Fee: £7 for those entering the open category. (Anyone eighteen or under on 27 May 2016 is exempt from this charge.)

Contact: For entry and further information see: http://www.stephen-spender.org/spender_prize.html

Wigtown Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 27-May-16

Details:
Scotland's International Poetry Prize, Open to All. Prizes: Main Prize - £1500, Runner-up Prize - £400, Scottish Gaelic Prize - £250, Scots Prize - £250, Eight additional prizes of £25 each. Main Prize Judge: John Glenday, Scottish Gaelic: Catriona Lexy Campbell, Scots: Sheila Templeton.
Entry Fee: £6.50 for first poem, see website for more entry information

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

Ways to be Wilder Poetry Challenge | Closing Date: 29-May-16

Details:
The Young Poets Network is digging a little deeper into the idea of the 'nature poem' and creating a new challenge which asks young poets to write about the wild world from their own unique perspective. This challenge is open to poets up to the age of 25, from anywhere in the world. Prizes: Prizes for winning poets will include publication on the Young Poets Network, a much-coveted Young Poets Network notebook, book tokens.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information see: http://ypn.poetrysociety.org.uk/workshop/ways-to-be-wilder/ 

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive 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. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

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

David Burland Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Prize open internationally to both English and French Speaking Poets 16 years and over. Prizes: 1st Prize £ 500, 2nd Prize £ 200, 3rd Prize £100, Special Mention £25. Prizes presented for both languages. Judges for 2016 are Michel François and R Freidman.
Entry Fee: £9, £5 per each extra poem

Contact: For entry and more information, see website: http://www.davidburlandliteraryservices.com/Poetry_Prize/index.html

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of 'All the Invisibles' & Editor 'Poems for a Liminal Age.' For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Prizes: £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online). Results: will be announced on 15-July-2016.
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom. Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry

The Bridport Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-May-16

Details:
Judge: Patience Agbabi. Prizes: 1st prize £5,000, 2nd prize £1,000, 3rd prize £500, 10 supplementary prizes of £50 each. The top winning flash fiction, short stories and poems and will be published in the Bridport Prize 2015 anthology. The top 4 poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for best single poem.
Entry Fee: £9 per entry

Contact: For entry and further information see: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

Women's Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 13-Jun-16

Details:
First prize is £2,000, 2nd prize £400, 3rd prize £200, and 17 other finalists each win £25, plus a retreat at the beautiful Cove Park and a mentoring session with The Poetry Review editor. We also have a special prize for unpublished poets, to make this a brilliant opportunity for both new and experienced writers. Judge: Liz Lochhead.
Entry Fee: £7 for up to three poems

Contact: For entry and more information see: https://mslexia.co.uk/competition/poetry-competition/

South Bank Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 15-Jun-16

Details:
South Bank Poetry's contest is for London poems. Judge: Mimi Khalvati will read all the entries and choose 5 winning poems and 5 commended poems. Prizes: 1ST Prize £300, 2nd Prize £150, 3rd Prize South Bank Poetry Membership (worth £50), 4TH Prize: A two year subscription to South Bank Poetry magazine, 5TH Prize: A one year SBP magazine subscription. Additionally, five commended poets will have their poems published in SBP Issue 24, along with the prize winners. The rest of the poems long-listed by the judge, Mimi Khalvati, and only those poems, will be considered for inclusion by the editors in the special London poems competition anthology Issue 24 to be published in 2015. There will be a reading at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London. All those included in Issue 24 will be invited to read at the subsequent launch readings at the Poetry Society's Cafe in The Poetry Place at 22 Betterton Street with extended readings for the prize-winning and commended poets.
Entry Fee: £The entry fees are £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second and £2 for the third and each subsequent poem. South Bank Poetry subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £3 for the first poem, £2 for the second, and £1.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

Contact: Postal entries:  Southbank Poetry Competition, 40 Ledbury House, Pytchley Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8AN. For more information and online entry see:  http://southbankpoetry.co.uk/poetry-competition/

Segora 10th International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 15-Jun-16

Details:
Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Results end of July. Judge: Roger Elkin. Prizes: £300, £50, £30 or equivalent in euros. Winning poems published on website. Presentation evening to be announced.
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. Contact: simms.gordon@orange.fr


Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 17-Jun-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st place - £200, and the title of Poet of the Year, 2nd place - £100, 3rd place - £50. Judges: Luigi Marcini - SaveAs Writers Group, Abigail Morley - Poet of the Year 2015, Patricia Debney - reader in Creative Writing at the school of English at Univeristy of Kent.
Entry Fee: £5

Contact: For more information and entry see: http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk/festival-friends/events/poet-of-the-year-2016.aspx. Contact tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk

Havant Open Competition | Closing Date: 17-Jun-16

Details:
The theme is 'the wild.' Adjudicator: Stephanie Norgate First prize - £400 Second prize - £150 Third prize - £50 Best poem by an unpublished poet - £100
Entry Fee: £4

Contact: Details on how to enter from Havant Literary Festival, C/O 55 South Street, Havant, PO9 1BY or send an email to havantlitfest@gmail.com with POETRY COMPETITION as the subject header. 

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 19-Jun-16

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: David Constantine.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: Full details at http://www.arrantheatreandarts.org/index.php/poetry-competition or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 21-Jun-16

Details:
Prizes: 1st £5,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500, plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with judges Jane Yeh & Glyn Maxwell on Mon 31 October 2016 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

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

The London Magazine Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
The London Magazine's annual Poetry Prize looks for new poets whose work is adventurous, innovative and surprising in both form and content. Submit for the chance to be published in the UK's oldest literary journal. Judges: Andrew McMillan and Rebecca Perry. Opening date: 1st May 2016. Prizes: 1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize £150.
Entry Fee: £7, Subsequent Poems: £5.

Contact: More information will be available shortly at www.thelondonmagazine.org

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
The second SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries. Three poets will have their full-length poetry collections published by the London-based publishing house whose authors include Roger Elkin, Mandy Pannett, Uche Nduka, Obemata, Afam Akeh, Peter Oram, Graham Burchell, Nnorom Azuonye and Abigail Ardelle Zammit. Poets of all ages and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter. Poetry collections may be on any subject but must be in English language. Judges: Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie. Prizes: Standard publishing contract with SPM Publications, cash prizes of £300 (1st), £200 (2nd) and £100 (3rd), plus 20 authors' copies for each published poet.
Entry Fee: £25 (UK) or £30 (Rest of the World) per collection (Your fee covers administration and a poetry collection; choose from one of the three prizewinners from our 2015 competition)

Contact: See the full terms and conditions, enter online or download Entry Form at http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions

The Battered Moons Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Jun-16

Details:
Judges: Daljit Nagra 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 8th October 2016, when Daljit will hand out prizes and read from his work. Poems will appear in the Battered Moons Pamphlet and website. Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Postal and online entries accepted; see site for details.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.

Contact: Email: hamusandoichi@googlemail.com; cristina.ne.newton@gmail.com. Website: http://batteredmoons.com/

Carefree Kids Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Jul-16

Details:
Fundraising poetry competition for anyone, anywhere, of any age. Poems about the following subjects: Babies, Children & Young People, Parents & Carers, Siblings, Families, Play, Grandparents. The top 30 poems will be published in a beautifully produced poetry booklet, which each winning poet will receive. Judge: Lord Rowan Williams (poet and former Archbishop of Canterbury) is the Chair of the Judging Panel and will select the final winners.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem or £10 for three, Unwaged or under 18 years: £1 per poem, Prisoners: free

Contact: For entry and more information see: http://www.carefreekids.org/poetry-competition/#more-3507

The Elmet Trust Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 08-Jul-16

Details:
Celebrating the life and work of Ted Hughes

First Prize: £400; Second Prize: £100; Third Prize: £50

We'd like to read poems written in response to Ravens; The City. These can be found in Ted Hughes's Collected Poems (Faber & Faber).

Conditions of Entry:

1. Poems must be: in English, the poet's own work, unpublished, & not accepted for publication elsewhere.

2. Please attach your entries to an email, addressed to elmetsec@hotmail.co.uk Please state the poet's name, address & contact number on the covering email.

3. Each poem must be on a separate attachment.

4. You may enter up to 3 poems, at a fee of £5 per poem.

We will notify the shortlisted poets by email and the winners will be announced at the Ted Hughes Festival in August 2016 and. The results & winning poems will appear on the Elmet Trust Website. Poems cannot be returned, so please keep a copy. No poet can win more than one prize. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Elmet Trust reserves the right to publish the winning poems for one year after the announcement of the results. The judges' decisions are final; no correspondence can be entered into. The submission of poems for either of the Elmet Trust Poetry Prizes will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.


Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Contact:

elmetsec@hotmail.co.uk 

Please make cheques or postal orders payable to The Elmet Trust & post them to 19, Roseneath Street, Wortley, Leeds LS12 4DY & write on the back of the cheque or enclose a covering note stating the name of the poet to which the entry fee relates.

Full details available on website: http://www.theelmettrust.org/elmet-trust-poetry-prizes

 

Wasafiri New Writing Prize | Closing Date: 15-Jul-16

Details:
Submissions are welcome in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. Ensure that you submit your entry/entries by the deadline: 5pm GMT on 15 July 2016. Winners will receive £300 and their entries will be published in Wasafiri.
Entry Fee: £6

Contact: wasafiriprize@open.ac.uk


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