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Competitions

"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.

Second Light Open Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2015 | Closing Date: 07-Jul-15

Details:
Poems on any subject. Open to women poets only. Judge: Myra Schneider. First prize: £300 for each of long and short poems, second prize: £100, third prize: £50. Commended poems will also receive book prizes.
Entry Fee: £6 per poem for Long Poems (over 50 lines, no upper limit); Short poems (up to 50 lines) £4 per poem or £9 for 3, £14 for 8

Contact: By post: two copies of poems and a separate contact information sheet, plus a cheque payable to 'Second Light' to Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ

For full details and details of online entry go to http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 09-Jul-15

Details:
Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones. Theme: Any. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and then £3.50 for adults. First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.

Contact: For entry and more information see website: http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/

Poetry Translation Prize | Closing Date: 12-Jul-15

Details:
Young Poets Network has teamed up with the British Council on a poetry translation competition - you don't have to speak another language to get involved, because they have all the tools you need to translate a poem by Mexican poet Pedro Serrano. Poetry workshops, books, posters and publication up for grabs. For poets aged 25 and under living in the UK.
Entry Fee: £ Free

Contact: Find out more here:
http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2015/05/22/become-a-literary-translator-new-competition/

Ambit Summer Writing Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 15-Jul-15

Details:
Prizes: The first place prize in each category will be £500, second place £250 and £100 for third. The three winning poems and three winning stories will all be published in Issue 222 of Ambit, and the poets and writers will be invited to read with judges Dan O'Brien and Alison Moore at the launch on October 22nd 2015 in London. Winners will be announced on September 1st on the Ambit website.
Entry Fee: £5 for each submission. With 6 UK or 8 overseas submissions, you'll receive a free year's subscription to Ambit Magazine.

Contact: For entry and further information, please see: http://www.ambitmagazine.co.uk/ambit-summer-writing-competition-2015/

Bare Fiction Debut Poetry Collection Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 17-Jul-15

Details:
Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, Collection Publication + 50 Complimentary Copies, 2nd & 3rd Prizes: Pamphlet Publication + 30 Complimentary Copies. Judge: Andrew McMillan will read all entries.
Entry Fee: £20

Contact: For further details:http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/buy/writing-competitions/bare-fiction-debut-poetry-collection-competition-2015/

The Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15

Details:
While we're inviting entries about all aspects of caring, this year we're particularly interested in poems and short stories that respond to our 50th Anniversary message: no one should have to care alone. Prizes: A total of £300 in high street vouchers will be provided in prizes, plus other prizes from leading literary organisations. We will publish the winning entries on the Carers UK website in the autumn and, depending on the number of entries, we hope to produce an anthology or an e-book featuring a selection of the poems and stories. Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz will be judging the Carers UK creative writing competition for the second year. You can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 40 lines. Short story: you can submit one short story of up to 1,000 words. Entries must be unpublished, in English, and not a translation of another author's work.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: If you have any questions about the competition, please send an email to writingcomp@carersuk.org. For further information and entry, please see: http://www.carersuk.org/how-you-can-help/creative-writing/2015-competition

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15

Details:
Judges: Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts. For new poets aged 11-17. Prizes: This year's world-class winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day, 8th October 2015. The top 15 winning poems are published in the winners anthology - 24,000 of which are sent to schools, arts organisations, opinion formers and poets each year to mark the launch. The top 15 winners are also invited to attend a week's residential creative writing course at an Arvon centre or receive a poet residency in their school (age dependent). All 100 winners receive one year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society, a range of book prizes, and benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and internship opportunities. In the past year Foyle winners have read at numerous high profile events including the Southbank Centre, BBC's The One Show, Radio 4, BBC World News, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: To enter and for rules and regulations please see website:
http://poetrysociety.org.uk.gridhosted.co.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/2015-2/ 

Wells Festival of Literature Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15

Details:
Judge for Poetry category: Peter Oswald. Prizes for Poetry category: First Prize £500, Second Prize £200, Third Prize £100. In addition there is the Hilly Cansdale poetry prize of £100 for entrants living in the BA, BS, and TA post codes.
Entry Fee: £5

Contact: Telephone 01749 673244. For full details see: http://www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk/competitions.php

PENfro Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15

Details:
Prizes: First prize: £250, Second prize: £100. Third: £75. Judge: Katherine Stansfield, who will read all entries. The PENfro Poetry Competition is run annually by the PENfro Book Festival. Max 40 lines. Subject: open. Enter on-line or download an entry form and enter by post.
Entry Fee: £4 a poem

Contact: All info and contact details on the website: http://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/poetry

Sussex Poets Competition | Closing Date: 10-Aug-15

Details:
Judge: Clare Best (will read all poems). Any subject, no more than 40 lines, Prizes: 3 prizes of £500, £250 and £150.
Entry Fee: £1 entry fee plus £4 per poem

Contact: All details and entry forms at www.bh-arts.org.uk 

Elbow Room Inaugural Competition | Closing Date: 16-Aug-15

Details:
With categories in Poetry, Prose and Visual Arts we are inviting submissions from writers and artists from across the arts. The Judging Panel includes Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried. Prizes for each category: First prize in each category: £200, Second and third prizes in each category: £50 each. All winners will be published in a special competition anthology edition of Elbow Room. All winners will be featured in a London based exhibition and live event. Winners will be notified by Wednesday the 30th of September via email and will be publicised on the website soon after. The event will be held towards the end of October and will be publicised after the winners are announced.
Entry Fee: £10 for up to three poems.

Contact: All the details and guidelines for entering can be found on our website www.elbow-room.org/competition

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 23-Aug-15

Details:
Sole Judge: Alison Brackenbury (will read all entries). Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only).
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).

Contact: Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/blog-page_3.html or send SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN for details.

Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 28-Aug-15

Details:
Judge: John Greening. Poem Length: In English, typed and up to 50 lines. Prizes: 1st prize: £700 plus a weekend's accommodation and Festival Pass for the Torbay Festival of Poetry 22nd - 26th October 2015, 2nd Prize £400 plus a Festival Pass to the Torbay Festival of Poetry, 3rd Prize: £200 plus a ticket for two to the Festival Supper, Saturday 24th October 2015. Poetry books/ subscription to Acumen Literary Journal for short-listed poets. Winners announced at the prize-winners' event: Saturday 24th Oct. at the Torbay Festival of Poetry (Prize-winners informed in advance).
Entry Fee: £5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.00

Contact: Entries can be by post to The Administrator, 6 The Mount, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY UK. Or online: see www.torbay poetryfestival.co.uk

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15

Details:
Prizes: £1000 for winners in each category; £200 for second place in both categories. Categories: English as a Second Language (ESL) Category & Open Category. Judges: Bernard O'Donoghue and Hannah Lowe.
Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter up to ten poems, providing they are unpublished.

Contact: Enter via website: http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/. Please read our full terms and conditions on the website to ensure that your entry meets the competition's criteria.

SaveAs Writers International Poetry and Short Story Competition, 'Writing the City' | Closing Date: 31-Aug-15

Details:
The writer and the urban landscape have been inseparable partners across time, culture and genres. We invite poems and short stories with a strong sense of city as setting, real or imagined. Prizes: £100/ £50/ £25, with a trophy for best Canterbury-themed writing. Publication in an anthology for winning entries. Judges: Poetry: Gillian Laker. Short stories: Maria C. McCarthy. Awards evening 31st October 2015 as part of Canterbury Festival Umbrella events.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem, or £8 for 3; £4 per short story.

Contact: Online entries as Word doc attachment to saveas@hotmail.co.uk with either 'short story' or 'poetry' in the subject line of the e-mail, and the title/s of your work, your name and contact details in the body of the email. Hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Cheques made out to 'SaveAs Writers'. For full terms and conditions: www.saveaswriters.co.uk

The Flambard Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Sep-15

Details:
Prizes: First prize: £1000, Second prize: £250. The Judges: Cynthia Fuller and Jacob Polley. The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: For more details see: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/flambard
Entries can be made via the Newcastle University WebStore or by posting hard copies to: Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Percy Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7RU. Payment should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to 'University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne' with your entries. If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at ncenla@ncl.ac.uk.

The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 06-Sep-15

Details:
The Timothy Corsellis Prize 2015 is for poets and young critics writing in response to WWII poetry. Free entry; publication and prizes (book vouchers, books, posters and notebooks) on offer. For poets aged 14-25 from all over the world.
Entry Fee: £Free

Contact: Find out more here: http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2015/06/10/the-timothy-corsellis-prize-2015/

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 25-Sep-15

Details:
Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan, Olivia Cole and Kei Miller. £10,000 prizes 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 per portfolio of 3 to 5 poems

Contact: More information available on website: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php.
Contact the Manchester Writing School at MMU on: +44 (0) 161 247 1787 or writingschool@mmu.ac.uk to order a printed entry pack. 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'.

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 19-Oct-15

Details:
Judge: Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan. 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 Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan on Monday 30th November 2015 for all prize-winning poets.
Entry Fee: £5/ 6 Euro/ 8 Dollars per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only)

Contact: For further information and entry please see website:
http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015 | Closing Date: 01-Nov-15

Details:
The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world's first major 'ecopoetry. award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. Prizes: First prize £5,000, Second prize is £2,000 and Third prize £1,000.Founded in the spring of 2014 Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Lumley and Peter Phelps.
Entry Fee: £7 for first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

Contact: For further information and entry: 
http://www.resurgenceprize.org/


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