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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.

2018 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

The 2018 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition has been launched following the success of the one organised in 2017. Last year entries were received from all over the country. There are three classes. Class 1 Any Subject Class 2 Countryside Class 3 Memories. (following bereavement) There will be cash prizes for each class special prizes for the most amusing and for the highest placed poem by an entrant under 18 on March 1st
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. Maximum 4 poems.


Send 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,
Title List and cheque by Mar 1st 2018 to:-
CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,
The Coach House, Walberton,
Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ  
There is a Facebook page where entrants can see updates and results.

Brittle Star Competition | Closing Date: 14-Mar-18

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry Fee: £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

Contact: For more details and an entry form please visit http://www.brittlestar.org.uk

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Mar-18

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. The winning poem will feature in the summer 2018 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended poems may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro you can enter as many poems as you like


Binsted Arts Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 09-Apr-18

Prizes: 1ST £150, 2ND £100 3RD £50. Maximum of 40 lines. Judge: Jeremy Page. Theme ‘Country’Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prize-giving evening, June 8, 2018, part of the Binsted Arts Festival (June 8-10, 2018). Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem; £3.50 for all subsequent poems


Entries (2 copies of each poem) should be sent to:
Competition Secretary, Shirley Park, Yapton Lane, Walberton, Arundel, BN18 0AN, with a cheque payable to Binsted Arts. For further information, rules and entry form, visit:

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner FIRST PRIZE £600 SECOND PRIZE £300 THIRD PRIZE £100 Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology. Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length. Each poem should be typed clearly on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet. This year’s charity donation from the fee will go to Rennie Grove Hospice Care in St Albans.
Entry Fee: £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets. Bank Transfers to: 40-40-01 (Sort Code) 82410419


Entry from can be downloaded from
Please send entries to:
Competitions Secretary
181 Sandridge Road
St Albans

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)


Entry form available at

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 31-May-18

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity 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: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry Fee: £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.


Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For full details see http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/

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