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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.

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition | Closing Date: 18-Jun-18

Entry is open to all adults over the age of 18 years on 4 October 2018. National and International entries are welcome. Any number of poems may be submitted but no alterations may be made to a poem once it has been submitted.The poem or poem sequence may be on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines in length excluding title and line breaks. Poems will be sent anonymously to the judging panel: Luigi Marchini (Chairman SaveAS Writers Group) Steve Xerri (Poet of the Year 2017) Katherine Peddie (Assistant Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent) The Winner will be named Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year and receive the University of Kent Prize of £200. £100 will be awarded for the second, £50 for the third places, and £25 will be awarded to the People’s Choice voted for on the night. The Best-Read Poem, as read by the poet, will receive a bottle of Sparkling Wine.
Entry Fee: £5 entry fee paid for each poem.

Contact: Entries may be emailed to tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk or posted/delivered to: Poet of the Year Competition, Festival Office, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2JA

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2018 | Closing Date: 21-Jun-18

A poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines Prizes: 1st £1,500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150 and 6 commendations of £25. Judge: Sinéad Morrissey
Entry Fee: £6 for first poem, £5 thereafter.


 Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details http://Mclellanpoetryprize.org.uk or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition | Closing Date: 12-Jul-18

FIRST PRIZE: £1000, a residential course at T? Newydd and an invitation to read at the winners’ event in the 2019 Festival. The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). Children and Young People enter their first poem free.
Entry Fee: ££5.75 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent poem.

Contact: For full details see   https://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 30-Nov-18

The littoral press will be holding a yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry. 60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. Results will be posted on Littoral Press website in February 2019.
Entry Fee: £20 per manuscript

Contact: See website for full details http://www.southendpoetry.co.uk/littoral/CompetitionRules.html

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