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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.

Ó Bhéal International Five Words Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and a prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Entry is open to all countries. Poems cannot exceed 50 lines in length (including line breaks), and must include all five words listed during this week. A modicum of poetic license is acceptable. As long as the original spelling is intact within your syntax, you’re welcome to pluralise, join or even split the word to form two adjoining words. There is no limit on submission quantities, although each payment and submission will need to be made separately. Entries to be sent no later that 12pm on Tuesday.
Entry Fee: £5 euro

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The Plough International Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
For previously unpublished poems on any subject. An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year, The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition – maximum length 10 lines. Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts. The prizes in each category: 1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250
Entry Fee: £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:

Details and entry forms downloadable from www.theploughprize.co.uk or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all. All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. Prizes: Winner - £200, publication in Prole 25 in April 2018 & publication on the Prole website. 2 x runner up prizes: £50, publication in Prole 25 & publication on the Prole website. All entries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett.
Entry Fee: £3 for the first entry, £2 for every subsequent entry

Contact: For full details and how to enter, please visit: http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50 Judge: Helen Ivory. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

Contact:

For more details, go to:
https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/
Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-18

Details:
Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2017 and closes 31st Jan 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Liz Diamond. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and winning poems will be published on our website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details visit www.poetryteignmouth.com from Nov 1st.

Nature and Place Poetry competition 2018 | Closing Date: 01-Mar-18

Details:
The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with the competition judge, Michael Longley, at CCI in spring 2018. Prizes 1st PRIZE £1000 2nd PRIZE £500 3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550) TWO ADDITIONAL PRIZES A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia, a personal tour with Nick Davies of Wicken Fen. The competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:
Entry Fee: £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

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

Details:
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

Contact:

Entry from can be downloaded from
verpoets.co.uk 
Please send entries to:
Competitions Secretary
181 Sandridge Road
St Albans
Herts
AL1 4AH


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

Details:
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.

Contact:

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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