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  • Many poets send their poems to competitions. This can be a good way to find out what other people think of your writing.
  • We add competitions to this list when organisers send us information.
  • To enter the competition, send a stamped addressed envelope to the competition's address, and they will send you an entry form, or ask for an entry form by phone or email.
  • The Poetry Library accepts no liability in connection with the information contained in the list [boring adult stuff!]

The Young People's Prize - Elmet Trust | Closing Date: 25-Jul-14

Age categories 6-10 years, 11-14 years, and 15-18 years. First prize in each category - £100. Runners up - £50 Closing date - 25 July 2014. Judge - Katrina Naomi. The prizes will be awarded by Katrina Naomi on Friday 24 October at the The Ted Hughes Festival 2014 in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.
Entry Fee: £5


Conor O'Loughlin - Anna Turner - Kathleen McGrath - TET email -
Event website

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

The theme is 'a sense of place' and our aim is to encourage children aged 10 to 13 years to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry. The first prize is a £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school) as well as four Eurostar tickets. £50 book tokens are awarded to commended entrants. Junior/primary schools entering a whole class will receive a copy of The Puffin Book of Modern Children's Verse on receipt of entries and secondary/senior schools, The Rattle Bag. We organise eight poet visits a year to schools entering the competition. The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: An online entry form can be found at

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

Poetry competition open to 11-17-year-olds from all over the world writing in English, with whatever level of experience. Judges: Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough. The top 15 winning poets will have their poems published in an anthology in March 2015, which will be sent out to more than 22,000 people worldwide, making it one of the largest circulated poetry anthologies in the world. The top 15 poets will attend a week-long residential creative writing course at the prestigious Hurst Arvon centre in Shropshire, where they will be tutored by this year's judges, or receive a visit to their school from a professional poet, followed by one to one and distance mentoring (age dependent). The 85 Commended Winners will receive book prizes and a year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Full details about entry can be found online:

The Hippocrates Prize for young poets | Closing Date: 31-Jul-14

The Hippocrates Prize for young poets is for an unpublished poem on a medical theme. Poems must be no more than 50 lines in length and not have previously been published in any form. They must be by a living poet, written in English and should not be translations of another writer's work. Entrants may be from anywhere in the world and must be aged 14 to 18 years at the deadline for entries: midnight GMT 31st January, 2014. Schools poems must be entered online and must be accompanied by payment of £2 for each poem entered, or £15 for 10 entries, by secure online payment.
Entry Fee: £2 for each poem or £15 for 10 entries


Poems may be entered on-line (see the Hippocrates website link) or sent to: Wendy French at 4 Myton Road, West Dulwich, London, SE21 8EB or by email to:
More about Rules for 2014 Hippocrates Prize for young poets here

The Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize 2014 | Closing Date: 31-Aug-14

Prizes offered in two categories for a poem on 'Conflict and Community'. Entries may want to focus on particular conflicts and their effect on a community or write from the perspective of an individual experiencing conflict. OPEN CATEGORY (Over 16s). Judge: Prof. John Whale. Prizes: 1st: £250, 2nd: £150, 3rd: £100. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English. YOUNG CATEGORY (Under 18s). Judge: Dr. Paul Maddern. Prizes: 1st: book tokens, 2nd: book tokens, 3rd: book tokens. Poems, up to 40 lines, in English.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £2.50 per extra poem; FREE for YOUNG category


Email: For full entry rules and conditions see:

Ealing Autumn Festival Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 08-Sep-14

Judge: George Sirztes. There are two categories: Category 1: adults (19 years and over). Category 2: 18 years & under. Subject for both categories: Constellations Prizes: Category 1 - 1st Prize: £200, 2nd Prize: £100, 3rd Prize: £50 Category 2 - 1st Prize: £85, 2nd Prize: £45, 3rd Prize: £20. Winning poems will be announced on the festival website. Winners will be announced and prizes presented by the judge at the Festival event on October 21st at The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8PH. Winners will be invited to read their poems.
Entry Fee: £First poem free, £2 for additional poems (maximum 4)

Contact: Go to: for further details and to download an entry form. Enquiries to or ring 020 8567 7623.

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