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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 Clore Poetry and Literature Awards | Closing Date: 06-Mar-15

National Poetry and Literature Awards open to every UK school and community group. The Awards, organised by the Clore Duffield Foundation, fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people under the age of 19 across the UK with individual Awards ranging from £1,000 to £10,000. They are open to schools, community groups and cultural organisations, of any scale, across the country, representing the interests of young people of all backgrounds. The aim of the programme is to encourage projects that develop independent reading for pleasure, focus on reading quality texts from across the world and across cultures, and celebrate literature and children's writing in all its diversity.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: The application form and guidance on which projects are eligible is available to download from the Clore Duffield Foundation website on:

The 2015 Stephen Spender Prize | Closing Date: 22-May-15

Translate a poem from any language, ancient or modern, into English. Three categories: Open, 18-and-under, 14-and-under. Cash prizes, publication in a booklet. Open to UK and Irish citizens and residents only
Entry Fee: £0


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

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., 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:

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