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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!]

Verve Poetry Festival Competition | Closing Date: 30-Sep-16

The theme is 'Birmingham.The judge for the adults’ category is Hannah Silva. Children's competition, open to children from Reception to year 11, is free to enter.

Prizes are Waterstones Vouchers for the best three poems at both Primary and Secondary school age. Up to 30 commended poems will appear in a Children's Anthology of Birmingham Poems.

The Children's competition is judged by Emma Wright from Emma Press. Only one poem permitted per person. Both adults and children's anthologies will be launched at Verve: A new Festival of Poetry and Spoken Word which will take place from 16-19 February 2017 at Waterstones Birmingham. The festival will feature over 30 poets performing over four days, and will be Birmingham's first poetry-only festival.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £2.50 for each subsequent poem. Free entry for Children's competition and is limited to one entry per person..

Contact: Full details of the competition can be found at

Barnet Open Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 16-Nov-16

Elegy? Satire? Comedy? For Young and Old Write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic GENERAL CATEGORY 1st Prize = £500 JUNIORS (7-11 & 12-16) 1st Prize = £75.00 2nd Prize = £50.00 3rd Prize x3 = £25.00 FREE ENTRY to BARNET SCHOOLS REDUCED FEE TO BARNET RESIDENTS The Judges - Anne Stewart (General Catagory) Katherine Gallagher (Junior Catagory) Poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry Fee: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s 7 12-16


Downloadable forms available at or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North ,London N20 9EZ

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