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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!]

2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 01-Feb-17

Original, unpublished poems are invited.With two classes, adults and under 18, the organisers have created two sections.Leaving the choice of subject to the writer in Section 1 ‘Any Subject’ but for some writers who need a focus the word ‘Home’ has been given as a theme for Section 2. Four winners will be able to claim first prizes of £50 each with £5 each for second and £10 for the third prize winners.Prize winners will be notified during the first week in March. Winners’ poems may be published on the 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Facebook Page Cruse West Sussex Area web page and reported in The West Sussex Gazette. All proceeds from Cruse Lines Poetry Competition will be donated to:- Cruse West Sussex Area. Judges:-Sara Hutton Potts BA(Hons) PGCE Belinda Wilkins BEd(Hons). Poems must not exceed 40 lines.Type poem using Times New Roman, at 12 point DOUBLE spacing.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem £3 for subsequent poems. (Maximum 4)

Contact: For entry forms email Competition Secretary:cruselinespoetrycompetition@gmail.comSend 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,The Coach House, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ. Visit website or  Facebook Page for competition rules and entry form and updates and results:-2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Visit Facebook Page for updates and results:- 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition 

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 15-Feb-17

The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £1000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper. Judge Gwyneth Lewis
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Contact: Email poems to: Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See for festival details. For full competition entry details see

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 17-Feb-17

All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2016 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘STONE’ and the judges are Sarah Howe and Vahni Capildeo. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see:

Children's Drawing Competition for Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Today | Closing Date: 17-Feb-17

Kensington, Chelsea & Westminster Today are running a children's drawing competition to find an accompanying illustration for The Crocodile, a poem written by the celebrated performance artist, actor Dudley Sutton. The competition is open to children from reception to year 6 (aged 4-11) and successful submissions are to be A4 in size on paper or board and can be in any medium that appeals. The Crocodile can be found, bold and in green, on page 53 of the December 2016 / January 2017 issue KCW Today. Submission must include the name, age and school of the hopeful entrant and a stamped addressed envelope, if they would like their artwork returned once the winner has been selected. The prize will be the exciting opportunity to see the winning applicant’s illustration published in the March print and online edition.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: The submission address is: The Editor, KCW Today, 80-100 Gwynne Rd, London, SW11 3UW

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize | Closing Date: 01-Mar-17

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan
Entry Fee: £8

Contact: Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website

The Wicked Young Writer Awards | Closing Date: 13-Mar-17

The acclaimed creative writing competition is for 5-25 year olds and entrants can submit anything from poems to stories to scripts! There are amazing prizes for young people and schools including writing internships, book vouchers, and the chance to get published in a printed awards anthology.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Please send postal submissions to:Wicked Young Writer Awards, c/o The ArtsLink 8th Floor, The Dutch House, 307-308 High Holborn, London WC1V 7LL. For entry online and full details see

Betjeman Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-17

For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the UK. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. 2017 judges Children's Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney. The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2017 anthology.Finalists read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of an audience at St Pancras Station, London. The winning poet receives £500, and £500 for their school. All finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in Spring 2018. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit. Enter now!
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full details and online entry forms see by post to Betjeman Poetry Prize, 5 Princes Crescent, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GS

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