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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!]

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-18

£100 first prize, £25 runner up £5 for commendations and/or any we show on the website.Quality book publication for best entries Rules and Conditions The competition is open to anyone over 16.The best entries will be published in a paperback anthology. The authors will receive one complimentary copy of the anthology. 10-20 authors are normally included, depending on length and quality of work. All winners will be offered further copies of the anthology at a reduced price if they request them. Winners will be notified before the end of August 2018. Poems must be the work of the entrant and not simultaneously entered for other competitions. The judges’ decision is final. No discussion will be entered into. Entries are not returnable and cannot be acknowledged without SAE marked for that purpose. Copyright remains with the author although Earlyworks Press reserves the right to publish winning entries on the website. Submission of work will be taken as acceptance of rules and conditions.
Entry Fee: £3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries

Contact: Contact details for paper and e-entries on the website here

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-May-18

Invitation to send poems for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc. Prize: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at:

Contact: full details are available at

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition | Closing Date: 12-Jul-18

FIRST PRIZE: £1000, a residential course at T? Newydd and an invitation to read at the winners’ event in the 2019 Festival. The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). Children and Young People enter their first poem free.
Entry Fee: ££5.75 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent poem.

Contact: For full details see

Betjeman Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-18

For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. 2018 judges Scottish Makar Jackie Kay and poet Zaffar Kunial The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2018 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 Betjeman Poetry Camp in Spring 2019 ( Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For full details see

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