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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!]

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 15-Jan-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 £600, 2nd place £400, 3rd place £200. 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.
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

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Original, unpublished poems are invited.With two classes, adults and under 18, the organisers have created two sections.Leaving the choice of subject to the writer in Section 1 ‘Any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 

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:

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

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