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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!]

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2016 | Closing Date: 19-Feb-16

All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2016 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year's theme is 'WONDER' and the judges are Alan Gillis, Katherine Rundell and Peter McDonald. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. In addition to individual prizes, the students' schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School. Three or four commended entries will receive £250 each. The names and schools of those longlisted will also be published on the newly redesigned Tower Poetry website.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and further information see:

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award - Young Person's Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 07-Mar-16

The Basil Bunting Award includes a separate competition especially for young poets. A prize of £20 in gift tokens will be awarded to the 3 best poems submitted in each category. The competition is open to any poet aged 19 or under, writing in English and resident in the UK. The competition is divided into two categories: 14 and under, and 15-19. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem and the maximum number of entries per poet is 3.

Contact: For entry and more information see:

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