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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!]

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

The Solstice Prize for Young Writers 2017 | Closing Date: 30-Apr-17

If you’re aged between 10 & 17 years old and love to write, we’re on the hunt for your best poetry & short stories.You can enter up to 40 lines of poetry or a short story of up to 1000 words on any subject for your chance to win! The competition is completely free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. We will award prizes in two age categories, 10-13 and 14-17.1st prize: £50 book token for your school library and £50 cash for yourself! And see your work published on the website at Ten highly commended pieces of writing from each age category, along with the overall winning pieces, will be published in our online anthology, The Beacon. Winners will be announced on the Summer Solstice, 21st June 2017, which is also National Writing Day.
Entry Fee: £0


Please read our full rules of entry
Or, download a postal entry form from our website and send your entry to Writing East Midlands, 32a Stony Street, Nottingham, NG1

South Downs Poetry Competition 2017 | Closing Date: 19-May-17

Prizes: £400 (1st), £150 (2nd), £50 (3rd) Best poem by an unpublished poet £100 Best poem by a poet under the age of 20 £100. Looking for: previously unpublished poems up to 50 lines.Judge: Jackie Wills.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem (£4.50 if submitting online)

Contact: Further information: full details and entry forms and to enter online:

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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