- 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!]
Thomas Gray Anniversary - Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 19-Jun-15Details:
Theme: In response to Gray's Elegy. In the run-up to the tercentenary of Gray's birth in 2016, The Stoke Poges Society is organising the second of three annual poetry competitions. There is an Open Class, and a School Class open to anyone in full-time school education on the date of submission. Cash prizes totalling £750 will be divided among the winning entrants. Judges: Carol Rumens.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first and £3 for subsequent poems. There is no charge for entries in the School Class.
Contact: Entries can be made online via our website and full details are available there along with last year's winning entries: http://thomasgray2016.org/poetry-competition/
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 09-Jul-15Details:
Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones. Theme: Any. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org, Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.
Entry Fee: £5 for first poem and then £3.50 for adults. First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.
Contact: For entry and more information see website:http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-15Details:
Judges: Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts. For new poets aged 11-17. Prizes: This year's world-class winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day, 8th October 2015. The top 15 winning poems are published in the winners anthology - 24,000 of which are sent to schools, arts organisations, opinion formers and poets each year to mark the launch. The top 15 winners are also invited to attend a week's residential creative writing course at an Arvon centre or receive a poet residency in their school (age dependent). All 100 winners receive one year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society, a range of book prizes, and benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and internship opportunities. In the past year Foyle winners have read at numerous high profile events including the Southbank Centre, BBC's The One Show, Radio 4, BBC World News, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Entry Fee: £0
To enter and for rules and regulations please see website:
Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 16-Nov-15Details:
OPEN COMPETITION: 35 lines on any subject. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize: £500, second prize: £250, 3 x third prizes: £100. JUNIOR COMPETITION: Two juniors categories: 7-11 and 12-16. Judge: Katherine Gallagher. Prizes (7-11): first, £25; second, £15; 3 x third, £10. Prizes (12-16): first £75; second, £50; 3 x third £25.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem for adults; £1 per poem for juniors. Free Entry to Barnet Schools.
Contact: Entry form on line at www.barnetarts.org.uk Alternatively, send a SAE to Barnet Borough Arts Council, 122 Oakleigh Road North, London, N20 9EZ