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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 Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-16

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016 is now open for entries. The biggest competition for writers aged 11-17. Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. They also receive ongoing support and writing development opportunities. Judges this year are Malika Booker and W.N. Herbert.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For entry and more information see:

Betjeman Poetry Prize 2016 | Closing Date: 31-Jul-16

For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the UK. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. Judges: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and Imtiaz Dharker. Prizes: The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2016 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 May 2017. For teachers: the teacher who sends in the most entries from their class wins a sponsored place on the MMU Teaching Creative Writing 3-day course in 2017.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further information or to enter competition, please visit:

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