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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!]

T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition 2015 | Closing Date: 11-Dec-15

The T S Eliot Prize Writing Competition is ideal for A level English students keen to explore poetry beyond the prescribed texts of the examination boards. This year's Writing Competition will open on 3rd November. Read the 20 poems we've selected, 2 by each of the shortlisted poets for the T S Eliot Prize for Poetry. Pick your favourite poet. There are two choices of response: A 500 word critical piece on the 2 poems by your chosen poet, reflecting on what you particularly liked about them and why you think they should win. A poem of your own, 'writing back' to one of the poems you found particularly interesting. Your poem might take the same title, or use aspects of the form of the poem, or explore the same subject matter, or argue back with a view or angle that challenges or subverts ideas in the original. There are 2 prizes, one in each category - subject to the standard in both categories being sufficiently high. Each prize includes: £100 cash prize, 3 tickets to the T S Eliot Prize and the Award Ceremony, where the winners will meet the poets and judges publication in emagazine and on the Poetry Book Society website a full set of all 10 shortlisted collections. Education membership of the PBS for the school or college of the winning students.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and entry see website:

Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Jan-16

Young UK writers between the ages of 5 and 18 are encouraged to enter the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition, which commemorates 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, a landmark conflict in European history. This battle looms large in our imaginations for lots of reasons, including the scale of the French loss and the acclaim that was lavished on the victorious Henry V. We're looking for poems which delve into Agincourt's history and legacy to explore the battle afresh. The judge for the competition will be Daljit Nagra, and prizes will be awarded in two categories for primary-level and secondary-level entrants. The overall winner in each category will receive a certificate, £100 in book tokens and a day of poetry workshops at the winners' school.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For further information and entry details see website:

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:

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