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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!]

'At War' Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 11-Nov-14

Inspired by the First World War centenary, online arts magazine Arts Award Voice ( has launched the 'At War' Poetry Competition. We are asking young writers to submit original poems on the theme 'At War' - from the Great War to the Iraq War, racism to fights with your mum. There will be two categories (11-16 and 17-22), and there is no length limit to submissions. Judges: Joelle Taylor, Kat Francois and Caroline Bray. Prizes: The prize includes feedback from the judges for the winning poems. Winners will receive a National Art Pass, and we will also publish a selection of poems in a commemorative e-book which will have a small print run, with winners receiving a copy.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information see website:

Young Artists' and Writers' Competition - The Bramley Legacy in Pictures and Poetry | Closing Date: 19-Dec-14

An Anglo-Japanese creative project. Ages 5- 18. Opportunity to take part for free in a competition to celebrate the history and legacy of an apple. The Bramley Apple! Your work could be showcased on the Japan400 Plymouth website and may win one of a selection of prizes, including the first prize, one night's stay at the award-winning DeVere Venues Orchard Hotel. Entrants must illustrate any event from the Bramley Apple story or write a poem about it. Your poem can be a haiku, but it could be a Limerick or free verse - the choice is yours! It can be written either in English or Japanese.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: If you have any questions, please email . For further information, visit the Bramley Apple website ( There is no entry fee for this competition, but entries are limited to one illustration and one poem  per person and we can only receive emailed entries.

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