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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!]

Dylan's Great Poem | Closing Date: 05-May-16

Opens for submissions on Thursday 28 April at 9 am and invites anyone aged between 7 and 25 years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit up to four lines of poetry written in English or Welsh. From these, 100 lines will be chosen to create the Great Poem. The theme for this year's competition is 'hands', after the Dylan Thomas poem 'The Hand That Signed The Paper.' This year, we have joined forces with Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award. Selected entrants to Dylan's Great Poem, who are between 11 and 17 years of age, and living in Wales, will be invited to a poetry writing masterclass to work on entries to the Poetry Society competition. Dylan's Great Poem will be edited by Rufus Mufasa and clare e. potter, and will be published online and performed on #DylanDay.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: Entries need to be sent via developing Dylan 100 Website here: before 12 noon Thursday 5 May. For more information contact Literature Wales: 07846484274/

Ways to be Wilder Poetry Challenge | Closing Date: 29-May-16

This Spring, the Young Poets Network is digging a little deeper into the idea of the 'nature poem' and create a new challenge which asks young poets to write about the wild world from their own unique perspective. We've partnered with the charity People Need Nature and T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Jen Hadfield to create a new challenge which focuses on, among other ideas, 'remembering you're an animal'. This challenge is open to poets up to the age of 25, from anywhere in the world. There are fantastic prize up for grabs for winning poets, plus the chance to be published on the Young Poets Network! Deadline for entries: 29 May
Entry Fee: £0



The Ted Hughes Young Poets Award 2016 | Closing Date: 08-Jul-16

Age groups: 6-10; 11-14; 15-18.

First Prize in each age group: £50; Runners up: £25

We'd like to read poems written in response to: Cat; Sketching a Thatcher. Cat can be found in The Cat and the Cuckoo (Faber & Faber); Sketching a Thatcher in Ted Hughes's Collected Poems (Faber & Faber).

Adjudicator: Anne Caldwell.

Conditions of Entry:

1. Poems must be: in English, the poet's own work, unpublished, & not accepted for publication elsewhere.

2. Please attach your entries to an email, addressed to Please state the poet's name, address & contact number on the covering email.

3. Each poem must be on a separate attachment.

4. Up to 2 poems may be submitted by a parent, guardian, or teacher, with no entry fee. Please state your relationship to the child on the covering email.

We will notify the shortlisted poets by email and the winners will be announced at the Ted Hughes Festival in August 2016 and. The results & winning poems will appear on the Elmet Trust Website. Poems cannot be returned, so please keep a copy. No poet can win more than one prize. Copyright of all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Elmet Trust reserves the right to publish the winning poems for one year after the announcement of the results. The judges' decisions are final; no correspondence can be entered into. The submission of poems for either of the Elmet Trust Poetry Prizes will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.
Entry Fee: £0


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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