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While every effort is made to ensure that it is accurate, before entering any listed competition you should

obtain full rules and an entry form from the organisers.



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31st October 2014 1st £500

entry £5

Bare Fiction Prize 2014


Bare Fiction Magazine has launched its inaugural Bare Fiction Prize with awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story with a total prize fund of £2500.

All winners will be published in the Spring 2015 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on the magazine’s website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in London in March 2015.

Judges: Adam Horovitz (poetry) and Angela Readman (flash fiction) will read all entries in their categories. Short story judges Tania Hershman & Rachel Trezise will select winners from a longlist of 50 writers chosen by filter judge Penny Thomas (fiction editor at Seren Books).

Prizes (in each category)

1st Prize: £500    2nd Prize: £200     3rd Prize: £100 

plus 4 Highly Commended Awards of £25.

Cost per entry:

Flash Fiction Entries: £6 / £4 for subscribers

Short Story Entries: £8 / £6 for subscribers

Poetry Entries: £5 / £3 for subscribers

For more details, including competition rules, please visit:

31st October 2014 1st $100 and publication

entry $10

RHINO Poetry 2015 Founder’s Prize

1st Prize - 1 winner will receive $300 and publication in the 2015 issue.

2nd Prize - 2 runners-up will receive $50 and publication in the 2015 issue.

The poems selected will be posted to our website.  Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).


Submission Dates: September 1 - October 31 — MUST BE POSTMARKED OR TIMESTAMPED.

$10 Entry Fee.

Submissions must include a cover letter listing your name, address, email address and/or telephone number as well as titles of the poems.

No identifying information should be on the poems.

Manuscripts will not be returned.

If mailing, include a SASE for notification of each.

Label your contest submission: “Founders’ Contest.”

All contest submissions will also be considered for regular publication in the 2015 edition of RHINO.

Winner and runners-up will be announced on our website:


RHINO, The Poetry Forum

P.O. Box 591

Evanston, IL 60204


31st October 2014 1st £5000

entry £6

The 2014 National Poetry Competition 

This year the judges are Glyn Maxwell, Roddy Lumsden and Zoë Skoulding and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100. The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review. The deadline is 31 October and you can enter online now or download an entry form from the Poetry Society website.
Since its launch in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition has marked a milestone in the careers of many of today’s leading poets. Previous winners include Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Tony Harrison, and the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
31st October 2014 1st £75

entry £3
Derby Human Right Festival Poetry Competition

Open to all living in the midlands who are 16+.  For poems on the theme of TRUTH.

For more details and conditions of entry see website

31st October 2014 1st £600

entry £4

Ariadne's Thread Competition

120 lines maximum, no minimum, the title is not included in the word count. Lines between text/stanzas are not counted. All entries are judged anonymously: do not include your name on the document. All entries submitted can be on any subject, and written in any style or form. Entrants may enter up to 5 poems per entry but they are allowed to submit any number of separate entries. Entrants may withdraw entries from the competition by notification in writing; entry fees will not be refunded. The first prize is £600; the deadline for entries to the prize is the midnight of 31/10/2014; besides the first prize, there will be 3 honourable commendations who will receive a free one year subscription of the magazine; all winners and short-listed poems will be published in the magazine.
£4 entry for non subscribers or £3 for magazine subscribers

Contact: Read rules, access the entry forms to enter by post or pay via paypal and enter through our online system here.

1st November 2014 1st Publication

entry £3

Rubies in the Darkness Annual Poetry Competition 2014

An open poetry competition. Poems of any length on any subject, which must be typed. Judge: poet and editor of 'Rubies in the Darkness' Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Book prizes for top three. Your name and address should not appear on the poems but should be enclosed, with the titles of your entries, on a separate sheet of paper marked 'Annual Competition.' Cheques for entry fee payable to P. G. Thompson and crossed 'not transferable.' The top three poems are guaranteed publication in 'Rubies in the Darkness' poetry magazine, and there will be an 'Honours List' of the top ten poems. Also Highly Commended and Commended listings. Results available in December. For notification of results please send SAE marked 'Results' in the top left hand corner.
Entry is £3 per poem by 1st November 2014

entries to 115 Green Lane, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3 6HG

6th November 2014 1st £2000

entry £7

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition 2014

Deadline: Thu 6 Nov 2014

The Charles Causley Trust exists to promote the work of the late poet Charles Causley

1. The Charles Causley Poetry Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, aged 18 and over by the closing date of the competition.

2. Entries must be in English.

3. The closing date of the competition is 12 noon (UK time), 6th November 2014.

4. First prize is £2000.

Runners up awards: 2nd: £250 3rd: £100

There will also be 5 Highly Commended Awards of £30 each.

5. There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make, but additional entries incur further entry fees.

6. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and payment to be accepted. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges. One entry form may cover multiple entries.

7. Postal Entries Only will be accepted and must be addressed Charles Causley Poetry Competition, Literature Works, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, PL4 8AA

For more information and to send your work 

27th November 2014 1st £500

entry free

War Poetry for Today

Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker's Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY. 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration, entry is free.

For more information and to enter the competition go to If you have any questions please contact

27th November 2014 1st £50 Voucher

entry free

Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop 2nd Annual Poetry Competition Adjudicators: Liz Darcy Jones; Jon Amos; Nick Kelly. Winners announced 5th Dec - public recital of winning poems on Sat 13 Dec 2014.  New category for 2014! Young Aspiring Wordsmith for 13 - 17 year olds. The competition particularly aims to encourage those who may not have considered writing poetry before. Darcy Jones is known to appreciate work that is accessible and displays an ear for rhythm. Winning poems will be published on Beatons website - copyright remains with winners. For further details and rules e-mail or visit 

Theme: Restoration

First Prize £50 Beatons Voucher and poem framed/displayed

at Beatons Blandford Second £25 Beatons Voucher

Young Aspiring Wordsmith 1st Prize £25 Beatons Voucher with poem framed/displayed

at Beatons Blandford Second £10 Beatons Voucher

entry FREE


3oth Noverber 2014 1st £1000

entry £4

Cafe Writers Competition 2014

Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: David Morley. Maximum of 40 lines per poem (excluding title) on one side of A4
Entry £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter


30th November 2014 1st £200

entry £4


Closing Date: 30 November, 2014

Details: For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject, up to 50 lines long.

Eligibility: Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world may enter this competition.

Judge: Mandy Pannett

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at

Send Cheques/Postal Orders in GB Pound Sterling only, payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113 – 115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB


30th November 2014 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

30th November 2014 1st $500

entry $10

The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is “Work.”  Why? Whether you live to work or work to live, work consumes much of our lives. And it’s a great excuse to do some research about how others live. Writers like to do that, right? So get to work and submit your poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction online to our Submittable Contest category. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 

All submissions considered for publication. 

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. 

Deadline is November 30, 2014. 

Visit us at to learn more.

30th November 2014 1st 1000

entry €5

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

This prize for a poem under 40 lines, welcomes international submissions.

Deadline: November 30, 2014

Prizes: First prize is 1,000 Euro (on 7 October 2014 approx. USD 1263 or GBP 784), a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to 600 Euro and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in February 2014. There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published and receive Southword’�s standard fee of E30.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem, or 5 poems for €20.


Contact Info:

1st December 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
1st December 2014 1st £1,750

entry £15

The Tenth Annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2014

A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest's judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
£15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)

guidelines and entry

2nd December 2014 1st publication

entry free

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams

An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website. Longlist publication on website.   Free to enter.


5th December 2014 1st  £1,500

entry £5

The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Please spread the word!

Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry. The prizes are: £1,500 (first), £1,000 (second) and £500 (third). 

The deadline for entries is 5 December 2014. Enter online or download an entry form from, where you can read the winning entries from previous years.

15th December 2014 1st $100

entry $5

Tethered by Letters' Spring Poetry Contest

We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Summer 2015 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries


Contact Info: Joe Reinis,

22nd December 2014

1st Publication




entry  free

Publishing Contest 3


- poems: 10 to 25 poems,

- poems types: any reasonable length and/or subject, can have been published before

- period: closing December 22, 2014

Prizes:  - winner will be published for free by Aquillrelle and receive 5 free books

Cost: -  no entry fee


- participants should NOT have had a full book published previously by Aquillrelle, under any form

- winner agrees to have a collection of his poems published by Aquillrelle, under Aquillrelle's normal publishing conditions

- winner should have written at least 100 poems of similar quality to be included in the book

- winner agrees to be published under his/her real name


31st December 2014 1st €10,000

entry €12

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine, there are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem  €10,000 for the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of €1,000. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth. This year’s judge is Michael Symmons Roberts. Further details can be found at

31st December 2014 1st £150

entry £3

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

Closing date:  31st December 2014

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Line Length: Up to 32 lines 

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £150

Second: £100

Third: £50

The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.


31st December 2014 1st Trophy

entry  £6

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

Halloween-Themed Annual Poetry Award. Prizes: First Prize Winner will receive an elegant and engraved Glass Trophy, a decorative 'First Prize Winner Award' Certificate for framing, publication in a 2015 Edition of 'The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine' - plus - publication on The Poetry Box website, on a specially created 'Winners' page. The 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners will receive £100.00 and £50.00 respectively - plus - beautiful and decorative 'Second Prize' and 'Third Prize' Award-Winning Certificates for framing - and publication as per the First Prize Winner above. There will also be a number of 'Judge's Special Commendation Awards' and 'Highly Commended Awards' awarded for outstanding poems entered for this year's Annual Award - and these Award-Winners will receive beautiful and decorative Award-Winning Certificates - and - publication as per the Prize-Winners above.
£6 for 1 poem, £15 for 3 poems, £20 for 4 poems

Entry Forms and Submission Rules may be downloaded from The Poetry Box website: To Request An Entry Form via Post - Please email your postal address to: Poem Entries may be sent via Email to: - OR - via Post - together with the completed Entry Form (or the same details may be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted with poem entries).

27th January 2015 1st E500

entry E5

2nd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

(closing date 27th January 2015)

Prize: 500 euro plus Reading

Entry fee: 5 euro

Each week on Tuesday at midday (GMT), as of the 14th of April 2014, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal competition page at Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that must include all five words for that week. At noon the following Tuesday, these words are no longer eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty-one weeks, until the last week of January 2015.

A single prize of 500 euro will be awarded to one winner, and if available, then invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s seventh anniversary event, on Monday 13th of April 2015 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March, 2014.The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol VIII – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.

Judges for this year's competition are Jennifer Matthews and Billy Ramsell. 

Click here to enter and for submission guidelines>>>>    
30th January 2015 1st  £250

entry  £5

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on  separate sheet. No entry form required. £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five. Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries .  Closing date 30th January, 2015. Winners will be notified by 28th February, 2015.

31st January 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society


* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Mario Petrucci

* Entry fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2015

* Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells,              TN4 0SG

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

* OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal

For more details, go to:  

20th February 2015 1st  £200

entry £4


Closing date: 20 FEBRUARY 2015

Postal or Online Entry

Prizes: £200, £100, £75 + Invitation to read at CICIC, Taunton.

Fee: £4 for 1; £8 for 2; £10 for 3, £3 each for additional poems. Length: 40 lines.

Prizewinners notified by beginning of May

Judge: Lawrence Sail

Entries: Postal entries to: FRP Poetry Competition, 127 Monks Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 7BQ

Rules & Online Entries:

27th February 2015 1st £3000

entry free

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 open for all UK 16-18 year olds. Judges Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. Prize-giving will be on Monday 20th April 2015 at Christ Church, Oxford.
Festival.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prizegiving.  Winning and longlisted poems will be published on the Tower Poetry website

First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000, Third £500 3-4 commended prizes of £250 . Prizewinners' schools receive £150 each.

Free entry

For further details, rules & entry form visit

1st March 2015 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition.

As a BirdLife International Partner, RSPB works for birds and nature on an international scale.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2015 (worth £550)   ADDITIONAL PRIZE, a personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

Our judge is celebrated poet, writer and broadcaster, Simon Armitage.  Simon is one of the most acclaimed and successful poets writing in English today. He has published more than twenty collections and pamphlets of poetry. His committed relationship with nature is apparent in, for example, Walking Home (2012) his account of his troubadour journey along the Pennine Way, and in the Stanza Stones project where seven of his poems have been carved in stone and now form a trail for walkers in West Yorkshire. He also edited, with Tim Dee, the anthology, The Poetry of Birds, (2009). In 2010 he was awarded the CBE for services to poetry.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

31st March 2015 1st $500

entry $8.50 (AUST)

The W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia

is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize CLOSING DATE IS March 31, 2015
First Prize AU $500. 00 and Certificate  Second Prize AU $100. 00 and Certificate
Commendation Certificates
The W B Yeats Poetry Prize is open to residents of Australia

for previously unpublished poems.

The 2014 prizes will announced on June 13, 2015 the 150 birthday of W B Yeats

For further details please see website at ; 

31st March 2015 1st E1000

entry £12

The Caterpillar International Poetry Prize

Competition to celebrate the first year of The Caterpillar, an arts and literature magazine for children. We're looking for a stand-out poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11). Prize: 1,000 Euro. The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The prize will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like.

Contact: For further details go

Ongoing Competitions
We have decided not to list the ongoing competitions section as in some cases we are unsure as to the legitimacy of the competition.  In future we will only list competitions with a single closing date.