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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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7th April 2014 1st £300

entry £5

Buxton Poetry Competition 2014

Theme: The Natural World

Our theme in 2014 is The Natural World.  You might like to describe a landscape, an event in nature, or perhaps an animal. You could write about something huge or you could focus on something tiny. You could tell us how you engage with nature, or how the natural world affects you, or you could take us on a journey through the natural world. Or if you have a different take on our theme we would like to read that too! We hope this theme will inspire you to think creatively about The Natural World.

Categories:  Open — 18 and over   Youth — 12 - 17 years    Children — up to 11 years

Judge: Helen Mort

Prizes:  Open - £300, £200, £100

Youth and Children’s - book tokens

Closing Date: 7th April 2014

For full details and to download an entry pack:

Further Information: 01298 70395

16th April 2014 1st £400

entry £3

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2014

Judge Vona Groarke will read all entries. Poems in English, any subject, maximum of 40 lines. An application form is required, available from our website. Send postal entries to Poets & Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.

 1st£400 2nd£200 3rd£100

Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems

Contact and full details:

17th April 2014

1st  £100




entry £3

Lichfield Poetry Competition –2014

Poems, of a maximum length of 30 lines, on any topic, and in any style are invited, with a first prize of £100, a second prize of £50 and a third prize of £25.

The competition will be judged by David Calcutt, Author, Playwright and Poet. To

find out more about David’s work visit

The closing date for the competition is Thursday April 17th. Entry fees of £3 per poem or £10 for four, with cheques being made payable to The Lichfield Poets.

Send your poems by post to: The Lichfield Poets’ Open Competition,  c/o The Organiser, 19, Stowecroft, Lichfield WS13 6TW

Entries should be accompanied by a separate cover page, which includes your name, address, telephone number and email address, plus a list of the title/s of the poem/s you are submitting.

Full details, rules and regulations, and information are available from

25th April 2014 1st £100

entry £3

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 25-Apr-14

First prize: £100. Second prize: £50 Wakefield postcode prize: £25. Adjudicator: Gareth Durasow
Entry £3, subsequent poems £2  

For further information and entry see website:

28th April 2014 1st £500

entry £6


Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €500; 2nd €200; €100 best sonnet. Other prizes.Theme: Weather. Max.50 lines. Adjudicators Carol Ann Duffy, Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker.Postal entries: £6 per poem (£15 x 3, then £5) or €10 (€20 x 3 ). 2 copies of each poem, both with pen name only, put contact details, titles, fee in sealed envelope with pen name, titles, on front. Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall). Euro/dollars: Paypal or notes (wrap in silver foil).SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy. Email entries: pay Paypal (Donations button on, note transaction ID with contact details one attachment,  poem/s (with pen name) in second attachment  £8/€11/$12 per poemmail to, subject line: 2014 comp. Results July. Autumn awards.        

27th April 2014 1st publication

entry free

The Colour of Saying - Dylan Thomas Creative Writing Competition

For ages 10 to adult. Responses invited to the poem 'The Hunchback in the Park'. They can be in poetry, prose-poems, prose, diary form, and letter form. The best of the submissions will be judged by international writers/translators and published in an anthology which will appear on the 27th October 2014, the centenary of Dylan Thomas's birth. The remainder of the submissions will appear in phases on website. Part of the remit of the competition is to encourage trauma or war victims, prisoners, abused wives or husbands, immigrants or refugees to a new country who do not speak the country's language and so entries are welcome in the writer's mother tongue (whatever the language is) or in the writer's dialect, together with (if possible) an English translation. Submissions are limited to one page each for the original and translation. Please see website for full details.
Entry Free

Submissions must be sent to
as a word attachment, which should include the age of the entrant and contact details.

30th April 2014 1st £1000

entry  £35

International Rubery Book Award
Closing date 30th April 2014
1st Prize £1000 (approx 1599 US$, 1233€ ) and the winning book will also be read by a top literary agent from MBA
Further info: Judges include MAN Booker Prize shortlisted author Clare Morrall, Ann Evans and Pauline Morgan.
Books or ebooks accepted.
Full details on website:

30th April 2014 1st £500

entry £2

Cornwall contemporary poetry festival open poetry competition. Judge Imtiaz Dharker who will read all poems submitted - no sifting. Winners will be notified in early June and invited to read their poems at the festival, where the winners will be announced. For full details

Deadline 30th April 2014

First prize £500, second £150, third £50. Entry fee £4 for first submission, £2 for subsequent submission.

Organised by Falmouth Poetry Group.

30th April 2014 1st $100 CDN

In Transit: Poetry of People on the Move Anthology.

Approximately 100 page perfect-bound Book. Open Poetry Competition. For further details, rules & entry guidelines visit

First Prize $100 CDN, Second $50 CDN, Third $25 PLUS A Copy of Anthology for all Published.  Published in Canada.

entry fee $10 CDN
30th April 2014 1st Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize £1,000.

entry £7

Poetic Republic Poetry Prize 2014

First Prize: 1st Single Poem Prize £2,000. Portfolio Prize £1,000.

Entry Fee: £7 per poem

Anonymous peer review online poetry competition judged by the entrants themselves.

The event culminates with a collaborative eBook publication featuring the best poems and comments as chosen by the participants.

For poems up to 42 lines. Any Subject.

For further details and to enter online visit:

30th April 2014 1st £250

entry £5

The Stoke Poges Society - Thomas Gray Anniversary Poetry Competition

Theme: 'Inspired by the Elegy'. Competitions in the run up to the tercentenary of Gray's birth in 2016: There is a Senior Class and Junior Class open to anyone aged 14 years or under on date of submission. Judges: Senior entries will be judged by local poet David Gwilym Anthony. Junior entries will be judged by Roger Askew, Chairman of The Stoke Poges Society. Prizes - Senior Class: Three prizes will be awarded of £250, £100 and £60. In addition there will be up to three honourable mentions awarded £30. Junior Class: Three prizes will be awarded of £125, £50, and £30.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem and £3 for subsequent poems.

Entries can be made online via our website :

30th April 2014 1st £600

entry £4

Ver Poets Open Competition 2014

Adjudicator Claire Pollard

Prizes: First Prize £600, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £100

Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology.

Poems to a maximum of 30 lines, in English, typed on one side of an A4 sheet. Please submit 2 copies of each poem. Put your contact details and your poem titles on a separate sheet / application form

Entry fee: £4 per poem; 3 poems for £10; £2 each for any poem thereafter.

Contact: Entry forms can be downloaded from .

Cheques to be made payable to ‘Ver Poets’

Send entries to

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans

Herts AL1 4AH

30th April 2014 1st £600

entrry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2014

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Anthology publication for winners and shortlisted poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prize-giving ceremony at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 4 July 2014. Length: up to 50 lines. Judge: Roddy Lumsden.
Entry Fee: £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Contact: Entry form:
or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB
or email:

30th April 2014 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2014 is for women over 60.  Poems up to 40 lines on any theme.  Judges: A C Clarke and Eleanor Livingstone.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25.   Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for 4.  Rules and entry form (essential) from  or write for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG  Closing date 30th April

30th April 2014 1st £150

entry £3



First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25 (In addition: £25 Humour Prize: £25 Local Prize

RULES: Please read carefully

1. Poems should bear no identification of the poet. Local entrants

    (Liverpool and Preston Postcodes) should mark poems

    with an ‘L’. Humour entries should be marked with an ‘H’.

    Please enclose a separate A4 sheet of paper

    with your full contact details and list of titles submitted.

2. All entries must be typed on A4 paper, in English, and

    must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.

3. Each entry should be accompanied by the appropriate fee

    of £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Cheques/Postal orders

    should be in sterling and payable to


4. A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed.

5. The closing date for entries will be 30th April 2014 6. Please keep a copy of your poem(s) as manuscripts

    cannot be returned.

7. The adjudicator’s decisions are final and no

     correspondence will be entered into. Entrants who

     enclose an S.A.E will receive a copy of the adjudicator’s report.

No application form is required. Envelopes should be marked ‘POETRY COMPETITION’ and sent to:- Southport Writers’ Circle, 15 Mossgiel Avenue, Ainsdale, Merseyside, PR8 2RE please DO NOT send entries by recorded delivery.

We now also accept entries online please visit

3rd May 2014 1st £60

entry £3

Chipping Sodbury Festival Competition 2014

first prize of £60 will be awarded to the writer of the best poem submitted. Additional prizes of £20 and £10 may be awarded at the judge’s discretion.. f the quality of entries warrants it there will be a prize of £20 for the best poem submitted from a BS37 postcode.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

The entry fee (Sterling only) is £3 per poem or £10 for five poems. Make cheques payable to Stuart Nunn and write your name and address on the back or pay using PayPal.

Closing date is 3rd May 2014, and prize winners will be notified by the 31st May 2014. Copyright remains with the authors, but the organisers reserve the right to publish the winning poems and a selection from the short list in print form or on the website.

Payment can be made by PayPal or or by cheque made payable to Stuart Nunn. Send together with your entry to: Stuart Nunn, 3 Virginia Close, Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, ,BS37 6HN

For mor information see website at;  

15th May 2014 1st £100

entry £4

Poetry Competition  Judge: Mary Charman-Smith

Prizes,1st £100, and the runner up will receive £25

Entry one poem £4, three poems £9, five poems £12

Maximum 45 lines which will not include the title.

For full details please see the website.

31st May 2014 1st £100

entry £3

Roundel, a Poetry Society Stanza based in Tonbridge, is holding its first poetry competition.

Judge: Abegail Morley

Closing Date: 31st May

First prize: £100, Second: £50, Third: £25

Cost: £3 per poem

Full details:

31st May 2014 1st $500NZ

entry $6

The New Zealand Poetry Society’s 27th Annual Poetry & Haiku competition closes on 31st May. Entry forms are available on the website

Cash prizes include $500 for the top poem (judged by Tim Jones) and $100 each for the top 5 haiku (judged by John O’Connor), plus an extra $150 from the Jeanette Stace Poetry Trust for the First Prize winning haiku. There are also junior sections for both types of poem, with top prizes of $200 (verse) and $150 (haiku).

Prize-winning poems will be published in the NZ Poetry Society's annual poetry anthology, to be released in November 2014. All entries are eligible for selection for the anthology, which will be carried out by an independent editor. Poems are selected on literary merit and purchase of the anthology is not a requirement for having a poem included.  see

30th May 2014 1st £500

entry £10

Shot Through the Heart - Southbank Centre Poetry Film Competition

Calling all poets and filmmakers (both adults and children) - love is in the air this summer at Southbank Centre and we want you to create poetry films that explore the joy of first love, the pain of lost love, the confusion of displaced love, the purity of platonic love, or any other kind of love. Shortlisted films will be shown in the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre on Friday 18th July and the winning adult + winning children's films will each receive £500 to be shared between poet and filmmaker, as well as a pair of tickets each to Poetry International's Gala Reading. Both winning films will be shown at 2014's Berlin's Zebra Poetry Film Festival.
Entry Fee: £10 per entry (max. 3 entries per person)

Contact: For full terms and conditions, how to enter, and where to send your films, please visit the competition page here:

31st May 2014 1st £750

entry £2

Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014 

For unpublished poems up to 40 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form.

Prizes:  £750  +  5 runner up prizes of pamphlet collection.

Entry fee:  £2 per poem.  £1 for each subsequent poem.

Judges:  Roy McFarlane & Charlie Jordan

Closing date:   31 May 2014

For further information please visit

The Birmingham Poetry Prize 2014 is organised by The Magpie's Nest, a literary magazine which provides a platform for emerging and established poets and writers. the magazine welcomes submissions of original poetry and short fiction.

31st May 2014 1st 250Guineas

entry £3


Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2014 will win two hundred and fifty guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications.

Adjudicator:  Abegail Morley is the author of three collections of poems: How to Pour Madness into a Teacup (Cinnamon, 2009), Snow Child (Pindrop, 2011) and Eva and George, Sketches in Pen and Brush (Pindrop, 2013).  Her debut collection was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 2010. 

Further information and entries to - The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

31st May 2014 1st £500

entry £8

David Burland Poetry Prize 2014

For poems in French and English. 1st Prize £500,(plus recording/ enregistrement)2nd Prize £100, 3rd Prize £30.
Entry Fee: £8 (first poem)

Contact: Information:
Michel François:
Or contact:

1st June 2014 1st £200

entry £4

The Wirral Festival of Firsts 4th Open Poetry Competition has a top prize of £200. Adjudication by Colin Watts. In addition to the general prizes there is a £25 prize for a poet living in Wirral. Closing date: 1st June 2014, with award ceremony on 4th July at Holiday Inn Express Hoylake.

Check for details on the website 

2nd June 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
2nd June 2014 1st  £300

entry £3

All Wales Comic Verse Competition 2014

Entries are now invited for this year’s All Wales Comic Verse Competition

£300 first prize  £200 second prize   £100 third prize

Closing date for entries is June 2nd 2014

The competition final will be held on Sunday July 6th 2014 as part of the Literature on the Lawn event at this year’s Caerleon Festival

£3.00 fee per entry, up to 3 poems per person, no more than 30 lines long

Full details of how to enter can be obtained via the website,

15th June 2014 1st £400

entry £4

The 8th international Welsh Poetry Competition, 2014,

This year the competition will be judged by Welsh writer, poet and environmentalist, John Evans.

Prizes are: 1st Prize - £400, 2nd Prize - £200 and 3rd Prize - £100, plus 17 runners-up will be published on our web site and in a future anthology!

To enter you just need to compose a poem, in English, of less than 50 lines and send to the competition organizers. Entry forms are available by post, can be downloaded from the web site or picked up from all libraries. It is just £4 to enter and the closing date is Sunday 15th June 2014.

Competition Website -
15th June 2014 1st £150

entry £4

Segora Writing Competitions 2014

deadline for all competitions June 15th and results 13th July 2014

entry details:

Poetry Judge: Blake Morrison

First prize: £150    Second: £50    Third: £30

Entry fee:  £4, adding £2 per subsequent entry, no limit

Short Story Judge:  Michèle Roberts

First prize: £150    Second: £50    Third: £30

Entry fees: £5.50, 2 for £10, 3 for £14  

Vignette (short fiction) Judge: Ed Briggs

First Prize: £50 Commended £10

Entry fees: £4, adding £2 per subsequent entry, no limit

Judge: Ed Briggs

Presentation Evening 29 August 2014 at the St Clémentin LitFest

20th June 2014 1st £50

entry £5
Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

The Winner will be named ‘Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2014’ and will receive a book token for £50.00 plus a half case of wine, 2nd and 3rd Prize. Winners will receive book tokens for £25.00 each, the “Best Read” Prize will be a bottle of sparkling wine and the “People’s Choice” will receive a book token for £20.00.

For more information and entry forms please write to; Canterbury Festival, 8 Orange Street, Canterbury CT1 2JA

30th June 2014 1st £1000

entry £5

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2014 closing date 30 June 2014

Details: for poems up to 80 lines. Judge Michael Laskey. 1st prize £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and six commendations of £25. All prizewinners will be invited to read at the award ceremony in Brodick, Isle of Arran on 29 August 2014.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £4 each for three or more.

Contact: The Competition Organiser, McLellan Poetry Award, The Yellowland, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, UK

Full details (and downloadable entry form) can be found on our website

or for a competition leaflet send a SAE to the Competition Organiser.

30th June 2014 1st $750

entry $15

SLO NightWriters 25th Annual Writing Contest

The 2014 Golden Quill Awards

Short Story/Memoir – 1,000 word maximum; Poetry – 40 line maximum

Entries must include the words ‘Déjà vu’ and depict the theme.

Entry Fee: $15 per entry, multiple entries are allowed in both categories

Prizes: $750 – First Prize, $400 – Second Prize, for each category, plus Honorable Mentions

Submissions Accepted: April 1, 2014 through June 30th, 2014


Visit our website for more contest details at:

Tom Snow, Contest Director

Contest email:

In association with The Central Coast Writers Conference

30th June 2014 1st £300

entry £5
Poetry Pulse is back for our fifth open competition.
Deadline: June 30th. Judge: Ciarán Parkes First prize: £300, judge 2015 competition. Second prize: £150. Third Prize: £75. Entry fee: £5. Summary: The Poetry Pulse annual open poetry competition, 2014, now in its fifth year, is accepting entries. Last year's winner, Ciarán Parkes, is our judge. Winning and commended poems will be published on the Poetry Pulse website on August 31st.
30th June 2014 1st £150

entry £3

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

Closing date:  30th June 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.


30th June 2014 1st  £500

entry £5


For UK residents. Adjudicators: DAVID MORLEY and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Swindon Festival of Poetry on Saturday 4th October, when David Morley will hand out prizes and read his work. 1st £500 Second: £300 Third: £100 Commendations: £25 x4

Entry fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.

Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet and website. Supported by Arts Council England, Artswords, and Swindon Festival of Poetry.

30th June 2014 1st £100 and publication

entry £15

Earlyworks Press

Closing date:   June 30th 2014
1st prize:      £100 advance and royalty contract for winner's collection
Runners up:      Anthology publication for runners up
Entry fee:       £15
Further info:
Earlyworks Press with Circaidy Gregory Poetry Collection Competition 2014
Judging panel includes Catherine Edmunds, Marilyn Francis, Nigel Humphreys, Sarah James and Mandy Pannett. Mandy will be editor for the winner's collection, Circaidy Gregory Press the pubilsher.
Email or paper entries, max 3000wds of work in the first instance
Full details on website at
or by sending a stamped SAE to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street, Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL

30th June 2014 1st  £250

entry £5


Prizes: 1st: £250

2nd: £100; 3rd: £50
publication for winners and runners
up in prizewinners’ anthology.

Fee: £5; 2 entries for the price of one: Friends of Poetry Space Members

Shorter poems preferred. No specific line limit.

Judge: Alison Brackenbury.

Over 16s only

Email entries or

SEND SAE: Poetry Space Competition 2012, 21 Davis Close,
Barrs Court, Bristol BS30 7BU  

10th July 2014 1st £1000

entry £5

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2014

Judge: Ian McMillan

Closing date: 10th July 2014

First Prize: £1000 and a residential writing course at Tŷ Newydd

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open with a great first prize of £1000 cash and a residential course at Tŷ Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales.                     Tŷ Newydd is renowned for its excellent writing courses, taught by outstanding poets, in a beautiful setting.

We are delighted that Ian McMillan has agreed to judge all entries: Ian McMillan is well-known to Radio 3 audiences as presenter of The Verb. He is also poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He will be appearing at Ledbury this summer (4 – 13 July).

Adults:  First Prize       £1000 and a week at Tŷ Newydd

            Second Prize    £500

            Third Prize       £250

See website for details of Young People and Children’s competition section.

Winners have the opportunity to read their poems at the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Go to for further details of our poetry competition and to download an entry form. Entry fees:  first poem £5, for each subsequent poem £3. Children and Young People enter their first poem free.

15th July 2014 1st $750

entry $25

"Vallum Award for Poetry" Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014. For further details:

Deadline: July 15th, 2014

First Prize: $750, 2nd: $250 Entry Fee: $25

25th July 2014 1st £300

entry £6

2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.

Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.

To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.

A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.

£300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

ENTRY FORMS: NWP 2014 entry form (Word doc)   NWP 2014 entry form (PDF)

Our judges this year are:

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University

Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC

Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally

Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

31st July 2014 1st $250

entry $5
The Dream Quest One Poetry Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing one's innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry. Welcome to everyone having the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form. Must be neatly hand printed or legibly typed. Multiple entries are accepted. All works must be original. Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5(USD) per poem.  Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014. Send your name, address, phone#, email address with brief biographical info (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Include a self addressed stamped envelope. Make fee(s) payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM. Mail entri(es)/fee(s) to: Dream Quest One Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Visit for details on how to enter
31st July 2014 1st £1000

entry ?

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People is open to children aged 10 to 13 years. Our aim is to encourage children to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry.

Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) a poem on the sense of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street – whatever moves them to write. We are asking them to capture in words what that place means to them

The first prize is a £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school) as well as four Eurostar tickets. £50 book tokens are awarded to commended entrants. Junior/primary schools entering a whole class will receive a copy of The Puffin Book of Modern Children’s Verse on receipt of entries and secondary/senior schools, The Rattle Bag. We organise eight poet visits a year to schools entering the competition.

Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 2nd October, on the concourse of St Pancras station, next to the bronze statue of John Betjeman by Martin Jennings.

The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.

The competition is free to enter and closes on 31st July. Please see website for details and an online entry form.

15th August 2014 1st $300

entry $10
2014 Mind Magazine INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition.  $300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honorable mentions.  Winners will be published in Mind Magazine's top talent showcase section.  All poems submitted will be considered for standard publication.  Submit 1–3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each.  Entry fee $10, check or money order to Mind Magazine, PO Box 387, O’Brien, OR 97534; or via PayPal to  Deadline for all entries is August 15th.  Winner will be announced in September, 2014.  The Mind Magazine 2014 INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition will be judged by award winning poet Michael Spring and Editor-in-chief Rich Norman.  For more information visit
8th September 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
15th September 2014 1st % of entry fees

entry  $5

Aquillrelle Poetry Contest 6, Full details can be found at 

A few important details:

- contest ends 15 September 2014.

- entry fees: 1 poem $5, 2 poems $ 8, any poem from 3rd and further at $1.

- all the entry fees will be re-distributed as prizes.

30th September 2014 1st  $1000

entry $16

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judge: To Be Announced

Tom Howard Prize of $1,000 for a poem in any style or genre

Margaret Reid Prize of $1,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100 (any style)

Entry fee: $16 for a set of 1-2 poems (any length)

12th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit poems of any length and style. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

20th October 2014 1st £5000

entry £5

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

judged by amy wack & neil astley with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with amy wack & neil astley
on mon 1st dec 2014
…for all prize-winning poets

submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 20th oct 2014

for further details see website at 

1st December 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
27th January 2015 1sdt 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. 

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Ongoing Competitions
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