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87 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2019

This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.

There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed

that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 

Enter by midnight on  17th June 2019

1st prize is £100.  2nd £25   3rd  £25

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Poems written as part of any of any PK Course are not eligible for entry.

5th May 2019 1st publication


entry £17

Iota Shot Pamphlet Awards 2019

The IOTA Shot Pamphlet Awards welcome submissions of pamphlet length manuscripts from both new and established poets.

Up to two Templar pamphlets will be published by Templar Poetry from the 2019 spring submission window.

Submissions are welcome from across the world. The poetry must be written in English. Individual poems may have been published previously but work submitted must not have been previously published as a group of poems.

The IOTA Shot Pamphlet awards have been running since 2012. There will be a second IOTA Shot Pamphlet submission window in autumn 2019.

https://templarpoetry.com/products/ishot-short-pamphlet-award-submission  

21st May 2019 1st £1500


entry £6

McLellan Poetry prize.

1st prize £1500.

Judge Sean O’Brien

Closing date 21st June 2019.

Entry fee: £6 for 1st, £5 for subsequent poems Not more than 80 lines, any subject.

Entry by post or online.

More information: http://mclellanpoetryprize.org.uk Award ceremony with Sean O’Brien, 30th August in Corrie Isle of Arran

26th May 2019 1st £500

entry £5

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2019

www.welshpoetry.co.uk

1st Prize - £500, 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £100, plus 17 runners up published on our website and in a future anthology. Judge - Mike Jenkins

Closing date - 26th May 2019  Poems in English, 50 lines maximum 

Entry fee - £5 (£6 PayPal)  Entry forms, rules and details on our website:

www.welshpoetry.co.uk

31st May 2019

1st: 30% of all entry fees received

 

Entry: £5

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 

A competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). The theme is 'SANCTUARY' and can be interpreted widely.  

Prize: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, and other prizes, including one for an UNPUBLISHED writer.

Last year's top prize was £240 with second prize of £80

50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. 

Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen, Canterbury Poet of the Year 2018. 

Length: 40 lines or less.      Closing date: May 31st 2019

Full details are available at  http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/news-and-events

31st May 2019 1st 30% of receipts


entry £2

Go Gothic

Hosted by Tavistock Library and supported by Tavistock Heritage Trust as part of 'Tavistock's 1st Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration - Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun.’

Theme: a poem in the gothic tradition incorporating folklore and myth.

A cash prize will be offered to the overall winner, 30% of all entry receipts will form the prize fund. There will also be a second prize of 30% of all the entry fees awarded to a ‘Gothic’ poem based around Tavistock and incorporating its Gothic and Neo-Gothic Heritage. Additional runners-up prizes of books will also be awarded. The remaining 40% of the entry fees will be used for administration costs and for festival and library events.

See http://www.myfanwycook.com/go-gothic-poetry-competition/

31st May 2019 1st £250



entry  £5

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition has been successfully organised since July 2009, offering publishing opportunities for the winning, commended and specially-mentioned poems in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online & in print) plus cash prizes.

This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes:  1st: £250   2nd: £100   3rd: £50

£5 for 1 poem | £8 for 2 | £10 for 3 | £12 for 4 | £14 for 5 | £16 for 7 | £22 for 10

Prize-winning, commended and specially mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and print) July-September 2019 issue.

Judge: Terry Jones

http://www.sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

31st May 2019 1st publication



entry £10

'Conversationally Yours' - A Poetry Collaboration Competition

A call for two poets to collaborate on a poetry conversation to be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

2019 sees the launch of a series of collaborative pamphlets from the Hedgehog Poetry Press, where two poets will create a conversation in poetry. The idea is simple: they agree a topic and working on a call and response basis, each will react to their partner’s poems with one of their own.

The first three collections feature work by Sarah Thomson and Nigel Kent, followed by Diana Devlin and Irene Cunningham, and the press are keen to widen the scope and see what other poets can bring to the format.

‘Conversationally Yours’ competition challenges you and a colleague in poetry to create your own conversation, with the best of these to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

The winners should expect:

Their conversation to be published by the Hedgehog Press in pamphlet form

100 copies of the publication

An invite to read their work at a future Hedgehog Press Event

The competition will be judged by Nigel Kent and Sarah Thomson. 

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/conversationally-yours-a-poetry-collaboration-competition/

31st May 2019 1st  Publication




entry £25

Selected or Neglected Collection Book Competition

Selected or Neglected is a search to find a collection that draws from the best of a poet’s work, that will be beautifully produced by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Since Hedgehog Poetry Press launched, the main focus has been upon creating a home for poets that will let them see their work published as beautifully as possible. In the main this is aimed at first collections and the magazines, but also to represent more experienced poets.

This competition aims to find a collection that showcases the best of a poet’s career to date. This may be the traditional ‘Greatest Hits’ of a selected where the poet has had a number of collections already, or it may be drawn from a career of magazine or anthology publications that for whatever reason hasn’t culminated yet in a full collection.

The winner will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and receive 100 copies of their collection.

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/selectedorneglectedbookcompetition/

31st May 2019 1st 30% of fund

entry £2

Go Gothic

Hosted by Tavistock Library and supported by Tavistock Heritage Trust as part of 'Tavistock's 1st Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration - Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun.’

This celebration aims to encompass writing, film, drama and art activities. There will be a Gothic market for writers and traders to showcase their work and a range of related creative events.

Theme: a poem in the gothic tradition incorporating folklore and myth.

http://www.myfanwycook.com/go-gothic-poetry-competition/ 

31st May 2019 1st 250 guineas




entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2019

The Frogmore Poetry Prize is now in its 33rd year. Adjudicator John O'Donoghue will read all entries.

The winner of this year's prize will receive £250 and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive £75 and £50 respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications.

Adjudicator John O’Donoghue is an author, poet and journalist. His publications include Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009), Brunch Poems (Waterloo Press, 2009) and Fools & Mad (Waterloo Press, 2014). In 2016 he won the Irish Post Short Story Competition and was awarded a Brookleaze Grant by the Royal Society of Literature.

http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/frogmore-poetry-prize/submission-details-for-frogmore-poetry-prize-2019/

1st June 2019 1st £300

entry  £4

Marsden the Poetry Village Competition

Patience Agbabi will be judging the 2019 Marsden the Poetry Village (MPV) International Poetry Competition for poems submitted on the theme of 'Together'.

First prize is £300, second £100 and a third-place £50 prize.

Winning entries and those of selected runners-up will appear in a competition anthology, to be published in autumn 2019, (subject to funding). This will also contain poems selected from local poetry workshops run for children and young people as part of a project funded by local charities.

https://www.writeoutloud.net/competitions/mpv2019

2nd June 2019 Prize fund £10,000




entry (donation) £3

Creative Future Writers' Award

The 2019 Creative Future Writers’ Award is now open for submissions.

Founded in 2013, the Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. They showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. 

Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including cash and professional writing development opportunities. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Alongside the competition, there is a high profile awards ceremony – in 2018 this was held at the Southbank Centre in London as part of London Literature Festival.

This year’s theme is 'Home'.  Submissions are open for:

Poetry (one poem up to 300 words)

Short fiction (up to 2,000 words)

https://literary.creativefuture.org.uk/creative-future-writers-award-how-to-apply/

15th June 2019 1st £300

entry £5

Segora  poetry competition 2019

Closing date 15th June. 50 lines. Ist prize £300. Judge Maggie Butt.

Full details: www.poetryproseandplays.com

17th June 2019 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2019

This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.

There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed

that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one. 

Enter by midnight on  17th June 2019

1st prize is £100.  2nd £25   3rd  £25

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Poems written as part of any of any PK Course are not eligible for entry.

21st June 2019 1st £1500



entry £6

McLellan Poetry Prize

The McLellan Poetry Prize is part of the McLellan Festival (30 August - 8 September 2019).

​This year's judge is Sean O'Brien.

1st prize: £1,500

2nd prize: £300

3rd prize: £150

6 commendations of £25.

https://www.arrantheatreandarts.co.uk/poetry-competition

29th June 2019 1st £600


entry £3

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019

FIRST PRIZE £600

SECOND PRIZE £300

THIRD PRIZE £150

PLUS TWO HIGHLY COMMENDED PRIZES OF £75 EACH
Sponsored by Fairweather Law Ltd Solicitors at Aldeburgh, Felixstowe and Leiston

Tiffany Atkinson adjudicator. She is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, has published several collections of Poetry, including Kink and Particle

The competition is open to anyone who was either born, educated, working or resident in Suffolk, or is a Suffolk Poetry Society member.

All winning poems (including commended poems not attracting a monetary prize) will be read, preferably by their authors, at a celebratory Awards Event in early October (TBA) and will be included in the 2019 Crabbe Poetry Prize Anthology.

More details and online entry herehttps://suffolkpoetrysociety.org.uk/crabbe

30th June 2019 1st £500

entry £4.50

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2019

 Adjudicator: Anthony Wilson. Prize-giving at Manchester Literature Festival in October.

£4.50 for the first poem and £2.00 per poem thereafter

First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2019)  
First Prize £500 Second £250, Third £150 
For further details, rules & entry form visit 

http://www.manchestercathedral.org/poetry 
30th June 2019

1st  £100, plus a trophy and inclusion in an anthology.

Entry fee £5

Hastings 2019 Litfest Poetry Competition Judge: John McCullough. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 1st September at the Litfest Closing Ceremony.  First Prize £100 Second £40, Third £25, plus trophies.  
The top placed entries in each category (poetry, short story and flash fiction) will be included in a 2019 anthology.


For further details, rules & entry form visit  http://hastingslitfest.org/competitions/
30th June 2019 1st £700


entry  £5

BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION

For UK residents. Adjudicators: Zoe Brigley Thompson and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 5th October, when  Karen McCarthy Woolf will hand out prizes and read from her work. Supported by Arts Council England, Artswords and Poetry Swindon.

1st £700  Second: £200  Third: £100 Commendations:  £25 x4

Website:  http://batteredmoons.com/  

30th June 2019

1st  £750

entry  £6

Wells Festival of Literature’s Open Poetry Competition

Judge Simon Armitage

Prize giving will be on Sunday 20th October 2019 during the Wells Festival of Literature.  First prize £750, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100.  All poets on the short list will be invited to read their poems before the prize giving.  The winners will be announced on 20th October

For further details, rules and entry forms visit 

 www.wellfestivalofliterature.org.uk
30th June 2019 1st £500


entry £5
Poetry Space Competition 2019

The top three poets will receive:

1st prize:  £500

2nd prize: £250

3rd prize £100

Highly commended and commended poets will receive £10 plus their choice of a book from the Poetry Space online shop.

There will be a prizewinners anthology and all poets included in there (20 poems) will receive complimentary copies and the pamphlet will go on sale.

Judge: Caroline Price

https://www.poetryspace.co.uk/poetry-space-competition/ 

1st July 2019

1st Prize: $100

Entry free

Cozy Cat Press Poetry Contest 2019 
Seeking poems fitting the genre of "mystery". 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50, 3rd prize $25. Top three winners will also receive publication, a free ebook download of their work, and an accompanying illustration inspired by their piece. For further details, rules, and entry form visit:

cozycatpress.com
1st July 2019 20 prizes £25 plus publication


entry £4

Penfro Festival Poetry Competition

The Penfro Festival, now in its ninth year and continuing to go from strength to strength, has engaged a very exciting judge for its annual poetry competition. Rhiannon Hooson, a renowned poet, won the Penfro Festival’s First Chapter competition in 2018, with her exquisite piece, ‘The Unlovely Sea’. She has since been awarded a prestigious Literature Wales bursary to complete the novel.

https://penfrobookfestival.org.uk/competitions/poetry

31st July 2019 1st  £300



entry £5

The Writers Bureau's 2019 Poetry Competition  with £1,722 worth of prizes is now open and accepting entries!

Closing date 31st July 2019

Prizes:

1st Prize - £300
2nd Prize - £200
3rd Prize - £100

Plus, every winner receives a Writers Bureau Course of their choice worth of £374 each.

Visit the competition website at www.wbcompetition.com where past competition winning entries can be read and entry forms downloaded. Entries can also be made online.
The closing date is 31st July 2019. 

31st July 2019 1st

£500 for poet + £5000 to school

 

The 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to  young poets aged 10-13 living anywhere across the British Isles. Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. Top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2019 anthology. All finalists are invited on a 3-day Poetry Camp in Spring 2020. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit. Free to enter. For more information go to www.betjemanpoetryprize.co.uk.

31st July 2019 1st £1000


entry £5

Winchester Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-19
FIRST PRIZE: £1000, SECOND PRIZE: £500, THIRD PRIZE: £250 There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet.

In addition to receiving cash prizes winners and longlisted poets will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event in Winchester in October 2019. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work. [Full rules https://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/wpp-rules ]

Poems can be entered by post or online.

Line limit: 40 lines

Judge: Helen Mort

Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem and £4.00 for each subsequent poem.

 For full details see   http://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize

Please note our new address: Winchester Poetry Festival, c/o Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

 
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.