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Poetry Competitions


Short story and other competitions

How to Enter Them - Beware of scams.

Please Note

The information given here is for GUIDANCE ONLY.

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.  Information is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liability for its accuracy.



7th January 2017 1st £1,500

entry  £6

Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition

On the 242nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Tannahill, Read Raw Ltd, are delighted to announce a major new poetry prize for 2017.  The Read Raw Tannahill poetry Competition has a prize fund of £2,700 with a first prize in the main competition of £1,500, second £400 and third of £100 with two commended prizes of £50. In the Scots Language competition first prize is £500 and second £100.

Sally Evans will judge the competition. Sally is the Editor of Poetry Scotland and Poetry Editor of the Scots Language Centre Website

Winners will be announced on 16th March 2017 as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

For mor information see

15th January 2017 1st  £30 voucher

entry  free
Safestore Winter Wonderland Poetry Competition

The Poetry Writing Competition is open to ‘All Ages’

There will be one winner in each age group

There is no fee to enter

UK Residents Only

Competition Closes Midnight on the 15th of January 2017

See website  
15th January 2017 1st prize plus certificate

entry free

Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

Link to our website (http//

Closing Date – midnight on 15 January 2017

Announcement Date – 19 February 2017

Maximum line count – 30 lines

Entry Fee - none for this time

Top Prize – small prize plus certificate plus read out poem on local radio. Winning poem chosen by Deborah Harvey of

Other details – 3 classes - 6–11, 12-16, above 16 years. Shortlisted poets given opportunity to read out poem at awards ceremony.  All poems must have snowdrop dimension. No restrictions on style or form of poem.

16th January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

Magma Poetry Competitions 2017

Two prizes. The Judges Prize (11-55 lines) and the Editors Prize (up to 10 lines) both have prizes of £1000 first prize, £300 second prize, £150 third prize. This year's main judge is Jane Draycott
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees..

Contact: For further information, rules and entry details,  visit website at  

20th January 2017 1st £4000

entry £3

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition invites entries from people of any age writing in English. We are looking for your poems and short stories which evoke our theme of MEMORIES. Max 100 lines for a poem. Max 1500 words for your short story All entries should include a completed cover sheet and should not have been published in print or online previously. Entries will be judged by leading writers, poets, professionals and a panel of young people. The categories for entry are: Best Poem Award – Prize £4000 Best Short Story Award, Prize £4000, Plymouth University Best Young Writer aged 15 -18 Award – Prize £2000, Best Primary Carer Voice Award – Prize £2000 The winners in each category will be announced at the National Memory Day celebrations on 18 May 2017
Entry Fee: £3 per first entry and £2 for all subsequent entries which are entered at the same time. All funds raised will go towards placing Poets-in-Residence in Memory Cafes around the UK to work with people living with memory loss..

This project is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Plymouth University and the Poetry Archive.For entry details please visit 

31st January 2017 1st £200 and publication in Prole

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2017

Prize: Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 22 in April 2017.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge: Macdara Woods

Time scale: We will receive entries from October 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017. Winners will be announced in issue 22 of Prole in April 2017 and on our website by April 20th 2017.

Details: We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished.

Fees: £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries. Please see or website for full details:
31st January 2017

Two prizes of $500 each



entry free
The 2017 College Undergraduate Poetry (CUP) Competition of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies gives two equal awards of $500; publication and 75 free copies; invitation plus travel stipend to be featured reader at NFSPS Annual Convention in Ft. Worth, TX, June 2017. MS of 10 poems accepted via For rules and link to Submittable, visit and click on "Poetry Contests" tab. Eligibility: Free and open to students in degree programs at accredited U.S. colleges during December-January submission period.
31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

First prize: £1,000 second prize: £300,third prize: £100,Plus 4 x £50 . The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines. The Judge is poet Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or for 3 or more poems £4 each. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to KENT & SUSSEX POETRY SOCIETY.

For further information see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition

Prizes 1st £1,000,2nd £500 3rd £250. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition. No entrant may win more than one prize. Maximum length, excluding title and any blank lines, 40 lines.  .Judged by Philip Gross.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

For further information see website at

31st January 2017

1st  £500

entry £4

The Interpreter's House 2017 Open House Poetry Competition 

Adjudicator: Niall Campbell.First Prize £500, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £100. Winning poems will be published in Issue 65.   Entry fee £4 single poem, £10 for three poems
For further details visit
31st January 2017 1sat Publication

entry free
Pavilion Poetry are delighted to announce submissions to their award-winning Pavilion Poetry series. Submissions are being accepted during January 2017 for first full length collections only. If you are interested in working with their series editor, Professor Deryn Rees-Jones (Professor of Poetry at University of Liverpool and Next Generation Poet 2005) and being published alongside Mona Arshi (Forward Prize winner for Best First Collection 2015) and Ruby Robinson (shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize 2016), then please send a covering letter, your writing CV (detailing where you have previously published and any awards/prizes won. Only postal submissions will be accepted and they must be received at the above address between 1st – 31st January 2017. Due to the number of submissions expected, we are unable to offer feedback, however we will try and notify you of our decision by the end of March.

Send a collection of your poetry and a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Alison Welsby, Editorial Director, Pavilion Poetry submissions, Liverpool University Press, 4 Cambridge Street, Liverpool L69 7ZU, UK. Stay connected for updates @LivUniPress | @PavilionPoetry

31st January 2017 1st £500

entry £4
Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 - Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2016 and closes 31st Jan 2017. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Rebecca Gethin. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 18 March 2017, and winning poems will be published on our website. Contact:
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poemPostal entries . Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details visit from Nov 1st.

1st February 2017 1st  £50

entry  £5

2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition

Original, unpublished poems are invited.With two classes, adults and under 18, the organisers have created two sections.Leaving the choice of subject to the writer in Section 1 ‘Any Subject’ but for some writers who need a focus the word ‘Home’ has been given as a theme for Section 2. Four winners will be able to claim first prizes of £50 each with £5 each for second and £10 for the third prize winners.Prize winners will be notified during the first week in March. Winners’ poems may be published on the 2017 Cruse Lines Poetry Competition Facebook Page Cruse West Sussex Area web page and reported in The West Sussex Gazette. All proceeds from Cruse Lines Poetry Competition will be donated to:- Cruse West Sussex Area. Judges:-Sara Hutton Potts BA(Hons) PGCE Belinda Wilkins BEd(Hons). Poems must not exceed 40 lines.Type poem using Times New Roman, at 12 point DOUBLE spacing.
Entry £5 for first poem £3 for subsequent poems. (Maximum 4)

For entry forms email Competition Secretary:cruselinespoetrycompetition@gmail.comSend 2 copies of each poem with Entry Form,CRUSE LINES Competition Secretary,The Coach House, Walberton, Arundel, West Sussex. BN18 0PJ. Visit website 

12th February 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition

Poems of any length, subject and style welcome. Prizes £100, £20, entry £3 per poem and £10 for four. Judge Jenny Lewis.

Please send by February 12th 2017  to Margaret Keeping, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG, cheques made to Edward Thomas Fellowship.

13th February 2017 1st £350

entry £7

John Dryden Translation Competition 2017

Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Any language into English. Any genre, Literary translation includes poetry, prose or drama from any period. A maximum of 20 pages First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one £12 for two or £16 for three entries

Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to: 
Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to: Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London London – EC1V 0HB.
Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website:

15th February 2017 1st  £1000

entry £4

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017

The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £1000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper. Judge Gwyneth Lewis
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Email poems to: Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See for festival details. For full competition entry details see

17th February 2017

1st  £3,000


entry  free

Christopher Tower Poetry competition Judges Vahni Capildeo and Sarah Howe. Free entry for 16-18 year olds in UK. Theme 'Stone'. Prize-giving will be on 19 April 2017 at Christ Church, University of Oxford. First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000 Third £500. Commended winners £250. Further details, rules, online entry visit

27thFebruary 2017 1st  £500

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017

1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

For rules and details of postal and online entry see

28th February 2017 1st £50

entry £2

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition

The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

For full details of conditions of entry visit the website  

28th February 2017 1st £500

entry £5

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017

Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page.Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards.Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.”
Entry £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.
1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £6

Nature and Place Poetry competition.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie.

Not only that, this year RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a new prize on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2017.

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.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) 

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:

1st March 2017 1st  publications

entry  £8

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website

1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2016/17 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Fee: £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online

3rd March 2017 1st £500

entry £8
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
Themes: Choose between a) "Wrong is a difficult word" (from Young Art and Old Hector) and b) "Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep" (from The Green Isle of the Great Deep).
Looking for: Up to 40 lines.
Closing date: 3rd March 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize £500; 2nd Prize £300; 3rd prize £200; highly commended and commendeds.
Entry fee: £8.
Further info: The lead judge for the 2016/17 competition is author Michel Faber.
For queries please email competition administrator
For full information and entry forms please go to
20th March 2017

1st  £150


entry £5.00 first poem,

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Clare Best Prize-giving will be on Saturday 10 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150 Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Harvest’    entry £5.00 first poem,  £3. 00 all subsequent

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website

For further details, rules & entry form visit
30th April 2017

First prize £600




Entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2017

Adjudicator – Tamar Yoseloff
Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from

Poems on any theme and in any form should be

no more than 30 lines in length.

Competitors may submit any number of

poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets.    

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



30th April 2017 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July 2017

Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

Sole judge: Hannah Lowe 

Entry form available at

or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email:

31st May 2017 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive 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. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. Adjudicator: Maggie Butt.
Entry £3.00

For full conditions of entry see: Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

30th June 2017 1st £100

entry £3.5

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2017

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any shown on the website.
£3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

For rules and conditions see Send paper copy to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street , Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL or e-copy to Payment in pounds sterling. POs or cheques payable to Kay Green.

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.