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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.  Infornation is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liabuility for its accuracy.



open 1st  E500

entry E5

The 3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition runs until the end of January 2016. Each Tuesday at noon (GMT), five words are posted on the competition page at Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. A prize of 500 euros will be awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event in April, 2016 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol IX – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.
This year’s judges are Marie Coveney and Colm Scully.

7th July 2015 1st £300

entry £6

Second Light Open Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2015

Poems on any subject. Open to women poets only. Judge: Myra Schneider. First prize: £300 for each of long and short poems, second prize: £100, third prize: £50. Commended poems will also receive book prizes.

Entry Fee: £6 per poem for Long Poems (over 50 lines, no upper limit); Short poems (up to 50 lines) £4 per poem or £9 for 3, £14 for 8

For full details and details of online entry go to

9th July 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2015

Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones. Theme: Any. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales., Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.
 £5 for first poem and then £3.50 for adults. First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.

 see website:

15th July 2015 1st $750

entry $25


Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is now accepting original and previously unpublished submissions for the annual Vallum Award for Poetry 2015.

First Prize: $750

Second Prize: $250

+ publication in the magazine.

Deadline: July 15th, 2015

Contest Judge: Stephanie Bolster

Entry Fee: $25 (includes a 1 year subscription to Vallum). Entries accepted by Paypal and by posted mail. For more information visit:

15th July 2015 1st £200

entry £4

Segora International Poetry Competition 2015

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines. Judge Mandy Pannett. Prizes: £200, £50, £30 or equivalent in euros. Winning poems published on website. Presentation evening Saturday 19th September in St Clémentin, 79150 SW France.  Closing date 15th July 2015
 £4 for single entry or 5.50 Euro, add £2.50 or 2.75 Euro each subsequent poem

details at  www.poetryproseandplays.comEmail:

15th July 2015 1st £500

entry £5

Ambit Summer Writing Competition 2015

Prizes: The first place prize in each category will be £500, second place £250 and £100 for third. The three winning poems and three winning stories will all be published in Issue 222 of Ambit, and the poets and writers will be invited to read with judges Dan O'Brien and Alison Moore at the launch on October 22nd 2015 in London. Winners will be announced on September 1st on the Ambit website.

Entry Fee: £5 for each submission. With 6 UK or 8 overseas submissions, you'll receive a free year's subscription to Ambit Magazine.

Contact: For entry and further information, please see: 

15th July 2015 1st  $1000

entry  $20

The Golden Quill Awards Writing Contest  sponsored by SLO Nightwriters and in conjunction with the Central Coast Writers Conference and Cuesta College, is now in its 26th year.  This contest, out of California’s Central Coast region, has grown over the years to include entrants from across the country and international entrants.

Flash Fiction, is a new category this year.  Writers are challenged to compose an entire short story in no more than 500 words.  The remaining categories are Short Fiction, a story between 1,000 and 1,200 words; and Poetry, a poem up to 40 lines. 

The awards have increased this year, commensurate with the superior quality of writing that is coming in and the increased amount of entries. For Short Fiction and Poetry, first place winners will receive $1,000.00.  The second place award in these categories is $500.00 and the third place award is $100.00.  For Flash Fiction, the first place winner will receive $500.00 for the 500 words.  The second place award is $100.00 and the third place award is $50.00.  Entries must be received by July 15, 2015.

More information can be found at

19th July 2015 1st  €500

entry €10


Poetry Competition

Closing date: 19 July

First prize  €500

Publication of all commended entries

Judge: Breda Wall Ryan

Full details at

24th  July 2015 1st £300

entry £6

The 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Entries are now welcome for the 2015 Wasafiri New Writing Prize. 

We are looking for submissions in three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Prize for each category: £300 and publication in Wasafiri Magazine

Deadline: 5pm GMT on Friday 24 July 2015.

Judges - Toby Litt, Yasmin Alibhai Brown, Roger Robinson

The competition is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.

Entries for Fiction and Life Writing should be no longer than 3000 words, and Poetry submissions should comprise of no more than five poems.  For more details see;

31st July 2015 1st £500

entry £5

Wells Literary Festival Poetry Competition.  Judge Peter Oswald. Prize giving will be during the Festival on Sunday 11th October 2015 at the Bishop’s Palace, Wells when the winners and runners up will be invited to read their winning poems. 

First Prize £500 Second £200, third £100 plus£100 for winning local entry

The poems will be included on the Festival website.  For further details, rules & entry form visit

31st July 2015 1st part of £300 prize fund

entry free

The Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2015

Entries about all aspects of caring, but particularly interested in poems and short stories that respond to our 50th Anniversary message: no one should have to care alone. Prizes: A total of £300 in high street vouchers will be provided in prizes, plus other prizes from leading literary organisations. We will publish the winning entries on the Carers UK website in the autumn and, depending on the number of entries, we hope to produce an anthology or an e-book featuring a selection of the poems and stories. Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz will be judging the Carers UK creative writing competition for the second year. You can submit up to three poems, each being no longer than 40 lines. Short story: you can submit one short story of up to 1,000 words. Entries must be unpublished, in English, and not a translation of another author's work.

Entry free

Contact: If you have any questions about the competition, please send an email to For further information and entry, please see:    

31st July 2015 1st pub lication and course

entry free

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2015

Judges: Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts. For new poets aged 11-17. Prizes: This year's world-class winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on National Poetry Day, 8th October 2015. The top 15 winning poems are published in the winners anthology - 24,000 of which are sent to schools, arts organisations, opinion formers and poets each year to mark the launch. The top 15 winners are also invited to attend a week's residential creative writing course at an Arvon centre or receive a poet residency in their school (age dependent). All 100 winners receive one year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society, a range of book prizes, and benefit from ongoing support and encouragement from the Poetry Society via publication, performance and internship opportunities. In the past year Foyle winners have read at numerous high profile events including the Southbank Centre, BBC's The One Show, Radio 4, BBC World News, Ledbury Poetry Festival and the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.

Entry Fee: £0

Contact: To enter and for rules and regulations please see website:  

31st July 2015 1st £500 + £500 for school

entry  free


Founded in 2006 to mark the centenary of the former Poet Laureate John Betjeman’s birth, the Betjeman Poetry Prize aims to foster creativity in young people whilst discovering and encouraging the next generation of British poets. We also procure funding to send as many professional poets as we can to visit pupils in schools.

We are thrilled to announce that this year's judges are the poet A.F. HARROLD and the children’s author LAUREN CHILD, and that there's been a new development in our partnership with St Pancras International. The winner of the 2015 BPP will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for the year.

The deadline for all poems is midnight on 31st July.

Find out more at

2nd August 2015 1st £150

entry £5

Artificium is currently accepting submissions for our Short Fiction, Poetry and Very Short Fiction competitions. We are looking for accomplished writing, full of style and intelligence, demonstrating a passion for language. Plots and themes that intrigue, captivate, and make us think. Any genre, as long as the quality of writing is high. 

Entries for our competitions can come from outside the UK, but must be in English. Online entry via the Artificium website.

Short fiction: 2000-6000 words

Poetry: up to 40 lines

Very short fiction: 400-1250 words


Short Fiction - £200, £50, £25

Poetry - £150, £50, £25

Very short fiction - £150, £50, £25

Closing date for all three competitions: 2nd August 2015

Fees: £5 for UK-based writers, international writers £6.

For online entry, full rules and T&Cs, see:

16th August 2015 1st £200

Entry £10 for up to three poems

Elbow Room inaugural competition, which will culminate in a special event and publication. With categories in Poetry, Prose and Visual Arts we are inviting submissions from writers and artists from across the arts.

Winners will be notified by Wednesday the 30th of September via email and will be publicised on the website soon after.

The event will be held towards the end of October and will be publicised after the winners are announced.

All the details and guidelines for entering can be found on our website

The Judging Panel includes Rosie Sherwood, Zelda Chappel and Lauren Fried

28th August 2015 1st  £700

entry £5

Torbay Open Poetry Competition

Judge:  John Greening

Poem Length:  In English, typed and up to 50 lines

Closing date:  28th August 2015

Entrance Fee:  £5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.00

Entries can be by post to The Administrator, 6 The Mount, Brixham, Devon TQ5 8QY UK

Or on line: see www.torbay

Winners announced at the prize-winners’ event:  Saturday 24th Oct. at the Torbay Festival of Poetry

(Prize-winners informed in advance)

PRIZES:  1st prize:  £700 plus a weekend’s accommodation and Festival Pass for the Torbay Festival of Poetry 22nd – 26th October 2015

2nd Prize £400 plus a Festival Pass to the Torbay Festival of Poetry.

3rd Prize:  £200 plus a ticket for two to the Festival Supper, Saturday 24th October 2015.

Poetry books/subscription to Acumen Literary Journal for short-listed poets.

30th August 2015 1st 500€

entry free


 First Prize: €500

The NEW ROSCOMMON WRITING AWARD 2015 is organised as part of the county’s literature development programme. It is funded by Roscommon County Council and The Arts Council, and supported by the Roscommon Herald, the Roscommon People and by Shannonside FM.

The winner will receive a monetary prize of €500 and will have their winning entry printed in the Roscommon Herald and the Roscommon People. It will also be broadcast on Shannonside FM. (Four runners-up will receive €50 each)   Closing date for entries is 30 August 2015 

For further details contact

31st August 2015 1st $150

entry $7

Tethered by Letters' Summer 2015 Literary Contest

We are currently accepting submissions for our short story contest (1,000 to 7,500 words, open genre), flash fiction contest (55, 250, or 500 words), and poetry contest (max of three pages per poem). TBL strives to publish writers with engaging stories, vivid characters, and fresh writing styles. All winners will be published in F(r)iction. All finalists will receive free professional edits on their submission and be considered for later publication. The prizes are $500 (USDA) for the short story winner, $150 (USDA) for the flash fiction winner, and $150 (USDA) for the poetry winner. Winners will be announced publicly in August. Multiple entries accepted. International submissions welcome. Good luck to all our authors! 

Deadline: August 31, 2015

Prize: $500 for Short Story, $150 for Flash Fiction, $150 for Poetry

Entry Fee: $15 per Short Story; $7 per Flash Fiction OR $15 for three Flash Fictions; $7 per poem OR $15 for three poems


Contact Info: Joe Reinis,

31st August 2015 1st £100

entry £3
SaveAs Writers International Poetry and Short Story Competition, "Writing the City". 
The writer and the urban landscape have been inseparable partners across time, culture and genres. SaveAs Writers invite poems and short stories with a strong sense of city as setting, real or imagined. Prizes: £100/ £50/ £25, with a trophy for best Canterbury-themed writing. Publication in an anthology for winning entries. Judges:  Poetry: Gillian Laker. Short stories: Maria C. McCarthy.  Awards evening 31st October 2015 as part of Canterbury Festival Umbrella events.
Poems: 40 lines max. Short stories: 2000 words max.
Closing date: 31st August 2015
Entry fee: £3 per poem, or £8 for 3; £4 per short story.
Online entries as Word doc attachment to with either ‘short story’ or ‘poetry’ in the subject line of the e-mail, and the title/s of your work, your name and contact details in the body of the email. Hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Cheques made out to ‘SaveAs Writers’. For full terms and conditions:
31st August 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

Prizes: £1000 for winners in each category; £200 for second place in both categories. Categories: English as a Second Language (ESL) Category & Open Category. Judges: Bernard O'Donoghue and Hannah Lowe.

Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter up to ten poems, providing they are unpublished.

Contact: Enter via website: .
Please read our full terms and conditions on the website
1st September 2015 1st  £1000

entry £5

Flambard Poetry Prize 2015

Deadline: 1st September 2015


First Prize - £1000

Second Prize - £250

Entry fee:

£5 (per group of five poems)

The Flambard Prize is awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a UK-based poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Entries will be judged by Cynthia Fuller and Jacob Polley. Entries can be made at

15th September 2015 1st $500

entry $5

26th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Entries must be received no later than September 15th, 2015.

Judges: John Smelcer of the USA
Bill Freedman of Israel, last year’s second prize winner
Gretti Izak of Israel, last year’s third prize winner

First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.

Ten honorable mentions are awarded.

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2016 poetry anthology.

Full guidelines and submission details at

30th September 2015

1st  £100


Entry fee £4

Crewe And Nantwich District Writers Circle open poetry competition.

Judge of Short List: Mary Williams.

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25    Entry £4

Please find rules on our website

Postal entries to: 72 Queen’s Park Gardens, Crewe, CheshireCW2  7SW

30th September 2015 1st - writers software

entry £1

International Literary Contest "Poems and Tales for Nature 2015"

Competition Adjudicator: Rui M.. Prize-giving will be by the end of October 2015 using the web and the website where the results will be displayed.

For further details, rules & entry form visit

30th September  2015 1st  $1500

entry $10

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judge: Ellaraine Lockie

30th September 2015

Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre

Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100 (any style)

Entry fee: $10 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

13th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit poems in any style, up to 250 lines each. 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

19th October 2015 1st £5000

entry £5

£5,000 Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2015

Judge: Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan. Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500 plus 20 prizes of £25 each plus a spring 2016 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners' coffee-house poetry reading with Jean Sprackland & Adam O'Riordan on Monday 30th November 2015 for all prize-winning poets.
£5/ 6 Euro/ 8 Dollars per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only)

For further information and entry please see website:

31st October 2015 1st £5000

entry £.6.50

The National Poetry Competition 2015
This year's intrepid judges are David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah Howe and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £200! The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, 
The Poetry Review, as well as having the possibility of reading at some of the UK's top literature festivals. Get your entries in before the deadline of the 31st October online or by post for a chance to be the 2015 champion! 

19th November 2015 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition I 2015 will again by judged by Mario Petrucci for the General category , and Katherine Gallagher for the juniors, as in 2014.  The Rules are similar – poems up to 335 lines on any subject and  the closing date for entries is 16th November.

One change however from 2014 is that the prizes are higher.  They had not changed since the competition began twenty one years ago, and BBAC felt an overhaul was due.  They will now be

General    1st £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd 3 of £100       Juniors  7 – 11s    1st £25, 2nd £15  3rd 3of £10     12-16s  1st £75, 2nd £50  3rd  3  x of £25.  

30th December 2015 1st $100

entry $5

Big Pond Rumours, The E-Zine. Edited by Sharon Berg. Independent Judges for every issue.

We are interested in receiving submissions of poetry, fiction, essays and artwork for our zine. Entry requires use of the Submittables format (except for artwork).

Prizes will be mailed after the publication of each issue.

First Prize $100 Second $50, Third $20 plus Honourable Mentions

entry fee $5 US

31st December 2015 1st £50 plus publication

entry  £10

2015 Thynks Publications Poetry Pamphlet

An invitation to submit a collection of between 20-25 poems. Seeking an outright prizewinner. Any runners-up will be offered publication of their submitted collection. Prize: £50 plus publication of the collection submitted.

Entry Fee: £10.00

Contact: Email: . For entry and further information see Poetry Pamphlet Competition page:

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.