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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.



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 We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines.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.

30th January 2015 1st £750

entry £5

Four Counties Poetry Competition

Rottingdean Writers' Group announces the first competition specially designed for poets connected to London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. The judge is John McCullough, academic and prize-winning author of The Frost Fairs. Three major cash prizes and discretionary honorary awards will be presented at a ceremony on 25 February 2015: £750, sponsored by Wellesley Wealth Advisory, £250, sponsored by The English Language Centre, £100, sponsored by Chalk Gallery, Lewes.
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem, £10 for two or £12 for three poems. The fee for each additional poem after that is £4.

Contact: Entry forms and competition rules are available at

31st January 2015 1st £5000

enbtry £7

2015 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

With a 1st prize of £5000 for the winning poem in the Open International category of £5,000, £5000 for the 1st Prize in the NHS category, and £500 for the Young Poets Award the Hippocrates Prize is one of the highest value poetry awards in the world for a single poem. In its first 5 years, the Hippocrates Prize has attracted over 6000 entries from 61 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and Finland to Australasia.

Awards for the 2015 Prize will be announced by the judges on Saturday 23rd May, 2015 in London at the end of the 6th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine.

The 2015 Hippocrates Awards will be presented at the close of the 6th International Symposium on Poetry and Medicine on 23rd May 2015.

Judges for the 2015 Hippocrates Prize Open and NHS Categories are Poet Rebecca Goss, author, journalist and broadcaster John Humphrys and Psychiatrist Femi Oyebode.

details and enter online at  

31s January 2015 1st  £200

entry  £3

Prole Laureate 2015

The winner will receive £200 and publication in Prole 16, due out in April 2015.

There are two runners up prizes of £50 each and possible publication in Prole 16.

The winner and runners up will be showcased here on our website.

Prizes are paid by PayPal.

Judge:  Helen Ivory

We will receive entries until January 31st 2015.

Winners will be announced in Prole 16, published in April 2015, and simultaneously on our website.

We are completely open on form, style, length and genre. As always at Prole, we look for work that epitomises our philosophy: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the submitting author and be previously unpublished. (If your poem has been up on a personal blog or similar, it's fine to submit, so long as it is removed first.)

Fees:  £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for subsequent entries.

For further information please see

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:  

31st January 2015 1st £500

enrty £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2015 Judge; Penelope Shuttle. Winners: to be announced on Sunday 22nd March 2015. For further details, rules & entry form visit.   First Prize: Prizes: 1st - £500 2nd - £200 3rd - £100  entry fee is £4.00 for one poem, £3.00 each for additional poems.

31st January 2015 1st £275

entry £3.50

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition.
Adjudicator: Roger Elkin

1st £275,  2nd £100,  3rd £75

Entry fees:   1 poem £3.50, 4 poems £12.00, 6 poems £15.00

Additional prize for West Sussex entrants.
For further details, rules and entry form please visit

1st February 2015 1st Two prizes of $1,000 CAD

entry $45 CAD

Long Poem Prize 

Contest judges are Evan Jones, Anita Lahey, and Alice Major. Submit a single poem or cycle of poems between 10 - 20 pages long; a page is up to 36 lines, including breaks. No restrictions to subject matter or aesthetic approach. Entry fee $45 USD for international entrants outside Canada; $40 USD for American entrants; $35 CAD for Canadian entrantsEntrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the magazine. Submissions can be sent by mail or email. Full details at:
6th february 2015 1st Season ticket to museum

entry free

The Corinium Museum Poetry Competition

Poems of up to 40 lines inspired by an object displayed or theme interpreted at the museum. Prizes: The winner of each category will receive a season ticket to the museum valid for a year. Winning poems will be displayed in the museum and published on the museum website. Highly commended poems will also be displayed in the museum and may be published on the museum website. Judge: Hilda Sheehan. Categories: 16 years old and above, 11-15 years old, Under 11s.


14th February 2015 1st booklet published

entry £2.50

2015 Camden/Lumen Poetry Competition

Judge:George Szirtes. Prize: 50 free copies of a perfect bound small collection of your poems plus a reading. Poems up to 40 lines. Poetry must not be previously published. Proceeds to Homeless Cold Weather Shelters. No entry form is necessary.    £2.50 for single poems, 6 poems £10

cheques to Caris Camden and send to Ruth O'Callaghan, 49 Ripley Gardens, Mortlake, London SW14 8HF

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

28th February 2015 1st £200

entry £4


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

Closing Date: 28-Feb-2015

Judge: Noel Williams

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, £22/10

more details at

28th February 2015 1st £50

entry £2

The Society of Civil and Public Service Writers

Prizes: 1st £50; 2nd £25. Poems should not be more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Entries should be typed on A4 paper. The competition is open only to SCPSW members. Those eligible include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force or any Public Service.
 £2 per poem. 

 All entries should bear only the name of the competition being entered, a title, the author's pen name and a separate sheet quoting: the name of the competition being entered, pen name, title, real name and address. Entries returned if accompanied by SAE. For details of membership send SAE to Michael Smith, 22 Western Drive, Shepperton, TW17 8HL, or email    Details at

28th February 2015 1st Publication

entry free

HAD Poetry Competition

The title for the poem is 'Honouring the Ancient Dead' (a celebration of the ancestors on display up and down the country - perhaps acknowledging their continuing place within the community). However, the theme may be interpreted as loosely as the entrant wishes. Free to enter.

Postal entries should be marked 'Poetry Competition' and sent to: Box 275, 8 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1HF.
Entries should be sent via email or the Contact form on the HAD website:

28th February 2015 1st £400

entry £5

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Open Poetry Competition 2015

Prizes: £400, £100, £50 (and a prize of £40 to the best York entry, excluding the first, second or third prize winners). Highly Commended and Commended certificates will also be awarded at the discretion of the judge, multi-award-winning poet Carole Bromley, Poet in Residence at All prize-winning, Commended and Highly Commended poems will be featured on website, and poets invited to read their work at the prize-giving event on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at York St John University. Poets may enter as many batches of entries as they wish. Poems may be in any form, but no longer than 40 lines.
£5 for a single poem entry. Or £10 for up to five poems

Entry is via the online entry form and PayPal here:

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:

1st March 2015 1st Publication

  • St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest
  • Deadline: March 1, 2015
    St. Petersburg Review is an independent, international, nonprofit, annual review of contemporary literature that seeks to foster and promote global connections and affinities through the annual publication of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from all countries. Our poetry contest, which has a 5% or better publication rate, will be accepting submissions September 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015. Visit for complete information on the contest and other SPR activities.

9th March 2015 1st £400

entry £3

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2015 Closing Date 9 March 2015 Prizes:  1st£400 2nd£200 3rd£100 Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems 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.Judge Paul Muldoon. details:

31st March 2015 1st £500 + pub

entry £25

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2014/2015

Closing Date: 31 March 2015

Entries are invited to the first SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition. Poets are required to submit 20 pages of poetry made up of any number of poems or length. Collections may be on any subject or style. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Judges: Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie

Prizes:   £500 (1st prize), £250 (2nd prize) and £125 (3rd prize). The three prize winners also receive traditional publishing contracts and 20 copies of their books each.

Fees: £25 per collection (Maximum 3 collections)

Enter online or download entry form at

Cheques / Postal Orders in GB£ only payable to Sentinel Poetry Movement

Address: SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition, Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

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 €400


15th Poetry on the Lake International Competition

adjudicators: Robert Minhinnick, Kenneth Steven, Kevin Bailey.

Closing: 31st March 2015
Suggested (not obligatory) theme for all categories is 'Wining & Dining - or hungering, thirsting, fasting, starving'
Prizes: Silver Wyvern and €400, €200 x 2, €100 x 3. Open (max 60), Short (max 9) & Formal (max 40) categories. 

FEES: Postal entries: £7 per poem (4 x £25, then £ 6) or €20 ($25) x 2 poems

Email entries: €12 per poem (3 poems x €30) pay Paypal (button on ‘Contact’ page) or

Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall)

Other countries: Paypal (see website) or euro notes (wrap in silver foil). 

Full guidelines: Poetry on the Lake

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

10th April 2015 1st £1000

entry £4

The Philip Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition 2015 now open for entries

1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £500 3rd Prize - £200

Plus five commendations of £20 each

East Riding Young Poet’s Prize - £100 and FREE entry

East Riding Prize - £100

Judged by acclaimed poet Jean Sprackland

Jean was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008, and the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. She is Reader in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and a trustee of the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

Closing date Friday April 10 2015

For more information on the 2015 Bridlington Poetry Festival line-up and to download a competition flier, visit or call the box office on 01482 392699

30th April 2015 1st £600

entry £4
Ware Poets 2015 Open Poetry Competion.
1st £600    2nd £300    3rd £150
poems up to 50 lines. 
Judged by Carrie Etter
For details and entry form
30th April 2015

First Prize £600


Ver Open Poetry

Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe.

Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length.

Each poem should be typed clearly  on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet,

TWO COPIES OF EACH POEM . Please write your contact details and the titles of all poems on the entry form.

Fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets.


Closing date April 30th 2015.

Please send entries and application form to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans




31st May 2015 1st £500


David Burland Poetry Prize 2015

Submissions open to poets worldwide writing in English, and poems may be in free style and any length. Entries accepted from writers of any nationality, over 18 and, writing in English. Judges: Michel François(English/French Poet), R Freidman (English poet, translator). 1st Prize: £500. 2nd Prize: £200. 3rd Prize: £100. Winning Writers will have their work published in the Second volume of 'Poetic Art' 2015 / 2016, and the Winning Poem will also be published on the David Burland website. All entries to be sent with a signed application form and confirmation of payment.
Entry Fee: £8 for first poem and £4 for each additional

Contact: Submit entries and completed application forms to: Anna Burland Services, 39 High Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 1ST, England UK. To download application forms and for more information:

31st may 2015 1st 250 guineas

entry £3

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2015

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2015 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. Adjudicator: John McCullough. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.  £3 per poem

Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. For more information, please see website:

30th June 2015 1st £250

entry £5


Prizes: 1st £250, 2nd £100, 3rd, £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem.

Friends of Poetry Space (i.e poets who have paid for annual membership) One poem free for ever paid entry.

Judge John Siddique

Three first place winners, seven highly commended and ten selected top create an anthology of 20 poems

The top twenty poems selected will be published in a beautifully produced competition anthology and all selected will receive a complimentary copy.  For more information see 

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:

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.