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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.



14th October 2016 1st Publication

entry £15


Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning  Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet

Submission: Full poetry pamphlet up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks

Entry Fee: £15 per block of poems.

Closing Date: 14th October 2016.

Publication July 2017

All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal.

See full submission rules at

Postal submissions to

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,

Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

28th October 2016 1st Publication

entry £10
Poetrey Rivals Competition
Prizes: 1st - Pamphlet publishing contract with BURNING EYE BOOKS, and Poetry Rivals will create a promotional video for the winner's pamphlet; 2nd - SPIDERWIZE 'Print On Demand' Package worth £499!; 3rd - Top 100 published in the exclusive finalist book and receive 5 free copies!
Further Info: 30 shortlisted finalists will then be invited to the Poetry Rivals live slam final to perform their poems to guest judges and a live audience.
Entry Fee: £10.
Theme: The theme is open, all types of poetry and spoken word.
Looking for: No line or word limit - within reason!
30th October 2016 1st £100

entry £3
Shooter Poetry Competition  Write about whatever most compels you, in any style. We're looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart. The winner of the 2016 Shooter Poetry Competition will receive £100, publication in the winter issue and on the website, and promotion on Shooter’s social media. The runner-up will receive £50, publication on Shooter's website, and promotion on social media. All entrants will receive an e-copy of Shooter's winter issue. Poems may be any theme or style, up to 125 lines long.
£3 entry fee, ALL ENTRANTS will receive an e-copy of Shooter’s winter 2017 issue, which will feature the winning poem.

31st October 2016 1st £1000

entry £5
The Flambard Poetry Prize
Awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines. Prizes: 1st Prize: £1000, 2nd Prize: £250. Judges: Linda France & Andrew Forster.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.

Contact: Full details, including terms & conditions, can be found here:

31st October 2016 1st £100 in vouchers

entry free, 

Our competition has no entry fee, is open to all and the winner will receive a £100 Amazon voucher. Here are the entry details:

- The haiku has to follow the 5/7/5 syllable structure

- It has to be family friendly

- Only one entry per person

- It’s free to enter and open to all

- By entering, you retain full copyright but give us a non exclusive license to publish it on our site (as we’d like to publish some of the best entries)

The full rules and details are here:

31st October 2016 1st £5000

entry ???
National Poetry Competition
For previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject, the competition is judged by Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambrige and Jack Underwood. The judges read all entries, and all poems are judged anonymously. 1st prize is £5,000, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,000 and there are seven commendations at £200 each. Winning poems are also published in an anthology and on the Poetry Society website, and we open up all kinds of exciting opportunities for each year's winners, including the opportunity to read at some of the UK's biggest literary festivals and events. Closes 31st October 2016. Find out more:
31st October 2016 1st £500

entry £5
3rd annual Bare Fiction Prize is accepting entries of poetry (max 40 lines), flash fiction (max 500 words) & short story (max 3000 words). Prizes in each category of: 1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £200, 3rd Prize £100, 2 x Highly Commended Awards of £25 each. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2017 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the Spring launch reading in March/April 2017 (date and location/venue to be confirmed). Entries accepted from anyone in the UK, or internationally, online or by post until October 31st 2016. Judges: Poetry - Helen Mort, Flash Fiction - David Gaffney, Short Story - Courttia Newland.
Entry Fee: £2 discount per entry for subscribers £5 per poem, £6 per flash fiction, £8 per short story. You can subscribe during the submission process if you wish and receive the discount.

Contact: For more information, rules, submission details, to enter online or download a postal entry form, please see

31st October 2106

1st £200

Entry fee £4
Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016. Adjudicator: Alison Brackenbury. Prizewinners will be notified at the end of January and winning poems will appear on the Fire River Poets website as soon as possible after notification. Prizewinners will be invited to take part in a special reading in Taunton with Alison Brackenbury in April 2017. For further information, rules and entry details visit
1st November 2016 1st £50

entry £3
Oriel Davies Gallery
Closing date: 1st November 2016.
Prizes: £50 voucher to spend in Oriel Davies Gallery shop. 1 for best poem and 1 for best prose.
Entry fee: £3 per entry.
Looking for: Poems ( up to 50 lines each) or prose pieces ( up to 1,000 words each) that focus on the theme of "Imaginary Worlds'.
For further information on conditions of entry visit website
1st November 2016 1st $300

entry $

Tethered by Letters Spring 2016 Writing Contest Judge: TBD. Winners will be announced in December. First place will receive $300 and publication in our tri-annual print journal F(r)iction. Entry fee $8 per poem or $12 for threeFive finalists will receive professional edits on their submissions and consideration for publication. For further details, rules and submission visit

12th November 2016 1st £300

entry £5


To raise money for Coventry Refugee & Migrant Centre and Daughters for Life Foundation. It will be judged by Lemn Sissay and Anjum Malik. First prize £300, Second prize £50 and the deadline for entries is 12th November 2016. International entries accepted. :
Entry Fee: £5 for one poem and £10 for three
16th November 2016 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Elegy? Satire? Comedy? For Young and Old Write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic GENERAL CATEGORY 1st Prize = £500 JUNIORS (7-11 & 12-16) 1st Prize = £75.00 2nd Prize = £50.00 3rd Prize x3 = £25.00 FREE ENTRY to BARNET SCHOOLS REDUCED FEE TO BARNET RESIDENTS The Judges - Anne Stewart (General Catagory) Katherine Gallagher (Junior Catagory) Poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry Fee: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s 7 12-16

Entry forms at 

23rd November 2016 1st Arvon course

entry  free

First Story National Writing Competition 2016

Closing date: 23rd November 2016.
Entry fee: FREE.
Prizes: 1st prize: Arvon residential course for winning student, three friends and a teacher. Publication in professionally bound anthology and prize giving in London for shortlisted students.
Looking for: 850 words, poetry or prose, on the theme 'Footprints'. Open to all state secondary school students and teachers in the UK. Schools: get students writing, and send First Story their top three entries by 23rd November 2016.
Further info: Judged by Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time) and Juno Dawson (Say Her Name). See website for more details - 
25th November 2016 1st A two-week residency at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales.

entry £5

The Stiwdio Maelor Poetry Competition 2016

Prize: A two-week residency at Stiwdio Maelor, Wales.

Judge: Earl Livings.  All poems entered must be written in English, typed in 12pt in a standard font (such as Times Roman, Garamond or Calibri), 1.5 spacing, with a maximum of 50 lines. The author's name or any identification must not appear on the same page(s) as the poem. A shortlist of five poems will be announced.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem or three for £10.

Contact: For further information see or contact Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of

30th November 2016 1st E1000

entry E5

The Gregory O’Donoghue Prize is an award for a single poem, with a first prize of €1,000 ($1,120/£860), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and publication in Southword journal.

We will also bring the winning writer to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival in February 2017, covering travel costs up to €600 and providing food and hotel accommodation for the four days of the festival.

Other poets who will be reading at the poetry festival include Mark Doty, Karen Solie, Matthew Dickman (the poetry editor of Tin House), and Maya Catherine Popa (a previous winner of the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize).

There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive the journal’s standard fee of €30.

The deadline is November 30, 2016, and this year’s judge is poet Mary Noonan.

More information, including submission guidelines, may be found on our website:

30th November 2016 1st Publication

entry £22

The Rialto Open Pamphlet Competition 2016

Closing date: 30 November 2016

Judge: Hannah Lowe

Your pamphlet: 18-24 pages of poems.

Prize: publication of the winning pamphlet + launch reading + up to £200 travel expenses Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback.

Winner and 3 others will have a poem published in The Rialto. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on our website.

Entry fee: £22, or £16 for Rialto subscribers.Non-subscribers may pay subscribers' rate if they take out a subscription when they enter.

Please see for the rules and how to enter.

30th November 2016 1st E150

entry E3

 Into the Void Magazine Poetry Competition

Prizes: 1st place: €150; 2nd: €50; 3rd: €25; 3 runners-up: 'A Curmudgeon is Born' chapbook (Yellow Chair Press) by Heath Brougher. All six poems will be published on the website.

 Looking for poems of up to 60 lines on any subject, of any style.

Entry fee: €3 per poem.

Deadline: 30th November.

All details/submit here:

30th November 2016 1st publication  $100

entry $20

Island Verse Story Lab is accepting entries for the Lily’s Pond Poetry Prize.  Submit chapbook length poetry manuscripts, 22 – 28 pages.  The winner will receive a $100 honorarium, publication by Island Verse Editions, and 25 author copies.  Entries are accepted by mail or via Submittable.  Visit for complete guidelines.

30th November 2016 1st  £1000

entry £4




1ST  £1000  2nd £300 3rd £200   Six Commended Prizes of £50

Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100

The Norfolk Prize   £100

awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize

Entry Fee 

£4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2.00 per poem thereafter

Sole Judge: Andrew McMillan

30th November 2016 1st $1000 + publication

entry $25

A prize of $1,000, publication by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies Press, and 50 author copies is given annually for a poetry collection. Submit manuscript of 48-70 pages with $25 entry fee ($20 for National Federation of State Poetry Society members) November 1-30, 2016. Submissions accepted via Submittable and US Mail. Visit the website or send an SASE to Wilda Morris, Stevens Competition Chair, 499 Falcon Ridge Way, Bolingbrook IL 60440-2242 for complete guidelines, see

30th November 2016 1st Book prize

entry £3
Rubies in the Darkness Poetry Competition 2016
Organiser: Robert Karoke. Judge: Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Entries in traditional form with rhyme scheme preferred. No entry form required. Poems of any length. The author retains copyright and published poems are acceptable. Book prizes for the top three.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to: Rubies Poetry Competition, 41 Grantham Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5LZ. 

31st December 2016 1st €10,000

entry €12.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, plus 3 prizes of €1,000 for each of the shortlisted poems.
Looking for: Unpublished poems of any length. The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.
Further info: Judged by Deborah Landau, director of the creative writing program at New York University. 'Landau's killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath - leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,' says the Los Angeles Times of her work.
Visit website
31st December 2016 1st  £50

entry £3

Hour of Writes

Deadline: 31st December 2016

First prize: £50 or half of the total entry fees. Entry is £3. 

Summary: Hour of Writes is a literary creative outlet taking the form of a weekly peer-reviewed writing competition. We have a new topic and guest judge every week. The word limit is 2000 and we welcome fiction and poetry writers from anywhere in the world.

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

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 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 Goss.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

For further information see website at

31st January 2017 1st £500

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.

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
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.