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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.



 31st May 2015 1st £300

entry £7

The London Magazine Poetry Competition Judges: Tristram Fane Saunders and Holly Howitt-Dring.

Prize-giving will be at a special poetry event to be announced after the competition. Winners & runners-up will be invited to attend and read at the event. 

First Prize £300 plus publication Second £200, Third £150

Runners-up: honourable mentions on website and social

 Winning poems will be published in The London Magazine both print and online
For further details, rules & entry form visit
31st May 2015

1st £400

entry £5

Welsh Poetry Competition 2015

The 9th international competition is now open and accepting entries.

Judge: Sally Spedding

Prizes are as follows:
1st Prize - £400
2nd Prize - £200
3rd Prize - £100
plus 17 runners-up published on our website and in a future anthology (out in 2016).
Closing date: Sunday 31st May 2015.

Entry details at
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New international writing competition from Sampad for budding writers.

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi-

Mahatma Gandhi is a towering figure in history whose philosophy of non-violence,
passion for equality and independence and socio-political intelligence
continues to be an inspiration for many leaders.

This international writing project will create an opportunity for budding writers
to respond to and reflect on Gandhi’s life, philosophy and vision.

If you have a poem, short story or reportage inspired by Gandhi,
let us know and your words could be selected for publication.

Any writer from anywhere in the world from the age of 8 upwards,
with an interest in South Asian culture can take part. 
All entries must be written in English 
Entries can be up to 400 words
Only two entries are allowed per person


For the competition rules and to access the online entry form,
please visit (Special Projects)

You can also email
or call 00 44 (0)121 446 3260
31st May 2015 1st £500

entry  £8

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  £200

entry  £4


Closing Date: 31 May 2015

For original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. This competition is open to all poets of nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Judge: Mark Totterdell

Prizes: £200 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (High Commendation).

The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine.

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems.

Enter online and pay securely by PayPal or print out an Entry Form for postal entries at:

Or send your poems with a cover note titled ‘Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition April/May 2015, together with a cheque/postal order for the applicable payment in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

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:

31st May 2015 1st   €1,000 prize

entry: €25.00

Munster Literature Centre, Competition Fool for Poetry Chapbook Competition

Two winners, 1st place will receive €1,000 prize, 2nd place €500.00 prize, both receive publication of their chapbook through Southword and 50 complimentary copies. Chapbook entries must not have been previously published. Open to international and national poets. Winners also invited to read at a showcase during the 2016 Cork International Poetry Festival (Formerly Cork Spring Poetry). A Longlist will be published for Highly Commended entries.

Entries should be 16-24 pages in length, while individual poems may have been published previously, the submission as a whole must be new. Previously published chapbooks are not eligible. a cover letter, receipt of paypal and indication of whether this is your first chapbook should be included in a submissions email to

Entry: €25.00 Deadline: May 31st

Judges: Mathew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, Leanne O’Sullivan and James Harpur, these four judges are or have been editors of the poetry section of Southword, and are established and distinguished poets in their own right.

Further Info: 

31st May 2015 1st £200

entry £3

Roundel Poetry Competition

Judge: Susan Wicks. 1st Prize £200; 2nd Prize £100; 3rd Prize £50. Winners announced at a prize giving event in Tonbridge, Kent, on Friday 24 July when Susan Wicks will give a reading
Entry  £3 per entry

entries to: The Administrator, Roundel Poetry Competition, Leavers Cottage, Cemetery Lane, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0LT. Full details on the website:

1stt June 2015 1st £250

entry £4

Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition 2015 Adjudicator: Gladys Mary Coles. Prize-giving will be on 3rd July at the Festival launch event in Hoylake. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.

First Prize £250 Runner-up £50, Wirral-based Runner-up £50

entry fee £4 or £10 for 3 poems
For further details, rules & entry form visit
2nd June 2015 1st £300

entry  £3

All Wales Comic Verse Competition

£300 first prize

£150 second prize

£50 third prize

The closing date for entries is Tuesday June 2nd 2015

The live final will be held at 2.00pm on Sunday July 5th 2015

at the Priory Hotel, Caerleon, Newport.

Now entering its fourth year the 2015 All Wales Comic Verse Competition continues to offer some of the largest cash prizes for any poetry competition in Wales, comic or otherwise.  Appealing to a wide cross section of poets, previous entrants have included those short-listed for the Wales Book of the Year and the John Tripp Award for Performance Poetry as well as those writing just for fun.

Attracting competitors from all parts of the country, former finalists have traveled from as far afield as Gwynedd, Wrexham and Swansea to compete.  Taking place in the beautiful grounds of the historic Priory Hotel, as in previous years broadcaster and former “Newport Town Poet”, Goff Morgan will host the live performance final.

The competition forms part of the Celf Caerleon Arts Festival, “Literature on the Lawn” weekend.

£3.00 fee per entry, up to 3 poems per person, no more than 30 lines long

For all other information please contact Mrs. Rajvi Glasbrook Griffiths (Secretary) on

01633 431242 or email

Full details of how to enter can be found on the competition website

7th June 2015 1st £400

entry £5

Back Room Poets first international poetry competition

Prizes £400/£150/£50, 5x£10 commendations. Sole judge: Pat Winslow. Winners will be invited to read with the judge at the Albion Beatnik Bookstore in Oxford on 26 September, 2015. Winners will be notified by the first week in September.  Closing 7th June 2015
Entry  £5 for one poem; £8 for two; £10 for three


15th June 2015 1st £200

entry £4

Segora 9th International Poetry Competition

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines

Closing date: 15-June-15. Results end of July   Judge Mandy Pannett.

Prizes: £200, £50, £30 or equivalent in euros

Entry fee: £4 for single entry or 5.50€ add £2.50 or 2.75€ each subsequent poem.

More details on

Winning poems published on website

Presentation evening Saturday 19th September in St Clémentin, 79150 SW France

15th June 2015 1st £2000

entry  £7

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2015 is for poems of any length and in any style.

Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones 

1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: A mentoring session with the editor of The Poetry Review, and a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park.

PLUS Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet.

2nd Prize: £400; 3rd Prize: £200

17 Runners up: £25 each

Entry Fee: £7 for up to 3 poems

All winning poems will be published in the September 2015 issue of Mslexia. 

CLOSING DATE: 15 June 2015

15th June 2015 1st £250 plus publication

entry £20

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2015 is for collections of 18-20 poems of 20-24 pages.

Judge: Amy Wack (Poetry Editor, Seren Books) 

1st Prize: Publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books, plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the winning pamphlet and 10 per cent royalties from subsequent sales.

Entry fee: £20 for a collection of 18-20 poems of 20-24 pages.

The winner will also have one or more poems from the collection published in the December 2015 issue of Mslexia.

CLOSING DATE: 15 June 2015

0191 204 8860

15th June 2015 1st £500


Search for next generation of Welsh writers

Open to anyone aged 17-24 who was either born or currently living in Wales. Search underway for next generation of Welsh writers. Open to anyone born or living in Wales, between the ages of 17 and 24. Please submit poetry, fiction, drama or non-fiction, either complete works or excerpts on the theme of Out of the Ashes: Overcoming Adversity. The winners will be announced in September 2015. Winner was receive £500 along with publication of their work, there will also be prizes of £100 and £50 for the runners-ups who will also have their pieces included, along with a selection of shortlisted work. Closing 15th June 2015
Entry : £5 per piece

for details :

15th June 2015 1st value  $840

entry   £10

Pacuare Nature Reserve 2015 Wildlife Poetry Competition

We are looking for poems of up to 50 lines on the subject of wildlife or the boundaries between the human and the natural. The theme will be interpreted broadly.

First prize: One week's board and lodge at La Casa Grande in the Pacuare Nature Reserve. (travel not included). Worth $840. The winner is elected Poet Laureate of the Pacuare Reserve for one year. They will have the chance to run a poetry workshop with local children on our Environmental Education program. All the poems they write at or about the reserve will be published on our website.

Runners up: 3 runners up will have their poems published on our website. They will also receive a picture postcard, certificate, and turtle-tag keyring with a handmade purse.

Judges:  Vahni Capildeo - Joseph Minden - Kat Addis

Deadline: June 15th

Send submissions to with the subject line "poetry submission".

Submission fee: £10 for one poem. £5 for each additional poem.

Length: Up to 50 lines. Number of poems: Up to 5 poems.

Format: Please put your name, age and telephone number in the email and attach your poem/s as a word document. DO NOT write your name in the document that contains the poem

All proceeds go direct to the maintenance of the Reserve and the Environmental Education Program.

Click here to pay and write the payment confirmation number in your email. Alternatively visit:

19th June 2015  Prize fund £750

entry £5

Thomas Gray Anniversary - Poetry Competition

Theme: In response to Gray's Elegy. In the run-up to the tercentenary of Gray's birth in 2016, The Stoke Poges Society is organising the second of three annual poetry competitions. There is an Open Class, and a School Class open to anyone in full-time school education on the date of submission. Cash prizes totalling £750 will be divided among the winning entrants. Judges: Carol Rumens.  Enter by 19th June 2015
£5 for the first and £3 for subsequent poems. There is no charge for entries in the School Class.

Enter online via our website and full details are available there along with last year's winning entries:

19th June 2015 1st Poet of the Year

entry £5


The Competition is now firmly established and highly regarded in the poetry world.  Last year 172 entries were received from all over the world including America, Switzerland and Macedonia.  The quality and diversity of the entries is extremely high and the judges had great difficulty in choosing a long list of 36 poems and then a shortlist of 14 from which the Poet of the Year is chosen.

The longlisted poems are published in an anthology which is available from the Canterbury Festival Office for the price of £4.00. 

Last year’s winner was John Baylis Post from County Cork with his poem Hengest; Fragments.  As the reigning bard John will be one of the judges for this year’s competition.

Entries cost £5.00 per poem and must accompanied by an entry form which will be available from the Canterbury Festival website along with the Terms and Conditions from 9 March.  



For more details regarding the Competition go to the website or contact Tina on 01227 452853 or  

21st June 2015 1st Course

entry £7

Wild Words Bilingual Writing Competition

1st Prize: Free Wild Words online course, plus publication on website. (Top three shortlisted entries may also be published) Theme: 'Tell me, what is it you expect to do, With your one wild and precious life?' (Mary Oliver} Format: Prose, Poetry or Non-Fiction, max 1000 words. Double space, 12pt. Send cover email with personal details - do not put them on your entry.  Enter by 21st June 2015
£7 entry fee payable by PayPal

Entries via email to For full details visit:

26th June 2015 1st share of prize fund

entry  £4

Carers Trust 4all Poetry Competition  Closing date :Friday 26th June 2015

Carers Trust 4all invites submissions for their first Poetry Competition in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the Charity.

The main competition judge is Joy Winkler, Cheshire Poet Laureate 2005. The top three entries will be submitted to for their readers to choose the overall winner. 
First prize is a cash prize (25% of the money raised by the competition)  and the top three winners will receive enhanced membership of Fanstory the poetry site and their poems published in our newsletter, website and social media pages. 

The theme for your poem is 'Silver' - so get writing and help us raise funds to support unpaid carers and be in with a chance of a great prize!   How to Enter Full terms and conditions and entry form can be found via the link here . Good Luck!

30th June 2015 1st £700

entry £5


The sixth Battered Moons Poetry Competition will be open from 16th March 2015 to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Pascale Petit and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems.

The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 3rd October 2015, when Pascale Petit will present the prizes and read from her own work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website.

First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each. Entry fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter. Closing date for entries is 30th June 2015. On-line and postal entries accepted. For further information and to enter online, visit .

30th June 2015 !st £300

entry £5
Poetry Pulse 2015 Competition
Deadline: 30th June, 2015
First prize: First prize £300, judge 2016 competition. Second prize £150. Third prize £75. Entry fee £5.
The Poetry Pulse annual open competition, in its 6th year, will be judged by Anthony Watts. Winning and commended entries will be published on the Poetry Pulse website 31st August, 2015. To enter and to view rules please visit
30th June 2015 1st Publication

entry £10 for 4 poems

Fifth annual international poetry anthology THE POETIC BOND garnered from new media, social and professional networking, as well as word of mouth and poetry performance.

Submission window open 31 March and closes 30 June, 2015; poems on any subject, in any form, and of any length*. 

PRIZE  Paperback publication in The Poetic Bond V  Complimentary copy

$15/£10 per submission of up to four poems

THE SELECTION PROCESS – (a) submitted poems are anonymized (b) poems are read by two of six anonymous readers (c) the readers submit their reports to the editor (d) the selection process evolves organically with the editor selecting work based on congruent themes and an emerging consensus (e) the anthology is published in paperback, in or after September 2015.

READERS’ REPORTS are made available to the submitting poet for every poem they have submitted – this can act as valuable feedback, but remember the purpose of the report is primarily to help the editor in their choice, and is only sent to the poet as FEEDBACK, not a critique.  NOTE – you will only be sent this feedback, IF THE POET REQUESTS IT.

Guidelines and Conditions, as well as biographies of the poets of the previous four anthologies available at

30th June 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

30th June 2015 1st  £1000

entry   £5

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2015

Closing Date 30-June-2015

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines

Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and six commendations of £25.

Judge: Simon Armitage

Entry: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details at or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

30th June 2015 1st  $1500

entry $50

North Street Book Prize for Self-Published Books

Judges: Jendi Reiter and Ellen LaFleche

30th June 2015

First Prize $1,500 (three awards)

Six honorable mention prizes of $250

Entry fee: $50

A new annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit self-published books in the categories of Mainstream/Literary Fiction, Genre Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. The top winner in each category will receive $1,500, a marketing analysis and one-hour phone consultation with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, a $300 credit at BookBaby, and 3 free ads in the Winning Writers newsletter (a $450 value). All contestants will receive a copy of The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and free publishing guides from BookBaby. See guidelines and enter online or by mail at

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 

2nd July 2015 1st £500

entry £5

Four Corners 2015 - International Poetry Competition

Poems are invited for an international poetry competition judged by Mimi Khalvati. Prizewinning and commended poems will be published in a commemorative pamphlet and prizes awarded at a ceremony on Tuesday 13th October 2015. Theme: 'Four Corners', based on the College motto ad quattuor cardines mundi (to the four corners of the earth), which will be interpreted broadly. Poems: up to six poems, in any form, each up to 40 lines. Judges: Mimi Khalvati, Giles Goodland, Kate Venables and Sir Mark Jones. Awards: Prizes of £500 (open category) and £250 (St Cross category) will be awarded. Prizewinning and commended poets will receive a copy of the prize pamphlet and their poems will appear on the College website.
£5 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem

see website:

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  $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

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

28th August 2015 1st  £700

entry £5


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 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 2006 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

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.