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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.  Infornation is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liabuility for its accuracy.



26th August 2016

1st £500

entry £5

Buxton Poetry Competition 2016

Closing date: 26th August 2016.
Prizes: £500, £250, £100, book tokens.
Entry fee: £5 per poem, free to under 18's.
Looking for: Our theme in 2016 is 'Hidden'.
For details see

31st August 2016

1st £100

entry  £3


It is 100 years since the Easter Rising. To commemorate this event, SaveAs Writers invite poems and short stories on the theme of REBELLION.  Interpret the theme as you wish – political, social or personal rebellion

Prizes  1st place - £100,  2nd place - £50,  3rd place - £25

*Canterbury Festival Umbrella Awards evening

*Publication in an anthology

Poems: 60 lines max 

Short stories: 3000 words max

Deadline: August 31 2016

Entry Fees

£3.00 per poem / £8.00 for three

£4.00 per short story / £10.00 for three

Terms & conditions | Download poster

Entries may be emailed to

31st August 2016

1st £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2016)

Closing date: 31-August-2016

Judge: Terry Jones

Details: For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.  Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes:  £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).

First publication:  All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online)

Results: will be announced on 15-October-2016

Entry Fees:  £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:

Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at

31st August 2016

1st  £500

entry £15

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award

Deadline 31 August 2016

Entry: £15 + VAT – one short fiction, two poems

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that celebrates excellence in Poetry and Short Fiction. The prize is now in its 10th year, hosted by the international art and culture publication, Aesthetica Magazine. With the aim to support and nurture new writing talent, it awards publication within an inspiring anthology to a shortlist of 60 writers, including a winner from each category.

31st August 2016

1st £1000

entry £5

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 

With two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed in the following two categories:

English as Second Language - open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as an additional language

Open category - open to all poets over 18 years of age.

These prizes will be awarded in both categories:
First prize – £1000
Second prize – £200

The competition is open for submissions until midnight on 31 August 2016.
It costs the equivalent of £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter as many poems as you wish.
More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at 

31st August 2016

1st £200

entry free

Poetry & Politics competition

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home. We don't have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, we look for a beautiful use of language. Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country Length: 50 lines or less .
Free to enter.

To submit email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to Complete guidelines are available from please read these instructions carefully.

1st September 2016

1st  £2000

entry  free

Cheshire Prize for Literature competition
Prizes: The prize-winner will receive £2,000. Additional prize-money of £750 will be awarded and the best entries will be published.
Free to enter.
Looking for: An original and previously unpublished poem or collection of poems. Individual poems should not exceed 50 lines and no more than 100 lines per entrant.
Further info: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1st September 2016.

3rd September 2016 1st £600

entry £5

Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival's Competition closes on 3 September, judged by Alison

Brackenbury. 1st prize £600, 2nd £150, 3rd £50. Entry £5 for 1st poem, £3 each subsequent entry.

8 finalists will be invited to read their poems at the festival where winners will be announced.

For details:

4th September 2016 1st Publication

entry £15

The Poetry School and Nine Arches Press are delighted to announce the arrival of Primers Volume 2, the second year of an annual scheme which creates a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. The scheme will select three poets whose work will feature together in Primers Volume 2, a book showcasing short debut collections of work.  With the involvement of Jane Commane (Nine Arches’ poetry editor), Jacob Sam-La Rose (poet) and the Poetry School, Primers Volume 2will nurture and support new talent that may otherwise not find an outlet. It also aims to provide an important opportunity for poets to develop their skills, work on their poetry practice, and find audiences for their work. Following editing and mentoring with Jacob and Jane, the Primers Volume 2 collection will be published by Nine Arches Press, and a further series of live events will showcase the three chosen poets at festivals and shows around the country. Submission deadline: 4 September 2016.

Entry Fee: £15 per submission of up to 6 poems.

Contact: For entry and more information see:

10th September 2016 1st  $600

entry $10

Los Gatos/Listowel Writer's Week Competitions

Deadline 10 September 2016


Adult Poetry: Entry Fee $10 USD 1st Prize: $600

Youth Poetry: Entry Fee $8 USD 1st Prize: $400

Short Story: Entry Fee: $15 USD 1st Prize: $1000

Flash Fiction: Entry Fee: $10 USD 1st Prize $400

Further Details on

12th September 2016 1st £1000

entry £6
Live Cannon International Poetry Competition

25 shortlisted poems will be published in our 2016 prize anthology, and performed by the Live Canon Ensemble at our prize giving event at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2016.

We are absolutely honoured that Lorraine Mariner has agreed to be our guest judge this year.

The overall winner will be announced at the event and receive £1000. There is also a £100 prize for the highest placed entry by a local writer, living working or studying in the London Borough of Greenwich.

There is an entry fee of £6 for a single poem, £15 for three poems and £20 for five poems. This goes towards to the costs of running the competition, publishing the anthology and any excess goes to our fundraising campaign for workshops with young people in schools and libraries.

for more details and to enter

12th September 2016 1st £100 book tokens

entry free
The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize asks young writers aged 14-25 to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed Timothy Corsellis and Anna Akhmatova. Prizes: There will be a first prize winner and two runners-up in each category, who will receive £100 in book tokens and £50 in book tokens respectively, plus a Young Poets Network notebook, other poetry goodies, and publication on Young Poets Network. The first prize poem will be published in The Poetry Society?s quarterly paper Poetry News. The first prize essay will be published on The Poetry Society's website. Judges: Fran Brearton, Judith Palmer and Wendy Cope.
Free entry


14th September 2016 1st   £150

entry £4

4 Words & Music Festival Poetry Competition 2016
Closing date: 14th September 2016.
Prizes: 1st - £150, 2nd - £75, 3rd - £50.
Local prize two tickets to see Dr John Cooper Clarke, under 16 prize £15 book token
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, £10 for three.

 Poems on any subject up to 40 lines

Judge: Elisabeth Sennitt Clough.

For more details see

23rd September 2016 1st  £!0,000

entry £17.50
Manchester Poetry Prize
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see:

30th September 2016 1st £200

entry  £5
Bedford Writing Competition 2016 Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: 1st - £200, 2nd - £100, 3rd - £50.
e-book publication: All prizewinning and shortlisted poems will be published in a downloadable Kindle e-book.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £10 for three. There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by an individual.
Looking for: Poems on any subject up to 40 lines.
Further details: Entries may be made online or by post. This year the poems will be judged by the poet Ian McEwen.  For more details see 
30th September 2016 1st $500

entry $6

27th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Entries must be received  September 30th 2016.

Overseas Judge - Clem Cairns of Ireland

Clem is founder and director of Fish Publishing in Cork, Ireland which offers a variety of resources for writers, from literary competitions to writing courses and editorial support.

Clem runs an annual poetry competition and publishes the winners in the Fish Anthology, launched during the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland.

Johnmichael Simon of Israel, last year’s first prize winner
Helen Bar-Lev of Israel, last year’s second 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.

§       Entry Fees:  

o      US$6.00 for one poem, 

o      US$12 for 3 poems,

o      US$18 for 6 poems.

§       Submission and payment via “Submittable”. Click the link to submit directly:

Or see full guidelines and submission details at

30th September 2016 1st £2,500

entry £10
The Cookham Festival has teamed up with The Stanley Spencer Gallery, The University of Reading and Two Rivers Press to organise an international poetry competition on the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs. First prize £2500 plus 2 runner up prizes of £500. All short listed works will be published by Two Rivers Press in an anthology. Poems must not exceed 54 lines.
£10 for each entry.


30th September 2016 1st $1,500

entry $10

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and Jim DuBois

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)

14th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). 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 online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

1st Ovtober 2016 1st share of prize fund

entry $1
Poetry Super Highway Competition  $1 per poem entry. All divided up amongst three winners. Poems read blindly by three judges, AND thanks to our many generous sponsors, we hope to be able to give everyone who enters a prize of interest to poets and writers just for entering (in addition to the cash prize for the top three scoring poems.) Details
10th October 2016 1st £100

entry £3.50
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject or theme. 
 There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to 
be selected as a longer one.  
1st prize is £100. 
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
For more details and to enter see Poetry Kit Competition 
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!
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 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
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

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.