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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.



23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50


This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.

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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

For further details and to enter online see

13th October 2017 1st £3000

entry £5

The Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2017

We are glad to announce the return of the TLS poetry competition, which ran annually from 1996 to 2003, and again in 2007 and 2008. It is now named after Mick Imlah, Poetry editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1992 until his death in 2009. As he said in 2008, the last competition he oversaw, its purpose is to open the field, in hopes that “a great poem will enter the lists”. The judges for the 2017 competition are Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the UK from 1999 to 2009, and now on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University; A. E. Stallings, the poet and translator; and Alan Jenkins, poet and Poetry editor of the TLS. The prizes are as follows: 1st Prize – £3,000 2nd Prize – £1,500 3rd Prize – £750 The winner and runners up will be published in the Christmas double issue. . £5 for the first poem, £3 for each additional poem.  

For further details see:

16th October 2017 1st £2000

entry £6

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry  £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information:

23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50


This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.

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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

For further details and to enter online see

31st October 2017 1st Publication of Pamphlet

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 sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks

Entry Fee: £15 per submission.

Closing Date: 31st October 2017.

Publication: Summer 2018

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

See full submission rules at

Postal submissions to

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,

Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

31st October 2017 1st award

entry free
Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards
Closing date: 31 October 2017.
Prizes: A share of up to £24,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: For a published or unpublished volume of no more than 30 poems by a UK author under the age of 30 on 31 March 2014.
31st October 2017 1st £1000

Flambard Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £250.
Entry fee: £5 per group of five poems.
Looking for: Best group of five poems by a poet who has not published a single-author collection.
Further info: Judges are Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss.
31st October 2017 1st $500

entry $15

RHINO Founders’ Prize

A poetry contest open to all poets with a distinctive voice.

One winning poem will receive $500 and publication in the next issue.

Two runners-up will receive $50 and publication.

The poems will also be posted on our website.

Send up to 5 unpublished poems (no more than 5 pages total).

Submissions must be postmarked or time-stamped between September 1- October 31.

Submit to our website:

For further inquires about this subject matter, please contact 

31st October 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Bare Fiction Prize 2017

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

See website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online.

31st October 2017 1st £200

entry £5
NAWG Open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
See website:
31st October 2017 1st £500

entry £5
Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125.
Entry fee: £5, subsequent entries £2.50.
Looking for: 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not.
31st October 2017 1st 40% of fees

entry $2

“The Light of the Stars” 2017 Annual Poetry Contest

Annual DEADLINE: October 31, 2017

Judging by the Editors: of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines

READING FEE: $2.00 per poem   5 poems per submission
 On any Subject
Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.
Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready - "the way you want to see it in print."
Contest Name & Author's Name and Address on each page
Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement.
One-time magazine publication rights to each publisher.

 Author’s own copyrights guaranteed..

40% of fees collected - First Prize
20% of fees collected - Second Prize
20% of fees collected - Third Prize

US Mail to: LONE STARS Magazine (U.S. Mail paper copies preferred)

or  email to:

Use PayPal:

31st October 2017 1st £5000

entry £6.50

National Poetry Competition 2017

The Poetry Society's annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
£6.50. Subsequent poems in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second poem, with subsequent poems at £3.50

For further information

1st November 2017 1st $4500

entry $45
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $15, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
14th November 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017

Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize  £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3  £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize  £25.00 2nd prize  £15.00 3rd prize x3  £10.00   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: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

Downloadable forms available at or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ

19th November 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Entry fee of £3 (or £8 for three poems) includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants. Submission deadline November 19th. Details at

30th November 2017 1st £200

entry free

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with the subject of migration. Poems can be triggered by any aspect of or point of view about migration. 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 Length: 50 lines or less Entry free.  Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country.
To submit: email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to
Organizer: Holland Park Press
30th November 2017 1st E1000

entry £5
The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner. 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 Southword’s standard fee of €30. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.

For details

1st December 2017 1st E2000

entry £6

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

For further details visit

31st December2017

1st Collection Publication




entry £20





Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

The littoral press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the first competition is December 31st 2017. Results will be published on the Littoral Press website sometime in January 2018. Entrants will be charged £20.00 per manuscript.Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions.
These can be found on the littoral press website-

Prize: Winner will receive 50 copies of their publication with the Littoral Press 
Closing date: 31st December 2017
Entry fee: £20 per manuscript
Adjudicator: Mervyn Linford, Littoral Press Editor.

31st December 2017 1st €10,000

entry €12
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland. Closing 31 December 2017. See
1st January 2018 1st £600

entry £5

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. Adjudicator: Michael Loveday. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 25 March at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. First prize £600, Second £200, Third £100. 7 commendations of £25. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Square Tower.   For further details, rules & entry form visit:

25th January 2018

1st £500



Entry £5
Clochoderick Press Annual Poetry Competition is now calling for entries. We are new press, started up in partnership with Paisley 2021 city of culture bid. Our prizes are as follows: 1St £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson. Deadline 25th January 2018. Entry Fee £5 per poem (discount for multiples). No theme. 35 lines max per poem. All seven prize winners will be published in our bi-annual literary journal. To submit, please visit: and visit our dedicated page for submissions to our competition.
31st January 2017 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2018

Prize  Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge  All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett - details below.

Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 to January 31st 2018.

Winners will be announced in issue 25 of Prole in April 2018 and on our website by April 20th 2018.

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.

For more details see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough International Poetry Prize    

Closing date: 31 January 2018

For previously unpublished poems on any subject.

An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year,

The Ronald Duncan Short Poem  Competition  –  maximum length 10 lines.

Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.

The prizes in each category:  1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250

Entry fee:  £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:  Details and entry forms downloadable from

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

31st March 2018 1st publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
30th April 2017 1st £600

entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner
Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from

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

Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets. Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01 Account 82410419        

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500

entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

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.