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Poetry Competitions


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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 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

entry £3


Adjudicator: Allison Chisholm. Poems,(maximum 42 lines) should be typed but, if hand-written, printed. Each poem should be entered on a separate sheet of A4 paper, bearing only the title of the poem. Author's name, address or any other form of identification must NOT be included on the poem or poems but should be written on the entry form or a separate sheet of paper, together with the title/s of the poem/s and the name and address of the poet, and attached to the entries.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members.

Entries to be sent to the Competition Secretary. 5 Squires Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5RU. 


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 October 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 
10th October 2016 1st Publication

entry £20


Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 25 copies.

Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max.

Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems.

Closing Date: 10th October 2016.

Publication 2017 to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th

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

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Awards, IDP, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,

Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

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 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
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 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 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 + 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

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.