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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.





27th August 2018 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. 

Enter by midnight on 27th August 2018

1st prize is £100.

2nd prize is £50

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT






6th July 2018 1st £1000

entry £7

Stephen Spender Prize 2018

Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words.

The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted).  Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents.

There are three categories: Open (adult), 18-and-under and 14-and-under.

Judges: Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O'Brien.

Prizes:Open category: £1000 (1st), £750 (2nd), £500 (3rd)  -  18-and-under category: £250 (1st), £150 (2nd), £100 (3rd)  -  14-and-under category: one prize of £100


12th July 2018 1st £1000

entry £5.75

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). Children and Young People enter their first poem free.

The 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition will be judged by Nia Davies. Nia is a poet and editor of Poetry Wales. She has co-curated and participated in several transcultural collaborations, projects and events and her work has been widely translated. Her most recent publications are All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), England (Crater, 2017) and Interversions (Poetrywala, 2018) which documents her collaboration with Kannada poet Mamta Sagar. She is undertaking practice-based research into poetry and ritual at Salford University.

Prizes:First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales   2nd  £500  3rd £250


15th July 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Trouble & Strife  A Celebration of Protest Grist Competition 2018

First Prize £500, Second Prize £250 Third Prize £125

2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. It is a lesser-known fact that 2018 also marks the centenary of working class men being given the vote.

Inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918, the new GRIST anthology, Trouble & Strife, will showcase poems and stories of protest –celebrations of why and how people have banded together to bring about a change in their own or others lives.

Submissions are welcomed from published and unpublished authors and poets (maximum 5,000 words or 40 lines of poetry).

The judges are  Helen Mort (Chatto and Windus)

Adelle Stripe (Little, Brown)

Kim Moore (Seren/The Poetry Business)

and Alison Teal (Amnesty International Modern Suffragette 2018)

Entry fee £5  Closing date 15 July 2018

Multiple submissions welcome

For queries please contact

Please see  for payment details.

15th July 2018 1st £500

entry  £6

The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition 2018

The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition is now open. We are delighted that Malika Booker will be judging this year and the theme is ‘Home’.

The winners will be announced on 1 September.


First place - £500

Second place - £250

Third place - £100

Winners will also have their work published in Ambit 234.


16th July 2018 1st  £150

entry £4

A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition

We're delighted to announce the first A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition. 

The competition will be judged by Clare Shaw who had two collections published by Bloodaxe, Straight Ahead (2006), shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award for Poetry, and Head On (2012). Her third collection, Frig, is due from Bloodaxe in 2018.

Clare Shaw will award prizes at the A Poem and A Pint event on Saturday 29 September 2018, when winning and commended poems will be read out.

Winner will be contacted by September 10.

Prizes: First: £150  Second: £100   Third: £50 Prize for young poets aged 14-21: £25.

Prize-winners will be offered a ten-minute reading at the prize giving event on 29 September.


21st July 2018 Published in anthology

entry free

The 14th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five new categories: “If I Could See The Future,” “If I Could Travel Back In Time,” “If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything,” “If I Believed Anything Was Possible,” “If Money Grew On Trees.”  Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 

Entry Forms and Contest Rules can be downloaded from the following website: 

under “NEWS.”

If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Voices of Lincoln Special Event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. 

25th July 2018 1st  £75

entry £3

Cuplepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition 2018 - For poems of any length on the theme  “HOME”. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, Lucy Turnbull of  Optimum Poetry Magazine .   First prize is £75 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2018 end of year anthology. All entries must be received by midnight on  25th July 2018.

30th July 2018 1st £250

Entry free

Autumn Voices Over 70 Poetry Competition

Must be over 70 by closing date.         1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50

Closing date: 30th July 2018

Judge: A.C.Clarke

For rules & further information:

31st July 2018

1st  £1000

entry  £5

Winchester Poetry Prize Judge: Liz Berry. Prize-giving will be on Saturday 6th October 2018 at the Winchester Poetry Festival.  First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at a celebratory reading at the festival.  Winning poems will be published in a prizewinners' anthology.   

Entry fee £5 (£4 subsequent entries)For further details, rules & entry visit
31st July 2018 1st £100

entry £3

You Could Be Heroes

In partnership with Alarms & Excursions and Kirkdale Bookshop, Sydenham Arts’ second annual competition once again provides a platform for writers local and national to share their work with us. This year’s Sydenham Arts Festival brings you the best of emerging talent whilst giving a nod to the most inspirational people in our society. They are looking for stories about our unsung heroes and heroines, and here is your chance to give us their stories through poetry in any style, up to a maximum of forty lines, under the theme Heroes & Heroines.

The competition will be judged by local poets, Racheal Joseph and Isabel White.

You can enter as many poems as you like. Winners will be notified by Monday 13 August 2018.

Prizes: 1st £100 2nd £50  3rd £25
31st July 2018 1st £500

entry free

Betjeman Poetry Prize

For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. This years judges are Scottish Makar Jackie Kay and poet Zaffar Kunial. 

The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2018 anthology.

Finalists will read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of an audience at St Pancras Station, London, and the winning poet will receive £500, and £5000 for their school..



31st july 2018 1st £100

entry free

Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2018

Closing date: 31 July 2018

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers and £125 in Specsavers eye-care vouchers.

Entry free

Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz

In our fifth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘keeping well, keeping connected’. You can interpret this theme in any way you wish. For example, you may want to explore some aspect of physical or mental health, or write about making new friendships. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, staff and trustees.

The competition is free to enter and open to UK residents. Entries must be unpublished and not a translation of another author’s work.

You can enter:

·         up to two poems, each no longer than 40 lines

·         one short story, of up to 1,000 words

For further details and to enter:

31st July 2018 1st Publication

entry £14



TWO winners will have their debut collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive a royalty contract plus 20 free copies

Submission: 15 poems to 40 lines max.

Entry Fee: £14 per block of poems

Closing Date: 31st July 2018

See full submission rules at

Postal submissions to

Indigo-First,  24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

31st July 2018 1st £300

entry £25

Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018

The Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018 is now accepting entries for full poetry collections by single authors. For the first stage of this competition, poets of all nationalities, living in any part of the world are invited to submit 20 pages of poetry in English Language, on any subject, in any style. Three collections will be published by SPM Publications in the second quarter of 2019.

Each of the three winners will receive 20 complimentary copies of his or her collection. The competitions will be judged by Noel Williams, author of Out of Breath and Point Me at the Stars.

Prizes: Standard publishing contracts plus 1st £300  2nd £200 3rd £100


15th August 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

The Robert Graves Prize is a collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre and Wimbledon Bookfest. It is named for one of the major figures of twentieth century poetry and encourages entries from all around the world. The Prize will be given for the best single poem submitted; multiple entries are encouraged but will be judged separately.

- Entries must be original, written in English and unpublished at the time of submission.

- Poems must be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced.

- The prize will be judged by Literary Agent Peter Straus and renowned poet David Harsent.

-Shortlist will be judged by a panel including Susanna Howard

- The winning poem will receive £1000, and two runners up will receive £100 each. All three winning entries being published in POEM Magazine.

- The closing date for entries is the 15th August 2018.

The Roehampton Poetry Centre is based in the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton, London. The Department is a centre of literary excellence and according to the Guardian University Guide 2018 is ranked in the top 5 universities in London for English and Creative Writing.

25th August 2018 1st £600

entry £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2018

Sole Judge: Graham Burchell (will read all entries).

Closing date AUGUST 25th 2018

Poems up to length: 70 lines.

Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended.

The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only).

Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries);

£4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).

Online entry at or

SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 49 Pegasus Court, St. Stephen's Road, Cheltenham, GL51 3GB, UK

27th August 2018 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. 

Enter by midnight on 27th August 2018

1st prize is £100.

2nd prize is £50

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT


25th September 2018 1st Publication

entry £22

The Magma Open Pamphlet Competition

Magma is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and in the run-up to this milestone they are inviting entries to their first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published and a celebratory launch reading in 2019. 
1st prize: publication of the winning pamphlet and launch reading

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

Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback.

Judged by Magma editors.


30th September 2018 1st  $100

entry $10

Wax Poetry and Art presents
The Christmas Poem Contest 2018
This year, on Christmas morning, poets around the world will open a letter
and read the winning poem of this contest -- The Christmas Poem. It could
be yours. Everyone who enters receives the print version of the winning
poem, to be opened on Christmas Day, 2018.

Contest closes September 30, 2018. Cost to enter is $10 CAD per poem.

The winner receives $100 plus royalties (if accrued).

30th September 2018 1st $1,500

entry $12

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: See website

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: $12 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

16th 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 via Submittable at

22nd October 2018 1st £2000

entry £6

troubadour international poetry prize 2018

judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra

first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018

Fees: Â£6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal on website (PayPal account not required) OR via cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry

By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to or; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight (your local time) on Mon 22 Oct 2018; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 22 Oct 2018Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing

30th November 2018 1st Publication

entry £20

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition

The littoral press will be holding a yearly competition for a full collection of nature, spiritual and 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).

Realising how difficult it may be to submit a full poetry collection made up entirely of Nature, spiritual or environmental poems, as long as the majority of the poems (i.e. more than half) are either directly or indirectly concerned with nature, spirituality or the environment, the collection will be deemed an acceptable submission. 

The adjudicator will not give any preference as far as the number of nature poems in relation to the number of poems on other subjects. Although, as stated earlier, the objective of the competition was to publish more nature poetry, the whole collection will be judged on the merits of all the poems in the collection and not just the nature/spiritual/environmental work

See  - 

30th November 2018 1st £100

Entry fee £5 for two poem

Against the Grain Poetry Press - Poem Competition 2018

First prize – £100, Second prize – £50, Third prize – £25. Judges – Abegail Morley, Jessica Mookherjee and Karen Dennison (ATG editors). We are looking for a competition winner‘s poem we like enough to submit to the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. First, second and third prize winners will be invited to read at an ATG event. Winning poems will be published on our website. To enter and for more details see
30th November 2018 1st Publishing

entry £12
Cinnamon Press  Debut Poetry Collection Prize
Prize1 year's free mentoring/(for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the collection + publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
Judged by Judy Kendall.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2018.
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.