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By Closing Date - Ongoing

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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.  Infornation is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liabuility for its accuracy.



1st March 2015 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition.

As a BirdLife International Partner, RSPB works for birds and nature on an international scale.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2015 (worth £550)   ADDITIONAL PRIZE, a personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

Our judge is celebrated poet, writer and broadcaster, Simon Armitage.  Simon is one of the most acclaimed and successful poets writing in English today. He has published more than twenty collections and pamphlets of poetry. His committed relationship with nature is apparent in, for example, Walking Home (2012) his account of his troubadour journey along the Pennine Way, and in the Stanza Stones project where seven of his poems have been carved in stone and now form a trail for walkers in West Yorkshire. He also edited, with Tim Dee, the anthology, The Poetry of Birds, (2009). In 2010 he was awarded the CBE for services to poetry.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

1st March 2015 1st Publication

  • St. Petersburg Review Poetry Contest
  • Deadline: March 1, 2015
    St. Petersburg Review is an independent, international, nonprofit, annual review of contemporary literature that seeks to foster and promote global connections and affinities through the annual publication of quality fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from all countries. Our poetry contest, which has a 5% or better publication rate, will be accepting submissions September 1, 2014 - March 1, 2015. Visit for complete information on the contest and other SPR activities.

2nd March 2015 1st Publicaton

entry £11

Quarterly Templar Portfolio Awards: 1st Quarter

Submissions are invited for the 1st Quarter Templar Portfolio Awards for short pamphlets. This is the first of four submission windows for these awards through 2015. The winning poet for each quarter will be informed no later than four weeks after the closure for submissions and their pamphlet published and launched at Keats House and the 2015 Derwent Poetry Festival.

further details:

5th March 2015 1st  £25

entry £3

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition 2015

Write a Poem on the theme 'celebration.' 1st prize:£25, 2nd prize: £15, 3rd prize: £10, with an extra prize of £25 for the winner of the Local Poet section (postcode eligibility NG22/23/24/25). The winners will be announced on 7th May, 2015 at 7pm at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark. Details of the prizewinners are also posted on our webpage at   . Judge: Di Slaney.
Entry Fee: £3 for first poem, £2 for each further poem
Send entries to: The Competition Secretary, 34 Wright Street, Newark, Notts NG24 1PJ. Tel: 01636 672616. Cheques made payable to Fosseway Writers, please.
9th March 2015 1st £400

entry £3

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2015  Prizes:  1st£400 2nd£200 3rd£100 Entry Fee: £3 for 1 poem, £10 for 4 poems Poems in English, any subject, maximum of 40 lines. An application form is required, available from our website. Send postal entries to Poets & Players Poetry Competition, Poetry Dene, 16 Clifton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 5DY.Judge Paul Muldoon. details:

13th March 2015 1st  Writers Course

entry free

Young Romantics Poetry Prize

Competition for 16-18 year olds run by the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. Prize is a week-long creative writing course with Arvon working with practising writers. Poems on the theme of Lost Angels should be inspired by the Romantics.
Entry Free    

details on how to enter at:

23rd March 2015 1st  Publication

entry £22

2015 Straid Collection Award

Submissions are invited for the 2015 Straid Collection Award for a full poetry collection and the closing date is 23rd March. One poet is published annually with two launch events - the Derwent Poetry Festival and Keats House, both in November 2015. The award is open to all poets writing in English and we welcome work from both new and established poets.   Entry £22

To enter of for more information  see -

31st March 2015 1st £500 + pub

entry £25

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2014/2015

Closing Date: 31 March 2015

Entries are invited to the first SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition. Poets are required to submit 20 pages of poetry made up of any number of poems or length. Collections may be on any subject or style. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Judges: Andy Willoughby and Bob Beagrie

Prizes:   £500 (1st prize), £250 (2nd prize) and £125 (3rd prize). The three prize winners also receive traditional publishing contracts and 20 copies of their books each.

Fees: £25 per collection (Maximum 3 collections)

Enter online or download entry form at

Cheques / Postal Orders in GB£ only payable to Sentinel Poetry Movement

Address: SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition, Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

31st March 2015 1st $500

entry $8.50 (AUST)

The W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia

is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize CLOSING DATE IS March 31, 2015
First Prize AU $500. 00 and Certificate  Second Prize AU $100. 00 and Certificate
Commendation Certificates
The W B Yeats Poetry Prize is open to residents of Australia

for previously unpublished poems.

The 2014 prizes will announced on June 13, 2015 the 150 birthday of W B Yeats

For further details please see website at ; 

31st May 2015 1st ???

entry ?

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 March 2015 1st €400


15th Poetry on the Lake International Competition

adjudicators: Robert Minhinnick, Kenneth Steven, Kevin Bailey.

Closing: 31st March 2015
Suggested (not obligatory) theme for all categories is 'Wining & Dining - or hungering, thirsting, fasting, starving'
Prizes: Silver Wyvern and €400, €200 x 2, €100 x 3. Open (max 60), Short (max 9) & Formal (max 40) categories. 

FEES: Postal entries: £7 per poem (4 x £25, then £ 6) or €20 ($25) x 2 poems

Email entries: €12 per poem (3 poems x €30) pay Paypal (button on ‘Contact’ page) or

Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall)

Other countries: Paypal (see website) or euro notes (wrap in silver foil). 

Full guidelines: Poetry on the Lake

31st March 2015 1st E1000

entry £12

The Caterpillar International Poetry Prize

Competition to celebrate the first year of The Caterpillar, an arts and literature magazine for children. We're looking for a stand-out poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11). Prize: 1,000 Euro. The prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The prize will be judged by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth.
Entry Fee: £12 Euro per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like.

Contact: For further details go

1st April 2015 1st  £50

entry £3

The Federation of Writers Scotland Easter Competition 2015

Poetry (any number of poems; maximum 40 lines each); short stories (1,500-2000 words each); flash fiction/mini-story (up to 500 words). No theme. Open Entry.
Entry  £3 per poem; £3 per flash fiction piece; £5 per short story.

Full rules at or email

10th April 2015 1st £1000

entry £4

The Philip Larkin and East Riding Poetry Competition 2015 now open for entries

1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £500 3rd Prize - £200

Plus five commendations of £20 each

East Riding Young Poet’s Prize - £100 and FREE entry

East Riding Prize - £100

Judged by acclaimed poet Jean Sprackland

Jean was the winner of the Costa Poetry Award in 2008, and the Portico Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012. Her books have also been shortlisted for the Forward Prize, the TS Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. She is Reader in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and a trustee of the Poetry Archive, the world’s premier online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.

Closing date Friday April 10 2015

For more information on the 2015 Bridlington Poetry Festival line-up and to download a competition flier, visit or call the box office on 01482 392699

17th April 2015 1st Publication

entry £10

Overton Poetry prize

In memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), English, Drama and Publishing offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Prizes: The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University's Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Judges: Sarah Kelly and Dr Kerry Featherstone.
Entry  £10.00

Entries can be made via the online portal at: or by sending hard copy with accompanying cheque made payable to 'Loughborough University', to: Overton Poetry Prize, English, Drama and Publishing, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU, United Kingdom.

20th April 2015 1st £300

entry £5

Buxton Poetry Competition

Theme: 'Time'. Judge: Helen Mort. Prizes: £300, £200, £100 for Open Poetry (over 19s). Young People (12-18) and Children (under 11s): receive book tokens. Winning poems exhibited in Buxton in July and printed in the Buxton Festival programme book. 15 finalists informed after June 1. Length: 40 lines. Patron: Lady Jasmine Cavendish.   Entry  £5; FREE for under 19s

Entries must be sent with an entry form via post to: Claire Barlow, Buxton Festival, 3 The Square, Buxton SK17 6AZ. Tel: 01298 70395. Email: Website:

30th April 2015 1st £600

entry £4
Ware Poets 2015 Open Poetry Competion.
1st £600    2nd £300    3rd £150
poems up to 50 lines. 
Judged by Carrie Etter
For details and entry form
30th April 2015

First Prize £600



entry £4


Ver Open Poetry

Adjudicator: Anne-Marie Fyfe.

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

Each poem should be typed clearly  on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet,

TWO COPIES OF EACH POEM . Please write your contact details and the titles of all poems on the entry form.

Fee of £4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets.


Closing date April 30th 2015.

Please send entries and application form to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans




11th May 2015 1st publication

entry £16

2015 Templar Pamphlet & Collection Awards

Templar Poetry invites submissions to the tenth Pamphlet and Collection Awards. Up to three pamphlets are published from submissions received and an anthology of selected poems from short and longlisted submissions is published alongside the pamphlets, which are launched at the Derwent Poetry Festival in Derbyshire (November 6,7 & 8.) The winning pamphlet poets have the opportunity to submit a full collection for publication by Templar and we occasionally commission pamphlets or collections from anthology poets.
Entry  £16

 see website:

31st May 2015 1st £200

entry £5

The London Magazine's Poetry Competition 2015

Prizes: First Prize: £200, Second Prize: £150, Third Prize: £100. The winning poem will be published in a future issue of The London Magazine, both in print and online. The runners up will be featured on the website. The winners will be announced at a special London networking drinks reception. This is a fantastic networking experience and gives the winners a chance to meet The London Magazine team. Judges: Holly Howitt-Dring and Tristam Fane Saunders.
Entry  £5 per poem. There is no limit on the number of poems you can submit.

see website:

31st May 2015 1st £500


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 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 £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:

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 £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 :

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:

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:

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 £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:

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:

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.