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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.



16th November 2015 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition I 2015 will again by judged by Mario Petrucci for the General category , and Katherine Gallagher for the juniors, as in 2014.  The Rules are similar – poems up to 335 lines on any subject and  the closing date for entries is 16th November.

One change however from 2014 is that the prizes are higher.  They had not changed since the competition began twenty one years ago, and BBAC felt an overhaul was due.  They will now be

General    1st £500, 2nd £250 and 3rd 3 of £100       Juniors  7 – 11s    1st £25, 2nd £15  3rd 3of £10     12-16s  1st £75, 2nd £50  3rd  3  x of £25.  

20th November 2015

First Prize EUR 300

entry free

First UHRSN Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016

Ultimately, the goal of this poetry award is for participants to express themselves by sharing their message with Europe, subsequently, urging leaders and citizens alike to take action and ensure that the human rights of refugees and asylum-seekers are upheld and that conducive conditions for legal entry procedures for people in need of international protection are established.

First Prize EUR 300 Second EUR 200, Third EUR 100

For further details, rules & entry form visit
27th November 2015 1st Publication

entry £10

Poetry Rivals 2015
Closing Date: 27th November 2015
Entry Fee: £10 (1 poem)
Judges: Hollie McNish, Morgan Walton, Clive Birnie, Vanessa Kisuule and slam host Mark Grist.
With a £10 entry fee we invite the best of the best to compete for the top 100 finalist longlist spaces, who will each get five free copies of the exclusive finalist book to share with their family and friends.

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, competing to win an amazing pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books. The 2015 slam final will be held on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at The Elgar Room at The Royal Albert Hall, London!

30th November 2015 1st Publication

entry £12

Fair Acre Press International Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2015/16

Sole Judge: Jonathan Edwards

Entry Fee: £12

Deadline: 30th November 2015

Prizes: include publication, and reading with Jonathan Edwards at Wenlock Poetry Festival 2016

Two categories: both for over 18 yrs, one solely for poets without any previously published pamphlet or collection

More details:

Jonathan Edwards won this year's Costa Poetry Prize for his first collection My Family and other Superheroes (Seren)

30th November 2015 1st €1000

entry €5

Munster Literature Centre in Cork, Ireland.

Deadline: 30 November

Prizes: First Prize--€1000; a writer's retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre; a trip to Ireland (€600 subvented towards travel costs, plus accommodation and meals during the Cork International Short Story Festival); poem published in Southword Journal. 2nd Prize: €500 + poem published in Southword. 3rd Prize: €250 + poem published in Southword. 10 further runners up to be published in Southword Journal and receive €30 fee.

Entry fee: €5 per poem; €20 for 5 poems. Paypal will convert international currencies to Euro.

Competition details:  Poems of up to 40 lines in English accepted on any theme, from writers anywhere in the world. For more information, write or visit

30th November 2015

1st £1000

entry  £4

Cafe Writers Competition 2015
There are over £2000 in prizes and our sole judge this year is
Tiffany Atkinson
.  There is no sifting.   

Enter and pay online at .  You can download an entry form direct from the link if you prefer to send your entry by post.   If you encounter any difficulty I can send you a word document attachment, just email me at the address below.

The competition funds our programme and allows us to pay writers properly. Café Writers is a Norwich based grass-roots writers’ network supporting and showcasing work by established writers in all genres.  It also encourages and champions new work by emerging writers.  It is run entirely by volunteers that are passionate about encouraging wider participation and excellence in literature. 

We will only send two further email after this and one with the results.  We will not pass on your details.  If you would like to be removed from this list, please Unsubscribe below and you shouldn’t be bothered again.

Café Writers is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and our competition the only significant  source of funding to fund our programme and pay visiting writers properly.   

30th November 2015 1st publication

entry £10

Grey Hen Poetry Chapbook Competition 2015 is for women over 60 who have not had a previous collection or pamphlet published. The winner will have a chapbook published in the Hen Run series and receive 50 copies of the book. Entry fee £10. Rules and entry form (essential) from  or write with sae for further details to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 450, Keighley, W Yorks BD22 9BG  Closing date 30th November.

30th November 2015 1st £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Entries are now being accepted for the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition judged by Oz Hardwick. For original, previously unpublished poems in English language on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Prizes: £200 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation), 3 x £10 (Commendation)
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: See website for entry and more information:

30th November 2015 1st Publication

entry  £10

Poetry Rivals Competition 2015

Prizes: As one of the 100 finalists you will receive 5 free copies of the exclusive 2015 Poetry Rivals Finalist book. From the top 100 longlist we will invite 30 shortlisted finalists to perform their poem at the slam final. The final will be held at The Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall on the 2nd April 2016. Shortlisted finalists will perform to a live audience and panel of esteemed judges who will then go on to choose the Poetry Rivals 2015 Slam Champion, who will bag the top prize - a pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.   Entry Fee: £10

See website for more information:

30th November 2015 1st  £1000

entry £5

The Plough Prize, judged by the UK Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy.

First prize: £1000, Second prize: £500, Third prize: £250.00

Closing date: 30th November 2015

Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition

Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines, excluding title and any blank lines.

Entry Fee: £5 per poem

Entries can be made online or by posting hard copies to: The Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8HQ.  Payments should be made online or by enclosing a cheque made payable to ‘The Plough Arts Centre’ with your entries

1st December 2015 1st £100

entry £3

Earlyworks Press Web Poetry Competition 2015

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any we show on the website. Quality book publication for best entries. The competition is open to anyone over 16.
Entry £3 per poem, £15 for up to six entries. 

1st December 2015 1st £500

entry £4
Enfield Poets Poetry Competition 2015
Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe (who will read all entries). Prizes: 1st: £500, 2nd: £200, 3rd: £100. All winners and commended poets will be offered the chance to read alongside the judge as part of a special event at the Dugdale Theatre, Enfield Town in February 2016.
Entry £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem.

1st December 2015 1st  Publication

entry $3

The Los Angeles Review

The theme for Vol. 20 is: Ekphrasis-- Poetry, nonfiction, fiction, and book reviews related to art or a work of art.   Award: get published in LAR's Vol 20

Entry: $3.00

Deadline: December 1, 2015

3rd December 2015 1st £50

entry  free

Kingston Libraries Poetry Competition 2015

Ages 18 and over. Theme: Light. Prizes: 1st prize £50 book tokens, 2nd prize £30 book tokens, 3rd prize £20 book tokens. Judges include local poet Alison Hill. Poets will be invited to read their poems at a library event in February and poems will also be published online.
Entry Fee: £0

25th December 2015 1st publication

entry free

Beaumont Park's Beautiful Poetry Trail Competition

Poetry competition with various categories, open to all ages. Local poets/ Judges involved Julia Deakin, Ian McMillan, Winston Plowes, Gez Walsh. Themes: The present Beaumont Park, Beaumont Park of the past. Natural habitat of Beaumont Park, People, past or present, of Beaumont Park. All of the above are open to all age groups as follows: 5-11, 12-18, 19-55, 56 & above, Plus an additional category for the residents of the local area, Residents must live within a one mile radius of The Depot at Beaumont Park. Prizes: The poem the judges deem to be the best in each category will receive a £25 book voucher; and the single poem deemed by the judges to be the best in the competition will be awarded a £100 book voucher. The poems will be published in a book to be sold at various outlets. This will also include photographs of the Park taken by the FoBP Photography Club. The winning poems will have their own permanent location throughout the Park to form the Beaumont Park Beautiful Poetry Trail. A map will be provided for visitors to explore the Trail.

30th December 2015 1st $100

entry $5

Big Pond Rumours, The E-Zine. Edited by Sharon Berg. Independent Judges for every issue.

We are interested in receiving submissions of poetry, fiction, essays and artwork for our zine. Entry requires use of the Submittables format (except for artwork).

Prizes will be mailed after the publication of each issue.

First Prize $100 Second $50, Third $20 plus Honourable Mentions

entry fee $5 US

31st December 2015 1st £75 and publication

entry £4

Culpepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition 2015

For poems of any length on the theme of “home”. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, Brian Spencer.   First prize is £75 2nd £50 3rd £25 and all poems will be considered for our 2016 anthology. All entries must be received by midnight on 31st December 2015

Enter online at   

31st December 2015 1st  €10,000

entry  €12

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2015

1st Prize €10,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000. The prize is run in association with The Moth magazine. It is for a single unpublished poem. This year's judge is former US poet laureate Billy Collins. The four shortlisted poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth, and the winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony in Dublin in April 2016. 

Entry fee: €12

Closing date: 31 December 2015

Details at

31st December 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize

Judges:  TBC, see judges from 2014

Poem Length:  In English, typed and up to 50 lines

Closing Date:  31st December 2015

Entrance Fee:  £5.00 per poem and you get a tree planted for every entry and the GPS coordinates sent to you when the contest closes

Entries can be by post to Magic Oxygen, The Flat, 53 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QF Re: MOLP

Or online: see

Shortlist will be announced 14th February 2016 and the winners announced shortly thereafter.

PRIZES: The top 10 winners and shortlisters will also be taken into print in the MOLP2 Anthology, see MOLP1

1st prize:  £1,000

2nd Prize £300

3rd Prize:  £100

2 x Highly Commended £50

31st December 210 1st 50% of entry fees

entry $2
LONE STARS Magazine "A Song is a Poem with Music" by Terry Lee 
2015 Annual "SongBook" Lyric-Poetry Contest
Entry Fee $2.oo per Poem
First Place - 50% of Fees Collected Second Place - 30% of Fees Collected
Winners published in LONE STARS  Winners receive 1 yr. Subscription to LONE STARS
Lyric-Poems on any subject, as per Guidelines
(Submitted the way you want to see them in print)
3 - 4 line Verses    1 - 4 line Chorus
Enter via email: (not attachments or files)
One poem per the body of an email.
use PayPal:   
Deadline for Entries:   December 31st 
Enter via USMail: Cash, Check, Money Order;
LONE STARS Magazine,  4219 Flinthill , San Antonio, Texas  78230  U.S.A.
31st December 2015 1st £50 plus publication

entry  £10

2015 Thynks Publications Poetry Pamphlet

An invitation to submit a collection of between 20-25 poems. Seeking an outright prizewinner. Any runners-up will be offered publication of their submitted collection. Prize: £50 plus publication of the collection submitted.

Entry Fee: £10.00

Contact: Email: . For entry and further information see Poetry Pamphlet Competition page:

31st December 2015 1st £700

entry £6

Sentinel Annual Poetry & Short Story Competition 2015

For original, previously unpublished poems and short stories in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 60 lines long (poems) or up to 2000 words long (short stories). Judges: The judges for this year's competitions are Afam Akeh (Poetry) and Alex Keegan (Short Stories). Prizes: Prizes in each category are £700 (1st), £350 (2nd), £175 (3rd) and 5 x £55 (High Commendation).
Entry Fee: £6/1, £11/2, £15/3, £18/4 and £20/5 poems or stories.

For information see website:

18th January 2016 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magma Poetry Competition 2015/16

Magma's 2015/2016 Poetry Competition is now open and runs until 19 January 2015. Daljit Nagra is the Judge for the Judge's Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines. First prize £1,000, second prize £300 and third prize £150. Magma?s Editors' Prize is also open over the same period for poems of up to ten lines: First prize £1,000, second prize £300 and 10 special mentions £15. Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.


24thJanuary 2016 1st $250

entry $5
The Dream Quest One Poetry Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing one's innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art poetry. Welcome to everyone having the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form. All entries must be neatly hand printed or legibly typed. Multiple entries are accepted. All works must be original. Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5(USD) per poem.  Postmark deadline: January 24, 2016. Send your name, address, phone#, email address with brief biographical info (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Make fee(s) payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM. Mail entri(es)/fee(s) to: Dream Quest One Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654, USA. Visit for details on how to enter!
31st January 2015 1st £500

entry £4


Festival Open Poetry Competition
Prizes:      1st - £500        2nd - £250        3rd - £100
Judge:  Martyn Crucefix
‘Keats’ Footsteps’ Competition (Post codes TQ14, EX7 only)
Prizes:      1st - £100        2nd - £50          3rd - £25
Judge:  Jennie Osborne
Closing date:  31st January 2016
Winners to be announced Sunday 20th March 2016

For more details see website: Competition 2016


31st January 2016 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society


First Prize: £1,000

2nd: £300  3rd: £100  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Anne-Marie Fyfe

* Entry fee: £5 per poem, 3 or more poems: £4 each

* Closing date: 31 January 2016

* Entries to:

The Competition Organiser, 13 Ruscombe Close, Tunbridge Wells, TN4 0SG

* Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem

Or enter on-line

31st January 2016 1st share of prize fund

entry  £25

The 2015/16 Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition

Judge: Billy Collins. Prizes: Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash, publication in The North magazine, and launch readings hosted by the Poetry Business. The 30th annual international Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition invites entrants to submit a collection of 20-24 pages of poems for the chance to win publication by smith /doorstop, a share of £2,000 ($3,250) and other prizes. Four first-stage winners are selected and given the opportunity to submit a full-length manuscript to the second round of the competition, in which one of them can win book publication. The three first-stage winners will then receive pamphlet publication. All four winners will receive an equal share of the £2,000 prize money, and will have a launch reading organised by The Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in The North magazine. The Yorkshire Poetry Prize: The best single poem from each collection submitted by an entrant with a Yorkshire postcode is automatically entered into the Yorkshire Prize category, for the chance to win £100 and publication in The North magazine and on the Poetry Business website.
Entry Fee: £25. Subscribers to The North, Friends of The Poetry Business, and members of the Poetry Society are eligible for the discounted fee of £20

31st January 2016 1st £200

entry  £3

The 2016 Prole Laureate Poetry Competition

Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 19 in April 2016

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, possible publication in Prole 19

Publication on the Prole website

We’re thrilled to have Kate O’Shea as our judge this year. One time tabloid hack, Kate is probably the best-known unknown poet in Dublin and is widely published in international journals, anthologies and online. Her latest publications were in The Saranac Review, Orbis, Cyphers, Outburst, and Prole. Her chapbook, Crackpoet, is available on Amazon. She was short listed for the Cork Literary Review Poetry Manuscript Competition and the Patrick Kavanagh Award twice. Most recently she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in America. Kate’s work has featured on radio and has been translated into several languages.

Eight new poems will be published later this year in three anthologies.

To read some of Kate's recent work, click here and here.

Entries will be anonymised before being sent to judge.

We will receive entries from October 1st 2015 to January 31st 2016.

Winners will be announced in issue 19 of Prole in April 2016 and on our website by April 20th 2016.

We are, as ever, open regarding style, length and content. 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.

£3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries. 

For full details of how to enter please see our website:

31st January 2015 1st  £250

entry £3

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

First Prize £250 Second Prize £150  -  Third Prize £75

Adjudicator: Ann Drysdale


No entry form required

Entry fees: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five.

Cheques payable to 'Torriano Support Fund'.

To use PayPal, log into your PayPal account and send your payment to . We will email you a receipt.

If you submit your poetry online, please add £0.50 for each poem.

Enquiries: Tel: 01227 276951 or 

or Anthony Anderson at 

RFurther details and results  

Closing Date: 31st January 2016

Winners will be notified by 20th March 2016

Proceeds to support Torriano Meeting House, a meeting place for the arts and the community.

14th February 2015 1st publication

entry  £2.50

International Lumen and Camden Poetry Competition 2015/2016

 The International Lumen and Camden Poetry Competition 2015/2016  is open for entries, giving you the chance to have 20 pages of your poetry published in a perfect bound chapbook while also supporting the homeless, with the added benefit of being selected by the competition’s prestigious judge, George Szirtes.


This competition is unusual as the entry fee per poem is just £2.50 to make it possible for everybody to have a try. The winner will be selected on the basis of just one prizewinning poem (maximum length 40 lines), so you don’t have to submit the whole chapbook for a chance of being published. If you want to submit more poems there are discounts, with 6 poems costing just £10.


The winner will receive 50 copies of their chapbook to keep, sell, or give to friends. They will also be invited to read at the regular Lumen and Camden venues.  further details

30th March 2016 1st Prize €1,000

Entry fee: €12

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2015/16

1st Prize €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar. The prize is for a single unpublished poem written for children aged 7-11 years. You can read about the inaugural winner, Louise Greig, in the Irish Times.

Entry fee: €12

Closing date: 30 March 2016

Details at

30th April 2016 1st £600

entry £4

Ver Open Competition

Adjudicator – Andrew McMillan ( winner of the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection 2015)

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

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

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

TWO COPIES OF EACH POEM .Competitors’ names and addresses must not appear anywhere on the poems.   Please write your contact details and the titles of all poems clearly on the entry form.

Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets.                 

Download entry form from website

Please send entries to: 

Competitions Secretary 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4AH

30th April 2016 !st  $120

entry free

Wax Poetry and Art presents
Poetry Contest #11

Deadline to enter: Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Number of pieces: Up to 3.
Number of lines: No limit.
Cost to enter: Free.
Open to: Everyone. (Residents and non-residents of Canada).
Number of Winning Poems: 10
Prizes: 1st place $120; 2nd place $30; 3rd place $20; 4th - 10th, $10 each.
Publication date: Mid 2016.


1st March 2016 1st £250

entry  £4.50

Brittle Star’s Poetry & Short Fiction Competition: The Sequel!

Our second open competition celebrates new writing from across the world. Enter online or by post. This year’s judges are: George Szirtes, Alison Moore, and Jacqueline Gabbitas

Prizes are: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. All winners will receive a years’ subscription, be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch and prize-giving event in London.

Entry: £4.50 first entry, £3.50 subsequent entries, plus one FREE entry to Brittle Star subscribers.

Closing date: 1st March 2016

Full rules and how to enter available online at

15th May 2016 1st $100

entry $5

Artists Embassy International's 23rd annual Poetry Competition.

40 line limit to facilitate choreography

Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us, on ONE copy only
(The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)
Poems must be in English or include English translation

All prizes of equal value.

3 Grand prizes of $100.00 plus poem choreographed,costumed and performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company with Poet Laureate Man of Letters,

Richard Angilly at the "Dancing Poetry Festival" in 

San Francisco. Plus video award certificate and photograph opportunity with dance company

6 first prizes of $50.00

12 second prizes of $25.00

30 third prizes of


Entry fee:

1 poem $5.00   

3 poems $10.00

Make checks out to Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency
No poems will be returned.

All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2016, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2016 Dancing Poetry Festival.
Send all entries and fees to arrive by May 15, 2016, to...

AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Further information at:

31st May 2016 1st   250guineas

entry £3


Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

Adjudicator:  Catherine Smith will read all poems submitted for the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize. She is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

for full details 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.