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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.



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27th November 2014 1st £500

entry free

War Poetry for Today

Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker's Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY. 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration, entry is free.

For more information and to enter the competition go to If you have any questions please contact

27th November 2014 1st £50 Voucher

entry free

Beatons Tearooms and Bookshop 2nd Annual Poetry Competition Adjudicators: Liz Darcy Jones; Jon Amos; Nick Kelly. Winners announced 5th Dec - public recital of winning poems on Sat 13 Dec 2014.  New category for 2014! Young Aspiring Wordsmith for 13 - 17 year olds. The competition particularly aims to encourage those who may not have considered writing poetry before. Darcy Jones is known to appreciate work that is accessible and displays an ear for rhythm. Winning poems will be published on Beatons website - copyright remains with winners. For further details and rules e-mail or visit 

Theme: Restoration

First Prize £50 Beatons Voucher and poem framed/displayed

at Beatons Blandford Second £25 Beatons Voucher

Young Aspiring Wordsmith 1st Prize £25 Beatons Voucher with poem framed/displayed

at Beatons Blandford Second £10 Beatons Voucher

entry FREE


3oth Noverber 2014 1st £1000

entry £4

Cafe Writers Competition 2014

Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize. Judge: David Morley. Maximum of 40 lines per poem (excluding title) on one side of A4
Entry £4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter


30th November 2014 1st £200

entry £4


Closing Date: 30 November, 2014

Details: For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, in any style, on any subject, up to 50 lines long.

Eligibility: Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world may enter this competition.

Judge: Mandy Pannett

Prizes: £200 (1st), £75 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £20 x 3 (High Commendation)

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at

Send Cheques/Postal Orders in GB Pound Sterling only, payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Unit 136, 113 – 115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB


30th November 2014 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

30th November 2014 1st $500

entry $10

The Baltimore Review’s winter contest is “Work.”  Why? Whether you live to work or work to live, work consumes much of our lives. And it’s a great excuse to do some research about how others live. Writers like to do that, right? So get to work and submit your poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction online to our Submittable Contest category. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. 

All submissions considered for publication. 

Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. 

Deadline is November 30, 2014. 

Visit us at to learn more.

30th November 2014 1st 1000

entry €5

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

This prize for a poem under 40 lines, welcomes international submissions.

Deadline: November 30, 2014

Prizes: First prize is 1,000 Euro (on 7 October 2014 approx. USD 1263 or GBP 784), a week-long writer’s retreat at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to 600 Euro and provide hotel accommodation and meals for three days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival. The author who takes first prize will have the chance to read the winning poem at the Cork Spring Poetry Festival in February 2014. There will be a second prize of E500, third prize of E250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published and receive Southword’�s standard fee of E30.

Entry Fee: €5 per poem, or 5 poems for €20.


Contact Info:

1st December 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
1st December 2014 1st $1000

entry free
  • Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets Open
  • The African Poetry Book Series is now open for submissions to the Sillerman First Book Prize. The winner receives USD $1000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. An "African writer" is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. All entries will be read anonymously, and there is no fee to submit. We accept electronic submissions through Submittable only. See our website for full submission guidelines:

1st December 2014 1st £1,750

entry £15

The Tenth Annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2014

A prize of £1,750 and publication by The Waywiser Press in the UK and the USA is given annually for a poetry collection by an author who has published no more than one previous poetry collection. The winner will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. in the autumn of 2015, where he or she will appear with the tenth contest's judge. Submit a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages.
£15 entry fee (just over £16 for online submissions)

guidelines and entry

2nd December 2014 1st publication

entry free

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams

An Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. The competition judge: Panel led by Rebecca Bilkau and Prof Mike Abramson CBE. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website. Longlist publication on website.   Free to enter.


5th December 2014 1st  £1,500

entry £5

The 2014 Joseph Brodsky/Stephen Spender Prize for the translation of Russian poetry into English is now open for entries. Please spread the word!

Judged by Sasha Dugdale, Catriona Kelly and Glyn Maxwell, and now in association with The London Magazine, this biennial worldwide prize celebrates the long friendship between Joseph Brodsky and Stephen Spender as well as the rich tradition of Russian poetry. The prizes are: £1,500 (first), £1,000 (second) and £500 (third). 

The deadline for entries is 5 December 2014. Enter online or download an entry form from, where you can read the winning entries from previous years.

15th December 2014 1st $100

entry $5

Tethered by Letters' Spring Poetry Contest

We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Summer 2015 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.

Deadline: December 15, 2014

Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal

Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries


Contact Info: Joe Reinis,

15th December 2014 1st $1500

entry $20
  • Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize
  • Submissions are open for the 2015 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by National Book Award Winner Mary Szybist! Winner receives $1,500, Honorable Mention receives $500, both published in december magazine's Spring awards issue. All finalists listed and considered for publication. $20 entry fee includes copy of awards issue. Up to 3 poems per entry. Guidelines at,

22nd December 2014

1st Publication




entry  free

Publishing Contest 3


- poems: 10 to 25 poems,

- poems types: any reasonable length and/or subject, can have been published before

- period: closing December 22, 2014

Prizes:  - winner will be published for free by Aquillrelle and receive 5 free books

Cost: -  no entry fee


- participants should NOT have had a full book published previously by Aquillrelle, under any form

- winner agrees to have a collection of his poems published by Aquillrelle, under Aquillrelle's normal publishing conditions

- winner should have written at least 100 poems of similar quality to be included in the book

- winner agrees to be published under his/her real name


31st December 2014 1st €10,000

entry €12

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine, there are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem  €10,000 for the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of €1,000. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth. This year’s judge is Michael Symmons Roberts. Further details can be found at

31st December 2014 1st £150

entry £3

Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

Closing date:  31st December 2014

Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter

Line Length: Up to 32 lines 

Prizes will be awarded as follows:

First: £150

Second: £100

Third: £50

The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.


31st December 2014 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 literary art of poetry. Welcome to everyone having the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme for a chance to win cash prizes totaling $1275.00. All entries must be neatly hand printed or typed. Multiple entries are accepted. All works must be original. Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5(USD) per poem.  Postmark deadline: December 31, 2014. 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. Visit for details on how to enter! And remember, it's okay to dream...
31st December 2014 1st Trophy

entry  £6

The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

Halloween-Themed Annual Poetry Award. Prizes: First Prize Winner will receive an elegant and engraved Glass Trophy, a decorative 'First Prize Winner Award' Certificate for framing, publication in a 2015 Edition of 'The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine' - plus - publication on The Poetry Box website, on a specially created 'Winners' page. The 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners will receive £100.00 and £50.00 respectively - plus - beautiful and decorative 'Second Prize' and 'Third Prize' Award-Winning Certificates for framing - and publication as per the First Prize Winner above. There will also be a number of 'Judge's Special Commendation Awards' and 'Highly Commended Awards' awarded for outstanding poems entered for this year's Annual Award - and these Award-Winners will receive beautiful and decorative Award-Winning Certificates - and - publication as per the Prize-Winners above.
£6 for 1 poem, £15 for 3 poems, £20 for 4 poems

Entry Forms and Submission Rules may be downloaded from The Poetry Box website: To Request An Entry Form via Post - Please email your postal address to: Poem Entries may be sent via Email to: - OR - via Post - together with the completed Entry Form (or the same details may be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper and submitted with poem entries).

27th January 2015 1st E500

entry E5

2nd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

(closing date 27th January 2015)

Prize: 500 euro plus Reading

Entry fee: 5 euro

Each week on Tuesday at midday (GMT), as of the 14th of April 2014, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal competition page at Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that must include all five words for that week. At noon the following Tuesday, these words are no longer eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty-one weeks, until the last week of January 2015.

A single prize of 500 euro will be awarded to one winner, and if available, then invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s seventh anniversary event, on Monday 13th of April 2015 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March, 2014.The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol VIII – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.

Judges for this year's competition are Jennifer Matthews and Billy Ramsell. 

Click here to enter and for submission guidelines>>>>    
14th January 2015 1st $2000 + Publication

entry $25
  • 2015 Colorado Prize for Poetry:

    $2,000 honorarium and book publication. Submit book-length collection of poems by January 14, 2015. Final judge is Laura Kasischke. The $25 entry fee includes one-year subscription to Colorado Review. Obtain complete guidelines by sending SASE or visiting website. Colorado Prize for Poetry, Center for Literary Publishing, 9105 Campus Delivery, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9105.

15th January 2015 1st £1000

entry  £6

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

The Basil Bunting Award poetry competition is open internationally to any poet writing in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines.

The cost of entry is £6 for one poem, £10 for two poems, and and extra £5 per poem beyond that. The maximum number of entries per poet is 10.

First prize: £1000   Second prize: £750   Third prize: £250

The closing date for the 2015 competition is:
15th January 2015.

Entries will be judged by W. N. Herbert.

Entries can be made via email or by posting hard copies to:
Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts,
Percy Building,
Newcastle University,
Newcastle Upon Tyne,

Payment should be made via the NCLA Webstore or by enclosing a cheque made payable to "Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts" with your entries. See the rules below for further details.

If you have any further questions, please email NCLA at


19th January 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

Magma Poetry 2014 Competition.

Magma’s Poetry Competition has two contests, one for short poems of up to 10 lines, and one for poems of 11 to 50 lines. Poems of 11 to 50 lines will be judged by Jo Shapcott for the Judge’s Prize. Poems of up to 10 lines will be entered for the Editors’ Prize and, reflecting Magma’s unique rotating editorship, will be judged by a panel of Magma editors.

Magma Judge’s Prize  Jo Shapcott was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2011. She has a string of prizes to her name, including the Costa Prize for her latest collection, Of Mutability (Faber 2010). Jo teaches creative writing at Royal Holloway and also for the Faber Academy.

First Prize £1,000   Second Prize £300   Third Prize £150

Magma Editors’ Prize  This celebrates the short poem and is open to poems of up to 10 lines. The Magma Editors’ Prize reflects the magazine’s unique rotating editorship and poems of up to 10 lines will be judged by a panel of Magma Editors who will select a range of poems for ‘special mentions’ as well as choosing first and second prize winners.

First prize £1,000  Second Prize £300   Plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each

In addition to receiving attractive cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2015. All winning entries will be published in the magazine.

For further details see;  

30th January 2015 1st  £250

entry  £5

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015 adjudicated by Martyn Crucefix. We accept unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. First Prize £250. 00, Second Prize £150. 00, Third Prize £75.00. Cheques  payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015. Name, address, e.mail, phone number and poem titles on  separate sheet. No entry form required. £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five. Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries .  Closing date 30th January, 2015. Winners will be notified by 28th February, 2015.

31st January 2015 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society


* First Prize: £1000,  2nd: £300,  3rd: £100,  4th: 4 x £50

* Judge: Mario Petrucci

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

* Closing date: 31 January 2015

* 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 and pay by Paypal

For more details, go to:  

31st January 2015 1st £500

enrty £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2015 Judge; Penelope Shuttle. Winners: to be announced on Sunday 22nd March 2015. For further details, rules & entry form visit.   First Prize: Prizes: 1st - £500 2nd - £200 3rd - £100  entry fee is £4.00 for one poem, £3.00 each for additional poems.

31st January 2015 1st £275

entry £3.50

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition.
Adjudicator: Roger Elkin

1st £275,  2nd £100,  3rd £75

Entry fees:   1 poem £3.50, 4 poems £12.00, 6 poems £15.00

Additional prize for West Sussex entrants.
For further details, rules and entry form please visit

20th February 2015 1st  £200

entry £4


Closing date: 20 FEBRUARY 2015

Postal or Online Entry

Prizes: £200, £100, £75 + Invitation to read at CICIC, Taunton.

Fee: £4 for 1; £8 for 2; £10 for 3, £3 each for additional poems. Length: 40 lines.

Prizewinners notified by beginning of May

Judge: Lawrence Sail

Entries: Postal entries to: FRP Poetry Competition, 127 Monks Road, Exeter, Devon, EX4 7BQ

Rules & Online Entries:

27th February 2015 1st £3000

entry free

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 open for all UK 16-18 year olds. Judges Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. Prize-giving will be on Monday 20th April 2015 at Christ Church, Oxford.
Festival.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the prizegiving.  Winning and longlisted poems will be published on the Tower Poetry website

First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000, Third £500 3-4 commended prizes of £250 . Prizewinners' schools receive £150 each.

Free entry

For further details, rules & entry form visit

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
  • Blurb

    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.

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 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

30th June 2015 1st £250

entry £5

POETRY SPACE COMPETITION 2015  Deadline June 30th, 2015.

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 

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.