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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.



open 1st  E500

entry E5

The 3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition runs until the end of January 2016. Each Tuesday at noon (GMT), five words are posted on the competition page at Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. A prize of 500 euros will be awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s ninth anniversary event in April, 2016 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol IX – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.
This year’s judges are Marie Coveney and Colm Scully.

11th October 2015 1st  £100

entry £3.50
Poetry Kit Summer Poetry Competition
Our competition this year is for poems on the theme of "cities" (this can be broadly interpreted). 
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. 
All shortlisted poets will be considered to be part of for the CITN Featured Poet series.
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to 
the account of
all entries must be received before midnight 11th October 2015
Entries received after this time will be discarded. 
Entry fees are as follows;  
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10
For further details see POETRY KIT COMPETITION 2015
15th October 2015 1st $1000

entry £25

Wild Light Poetry Contest

Three poems of up to 200 lines each

Judge: Amy Uyematsu

Award: $1,000 and publication in The Los Angeles Review

Entry: $25

Deadline: October 15, 2015

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:

20th October 2015 1st £50

entry £2

Competition: Reading Room Cafe Poetry Competition

Reading Room Cafe Publishing  is an emerging publishing company looking to expand the pool where we find our talent.  This competition is open to anyone over 18 who has a uk address to send prizes to!

Any poem under 30 lines, any theme, any genre

Prize:  £50, publication, 2 copies of book, runners up publication and 2 copies of the book

Entry fee £2 per poem or 5-7 poems for £10

31st October 2015 1st $500

entry $10

RHINO Founders’ Contest Prize for Poetry 

Deadline: October 31, 2015

RHINO, an award-winning annual print journal with significant online content, accepts submissions September 1 – October 31 for our 2016 Founders’ Contest. Winner receives $500; two runners-up receive $50; all submissions considered for publication; $10 reading fee for up to 5 poems, no more than 5 pages. We invite traditional or experimental work reflecting passion, originality, artistic conviction, and a love affair with language. Named “one of the best annual collections of poetry you can find” (New Pages), for almost 40 years RHINO has featured stunning work, perfectly bound and visually splendid. In addition to print publication, all accepted poems receive online publication and invitation for audio component. For submission guidelines, prize details, to purchase a sample copy, and to read and hear poems, visit

31st October 2015 1st £100

entry  £4


To be judged by Grevel Lindop, Poet, Biographer, Critic, and former Professor at Manchester University. The third edition of his award winning book, A Literary Guide to the Lake District has just been published.

Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25   Entry fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10

40 lines maximum per poem     Closing date: 31st October 2015

Full competition rules are printed overleaf and posted on our website. 

Theme:  ‘Gleams that untravell'd world’  Tennyson       Judge: Grevel Lindop

Closing date: 31st October 2015    Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25

Entry fee £4 per poem or 3 for £10      40 lines maximum per poem

Entries to be sent by post, with cheque made out to Mungrisdale Writers, to:  Sue Banister, 6, Eskin Street, Keswick, CA12 4DH

31st October 2015 1st £5000

entry £.6.50

The National Poetry Competition 2015
This year's intrepid judges are David Wheatley, Esther Morgan and Sarah Howe and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £200! The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, 
The Poetry Revi ew, as well as having the possibility of reading at some of the UK's top literature festivals. Get your entries in before the deadline of the 31st October online or by post for a chance to be the 2015 champion! 

1st November 2015 1st  £5000

entry  £7
Resurgence Poetry Prize 2015
The Resurgence Poetry Prize is the world's first major 'ecopoetry. award. Three prizes will be awarded each year for original and previously unpublished ecopoems in English. Prizes: First prize £5,000, Second prize is £2,000 and Third prize £1,000.Founded in the spring of 2014 Sir Andrew Motion, Joanna Lumley and Peter Phelps.
£7 entry for first poem. Each additional poem after that: £3

1st November 2015 1st $1500 (Can)

entry$35 (Can)

The Malahat ReviewOpen Season Awards writing contest, deadline November 1. The award grants three separate prizes of $1500 (Canadian funds) to the best writer in genres of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The cash prizes have been increased this year by $500 each genre.

All entrants receive a complimentary one-year subscription to The Malahat Review in exchange for payment of entries ($35 in Canada, $40 in U.S., $45 international). We welcome additional entries in one or more genres for a cost of $15. 

1st November 2015

1st  paid performance of poem




entry free

(un)natural  A poetry competition exploring ideas about naturalness 

If something is unnatural, does that make it bad or wrong?  What does natural mean anyway?

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Apples and Snakes are calling on poets from across the UK to help us to explore ideas about naturalness in a creative way.

We are looking for poems that explore, delve into and reveal the meaning of the words natural, unnatural, nature and similar words in the context of debates about science, technology and medicine.

What do people mean when they say genetic modification is wrong because it’s unnatural, or food that is natural is better for you?

We want to share these poems to engage others in the conversation, so we are looking for poets to perform their work at a public event in London on Monday 30th November 2015. The event will be filmed and shared online.

Read more about why we’re looking into ideas about naturalness – read the background information.

The competition is open to anyone of any age, resident in the UK. Entrants should submit a piece of writing of 250 words maximum. Email submissions to The deadline is midnight on Sunday 1st November 2015.

Find out more about how to enter and read the full Terms and Conditions

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
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  £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  £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 | Closing Date: 01-Dec-15

£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

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  €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 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 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.

30th March 2015 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

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.