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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.  Infornation is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liabuility for its accuracy.



15th July 2016 1st $1000

entry $20

The Central Coast (CA) Writers Contest call for entries ends July 15, 2016.  Short Stories, Flash Fiction, Poetry and Screenwriting must depict the theme of The Final Word. Prizes up to $1,000. Entries will be judged by an array of best-selling and award-winning authors, editors, and publishers.

For further details, submission guidelines, contest rules, judges profiles and to submit your entry electronically please visit:

15th July 2016 1st £300

entry £6

Wasafiri New Writing Prize  

Set up in 2009 to support emerging writers in competitive times, the Wasafiri New Writing Prize has been successful in helping to boost the confidence of creative voices of all ages and from all around the world. Submissions are welcome in three categories: POETRY, FICTION and LIFE WRITING until the deadline 5pm GMT on Friday 15 July 2016. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and appropriate fee. For further details please go to

29th July 2016 1st £100

entry free

Black Country Living Museum Annual Poetry Competition 2016

Theme: Inspired and informed by the historical events in the Black Country, this year's theme is 'Earth & Air'. Entries can interpret the theme of the competition as historical, industrial, scientific, ecological, environmental, personal, reflective, or in any other way. The competition is open to adults aged 18 years and over, and to poetry in any style. Prizes: The first prize is £100, a family ticket to the Museum and publication on the museum website, and there are other cash prizes and opportunities for publication. Judges: Dave Reeves, Liz Berry and Mel Weatherley.
Free to enter.

For more details see :

31 July 2016 1st  £150

entry free

Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2016

 Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz

In our third creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring – the joys, challenges and complex emotions that come with looking after a loved one. Whether you’re an experienced writer or have never expressed yourself through creative writing before, we would love to hear from you. In November 2016 we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended poems and stories, plus poems selected by Carers UK’s volunteers, staff and trustees.

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

You can enter:

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

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

For further details and to enter:

31st July 2016 1st £50

entry £6

The Paragram Paradox Prize

Judge: Claire Dyer

First Prize £50 plus publication in 2016 Paragram anthology ‘Paradox

Short listed poems/short prose will be published in the Paragram Anthology ‘Paradox’

Poems/short prose invited on the theme ‘Paradox’

Three genres: Poetry; Petite-prose; Humour (poetry or petite-prose)

Length limit: 60 lines (poetry); 300 words petite-prose

Previously unpublished work please. Short-listed pieces will be published in an anthology and prize winning entries will also appear online at the Paragram website.

See guidelines and full rules at

31st July 2016 1st large prize list

entry free
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2016. Judges Malika Booker and W. N. Herbert. Winners announced 6th Ocotber 2016 in London. Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. They also receive ongoing support and writing development opportunities. For further details, rules & entry form visit 
31st July 2016 1st $1000

entry  $20

NMW's 42nd Literary Competition

Poetry   Fiction    Flash Fiction    Nonfiction

~$4,000 in Awards~

Award Winner in each category receives $1,000 plus publication.

Every submitter receives a free copy of the anthology.

$20 per submission

July 31, 2016 deadline

31st July 2016 1st  £300

entry £4
PENfro Poetry Competition
First prize: £300, Second prize: £125. Third: £75. Judge: Jonathan Edwards, who will read all entries. The PENfro Poetry Competition is run annually by the PENfro Book Festival. Max 40 lines. Subject: open. Entry Fee: £4 a poem. Enter on-line or download an entry form and enter by post.
Entry Fee: £4 per poem

Contact: All info and contact details on the website:

31st July 2016 1st £150

entry £5
Artificium Poetry and short story competition
Poetry Winner - £150. 
Prize pot of min. £100, to be shared between 1-4 runners up.
Entry fee: £5 or two for £9.
Looking for: Writing between 500-1,000 words, in English. Includes poetry, flash fiction, and anything else.
For more details see!competition---artificium/h405o 
31st July 2016 1st £1000

entry £5
Winchester Poetry Prize  Sole Judge: Mimi Khalvati. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 9th October 2016  at the Winchester Poetry Festival.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the
festival.  Winning poems will be published in a Prize anthology

First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250

entry fee £5 for first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem
For further details, rules & to enter visit
31st July 2016 1st  £1000


Are you aged 10-13? Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’ and enter by post or online. Deadline is 31st July 2016.

The 2016 Betjeman Poetry Prize will be judged by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy with poet and artist Imtiaz Dharker.

The top fifty poems will be printed in the BPP 2016 anthology. Six short-listed poets will be invited with their families and teachers to a prize giving on National Poetry Day, 6th October, in St Pancras Station, London, where the winner will be announced. The winning poet will receive £1000 (£500 for their school), Eurostar tickets and will be crowned St Pancras Laureate for twelve months. All six finalists are invited on a 3-day poetry workshop in May 2017. The teacher who sends in the most entries from their class wins a sponsored place on the MMU Teaching Creative Writing 3-day course in 2017.

Find out more at

1st August 2016 1st £200

entry £5

Poetry Book Fair Competition
1 x WINNER will receive:
- £200 to spend at the Poetry Book Fair on 17 Sep 2016
- A short reading at the fair
- Your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day 
3 x RUNNERS UP will receive:
- £20 to spend at the fair
- A short reading at the fair
- Your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day 
Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Guest Judge: Jo Shapcott 
Deadline: Monday 1st August, 2016
We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about love – any kind of love – to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair at Conway Hall, London, on Saturday 17th September 2016.

For full details and to enter, please visit:
3rd August 2016 1st E1000

entry  E5

'The Dermot Healy International Poetry Competition 2016' is now open for entries with a closing date set for 3rd August. We are delighted to announce that the judge for this year will be renowned author Kevin Barry.

The date of the prize giving ceremony which will take place at the Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. is Saturday 27th August 2016.

Details for entry can be found at…

3rd August 2016 1st €300.

entry  ?

2016 Over The Edge New Writer of The Year competition



Closing date: Wednesday, August 3rd , 2016

In 2016 Over The Edge is continuing its exciting annual international creative writing competition. Since its inception in 2007, it has grown to become one of the most important competition’s for emerging writers in Ireland and internationally. The competition is open to both poets and fiction writers worldwide. The total prize money is €1,000. The best fiction entry will win €300. The best poetry entry will win €300.

For further details or to enter

7th August 2016 1st £600

fee £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

Sole Judge: Jo Bell (will read all entries).

Closing date AUGUST 7th

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, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN for details

9th August 2016 1st £300

entry £3

Nottingham Open Poetry Competition: closing date Tuesday 9th August 2016

Celebrating 75 years of the Nottingham Poetry Society!

Adjudicator: Liz Berry

1st Prize: £300, 2nd Prize: £150, 3rd Prize: £75, plus ten Merits of £10

Entrance fees: £3 per poem, £10 for four poems

Cheques payable to: Nottingham Poetry Society

Winners notified in September

Please address entries to: The Competition Secretary, 38 Harrow Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham  NG2 7DU

Further details from:  

11th August 2016 1st €500

entry €10
Wild Atlantic Words
Closing date: 11th August 2016.
Entry fee: €10 is per entry of up to three poems.
Prizes: First prize of €500; Second prize of a week's retreat at the beautiful Creativity Cabin on the Beara peninsula; Third prize of €100.
Looking for: Poems on any theme related to the sea.
Further info: We are delighted that Bernard O'Donoghue has agreed to judge the competition.
More detailed information on how to enter can be found on the website...
12th August 2016 1st £150

entry £5

Settle Sessions Poetry Competition

You must be over 18 to enter. Entries must be in English, maximum length is 40 lines.

Do not put your name and address on your poem sheet, nor any other marks that could identify you.

Please enter the title of each poem on a separate A4 Sheet, together with your name, address, email address and phone numbers(s).

Entries must be typed on white A4 paper, with one poem per sheet; single-spaced and a line count put at the top of the page.

You can enter as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee

Winners will be notified by 6th September 2016. The prizes will be awarded at our National Poetry Day c


The following prizes will be awarded: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £75


£4 for one poem, £10 for 3 poems. Cheques made payable to Settle Sessions.

Entries should be posted to Settle Sessions, 3 Tillman Close, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9RA. Please use the correct postage; no excess charges wil be accepted.

Closing date: 12th August 2016   see 

12th August 2016 1st £100

entry free

The Fenland Reed is inviting submissions for a unique Poetry Competition. Running as part of OuseFest 2016, we’re looking for poems responding the landscape and wildlife of the Ouse Washes, an area at the heart of the Cambridgeshire and Norfolk fens. The competition is open to anyone (whether local to the area or not), and we are teaming up with the Ouse Washes Landscape Partnership to provide you with some inspiration…

We’d like you to take as your starting point any one of the shortlisted photographs in this year’s ‘Snap the Ouse’ Competition. You can respond to your chosen photograph in any way you like - you might use the setting, a central image, or even the title. We’re looking for poems that draw inspiration from these pictures but which also depart from them and stand on their own. You have eight brilliant photos to choose from, which you can view on the OWLP website.

The competition is free to enter and will be judged by acclaimed poet Clare Best. There are three prizes up for grabs in the form of book tokens worth £100 (first prize), £50 (second prize) and £25 (third prize). Winning entries will also be published in the autumn issue of The Fenland Reed. The deadline is Friday 12th August – so check out those photos and get scribbling!

For more information and details of how to submit, please see the full competition guidelines on The Fenland Reed website:

14th August 2016 1st  £200

entry £4

The Elbow Room Prize 2016, now open for entries of poetry, short fiction and visual art. First prize: £200, Second and Third Prizes: £50.  Prize winners invited to London based event and published in the competition anthology.  All terms and conditions and competition

details available

16th August 2016 1st  £600

entry £4
Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition
Judge: Jo Bell (will read all entries). Poems up to length: 70 lines, Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only).
Entry Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).

Contact: Online entry at or SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN

17th August 2016 1st  $250

entry $5
Dream Quest One Poetry and Writing Contest 2016
Closing date: 17th August 2016.
Prizes(USD): First Prize: $250, 2nd: $125, 3rd: $50.
All winners will be published in Dare to Dream pages.
Entry fee: $5(USD).
Looking for: Now accepting poems 30 lines or fewer, on subject or theme.
Further details: This contest is International, open to everyone!
for more details see
26th August 2016 1st £500

entry £5

Buxton Poetry Competition 2016

Closing date: 26th August 2016.
Prizes: £500, £250, £100, book tokens.
Entry fee: £5 per poem, free to under 18's.
Looking for: Our theme in 2016 is 'Hidden'.
For details see

31st August 2016 1st £100

entry  £3


It is 100 years since the Easter Rising. To commemorate this event, SaveAs Writers invite poems and short stories on the theme of REBELLION.  Interpret the theme as you wish – political, social or personal rebellion

Prizes  1st place - £100,  2nd place - £50,  3rd place - £25

*Canterbury Festival Umbrella Awards evening

*Publication in an anthology

Poems: 60 lines max 

Short stories: 3000 words max

Deadline: August 31 2016

Entry Fees

£3.00 per poem / £8.00 for three

£4.00 per short story / £10.00 for three

Terms & conditions | Download poster

Entries may be emailed to

31st August 2016 1st £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2016)

Closing date: 31-August-2016

Judge: Terry Jones

Details: For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.  Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes:  £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).

First publication:  All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online)

Results: will be announced on 15-October-2016

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

Send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to:

Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at

31st August 2016 1st £1000

entry £5

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 

With two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed in the following two categories:

English as Second Language - open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as an additional language

Open category - open to all poets over 18 years of age.

These prizes will be awarded in both categories:
First prize – £1000
Second prize – £200

The competition is open for submissions until midnight on 31 August 2016.
It costs the equivalent of £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter as many poems as you wish.
More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at 

31st August 2016 1st £200

entry free

Poetry & Politics competition

The theme of this poetry competition is poetry and politics, so in order to enter your poem it must be about any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be about something political much more closer to home. We don't have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, we look for a beautiful use of language. Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country Length: 50 lines or less .
Free to enter.

To submit email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to Complete guidelines are available from please read these instructions carefully.

1st September 2016 1st  £2000

entry  free
Cheshire Prize for Literature competition
Prizes: The prize-winner will receive £2,000. Additional prize-money of £750 will be awarded and the best entries will be published.
Free to enter.
Looking for: An original and previously unpublished poem or collection of poems. Individual poems should not exceed 50 lines and no more than 100 lines per entrant.
Further info: The writer must have been born, live or have lived, study or have studied, work or have worked, in Cheshire. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over on 1st September 2016.
12th September 2016 1st £1000

entry £6
Live Cannon International Poetry Competition

25 shortlisted poems will be published in our 2016 prize anthology, and performed by the Live Canon Ensemble at our prize giving event at Greenwich Theatre on Sunday 20th November 2016.

We are absolutely honoured that Lorraine Mariner has agreed to be our guest judge this year.

The overall winner will be announced at the event and receive £1000. There is also a £100 prize for the highest placed entry by a local writer, living working or studying in the London Borough of Greenwich.

There is an entry fee of £6 for a single poem, £15 for three poems and £20 for five poems. This goes towards to the costs of running the competition, publishing the anthology and any excess goes to our fundraising campaign for workshops with young people in schools and libraries.

for more details and to enter

12th September 2016 1st £100 book tokens

entry free
The Timothy Corsellis Poetry Prize asks young writers aged 14-25 to respond to the life and/or work of a small selection of Second World War poets: Keith Douglas, Sidney Keyes, Alun Lewis, John Jarmain, Henry Reed Timothy Corsellis and Anna Akhmatova. Prizes: There will be a first prize winner and two runners-up in each category, who will receive £100 in book tokens and £50 in book tokens respectively, plus a Young Poets Network notebook, other poetry goodies, and publication on Young Poets Network. The first prize poem will be published in The Poetry Society?s quarterly paper Poetry News. The first prize essay will be published on The Poetry Society's website. Judges: Fran Brearton, Judith Palmer and Wendy Cope.
Free entry


14th September 2016 1st   £150

entry £4

4 Words & Music Festival Poetry Competition 2016
Closing date: 14th September 2016.
Prizes: 1st - £150, 2nd - £75, 3rd - £50.
Local prize two tickets to see Dr John Cooper Clarke, under 16 prize £15 book token
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, £10 for three.

 Poems on any subject up to 40 lines

Judge: Elisabeth Sennitt Clough.

For more details see

23rd September 2016 1st  £!0,000

entry £17.50
Manchester Poetry Prize
Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry Fee: £17.50

Contact: For more information see:

30th September 2016 1st £200

entry  £5
Bedford Writing Competition 2016 Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2016.
Prizes: 1st - £200, 2nd - £100, 3rd - £50.
e-book publication: All prizewinning and shortlisted poems will be published in a downloadable Kindle e-book.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £10 for three. There is no limit to the number of entries submitted by an individual.
Looking for: Poems on any subject up to 40 lines.
Further details: Entries may be made online or by post. This year the poems will be judged by the poet Ian McEwen.  For more details see 
30th September 2016 1st £2,500

entry £10
The Cookham Festival has teamed up with The Stanley Spencer Gallery, The University of Reading and Two Rivers Press to organise an international poetry competition on the theme of Stanley Spencer; his work, his life, his themes, influences or beliefs. First prize £2500 plus 2 runner up prizes of £500. All short listed works will be published by Two Rivers Press in an anthology. Poems must not exceed 54 lines.
£10 for each entry.


30th September 2016 1st $1,500

entry $10

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and Jim DuBois

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: $10 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

14th 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 at

1st Ovtober 2016 1st share of prize fund

entry $1
Poetry Super Highway Competition  $1 per poem entry. All divided up amongst three winners. Poems read blindly by three judges, AND thanks to our many generous sponsors, we hope to be able to give everyone who enters a prize of interest to poets and writers just for entering (in addition to the cash prize for the top three scoring poems.) Details
10th October 2016 1st £100

entry £3.50
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject or theme. 
 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. 
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
For more details and to enter see Poetry Kit Competition 
31st October 2016 1st £5000

entry ???
National Poetry Competition
For previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject, the competition is judged by Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambrige and Jack Underwood. The judges read all entries, and all poems are judged anonymously. 1st prize is £5,000, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,000 and there are seven commendations at £200 each. Winning poems are also published in an anthology and on the Poetry Society website, and we open up all kinds of exciting opportunities for each year's winners, including the opportunity to read at some of the UK's biggest literary festivals and events. Closes 31st October 2016. Find out more:
31st October 2106

1st £200

Entry fee £4
Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016. Adjudicator: Alison Brackenbury. Prizewinners will be notified at the end of January and winning poems will appear on the Fire River Poets website as soon as possible after notification. Prizewinners will be invited to take part in a special reading in Taunton with Alison Brackenbury in April 2017. For further information, rules and entry details visit
30th November 2016 1st Book prize

entry £3
Rubies in the Darkness Poetry Competition 2016
Organiser: Robert Karoke. Judge: Peter Geoffrey Paul Thompson. Entries in traditional form with rhyme scheme preferred. No entry form required. Poems of any length. The author retains copyright and published poems are acceptable. Book prizes for the top three.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem

Contact: Send entries to: Rubies Poetry Competition, 41 Grantham Road, Manor Park, London, E12 5LZ. 

31st December 2016 1st €10,000

entry €12.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, plus 3 prizes of €1,000 for each of the shortlisted poems.
Looking for: Unpublished poems of any length. The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.
Further info: Judged by Deborah Landau, director of the creative writing program at New York University. 'Landau's killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath - leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,' says the Los Angeles Times of her work.
Visit website from the link below...
31st December 2016 1st  £50

entry £3

Hour of Writes

Deadline: 31st December 2016

First prize: £50 or half of the total entry fees. Entry is £3. 

Summary: Hour of Writes is a literary creative outlet taking the form of a weekly peer-reviewed writing competition. We have a new topic and guest judge every week. The word limit is 2000 and we welcome fiction and poetry writers from anywhere in the world.

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.