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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.  Information is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liability for its accuracy.



19th November 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Entry fee of £3 (or £8 for three poems) includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants. Submission deadline November 19th. Details at

30th November 2017 1st £200

entry free

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with the subject of migration. Poems can be triggered by any aspect of or point of view about migration. 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 Length: 50 lines or less Entry free.  Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country.
To submit: email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to
Organizer: Holland Park Press
30th November 2017 1st E1000

entry £5
The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.

For details

1st December 2017 1st E2000

entry £6

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

For further details visit

31st December2017

1st Collection Publication




entry £20





Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

The littoral press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the first competition is December 31st 2017. Results will be published on the Littoral Press website sometime in January 2018. Entrants will be charged £20.00 per manuscript.Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions.
These can be found on the littoral press website-

Prize: Winner will receive 50 copies of their publication with the Littoral Press 
Closing date: 31st December 2017
Entry fee: £20 per manuscript
Adjudicator: Mervyn Linford, Littoral Press Editor.

31st December 2017 1st $200 CAD

Entry $5

Into the Void is an award-winning print and digital literary magazine based in Toronto. The annual poetry contest aims to place some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as award them with a cash prize and publication on our website. Submissions are open from November 1st to December 31st. Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre. 6 winning poems will be published on the website with prizes of up to $200 CAD. Entry fee is $5 CAD.

31st December 2017 1st €10,000

entry €12
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland. Closing 31 December 2017. See
1st January 2018 1st £600

entry £5

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. Adjudicator: Michael Loveday. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 25 March at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. First prize £600, Second £200, Third £100. 7 commendations of £25. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Square Tower.   For further details, rules & entry form visit:

14th January 2018 1st £120

entry £3

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry & Photography Competitions2018

Festival, 16, 17, 18 February. The Festival commemorates James Allen (1830 – 1906), who lived in Shepton Mallet and was the first person to hybridise snowdrops from the wild varieties.

Submissions for the Poetry and Photography categories with a top prize of £120. £3 per entry, online or by post with a closing date of January 14, 2018. The Poetry Competition will be judged by poet Alison Brackenbury, based in Gloucestershire, and the Photography Competition by Bill Bradshaw, Somerset photographer. Join the mailing list on the website to stay up to date –

15th January 2018 1st Prizes as listed

entry £5
The Hedgehog Poetry Press - 'The Road To Clevedon Pier' Anthology Competition - Closing: 15th January 2018
Prizes: First Prize is Our Unique Handmade Leather Bound Writer’s Journal,  Publication in the anthology and our magazine along with an interview, a year long subscription to the magazine, copies of the anthology.
All shortlisted poets will also appear in the anthology and naturally receive a copy of the book.
Entry £5 (One Poem), £8 (Three Poems), £10 (Five Poems)
Full details and on-line entry only, via
25th January 2018

1st £500



Entry £5
Clochoderick Press Annual Poetry Competition is now calling for entries. We are new press, started up in partnership with Paisley 2021 city of culture bid. Our prizes are as follows: 1St £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson. Deadline 25th January 2018. Entry Fee £5 per poem (discount for multiples). No theme. 35 lines max per poem. All seven prize winners will be published in our bi-annual literary journal. To submit, please visit: and visit our dedicated page for submissions to our competition.
31st January 2017 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2018

Prize  Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge  All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett - details below.

Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 to January 31st 2018.

Winners will be announced in issue 25 of Prole in April 2018 and on our website by April 20th 2018.

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

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

For more details see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough International Poetry Prize    

Closing date: 31 January 2018

For previously unpublished poems on any subject.

An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year,

The Ronald Duncan Short Poem  Competition  –  maximum length 10 lines.

Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.

The prizes in each category:  1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250

Entry fee:  £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:  Details and entry forms downloadable from

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

31st January 2018 1st £100

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2018.

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any sensible length. Closing date January 31st 2018. Sole judge will be the poet Jenny Lewis.

Prizes:1st prize  £100, two further £25 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem, £10 for four.

Postal entries welcome, cheques payable to Edward Thomas Fellowship, sent with your details and the  anonymised poem(s) to Margaret Keeping,66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

OR: emailed to + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as reference, Competition as description.

1st March 2018 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

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 2018 (worth £550)


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.

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

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:

16th March 2018 1st £200

entry free

Never Such Innocence aims to engage children and young people aged 9-16 with the First World War through poetry, art and song. We welcome poetry and song entries in all languages, and art in any medium. Each entry receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation for entering, there are cash prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools, and winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony.

Our competition is free to enter and you could have the chance of winning some amazing prizes. For further information about how to enter the competition, the prizes and our rules visit our website,

31st March 2018 1st publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
31st March 2018 1st Publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Open to beginners and established writers
Judged by Ian Gregson.
The fee is £10
Deadline: 31 March, 2018.
30th April 2017 1st £600

entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner
Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from

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

Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets. Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01 Account 82410419        

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500

entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

30th November 2018 1st Publishing

entry £12
Cinnamon Press  Debut Poetry Collection Prize
Prize1 year's free mentoring/(for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the collection + publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
Judged by Judy Kendall.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2018.
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.