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Poetry Competitions


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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.  Information is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liability for its accuracy.



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:

4th January 2018 1st £5,000

entry free

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

Prize: £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets who in the judges opinion, have made the most exciting contribution to poetry in 2017 Judges: Gillian Allnutt, Sally Beamish and Lemn Sissay. Recommendations can only be made by members of the Poetry Society or Poetry Book Society.
Fior further details see 
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
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
15th January 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magma Poetry Competition

Two competitions: the Judge’s Prize, judged by Mona Arshi, for poems of 11-50 lines, and the Editors’ Prize, judged by a panel of Magma editors, for poems of up to 10 lines. First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150, plus publication in the magazine; there will also be 5 special mentions for each competition. All entries to be previously unpublished.
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.

For further details and to enter, please visit the competition page at

15th January 2018 1st 


Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

A call for poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley's Prometheus Unbound The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for poems and essays on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages all adult writers (over 18) to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics. Writers aged 16-18 are invited to enter the Young Romantics Prize. In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley began work on his first and most famous hymn to Liberty – ‘Prometheus Unbound’, based on the myth of the chained Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the Gods of Olympus to give to mankind. “The nations thronged around, and cried aloud, As with one voice, ‘Truth, Liberty, and love!’” It was the forerunner to his ‘Ode to Liberty’ written two years later.The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, The Judges’ Panel for Poets will consist of Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott; and for Essayists of Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston. 

For full details and entry forms see

15th January 2018 1st £500

entry free

Writing Armistice - The British Army's Poetry Competition 2018

Poems responding to the theme of Armistice. Poems should be in English and no more than 60 lines. Open Category: £500 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize plus additional commendations. 18 & Under Youth Category: Book tokens to the value of £100 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendations prizes. The Museum of Military Medicine Commendation: £100 Serving Soldier Prize: £200 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendation prizes. Free Entry. Judge is Roy McFarlane, author of 'Starting With Your Last Breath'.
£Free to enter

Full details see

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 £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50 Judge: Helen Ivory. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each
Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS
31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2017 and closes 31st Jan 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Liz Diamond. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and winning poems will be published on our website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Online entries £4.50 each poem.

For more details visit from Nov 1st.

31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition Open House 2018

Prizes:First Prize £500, Second Prize £150,Third Prize £100. Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Translations of the work of other poets will not be accepted. Poems must not have been published or be currently submitted for publication. Each poem must by typed in black on one side of A4 using a clear font such as Times or Arial 12 point. Judge Zaffar Kunial
Entry £4 for a single poem £10 for three poems

See website :

31st January 2018 1st Publishing.

entry £20

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2017

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 20 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems. Publication 2018 if possible to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. See full submission rules at Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
Entry £20 per block of poems
See full submission rules at
Postal submissions to
Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
31st January 2018 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2018.

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

Prizes:1st prize  £150, 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.

28th February 2018 1st  £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of All the Invisibles
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
28th February 2018 1st £600

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events. Judge Pascale Petit 1st Prize: £600 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Winners will be informed by Friday 12th April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. Entry £4 for one poem or £10 for three poem
Entry by post or email. For full rules and details please see
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:

1st March 2018 1st Publication

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. The laureate Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy is a single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. Prizes -A share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at the Wordsworth Trust. Judges Liz Berry, David Constantine.
Entry  £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

 Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online

2nd March 2018 1st £20,000

entry free
The 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is accepting entries now. The sum of £20,000 will be awarded for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up will receive £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000.Conditions for entry have changed a little for 2018. Whereas in previous years a collection could either be published or unpublished, it must now be unpublished; it can be submitted if it has been accepted for publication so long as the collection doesn’t appear in print before the announcement of the Prize, which will take place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. Poets should be no older than 30 years of age on the first day of January in the year of the Award, i.e. 1 January 2018 for the 2018 Award. Furthermore, those taking part must either have been born in Scotland, or continuously resident in Scotland for the last three years, or brought up in Scotland, or have a Scottish parent.There will be two judges on the panel, one of whom will always be Scottish.The judges for the 2018 award are Janice Galloway and John Glenday. Three copies (hard copy, not electronic) of an unpublished collection should be submitted.

Entries should be sent to:Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,  Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, EDINBURGH EH8 8DT

For rules and full details

5th March 2018 1st Publishing and reading

entry E10

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its exciting annual poetry competition. 

Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.

*the winner will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2018 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems after exhibition on the Arts Corridor are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.

*the winner will be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2018 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2018.

*the winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway if travelling for one night during the 2018 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

*the winner will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster

*the winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three poems €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Alternatively for online transfer contact the arts office.  Details below.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet. 

THE CLOSING DATE is Monday, March 5th 2018

THE JUDGE: The competition judge is Kevin Higgins.

For further details: Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:    

14th March 2018 1st £250

entry £5

Brittle Star Competition

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry : £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

For more details and an entry form please visit

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,

31th March 2018 1st E1,000

entry E12

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. Closing 31 March 2018. See

31st March 2018 1st £75

entry £4

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry : £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

For full competition details see

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.
9th April 2018 1st £150

entry £5

Binsted Arts Festival Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Jeremy Page. Prize-giving will be on Friday 8 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150, Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Country’.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website

For further details, rules & entry form visit

30th April 2018 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



30th April 2018 1st £600

enrtry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry  £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)
Entry form available at
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.

31st May 2018 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry  £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For further details see
7th June 2018 1st Publication and £100

entry £4

Mad Like Us

Open internationally to writers and artists. Unpublished poems up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health.Top prize 5 copies of the book, and £100. Runners up will also be included in the finished book and will receive 2 copies. Judges for each catergory include Eve Nortley Colin Kendall and Rowan Brooks.
Entry: £4 per entry

For full details and how to enter the illustration and flash fiction categories see

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.