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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.



13th February 2017 1st £350

entry £7

John Dryden Translation Competition 2017

Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Any language into English. Any genre, Literary translation includes poetry, prose or drama from any period. A maximum of 20 pages First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one £12 for two or £16 for three entries

Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to: 
Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to: Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London London – EC1V 0HB.
Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website:

15th February 2017

1st  £100

entry £4

Hove Grown Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Beth Somerford. Prize-giving will be on 1 or 2 April as part of the Hove Grown festival.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25.  Smeuse Prize £25 for the best poem with a Brighton/Hove theme.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Entry fee from £4 for one to £15 for six

Winning poems will be published in an anthology
For further details, rules & entry form visit
15th February 2017 1st  £1000

entry £4

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017

The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £1000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper. Judge Gwyneth Lewis
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Email poems to: Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See for festival details. For full competition entry details see

17th February 2017

1st  £3,000


entry  free

Christopher Tower Poetry competition Judges Vahni Capildeo and Sarah Howe. Free entry for 16-18 year olds in UK. Theme 'Stone'. Prize-giving will be on 19 April 2017 at Christ Church, University of Oxford. First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000 Third £500. Commended winners £250. Further details, rules, online entry visit

27thFebruary 2017 1st  £500

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017

1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

For rules and details of postal and online entry see

28th February 2017 1st £50

entry £2

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition

The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

For full details of conditions of entry visit the website  

28th February 2017 1st £500

entry £5

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017

Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page.Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards.Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.”
Entry £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.
1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £6

Nature and Place Poetry competition.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie.

Not only that, this year RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a new prize on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2017.

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.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) 

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 2017 1st  publications

entry  £8

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website

1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2016/17 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 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new 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. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Fee: £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

3rd March 2017 1st £500

entry £8
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
Themes: Choose between a) "Wrong is a difficult word" (from Young Art and Old Hector) and b) "Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep" (from The Green Isle of the Great Deep).
Looking for: Up to 40 lines.
Closing date: 3rd March 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize £500; 2nd Prize £300; 3rd prize £200; highly commended and commendeds.
Entry fee: £8.
Further info: The lead judge for the 2016/17 competition is author Michel Faber.
For queries please email competition administrator
For full information and entry forms please go to
6th March 2017

1st  £100


 entry £4

Hove Grown Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Beth Somerford. Prize-giving will be on 2 April as part of the Hove Grown festival.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25.  Smeuse Prize £25 for the best poem with a Brighton/Hove theme.  Entry fee from £4 for one to £15 for six.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  

Winning poems will be published in an anthology
For further details, rules & entry form visit
10th March 2017 1st £10,000

entry from publishers only
The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000)
The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000)
The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Please let us know, via Submittable, the titles and authors of the collections you are submitting by 10 March 2017.
The deadline for sending us physical copies of the books is 24 March 2017.
20th March 2017



Entry fee £4

The Otley Poetry Prize 2017 Judge by The Otley Town Poet, Matthew Hedley Stoppard.   WIinners to read at Prizegiving event April/ May (date tbc).  Prizes £250, £50 and the Otley Prize for poet connected to the town:   £25.  Entry fee £4    3 for £10

Full details at

20th March 2017

1st  £150


entry £5.00 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Clare Best Prize-giving will be on Saturday 10 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150 Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Harvest’    entry £5.00 first poem,  £3. 00 all subsequent

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
26th March 2017 £100

entry £3


Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number, between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

There is no theme this year. Open entry. Closing date for the competition 26 March 2017. Entry fee is £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

For full rules go to  or email

31st March 2017 1st E1000

entry £12
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2017
€1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar for a single poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by John Hegley. No line limit. You can enter as many poems as you like.  
Entry fee: €12
Closing date: 31 March 2017.
31st March 2017 1st $125 and publication

entry $25

Vallum Chapbook Contest

SUMMARY: Submit 12 - 20 pages of poetry for the chance to be published alongside some of the best poets writing today. 

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2017

FIRST PRIZE: $125 and publication


1st April 2017 1st $1000

entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Happy New Year! Our 16th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We'll award $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online via Submittable.
 7th April 2017.  1st €500

entry E10
Poets Meet Politics Competition 2017
Entry fee: €10 is payable per entry of up to three poems.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines and must be on any theme related to politics.
Further info: Entries should be previously unpublished in printed or online format, and should not be currently under consideration for publication or competition elsewhere. 
19th April 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.
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
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 10th October 2016
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please 
do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;  
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10
For further details and to enter online see Poetry Kit Competition
30th April 2017

First prize £600




Entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2017

Adjudicator – Tamar Yoseloff
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.    

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



30th April 2017 1st Writers summer school place

entry £5
Swanwick 2017
Prizes: 1st - A fully inclusive week at the 2017 Summer School for the winner in each category; 2nd - Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal; 3rd - a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017.
Entry fee: £5 for each piece of work entered.
Theme for all entries this year is 'Escape'.
The categories are: A poem up to 40 lines; A short story up to 1,000 words and Children's fiction up to 1,000 words.
Further info: Swanwick Summer School, which runs from 12-18 August, is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. It offers a full programme of courses, workshops, speakers, panels and optional one to one sessions.
30th April 2017 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 7 July 2017

Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

Sole judge: Hannah Lowe 

Entry form available at

or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email:

30th April 2017 1st €500

entry €12

Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern

Silver Wyvern  theme: Metal, (max 40 lines) judged by patron, Carol Ann Duffy.

Other categories: Formal (40), Short (10) no set themes.

1st €500, other prizes. Awards 6th - 9th October

Online & postal entries.

Post (send 2 copies, one named): single poem £8 (€ 12), further poems £6 (€10) each: UK cheques to G.Griffin-Hall , send to POTL28016 Isola San Giulio NO, Italy. Online entries see:

31st May 2017 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2016 will receive two hundred and fifty 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. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. Adjudicator: Maggie Butt.
Entry £3.00

For full conditions of entry see: Postal entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ.

31st May 2017

1st  £100

 entry fee £4

The Waltraud Field National  Open Poetry Competition Adjudicator of short list Gladys Mary Coles.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
Winning poems will be published on the Festival website
Further details, rules & entry form on

15th June 2017  1st £300

entry £300

Segora 11th International Poetry Competition

Original unpublished poems, any subject, any style up to 50 lines

Prizes: £300, £50, £30

Entry fees: £5, £2.50 subsequent entries

Judge: A. C. Clarke

Jocelyn Simms, 1 rue de la Sèvre, 79380 St. André-sur-Sèvre, France

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Closing date: 15th June

Winning poems published on website

Proceeds from competition entries donated to Médecins Sans Frontières

30th June 2017 1st £100

entry £3.5

Earlyworks Press Poetry Competition 2017

£100 first prize, £25 runner up, £5 for any shown on the website.
£3.50 per poem, £15 for up to six entries.

For rules and conditions see Send paper copy to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre, 45 Robertson Street , Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL or e-copy to Payment in pounds sterling. POs or cheques payable to Kay Green.

3rd September 2017
1st £600

entry £6

Making Waves! Spoken Poetry Competition Judge: Luke Wright. Prize-giving will be in early November in Falmouth, Cornwall.  First Prize £600 Second £250, Third £150

Poets are invited to enter digital sound files for this ground-breaking poetry competition. Short spoken poems (200 seconds max) will be judged anonymously. The winning entries will be those that make the best overall impression with their content and delivery.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to perform their winning poems at the prize-giving and the sound files will be available to listen to on the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival website.
For further details, rules & entry form visit:

30th September 2017 1st £300

entry £6
Bedford Writing Competition 2017
Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;Poem £100. All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees: £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words. Poems: up to 40 lines.
Further info: Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
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.