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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.





7th September 2018 1st 3£300

entry £3
Waltham Forest Poetry Competition
A Poets Corner Competition. The theme is A Bright Future and there are 3 prize categories: Adult, Young Poet, and a Local prize for anyone living, working or studying in Waltham Forest. This year's judge is Meryl Pugh.
Adult prize: 1st £300 | 2nd £200 | 3rd £100
Young Poets prize: 1st £50 | 2nd £30 | 3rd £20
Local prize: 1st £50 | 2nd £30 | 3rd £20
The top three poems in each category, plus a number of Commended poets, will be published in a prize winners’ anthology and on the Poets Corner website. The overall winner of the Adult and Young Poets’ competitions will be offered Poetry Society Membership.
Submit up to 4 poems, 40 lines maximum per poem, not including the title.
Poems are judged anonymously, so please don’t put your name or any identifying information on your poems.
For more information
14th September 2018 1st £2000

entry £10

Women's Poetry Competition 2 018

The Women's Poetry Prize, presented by Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society, is open to all those who identify as female, submitting up to three unpublished poems on any subject.

1st Prize: £2,000 (plus optional mentoring and writing retreat)

2nd Prize: £400

3rd Prize: £200

17 finalists win £25 each. All winning poems will be published in Mslexia and selected winners featured in the PBS Bulletin and on the PBS website.

Special Prize: £500 for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet.

For more information

14th September 2018 1st £10000

entry £17.50

Manchester Poetry Prize

£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).

Judging panel: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy and Adam O'Riordan (chair).

For more information

25th September 2018 1st Publication

entry £22

The Magma Open Pamphlet Competition

Magma is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and in the run-up to this milestone they are inviting entries to their first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published and a celebratory launch reading in 2019. 
1st prize: publication of the winning pamphlet and launch reading

The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in Magma. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on  our website.

Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback.

Judged by Magma editors.


30th September 2018 1st prize from Pendle

entry free

The Pendle War Poetry Competition is open for entries.

First and second prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: UK & Ireland Under 18, Overseas Under 18, Pendle Adult, UK & Ireland Adult, Overseas Adult.

The winning entrants will each be awarded a certificate as well as a free copy of the annual competition anthology. 

The poem should have War as its theme and can relate to any era: Ancient Rome, Crusades, Civil War, Napoleonic, Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Falklands, Middle East – or any other conflict. It does not have to be about fighting and killing and can also reflect political or social aspects of the theme.

30th September 2018 1st  $100

entry $10

Wax Poetry and Art presents
The Christmas Poem Contest 2018
This year, on Christmas morning, poets around the world will open a letter
and read the winning poem of this contest -- The Christmas Poem. It could
be yours. Everyone who enters receives the print version of the winning
poem, to be opened on Christmas Day, 2018.

Contest closes September 30, 2018. Cost to enter is $10 CAD per poem.

The winner receives $100 plus royalties (if accrued).

30th September 2018 1st £500

entry £6

Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme.


30th September 2018 1st £200

entry £3

Salopean Poetry Society's Annual Open Poetry Competition

Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50; 5 consolation prizes of £30; £50 best humour poetry. Entry fee is £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members. Looking for: Poetry, up to 80 lines. Email: Website:

30th September 2018 1st $1,500

entry $12

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: See website

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: $12 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

16th 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 via Submittable at

3rd October 2018 1st £500

entry US$6

The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English announces the 29th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition - Submission Period  Entries must be received no later than October 3rd 2018.

First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.

Ten honorable mentions are awarded.

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2019 poetry anthology.

Entries may deal with any topic.

Focus need not be Jewish or Israeli.Challenging, humorous, and/or eccentric poetry is welcome, but typographical tricks are discouraged.

Poems should be unpublished (in print and online) however poems only published in the Voices Israel Newsletter are exempt from this provision.

Maximum length is 41 lines, including stanza breaks, subtitles and epigraphs, but not including title.

Poems are judged without the poets’ names. Please omit your names from files submitted.

Entry Fees: US$6 for one poem, US$12 for 3 poems, US$18 for 6 poems.

Submission and payment via “Submittable”. Click the link to submit directly:
Or see full guidelines and submission details at

Poets having difficulty using Submittable should contact Mark Levinson at
22nd October 2018 1st £2000

entry £6

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018

judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra

first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018

Fees: Â£6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal on website (PayPal account not required) OR via cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry

By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to or; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight (your local time) on Mon 22 Oct 2018; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 22 Oct 2018Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing

31st October 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Poetry Prize 2018

Cannon Poets are pleased to announce this year’s popular Sonnet or Not Prize. You are invited to write a poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length. You may choose any one of the traditional sonnet forms, or experiment with alternative 14 line forms perhaps using half rhyme, metarhyme or blank verse.

This year’s judge is Jo Bell, an award-winning poet working across the UK with poetry talents from Ian McMillan to Brian Patten and Gwyneth Lewis. Jo is the former director of National Poetry Day, sometime programmer for Ledbury Poetry Festival and others, and occasional broadcaster. Jo is the Canal Laureate of the UK and devised the immensely successful online poetry group 52.


First Prize: £500

Second Prize: £250

Third Prize: £125

Established in 1983, Cannon Poets meet monthly in Moseley, Birmingham. They also arrange workshops, readings and displays of members’ work and produce a quarterly magazine, The Cannon’s Mouth.

31st October 2018 1st £1000

entry £5
The Plough Prize
Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus the Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition - maximum length 10 lines. For previously unpublished poems on any subject.
The prizes in each category:

1st prize: £1,000

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £250 

Both competitions will be judged by Pascale Petit.

For more information

31st October 2018 1st £150

entry £3
Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018
Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Looking for: An unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words. Email: Website:
31st October 2018 1st E1000

entry E5

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: €1,000, week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, travel costs up to €600 and  accommodation for four days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, €500, €250  Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines. Entry fee: €5, €20 for five poems. Email:  Website:

31st October 2018 1st £5000

entry £7

National Poetry Competition

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or older. The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

1st Prize: £5000

2nd Prize: £2000

3rd Prize: £1000

Seven commendations: £200

Judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron.

For your Information

30th November 2018 1st Publication

entry £20

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition

The littoral press will be holding a yearly competition for a full collection of nature, spiritual and 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).

Realising how difficult it may be to submit a full poetry collection made up entirely of Nature, spiritual or environmental poems, as long as the majority of the poems (i.e. more than half) are either directly or indirectly concerned with nature, spirituality or the environment, the collection will be deemed an acceptable submission. 

The adjudicator will not give any preference as far as the number of nature poems in relation to the number of poems on other subjects. Although, as stated earlier, the objective of the competition was to publish more nature poetry, the whole collection will be judged on the merits of all the poems in the collection and not just the nature/spiritual/environmental work

See  - 

30th November 2018 1st £100

Entry fee £5 for two poem

Against the Grain Poetry Press - Poem Competition 2018

First prize – £100, Second prize – £50, Third prize – £25. Judges – Abegail Morley, Jessica Mookherjee and Karen Dennison (ATG editors). We are looking for a competition winner‘s poem we like enough to submit to the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. First, second and third prize winners will be invited to read at an ATG event. Winning poems will be published on our website. To enter and for more details 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.
31st December 2018 1st £200

entry free
Brexit in Poetry

Holland Park Press invites any poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. The competition will not be judged on whether you are for or against leaving the EU but about how you’ve put the poem together: use of language, rhythm, sound, imagery, etc.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the online magazine.

Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems. 

The actual word Brexit does not have to appear, but the poem needs to be inspired by Brexit, for example by throwing a new light on being in or out of the EU, or by expressing something that hasn’t been voiced before, but make sure to stay away from clichés.

2nd December 2018 1st $50 CAN

entry 1 poem free

Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets to submit to The Calgary Poetry
Contest #2. This contest creates a cultural exchange between the
international community of poets
, and poets residing in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. Prizes are offered for First Place and Top Calgary Poet.

One poem may be submitted for free. Contest closes December 2, 2018.

Read guidelines 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.