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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.

 

 

23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2017

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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 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 https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-summer17.htm

7th August 2017 1st £500


entry£5
Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017
We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about hope to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30th September 2017. The winner will receive £500 Grand Prize + a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair; three runners up will each receive £50 and a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair. Winning poems will also be displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry £5 one poem, or three poems £10.

See http://www.poetrybookfair.com/p/competition_12.html  

14th August 2017 1st £100 vouchers



entry free

Carers UK Creative Writing and Photography Competition 2017

Closing date: 31 July 2017

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers

Entry free

Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz

In our fourth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, 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 two poems, each no longer than 40 lines

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

·         up to four photographs 

For further details and to enter: www.carersuk.org//creative

26th August 2017 1st  £600

entry £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2017

Sole Judge: Adam Horovitz Poems up to length: 70 lines. Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended. The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only). Online entry at http://buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/ or SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE
Entry  £4; £10/3 (postal entries); £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).
SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, 2 Little Bayshill Terrace, Cheltenham, GL50 3QE
28th August 2017 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 from writers of 18 years or over in the following two categories:

English as an Additional Language -  for poets who write in English as an additional language

Open category - for poets whose first language is English.

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

The competition is open for submissions until 11pm GMT on 28 August 2017, and our judge this year is the award-winning poet Helen Mort.
It costs the equivalent of £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may submit a maximum of ten poems. All poems must be unpublished.

More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available at http://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/ .

31st August 2017 1st £200


entry £4

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION (AUGUST 2017)

Closing Date: 31-August-2017

Details: 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)

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

Judge: Oz Hardwick

Contact: Enter Online or download Entry Form at http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Send Cheques/Postal Orders payable to SPM PUBLICATIONS LTD to:

SPM Publications Ltd, Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113 – 115 George Lane, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom

1st September 2017 1st Publication




entry £12
Overton Poetry Prize
n memory of Professor Bill Overton (1946-2012), the School of the Arts, English and Drama offers this prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, up to 300 lines. Judge: Helen Calcutt. The first-placed entry will be published in chapbook form by the University’s Lamplight Press. There will be two further prizes of £50 each. Much of Bill’s teaching and writing was on poetry, and the proceeds from this competition fund an early-career poet in residence for Loughborough University.
Entry  £12 per sequence of poetry can be made online.

Hard copy entries must be accompanied by a cheque to: Loughborough University, FAO: Lizzie Hobbs, LU Arts, Martin Hall, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU For online entry and full details see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/ Please direct any queries to e.hobbs@lboro.ac.uk

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:  

https://cornwallcontemporary.wordpress.com/making-waves-spoken-poetry-competion/

15th September 2017 1st $500

entry $15

27th SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest.  This contest is run by SLO NightWriters, the premiere writing organization on the Central Coast of California.

The call for entries begins June 15, 2017 and the deadline is September 15, 2017.  The theme of the contest this year is Liberation.

For the small entry fee of $15, participants may enter one or more of the following categories:

Flash/Short Fiction

Now it’s writer’s call with this new merged category.  Test your skill in composing a Flash Fiction piece, or choose the standard Short Fiction format – your choice!  Entries may be no longer than 1,500 words.

Poetry

Interpret the theme creatively in a poem up to 40 lines in length.

Creative Non-Fiction

This is a brand new category this year, by popular demand!  Tell any true story within the theme with a personal story, personal essay, or memoir up to 1,500 words.

Entries are accepted via Submittable, a secure online submissions management tool, at http://slonwgoldenquillwritingcontest.com/  and http://slonightwriters.org/ on the Enter Here link.

All contest rules and other contest information can be found on our webpage, http://SLONWGoldenQuillWritingContest.com/

15th September 2017 1st Pkt Hobnobs


entry free

We're a new UK based Poetry Magazine aiming at regular biweekly updates. We take submissions through email only at wantonfckerypoetry@gmail.com. We're a publisher primarily of anti-poetry and surreal trash.

We're also currently running a competition with a dealing of the 15th of September 2017. First prize is a packet of hobnobs and a hand drawn picture of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Entry is Free. As a Summary: Myth of Mogg Competition Adjudicator: WFP Editorial Team. Send us your myths on Mogg in whatever form your heart or kidneys desire. For further details visit https://wantonfuckery.wordpress.com/competitions/

22nd September 2017 1st Publication + $100 + reading




entry $20

:C&R Press Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series

Deadline: September 22, 2017

First Prize: 1-3 authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.

Summary: C&R Press is current reading submissions to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series. Entries are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22).

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.
We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more details. https://www.crpress.org/submissions/ 

29th September 2017 1st £10,000


entry £17.50

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017

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 £17.50

For more information see: http://www.manchesterwritingcompetition.co.uk/Poetry-Prize.php. 

30th September 2017 1st £150

entry £3

Salopian Poetry Society - 41st annual, open poetry competition

1st prize £150; 2nd £100; 3rd £50; ten consolation prizes of £20.

Maximum number of lines increased to 80.

Closing date 30th September 2017.

Full rules and entry form at :- thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk

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.
Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk
http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/cgi-bin/bwc17-home.cgi?page=2
30th September 2017 1st £250

entry £10

Hammond House Poetry Competition

Deadline 30 September 2017

First Prize £250  - Entry £10, members £5

International Poetry Prize 2017.  Judges: Christopher Sanderson, Robert Etty, and Paul Sutherland.   Award Ceremony 13th December 2017 at the UCG Grimsby.  First prize £250,  2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25.  Worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries.   Full details, rules and entry form, at https://www.hammondhousepublishing.com/2017-poetry-comp

30th September 2017 1st £300


entry £25

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017

The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
Entry
£25.00 per collection

For details see http://www.spmpublications.com/competitions/2017

16th October 2017 1st £2000

entry £6

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2017

Prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500 1 two-year subscription to the manhattan review 5 one-year subscriptions to poetry (from poetry foundation) 3 one-year subscriptions to poetry ireland review 2 one-year subscriptions to the rialto £100 troubadour restaurant gift voucher bottle of troubadour champagne plus, for all prize-winning poets, spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, Mon 27 nov 2017 with Imtiaz dharker & Michael Symmons Roberts submit via e-mail or post By Post: No entry form required.
Entry  £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5

Contact: For entry and more information: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

23rd October 2017 1st £100

entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SUMMER COMPETITION 2017

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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 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 https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-summer17.htm

31st October 2017 1st £500


entry £5

Bare Fiction Prize 2017

International awards for Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Short Story.Poetry: 40 lines Poetry Judge: Wayne Holloway-Smith. PRIZES (IN EACH CATEGORY) 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2018 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on our website, with the prizes to be awarded at the launch reading in Birmingham in Spring 2018. Each highly commended entry will also be published on the website.
Entry £5 per poem £2 entry discount for magazine subscribers.

See website for full competition rules and to download a postal entry form or enter online. http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/

31st October 2017 1st £5000


entry £6.50

National Poetry Competition 2017

The Poetry Society's annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems. Ten Prizes. First Prize: £5000, Second Prize: £2000, Third Prize: £1000, Seven commendations: £200. Judges: Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
entry
£6.50. Subsequent poems in the same submission cost £3.50 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get a free second poem, with subsequent poems at £3.50

For further information

14th November 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017

Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize  £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3  £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize  £25.00 2nd prize  £15.00 3rd prize x3  £10.00   free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges - Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

Downloadable forms available at http://www.barnetarts.org.uk/bbac/index_main.htm or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ

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 https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition.

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 www.themothmagazine.com.
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: https://tonguesandgrooves.com/category/competition-2/

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: www.clochoderickpress.co.uk 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 http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

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 www.theploughprize.co.uk

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

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

 
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.