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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.



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25th July 2014 1st £300

entry £6

2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.

Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.

Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.

To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.

The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.

A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.

£300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.

ENTRY FORMS: NWP 2014 entry form (Word doc)   NWP 2014 entry form (PDF)

Our judges this year are:

Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University

Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC

Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally

Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

31st July 2014 1st $10,000

entry -US only see website

Library of Congress Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize

The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2014 prize will be awarded in the fall.

The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, is given biennially. It will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years, 2012 and 2013, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for the best book; the lifetime achievement awarding is at the sole discretion of the prize jury and the Librarian of Congress.

Applications must be postmarked by July 31, 2014. Guidelines for submission, as well as a list of previous winners, can be found at

The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed chair, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry; coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures and symposia; and sponsors prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit

30th July 2014 1st  £200

entry £4

Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poems-on-a-Beermat Poetry Competition.

Adjudicator: Martin Malone. Prize giving will be on Wednesday September 3rd

2014 at the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. All 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their winning poems at the event, which will also feature a reading by Martin Malone. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.

First Prize £200 Second £50, Third £25. All 10 shortlisted entrants will have their poems printed on beermats to be widely distributed in pubs in Bradford on Avon during the town's Arts Festival in September, and will receive prizes of 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.

Entry fee £4, or £10 for three poems, with subsequent entries at £3.

For further information, rules & entry details, visit

31st July 2014 1st $250

entry $5
The Dream Quest One Poetry Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing one's innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry. Welcome to everyone having the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form. Must be neatly hand printed or legibly typed. Multiple entries are accepted. All works must be original. Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5(USD) per poem.  Postmark deadline: July 31, 2014. Send your name, address, phone#, email address with brief biographical info (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Include a self addressed stamped envelope. Make fee(s) payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM. Mail entri(es)/fee(s) to: Dream Quest One Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654. Visit for details on how to enter
31st July 2014 1st £1000

entry ?

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People is open to children aged 10 to 13 years. Our aim is to encourage children to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry.

Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) a poem on the sense of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street – whatever moves them to write. We are asking them to capture in words what that place means to them

The first prize is a £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school) as well as four Eurostar tickets. £50 book tokens are awarded to commended entrants. Junior/primary schools entering a whole class will receive a copy of The Puffin Book of Modern Children’s Verse on receipt of entries and secondary/senior schools, The Rattle Bag. We organise eight poet visits a year to schools entering the competition.

Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 2nd October, on the concourse of St Pancras station, next to the bronze statue of John Betjeman by Martin Jennings.

The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.

The competition is free to enter and closes on 31st July. Please see website for details and an online entry form.

12th August 2014
1st  £300

entry £3

Nottingham Open Poetry Competition

Closing date: 12th August 2014

Prizes:  1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £75, + ten Merit prizes of £10 each

Sole Adjudicator: Helen Mort

Length: up to 40 lines

Fees:  £3 per poem, £10 for 4 poems. Cheques payable to Nottingham Poetry Society

Entries to: The Competition Secretary, 38 Harrow Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7DU

Further details from:

15th August 2014 1st $100 + chapbook publication

entry $12

Please submit manuscripts between 20 – 50 pages in length.  Ideally, poems should all be connected in some tangible way.

Preference is for well edited poetry with strong imagery and a distinct voice.

There are no subject guidelines.  Winner will receive a $100 minimum cash prize after signing a publishing contract and 20 copies of their book upon publication. The prize amount will vary based on number of entries received, but it will not be less than $100.

There is a $12 entry fee.
All entrants will receive a copy of the winning submission.
Winner will be announced in September.

15th August 2014 1st $300

entry $10
2014 Mind Magazine INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition.  $300 for first prize, $150 for second prize, and $50 each for three honorable mentions.  Winners will be published in Mind Magazine's top talent showcase section.  All poems submitted will be considered for standard publication.  Submit 1–3 unpublished poems, up to three pages each.  Entry fee $10, check or money order to Mind Magazine, PO Box 387, O’Brien, OR 97534; or via PayPal to  Deadline for all entries is August 15th.  Winner will be announced in September, 2014.  The Mind Magazine 2014 INSIGHT Poetry Prize Competition will be judged by award winning poet Michael Spring and Editor-in-chief Rich Norman.  For more information visit
17th August 2014 1st £600

entry £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition
Sole Judge: Jonathan Davidson (will read all entries).
Closing date AUGUST 17TH

Poems up to length: 70 lines.

Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended.
The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only).
Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries);
£4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal).
Online entry or
SEND SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN

23rd August 2014 1st  £50

entry £2

Saveas Writers' International Writing Competition 2014 - Reflections on the Great War

EEEEEeeeeeeeeentries are invited of short works of poetry or prose written in response to any work of art associated with World War One. 'Work of art' in this context can be a painting, a song, a poem, even a film or a soundtrack to a film. The interpretation of the term is entirely up to the entrant. Poetry judge: Marilyn Donovan. First Prize £50, Second Prize £30, Third Prize £20. Poems: maximum length 50 lines. Your name must not appear on your hard copies but please include a covering letter with your name, contact details, and titles of the entries.
Entry Fee: £2 per poem
Send hard copies to: Luigi Marchini, Chairman, SaveAs Writers, 35 Spillett Close, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8QP. Payment to be sent to the above address. Cheques payable to 'SaveAs Writers.' Electronic entries to be sent to
and headed 'poetry' or 'prose.' Electronic payments to be made via Paypal and to incur 50p administration charge. For more details visit:
29th August 2014 1st £10,000

entry  £17.50

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2014

The 2014 Manchester Poetry Prize will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the poems submitted. All entrants are asked to submit a portfolio of three to five poems (total maximum line length: 120). The poems can be on any subject, and in any style, but must be new work, not previously published or currently under consideration elsewhere.

First Prize: £10,000   Entry Fee: £ £17.50
If you have any queries, or would like to be sent a printed entry pack for postal submission, contact the Manchester Writing School at MMU, on: +44 (0) 161 247 1787/1797; .
31st August 2014 1st £200

entry £4


Closing Date: 31-August-2014 

For original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. This competition is open to all poets regardless of nationality, living anywhere in the world. Judge: Will Daunt. 

Prizes: £200 (First), £75 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (High Commendation). 

The winners and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. 

Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/ 4, £12/5, £16/7, and £22 for 10 poems. 

Enter online and pay securely by PayPal or print out an Entry Form for postal entries at:  

Or send your poems with a cover note titled ‘Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition August 2014’, together with a cheque/postal order for the applicable payment in favour of SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT to: Sentinel Poetry Movement, Unit 136, 113-115 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AB, United Kingdom 


31st August 2014 1st $100

entry $9

Contests for Blue Lyra Review (Guidelines and Submission link here

(3) Blue Lyra Flash Fiction Prize  – 1000 word max. Judge: Stefanie Freele, author of Surrounded by Water. $9 per entry, $15 with anthology. July 1 – Aug 31.
(4) Blue Lyra Poetry Prize  – 65 line max. Judge: Katherine E. Young, author of Day of the Border Guards. Guidelines online & Submittable link. Prize: $100 per category. $9/3 entries, $15 with anthology. $9 per entry, $15 with anthology. July 1 – Aug 31.

31st August 2014 1st  £250

entry £5

Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize

Two categories: Open (Over 16s) and Young (Under 18s)

Open Category: First prize: £250 Second prize: £150 Third prize: £100

 Entry fee £5 plus 2.50 per extra poem

Judges: Professor John Whale, University of Leeds (Open)

Dr Paul Maddern, University of Leeds (Young)

Young Category: First, Second and Third Prize: Book Token

Free entry

For further details, rules and entry form visit:

31st August 2014 1st  £500

entry  £10

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an annual celebration of outstanding poetry and short fiction from around the world. Championing and supporting emerging and established writers and poets, the award provides an opportunity for them to showcase their work to an international audience.

Deadline for submissions: 31 August 2014

Short Fiction Winner: £500

Poetry Winner: £500

A selection of books for both winners

Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual for both winners and all finalists

Entry fee: £10 permits the submission of two works into one category.

see website for details -

1st September 2014 1st £200

entry    £4

Westhope College, Open Poetry Competition.

Dead line: 1st September 2014

First prize: £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, 4th £25.  Entry fee: £4 & £2, no limit

Poems in English, any subject, up to 40 lines, two copies required please.

Contact: Entry form if required, available from website - www,

Postal entries to Westhope College, Craven Arms, Shropshire SY7 9JL

Results night party Wednesday 1st October 2014 at Westhope College.

Entry form available from website link to:-

The poem submission form is on:-

Online payment is via:-

So payment can be made through their website, or by cheque, or by credit card via Westhope  01584 861293. 

8th September 2014 1st £200

entry £5

Ealing Autumn Festival Poetry Competition 2014 

Adjudicator: George Szirtes.  Winners will be announced at the Festival event on October 21st 7.30pm at Drayton Court Hotel, 2 The Avenue, Ealing, London W13 8PH. Winners will be invited to read their poems.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website. 

Category 1:  adults (19 years and over)

First Prize £200, Second Prize £100, Third Prize £50. Entry fee: £5 for one poem, £2 for additional poems

(max 4)  Category 2: 18 years & under  First Prize £85, Second Prize £45, Third Prize £20. First poem free, £2 for additional poems (max 4)   

Subject for both categories:  Constellations 

For further details, rules & entry form visit  Enquiries to  or ring

020 8567 7623.
8th September 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
15th September 2014 1st $500

entry  $6

The 25th Annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Ten honorable mentions are awarded. Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2015 Poetry Anthology.

  • Poems should be unpublished.
  • 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.
  • Maximum length is 40 lines, including stanza breaks but not including title.
  • Poems are judged without the poets' names.
  • Submission period: Entries no later than September 15th, 2014.
15th September 2014 1st % of entry fees

entry  $5

Aquillrelle Poetry Contest 6, Full details can be found at 

A few important details:

- contest ends 15 September 2014.

- entry fees: 1 poem $5, 2 poems $ 8, any poem from 3rd and further at $1.

- all the entry fees will be re-distributed as prizes.

19th September 2014 1st £100

entry £4

Nantwich Words and Music Festival 2nd Open Poetry Competition Adjudicator of shortlist :  Luke Wright. Poems of up to 40 lines on any subject

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25 Local prize 2 free gig tickets
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Words and Music festival.  Winning poems will be published on the festival website.  
For further details, rules & entry form, visit:

Postal entries to :Words and Music Festival Committee,15 Horton Way, Nantwich Cheshire, CW5 7GD
26th September 2014 1st £100

entry £2


For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.  1st prize £100, 2nd prize £50, 3rd prize £25, 5 prizes £10 each, 5 Highly commended.   Closing date 26 September

Entry fee £2 per poem.  Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed.

Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number.

Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council)) to Skipton Library Poetry Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send sae for details to above address.

30th September 2014 1st £100

entry £4

Crewe and District Writers’ Circle

Golden Anniversary Poetry Competition

Adjudicator of short list: John Lindley.

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25

Write  poem not exceeding 40 Lines on the theme of celebration

Send poems plus a separate sheet with contact details to :

Crewe and District  Writer’s Circle, 2 Barony Road, Nantwich Cheshire CW5 5 PL.For acknowledgements or results please send an sae or download competition details  from the website       

30th September 2014 1st  $1000

entry $16

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judge: To Be Announced

Tom Howard Prize of $1,000 for a poem in any style or genre

Margaret Reid Prize of $1,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100 (any style)

Entry fee: $16 for a set of 1-2 poems (any length)

12th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers. Submit poems of any length and style. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (nearly one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 50,000 subscribers. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

20th October 2014 1st £5000

entry £5

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014

Sponsored by Cegin Productions

judged by amy wack & neil astley with both judges reading all poems

prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500
plus 20 prizes of £25 each
plus a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket
plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading
with amy wack & neil astley
on mon 1st dec 2014
…for all prize-winning poets

submissions, via e-mail or post, by mon 20th oct 2014

for further details see website at 

15th October 2014 1st $2000 + publication

entry $25

Negative Capability Press 2014 Poetry Book Competition.

$25 entry fee. Judge: Amy King. For details, rules and submission information please visit

31st October 2014 1st £5000

entry £6

The 2014 National Poetry Competition 

This year the judges are Glyn Maxwell, Roddy Lumsden and Zoë Skoulding and the prizes are £5,000 for the overall winner, £2,000 for the second, £1,000 for the third, with seven commendations of £100. The top three winners are also published in the Poetry Society's leading international journal, The Poetry Review. The deadline is 31 October and you can enter online now or download an entry form from the Poetry Society website.
Since its launch in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition has marked a milestone in the careers of many of today’s leading poets. Previous winners include Philip Gross, Jo Shapcott, Tony Harrison, and the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
6th November 2014 1st £2000

entry £7

The Charles Causley Poetry Competition 2014

Deadline: Thu 6 Nov 2014

The Charles Causley Trust exists to promote the work of the late poet Charles Causley

1. The Charles Causley Poetry Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, aged 18 and over by the closing date of the competition.

2. Entries must be in English.

3. The closing date of the competition is 12 noon (UK time), 6th November 2014.

4. First prize is £2000.

Runners up awards: 2nd: £250 3rd: £100

There will also be 5 Highly Commended Awards of £30 each.

5. There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make, but additional entries incur further entry fees.

6. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and payment to be accepted. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges. One entry form may cover multiple entries.

7. Postal Entries Only will be accepted and must be addressed Charles Causley Poetry Competition, Literature Works, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, PL4 8AA

For more information and to send your work 

1st December 2014 1st publication

entry £10 (£11online)
Templar Poetry Quarterly Pamphlet Competition
for ten to twelve pages of poetry
31st December 2014 1st €10,000

entry €12

The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize 2014

Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine, there are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem  €10,000 for the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of €1,000. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth. This year’s judge is Michael Symmons Roberts. Further details can be found at

27th January 2015 1sdt E500

entry E5

2nd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition

(closing date 27th January 2015)

Prize: 500 euro plus Reading

Entry fee: 5 euro

Each week on Tuesday at midday (GMT), as of the 14th of April 2014, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal competition page at Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that must include all five words for that week. At noon the following Tuesday, these words are no longer eligible, and replaced with five new words. The competition will run for a total of forty-one weeks, until the last week of January 2015.

A single prize of 500 euro will be awarded to one winner, and if available, then invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s seventh anniversary event, on Monday 13th of April 2015 (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). A shortlist of twelve poems including the overall winner will be announced during the first week of March, 2014.The shortlisted poems and winning entry will also be published in Five Words Vol VIII – the next annual anthology of five word poems, launched at the same event.

Judges for this year's competition are Jennifer Matthews and Billy Ramsell. 

Click here to enter and for submission guidelines>>>>    
31st March 2015 1st $500

entry $8.50 (AUST)

The W B Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia

is now accepting entries for the 2014 Prize CLOSING DATE IS March 31, 2015
First Prize AU $500. 00 and Certificate  Second Prize AU $100. 00 and Certificate
Commendation Certificates
The W B Yeats Poetry Prize is open to residents of Australia

for previously unpublished poems.

The 2014 prizes will announced on June 13, 2015 the 150 birthday of W B Yeats

For further details please see website 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.