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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.



31st December 2016 1st €10,000

entry €12.
The Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize
Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, plus 3 prizes of €1,000 for each of the shortlisted poems.
Looking for: Unpublished poems of any length. The four winning poems will appear in the spring issue of The Moth.
Further info: Judged by Deborah Landau, director of the creative writing program at New York University. 'Landau's killer wit evokes Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath - leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire,' says the Los Angeles Times of her work.
Visit website
31st December 2016 1st £50

entry £2

The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2016
The Pre-Raphaelite Society is delighted to announce its second Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize. First Prize will be £50 and publication in the Review of the Pre-Raphaelite Society.   Second and third-placed poems will also be published, along with two Commendations. 

Entry is open to all writers of any nationality, aged 18 years and over.

The competition will be judged by the Editor of the Society’s Review, Serena Trowbridge; and by the Society’s Poet-in-Residence, Sarah Doyle. All entries will be seen by both judges.

Poems may be in any style, but must be written in English.

Poems must in some way reflect an aspect (or aspects) of the lives or works of the Pre‑Raphaelite Brotherhood or their broader circle.

The closing date for the competition is 31st December 2016.

A maximum of three poems per entrant may be submitted.

Entry is £2 per poem, or £5 for the maximum of three poems

Full details and information at: 

31st December 2016 1st  £50

entry £3

Hour of Writes

Deadline: 31st December 2016

First prize: £50 or half of the total entry fees. Entry is £3. 

Summary: Hour of Writes is a literary creative outlet taking the form of a weekly peer-reviewed writing competition. We have a new topic and guest judge every week. The word limit is 2000 and we welcome fiction and poetry writers from anywhere in the world.

7th January 2017 1st £1,500

entry  £6

Robert Tannahill Poetry Competition

On the 242nd anniversary of the birth of Robert Tannahill, Read Raw Ltd, are delighted to announce a major new poetry prize for 2017.  The Read Raw Tannahill poetry Competition has a prize fund of £2,700 with a first prize in the main competition of £1,500, second £400 and third of £100 with two commended prizes of £50. In the Scots Language competition first prize is £500 and second £100.

Sally Evans will judge the competition. Sally is the Editor of Poetry Scotland and Poetry Editor of the Scots Language Centre Website

Winners will be announced on 16th March 2017 as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.

For mor information see

16th January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

Magma Poetry Competitions 2017

Two prizes. The Judges Prize (11-55 lines) and the Editors Prize (up to 10 lines) both have prizes of £1000 first prize, £300 second prize, £150 third prize. This year's main judge is Jane Draycott
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..

Contact: For further information, rules and entry details,  visit website at  

20th January 2017 1st £4000

entry £3

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition

The National Memory Day Creative Writing Competition invites entries from people of any age writing in English. We are looking for your poems and short stories which evoke our theme of MEMORIES. Max 100 lines for a poem. Max 1500 words for your short story All entries should include a completed cover sheet and should not have been published in print or online previously. Entries will be judged by leading writers, poets, professionals and a panel of young people. The categories for entry are: Best Poem Award – Prize £4000 Best Short Story Award, Prize £4000, Plymouth University Best Young Writer aged 15 -18 Award – Prize £2000, Best Primary Carer Voice Award – Prize £2000 The winners in each category will be announced at the National Memory Day celebrations on 18 May 2017
Entry Fee: £3 per first entry and £2 for all subsequent entries which are entered at the same time. All funds raised will go towards placing Poets-in-Residence in Memory Cafes around the UK to work with people living with memory loss..

This project is delivered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, Plymouth University and the Poetry Archive.For entry details please visit 

31st January 2017 1st £200 and publication in Prole

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2017

Prize: Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 22 in April 2017.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 22.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge: Macdara Woods

Time scale: We will receive entries from October 1st 2016 to January 31st 2017. Winners will be announced in issue 22 of Prole in April 2017 and on our website by April 20th 2017.

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. Please see or website for full details:
31st January 2017

Two prizes of $500 each



entry free
The 2017 College Undergraduate Poetry (CUP) Competition of the National Federation of State Poetry Societies gives two equal awards of $500; publication and 75 free copies; invitation plus travel stipend to be featured reader at NFSPS Annual Convention in Ft. Worth, TX, June 2017. MS of 10 poems accepted via For rules and link to Submittable, visit and click on "Poetry Contests" tab. Eligibility: Free and open to students in degree programs at accredited U.S. colleges during December-January submission period.
31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

First prize: £1,000 second prize: £300,third prize: £100,Plus 4 x £50 . The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines. The Judge is poet Catherine Smith.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, or for 3 or more poems £4 each. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to KENT & SUSSEX POETRY SOCIETY.

For further information see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition

Prizes 1st £1,000,2nd £500 3rd £250. Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition. No entrant may win more than one prize. Maximum length, excluding title and any blank lines, 40 lines.  .Judged by Philip Gross.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem

For further information see website at

31st January 2017

1st  £500

entry £4

The Interpreter's House 2017 Open House Poetry Competition 

Adjudicator: Niall Campbell.First Prize £500, Second Prize £150, Third Prize £100. Winning poems will be published in Issue 65.   Entry fee £4 single poem, £10 for three poems
For further details visit
31st January 2017 1st £500

entry £4
Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2017 - Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2016 and closes 31st Jan 2017. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Mario Petrucci. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Rebecca Gethin. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 18 March 2017, and winning poems will be published on our website. Contact:
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poemPostal entries . Online entries £4.50 each poem.

Contact: For more details visit from Nov 1st.

12th February 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition

Poems of any length, subject and style welcome. Prizes £100, £20, entry £3 per poem and £10 for four. Judge Jenny Lewis.

Please send by February 12th 2017  to Margaret Keeping, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG, cheques made to Edward Thomas Fellowship.

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

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) 


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.

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:

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
20th March 2017

1st  £150


entry £5.00 first poem,

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
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



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.