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Poetry Competitions


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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.



26th May 2017. 1st £1500

entry £6.50
Wigtown Poetry Competition
Prizes: £1,500, £400, Gaelic Prize £250, Scots Prize £250, 8x£25 runners-up.
Entry fees: 1 poem £6.50; 2 poems £13; 3 poems £17; 4 poems £22; 5 poems £27. For further poems see website.
Looking for: poems, up to 40 lines in English, Scots or Scots/Irish Gaelic.
Further info: All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
30th May 2017 1st £20

entry free
Cruddy Poetry Contest
A Cruddy was developed in 2009 by the poet Ephraim Crud. It comprises four lines of no fixed syllables, with a rhyme scheme AABB. The last line is a reversal/twist of the first. £20 Winner takes. Minium entries per person 4. The poems in this contest and on this site as a whole, are not used by Screech Magazine for any other purpose other than reads on this site.Judge Anita Zehavi
Free to enter

For details goto

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 £500

entry  £10
Wundor Poetry Contest 2017
The prize for the competition will be £500. Open to 16 year and over. The winning poet will also have their work published on the Wundor website, and will be strongly considered for print publication.The prize-winners will receive multiple copies of any Wundor publication which includes their work. Each entry may consist of up to six poems of unlimited length. The poems must react in some way to the theme of ‘Spring’, but poets are encouraged to use the theme innovatively. Entrants retain the copyright to all submitted work, but the poems must be previously unpublished. The contest will be judged by an impartial, external judge. We will be appointing the judge within the next week. The competition is based in the UK and judged by Caroline Price.
Entry Fee: £10 for an entry of up to six poems

For details see

31st May 2017 1st £200

entry £4


For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x 3 (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).

First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) on 31st July, 2017. Results: will be announced on 15-July-2017

Judge: Anthony Watts

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

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at

31st May 2017 1st  £500

entry free
Bread and Roses Poetry Award
In partnership with Unite the Union, Culture Matters is a web platform ( which promotes a progressive political approach to the arts and other cultural activities. The purpose of the new Award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to encourage those communities to engage more with poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize. The judges will be Andy Croft from Smokestack Books, and Mary Sayer from Unite. Entries should consist of three poems, each no more than 50 lines long. Entry is open to everyone regardless of trade union membership, and is free. Entries should broadly deal with any aspect of working class life, communities and culture and show commitment to the common people, the common good and the common music of poetry.The winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at the Unite conference in Durham in July.
Entry Fee: £0

Poems should be sent via email to:, or by post to Culture Matters, c/o 8 Moore Court, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8QE.

31st May 2017 1st £1000

entry £9
Bridport Prize 2017
International open competition founded in 1973. Poetry Catergory: 1st prize £5,000 / 2nd prize £1,000 / 3rd prize £500 plus ten highly commended awards of £100. Poems max 42 lines. Poetry Judge Lemn Sissay. See Bridport Prize website for details of other writing categories and prizes for short stories, flash fiction and first novel award. The winning and highly commended poems, short stories and flash fiction are published in an annual anthology. Winners will be notified in September and the results will be published on the Bridport prize website on 21 October 2017
Entry Fee: £9 per poem

Contact: Submissions  online at forms are available to download at

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

2nd June 2017 1st  £175

entry £4
Wirral Festival of Firsts 7th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Gill McEvoy.  Prize Giving takes place at West Kirby Arts Centre on Sunday 9th July at 5.00pm.
First Prize £175, Second Prize £75, Third Prize £50 with 2 Highly Commended prizes of £10 each and a special Wirral Prize of £30.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website with the writers’ permission.
For further details, rules & entry form visit
15th June 2017  1st £300

entry £5

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

18th June 2017 1st £500

entry  £6

Welsh Poetry Competition

Our 2017 international contest is now open and accepting entries!
Prize money
1st Prize – £500
2nd Prize – £250
3rd Prize – £100
plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries
Judge – Kathy Miles
To enter
Closing date: Sunday 18th June 2017

19th June 2017

1st £200


Entry: £5.00


Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year

The judges are last year's winner, Jen Syrkiewicz, Nancy Gaffield (University of Kent) and Derek Sellen (SaveAs Writers)

Poems of up to 60 lines on any theme.  1st prize £200, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100 and £50, with prizes for ‘People’s Choice’ and best read poem. Longlisted entries are published in an anthology.

For more details and entry procedure go to:

19th June 2017 1st £2000

entry £7

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2017 is for poems of any length and in any style.

Judge: Sinead Morrissey

1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: A mentoring session with the Poetry Editor at Seren, and a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park.

PLUS Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously unpublished woman poet.

2nd Prize: £400; 3rd Prize: £200

17 Runners up: £25 each

Entry Fee: £7 for up to 3 poems

All winning poems will be published in the September 2017 issue of Mslexia.

CLOSING DATE: 19 June 2017

For more information, and to enter: 

21st June 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Milestones National Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud. Judge: Brian Patten.

First prize £500, second £100, and third £25. Separate prize for under-16s (£100). Free anthology for prize winners and commended poets.

The competition is open to all internationally but must be in English and up to 40 lines in length.

Results announced - early August 2017.

Entry fee £5 per poem, three poems for £10, subsequent poems in same entry, £3

Entrants aged 15 and under £1 per poem

Prize-giving - the winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony in Long Compton, Warwickshire on 7 October, 2017.

For further details, visit

21st June 2017 1st £1000

Entry £5

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017 Closing Date 21-June-2016

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines

Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25.

Judge: Maura Dooley

Entry: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.

Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

26th June 2017 1s £200

Entry £3.5


Organised by PennyBank Writers of Mere

 Max. 40 lines.   Open Section Sole Judge: Dawn Gorman

 Cash Prizes - £200, £100, £50,  3 x £15 Runners -Up  

Certificates of Distinction & Merit 

 Closing Date: Monday June 26th   Entry Fee: £3.50 first poem then £2.50

Full details -

30th June 2017 1st €1,000

entry €25

The International Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2017 is now open for submissions!

First Prize is €1,000 and Second Prize €500. Both winning poets will have their chapbook published and each receive 50 free copies, as well as being offered a reading and three nights' accommodation
at Cork 2018 International Poetry Festival (

The competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country BUT at least one of the winners will be a debutante (with no chapbook or book published previously). Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

Manuscripts must be 16 to 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant with no pastiches, translations or 'versions'. The poems can be in verse or prose. Each chapbook is guaranteed a review in Southword Literary Journal.

The winning chapbooks will be published in February 2018 with ISBNs, barcodes and will be offered for sale internationally through our own website, Amazon, and selected independent book sellers. The winning poets will be offered a reading and given three nights' accommodation at the 2018 Cork Spring Poetry Festival. An entrance fee of €25 will be charged for each manuscript. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. The winners will be selected by a panel chosen by current and past editors of Southword.

Closing date for entries is June 30, 2017.

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.

30th June 2017. 1st £700

entry £5
Battered Moons Poetry Competition
Prizes: First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each.
Entry fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter.
Looking for: Poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines.
Further info: Open to all UK residents aged 18 or over. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7th October 2017, when Malika Booker - Guest Judge - will present the prizes and read from her own work.
30th June 2017 1st Publication

entry £12

Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition 2017

The competition is open to anyone writing in English, and is open from March 5th to June 30th 2017.

The maximum page limit is 35.

Poems may have been published before but not as a collection.

One winner will receive 15 copies of their book (with the opportunity to purchase more at a discount price) and a cash prize of £50.

Entry fee is £12.

Our judge is Fiona Pitt-Kethley.

Any profits made after printing, prize money, and judge's fee will go towards the continuation of Prole as a print journal and a literary event later in the year.

Full details of the competition may be found here:

13th July 2017 1st £100

entry £5
Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2017
Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Fiona Sampson. Theme: Any. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales., Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2018.
Entry Fee: £Adults: £5.00 for first poem, £3.50 for additional ones. Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.50 for additional poems. Entry processing fee: £0.75 (where there is a fee).

For online entry and more information see website:

15th July 2017 1st $750

entry $25

Vallum Award for Poetry 2017
Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. Her accolades include being shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, two Governor General's Awards, and most recently a Pushcart Prize for poems published in Vallum. We are honoured to have her as our judge!

1st Prize: $750
2nd Prize: $250
+ publication in Vallum

Submit 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. You may submit more than once.
ENTRY FEE: $25 CAD for Canadian entrants, $25 USD for US and international entrants. All Canadian and US entrants receive a free one-year print subscription to Vallum magazine!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

30th July 2017 1st £500

eentry £4
Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition
Prizes: £500, £150, £100 Length: 20 lines maximum Poems to be on the subject of: Flights of Fancy. Judge: Carrie Etter. 10 finalists plus a local prize for BA15 postcode entrants. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entry at a prize-giving event at Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Sunday September 17th, which will also feature a reading by Carrie Etter. Run in association with the Words & Ears Reading Series, Bradford on Avon:
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10.

To enter and  rules see website

30th July 2017 1st  £300

entry £4
Penfro Book Festival Poetry Competition
For poems of up to 40 lines. Top prize: £300. Top 3 poems published on website. Winners announced at the PENfro Book Festival, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW, September 8-10 . Richardson. Poems should be loosely based on a myth or legend. Online entry preferred, or download entry form from website and submit by post. The Penfro Book Festival competitions for first chapter and short radio drama are now open see festival website details.
Entry £4 a poem

For full details  see

31st July 2017 1st Prizes

entry free
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
Open to writers aged 11-17. For poems of any length and on any theme. Judges, Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi. All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London. Each year we select 100 winners (top 15 winners and 85 commended poets) of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award who receive a range of fantastic prizes.The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online. The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology. The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent)

Enter online at
Request an entry form by writing to
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Or email

31st July 2017

1st  £1000

entry fee £5
Winchester Poetry Prize Judge: Sarah Howe. Prize-giving will be on Saturday 14th October 2017 at the Winchester Poetry Day.  First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Winchester Poetry Day.  Winning poems will be published in a prizewinners' anthology.  Entry fee £5 (£4 subsequent entries)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
31st July 2017 1st  £200

entry £8
David Burland Poetry Prize 2017
First Prize: £200,- Second Prize: £100 Third Prize: £50 Winning poems will be published in the 2017 ‘Poetic Art’ Anthology. Three poems awarded a ‘Special Mention’ will receive a copy of the Poetry CD ‘Michel François and Friends’and also published in the Anthology Judges:Michel François and R Friedman
Entry : £8,- (1st poem), £4,- each extra poem

See website for details:

7th August 2017 1st £500

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.


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 .

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 Please direct any queries to

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 £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 :-

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.