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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.  Infornation is provided by the organisers of the competitions

and we cannot accept any liabuility for its accuracy.



6th February 2016 1st  €500


Hungry Hill Writing invites entries for our annual poetry competition:
Poets meet politics 2016
This year we are awarding two first prizes of €500
One for a poem about any political subject
One which focuses on the 1916 Irish Easter Rising
This year’s judge is Afric McGlinchey

Please feel free to forward to anyone who you think may be interested in entering, and we look forward to seeing your work.
More information can be found on the competition section of our website, here:

11th February 2016 1st £50

entry £2

Reading Room Cafe Poetry Competition

Poetry competition: All poems under 30 lines are welcome to enter.

Theme: Lost Things
Entry fee £2 each or £10 for 5-7 entries.  Prize -£50 and 2 copies of the anthology.  All poets published will receive 2 copies of the anthology
11th of December to 11th of February

14th February 2016 1st £500

entry £5

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Open Poetry Competition 2016

Prizes: First prize: £500, Second Prize: £125, Third Prize: £75, The York prize (£50) will be awarded to a poem from an entrant with a York postcode. At the judge's discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and up to 15 Commended poems will each win a certificate. Poems are welcomed on any subject. Poems must be in English, run to no longer than 40 lines, and fit on a single A4 page. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their entries at a gala prize-giving on March 19, 2016, during York Literature Festival, which runs from March 10 to March 23. The prize-giving event will feature readings by last year's winner, Wendy Pratt, and sole judge Carole Bromley, whose new poetry collection, The Stonegate Devil, has just been published. They must be original and not previously published. Entrants must be over 18 and live in the British Isles.
Entry  £5 for a single poem, or £10 for up to three poems. There is no limit to the number of entries.

For more information see:

14th February 2016 1st publication

entry  £2.50

International Lumen and Camden Poetry Competition 2015/2016

 The International Lumen and Camden Poetry Competition 2015/2016  is open for entries, giving you the chance to have 20 pages of your poetry published in a perfect bound chapbook while also supporting the homeless, with the added benefit of being selected by the competition’s prestigious judge, George Szirtes.

This competition is unusual as the entry fee per poem is just £2.50 to make it possible for everybody to have a try. The winner will be selected on the basis of just one prizewinning poem (maximum length 40 lines), so you don’t have to submit the whole chapbook for a chance of being published. If you want to submit more poems there are discounts, with 6 poems costing just £10.

The winner will receive 50 copies of their chapbook to keep, sell, or give to friends. They will also be invited to read at the regular Lumen and Camden venues.  further details

19th February 2016

1st  £3,000


entry fee £0

Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2016 Judges Alan Gillis, Katherine Rundell and Peter McDonald. Prizegiving will be at lunchtime on Thursday 20 April at Christ Church, Oxford.  Winning entrants will be notified by 21 March 2016.

First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000, Third £500 4 runner-up prizes of £250
Winning schools receive £150

Winning poems will be published in a pamphlet and on the Tower Poetry website. For further details, rules & entry form visit

29th February 2016 1st £100

entry £3

Lakeland Magazine Poetry Competition

Judge : Jayne Sykes (poet and editor)
Deadline: 29th February 2016
Prizes, 1st £100, and the runner up will receive £25

A new competition for a new magazine.  Lakeland Poetry Magazine will be published twice each year the first edition is planned for Easter 2016.  

Poems must be in English. They can be on any subject and in any style or poetic form but must not exceed 50 lines, not including the title or blank lines. 

Entry £3per poem - three poems £8- five poems £12

or more information see /  

29th February 2016 1st £500

entry £4

Poets & Players Competition 2016

Judge Jackie Kay

Prize winners will be invited to read with Jackie Kay at Poets & Players April Event in Manchester

Entry form required

First Prize £500 Second prize £200 Third Prize £100

Entry Fee £4 per poem or 3 for £10

For more information see our website

 or email 

1st March 2016 1st £250

entry  £4.50

Brittle Star’s Poetry & Short Fiction Competition: The Sequel!

Our second open competition celebrates new writing from across the world. Enter online or by post. This year’s judges are: George Szirtes, Alison Moore, and Jacqueline Gabbitas

Prizes are: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25. All winners will receive a years’ subscription, be published in Brittle Star and invited to a launch and prize-giving event in London.

Entry: £4.50 first entry, £3.50 subsequent entries, plus one FREE entry to Brittle Star subscribers.

Closing date: 1st March 2016

Full rules and how to enter available online at

7th March 2016 1st £1000

entry £7


Deadline: 7th March 2016 (Midnight GMT)

Prizes: £1000, £750, £250

Judge: Don Share

Open to all poets internationally

Enter via post or online

More information at:

Also includes the BASIL BUNTING YOUNG PERSON'S POETRY COMPETITION Open to all UK poets aged 19 and under Two categories: 14-and-under & 15-19 More information at

7th March 2016 1st  £500

entry  £5

Wenlock International Poetry Competition 2016

Adjudicator: Don Paterson.  Awards will be presented by Don Paterson on Saturday 23rd April 2016 at the Wenlock Poetry Festival, and winners will be invited to read their successful poems.

First Prize £500, Second £200,

Third £100

One highly commended

Entry fee: £5 per poem

For further details, rules & online submission visit
21st March 2016 1st £50

entry  £3


Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each),  short stories (up to 2 stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (up to 500 words).

There is no theme this year.

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £50, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

Entry fee £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

For full rules go to or email

30th March 2016 1st Prize €1,000

Entry fee: €12

Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2015/16

1st Prize €1,000 plus publication in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar. The prize is for a single unpublished poem written for children aged 7-11 years. You can read about the inaugural winner, Louise Greig, in the Irish Times.

Entry fee: €12

Closing date: 30 March 2016

Details at

31st march 2016 1st  $125 and publication

entry  $25

Vallum: Contemporary Poetry is now accepting original and previously unpublished chapbook submissions for the Vallum Chapbook Award 2016.

ENTRY FEE: $25 Payment can be made by cheque (payable to "Vallum") or through our online store hosted by PayPal.


1. The $25 entry fee covers 1 chapbook submission of 12-20 pages.  Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. Please also specify how you heard about the Vallum Chapbook Award.

2. Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published.

3. The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $125 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine.

If mailing your entry, please send it to:

Vallum Chapbook Award

5038 Sherbrooke West

PO BOX 23077 CP Vendome

Montreal, QC H4A 1T0


1st April 2016 First Prize $1,000

entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Judges: Jendi Reiter and Lauren Singer

First Prize $1,000

Second Prize $250

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100

15th annual free contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit one humor poem online. Free to enter. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

18th April 2016 1st   £100

entry £5

Binsted Arts Weekend Poetry Competition 

Prizes:  First: £100, second: £50, third: £25.   Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £3 thereafter

Theme: ‘A way through the woods’. 40 lines max.  Judge: Maggie Sawkins. Prize-giving evening: June 11, as part of Binsted Arts Weekend (June 10-12, 2016, in Binsted, West Sussex). An anthology of winning and other poems is planned. For further details, rules and entry form visit:

30th April 2016 1st £600

entry £4

Ver Open Competition

Adjudicator – Andrew McMillan ( winner of the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection 2015)

Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length.

£4.00 per poem, 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Each poem should be typed clearly  on one side only of A4: one poem only per sheet,

TWO COPIES OF EACH POEM .Competitors’ names and addresses must not appear anywhere on the poems.   Please write your contact details and the titles of all poems clearly on the entry form.

Cheques/postal orders (sterling only) should be made payable to Ver Poets.                 

Download entry form from website

Please send entries to: 

Competitions Secretary 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 4AH

30th April 2016 !st  $120

entry free

Wax Poetry and Art presents
Poetry Contest #11

Deadline to enter: Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Number of pieces: Up to 3.
Number of lines: No limit.
Cost to enter: Free.
Open to: Everyone. (Residents and non-residents of Canada).
Number of Winning Poems: 10
Prizes: 1st place $120; 2nd place $30; 3rd place $20; 4th - 10th, $10 each.
Publication date: Mid 2016.


 30th April 2016 1st  trophy

entry  £5

16th Poetry on the Lake. Theme ‘Star’ – celestial, movie, etc. Adjudicators Christopher North (Open, max 40 lines)), Anne Stewart (Formal, 40), Kevin Bailey (Short, 10) Awards: Lake Orta, October, with Carol Ann Duffy & Gillian Clarke.

Post (send 2 copies, one anon): Early birds send by 3rd Feb, £5 per poem. 3rd Feb on: single poem £8 (€ 10), further poems £6 (€8) each: 2 copies, one named, UK cheque to G.Griffin-Hall , send to POTL, 28016 Isola San Giulio NO, Italy. Online entries see:

30th April 2016 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).

Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 8 July 2016.

Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2016

Sole judge: Philip Gross 

Entry form available at

or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition, 

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email:

14th May 2016 1st £300

entry free

Of Mice and Men: The Loneliness Project

John Steinbeck took the title of his novel Of Mice and Men from a Robert Burns poem entitled ‘To A Mouse’. Burns suggests we are all at the mercy of random events and the differences that make us who we are. Steinbeck’s story stays true to the same themes, with a strong moral message about people who feel different or vulnerable. 
As part of Touring Consortium Theatre Company's production of Of Mice and Men, Theatre Cloud is asking people to write about loneliness.

1st prize £300

2nd prize £150

3rd prize £150

All entrants will receive an exclusive ticket offer to see Of Mice and Men performed at their local theatre.

For more information and to enter, please visit

15th May 2016 1st $100

entry $5

Artists Embassy International's 23rd annual Poetry Competition.

40 line limit to facilitate choreography

Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us, on ONE copy only
(The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)
Poems must be in English or include English translation

All prizes of equal value.

3 Grand prizes of $100.00 plus poem choreographed,costumed and performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company with Poet Laureate Man of Letters,

Richard Angilly at the "Dancing Poetry Festival" in 

San Francisco. Plus video award certificate and photograph opportunity with dance company

6 first prizes of $50.00

12 second prizes of $25.00

30 third prizes of


Entry fee:

1 poem $5.00   

3 poems $10.00

Make checks out to Artists Embassy International
Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars or US currency
No poems will be returned.

All DPF prize winners will receive a prize certificate suitable for framing, a ticket to the Dancing Poetry Festival 2016, and be invited to read their prize winning poem at the 2016 Dancing Poetry Festival.
Send all entries and fees to arrive by May 15, 2016, to...

AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
704 Brigham Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Further information at:

31st May 2016 1st   250guineas

entry £3


Sponsored by the Frogmore Press

Adjudicator:  Catherine Smith will read all poems submitted for the 30th Frogmore Poetry Prize. She is the author of three full collections of poetry: The Butcher’s Hands (2003), Lip (2007) and Otherwhere (2012), all published by Smith Doorstop. The Butcher’s Hands won the Aldeburgh/Jerwood Prize for Best First Collection, and Lip was shortlisted for the 2008 Forward Prize for Best Collection. The Frogmore Press published The New Cockaigne, a ‘rollicking ballad of revolution and fantastical carnal excess’ in 2014.

for full details see

31st5 May 2016 1st £500

entry £9

David Burland Poetry Prize 2016

Prize open internationally to both English and French Speaking Poets 16 years and over. Prizes: 1st Prize £ 500, 2nd Prize £ 200, 3rd Prize £100, Special Mention £25. Prizes presented for both languages. Judges for 2016 are Michel François and R Freidman.
Entry  £9,   £5 per each extra poem

For more information, see website:

30th September 2016 1st $1,500

entry $10

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: Soma Mei Sheng Frazier and Jim DuBois

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: $10 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

14th 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 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.