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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.



16th April 2018 1st £100

entry £3.50
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.  
1st prize is £100. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
14th March 2018 1st £250

entry £5

Brittle Star Competition

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry : £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

For more details and an entry form please visit

16th March 2018 1st £200

entry free

Never Such Innocence aims to engage children and young people aged 9-16 with the First World War through poetry, art and song. We welcome poetry and song entries in all languages, and art in any medium. Each entry receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation for entering, there are cash prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools, and winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony.

Our competition is free to enter and you could have the chance of winning some amazing prizes. For further information about how to enter the competition, the prizes and our rules visit our website,

21st March 2018 1st Reading spot and fee

entry free
We are asking poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib. We are also looking for short poetry films which should be submitted using the same hashtag.
The best of these will be displayed in an exhibition at the National Poetry Library. From striking typographic design, to social comments and emotional confessions, this exhibition provides the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry.

How to enter

Participants can start publishing their Instapoems and short films right now, and can continue to do so until Wednesday 21 March.
All entries must be posted on Instagram using #instapoetrylib and tagging the library too (@nationalpoetrylibrary). Make sure you do this otherwise we might not see your entry! Only one entry per person.
By submitting your poems you are agreeing for your entry to be shown in the exhibition at the library.
We welcome you to play around with the form using images, illustrations, different typefaces or anything creative you want to explore - there are no limits! We are looking for interesting designs as well as strong poetic content.
31st March 2018 1st $1000 plus Publication

entry $25

The 2018 Hudson Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. 

31th March 2018 1st E1,000

entry E12

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. Closing 31 March 2018. See

31st March 2018 1st £700

entry £5
For UK residents. Adjudicators: JACOB SAM LA-ROSE and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.
Entry fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.
First £700   Second: £200   Third: £100    Commendations:£25 x4
The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 6th October, when Jacob Sam La-Rose will hand out prizes and read from his work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet and website. Supported by Arts Council England, Artswords and Poetry Swindon

Website: or
31st March 2018 1st £75

entry £4

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry : £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

For full competition details see

31st March 2018

1st  prize  £100

Entry fee £3


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

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

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

For full rules and how to enter go to

or email
31st March 2018 1st Publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Open to beginners and established writers
Judged by Ian Gregson.
The fee is £10
Deadline: 31 March, 2018.
1st April 2018 1st  $1000

entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Judges: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer

17th annual free contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit one humor poem online via Submittable. No fee 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

9th April 2018 1st £150

entry £5

Binsted Arts Festival Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Jeremy Page. Prize-giving will be on Friday 8 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150, Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Country’.
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

15th April 2018 1st  Silver Wyvern + €500

entry £10


Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €500 (max 42 lines);  €100 each winners of Short (max.10) and Formal (max 40) poems. Open theme all categories.Extra €100: any category on 'Cinema'

 Adjudicator Silver Wyvern: Fred Johnston. Short & Formal: Kevin Bailey

suggested donations (you may pay less or more as wished or able)
postal entries:  (£10 then £6 per poem . 2 copies of each poem, one anon, other with contact details . Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall) SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy.

Email entries: €15 then 10. pay Paypal (Donations button on, note transaction ID with contact details in body of mail, all poems preferably in one attachment  

Mail to:   subject line: COMP 2018 . 

Results July. Autumn awards.        

16th April 2018 1st £100

entry £3.50
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.  
1st prize is £100. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
30th April 2018 1st £600

entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner
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. Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01 Account 82410419        

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



30th April 2018 1st £600

enrtry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry  £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)
Entry form available at
30th April 2018 1st publication

entry $25

Vallum Chapbook Award 2018!

Entry fee: $25


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. 

2.       Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published (individual poems appearing in the manuscript that have been published elsewhere are fine).

3.       The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $300 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine. 

Send us your best work!

DEADLINE: April 30 2018

April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500

entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

1st May 2018 1st £100

entry £4

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition  (Run by the Crewe and District Writers’ Circle) Adjudicator of short list : Roger Elkin. 

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
entry £4  (3 for £10)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
27th May 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!
Judge - Sally Spedding
1st prize - £500  2nd Prize - £250  3rd Prize - £100
plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology
£5 per poem (£6 PayPal) / 50 lines maximum
Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from our website
Closing date - 27th May 2018
31st May 2018 1st 30% of entry fees

entry £5

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 

Poems are invited for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc.  

Prizes: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country. 

Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at:

Full details are available at

31st May 2018 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity 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. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry  £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For further details see
7th June 2018 1st Publication and £100

entry £4

Mad Like Us

Open internationally to writers and artists. Unpublished poems up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health.Top prize 5 copies of the book, and £100. Runners up will also be included in the finished book and will receive 2 copies. Judges for each catergory include Eve Nortley Colin Kendall and Rowan Brooks.
Entry: £4 per entry

For full details and how to enter the illustration and flash fiction categories see

15th June 2018 1st £300

entry £5

Seogra International Poetry Competition 2018

Deadline: 15th June 2018

First Prize: £300  2nd £50  3rd £30 and publication on website. Sole Judge: Mario Petrucci

Results announced early August and Invitation to a presentation and workshop event in France

Guidelines and how to enter:

Entry fees £5  £2 50 subsequent entries. This is the 12th year of Segora International Writing Competitions

We support Médecins sans Frontières

Organiser: Jocelyn Simms, I rue de la Sèvre 79380 St André sur Sèvre France

Further details :

21st June 2018 1st £1,5000

entry £6

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2018 Closing Date 21-June-2018

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

Prizes: 1st £1,500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150 and 6 commendations of £25.

Judge: Sinéad Morrissey

Entry: £6 for first poem, £5 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.

30th June 2018 1st  £100 & 15 copies

entry £12

Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition

One winner will receive £100 and 15 copies of their winning book. The book will also be sold through Prole’s website and copies sent out for review. There is an entry fee of £12 (or £20 for two entries).

All entries to be judged by Mab Jones.

Any profit made after paying out prize money, printing costs, and the judge’s fee will go toward Prole’s continuation as a paying print journal.

Full entry details and details of our judge can be read here:

30th September 2018 1st $1,500

entry $12

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: See website

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: $12 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

16th 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 via Submittable at

30th November 2018 1st Publishing

entry £12
Cinnamon Press  Debut Poetry Collection Prize
Prize1 year's free mentoring/(for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the collection + publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
Judged by Judy Kendall.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2018.
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.