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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.



31st December2017

1st Collection Publication




entry £20





Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

The littoral press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the first competition is December 31st 2017. Results will be published on the Littoral Press website sometime in January 2018. Entrants will be charged £20.00 per manuscript.Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions.
These can be found on the littoral press website-

Prize: Winner will receive 50 copies of their publication with the Littoral Press 
Closing date: 31st December 2017
Entry fee: £20 per manuscript
Adjudicator: Mervyn Linford, Littoral Press Editor.

31st December 2017 1st $200 CAD

Entry $5

Into the Void is an award-winning print and digital literary magazine based in Toronto. The annual poetry contest aims to place some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as award them with a cash prize and publication on our website. Submissions are open from November 1st to December 31st. Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre. 6 winning poems will be published on the website with prizes of up to $200 CAD. Entry fee is $5 CAD.

31st December 2017 1st  £400

entry  £4

WOLF Poetry competition 2018

Poets are invited to submit pieces of up to forty lines in length on the theme of ‘out of darkness’ before the competition closes on December 31st. The competition is open to all, with a first prize of £400, and poems will be judged by Wolverhampton poet Emma Purshouse, who says “I will be searching for those poems that engage with the reader, those poems that people will want to read again and again.” Winners will be announced in advance of the festival itself, with an opportunity to read at an awards event during the festival weekend.
Entry Fee: £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem.
31st December 2017 1st €10,000

entry €12
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland. Closing 31 December 2017. See
1st January 2018 1st £600

entry £5

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. Adjudicator: Michael Loveday. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 25 March at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. First prize £600, Second £200, Third £100. 7 commendations of £25. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Square Tower.   For further details, rules & entry form visit:

4th January 2018 1st £5,000

entry free

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

Prize: £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets who in the judges opinion, have made the most exciting contribution to poetry in 2017 Judges: Gillian Allnutt, Sally Beamish and Lemn Sissay. Recommendations can only be made by members of the Poetry Society or Poetry Book Society.
Fior further details see 
14th January 2018 1st £120

entry £3

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry & Photography Competitions2018

Festival, 16, 17, 18 February. The Festival commemorates James Allen (1830 – 1906), who lived in Shepton Mallet and was the first person to hybridise snowdrops from the wild varieties.

Submissions for the Poetry and Photography categories with a top prize of £120. £3 per entry, online or by post with a closing date of January 14, 2018. The Poetry Competition will be judged by poet Alison Brackenbury, based in Gloucestershire, and the Photography Competition by Bill Bradshaw, Somerset photographer. Join the mailing list on the website to stay up to date –

15th January 2018 1st Prizes as listed

entry £5
The Hedgehog Poetry Press - 'The Road To Clevedon Pier' Anthology Competition
Prizes: First Prize is Our Unique Handmade Leather Bound Writer’s Journal,  Publication in the anthology and our magazine along with an interview, a year long subscription to the magazine, copies of the anthology.
All shortlisted poets will also appear in the anthology and naturally receive a copy of the book.
Entry £5 (One Poem), £8 (Three Poems), £10 (Five Poems)
Full details and on-line entry only, via
15th January 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magma Poetry Competition

Two competitions: the Judge’s Prize, judged by Mona Arshi, for poems of 11-50 lines, and the Editors’ Prize, judged by a panel of Magma editors, for poems of up to 10 lines. First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150, plus publication in the magazine; there will also be 5 special mentions for each competition. All entries to be previously unpublished.
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: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

For further details and to enter, please visit the competition page at

15th January 2018 1st 


Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

A call for poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley's Prometheus Unbound The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for poems and essays on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages all adult writers (over 18) to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics. Writers aged 16-18 are invited to enter the Young Romantics Prize. In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley began work on his first and most famous hymn to Liberty – ‘Prometheus Unbound’, based on the myth of the chained Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the Gods of Olympus to give to mankind. “The nations thronged around, and cried aloud, As with one voice, ‘Truth, Liberty, and love!’” It was the forerunner to his ‘Ode to Liberty’ written two years later.The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, The Judges’ Panel for Poets will consist of Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott; and for Essayists of Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston. 

For full details and entry forms see

15th January 2018 1st £500

entry free

Writing Armistice - The British Army's Poetry Competition 2018

Poems responding to the theme of Armistice. Poems should be in English and no more than 60 lines. Open Category: £500 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize plus additional commendations. 18 & Under Youth Category: Book tokens to the value of £100 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendations prizes. The Museum of Military Medicine Commendation: £100 Serving Soldier Prize: £200 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendation prizes. Free Entry. Judge is Roy McFarlane, author of 'Starting With Your Last Breath'.
£Free to enter

Full details see

25th January 2018

1st £500



Entry £5
Clochoderick Press Annual Poetry Competition is now calling for entries. We are new press, started up in partnership with Paisley 2021 city of culture bid. Our prizes are as follows: 1St £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson. Deadline 25th January 2018. Entry Fee £5 per poem (discount for multiples). No theme. 35 lines max per poem. All seven prize winners will be published in our bi-annual literary journal. To submit, please visit: and visit our dedicated page for submissions to our competition.
31st January 2017 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2018

Prize  Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge  All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett - details below.

Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 to January 31st 2018.

Winners will be announced in issue 25 of Prole in April 2018 and on our website by April 20th 2018.

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.

For more details see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough International Poetry Prize    

Closing date: 31 January 2018

For previously unpublished poems on any subject.

An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year,

The Ronald Duncan Short Poem  Competition  –  maximum length 10 lines.

Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.

The prizes in each category:  1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250

Entry fee:  £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:  Details and entry forms downloadable from

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

31st January 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50 Judge: Helen Ivory. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each
Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS
31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2017 and closes 31st Jan 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Liz Diamond. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and winning poems will be published on our website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Online entries £4.50 each poem.

For more details visit from Nov 1st.

31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition Open House 2018

Prizes:First Prize £500, Second Prize £150,Third Prize £100. Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Translations of the work of other poets will not be accepted. Poems must not have been published or be currently submitted for publication. Each poem must by typed in black on one side of A4 using a clear font such as Times or Arial 12 point. Judge Zaffar Kunial
Entry £4 for a single poem £10 for three poems

See website :

31st January 2018 1st Publishing.

entry £20

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2017

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 20 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems. Publication 2018 if possible to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. See full submission rules at Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
Entry £20 per block of poems
See full submission rules at
Postal submissions to
Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
31st January 2018 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2018.

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date January 31st 2018. Sole judge will be the poet Jenny Lewis.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £25 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem, £10 for four.

Postal entries welcome, cheques payable to Edward Thomas Fellowship, sent with your details and the  anonymised poem(s) to Margaret Keeping,66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

OR: emailed to + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as reference, Competition as description.

1st March 2018 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

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.


1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (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.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

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:

1st March 2018 1st Publication

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. The laureate Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy is a single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. Prizes -A share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at the Wordsworth Trust. Judges Liz Berry, David Constantine.
Entry  £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

 Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online

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,

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 publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
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.
30th April 2017 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
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.

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
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.