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5th February 2024

1st £500

entry £5

The Wales Poetry Award is now open for single-poem submissions from around the globe.

Entrants must be 17 or over at time of submission. Poems submitted must be written in English, single-spaced, in 12pt Arial font and must not exceed 70 lines, excluding titles.

There are three prizes of £500 (1st), £100 (2nd), and £50 (3rd) alongside a Seren book bundle and publication in Poetry Wales. The first place winner will also be given the choice of either a course (excluding those with application processes) at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre or a week-long self-catered retreat at their dedicated writing retreat cottage, Nant.

Ten highly commended poets will be invited to read at our Awarding Ceremony, and have their poems published in an online booklet. Judge: Denise Saul

See  Wales Poetry Award 2023 sponsored by Literature Wales | Judged by Denise Saul - Poetry Wales 

17th February 2024 1st  £200


entry £5

Arundel Literary Festival Poetry Competition

Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland

Open to poets of all ages over 16,

First prize £200.00  Second prize £100.00  Poems may be on any theme.

Prize-winners will be invited to read their poems in Arundel during the final celebratory evening of the Literary Festival on Saturday March 9, 2024
Rules and further details on how to enter are available on https://www.thevictoriainstitute.com/literary-festival/

23rd February 2024 1st £5000


Entry free
Tower Poetry Competition 2024
The Tower Poetry Competition is now open for submissions from participants aged 16-18 in full or part-time education in the United Kingdom.
The theme for this year is "Mirror". Entrants must submit only one poem per submission, be written in English, and be no more than 48 lines in length.
There are three prizes of £5,000 (1st), £3,000 (2nd), and £1,500 (3rd). The top three prize-winners will be given places on the Christopher Tower Summer School, where young poets work closely in Oxford alongside distinguished writers.
There will also be ten runners up who will receive a cash prize of £500 each.
Judges: Will Harris, Jane Yeh, and Mishtooni Bose
https://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/tower-poetry/enter-tower-poetry-competition

29th February 2024

1st 300

entry Free

Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2023-24

Open for poems and stories (500 words max) written on the theme of 'Being part of a group' and which invoke the spirit of Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'.

There are three age categories: 5–10; 11–14; and 15–18.

Prizes (in each category) First: £300  Second: £150 Third: £100

Cash prizes will also be awarded to each winner's school library.

See The Canterbury Tales Writing Competition 2023/24: Being Part of a Group – The Chaucer Heritage Trust

29th February 2024 1st Published in Anthology


entry £5

The Bournemouth Writing Festival 2024 Writing Competition - Flash Fiction and Poetry

Up to forty winners will receive a copy of our competition anthology, and be given the opportunity to submit their chapbook to competition publishers, Dithering Chaps.

Deadline: 29th February 2024

Our competition is now open for poems (up to 30 lines) from around the world written in English on the theme of ‘Lines in the Sand. 

Prize: up to forty winners will receive a copy of our winners anthology and will be invited to submit a collection of their poems to our publisher, Dithering Chaps, for consideration for publication. There are other elements to the prize for those able to attend the Festival in April 2024.

Entry is by email to ditheringchaps@gmail.com providing details of your payment receipt.

All entries must be received before midnight 29th February 2024

All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

£5 per entry    Competition Judge: Dr Natalie Scott (Arts University Bournemouth)

See https://www.bournemouthwritingfestival.co.uk/writing-competition

29th February 2024

1st £1000


entry £12

The Plaza Poetry Prize (60 lines max) is open internationally.
Judge: Tim Liardet
1st prize: £1,000. 2nd prize: £300. 3rd prize: £100.
Top 10 published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology 2.
See  Home page - The Plaza Prizes 

29th February 2024 1st £50

entry  £5.50
Vole Books Poetry Competition
Open to unpublished poems (30 lines max) from UK and international entrants. Poems should be original (not translations) and in English. Entries may be submitted either by post or by email.
Prizes First: £50 Second: £25 Third: £20
All prize-winning and shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology by Vole Books (formerly Dempsey & Windle). Judge Adèle Ward
See  Annual Poetry Competition - Prizes, Rules, Entries - VOLE Books - POETRY BOOKS & PAMPHLETS (dempseyandwindle.com)
24th March 2024 1st Prize of a meal


entry  £3
Taste: Oxford Poetry Library Competition
The Oxford Poetry Library is collaborating with The Oxford Hub to launch their first poetry competition on the theme of Taste.
Poets of all levels and experiences are welcome to submit five poems via the OPL website. Poems must be previously unpublished, and be under 40 lines (excluding title and spaces between stanzas).
The third place winner will receive two tickets for the Phoenix Picturehouse Cinema for any film. The second place winner will receive three poetry books, including the anthology 'Soul Feast: Nourishing Poems of Hope & Light'. The first place winner will receive a meal for two at Lula's Restaurant, Oxford as well as the opportunity to perform as the feature act at OPL's monthly open mic event, This Is Just To Say.
Judges: Vanessa Lampert, Alan Buckley, and Jenny Lewis
See   TASTE: A poetry competition – Oxford Poetry Library
29th March 2024 1st £50

entry  £3.80
South Warwickshire Literary Festival Writing Competition
The South Warwickshire Literary Festival Writing Competition is now open for submissions.
Participants are welcome to submit poems under any theme or subject. Poems must be up to 40 lines.
The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of £50. The winner and two runners-up will have the opportunity to read their work at the literary festival in Royal Leamington Spa.
see - Writing Competition | Literary Festival (southwarwickshireliteraryfestival.com)
29th March 2024 1st £100

entry £3
The Red Shed Poetry Competition is now open for submissions.
The competition is open to poets aged 16 and over. Participants are welcome to submit previously unpublished poems of up to 50 lines written in English
The first prize winner will receive a cash prize of £100, and a runner-up will receive a cash prize of £50. Shortlisted poems will receive a cash prize of £20, and participants who live in a Wakefield postcode will receive a cash prize of £25.
Adjudicator: Carole Baldock.
see - the Red Shed Poetry Comp 2024 - Currock Press
31st March 2024

1st  £100 + video

 entry £2
The E. H. P. Barnard Spring Poetry Prize
Theme: Travel. Adjudicator: Ruth Beddow. Winners and shortlist announced on Sunday 26 May 2024. First Prize £100 + a poem video, Second £75, Third £50. 
see - http://www.barnardprize.uk
31st March 2024 1st Publication


entry £12.50

Overton Poetry Prize

Run by English Department at Loughborough University

Entry fee £12.50 by31st March 2024.

Prize: publication as limited edition pamphlet

Website:  https://www.lboro.ac.uk/subjects/english/overton-poetry-prize/

31st March 2024 1st Publication

entry Free
Cerasus Poetry Chapbook Competition # 1
Cerasus Poetry is now open for chapbook submissions.
Participants are able to submit poetry manuscripts of between 20 to 36 pages.
The first prize winner will receive publication of their submission in paperback and e-book editions, £100 advance against royalties, and 10 complimentary copies. Two runners-up will receive publication plus 5 complimentary copies. Judge: John Wilks
see - Cerasus Poetry Chapbook Competition # 1 – Cerasus Poetry
1st April 2024 1st $2000

entry free
The 23rd annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest offers $3,750 in prizes, with a first prize of $2,000, a second prize of $500, and a third prize of $250. The top 12 poems will be published online. The winner will also receive a two-year gift certificate from our co-sponsor, Duotrope (a $100 value).
There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online by April 1, 2024.
see
1st April 2024 1st Prize

entry free
The Charles Causley Trust 2024 Young People's Poetry Competition
The 2024 Charles Causley Young People's Poetry Competition is open for entries. In celebration of the work by the Cornish poet, who wrote for both adults and young people, this competition invites younger poets to show off their craft.
A lot of Causley's inspiration came from folklore and myths, so this years theme is 'Magic'. Young poets, aged 5-18 from anywhere in the UK are invited to submit a poem in response to the theme of no more than 40 lines, as an individual, group or school.
Poems will be judged by Rachel Piercey and a panel of poetry judges with prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Highly Commended places in each category.
see - The 2024 Charles Causley Young People’s Poetry Competition - The Charles Causley Trust
7th April 2024 1st £200

entry E6
Artemesia Arts International Poetry Competition
Open to previously unpublished poems on any theme, written in English. All winners will be invited to read at the annual Artemesia Arts poetry festival at Treignac in France.
Prizes First: £200 Runners-up: £75
Judge Matt Harvey
see - Poetry Competition – Artemesia Arts (artemesia-arts.com)
10th April 2024 1st £500

entry £10
Mairtín Crawford Poetry and Short Story Awards 2024
Created in memory of Mairtín Crawford, a writer who remains a significant figure in Northern Ireland's literary community, these awards are aimed at supporting new writing.
Poetry entries should consist of between three and five poems, each of no more than 60 lines. Writers may submit work to both this and the short story category, the only stipulation being that they should not yet have published a full collection of poetry or stories, or a novel.
Prizes (in each category)
First: £500 + Time To Write package Second: £250
Judges (poetry) Kathleen McCracken Dawn Watson
see - mairtin crawford award | Belfast Book Festival
22nd April 2024 1st £250


entry £5

INDIGO SPRING POETRY PRIZE 2024

CLOSING DATE 22 April  2024

PRIZES: 1st £250, 2nd £100, 3rd £50 all plus magazine publication

POEMS: Any subject. 40 lines max from first line and including stanza breaks

SUBMISSION: Email or Post

ENTRY FEE - £5 per poem £9 for two £12 for three. You may submit as many poems as you wish with correct fee

JUDGE: Vic Pickup

DETAILS: Poetry Competitions (indigodreamspublishing.com)

28th April 2024 1st  £100

entry £5
Charm Poetry Competition
Focusing on the lighter side of poetry: warmth, wordplay, wit and whimsy. Charm Poetry celebrates rhyme, traditional structures and challenges the notion that prize-winning poems have to be serious.
Entries should be previously unpublished and no more than 32 lines long. Entrants may submit up to four poems.
Prizes First: £100 Second: £50 Third: £25   Judge Jenny Lewis
see - Charm Poetry Competition: Charm Poetry Competition details
30th April 2024 1st £600


entry  £4

Ver Poets Open Competition

Poems of up to 30 lines on any theme. This year’s judge is Merryn Williams

1st prize £600 Further prizes of £300 and £100

Winning and selected poems published in Ver anthology

Entry by post and email. Payment, which funds the prizes, the work of the judge, the anthology and a charity contribution yet to be named, is as follows:

£4 per poem £10 for 3 poems

Subsequent entries £3 per poem

Entry details can be read on the competition entry form downloadable from our website

www.verpoets.co.uk.

10th May 2024 1st  £75 plus mentoring


entry  free
Creative Future Writers' Award 2024
Open only to UK-based writers of 18 or over, who feel they are underrepresented due to health or social circumstances, and who have not had a standalone collection of their work published. Please enter no more than one piece of writing to the competition (across all categories - see website for details of these). Poems entered for the poetry category should be no more than 50 lines long. This year's theme is 'Reveal'.
Prizes (poetry category)
First: £75 + online masterclass
Second: £50 + online masterclass
Third: £25 + one-to-one tutorial
Fourth: copy of Mslexia Indie Press Guide
All winners will also receive a manuscript assessment from a professional literary body + one year's membership of the Poetry Society
Judges Nina Mingya Powles, Wayne Holloway-Smith & panel
see - Writing competition 2024 for all underrepresented writers (creativefuture.org.uk)

31st May 2024

1st  250 guineas

entry £4

The Frogmore Prize is now open for poetry submissions.

Poems must be in English, unpublished and not currently submitted elsewhere or accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines.

Judge: Graham Mort

See Frogmore Poetry Prize – The Frogmore Press

31st may 2024 1st  £250


entry £4

Wirral Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition
The Wirral Poetry Festival is now accepting submissions for its Open Poetry Competition.
Poems must be in English, unpublished, and of no more than 40 lines in length.
There is a cash prize of £250 for the first place winner, and four cash prizes of £25 for four runners-up.
Additional prizes will be given to entrants living or working in Wirral: £100 for the first place winner, and two cash prizes of £25 for two runners-up.  Judge: David J Costello
see - Open Poetry Competition 2024 - Wirral Poetry Festival

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