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21st June 2021 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2021

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.  Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

1st prize is £100 2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE For more information or to enter online goto

https://poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 21st  JUNE 2021

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

21st June 2021 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2021

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.  Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

1st prize is £100 2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE For more information or to enter online goto

https://poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 21st  JUNE 2021

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

30th June 2021 1st award and £150

entry Free

The Gerard Rochford Poetry Prize 2021.

Writers are invited to submit an original poem in English on the theme of ‘Family’.

The winning poet and two runners up will be announced on Sunday 1 September 2021 with the publication of their winning entries on the Mist and Mountain Creative Residency website and Gerard Rochford Poetry page.

The winner will receive a bespoke commemorative plate, courtesy of Campbeltown Pottery, featuring an excerpt of Gerard Rochford’s poetry and £150.

Two runner ups will each receive a smaller, bespoke commemorative plate and £50.

Brought up in Worcestershire, Gerard Rochford (1932 – 2019) lived most of his life in his adopted home city Aberdeen, where he was a distinguished professor and psychotherapist. At the heart of Aberdeen’s vibrant poetry scene, he was widely published in newspapers, influential online magazines, chapbooks and poetry collections. Poetry was a lifetime labour of love but as father of ten children with his Anglo-Indian wife Anne, Gerard’s greatest joy was his family.

See  THE GERARD ROCHFORD POETRY PRIZE 2021 – Mist and Mountain

30th June 2021  1st percentage of fees



entry ?
Parkinson's Art Charity Poetry Competition

Parkinson’s Art announce their latest charity poetry competition - Poetry in performance. This will complement their international art exhibition around the theme 'Vivid Dreams' in August and support Parkinson’s research.

They are looking for innovative, original poetry which is brought alive through being heard. They want to hear the nuances and the musicality of the work.

Using the same theme as the exhibition, 'Vivid Dreams', entries need to include the poem in written form alongside a recording of the poet reading the poem (or their appointed reader in case of speech problems). The poem should be no longer than 30 lines and should relate to the theme in some way but can be a loose interpretation and does not require that same title.

Prizes:
The top three winners in each category will have their poem and film feature in the exhibition.
The winner in each category will also win a cash prize equal to 50% of the ticket sales. The remaining 50% will go towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Judges:  Jan Sargeant   Fiona Berry

see PoetryComp — Parkinson's Art - Centre of Creativity (parkinsons.art)

30th June 2021 1st publication





entry free
Nine Pens Nine Series

The 'Nine Series Anthologies' are open for submission. They are aiming to platform some of the best poetry talent from the UK & Ireland together under the same cover, curating voices, experiences and styles that riff off each other.

Each anthology will showcase the work of 3 poets - with each submitting 9 poems: no more, no less. Entrants can choose either to submit individually and be paired up with other poets, or they can submit as a trio with other writers they know.

The anthologies are open to everyone, whether they have been published before or not. The main purpose of the 'Nine Series' is to help highlight outstanding work, give opportunities for publication and networking, to develop a space for poets between projects and to offer a place for poems that might not fit in conventional pamphlets and collections.

See  Nine-Series | Nine Pens

30th June 2021 1st £1000


entry £6

Wells Festival of Literature's Open Poetry Competition is now open for entries of poems on any subjects, of up to 35 lines.Judge: Owen Sheers

Prizes:1st Prize - £1,000 2nd Prize - £500  3rd Prize - £250
Local Prize - £100

See   2021 Open Poetry Competition - Wells Festival of Literature

30th June 2021 1st £250



entry £30
Poetry Book Awards

The international, English language, Poetry Book Awards is looking for poetry books from self published writers, indies and small presses.

Prizes:
1st Prize – £250 plus a one-year subscription to PN Review
2nd Prize – £125
3rd Prize – £60

Judge: Mike Jenkins

See  -  Home - Poetry Book Awards

30th June 2021 1st publication

entry £25

“And I’m Feelin’ Good” – Over 30s First Collection Pamphlet Competition

The "And I'm Feelin Good" pamphlet collection competition searches for a poet over the age of 30 who will have their first poetry collection produced in 2022 by The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

The winner will receive 100 copies of their pamphlet and see their collection published in 2022.

See - The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

1st July 2021 1st  £1000


entry free

James Berry Poetry Prize (Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts, Newcastle University & Bloodaxe Books)

Closing date: 1 July 2021

Entry: Free

Open to poets of colour, who are UK residents and have not yet published a book-length collection; special consideration will be given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds.

Three equal winners each to receive £1,000, expert mentoring and their debut collection published by Bloodaxe Books.  The winning poets will also be invited to take part in a reading as part of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts events series in October 2021.

The prize is modelled on The Complete Works mentoring programme, devised by Bernardine Evaristo and Nathalie Teitler and is generously funded by Arts Council England.

For full information: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/james-berry/#theprize

4th July 2021 !st £1500

entry £6

The McLellan Poetry Prize is awarded by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan Arts Festival, and is now open for poems in English of up to 89 lines.

Judge: Luke Wright

Prizes:  1st prize - £1,500  2nd prize - £300   3rd prize - £150
Six commendations of £25 each.

See   Arran Theatre and Arts Trust | Poetry Competition

4th July 2021 1st £500


entry £7.50

The York Poetry Prize is back

This is just to let you know that the 2021 competition is now launched.

Our judge this year is Kim Moore.

The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £150, third prize of £75, and a fourth prize of £50.

A £50 award, the International Prize, will go to the best poem from a non-UK entrant. If a non-UK entrant is the overall winner or runner-up, the International Prize will be awarded to the next best non-UK entry.  The Helen Cadbury Prize of £50 will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York (YO) postcode. If a YO-postcode entrant wins one of the top cash prizes, the prize will be awarded to the next best YO-postcode entry.

In response to feedback, we have kept the single-poem entry at last year's level (£7.50). A two-poem entry is £12; three poems: £15; four poems £20... and to encourage poets to demonstrate a range of styles and subject matter, a £25 entry fee will allow five to 10 poems to be entered in a single submission.The closing date for entries is Sunday, July 4..  Here is a link to the entry form and rules:

York Poetry Prize

16th July 2021 1st  £1000





entry  £9

Stephen Spender Prize for poetry in translation

The Stephen Spender Prize is an annual competition for poetry in translation, with categories for young people (14-and-under, 16-and-under, and 18-and-under), as well as an open category for adults.

Translate into English any poem from any language – ranging from Arabic to Uzbek, from Danish to Somali—and win cash prizes!

Open category prizes:
First prize - £1000
Second prize - £500
Third prize - £250

Young peoples' categories prizes:
14-and-under category - £75 each for three winners
16-and-under category - £100 each for three winners
18-and-under category - £150 each for three winners

Judges:  Daljit Nagra - Khairani Barokka - Samantha Schnee.

See  Stephen Spender Prize – Stephen Spender Trust (stephen-spender.org)

22nd July 2021

3 First Prizes of 25% of value of entry fees + publication.

 

Entry fee £5.99

2021 Cerasus Poetry Olympic Biathlon

Adjudicator: John Wilks

The 2021 Cerasus Poetry Olympic Biathlon comprises two separate competitions – one for poetry and one for flash fiction - that will run in parallel over 6 qualifying heats in July-August 2021.

The competitions are open to all who pay the entry fee and submit a batch of 6 poems and/or 6 pieces of flash fiction before the closing date.

Entry fee £5.99  or £9.99 for both

At the end of the competitions, there will be 3 Medal Winners: the top performing poet; the top performing flash fiction writer; plus – for those entering both competitions – the top performing poetry+flash biathlete.

Each of them will be awarded a cash prize equal to 25% of the net value of entry fees received. They will also work with Cerasus to have a collection of their work published and will receive 5 complimentary copies of their ensuing book.

Please refer to the full rules and pay the entry fee here:

http://cerasuspoetry.com/2021-cerasus-poetry-olympic-biathlon/
31st July 2021 1st £1000


entry £5

2021 Winchester Poetry Prize is now open for entries.

The competition will be judged by Jacqueline Saphra who will read all the entries and will present the prizes to winners at an event in October.
First prize will be £1000, second prize £500 and third prize £250. 

Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the special prize-giving event in Winchester at which the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day. 

“This will be our 6th Winchester Poetry Prize. Each year it has gone from strength to strength. The quality of the entries is stunning and we look forward to receiving poems from around the world.” - Stephen Boyce (Festival Chair)

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over and entries may be on any subject in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee is £5 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent entry.  
Thanks to the generosity of the 2020 winner, Lewis Buxton, we can offer a number of free entries to poets for whom an entry fee would be a barrier to entering the competition. See website for full details.
There will once again be a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire based poet sponsored by Warren & Son.
Closing date is 31 July 2021. Full details of how to enter are on the Winchester Poetry Festival
https://www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize
31st July 2021 1st  Publication


entry £25
“A Baker’s Dozen – Trois” – 13 Poem Pamphlet Competition

The Baker’s Dozen competition sees the Hedgehog Poetry Press looking for a poetry collection of 13 poems, that says something about the here and now.

The winning entry will see the poet have their Baker’s Dozen published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press during 2022 in pamphlet form, and receive 100 copies of the work.

This is an open competition, and all poets, whatever their age or experience, are encouraged to enter.

See  “A Baker’s Dozen – Trois” – 13 Poem Pamphlet Competition (31st July 2021) – The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

31st July 2021 1st £250


entry £5
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Participants may also enter a visual poem if the image will fit into a single page. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes:
1st Prize - £250
2nd Prize - £125
3rd Prize - £75
3 x Highly commended - £30
3 x Commended - £20
3 x Special mentions - £10

Judges: Paul McDonald

See  Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition - international, any subject, any style, open to all. Prizing poetry since 2009. (sentinelquarterly.com)

31st July 2021 1st  Course




entry free

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest poetry competition for 11-17 year olds in the world. It is open to anyone aged 11-17.

Participants can submit as many poems as they wish, and poems can be any length and on any subject. Entries must be written in English, but can include phrases in mother tongues or other languages. If you would like to enter an entry in BSL or braille then please contact the competition organisers.

Prizes:
Prizes include membership of The Poetry Society and a stack of poetry goodies, as well as attendance at a week-long intensive Arvon writing course, where winners develop their creative writing skills alongside fellow poets, or benefit from poetry residencies at their school or distance-mentoring depending on their age and location.

Judges:  Clare Pollard -  Yomi Sode

See  Foyle Young Poets – of the Year Award

8th August 2021 1st  £25

entry free

The Briefly Write Poetry Prize celebrates and rewards bold, succinct writing.

Enter one well-crafted poem up to 10 lines. The Prize seeks innovative language, strong imagery and a subtle, focused composition.

Prizes:
First Prize - £25
5 x Runners up - £5 each
Prize and commended poems will be published online.
Each winning author will have the chance to be featured on the website.

See  Briefly Write Poetry Prize – Briefly Write

31st August 2021 1st £200




entry  £3
SaveAs Writers' International Competition 2021

2021 marks the centenary of T S Eliot’s visit to Margate, where he wrote part of The Waste Land while looking out on the sea from the Nayland Rock shelter. To celebrate Eliot, his work and the views from the Kent coastline, SaveAs Writers launch their annual international creative writing competition, this year asking for poems on the theme of Horizons. The theme can be literal, figurative, a celebration of views, a reflection on Eliot and his work (The Wasteland itself opened new horizons in poetry) or a broader take on the theme.

National and International entries are welcome. Poems must not exceed 60 lines in length. Entries are judged anonymously, and the authors name and address should not appear on the poem itself.

Prizes:
First prize - £200
Second prize - £100
Third prize - £50
Winning entries and a selection of commended pieces may be included in the SaveAs Writers Anthology.

Judge: Eleanor Perry

See  Horizons | saveaswriters.co.uk

31st August 2021 1st  Publication

entry £10
‘Sticklebacking’ – A Poetry Micro-Collection Pamphlet Competition

The Hedgehog Poetry Press's Micro Collection Pamphlets - or Sticklebacks - introduce poets to a new audience, and include both experienced poets such as Andy Brown, Jeremy Reed, Penelope Shuttle and Martin Malone, and other lesser-known poets who use them as a stepping stone toward their first collection.

This competition looks for three poets to submit up to 4 poems of no more than 40 lines each, and see this work published in a Stickleback. Winners will additionally receive 100 copies of their pamphlet.

Judge:  Mark Davidson, editor of The Hedgehog Press

See  ‘Sticklebacking’ – A Poetry Micro-Collection Pamphlet Competition – Deadline: 31/08/21 – The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

31st August 2021 1st Publicaion


entry £25
“White Label Collection Sept” – First Collection Pamphlet Competition

With their seventh White Label Collection Competition, the Hedgehog Poetry Press are looking for a first-time poet, whose debut collection they will publish in pamphlet form.

White Label collections are a series that the Hedgehog Press uses to provide a home to poets for their first collections - however, there is no age limit or profile for these. Additionally, there are no restrictions. If poets have previously self-published a collection, they are still invited to enter.

Prizes:
Each winner will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and receive 100 copies of their collection.

Judge:
Mark Davidson, editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

See “White Label Collection Sept” – First Collection Pamphlet Competition – Deadline: 31st August 2021 – The Hedgehog Poetry Press (hedgehogpress.co.uk)

31st August 2021 1st E1000

entry E25

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 

Details: http://munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html 

Closing Date: 31st August 2021 

Entry fee: 25 Euro
Prizes: 1st prize – €1000, 2nd prize – €500; both winners will win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading at the 2022 Cork International Poetry Festival 

15thSeptember 2021 1st E1000


entry E15
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2021
Deadline:
15 September 2021
First Prize:
€1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France
The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their piece is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. This year’s judge is Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk. See www.themothmagazine.com for details.
30th September 2021 1st  £200



entry £5

INDIGO INTERNATIONAL WILD NATURE POETRY AWARD 2021

OPENS: 1st JULY – DEADLINE 30th SEPTEMBER 2021

PRIZES: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £75 - all +anthology publication.

Additionally League Against Cruel Sports members will also be eligible for the League Prize  £75 + League goodie bag + anthology publication.

THEMES

•  Cruel sports in their various forms - includes Trophy and other hunting, shooting, animal fighting.

•  Wildlife in general

•  The natural world

•  The environment.

ENTRY FEE – £5 per poem or £12 for three. You may submit more poems with correct fee.

Guidelines and submission www.indigodreams.co.uk/indigo-wild-nature-award/4595294802

31st October 2021 1st £5,000

entry £7;
Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. The competition is open to any previously unpublished single poem from entrants across the globe. Poems must be in English and be no longer than 40 lines in length.
Entry: £7 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem (Poetry Society members can enter a second poem for free)Prizes: First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000, third prize 1,000 and commendations of £200 each.
Judges: Fiona Benson, David Constantine, Rachel Long
For further details and rules of entry visit https://npc.poetrysociety.org.uk/
31st October 2021 1st €500


entry €10
Anthology Poetry Award 2021

Entries are now invited for the Anthology Poetry Award. Established to recognise and encourage excellence in the craft of poetry writing and to provide a platform for publication, it is open to original and previously unpublished poems in the English language. Entries are invited from poets of all nationalities, living anywhere in the world. Poems submitted must be on the theme of ‘Freedom’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

Prizes:  A €500 cash prize and possible publication in a future issue of Anthology.

Judge: Dr. Rachael Hegarty

See  poetry-award-submissions-open-anthology-magazine-2021

31st October 2021 1st £1000

entry £7.50

The Bedford Competition

Short stories up to 3000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme; extra categories for young people 17-25 and special prizes for Bedford residents. TBC is a non-profit group, all net proceeds going to Schoolreaders, Bedford to help children ‘catch up’, and  King’s Arms Homeless project.  Short story judge:  Patrick McGuinness. Poetry judge: Anne Berkeley.

Prizes:  £1000, £200 and £100.

Entry fee: £7.50 or 3 for £15. Students, £5 or 3 for £10.

Closing date: 31 October

www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

15th November 2021 1st  Publication



entry £5

Enchanted Forest Publishing are holding a poetry writing competition which is all about LOVE.

Could be the power of love, lost love, anything really as long as its LOVE based and is poetry.

You have until 15th November 2021 to write a poem based on the subject of love.

Fee per poem submitted is £5, chosen poems published for the book will get the writer £10 plus a ebook copy of the book.

Minimum words 50, maximum 500. Please send in as Times New Roman, size 14, single spaced lines. Poems must be written in English. Competition open worldwide.

Chosen poems will be published in our book, tentatively titled LOVE COMES QUICKLY - LOVE TOLD THROUGH THE POWER OF POETRY with a release aiming for Spring 2022.

Submissions cost £5 (which can be sent via Paypal ONLY) and payment and the poem must be sent to this address:

Enchantedforestpublishingltd@gmail.com