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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.





3rd July 2020 1st £100

entry £4


 open until Friday 3rd July for rules and entry form go to

 Prizes: – 

SANDWICH POET OF THE YEAR – 1st £100, 2 Runners-Up receive £35 each

SANDWICH LOCAL POET OF THE YEAR – 1st £75, 2 Runners-Up £20 each

Under 18 Poet of the Year – winner £25, 2 Runners Up £15

 Entries cost £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems and £15 for 5 poems

16th July 2020 1st £1000

entry £5.75

Ledbury Poetry Festival International Poetry Competition

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2020 Poetry Competition carries a great first prize of £1,000 cash and a residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre. Competition winners (from all categories) also have the opportunity to read their poems at the internationally renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021. 

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). 


17th July 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Robert Graves Poetry Prize, a collaboration between the University of Roehampton and Wimbledon BookFest. I

The prize is judged by leading Literary Agent, Peter Straus and Professor Paul O’Prey, former assistant to Robert Graves. The winning entrant will be awarded £1,000 and two runners up will each be awarded £100.

The prize is unrestricted by location, genre, or subject, and is open to everyone. Entries must be original poems written in English, no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee of £5 per poem. Deadline 17 July, Submissions are via:

28th July 2020 1st €500

entry €10.50

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition
We are especially delighted that
Bernard O'Donoghue has agreed to judge for us again, as this year marks Hungry Hill Writing's 10 Year Anniversary.
We will be awarding:
a first prize of €500
a second of €170
& a third of €90
We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.
For more details on the prizes, our judge, entry requirements and other competition details, please click the box above. 

The closing date for entries is July 28th 2020.
31st July 20210 1st £1000

entry £5

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

The Winchester Poetry Prize is organised by the Winchester Poetry Festival and is open to poets from around the world. 

This year’s entries will be judged by Andrew McMillan, a senior lecturer in the Manchester Writing School and whose first collection, physical, was the only poetry collection to ever win The Guardian First Book Award.

The winner will be announced at the Winchester Poetry Festival, which takes place from 8 to 12 October.

First prize is £1,000, second prize is £500, and third prize is £250.

There will also be a prize for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.

Closing date is 31 July 2020. More details can be found at

2nd August 2020 1st $500

entry - qualifying wins in competitions

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Champions Cup 2020.

Contest closes August 2, 2020. Read the submission guidelines here:

The winning poet wins the Grand Prize of $500 CAD plus a writing journal, pen, commemorative gift, and additional royalties (if accrued).

Submissions are open to everyone, everywhere. To enter this contest, you need a Poetry Champions Cup 2020 Ticket. Tic kets can be purchased or won for free by winning one (or more) of the 27 designated preliminary contests.  The Poetry Champions Cup 2020 closes on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at midnight. The winning poem will be published in a limited-edition,
mail-to-order print format on Monday, August 24, 2020. The winning poem will be published online in Wax Poetry and Art for everyone to read, on or before Monday, September 7, 2020.

6th August 2020 1st £300

entry £6

Second Light Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women

 A competition for women poets, for poems on any subject.

  • 1st prizes: £300 for each of Long and Short poems
  • 2nd prize: £150
  • 3rd Prize £75

Winning and Commended poems published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry. Winners invited to a London reading.

Judge: Myra Schneider


22nd August 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

Sole Judge:  Penelope Shuttle who will read all entries

  • 1st prize: £600
  • Runner-up: £300
  • 5 x commended: £50 each
  • The Gloucestershire Prize: £200 (for Gloucestershire residents only)

Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, which is the longest running regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham.


31st August 2020 1st €1000

entry €25

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Closing Date: 31st August 2020

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 and three nights' accommodation at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival


31st August 2020 1st £1000

entry £12

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations.

Submissions close 31 August 2020

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.


§  £1,000 prize money for the Poetry & Short Fiction Winners

§  Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2021

§  Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

§  Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)

§  Selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books

§  One year print subscription to Granta

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18


15th September 2020 1st €1,000 The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2020
First Prize: €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland
The Moth Nature Writing Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their entry is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. The judge is Richard Mabey, ‘someone who not just sees beauty in nature but understands and enhances it.’ See for details.
28th September 2020 1st £2000

entry £5

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

Judged by Mona Arshi and Mark Doty. 

First prize: £2,000
Second prize: £1,000
Third prize: £500
Plus 20 commendeds


31st October 20120 1st 40% of entry fees

entry $2

 The 13th Annual 2020 “Light of the Stars” Poetry Contest


Submissions closing: October 31, 2020

Judging by the Editors of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines


Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready –  (the way you want to see it in print.) 

Contest Name & Author's Name and Address on each page Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. 

One-time magazine publication rights for each publisher. Author’s own copyrights guaranteed.

40% of fees collected - First Prize  20% of fees collected - Second Prize 20% of fees collected - Third Prize



Send Entries to (USMail preferred): Email:


4219 Flinthill

San Antonio, TEXAS 78230

Make payable to: LONE STARS Magazine PayPal to:


31st October 2020  1st £500

entry £6

The Bedford Competition: 1st £500 entry £6 or 3 for £12.
Poetry (max 40 lines) Short Story (max 3000 words) Special Prize 17 – 25 years Winning & shortl Full details:

31st October 2020 1st  £5000

entry £7
The National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest prizes for a single poem, and remember that all entries are judged via an anonymised judging process - put your best poem forward!

Judges Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, Karen McCarthy Woolf,  

Prizes  First Prize: £5000  Second Prize: £2000   Third Prize: £1000   Commendations: £200

The deadline is 31 October 2020. Keep an eye on our website between now and then, as we'll be releasing some fantastic writing resources from some of the UK's top poets to help you feel inspired.
It costs £7 for the first poem in your entry, and £4 for each subsequent poem. Members of The Poetry Society get a free second poem as part of their entry.
31st October 2020 1st £500

entry £5
Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition
Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition is now open. Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.
Prizes  First Prize: £500  Second Prize: £250  Third Prize: £150 Commended Prize: £10
Closing Date: Midnight, 31st October 2020
Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for  one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £13.00 to £11.00 [UK] or from £22 to £20 [outside UK].
An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Use several entry forms if necessary. The entry fee is £5.00 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem submitted. Alternatively, you can now enter on line.
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