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If you enjoy writing poetry then there are many competitions for you to enter, ranging from haiku to poems 250 lines long.

REMEMBER: Please take care to read the guidelines and rules of entry for each competition to ensure that your work and eligibility is suitable for the competition, and that you are aware of the requirements and deadlines of each competition.

New competitions will continue to be added to these lists, so check back regularly. If you think there is a competition missing from this list, or if you are running a competition that you would like to be added to these list, then please contact us with the details.

 

 

Upcoming Poetry Competitions


May 2018

Poetry London 2018 Competition

Type: poetry, up to 80 lines

Entrance fee: £7 per poem (£3 for Poetry London subscribers)

Deadline: 1st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £5,000; 2nd, £2,000; 3rd, £1,000; four commendations, £500

URL: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

The Page is Printed Creative Writing Competition 2017

Type: All genres, letter, story, poem, the only rule is that it is contained on one side of A4

Entrance fee: For adults, £5 for one entry and £10 for up to three entries; under 18, free

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prizes: Adults, 3 x £100 prizes; under 18, 3 x £25 prizes

URL: http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/page-is-printed-2017--competition-entry

 

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

Type: Poem, 18 years and under, theme is ‘A Commonwealth for Peace’, 1,500 words or 750 words depending on age category

Entrance fee: Free

Deadline: 1st May 2017

Prize: Invite to attend Winner’s Week event

URL: https://thercs.org/youth-and-education/the-queens-commonwealth-essay-competition/

 

Poetry London 2017 Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 80 lines

Entrance fee: Poetry London subscribers, £3 per poem; non-subscribers, £7 per poem

Deadline: 2nd May 2017

Prizes: 1st, £1000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, £200; four commendations, £75

URL: http://poetrylondon.co.uk/competition/

 

Printers Ink Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, up to 45 lines on the theme ‘New Beginnings’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 5th May 2017

Prizes: £100 Amazon vouchers

URL: https://www.printerinks.com/poetry-competition.html

 

Welsh Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £6 per poem; discount for more than three poems

Deadline: 27th May 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £250; 3rd, £100

URL: http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £3 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 250 guineas and 2 yr subscription

URL: http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/uncategorized/the-frogmore-poetry-prize-2018/

 

Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

Type: Poetry, theme is ‘Spring’

Entrance fee: £10 for up to six poems

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: £500 and publication on website

URL: http://www.wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions---contests.html

 

Cinnamon Press Mini-competitions

Type: Poetry, very short haiku, lyrics or prose on specific themes throughout the year. No more than 60 words or 15 lines, and no more than 6 words per line.

Entrance fee: £4 per entry or £10 for three entries

Deadline: 31 May 2017 – the theme is Beltane

Prizes: A hand-writing journal for the overall winner and around 20 of the poems will be printed in a limited edition pamphlet

URL: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions

 

Yeovil Literary Prize: Category 3. Poetry

Type: Poetry, max. 40 lines

Entrance fee: £7 for one poem, £12 for two poems, £12 for three poems

Deadline: 31 May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £500; 2nd prize, £200; 3rd prize, £100

URL: http://www.yeovilprize.co.uk/

 

Bridport Prize – Poem Category

Type: Poetry, up to 42 lines

Entrance fee: £9 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st prize, £5,000; 2nd prize, £1,000; 3rd prize, £500; 10 highly commended prizes, £100

URL: https://www.bridportprize.org.uk/

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 40 lines

Entrance fee: £4 (feedback given for additional £2)

Deadline: Monthly ongoing

Prize: £100 plus a Chambers dictionary

URL: http://www.writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html

 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 for one poem, £7 for two poems, £9 for three poems, etc

Deadline: 31st May 2017

Prizes: 1st, £200; 2nd, £100; 3rd, £50

URL: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

 

The Bridport Prize Poetry Prize

Type: poetry, up to 42 lines

Entrance fee: £9 per poem

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £5,000; 2nd, £1,000; 3rd, £500

URL: http://www.bridportprize.org.uk/poetry-prize

 

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines or 250 words

Entrance fee: £5 for first poem, £3.50 for each additional

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Prize: 1st, £700; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100; four commendations, £25

URL: http://www.batteredmoons.com/

June 2018

Reading Rooms Cafe Publishing Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 30 lines, connected to mental ill health or emotional distress

Entrance fee: £4 per entry

Deadline: 7th June 2018

Prize: publication, £100 and 5 copies of the book

URL: http://readingroomprojects.wixsite.com/competitionpages/poetry-competition

July 2018

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2018

Type: Short fiction, non-fiction (life writing) and poetry (up to 3,000 words or 5 poems)

Entry fee: £6 for one entry; £10 for two entries; £15 for three entries

Deadline: 13 July 2018

Prize: Cash prize for each category and publication

URL: http://www.wasafiri.org/new-writing-prize

 

Snapshot Press eChapbook Awards 2018

Type: poetry, small collections of short poetry

Entrance fee: £12

Deadline: 31st July 2018

Prize: Online publication

URL: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/echapbook_awards/guidelines.htm

PAST COMPETITIONS

January 2018

 

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 30 lines, any form, themes of snowdrops or the James Allen story

Entrance fee: £3 per poem for over 18, free to under

Deadline: 14th January 2018

Prizes: £120 for over 18s; prizes for other ages

URL: http://www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk/poetry-competiton.html

 

The Fresher Writing Prize 2018

Type: poetry, up to 42 lines, on the theme of ‘Monsters’

Entrance fee: £6 per entry (free to staff and students of Bournemouth University

Deadline: 14th January 2018

Prize: a professional podcast of your poem

URL: http://www.fresherpublishing.co.uk/the-fresher-writing-prize-3/

 

The Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

Type: poetry on the theme of ‘Liberty’, up to 30 lines

Entrance fee: free (enter up to two poems)

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: prizes of £3,000

URL: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes/the-keats-shelley-prize/keats-shelley-prize-2018

 

The Young Romantics Prize 2018 (16–18yrs)

Type: poetry on the theme of ‘Liberty’, up to 20 lines

Entrance fee: free (enter up to two poems)

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: prizes of £2,000

URL: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/the-keats-shelley-prizes/young-romantics-prize/young-romantics-prize-2018

 

Magma Poetry Competition 2017/18

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines (Judge’s prize between 11 and 50 lines; Editor’s prize up to 10 lines)

Entrance fee: £5 for one, £4 for the second, £3.50 for each after

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £150

URL: https://magmapoetry.com/competition/

 

‘The Road to Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition

Type: poetry

Entrance fee: one poem, £5; three poems, £8; five poems, £10

Deadline: 15th January 2018

Prize: a journal, publication in the anthology, plus others

URL: https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/2017/10/07/the-road-to-clevedon-pier-anthology-competition/

 

Cinnamon Press Mini-competitions

Type: Poetry, very short haiku, lyrics or prose on specific themes throughout the year. No more than 60 words or 15 lines, and no more than 6 words per line.

Entrance fee: £4 per entry or £10 for three entries

Deadline: 15 January 2018 – the theme is Midwinter/Yule

Prize: A hand-writing journal for the overall winner and around 20 of the poems will be printed in a limited edition pamphlet

URL: http://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/mini-competitions

 

Livecanon Children’s Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, four age categories

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 21st January 2018

Prize: £50 book token in each age category

URL: http://www.livecanon.co.uk/childrenscompetition

 

Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 35 lines

Entrance fee: £5 for one entry; £7.50 for three entries; £10 for five entries

Deadline: 25th January 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £200; 3rd, £100, 4 x £50

URL: http://clochoderickpress.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

 

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition 2017

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, £250

URL: https://www.theploughprize.co.uk/

 

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £5 per poem (£4 each for three or more)

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £100; 4 x £50

URL: https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/

 

The Plough Prize: The Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition 2017

Type: poetry, up to 10 lines

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, £250

URL: https://www.theploughprize.co.uk/

 

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry

Entrance fee: £3 for first entry, £2 for each subsequent entry

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £200; 2 x runner up prizes of £50

URL: http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html

 

The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 for one poem; £10 for three poems

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £150; 3rd, £100

URL: http://www.theinterpretershouse.com/competition

 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 (Open Competition)

Type: poetry, up to 35 lines

Entrance fee: £4.50 per poem

Deadline: 31st January 2018

Prize: 1st, £500; 2nd, £250; 3rd, £100

URL: http://www.poetryteignmouth.com/competition-2018.html

 

Creative Writing Ink Competition (Monthly)

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: last day of each month

Prize: publication on website and £10 Amazon voucher

URL: https://www.creativewritingink.co.uk/competitions/free-to-enter-creative-writing-ink-competition/

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition

Type: Poetry, max. 40 lines

Entrance fee: £4 (feedback given for additional £2)

Deadline: Monthly ongoing

Prize: £100 plus a Chambers dictionary

URL: http://www.writers-forum.com/poetrycomp.html

 

February 2018

Coram Voices 2018 Writing Competition

Type: non-fiction, fiction, poetry, school and care leavers, theme ‘Who or What Makes You Proud’

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 8th February 2018

Prize: For each category: 1st, tablet and £100 voucher; 2nd, £50 voucher; 3rd, £25 voucher

URL: http://www.coramvoice.org.uk/voices-2018

 

2018 Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine

Type: poetry, up to 50 lines, on a medical subject

Entrance fee: £7 per entry

Deadline: 14th February 2018

Prize: publication

URL: http://www.hippocrates-poetry.org/2018-hippocrates-prize-for/online-entry-2018-hippocrat/index.html

 

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, any subject, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 for 1; £7 for 2; £11 for 4; £12 for 5; £16 for 7 and £22 for 10

Deadline: 28th February 2018

Prize: 1st, £200; 2nd, £ 100; 3rd, £50; 3x£20 highly commended

URL: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/

March 2018

The Snapshot Press Book Awards 2018

Type: poetry, book length collections (60–100 poem collections); haiku, tanka and other short poetry

Entrance fee: £18 per collection entered

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: publication by the press

URL: http://www.snapshotpress.co.uk/contests/book_awards/guidelines.htm

 

The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, deal with any aspect of nature and place

Entrance fee: £6 for first entry; £3.50 for each additional

Deadline: 1st March 2018

Prize: 1st, £1,000; 2nd, £500; 3rd, writing course place

URL: https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2018/

 

Wicked Young Writers Award 2018

Type: short fiction or poetry, up to 750 words, writers aged 5–25-years

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 12th March 2018

Prizes: various, see site

URL: https://www.wickedyoungwriterawards.com/

 

Writers Online Monster Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, celebrating monsters

Entrance fee: £5

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: £100 plus publication

URL: https://www.writers-online.co.uk/writing-competitions/open-competitions/writers-competitions-wro-wro-feb18-monster/

 

The Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize 2018

Type: short fiction, poetry, non-fiction, up to 2,500 words, on the theme ‘Childhood’

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: £3,000, plus winner and 2 runners up are invited to attend symposium in Venice

URL: http://alpinefellowship.com/writing-visual-arts-prizes/

 

‘A Slim Volume of One’s Own’ Collection Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 poems per collection

Entrance fee: one collection, £25; two collections, £45; three collections, £60

Deadline: 15th March 2018

Prize: journal, publication of the collection, plus more

URL: https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/2017/10/07/a-slim-volume-of-ones-own-collection-competition/

 

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

Type: poetry, poetry for children, no line limit

Entrance fee: €12 per poem

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: €1,000

URL: http://www.thecaterpillarmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=7253&page=14

 

The Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Type: poetry, poetry pamphlet submission, 10–15 poems, up to 50 lines per poem

Entrance fee: £10 per pamphlet

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contract

URL: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/poetry-pamphlet-prize

 

The International Rubery Book Award

Type: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, already published books

Entrance fee: One book, £36; two books, £72; three books, £108; etc

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: £1,500

URL: http://www.ruberybookaward.com/

 

New Nature Writing Competition 2018

Type: non-fiction, up to 600 words on ‘The Embodiment of Spring’

Entry fee: free

Deadline: 31st March 2018

Prize: various (see site - pg. 44)

URL: https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/15ec9b_fa1fe60623fa45c1b494e57c54941b20.pdf

April 2018

Wergle Flump

Type: poetry, humour, up to 250 lines

Entrance fee: free

Deadline: 1st April 2018

Prize: 1st, $1,000; 2nd, $250; 10 x honourable mentions, $100

URL: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free

 

Binsted Arts 2018 Poetry Competition

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, theme ‘Country’

Entrance fee: £5 for one entry, £3.50 for each subsequent

Deadline: 9th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £150; 2nd, £100; 3rd, £50

URL: http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-18

 

Creative Writing For All Competition

Type: short story up to 2,000 words or poetry up to 40 lines, on the theme(s) ‘Cats’ and/or ‘Dogs’

Entrance fee: £5 for first entry, £3 for each additional entry

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: In each category (short story or poetry): 1st, £60; 2nd, £30; 3rd, £15

URL: http://www.writing-experiment.com/competition-for-2018

 

Grey Hen Poetry Competition – For Women Poets Over 60

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines, any subject

Entrance fee: £3 per poem, £10 for four poems

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £100; 2nd, £50; 3rd, £25

URL: http://www.greyhenpress.com/poetry-competition-2018-entry-rules/

 

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, any subject, up to 50 lines

Entrance fee: £4 per poem, £12 for four poems, £3 per poem thereafter

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £600; 2nd, £300; 3rd, £150

URL: http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware18.pdf

 

Southport Writers’ Circle Annual International Poetry Competition 2018

Type: poetry, up to 40 lines

Entrance fee: £3 per poem, £10 for four poems

Deadline: 30th April 2018

Prize: 1st, £150; 2nd, £75; 3rd, £25; humour poem, £25

URL: http://www.swconline.co.uk/n1/?cat=5

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