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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.







20th November 2019 1st £100

entry £3.50


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. 

Enter by midnight on Wednesday 20th November 2019

1st prize is £100. 2nd £50

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

Competition Judge; Jim Bennett


7th November 2019 1st £1700

entry £12

The White Review Poetry Prize 2019

The White Review Poet’s Prize was founded in 2017 with support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and is for English-language poets who are at the crucial stage of creating their debut pamphlet or collection.

The winning poet will receive a significant financial reward of £1700, expert, personalised professional and editorial advice, and publication of their entry in The White Review.

The Prize is open to residents of the UK and Ireland. The White Review Poet’s Prize only accepts entries of poetry portfolios (5 – 10 pages per portfolio), as opposed to single-poem entries.

The Poet’s Prize is also unique among UK poetry prizes in actively encouraging work which explores and expands the possibilities of the page-poetry form.

The judges for the 2019 White Review Poet’s Prize are Rachael Allen, Kayo Chingonyi, and Ariana Reines.

An award ceremony will be held in London, in early December, to announce the winner

10th November 2019 1st Publication and other prizes

entry free

Edward Lear and nonsense poetry: a Young Poets Network writing challenge

The Poetry Society's Young Poets Network is teaming up with Little Angel Theatre to challenge young writers aged up to 25 to get inspired by Edward Lear and Little Angel Theatre’s production of ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’ - and write some nonsense poetry.

There are plenty of prompts and ideas to get you started. Prizes include publication on Young Poets Network and goodies from The Poetry Society and Little Angel Theatre. 


11th November 2019 1st £2000

entry £7.50

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition 2019

This annual competition celebrates the life and legacy of Cornish poet, Charles Causley, and will be judged this year by Michael Rosen.

First prize is £2,000 plus a 1-week writing residency at Cyprus Well, the poet's former home in Launceston.

Second prize is £250, third prize is £100 and there will be 5 x Highly Commended prizes of £30.

For more details see

20th November 2019 1st £100

entry £3.50


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. 

Enter by midnight on Wednesday 20th November 2019

1st prize is £100. 2nd £50

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

Competition Judge; Jim Bennett


Poems written as part of any of any PK Course are not eligible for entry.

28th November 2019 1st £100

entry  £5

Wales Poetry Award

Wales Poetry Award is a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.

After 55 years of publishing contemporary poetry in 212 issues (and counting) of its magazine, Poetry Wales launches Wales Poetry Award, a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.  Wales Poetry Award is open to single poem entries from new and established poets from Wales and beyond, with 3 awards and 10 highly commended prizes to be won.

Winning poems will be published in upcoming issues of Poetry Wales and shortlisted poets will be invited to attend an awards reception in February 2020 where our award winners will be announced and receive their prizes.

for further details see

30th November 2019 1st  Publication

entry £20

Littoral Press Full Collection Poetry Competition

The Littoral Press is holding an annual competition for a full collection of nature, spiritual, environment poetry.

60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press.

For more information

30th November 2019 1st $500

entry $10
The Baltimore Review’s winter contest on the theme of “Rituals.” Rituals, rites, routines, ceremonies, habits, patterns of behavior. Religious, mating, workplace, home life, every aspect of life. Rituals that are ingrained in us. Rituals of other cultures. Practices that make you feel accepted or excluded, comfortable or uncomfortable. Submit your work to our Submittable Contest category. Three winners will be selected from among all entries. All submissions considered for publication. Prizes are $500, $200, and $100. Entry fee is $10. Final judge: Karen Skolfield. For more information, visit our website:
30th November 2019 1st £500

entry £3
East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The East Riding Festival of Words 2019 Poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My Mind, My Thoughts'.

Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the special event, Poet Fest, in Bridlington in January 2020.

Larkin prize: £500 Second prize: £200  Third Prize: £100

Young Poets Prize
If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry - whatever shape or form - and you could win £50! The competition is open to all school aged children, with one prize for primary and one for secondary.  Primary school prize: £50  Secondary school prize: £75

30th November 2019

1st £100






entry £5

Heroine Eyes – Celebrating Poetry By Women’ Single Poem Competition

You only need to open one of the ‘Best Poets of the – choose your favourite – Century’ books to realise that women poets have never received their share of recognition. The Hedgehog Press are aiming to put that right with an anthology of poetry inspired by the often disregarded greats.

So whether it is the work of Plath or Dickinson that inspires you, or if you have read wider and love Judith Sargent Murray, Wislawa Szymborska or Pauli Murray, this is your opportunity to pay tribute to them.

Hedgehog Press ask that you write and dedicate a poem to a female writer who you feel should be better respected. This can be written ‘in the style of’ or just draw influence from a favourite poem of theirs – you could even choose to see today’s world through your heroine’s eyes, as it were – it is entirely up to you to decide.

Include the poet’s name as either the poem title or a dedication.

The winner will:

Receive £100 in Prize Money

Receive 250 copies of their poem beautifully printed in Artcard form

Seeing their poem beautifully reproduced in a great new Anthology, to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press

All shortlisted poets will be invited to have their poem included in the anthology too and of course everybody who has their work featured will receive copies of the finished work.

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press

for more information see

1st December 2019 1st £50

entry   free

Anglica's Poetry Competition

The poem should be metrical, and should be no longer than 100 lines, though extracts from longer work are permitted. There are no formal or thematic restraints, and so long as it is written in a discernible metre (or several!), entrants are encouraged to follow their fancy, whether that leads to the outlandish, the passionate, or even the dull.

The best poems will feature in Anglica's journal, and in addition the winner shall receive a £50 prize, and one runner up shall receive a prize of £20.

For more details see

1st December 2019 1st £1000

entry £4

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2019

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2019 Prizes:

1st: £1000  2nd: £300   3rd: £200

Five Commended Prizes of £50

Norfolk Prize £100 (best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize)

Sole Judge: Zaffar Kunial. Published by Faber & Faber, Zaffar Kunial’s debut book Us (2018) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice. Previously a Faber New Poet, Zaffar has also been a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition and has won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and a Northern Writers’ Award.

For more information see

2nd December 2019 1st $2000


The Fiddlehead’s 29th annual poetry contest. Our judges this year are Ali Blythe, Kayla Geitzler, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. The entry fee is $30 CAD for Canadian addresses and $36 USD for non-Canadian addresses. Entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Additional entries are only $10 each. One entry consists of 1-3 poems (max. 100 lines each poem). One prize of $2,000 CAD (+ publication at $60 CAD per page) will be awarded and the winner will be published in the Spring 2020 issue, as well as online at our website. For more information visit our website:

31st December 2019 1st 200

entry £4

Snowdrop Festival Competition

Celebrate snowdrops and the world of The Snowdrop King!

2020 Judge: Jane Draycott,

Theme: Snowdrops, the James Allen story and Monochrome & Green as specified by judge

Three age categories: 11 & Under, 12 to 17, 18 & Over

Prize for each category £50, £70, £200

Entry fees: free to Under 18s, £4 per entry 18 & Over

Line Limit: 30 lines

Closes 31st December 2019, 11pm

Entries via:



31st December 2019 1st £100

entry £5 (two poems)

Against the Grain Poetry Press Poem Competition

Open to anyone aged 18 or over from any country. Poems must be unpublished, in English and no longer than 40 lines (excluding title and line breaks).

Judge: Sarah James/Leavesley - prize-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer and editor at V. Press.

First Prize - £100
Second Prize - £75
Third Prize - £50

For further details see

31st December 2019 1st €10,000

entry €15

Moth Poetry Prize
1st prize €10,000, 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) and is for an unpublished poem. The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020. There is an entry fee of €15 per poem. This year’s judge is Claudia Rankine.

For more details see

18th January 2020 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2020

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. We enjoy poems which reflect the English lyric tradition. Closing date January18th 2020. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £50 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem with a maximum of three.

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: Email: Word document to Barbara Kinnes, + fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21, 11250205 with your initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

31st January 2020 1st  £1000

Entry £5

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open and the judge this year is Greta Stoddart, author of the award-winning poetry books At Home in the Dark and Salvation Jane

Entries are invited for poems of up to 40 lines for the chance to win:

1st prize £1000  2nd prize £500 n  3rd prize £250 

For further details see

31st January 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2020

The Judge is poet Carrie Etter, author of Imagined Sons, Divining for Starters, and The Tethers. She will read all the submissions.

First prize: £1,000

Second prize: £300

Third prize: £100

Plus 4 x £50

The prize-winning poems will be published in the Society’s Poetry Folio in September 2020, and on the Society's website.

For further information see

29th February 2020 1st Camera

entry  free

World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020

With the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, 2019-2020 is an important period for Japan and sport. So, you may be inspired to do more physical activity: do you like team or individual sports? Dancing in your bedroom? Or simply walking outdoors in nature? This year the Japan Society are looking for haiku that express the feeling as you score a goal or lose a game, jump up high or tumble on the ground, run through grass or conquer a mountain! Any theme that is connected to 'Sports' is eligible for this competition.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera. Other prizes will also be awarded.

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and one has been held every two years since then. Japan Airlines, with support and assistance from the Japan Society, is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Contest.


7th March 2020 1st £500

entry £3

Enfield Poets’ Competition adjudicator Ruth Padel.  Prize giving will be in the Dugdale theatre, Enfield on Saturday 25th April at 7.30. First Prize £500, second £250, third £100. Winners and runners up will be able to read their poem.  Winning poems to be published on the Enfield Poets’ website.

For further details, rules and how to enter go to

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.