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24th September 2020 1st £100


entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT EKPHRASTIC POETRY COMPETITION 2020

Our competition is for poems based on a painting (this can be broadly interpreted). 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. 

1st prize is £100  -   2nd prize is £50 

ENTER ONLINE

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org  or use the payment button on the information page below.

Entry fees are as follows. 1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00  -5 poems  £10.00

all entries must be received before midnight THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2020

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

For more information see https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

14th September 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

 

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020

This year's judge is internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author Fiona Benson.

Poems are welcomed in the following two categories:

English as Second Language - open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as an additional language 

Open category - open to all poets over 18 years of age.

Prizes will be awarded in both categories:
First prize – £1000  Second prize – £200

Entry £5 per poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Max 10 poems.

More information and how to submit your entry: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/poetry-centre/international-poetry-competition/
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The Moth Nature Writing Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with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 The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their entry is previously unpublished.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 www.themothmagazine.com for details.
24th September 2020 1st £100


entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT EKPHRASTIC POETRY COMPETITION 2020

Our competition is for poems based on a painting (this can be broadly interpreted). 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. 

1st prize is £75  -   2nd prize is £50  -  3rd prize £25

ENTER ONLINE

Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org  or use the payment button on the information page below.

Entry fees are as follows. 1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00  -5 poems  £10.00

all entries must be received before midnight THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2020

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

For more information see https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

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

see http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes

1st October 2020 1st $500



entry $6

The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English announces the 31st (2020) annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Submission Period

Entries must be received no later than October 1st 2020.

Overseas Judge – Kay Kim Richards, USA

Miriam Webber (pen name: Rumi Morkin) of Israellast year’s Reuben Rose 2nd prize winner

David Silverman of the USAlast year’s Reuben Rose Honorable Mention winner Prizes

First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.
Ten honorable mentions are awarded.
Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2021 poetry anthology.

·         Maximum length is 41 lines, including stanza breaks, subtitles and epigraphs, but not including title.

·         Poems are judged without the poets’ names. Please omit your names from files submitted. 

·         Entry Fees:

o US$6 for one poem   o US$12 for 3 poems    o US$18 for 6 poems

Submission and payment is via “Submittable”. See full guidelines and submission details at https://www.voicesisrael.com/reuben-rose-competition

31st October 2020

1st £250.00


entry £5.00

SENTINEL LITERARY QUARTERLY POETRY COMPETITION (OCTOBER 2020)

For original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £250 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £30 x 3 (high commendation) and £15 x 3 (commendation).

First publication: All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print)

Results: 30-November-2020

Judge: Roger Elkin- author of ‘Marking Time’ and ‘Fixing Things’

Entry Fee: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10

Contact: Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at https://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

31st October 20120 1st 40% of entry fees



entry $2

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

(co-sponsored by LONE STARS MAGAZINE and CONCEIT MAGAZINE)

Submissions closing: October 31, 2020

Judging by the Editors of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines

 READING FEE: $2.oo per poem UNLIMITED ENTRIES

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

PLUS: 1 YEAR Subscription to LONE STARS MAGAZINE

6 MONTH Subscription to CONCEIT MAGAZINE

Send Entries to (USMail preferred): Email: lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com

LONE STARS Magazine

4219 Flinthill

San Antonio, TEXAS 78230

Make payable to: LONE STARS Magazine PayPal to: lonestarsmagazine@yahoo.com

Website: www.lonestarsmagazine.com

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: https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/

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.
Website http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/national-poetry-competition/ 
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.
See details https://www.cannonpoets.org.uk/competitions.php?panel=sonnetornot.html
30th November 2020 1st €500

entry €10

Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize

Entries are now invited for the Anthology Magazine Poetry Prize. 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 ‘Expectations’ and should not exceed 40 lines. There is no limit to entries per person.

It is not a requirement, but is advisable to refer to Anthology Magazine or purchase a copy before submitting your work, so that you can see the type of material we publish. Subscriptions and single copies are available to purchase through our online shop.

The winner will receive a €500 cash prize and the chance to see their work published in a future issue of Anthology Magazine.

The winner will also receive a one year subscription to Anthology Magazine

Submission Deadline & Entry Fees: 
Early Bird: 30 September 2020 – €10 per poem
Deadline: 30 November 2020 – €15 per poem

See detail at   https://anthology-magazine.com/poetry-prize/ 
31st December 2020 1st €6,000


entry €15

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

1st prize €6,000, 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000, plus a further 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems. The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their poem is previously unpublished.

There is an entry fee of €15 per poem. This year’s judge is Nick :aird. Closing 31 December 2020. See www.themothmagazine.com for details.