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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

3rd April 2021 1st £50

entry £5

Fosseway Writers Poetry Competition 2021

Annual poetry competition, this year the theme is "Promise”.
Poems up to 40 lines.

Top prize £50
Second prize £30
Third prize £20

Judge: Martin Grey, who last year published the poetry collection, 'The Prettyboys of Gangster Town'.

See  https://fossewaywriters.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/our-2021-poetry-competition-is-open/

6th April 2021

1st  £300

entry £5

 

The South Downs Poetry Festival 2021, in alliance with Binsted Arts, is holding a competition, for the Binsted Prize, open to poets of all ages over 16,

Adjudicator: David Swann

First Prize £300, Second £150, Third £50.

Poems may be on any theme.

Entry fees:

over 25 yrs old : first poem:£5.00, subsequent poems:£4.00 each

16-25 years old: £3.00 all poems

Winning poems will be published on the South Downs Poetry Festival and the Binsted Arts Festival websites, and a small anthology of the best poems submitted is planned.

If possible there will be a poetry evening in June 2021, in the magical small church at Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex where winners will be invited to read their poems
Further details, rules & entry form are available on
http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-21 ,

and via  www.sdpf.org.uk

9th April 2021 1st £300


entry free

Poetry for Good celebrates the lives and stories of the UK's Key Workers. Whether it is teachers or nurses, cleaners or couriers, carers or shopworkers – millions of people, often on low pay, keep our nation going.

Entries are free and open to anyone aged 11 or over. There are three categories - Growing Word, Written Word and Spoken Word.

Each Category will have one winner and one runner up, with a cash prize of £300 for each winner and £150 for each runner up.

There will also be an additional special prize of £150 for the best overall poem about cleaners and the contribution that they make.

Judges: Cecilia Knapp, Katherine Lockton and Rachel Long

See  Poetry for Good

10th April 2021 1st Booklet Publication

entry £18

GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2021

Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive a royalty contract plus 20 copies

Submission: 20 poetry pages to 36 lines

Entry Fee: £18 per block of poems

Closing Date: 10th April 2021

For full details and submission go to www.indigodreams.co.uk

15th April 202 1st $100


entry $5

ARTISTS EMBASSY INTERNATIONAL POETRY CONTEST

Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded and an invitation to read

either live at the Dancing Poetry Festival at the Palace of the Legion of Honor or virtually on Zoom

Deadline received by April 15, 2021

Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus their poem costumed, choreographed and performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company.

Six First Prizes -  $50 each
Twelve Second Prizes  -  $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes -  $10 each

All winners will be invited to read at the Dancing Poetry Festival and receive an award certificate suitable for framing.

CONTEST RULES
Line Limit: 38 lines maximum each poem. No limit on number of entries
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us on ONE copy only (The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)

Poems must be in English or include English translation. No poems will be returned.

Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10  (Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars). 

Make checks payable to Artists Embassy International
Send all entries and fees postmarked by April 15, 2021, to...

       AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
       704 Brigham Ave.
       Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA

23rd April 2021 1st  Poetry Course


entry  Free

Poetry for Social Justice

Reading Amnesty Group is inviting entries to their UK-wide poetry competition, on the theme Social Justice: Human Rights.

There is one competition for 16-17 year olds, one for age 18 and over.

Possible prizes:
A course of up to 4 weeks from the The Oxford School of Poetry
A course to an agreed value from the Poetry School
A Rob Ryan print

See Poetry For Social Justice – Part of Reading Amnesty International Group

25th April 2021 1st £100
 

entry  £5

Charm Poetry Competition

A poetry competition looking for entertaining poems of up to 32 lines, demonstrating warmth, wordplay, wit and whimsy. Traditional structures and rhyme are encouraged, and entries may be on any subject. Entrants may submit up to 3 poems.

Prizes:
First prize - £100
Second prize - £50
Third prize - £25

Judge:  Martin McGovern

See Charm Poetry Competition: The Charm Poetry Competition April 2021 is open!

29th April 2021 1st Publishing


entry £10

Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition

Poetry Wales' new pamphlet competition is open only to writers living in the UK aged 18+ who have not previously published a full collection and are currently under-represented in publishing in the UK, including working-class writers, writers of colour, disabled writers, neurodiverse writers and LGBTQI+ writers.

The overall winner will have their pamphlet published by Poetry Wales Press.
Highly commended winners will receive feedback and a mentoring session from a Poetry Wales poet.
10 shortlisted poets will receive brief feedback from the judging panel and have one poem published on the Poetry Wales website.

Pamphlets will be longlisted by the Poetry Wales team.

See  Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition 2021 - Poetry Wales

30th April 2021 1st $1000


entry $15

The ACM* contest features a single prize of $1,000.00 (there may be some honorable mentions, but only one winner). The contest starts on April 1 and ends on April 30, 2021. 3 poems of any theme, no longer than 100 lines each. There is a $15 (USD) non-refundable fee. Submit your poems to poetraindog@gmail.com . Pay your fee by going to https://www.lummoxpress.com/lc/product-category/contest-entry/ 

To send a check, make it out to Lummox Productions and mailed to Lummox at 3127 E. 6th Street; Long Beach, CA 90814 USA. The winner will be announced via Email. GOOD LUCK.

*Angela Consolo Mankiewicz, poet, writer, supporter of Poetic Arts -- passed away in 2017. The Prize is from a bequest by her late husband, Richard Mankiewicz. 

30th April 2021 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021
The Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition is open for poems of up to 50 lines.
Prizes:
1st prize - £600
2nd prize - £300
3rd Prize - £150
The Ware Sonnet Prize -£150
Winners and commended poets will also be included in the Ware Poets Competition Anthology.
Judge: Kim Moore
More information http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware21.pdf

30th April 2021 1st $1000



entry $20

INLANDIA BOOKS The Hillary Gravendyk Prize Poetry Book Competition

Deadline: April 30, 2021

Inlandia Books’ The Hillary Gravendyk Prize, an open poetry book competition for all writers regardless of the number of previously published poetry collections. One national and one regional winner will each be awarded $1000 and book publication. Submit 48–100 pages, all styles and forms. Only electronic submissions accepted via Inlandia’s Submittable portal. Entries must be received between February 1 and April 30 at midnight Pacific Standard Time. Reading fee is $20. The winners will be announced late Summer/Fall, for publication in the next year. Judged blind. Final Judges: Margaret Ronda and Megan Gravendyk Estrella. www.tinyurl.com/HillaryGravendykPrize 

30th April 2021 1st £600




entry £10 for 3 poems

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2021

Adjudicator – Andre Mangeot
Winning and selected poems are published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from www.verpoets.co.uk

Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length.

First prize £600   Second prize £300    Third prize £100

Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £3 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets.

Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01  Account 82410419        

Please send entries ( we need 2 copies of each poem) to:

Competitions Secretary, 181 Sandridge Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 4AH

Further details at   www.verpoets.co.uk

30th April 2021 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2021 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Download rules and entry form from website or send sae to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE. Closing date: 30 April 2021. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four. www.greyhenpress.com

30th April 2021 1st  £300


entry  £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2021

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition for 2021 is now open for entries. This competition is open regarding length, style and content, and entries will be judged according to the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, challenging and entertaining.

All entries must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished.

Prizes:
1st Prize - £300 and publication in Prole, issue 32 (June 2021).
2 x runners up receive £75 each and publication in Prole 32.
All three will be published on the Prole website.

Judge:  Carrie Etter

See  COM`Prole, Poetry and Prose (prolebooks.co.uk)

30th April 2021 1st £100


entry £1.50

THE E.H.P. BARNARD PRIZE IS LOOKING FOR NEW POEMS ON THE THEME OF

~ HONOUR ~ FOR INCLUSION IN A SHORTLIST, AND TO WIN THREE PRIZES,

AS JUDGED BY NATIONAL POETRY SLAM FINALIST SARAH SMITH.

Closes 30 April 2021 (midnight)

Announcements: Shortlist 19 June, Winners 26 June 2021

For poems up to 400 words.

1st Prize – £100 + a poem video, professionally performed, produced and promoted.

2nd Prize – £75  -   3rd Prize – £50

Entry fee – £1.50 per poem

For more details please visit www.barnardprize.uk

30th April 2021 1st - €300 & Silver Wyvern

entry €6

2021 Poetry on the Lake International Competition, 

1st - €300 & Silver Wyvern & 2 nights at Orta; other prizes 

Entry fees: from €6 (4 x €20) 

Deadline: 30th April 2021

3 categories: Silver Wyvern (42 lines)– Short poems (10 lines), theme ‘from dusk till dawn’ (interpret as wished). Formal verse (42 lines)- no set theme.

judge James Harpur

Online entries.

See: https://www.poetryonthelake.org/competition  

30th April 2021 1st £100



entry £4

THE FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND VERNAL EQUINOX COMPETITION 2021

Five categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words), Gaelic (any number of poems and/or flash fiction, line/word limits as above), Scots (any number of poems and/or flash fiction, line/word limits as above). . Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10     Entry fee is £4 for first entry in any one category, £8 for two £10 for three £3 for each  For full rules and how to enter visit
https://federationofwritersscotland.com/2020/01/18/fws-vernal-equinox-competition-opens
 
1st May 2021 1st £100

entry  £4
The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition 
Adjudicator: Fokkina Mcdonnell ( short list).
First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25. Book token for Circle Members’ Choice
Entry fee £4 (3  poems for £10)
For further details, rules & entry form, visit  https://crewedistrictwriterscircle.webstarts.com/
28th May 2021 1st  £250


Entry £4 

Wirral Poetry Festival 11th Annual Open Poetry Competition 2021
Adjudicators:  Brian Wake (open competition prizes) and David Costello (Wirral prizes). Open poetry prizes (Open to all) 1st prize £250;  2nd prize £100; Two runner up prizes of £25 each.  Wirral Prizes (open to adults resident or working in Wirral) Wirral Prize (First Prize): £100;  Christopher Salmon Memorial Prize (Second Prize): £50; Third Prize £25. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their poems at an online celebration on 30 September 2021. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website but only with specific permission of poets concerned.

For full details and to enter visit:
https://wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk/open-poetry-competition-2021/

28th May 2021 1st £100


Entry free

The Christopher Salmon Foundation Annual Poetry Competition 2021, in partnership with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival
for poems on the theme of Friendship, open to those aged 19 years and under in full time education in Wirral . Adjudication panel: Estelle Condliff, Mike Devitt, Celia Gentles, Alan Jennings and Anna Saunders. For information (especially for schools), contact Diane Mitchell (Wirral Libraries) dianemitchell@wirral.gov.uk or for further details and to enter online visit:
https://wirralpoetryfestival/ChristopherSalmon

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

15th June 2021 1st £300


entry  £5

Segora International Writing Competitions 2021

Deadline 15th June 2021 for Poetry, Short Story, Vignette and Play

Judges: Poetry Derek Sellen - 50 line max. Short Story Isabelle Llasera - min 1,500 words, max 3000. Vignette Oz Hardwick - max 300 words. Play Oliver Eade - min 10 minutes running time, max 35 minutes

Prizes: £300, £100, £50 for poetry and story; £100, £50 vignette; £150, £50 play.

Entry fees: £5 poetry and vignette, £8 Story, £12 play.

Guidelines/how to enter/discounts see www.poetryproseandplays.com

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