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10th January 2022 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE NINTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022

Our competition this year is open to poems from around the world written in English and which can be on any subject or theme.  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 is spoken word and visual artist James Bain.

1st prize is £100    2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email only 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 10th January 2022

Entry fees  1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp3.htm

9th January 2022 1st  £200

entry £4
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition 2022
Judged by award-winning poet Pascale Petit, this year's Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition is themed 'Hope in Nature.'
There are three age categories with three prizes of £50 for 11 and under, £70 for 12 to 17, and £200 for 18 and over.
Poems must be limited to 30 lines long.
Entries open 1 December 2021 and close 9 January 2022.
see Competitions 2022 (sheptonsnowdrops.org.uk)
10th January 2022 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE NINTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022

Our competition this year is open to poems from around the world written in English and which can be on any subject or theme.  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 is spoken word and visual artist James Bain.

1st prize is £100    2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email only 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 10th January 2022

Entry fees  1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp3.htm

15th January 2021 1st  £150



entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2022, the Edward Cawston Thomas prize.

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. Closing date January15th 2022. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jamie McKendrick.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £75 prizes and up to six highly commended of £25

 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 Thompson, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

Emails: Word document, single attachment per poem

 Surname A- M:, to Barbara Kinnes, bjkinnes@gmail.com

Surname N-Z to margthompson01@gmail.com

Fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21  11250205, initial and surname as Reference, competition as Description, or  with Paypal via  www.edward-thomas-fellowship.org where you can also see details of winning poems of past years.

28th January 2022 1st share of prize fund


entry £18

2021 Manchester Writing Competition is now open to entries. £10,000 prizes for the best portfolio of three to five poems and best short story of up to 2,500 words. Submissions must be new work, not previously published. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. Deadline: 28 January 2022. Entry fee: £18 – reduced price entry available. Organised by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Judged by Romalyn Ante, Malika Booker and Zaffar Kunial (Poetry) and Hilaire, Simon Okotie and Nicholas Royle (Fiction). For full details, to enter, and to read last year’s winners visit the Competition website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/.

31st January 2022 1st £1000





entry£5

Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2022

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is now open to all poets aged 16 and over, anywhere in the world.

Poems must be original, unpublished, written in English, and no longer than 40 lines.

Prizes:
1st Prize: £1000  2nd Prize: £300  3rd Prize: £100  4th Prize: 4 x £50

This year’s judge is Richard Skinner, writer and editor of poetry, fiction, life writing, essays and non-fiction. His most recent book of poems is Invisible Sun (Smokestack Books, 2021).

Winning poems will be published on the Kent and Sussex Poetry website, and included in our annual Folio publication.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition, 2022 | kentandsussexpoetry

31st January 2022 1st  Pamphlet Publication


entry £5

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize

Two competitions in one: one for collections, one for individual poems.

Prizes
1st prize*: pamphlet publication contract with Dempsey & Windle + 70 copies
2nd prize: £200   3rd prize: £100   4th prize: £50

*Open to collections of ten poems by UK entrants. Other prizes are for single poems by UK or international entrants.

Judge Konstandinos Mahoney

See COMPETITION - D & W PUBLISHING - POETRY BOOKS PAMPHLETS (dempseyandwindle.com)

31st January 2022 1st  £250


entry £5
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition January 2022
The Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition January 2022 is open to original, previously unpublished poems written in English, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.
Visual poems will also be accepted, as long as they fit on a single page.
Poets of all ages living anywhere in the world are eligible to enter.
Prizes: £250 (First Prize), £125 (Second Prize), £75 (Third Prize), three £30 prizes (High Commendation), three £20 prizes (Commendation), three £10 prizes (Special Mentions)
This quarter's judge is the poet and copywriter Mark Totterdell.
See Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition - international, any subject, any style, open to all. Prizing poetry since 2009. (sentinelquarterly.com)
31st January 2021 1st cash prize



entry free

Cheshire Prize for Literature 2021
This year’s Cheshire Prize for Literature will focus on the theme of sustainability.
There are four genre categories: short stories, scriptwriting, children’s literature and poetry.
The competition is open to writers of all ages who have lived, worked or studied in Cheshire (including Wirral and Halton).
There are cash prizes available, and winners may be selected to appear in the competition anthology published by the University of Chester Press.
Entries will be judged by an anonymous panel chaired by Dr. Simon Poole.
See  The Cheshire Prize for Literature 2021 | Press Office | University of Chester
31st January 2022 1st £600


entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2022

Open to all poets, both UK and international. Entries with Devon postcodes will also be automatically entered for the Graham Burchell Award For Devon Poets.

Open competition prizes
1st: £600  2nd: £300   3rd: £200
Judge: Katrina Naomi

Graham Burchell prizes
1st: £200  2nd: £100   3rd: £50
Judge: Rosie Jackson

See Competition 2022 - POETRY TEIGNMOUTH

28th February 2021 1st £300


entry £5

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition 2022

Deadline:  February 28th 2022

Prizes:  1st        £300   2nd       £150  3rd        £75

The best West Sussex entry will also be awarded a separate prize of £50 and the Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup

Entry Fees:  £5.00 for initial poem   £3.50 for each additional poem

Adjudicator  Roger Elkin

Entries may be made by post or online

Winners will be notified individually by March 31st.

all results and the winning poems will be published on the Slipstream Poets web site www.slipstream-poets.co.uk

Full details may be seen here: Competition – Slipstream Poets (slipstream-poets.co.uk)

1st March 2022 1st £1000


entry £7

RSPB and Rialto Nature and Place Competition 2022

A collaboration between the RSPB, The Rialto magazine, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Open to poems on any aspect of place or nature.

Prizes  1st: £1000  2nd: £500   3rd: £250
Winning poems will be published in The Rialto

Judge Gillian Clarke

See NATURE AND PLACE POETRY COMPETITION 2022 | The Rialto - the poetry magazine to read

31st March 2022 1st E1000


entry E14
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2022
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is a prize for adults writing poems for children aged 7-11.
Poems must not have been previously published. Entries are welcome from anywhere in the world.
Prize: €1,000, plus publication in the summer 2022 issue of The Caterpillar.
This year’s judge is award-winning US poet Naomi Shibab Nye.
See The Caterpillar (thecaterpillarmagazine.com)
14th April 2021 1st £300

entry £5
South Downs Poetry Festival Competition
The South Downs Poetry Festival Competition is a collaboration between the South Downs Poetry Festival and Binsted Arts, for the award of The Binsted Prize.
Poems may be on any theme and must be no longer than 50 lines.
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £50.
Judge: Naomi Foyle.
See  2022 Poetry Competition (binsted.org)
18th April 2021 1st Publication


entry £10
Cheltenham Poetry Festival Frosted Fire First Pamphlet Competition
Frosted Fire, publisher for Cheltenham Poetry Festival, is now open for entries to all poets who have not yet had a book published.
At least two winners will receive a publishing contract for a pamphlet of up to 32 pages, 50 free copies, a book launch at the next Cheltenham Poetry Festival, marketing support, and an invitation to be a paid judge in the next competition.
2021 award winners Maeve Henry and Ben Verinder will read all entries for the 2022 competition.
Lead Judge for the competition will be Angela France, with 2019 award winner Janet Lees.
Individual poems may have been previously published in print or online as long as you still hold the copyright. Self-publication of a book does not exclude you from entering, though your entry must contain different poems. see Frosted Fire Firsts Pamphlet Competition 2022 (wildfire-words.com)
30th April 2022 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2022

Annual competition for poems of up to 50 lines. Alongside the main awards, there is also a special prize for the best sonnet.

Prizes  1st: £600   2nd: £300   3rd: £150   Sonnet Prize: £150
Winners and commended poets will also receive a Ware Poets 2022 anthology
Judge Jonathan Edwards

See  ww.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware22.pdf 

30th April 2021 1st £100

entry £3
Grey Hen Poetry Competition
The Grey Hen Poetry Competition is now open to all women poets over the age of 60.
There are three prizes of £100, £50, and £25.
Judges: Wendy French and Susan Utting
See Poetry Competition 2022 – Entry Rules | Grey Hen Press
31st May 2021 1st 250 guineas

entry £4
The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2022
The 36th annual Frogmore Poetry Prize is now open for entries.
The winner will receive 250 guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.
Runners-up will receive 75 and 50 guineas and a one-year subscription.
All shortlisted poems will be published in the 100th edition of The Frogmore Papers.
Judged by John Freeman.
See Frogmore Poetry Prize 2022 – submission guidelines – The Frogmore Press