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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.







17th June 2020 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 17th June 2020

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


14th April 2020 1st £250

entry £5

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition 2020

The South Downs Poetry Festival 2020, in conjunction with Binsted Arts Festival, is seeking to award the Binsted Prize 2020 for poems on any theme. This is open to all poets aged over 16 yrs. The prizes are: £250, £150, £50.

In addition The South Downs Young Poets Prize (£50) will be awarded to the best poem on any theme by a poet aged 16-30 and also resident or studying in Hampshire, West or East Sussex.

Winners and runners-up are invited to the prize-giving evening on 12 June 2020 in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex.. Further details, rules & entry form are available on ,

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18th April 2020 1st £100

entry £3.50

coastal writing for wellness competition is now open.

Sole adjudicator: Deborah Harvey

There are few rules other than the subject of your writing should be inspired by the coast, nature and all it encompasses. How you decide to interpret this is up to you, providing your piece is either a poem (maximum of 40 lines, excluding title, any form welcome), or a Flash Fiction piece (maximum of 500 words, excluding title, no minimum). You can submit up to three pieces and these should be unpublished and not be submitted elsewhere for publication (personal blogs are exempt). There should be no identifying factors within your submission.

Entry fee is £3.50 per piece, and up to a maximum of three pieces can be submitted. This can be a mix of poetry and flash fiction if you so wish.

27th April 2020 1st £200

entry free

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition  from Holland Park Press

Write a poem about the relevance of royal families in today's society. You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?).

You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as the judges are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem. 

The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the Holland Park Press online magazine.

30th April 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2020

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150)

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 10 July 2020.

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Sole judge: Glyn Maxwell


30th April 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Ver Poets Open 2020

Poems of up to 30 lines are eligible. No restrictions on theme or form.

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

This year's judge is Jacqueline Saphra. Jacqueline is a playwright, librettist and poet. Her second collection All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot prize. In the same year A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions. Her latest collection is Dad, Remember You Are Dead from Nine Arches Press. She teaches and mentors for The Poetry School.


Revised Deadline 30 April 2020 1st £100

entry £4


Five categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 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).  Entry fee is £4 for first entry in any one category, £8 for two £10 for three £3 for each subsequent entry .

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

For full rules and how to enter email 

30th April 2020 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2020 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Rose Cook and Gill McEvoy.  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 2020. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four.

1st May 2020 1st £1000

entry £7

The RSPB and The Rialto with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st May 2020.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition supports conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE £250

ADDITIONAL PRIZE   personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Pascale Petit.

The entry fee is £7 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

13th May 2020 1st £1000

entry £6.50

2020 Live Canon International Poetry Competition - For Single Poems

Entry Fee: 

£6.50 for one poem, 

£12 for two poems, 

£16 for three poems, 

£20 for five poems, 

£35 for ten poems.

Adjudicator: Mona Arshi. £1000 first prize. 16 poems will be shortlisted and performed at our annual prize-giving event. 50 poems will be longlisted and published in our annual anthology. There will be a £100 prize for the best poem submitted by someone living, working or studying in the Borough of Greenwich. 

For further details, rules & entry form visit
25th May 2020

1st publication contract


Entry Fee: £12

2020 Live Canon Collection Competition - For Full Collections.

3 books will win a publication contract. 6 books will be long listed in each of the following categories - FIRST COLLECTION and SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT COLLECTION

For further details, rules & entry form visit
30th May 2020 1st £100

entry £4

Lucent Dreaming 2020 Poetry Contest

International poetry competition open to writers 18+. Accepting poems up to 56 lines. 

1st prize: £100, Poetry Bundle, Publication and free editing
2nd Prize: £50, your poem published on the website and in the magazine, limited edition merch
3rd Prize: £25, your poem published on the website, limited edition merch


31st May 2020 1st  £500

entry £6

International Welsh Poetry Competition

The International Welsh Poetry Competition has been running since 2007 and is the biggest in Wales.  The aim is to inspire people to capture life in the present day and to give a voice to a new generation of poets and writers.  The competition is not interested in purely academic types of literature but would much rather see pure raw passion burst onto the creative writing scene.

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £200
3rd Prize - £100

Plus publication in future anthology

Judge - Sally Spedding


31st May 2020

2 of £25


entry free

FREE competition for anyone living in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire. Poems up to 14 lines on the theme ‘City of Dreams’. Work must be previously unpublished. Prize of £25 for the best poem in each of two age categories: a) 14 – 19 and b) 20+. In addition, at least 20 stories and 20 poems will be selected for publication in an anthology.
For further details, rules & entry form visit
31st May 2020 1st 250guineas

Entry £4

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020

The Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded annually since 1987. Previous winners include Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci and Lesley Saunders.

The 2020 Prize will be adjudicated by poet and translator Maria Jastrzebska.


15th June 2020 1st £300

entry £5

Segora International Writing Competitions 2020

Poetry, Short Story, Vignette, One-Act Play

Deadline 15th June all competitions

Guidelines, rules and multiple entries

Poetry prizes: £300, £100, £50 Single entry £5

Judge: Martyn Crucifix

Short Story prizes: £300, £100, £50 Single entry £8

Judge: Sherry Morris Single entry £8

Vignette prize: £100 Single entry £5

Judge: Mandy Pannett

One-Act Play Prizes: £150, £50 Single entry fee £12

Judge: Charles Palliser

17th June 2020 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 17th June 2020

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


26th June 2020 1st £250



Entry £4

Wirral Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition 2020

Adjudicator: Anna Saunders  (Open Poetry) and Dave Costello (Wirral Prizes)

1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £100, 2 runner-up prizes £25 each
Special Wirral Prize £50 and two Wirral Prize runner up prizes £25 each.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published (but only with poets’ permission) on the Festival website
For further details, rules & entry form visit
30th June 2020 1st £1000

entry £6



Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6    Prizes:  1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100

Any subject, no more than 35 lines   Judge, Jo Shapcott

Short Story: Entry fee, £6  Prizes:  1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100

Any subject, 1,000 to 2,000 words   Judge, Duncan Minshull

A Book for Children: Entry fee, £6   Prizes:  1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100

Any subject. First three chapters or first thirty pages whichever is the shortest, plus the synopsis

Stories aimed at readers aged 7+ allowing entrants to write either middle grade or teenage novels

Judge, Fleur Hitchcock

Young Poets: Entry fee, £3   Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus a year’s membership of

The Poetry Society

Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge, Victoria Adukwei Bulley 

2nd August 2020 1st $500

entry - qualifying wins in competitions

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Champions Cup 2020.

Contest closes August 2, 2020. Read the submission guidelines here:

The winning poet wins the Grand Prize of $500 CAD plus a writing journal, pen, commemorative gift, and additional royalties (if accrued).

Submissions are open to everyone, everywhere. To enter this contest, you need a Poetry Champions Cup 2020 Ticket. Tickets can be purchased or won for free by winning one (or more) of the 27 designated preliminary contests.  The Poetry Champions Cup 2020 closes on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at midnight. The winning poem will be published in a limited-edition,
mail-to-order print format on Monday, August 24, 2020. The winning poem will be published online in Wax Poetry and Art for everyone to read, on or before Monday, September 7, 2020.

31st August 2020 1st £1000

entry £12

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations.

Submissions close 31 August 2020

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.


§  £1,000 prize money for the Poetry & Short Fiction Winners

§  Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2021

§  Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

§  Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)

§  Selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books

§  One year print subscription to Granta

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18


15 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 for details.
31st October 20120 1st 40% of entry fees

entry $2

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


Submissions closing: October 31, 2020

Judging by the Editors of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines


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



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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.