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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.





1st July 2022 1st £500

entry  £5
AUB International Poetry Prize 2022
Open to all poets over the age of 16. The theme is Choice - a subject open to wide interpretation.
There are fifty free entries available (one poem per person) to writers who may otherwise be unable to participate.
Prizes First: £500 Runners-up: £50 Highly Commended: tbc
Judge Glyn Maxwell
See AUB International Poetry Prize… – AUB – Arts University Bournemouth
1st July 2022 1st $300 plus publication

entry $12
  • The 2022 Orison Chapbook Prize will award $300 and publication by Orison Books for a manuscript of 20–45 pages in any literary genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or hybrid). Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins will judge. Submission period: April 1–July 1. Entry fee: $12. For complete guidelines, see 

4th July 2022 1st £2000

entry  £5
Coverstory Books' International Poetry Competition 2022
Open to previously unpublished poems on any subject, written in English. Entries accepted from authors aged at least 16, from anywhere in the world.
Prizes:   1st: £200   2nd: £80    3rd: £40

All winners to be published in forthcoming anthology.
There will also be three commended entries, whose authors will be invited read at a virtual poetry event.
Judge:  Brian Clark
See Coverstory books’ 2022 International Poetry Competition – Coverstory Books – Ian Gouge, Publisher
8th July 2022 1st E150

entry E10

The Shahidah Janjua Poetry Competition  

The closing date for the competition is 8th July 2022 and the prizes will be awarded at the opening night of 21st July 2022 at the Community Centre in Ballybunion.

There are three cash prizes for first, second and third (€150, €100, €50)

The entry fee for the competition is €10 for two poems, each poem no longer than 50 lines long.

Submissions to be emailed to and payment to be made by PayPal to or by cheque to Ballybunion Arts Festival, Kiltean, Lisselton, V31 A527, Co. Kerry

Information about the competition, and all events at the Festival is on our website -

15th July 2022 1st  £350

entry £3

Frosted Fire Single-Poem Competition 2022

Currently accepting submissions for poems under the theme of “Every Breath”.

Judges: Ben Ray, Samantha DeFlitch and Janet Lees.

1st: £350
2nd: £150
3rd: £75
Three highly commended poets: £25

See Frosted Fire Single-poem Competition 2022 (

17th July 2022 1st £30

entry free
Chester Cathedral Young People's Poetry Competition
Open to poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of Awakening, written by UK-based writers. There are two age categories: 16-18 and 19-25.
Prizes (in each category)
First: £30 National Book Token
Second: £20 National Book Token
Third: £15 National Book Token
Judge Fran Pridham
See Young Poet's Competition - Conditions of Entry - Chester Cathedral
31st July 2022 1st £300

entry £10 for 3 poems

Spelt Poetry Competition

Deadline: midnight, 31st July 2022

1st prize £300

entry fee £10 for up to three poems

Spelt Poetry Competition: Polly Atkin  The theme is ‘rural’ and this is open to interpretation. We want to see poems that validate and celebrate the rural experience. The competition is open for poems of up to forty lines in any style with a rural theme. All three winners will be published in the Autumn edition of Spelt, and invited to an awards ceremony, which may be either physical, or via zoom. Further details here:

31st July 2022 1st $1000

entry $15
  • RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2022: Judged by Juan Felipe Herrera! $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside printed by Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press, $500 for second, $250 for third. Top five published in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Submit up to 3 original, unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: July 31, 2022. For complete guidelines, see

31st  July 2022  1st  £300

entry  £4

Ironbridge Festival of the Imagination opens its first ever poetry competition to poets from across the globe, welcoming poems on any and every subject. First prize in our competition will win £300, with a second prize of £125, and three third prizes of £25 each. In addition, poems sent in by people living in a TF postcode will also be eligible for our local prize of £50.

The 2022 festival takes place this autumn, from 16th September till October 2nd, bringing a diverse range of events and activities to our beautiful part of Shropshire. We hope to see you there. 

The competition opens on May 16th, and entries need to be in before the deadline of midnight on July 31st. Entry fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Simon Fletcher.

Please visit for more details.

31st July 2022 1st £1000

enter £5

Winchester Poetry Prize 2022

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize are now open for anyone aged 16 or over. Poems can be on any subject, in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. A number of free entries are also available for poets on a low income through a Pay It Forward scheme.

Judge: Jo Bell

First Prize: £1000
Second Prize £500
Third Prize £250

Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the prize-giving event in Winchester where the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day. There will also be a prize available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.
See Winchester Poetry Prize how to enter First prize £1000 (

1st August 2022 1st £500

entry £6
2022 MONO. Poetry Prize
The 2022 MONO. Poetry Prize is inviting poets to submit entries of up to three poems for their competition. Poems can be under any theme, and need not adhere to any line count or word limit.
There are three prizes of £500 (1st), £200 (2nd), and £100 (3rd), with the first prize winner to be published in the October 2022 journal. Three highly commended poets will be published on the MONO. blog.
​Judge: Joelle Taylor
see  2022 POETRY PRIZE | MONO. (
5th August 2022 1st £500

enter £5
Shelley200 Festival (Horsham) Poetry Competition
Judge Sally Sanderson
A competition to mark the bicentenary of Shelley's death, open to entries inspired in some way by one of his poems. There is an adult category and three categories for young people (ages 7-10, 11-14, 15-17).
Prizes First: £500 Second: £250 Third: £125
Young people: £50 & £25 book tokens as first & second prizes in each age-group
Prize giving to take place in Warnham church, West Sussex, where Shelley was baptised
See  Competition — Shelley Memorial Project
1st September 2022 1st £50

entry  £4

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Prize 2022

After the success of last year, the Soldiers’ Arts Academy International Poetry Prize is back, and is looking for poetry submissions on any theme.

The competition is open to any member of the military community, including but not limited to those who are currently serving, veterans, or relatives of a service/ ex service person, and entrants can be from anywhere in the world. No previous experience is required.

There are two categories: adults (18 years and over) and young persons (12-17 years old).

First - £50 cash, and a selection of poetry books up to £50

Young Persons:
First - A selection of poetry books up to £50

Winning poems will also be published on the Soldier Arts Academy website.

Poetry Competition — Soldier's Arts Academy (
15th September 2022 1st  E1000

entry E15

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open for entries, aiming to encourage and celebrate the art of nature writing.

Work submitted must be previously unpublished prose or poetry, which combines literary merit with the author’s exploration and relationship to the natural world.

First - €1,000, a week at Circle of Misse in France, and the winning entry will feature in the winter issue of The Moth.

Judge: Max Porter

See  The Moth Magazine