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17th January 2023 1st £220


entry £3.50

THE TENTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2023

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.

Prize values 1st £220  2nd £50  3rd £30

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 17th January 2023

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

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp1.htm  

30th November 2022 1st £500


entry £4

The East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition is now open for poetry submissions on the theme of "My Wonderful World". Entries are open for adult, primary school, and secondary school age poets.

Adult participants will receive prizes of £500 (Jubilee Prize), £200 (East Riding Gold Prize), £150 (East Riding Silver Prize), and £25 for two highly commended poets.

Primary school participants will receive prizes of £75 (East Riding Primary 1st Prize), £50 (East Riding Primary 2nd Prize), and £25 for two highly commended poets.

Secondary school participants will receive prizes of £75 (East Riding Secondary 1st Prize), £50 (East Riding Secondary 2nd Prize), and £25 for two highly commended poets.

Judge: James Nash, Wendy Pratt, Matthew Hedley Stoppard

See POETRY COMP (festivalofwords.co.uk)

30th November


r 2022
1st E2000


entry E7

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Details: https://munsterlit.ie/odonoghue-competition/

Closing Date: 30th November 2022

Entry fee: 7 Euro

Word Limit: 40 lines

Prizes: 1st prize – €2000 and a featured reading at the 2023 Cork International Poetry Festival; 2nd prize – €500; 3rd prize – €250; ten runners-up – €50. All winners and runners up are published in Southword 44.

18th December 2021 1st  £200



entry  £5

Kingston Quakers Poetry Competition

This competition is inspired by long-standing Quaker and poet, Geoffrey Weeden who died last year. Entrants are invited to submit poems on the theme of the first line of his poem 'Draw Breath'. Work should be unpublished and no more than 150 lines including titles.

The competition is open to all ages and there are 3 categories with cash prizes:

- 9-12 years. 1st £50. 2nd £20. 3rd £10.

- 13-18 years 1st £100. 2nd £50. 3rd £20.

- 19 years and upward. 1st £200. 2nd £100. 3rd £50.

Winners and runners up will receive a book of the winning poems.

The Judges are independent and all entrants will remain anonymous unless listed as winners or runners up.

see Poetry Competition | Kingston Quaker Meeting (kingstonquakers.org)  

31st December 2022 1st £400


entry  £4

WoLF Poetry Competition 2023

Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its sixth poetry competition to poets from across the globe. Entrants are invited to submit poems in English on any subject or theme. They must not have been previously published in any public forum and should be no more than 40 lines long. The 2023 festival will take place over the weekend of 3-5 February.

Prizes
1st £400
2nd £150
3rd £25

There is an additional prize of £50 for the best poem sent in by someone living in a WV postcode.

The Competition will be judged by Jane Commane, Director and Editor of Nine Arches Press.

See  Competition - Wolves Lit Fest (wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk)

31st December 2022 1st E7000

entry E15

The Moth Poetry Prize 2022 is open for submissions of unpublished poetry from participants all over the world aged 16 years onwards.

There are prizes of €6,000 for 1st prize and €1,000 for three runner-up prizes. Eight commended poets will each receive €250.

The four shortlisted poems will be published in the Spring 2023 issue of The Moth, and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland.

Judge: Louise Glück

See The Moth Magazine

1st January 2023 1st   £2000


entry £7.20

2022 Charles Causley Trust International Poetry Competition

The 2022 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open for submissions.

Poems have a maximum limit of 40 lines and can be on any subject. Titles, epigraphs, dedications, and the lines between stanzas are not included in the line count.

There are three prizes of £100 (3rd), £250 (2nd), and £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley's former home in Launceston (1st).

Judge: Seán Hewitt

See The 2022 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition, with Head Judge Seán Hewitt - The Charles Causley Trust

1st January 2023 1st  £50


entry £5

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition 2023

Shepton Mallet is now open for poetry submissions for their 2023 Poetry Competition. Participants are encouraged to submit poems under 30 lines and explore the chosen theme of "Let Nature Thrive".

There are three prizes for each category:

18 - Over: £50 (3rd), £70 (2nd), £200 (1st)
12 - 17: £30 (3rd), £40 (2nd), and £70 (1st)
11 - Under: £15 (3rd), £20 (2nd), and £50 (1st)

Judge: Wendy Pratt

All shortlisted poems are printed in a pamphlet, and there wi1stll be readings and a prize-giving on Saturday 18th February 2023.

See  2023 Poetry Competition - Shepton Snowdrops

14th January 2023 1st $2500

entry $28  
The Colorado Prize for Poetry is an international poetry book manuscript contest established in 1995. Each year’s prize winner receives a $2,500 honorarium and publication of his or her book by the Center for Literary Publishing.  Manuscripts of at least 48 pages and no more than 100.
See
Colorado Prize for Poetry - Center for Literary Publishing | Colorado State University (colostate.edu)
15th January 2023 1st £150



entry  3

The Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition, the Edward Cawston Thomas Prize, is now open for submissions. Participants may submit up to three previously unpublished poems per submission. Entries must be under 40 lines each and can be under any theme.

There are prizes of £150 (1st), £75 (2nd and 3rd), and £25 for six highly commended poets.

Judge: Jane Draycott

See  The Edward Thomas Poetry Competition 2023 - The Edward Thomas Fellowship (edward-thomas-fellowship.org.uk)

17th January 2023 1st £220


entry £3.50

THE TENTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2023

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.

Prize values 1st £220  2nd £50  3rd £30

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 17th January 2023

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

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp1.htm  

31st January 2023 1st £1000


entry £5

Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2023

The Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2023 is now open to entries from anywhere in the world, from all poets aged 16 and over.

Poems must be in English and no longer than 40 lines. Poems may be on any subject, in any style.

This year’s judge is award-winning poet and editor Jonathan Edwards. Winning poems will be published in our annual Folio.

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

See Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition, 2023 | kentandsussexpoetry

31st January 2023 1st $2000 plus publication

entry $25
The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry
Manuscripts must be at least 48 typed pages; we prefer a length of 60-100 pages but will also consider submissions falling outside this range. Manuscript pages should be consecutively numbered.
See The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry – Tampa Review
31st January 2023 1st   £200


entry  £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2023

Open to all poets, UK and international. Entries with Devon postcodes will also be entered for the Graham Burchell Award For Devon Poets at no extra charge.

Prizes - open category
First: £600 Second: £300 Third: £200
Judge: Fiona Benson

Prizes - Graham Burchell Award
First:£200 Second:£100 Third:£50  
Judge: Sue Proffitt

See Competition 2023 - POETRY TEIGNMOUTH

31st January 2023 1st  £500




entry  £4

Corsham StoryTown Festival Poetry Competition 2022

Seeking previously unpublished poems on the theme of 'Doorways'. Entries should be in English and of no more than 40 lines. There are three categories: adults, 11-17-year-olds and under -11s.

Prizes
First: £500 adults, £50 11-17s, £25 under-11s
Second: £200 adults, £25 11-17s, £15 under-11s
Third: £50 adults, £10 11-17s, £10 under 11s

All winners and shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poems on West Wilts Radio and at the prize-giving ceremony.

Judge  Dawn Gorman

See  StoryTown Archives - PoundArts

31st January 2023 1st £1000


entry  £5

Magma 2022/23 Poetry Competition

The Magma 2022/23 Poetry Competition is now open, judged by poet Victoria Kennefick, winner of the Seamus Heaney First Collection Poetry Prize 2022.

There are two categories:
The Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines
The Editors’ Prize for poems of up to 10 lines

First prize in each category: £1000
Second prize: £300
Third prize: £150

The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma, and there will also be five special mentions in both categories. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read at a Magma event in spring 2023.

Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced submission fees.

Entrt  Magma 2022/23 Poetry Competition - Magma Poetry

5th February 2023 1st £1000

entry £9.00
Bath Flash Fiction Award
Bath Flash Fiction Award, and the Bath Novella-in-Flash Award. In addition to winning cash prizes, entrants have the opportunity to appear in our print and digital anthology collections, and also as single author novellas-in-flash. Our books are published by the award-winning small press 
Ad Hoc Fiction, and are available to buy from their own independent bookshop as well as worldwide from Amazon.
 See  Flash Fiction Award Entry | Bath Flash Fiction Award
1st March 2023 1st  £250



entry £7

The RSPB and The Rialto Nature and Place Competition

The Rialto is now open for entries for the Nature and Place Poetry Competition, in collaboration with the RSPB, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and The University of Leeds Poetry Centre.

Poems must be previously unpublished, written in English, and contain no more than 40 lines, excluding the title.

There are three prizes of £250 (3rd), £500 (2nd), and £1000 (1st). Prizewinners will have the chance to have their work published as well as read their poems at an event with Ian McMillan at CCI in June 2023.

Judge: Ian McMillan

See  NATURE AND PLACE POETRY COMPETITION 2023 | The Rialto - the poetry magazine to read

31st March 2023 1st £1000

entry £15

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2023
Competition for poem on any subject for children aged 7-11
Judge Michael Rosen
See The Caterpillar (thecaterpillarmagazine.com)
31st May 2023 1st   250 guineas


entry  £4

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2023

Annual prize (now in its 37th year) run by respected independent publisher.

Prizes
First: 250 guineas
Second: 75 guineas
Third: 50 guineas

Judge
Helena Nelson

See  Frogmore Poetry Prize 2023 – submission guidelines – The Frogmore Press

31st May 2023 1st £5000

entry £12
Bridport Prize
1st £5000 2nd £1000   3rd £500  !0x £100
entry £12 per poem
See  Poetry - Bridport Prize
StoryTown Archives - PoundArts