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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.







15th January 2020 1st £100

entry  £3


For poems of any length on any theme. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, LUCY TURNBULL  First prize is £100 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2020 anthology.

Entry fees 1 poem £3     3 poems £6     5 poems £8

All entries must be received by midnight on 15th January 2020.

For further details and to enter online see   

18th January 2020 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2020

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. Closing date January18th 2020. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £50 prizes. 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 Keeping,66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

OR: Email: Word document to Barbara Kinnes, + fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21, 11250205 with your initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

21st January 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition

Closing Date 21st January 2020

We are pleased to announce the 8th poetry competition run by Poets & Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.

Our judge for 2020 is Sinéad Morrissey

1st Prize: £600

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

Entry £4 or 3 for £10

Winners will be informed by Tuesday 17 March 2020 and will be invited to read alongside Sinéad Morrissey at the prize giving ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April 2020 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

31st January 2020 1st  £1000

Entry £5

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open and the judge this year is Greta Stoddart, author of the award-winning poetry books At Home in the Dark and Salvation Jane

Entries are invited for poems of up to 40 lines for the chance to win:

1st prize £1000  2nd prize £500 n  3rd prize £250 

For further details see

31st January 2020 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition for 2020 is now open for entries.

1 winner receives £200 and publication in Prole, issue 30. 2 x runners up receive £50 each and publication in Prole 30.

All entries will be anonymised and sent to judge, Jonathan Edwards. 

Winner and runners up will be announced in issue 30 of Prole and on our website.

The competition is, as ever, open regarding length, style and content. They are looking for poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, challenging and entertaining. Quality is all.

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

For further details

31st January 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2020

The Judge is poet Carrie Etter, author of Imagined Sons, Divining for Starters, and The Tethers. She will read all the submissions.

First prize: £1,000

Second prize: £300

Third prize: £100

Plus 4 x £50

The prize-winning poems will be published in the Society’s Poetry Folio in September 2020, and on the Society's website.

For further information see

31st January 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open and the judge this year is Greta Stoddart, author of the award-winning poetry books At Home in the Dark and Salvation Jane

Entries are invited for poems of up to 40 lines for the chance to win:

15th February 2020 1st publication

entry  £10

Cheltenham Poetry Festival First Pamphlet Competition

An international competition for poets not yet published in book form. Each entrant can submit up to 10 poems which the judges consider as forming the heart of the poet's first pamphlet. 

The 2020 competition offers two prizes of publication of a 32-page pamphlet for poets who have not previously had a poetry collection published. Each winner will receive 50 free copies of their pamphlet, marketing support, plus a headline poet reading at the Cheltenham Festival. The two winning pamphlets will be published by Frosted Fire, the publishing arm of the festival.

Every entry will be read anonymously. Judges are  Angela France, David Clarke, and 2019 Frosted Fire Firsts competition winner Janet Lees.


28th February 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Acumen International Poetry Competition


FIRST PRIZE: £1,000, plus five years subscription to Acumen
SECOND PRIZE: £400, plus three years subscription to Acumen
THIRD PRIZE: £200, plus two years subscription to Acumen
SPECIAL PRIZE for best current subscriber’s entry: £100

Additionally six highly-commended poets will receive £25 plus a subscription to Acumen and ten commended poets will receive a year’s subscription to Acumen.

£5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.
Current subscribers can enter one extra poem free (including those subscribing with the entry).

Closing Date: Saturday 28th February 2020


29th February 2020 1st pamphlet
1st  single poem £75

entry £5 - £20

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition 2020

Adjudicator: Paul McGrane will select winners from the shortlist provided by Janice and Dónall Dempsey.


The Pamphlet Prize – for entries of 10 poems
The winner of this prize will be offered publication of a 36 page pamphlet of their poems including 20 copies, and £100 cash.

The single poem category – Entries of 1 to 9 poems
First prize: £75
Second prize: £50
Third prize: £25

All shortlisted poets will receive a copy of the competition anthology.

Entries by email only, fees paid via Paypal from the competition site. 


29th February 2020 1st Camera

entry  free

World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020

With the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, 2019-2020 is an important period for Japan and sport. So, you may be inspired to do more physical activity: do you like team or individual sports? Dancing in your bedroom? Or simply walking outdoors in nature? This year the Japan Society are looking for haiku that express the feeling as you score a goal or lose a game, jump up high or tumble on the ground, run through grass or conquer a mountain! Any theme that is connected to 'Sports' is eligible for this competition.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera. Other prizes will also be awarded.

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and one has been held every two years since then. Japan Airlines, with support and assistance from the Japan Society, is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Contest.


7th March 2020 1st £500

entry £3

Enfield Poets’ Competition adjudicator Ruth Padel.  Prize giving will be in the Dugdale theatre, Enfield on Saturday 25th April at 7.30. First Prize £500, second £250, third £100. Winners and runners up will be able to read their poem.  Winning poems to be published on the Enfield Poets’ website.

For further details, rules and how to enter go to

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


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.

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.

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.