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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.





6th January 2021 1st  £210

entry £3.50


 This year's competition is for poetry in English on the theme or subject of “home” which can be broadly interpreted and presented in any form or style. 

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. 

1st prize is valued at £210 (this includes membership of our mentorship program)      2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE - Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of

all entries must be received before midnight 6th January 2021 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees 1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10  (pay buttons on link below)

See more 

15th January 2021 1st $250  plus contract

entry  $7

Love is in the Air

We’re looking for your best love and romance poetry! Whether happy and upbeat, or reminiscent of past love, we’re looking for your best poetry about love! Submit your original poetry for judging and publishing!

1st Place – $250 Cash Prize, Collection Publishing Contract, 100 Author Copies (of your collection)
2nd Place – $100 Cash Prize
3rd Place – $50 Cash Prize

All entrants whose work is published in the collection will receive a free copy of the finalized product and a publishing agreement with royalty payment!


All submissions must be received by January 15, 2021. Winners will be announced by February 5, 2021


For complete submission guidelines and process, kindly visit

15th January 2021 1st £1000

entry £4

The Guernsey International Poetry Competition

The 2021 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Poems on the Move), organised by the Guernsey Literary Festival, is now open for submissions. There is a maximum length of 14 lines for individual poems.

The competition, which is sponsored by Guernsey Post, has three categories:
Open (18 and over)
Young People’s Category (11-17)
Channel Island residents (18 and over)

Nine finalists (three from each category) will have their work displayed at the 'Poems on the Move Exhibition 2021', first at Guernsey airport, then all over the island.
All nine finalists, and a further twelve from all categories, will be displayed in the 'Poems on the Buses Exhibition 2021' on Guernsey buses.

There will also be cash prizes for the 'Open' category:
1st Prize - £1,000
2nd Prize - £500
3rd Prize - £250

Poet, writer and teacher Kate Clanchy

For more information see 

16th January 2021 1st £1000

entry £5

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21

The Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 is now open, accepting submissions for both the Judge's Prize and the Editor's Prize.

Award-winning poet Theresa Lola is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines.

The Editors’ Prize is judged by a panel of Magma Editors and is for poems of up to 10 lines.

Prize for both the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize:
First Prize - £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 for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2021.

For more information see

18th January 2021 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2021.

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. Closing date January18th 2021. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

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 to Edward Thomas Fellowship and anonymised poem(s) to Margaret Keeping, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.


 Email: Word doc, single attachment per poem, to Barbara Kinnes, + fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21  11250205, initial and surname as Reference, competition as Description, or  with Paypal via where you can also see details of winning poems of past years.

31st January 2021 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent and Sussex Poetry Open Competition 2021
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2021 is now open for entries.
Seven prizes on offer:
1st Prize: £1000
2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £100
4th Prize: 4 x £50
The winners will be published online and in the annual Folio pamphlet.
The judge this year is poet and editor Rishi Dastidar, whose most recent collection, 'Saffron Jack', is published by Nine Arches Press.
For more information see

31st January 2021 1st £100

entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021 is now open for poems written on any subject, up to a maximum of 36 lines of text. There are two aspects to the competition: the Festival Open Poetry Competition, which is open to everyone, and the Local Competition, which is open only to Devon residents.

Details are as follows for each:

Festival Open Poetry Competition

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £250
3rd Prize - £100

Helen Ivory

Local Competition - all of Devon

1st Prize - £100
2nd Prize - £50
3rd Prize - £25

Judge: Alasdair Paterson

For more information

31st January 2021 1st £500

entry free

Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020

The Cheshire Prize for Literature 2020 is open to anyone who has ever lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, the Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Submissions are open for poems of a maximum of 100 lines around the theme of the pandemic and lockdown.

£500 for the winning poem

William Stephenson
Alex Clifton
Si Poole


31st January 2021 1st £250

etry £5

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. You may also enter a visual poem if the image will fit into a single page. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

1st Prize - £250
2nd Prize - £125
3rd Prize - £75
3 x £30 High Commendation Prizes
3 x £20 Commendation Prizes
3 x SLQ Paperbacks (Special Mentions)

Oz Hardwick

26th February 2021 1st £1000

entry £5

Acumen Literary Journal
For unpublished poems in English not over 50 lines in length.  Judges Mimi and Martyn Crucefix
For details and to enter online see 

28th Feberuary 2021 1st £200

Entry £5

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021. Adjudicator: Wendy Klein. Prizes:  £200; £100; £50. There is an additional prize of £25 plus the award of the Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup for the best West Sussex entry.   Entry fees: £5.00 for first poem. £3.50 for each additional submission. Length: Poems up to 60 lines.  Theme: Open. Results: Winners will be notified individually by 31st March 2021 and all results and the winning poems will be published on the Slipstream web site.

 Further details:  Full details and entry forms (online or by post) on the Slipstream web site

1st March 2021 1st £1000

entry £7

The RSPB and The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition 2021

The Rialto, working in association with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge.

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

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen, the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos.

Judge: Daljit Nagra

For more information

31 March 2021 1st €1,000

entry €14
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children (aged 7-11). 1st prize is €1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar
There is an entry fee of €14 per poem. This year’s judge is Michael Morpurgo. See for details.
6th April 2021

1st  £300

entry £5


The South Downs Poetry Festival 2021, in alliance with Binsted Arts, is holding a competition, for the Binsted Prize, open to poets of all ages over 16,

Adjudicator: David Swann

First Prize £300, Second £150, Third £50.

Poems may be on any theme.

Entry fees:

over 25 yrs old : first poem:£5.00, subsequent poems:£4.00 each

16-25 years old: £3.00 all poems

Winning poems will be published on the South Downs Poetry Festival and the Binsted Arts Festival websites, and a small anthology of the best poems submitted is planned.

If possible there will be a poetry evening in June 2021, in the magical small church at Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex where winners will be invited to read their poems
Further details, rules & entry form are available on ,

and via

15th April 202 1st $100

entry $5


Over $1,000 in prize money to be awarded and an invitation to read

either live at the Dancing Poetry Festival at the Palace of the Legion of Honor or virtually on Zoom

Deadline received by April 15, 2021

Three Grand Prizes will receive $100 each plus their poem costumed, choreographed and performed by Natica Angilly's Poetic Dance Theater Company.

Six First Prizes -  $50 each
Twelve Second Prizes  -  $25 each
Thirty Third Prizes -  $10 each

All winners will be invited to read at the Dancing Poetry Festival and receive an award certificate suitable for framing.

Line Limit: 38 lines maximum each poem. No limit on number of entries
Send TWO typed, clear copies of each entry
Show name, address, telephone number, e-mail and how you heard about us on ONE copy only (The anonymous copy goes to the judges. Judges decisions are final.)

Poems must be in English or include English translation. No poems will be returned.

Entry Fee: One poem for $5 or 3 poems for $10  (Poets outside the USA, please send an international postal money order in US dollars). 

Make checks payable to Artists Embassy International
Send all entries and fees postmarked by April 15, 2021, to...

       AEI Contest Chair, Judy Cheung
       704 Brigham Ave.
       Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA

30th April 2021 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021
The Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition is open for poems of up to 50 lines.
1st prize - £600
2nd prize - £300
3rd Prize - £150
The Ware Sonnet Prize -£150
Winners and commended poets will also be included in the Ware Poets Competition Anthology.
Judge: Kim Moore
More information