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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.



16th April 2018 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.  
1st prize is £100. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
28th April 2018 1st £100

entry £3

The Red Shed Poetry Competition 2018

Prizes: £100, £50 Wakefield postcode prize £25

Judge: Maria Isakova Bennett

Entry fee: £3, subsequent poems £2

Closing date: Saturday 28th April, 2018

Full details from: 

30th April 2018 1st £600

entry £4

The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018

Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner
Winning and selected poems published in the competition anthology

Entry from can be downloaded from

Poems on any theme and in any form should be no more than 30 lines in length.

Competitors may submit any number of poems for a fee of 3poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter.

Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver Poets. Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01 Account 82410419        

Please send entries to:

Competitions Secretary

181 Sandridge Road

St Albans



30th April 2018 1st £600

enrtry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150). Length: up to 50 lines.Anthology for winners and commended poets (£3.50, post free: pre-ordered). Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 6 July 2018. Sole judge: John Greening
Entry  £4; 4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission)
Entry form available at
30th April 2018 1st publication

entry $25

Vallum Chapbook Award 2018!

Entry fee: $25


1.       The $25 entry fee covers 1 chapbook submission of 12-20 pages.  Do not label your chapbook with your name or address; instead include a cover letter with all pertinent information. 

2.       Chapbooks may be on any theme or subject, but must be original and not previously published (individual poems appearing in the manuscript that have been published elsewhere are fine).

3.       The winning chapbook will receive publication as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series and a $300 prize, plus promotion via social media and website. Selections from the chapbook will also be published in our print and digital magazine. 

Send us your best work!

DEADLINE: April 30 2018

April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500

entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

1st May 2018 1st £100

entry £4

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition  (Run by the Crewe and District Writers’ Circle) Adjudicator of short list : Roger Elkin. 

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
entry £4  (3 for £10)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
25th May 2018 1st 20 to be included in exhibition

entry free

Green Spaces Lens and Pen.  Submit photos and poems or short pieces of prose representing the life and beauty of your favourite Wirral Park or green space.

Best writing and photos to  be incorporated into 20  posters to be displayed in an exhibition throughout the Independents Bienniel (part of the Liverpool Biennial art celebration)
Free to enter

Full details and to enter:
27th May 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!
Judge - Sally Spedding
1st prize - £500  2nd Prize - £250  3rd Prize - £100
plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology
£5 per poem (£6 PayPal) / 50 lines maximum
Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from our website
Closing date - 27th May 2018
31st May 2018 1st 30% of entry fees

entry £5

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 

Poems are invited for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc.  

Prizes: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country. 

Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at:

Full details are available at

31st May 2018 1st £250

entry £4
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2018)
This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. 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.
The winners, commended and specially-mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly. (we therefore discourage simultaneous submissions)
Closing Date:
31 May 2018
Judge: Derek Adams
Prizes: £250 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), 3 x £15 (Commendation), 3 x Special Mentions (publication only)
Fees £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10)
Enter online now at
To enter by post, Download Entry Form and Rules here
Cheques/Postal Orders in favour of Sentinel Poetry Movement
Send to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AB
31st May 2018 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry  £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For further details see
1st June 2018 1st £200

entry £4

Wirral Festival of Firsts 8th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Anna Saunders. Prize giving by Jackie Kay at the Festival’s Community Poetry Day on 1st July 2018
1st Prize £200; Two Runner Up prizes £50 each; Special Wirral Prize £50

Entry Fee £4 or 3 poems for £10

Winners will be invited to read their poems.
Full details and to enter:

7th June 2018 1st Publication and £100

entry £4

Mad Like Us

Open internationally to writers and artists. Unpublished poems up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health.Top prize 5 copies of the book, and £100. Runners up will also be included in the finished book and will receive 2 copies. Judges for each catergory include Eve Nortley Colin Kendall and Rowan Brooks.
Entry: £4 per entry

For full details and how to enter the illustration and flash fiction categories see

15th June 2018 1st £300

entry £5

Seogra International Poetry Competition 2018

Deadline: 15th June 2018

First Prize: £300  2nd £50  3rd £30 and publication on website. Sole Judge: Mario Petrucci

Results announced early August and Invitation to a presentation and workshop event in France

Guidelines and how to enter:

Entry fees £5  £2 50 subsequent entries. This is the 12th year of Segora International Writing Competitions

We support Médecins sans Frontières

Organiser: Jocelyn Simms, I rue de la Sèvre 79380 St André sur Sèvre France

Further details :

21st June 2018 1st £1,5000

entry £6

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2018 Closing Date 21-June-2018

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines

Prizes: 1st £1,500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150 and 6 commendations of £25.

Judge: Sinéad Morrissey

Entry: £6 for first poem, £5 thereafter.

Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

30th June 2018 3x $25

entry $20

The Poetic Bond VIII (2018)

The eighth annual, international poetry competition in The Poetic Bond series is open for submissions. So far, 176 poets from 30 countries have been published. Poets can submit up to four poems on any subject, in any form, and of any length* (the first 120 will be printed in paperback with a web-link for longer works).

First prize – three poems will be selected from those published in the anthology to receive an award of $25. All poets published will receive two copies of the anthology.   All entrants will receive a free book from the Willowdown catalogue. Entry is £15 ($20) for up to four poems. Deadline 30 June, submission through Submittable

For further information and to enter online visit or

30th June 2018 1st  £100 & 15 copies

entry £12

Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition

One winner will receive £100 and 15 copies of their winning book. The book will also be sold through Prole’s website and copies sent out for review. There is an entry fee of £12 (or £20 for two entries).

All entries to be judged by Mab Jones.

Any profit made after paying out prize money, printing costs, and the judge’s fee will go toward Prole’s continuation as a paying print journal.

Full entry details and details of our judge can be read here:

15th July 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Trouble & Strife  A Celebration of Protest Grist Competition 2018

First Prize £500, Second Prize £250 Third Prize £125

2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. It is a lesser-known fact that 2018 also marks the centenary of working class men being given the vote.

Inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918, the new GRIST anthology, Trouble & Strife, will showcase poems and stories of protest –celebrations of why and how people have banded together to bring about a change in their own or others lives.

Submissions are welcomed from published and unpublished authors and poets (maximum 5,000 words or 40 lines of poetry).

The judges are  Helen Mort (Chatto and Windus)

Adelle Stripe (Little, Brown)

Kim Moore (Seren/The Poetry Business)

and Alison Teal (Amnesty International Modern Suffragette 2018)

Entry fee £5

Closing date 15 July 2018

Multiple submissions welcome

For queries please contact

Please see  for payment details.

21st July 2018 Published in anthology

entry free

The 14th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five new categories: “If I Could See The Future,” “If I Could Travel Back In Time,” “If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything,” “If I Believed Anything Was Possible,” “If Money Grew On Trees.”  Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 

Entry Forms and Contest Rules can be downloaded from the following website: 

under “NEWS.”

If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Voices of Lincoln Special Event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. 

31st July 2018

1st  £1000

entry  £5

Winchester Poetry Prize Judge: Liz Berry. Prize-giving will be on Saturday 6th October 2018 at the Winchester Poetry Festival.  First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at a celebratory reading at the festival.  Winning poems will be published in a prizewinners' anthology.   

Entry fee £5 (£4 subsequent entries)For further details, rules & entry visit
30th September 2018 1st $1,500

entry $12

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: See website

Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre

Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100 (any style)

Entry fee: $12 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

16th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit poems in any style, up to 250 lines each. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online via Submittable at

22nd October 2018 1st £2000

entry £6

troubadour international poetry prize 2018

judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra

first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018

Fees: Â£6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal on website (PayPal account not required) OR via cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry

By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to or; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight (your local time) on Mon 22 Oct 2018; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 22 Oct 2018Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing

30th November 2018 1st Publishing

entry £12
Cinnamon Press  Debut Poetry Collection Prize
Prize1 year's free mentoring/(for those who have completed mentoring) 100 copies of the collection + publishing contract.
Open to those who have not had a full collection published.
Judged by Judy Kendall.
The fee is £12.
Deadline: 30 November, 2018.
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.