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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||
POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2018
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions
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
Competition Judge; JIM BENNETT
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm
|28th April 2018||
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: https://www.currockpress.com/currockpresscom.html
|30th April 2018||
The Ver Poets Open Competition 2018
Adjudicator – Adrian Buckner
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
Cheques/postal orders payable to Ver
Poets. Or BACS to Sort Code 40-40-01
Please send entries to:
181 Sandridge Road
|30th April 2018||
Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2018Prizes: £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||
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||
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.
|1st May 2018||
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 http://crewedistrictwriterscircle.webstarts.com/waltraud_field_poetry_competition_2018.html
|25th May 2018||
1st 20 to be included in exhibition
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
Full details and to enter:https://wirralfestivaloffirsts.org.uk/green-spaces-lens-pen/
|27th May 2018||
Welsh Poetry Competition 2018The 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
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 http://www.lordwhisky.co.uk/news-and-events
|31st May 2018||
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May
PRIZE FUND INCREASED TO £535!!!
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 http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm
To enter by post, Download Entry Form and Rules here
Cheques/Postal Orders in favour of Sentinel Poetry Movement
Sentinel Poetry Movement
113-115 George Lane
|31st May 2018||
1st £250 guineas
The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018The 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 http://www.frogmorepress.co.uk/
|1st June 2018||
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
Entry Fee £4 or 3 poems for £10
Winners will be invited to read their poems.
|7th June 2018||
1st Publication and £100
Mad Like UsOpen 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 http://readingroomprojects.wixsite.com/competitionpages
|15th June 2018||
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: www.poetryproseandplays.com
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 : www.poetryproseandplays.com
|21st June 2018||
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 http://Mclellanpoetryprize.org.uk or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.
|30th June 2018||
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
|30th June 2018||
1st £100 & 15 copies
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.
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||
Trouble & Strife
A Celebration of Protest
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see https://www.store.hud.ac.uk/product-catalogue/competitions/writing-competition/grist-competition-2018 for payment details.
|21st July 2018||
Published in anthology
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: www.libraryatlincoln.org
If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at email@example.com 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||
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'
|30th September 2018||
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 https://winningwriters.com/tompoetry
|22nd October 2018||
troubadour international poetry prize 2018
judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra
first prize Â£2,000
|30th November 2018||
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.
|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.|