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22nd January 2019 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT WINTER COMPETITION 2019

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. 

Enter by midnight on  22st January 2019

1st prize is £100.

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Please note;  Poems that have been submitted as part of a course with Poetry Kit, submitted to LUNCH Magazine or posted to PK List are not eligible for entry.

2nd December 2018 1st $50 CAN


entry 1 poem free

Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets to submit to The Calgary Poetry
Contest #2. This contest creates a cultural exchange between the
international community of poets
, and poets residing in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. Prizes are offered for First Place and Top Calgary Poet.

One poem may be submitted for free. Contest closes December 2, 2018.

Read guidelines at: http://waxpoetryart.com/calgary/contests/calgary.html

15th December 2018 1st $100 CAN

entry $10 CAN

Big Pond Rumours International Literary E-Zine. There are independent judges for both poetry and prose. For a $10 CDN submission fee you can submit up to 80 lines of poetry or a short fiction piece up to 3,500 words. 1st prize is $100 CDN and publication. 2nd prize id $50 CDN and publication. 3rd prize is publication and these three poems and three stories will be published in a special Contest section of the E-Zine. Deadline is December 15, 2018. Check out the website and the current issue of the magazine or look at the archives. http://www.big-pond-rumours.com

20th December 2018 1st Publishing


entry £12

The 2018 Overton Poetry Prize is now open.

Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama are offering the Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, with the winning entry being published as a limited edition chapbook.

The competition is open to anyone and the entries are judged anonymously: final judging will be by this year’s poet in residence, Carol Rowntree-Jones.

The deadline for entry is 20th December 2018. Details including rules and link for entry fee and submissions can be found here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/about/creative-opportunities/competitions-prizes/overton-poetry-prize/
31st December 2018 1st £200




entry free
Brexit in Poetry

Holland Park Press invites any poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. The competition will not be judged on whether you are for or against leaving the EU but about how you’ve put the poem together: use of language, rhythm, sound, imagery, etc.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the online magazine.

Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems. 

The actual word Brexit does not have to appear, but the poem needs to be inspired by Brexit, for example by throwing a new light on being in or out of the EU, or by expressing something that hasn’t been voiced before, but make sure to stay away from clichés.

See  https://www.hollandparkpress.co.uk/magazine_detail.php?magazine_id=459&language=English
31st December 2018 1st £150



entry £4

Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition

Five Aspects are excited to announce their 2018 fundraising poetry competition. It's open to anyone 17 years and over - there's cash prizes to be won and it's all for a good cause. 

The theme of this year’s competition is The Spirit of Childhood. Childhood is a time of magic and mystery, powerful emotions and experiences that remain in our hearts a lifetime.  Some of these experiences are wonderful and nourish us into old age, other experiences are more painful and cast long shadows that we struggle to shake. 

Prizes:  1st prize: £150  2nd prize: £75   3rd prize: £50

Two prizes of £20 for poems of note will also be awarded, from the following two categories:  poems from poets aged 17-19 years; poems from poets in the Fylde area (postcodes starting FY).  

For more information https://www.fiveaspects.co.uk/poetrycompetition.htm 

13th January 2019 1st £200


entry £4

Shepton Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

Judge: David Morley

Three age categories: Up to 11, 12 -17, 18 and Over

Prize for each category £50, £70, £200

Entry fees: free to Under 18s, £4 per entry 18 and Over

Line Limit: 30 lines

Theme: Snowdrops and landscape as specified by judge

Entries via: Submit.con

Website: www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

E-mail: yourpoems@sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

22nd January 2019 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT WINTER COMPETITION 2019

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. 

Enter by midnight on  22st January 2019

1st prize is £100.

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

Please note;  Poems that have been submitted as part of a course with Poetry Kit, submitted to LUNCH Magazine or posted to PK List are not eligible for entry.

28th January 2019 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2019

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date January 28th 2019. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £50 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem, £10 for four.

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:  Word document emailed to  margthompson01@gmail.com + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

31st January 2019 1st £1000


entry £5

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition 2019

1st prize: £1,000  2nd prize: £300  3rd prize: £100  Plus 4 x £50

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.
Poems should be in English, unpublished, not accepted for publication, and must be your original work.
Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines.
Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, nor any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of A4 paper you should give a: your name and address, b: a list of poems submitted, and c: where you heard about the competition.

For more information see https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/

31st January 2019 1st £500


entry £4,50

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2019 Competition

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2019 Competition opens 1 November 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines, will be judged by John Greening.

1st prize: £500  2nd prize: £250  3rd prize: £100

Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes -

Judge for this local competition is Julie-Ann Rowell

Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 23 March 2019, and winning poems will be published on the website.

See http://www.poetryteignmouth.com/competition-2019.html

31st January 2019 1st £200

entry £5

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2019

An open competition regarding style, content and length. Prole want poetry that epitomises their editorial values: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

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

1st prize: £200, publication in Prole 28 and online

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 28 and online

See http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html 

31st January 2019 1st Publication


entry £15

GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2018

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies.

Submission: Selection of 15 poems to 36 lines inc breaks

Entry Fee: £15 per block of poems.

Closing Date: 31st January 2019.

All postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’

Email submissions via PayPal

See full submission rules at https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/geoff-stevens/4594095381

Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2018, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

4th March 2019 1st £1000


entry £10

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019

Deadline: Mon 4 Mar 2019

A new poetry prize from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, aimed at nurturing previously unpublished poets, is launched today (28 November). It is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn't yet published a full collection of poems. Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems.

Prizes: The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by respected publisher Carcanet Press, and all five will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.
Entry fee: £10
Judging panel: Leeds’ Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage; writer, broadcaster and former University Chancellor Melvyn Bragg; poets and University cultural fellows Dr Vahni Capildeo  and Malika Booker; Poetry Centre Director Professor John Whale and University Librarian Stella Butler.

See https://library.leeds.ac.uk/brotherton-prize 
22nd March 2019 1st £200

entry £4

Wirral Festival of Firsts / Wirral Poetry Festival
This year’s open poetry competition will be adjudicated by Anna Saunders, Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Four prizes will be awarded: 1st prize £200;  Two Runners Up £50 each;  Special Wirral prize £50 for a poet living or working in Wirral.
Entry: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems

Enter online and full details at www.wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk or by post. The closing date for the receipt of poetry competition entries is 23.59 hours on Friday 22nd March 2019. Winners will be notified by 19th April 2019, and invited to attend a prize-giving event during our First ever Wirral Poetry Festival Weekend  11th- 12th May 2019
31st March 2019 1st €500

entry £5

19th Poetry on the Lake International Competition

1st - €500

Entry fees: from £5 (see website for early birds reduced fees) or free

Deadline: 31st March 2019

3 categories: Silver Wyvern Open – Formal verse – theme ‘Spirit’ (interpret as wished.

Max. lines all categories 42

Postal & Online entries.

See: http://www.poetryonthelake.org/page2.php

31st March 2019 1st  E1000

entry E14
Fish Poetry Prize: US poet laureate Billy Collins will select the ten poems for inclusion in the 2019 Fish Anthology. 2nd prize is a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers’ Retreat in West Cork. 3rd prize is €200. Entry is €14. Full details and online entry www.fishpublsihing.com    
30th April 2019 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2019

Calling for poems of up to 50 lines. Judged by Maggie Butt.

1st prize: £600  2nd prize: £300 3rd prize: £150  plus the Ware Sonnet Prize: £150

There will be an informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre on Fri 5 Jul 2019.

See  http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware19.pdf

30th April 2019 1st £150

entry £3
Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018
Closing date: 30th April 2019. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Looking for: An unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words. Email: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.swconline.co.uk
30th April 2019 1st £600


entry £4

Ver Poets Open Competition

This year's judge is Kathryn Maris.

1st prize: £600   2nd prize: £300   3rd prize: £100

30 poems are selected for the anthology. Send 2 copies of each poem entered with a completed entry form. A cheque payable to Ver Poets must be included.

See https://verpoets.co.uk/poetry-competitions/

 
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.