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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
7th February 2018 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2018.

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date February 7th 2018. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £25 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: emailed to + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

15th February 2018 1st Publiucation

entry £2

Forty Words Competition

Adjudicators: The Editorial Team at The Bangor Literary Journal.

The deadline for submissions is 15th February 2018.

For this competition there are two categories:  A mini-poetry category: Enter a poem on any topic, any style and any amount of lines or stanzas, as long as it is 40 words or less. / A mini-fiction category: Enter a piece of prose on any topic, in any style, as long as it is 40 words or less.

First prize for each category: The winning pieces of poetry and prose shall be featured in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal, alongside a small feature about the winning writers.  The winners shall have the opportunity to read their winning pieces and be presented with their framed certificates at The Bangor Literary Journal launch event at The Blackberry Path Studios on Saturday 3rd March 2018 and at a later event in September 2018 if suitable. / Second prize for each category: Your piece will feature in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal.

Entry fee £2 per submission or 3 submissions for £5

For further details and rules visit:

25th February 2018 1st £600

entry £6

2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

The sole judge for the competition is Andrew McMillan, above.
Full details of this year’s competition, the rules and a link to the entry form are here:
Entry is via online submission. Postal entries will be allowed in some circumstances. Any queries: please email the organisers at:
Closing date for entries is February 25, 2018.

Our first prize is increased to £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a new, fourth prize of £50.

A further prize of £50, the Helen Cadbury Prize (formerly The York Prize) is renamed in honour of the York author, poet and friend of the festival who died last year. The prize is awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York (YO) postcode.

At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.

The minimum entry fee is £6 for a single poem; £15 for up to two or three; £17.50 for four; £20 for five. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted.

We have teamed up with City Cruises York to stage our gala prize-giving event aboard one of City Cruises York’s fleet, the River Prince on March 25. A limited number of tickets will be available for the presentation, reading of winning poems and a reading from Andrew McMillan. Tickets here:
28th February 2018 1st  £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of All the Invisibles
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
28th February 2018 1st £600

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events. Judge Pascale Petit 1st Prize: £600 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Winners will be informed by Friday 12th April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. Entry £4 for one poem or £10 for three poem
Entry by post or email. For full rules and details please see
1st March 2018 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.


1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550)


A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

1st March 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
1st March 2018 1st Publication

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2017/18 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2018. The laureate Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy is a single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. Prizes -A share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at the Wordsworth Trust. Judges Liz Berry, David Constantine.
Entry  £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

 Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online

2nd March 2018 1st £20,000

entry free
The 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is accepting entries now. The sum of £20,000 will be awarded for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up will receive £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000.Conditions for entry have changed a little for 2018. Whereas in previous years a collection could either be published or unpublished, it must now be unpublished; it can be submitted if it has been accepted for publication so long as the collection doesn’t appear in print before the announcement of the Prize, which will take place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. Poets should be no older than 30 years of age on the first day of January in the year of the Award, i.e. 1 January 2018 for the 2018 Award. Furthermore, those taking part must either have been born in Scotland, or continuously resident in Scotland for the last three years, or brought up in Scotland, or have a Scottish parent.There will be two judges on the panel, one of whom will always be Scottish.The judges for the 2018 award are Janice Galloway and John Glenday. Three copies (hard copy, not electronic) of an unpublished collection should be submitted.

Entries should be sent to:Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,  Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, EDINBURGH EH8 8DT

For rules and full details

5th March 2018 1st Publishing and reading

entry E10

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its exciting annual poetry competition. 

Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.

*the winner will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2018 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems after exhibition on the Arts Corridor are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.

*the winner will be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2018 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2018.

*the winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway if travelling for one night during the 2018 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

*the winner will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster

*the winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three poems €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Alternatively for online transfer contact the arts office.  Details below.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet. 

THE CLOSING DATE is Monday, March 5th 2018

THE JUDGE: The competition judge is Kevin Higgins.

For further details: Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:    

14th March 2018 1st £250

entry £5

Brittle Star Competition

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry : £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

For more details and an entry form please visit

16th March 2018 1st £200

entry free

Never Such Innocence aims to engage children and young people aged 9-16 with the First World War through poetry, art and song. We welcome poetry and song entries in all languages, and art in any medium. Each entry receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation for entering, there are cash prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools, and winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony.

Our competition is free to enter and you could have the chance of winning some amazing prizes. For further information about how to enter the competition, the prizes and our rules visit our website,

31th March 2018 1st E1,000

entry E12

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. Closing 31 March 2018. See

31st March 2018 1st £75

entry £4

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry : £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

For full competition details see

31st March 2018

1st  prize  £100

Entry fee £3


Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each) and flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words).

Entry fee £3 per poem and flash fiction, £5 per short story

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

For full rules and how to enter go to

or email
31st March 2018 1st Publishing contract

entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Open to beginners and established writers
Judged by Ian Gregson.
The fee is £10
Deadline: 31 March, 2018.
1st April 2018 1st  $1000

entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Judges: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer

17th annual free contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit one humor poem online via Submittable. No fee to enter. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at

9th April 2018 1st £150

entry £5

Binsted Arts Festival Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Jeremy Page. Prize-giving will be on Friday 8 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150, Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Country’.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website

For further details, rules & entry form visit

15th April 2018 1st  Silver Wyvern + €500

entry £10


Prizes: Silver Wyvern + €500 (max 42 lines);  €100 each winners of Short (max.10) and Formal (max 40) poems. Open theme all categories.Extra €100: any category on 'Cinema'

 Adjudicator Silver Wyvern: Fred Johnston. Short & Formal: Kevin Bailey

suggested donations (you may pay less or more as wished or able)
postal entries:  (£10 then £6 per poem . 2 copies of each poem, one anon, other with contact details . Only UK cheques/POs accepted (payable to G.Griffin-Hall) SEND TO: Poetry on the Lake, Isola San Giulio , 28016 Orta NO, Italy.

Email entries: €15 then 10. pay Paypal (Donations button on, note transaction ID with contact details in body of mail, all poems preferably in one attachment  

Mail to:   subject line: COMP 2018 . 

Results July. Autumn awards.        

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
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.

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 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
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 :

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

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.