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Poetry Competitions


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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.







15th July 2019 1st £150


A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition

Judged by Carrie Etter. All proceeds will go towards a programme of readings in South Lakeland.

First prize: £150

Second prize: £100

Third prize: £50

Cumbrian poet's prize: £25

For more details

15th July 2019 1st $750

entry $25
Submit your best work to the Vallum Award for Poetry 2019 for your chance to win $750 and publication in an upcoming issue of Vallum!
FIRST PRIZE: $750 + publication in Vallum
SECOND PRIZE: $250 + publication in Vallum
The judge this year is 2019 Trillium Book Award finalist, Gwen Benaway!
Deadline is July 15th 2019! For more information and to submit online, visit
18th July 2019 1st £1000

entry £5.75

Ledbury Poetry Competition

The Ledbury International Poetry Competition has been an important first step in many poets' careers.

The adult first prize is £1000 cash and a residential course at Ty Newydd Writing Centre.

Second Prize: £500

Third: £250

Plus all winners (adult, young people and children) are invited to read at the 2020 festival.

The 2019 judge is Daljit Nagra

For more details

20th July 2019 All selected are published in a chapbook

entry free

 The 15th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest (USA) officially begins in April, as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month. There are five new categories: “Who Is The Most Important Person In My Life?”   "What Treasure Would I Like To Discover?”   "What Don’t I Know About You That I Should?”   "What Would I Do If I Ruled The World?”   "Should We Be Thinking About Today Or Tomorrow?”   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 13, 2019, 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. Those who cannot attend will have their poems read for them by a member of the Poets Club of Lincoln. 

31st July 2019 1st  £300

entry £5

The Writers Bureau's 2019 Poetry Competition  with £1,722 worth of prizes is now open and accepting entries!

Closing date 31st July 2019


1st Prize - £300
2nd Prize - £200
3rd Prize - £100

Plus, every winner receives a Writers Bureau Course of their choice worth of £374 each.

Visit the competition website at where past competition winning entries can be read and entry forms downloaded. Entries can also be made online.
The closing date is 31st July 2019. 

31st July 2019 1st

£500 for poet + £5000 to school


The 2019 Betjeman Poetry Prize is open to  young poets aged 10-13 living anywhere across the British Isles. Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. Top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2019 anthology. All finalists are invited on a 3-day Poetry Camp in Spring 2020. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit. Free to enter. For more information go to

31st July 2019 1st £1000

entry £5

Winchester Poetry Prize | Closing Date: 31-Jul-19
FIRST PRIZE: £1000, SECOND PRIZE: £500, THIRD PRIZE: £250 There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet.

In addition to receiving cash prizes winners and longlisted poets will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event in Winchester in October 2019. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work. [Full rules ]

Poems can be entered by post or online.

Line limit: 40 lines

Judge: Helen Mort

Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem and £4.00 for each subsequent poem.

 For full details see

Please note our new address: Winchester Poetry Festival, c/o Faculty of Arts, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, SO22 4NR

31st July  2019 1st Some cash prizes

entry £6

A Poem for Europe

A national competition to find the most thoughtful and inspiring poem about Europe. The theme is ‘A Poem for Europe’.

The nation has been watching the shambles our politicians have made of the Brexit negotiations. Ordinary UK and European citizens may have felt powerless to affect the outcome so this competition offers the chance to respond creatively. Entrants are invited to share their emotions about Europe and its future by writing a poem (maximum length of 32 lines) expressing them. Shortlisted poems will be published online and in print too. Entrants have the chance to receive cash prizes if they win the competition.

The draft criteria include originality and imagination, technical skill, clarity in whatever message entrants wish to express and avoidance of political recriminations. The judging will be politically neutral – it is the quality of the poem that counts.

For more information

31st July 2019 1st £300 plus publication


Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2019

The 5th Sentinel Poetry Book Competition is for full-length poetry collections in English language by single authors, on any subject, in any style, up to 70 A4 pages long.  

To be judged by Noel Williams, three collections will be published in 2020 by SPM Publications. In addition to publishing their collections, the winning poets will each receive 20 copies of their books plus cash prizes of £300 (1st), £200 (2nd) and £100 (3rd).

Poets of all nationalities over 18 years old living in any part of the world are eligible to enter this competition 
31st July 2019 1st Publication of collection

entry £15

Indigo Dreams Collection Competition 2019.. Submission: 15 poetry pages up to 36 lines inc breaks. Online entries only.

Deadline : 31st July 2019  

First prize : Two winners will have a 52 page poetry collection published in 2020 and receive 20 copies. £15 per block of poems.

See full submission rules at

15th August 2019 1st Cash prize

entry E5.50

Charroux Short Memoir and Poetry Prize

The Charroux Memoir Prize for poetry and prose launches this year. It builds on the success of the Charroux Literary Festivals in 2015 and 2017.

The judges for 2019 are the award-winning poet and playwright Gordon Simms and author Susie Kelly.

There are two categories of entries this year - Short Memoir and Poetry. Cash prizes for the winners and runners up in both categories. Publicity and publication of the winning entries online.
19th August 2019 1st Publication

entry £10


We will be publishing up to six new booklets of poems each year, and these will be selected by competition. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, LUCY TURNBULL of OPTIMUM MAGAZINE.   First prize is Publication and 50 free copies of the booklet.   Help will also be given to prepare the final manuscript. Entry is £10 and there may be more than one winner. Please submit a proposed collection of up to 10 poems in the first instance before Monday 19th August 2019.  Shortlisted poets may be asked to submit the whole collection of up to 36 poems for the editor’s final decision.

For further details and to enter online see   

28th August 2019 1st  £500

entry £10

Grindstone International Poetry Prize 2019

The 2019 Grindstone International Poetry Prize is open for submissions. Grindstone Literary is one of the largest competition providers in the UK and set themselves apart by offering critical feedback on every single submission, included in the standard entry fee. 

The winners are selected by renowned poets and editors, and those who place on our shortlists are published in the poetry collection featured in a year-end anthology. In addition to that, those who place on our shortlist will also receive an exclusive invitation to participate in the upcoming Atmos Collections, a new and experimental collaborative poetry anthology. 

The grand prize this year is £500, with £50 going to the runner up. Those on the shortlist will also receive additional feedback on their entries.

For more information

31st August 2019 1st £400

entry £12

Prole Pamphlet Competition

Prole magazine are looking for work that epitomises their values: writing that engages, challenges and entertains the reader.

Submissions should not have been published as a collection elsewhere, but individual poems within the collection may have been previously published (please acknowledge these).

The collection should be no longer than 35 pages of A5 at point 9 font size, with each poem starting on a new page.

The winner will receive £400 and 25 complimentary copies with the opportunity to buy more copies at a discount price.

31st August 2019 1st $250

entry  free

Next Echo/Cultural Weekly’s 7th Annual Jack Grapes Poetry Prize is now open for submissions. This contest is FREE to enter.
3 WINNERS will receive $250 each, plus publication. 6 FINALISTS will receive $75 each, plus publication. 

Complete rules can be found at:   submission closes -  August 31, 2019, Midnight Pacific Time

Submission form:

31st August 2019 1st £200

entry £3

All Things Moon

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, Save As Writers invite poems and stories on any aspects of humanity's relationship with the cosmos - the moon, stars and planets, astronomy or astrology, space exploration, UFOs.

See whether your imagination takes you deep into the universe or stays closer to home with a child looking at the stars.

Prizes for poetry

1st prize: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200

2nd prize: £100

3rd prize: £50

Judged by Gillian Laker

2nd September 2019 1st £1000

entry £5

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre has launch its 2019 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world.

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:  

Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)

English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language)

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200. This year's judge is the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning author Jackie Kay. 

16th September 2019 1st £2000

entry £10

Women's Poetry Competition

All women poets are invited to submit poems to our exciting competition, judged by acclaimed poet and writer Malika Booker. The winner of which will receive £2,000, an optional writing retreat with PBS Selector Sandeep Parmar and a residency kindly provided by Cove Park. For the entree fee of £10 you can submit up to 3 poems, or more across multiple submissions! Winning poets will also be featured in the Mslexia magazine, and a selection in the PBS Bulletin. 

1st - £2000, alongside publication in Mslexia and the PBS Bulletin poetry magazine, as well as the chance to be mentored by PBS Book Selector Sandeep Parmar and attend a writing retreat at Scotland's International Artist Residency Centre, Cover Park.

2nd - £400

3rd - £250

Special prize - £250 to best poem by an unpublished woman poet

For more details, please visit: 

16th September 2019 1st £250 plus publication

entry £20

Women's Pamphlet Competition

Women poets who have not previously had a full collection published are invited to submit a new poetry pamphlet, judged by Seren Books' poetry editor Amy Wack. There is an entrance fee of £20 and you can enter multiple pamphlets across multiple submissions. The winning pamphlet will be selected for publication by Seren Books, and the poet will win £250! 

For more details, please visit: 

30th September 2019 1st £100

entry free

Voices Poetry Competition

Are you someone who enjoys writing poetry? Or perhaps you have a friend or relative who is a talented poet? This could be the competition for you.

As well as having your poem published on the Voices blog and shared on social media, you will also have the opportunity to win a prize of £100 of book tokens, whilst each runner up will receive book tokens for the sum of £50.

For more information see

30th September 2019 1st £50 plus presentation cup

entry £2.50
Blanford Rotary Club Competition
PLEASE REFER TO WEBSITE:  (click ‘Short Story & Poetry Comp 2019’) for further details/rules/entry procedure
3rd October 2019 1st $500

entry  $6US

Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Entries must be received no later than October 3rd 2019

Katherine L. Gordon is a rural Ontario poet, publisher, author, judge and reviewer.   She is an award winning writer whose works have been published internationally and translated into several languages.

Her books may be found at Craigleigh Press, Passion among the Cacti Press, Hidden Brook Press, Serengeti Press, Melinda, Cochrane International, Cyclamens and Swords Publishing, as well as many anthologies, books and chapbooks with fine contemporaries whose works inspire her. She dedicates her time to the promotion of poetry as the essential link to cultural unity.

First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.

Ten honorable mentions are awarded.

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2020 poetry anthology.

 Submission and payment via “Submittable”. Click the link to submit directly:
Or see full guidelines and submission details at

7th October 2019 1st £300

entry  £3

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

Open to everyone (UK and international) and there also separate prizes for people who live, work or study in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and a Young Poets (under 18) section. The theme is: Where I’m From.

Judge Graham Clifford is a published poet and head teacher based in Waltham Forest. His latest collection is called Well, published by Against the Grain. 

Any poem that references a location in Waltham Forest has a chance of appearing in the poetry anthology Where I’m From alongside the winners and commended poems. 

There will be an awards ceremony on Thursday 14 November where all winners and commended poets will be invited to come and read their works.

Main prize: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. The overall winner will also be offered the choice of Poetry Society Membership (if they are not a Member already) or feedback on their poems via The Poetry Society’s Poetry Prescription/Poetry Surgery service.   

Local prize: 1st £50, 2nd £30, and 3rd £20. The top 3 will also be offered a paid reading opportunity in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Young Poet Competition (under 18): No entry fee. Send up to 6 poems. Poets who live or study in Waltham Forest will automatically be included in the Local prize. Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £30, 3rd £20. Local prize: 1st £50, 2nd £30, and 3rd £20. The top three in the Local Prize will also receive Waterstones book tokens.

For more information

8th October 2019 1st $1000

entry free
2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity. Top 50 quotations will be displayed January 18, 2020 through April 5 in Bayfront Park located in Sarasota, FL. An award of $1000 will be given to the quote that best embodies the themes of diversity and inclusion. For more details, please visit
31st October 2019 1st £5000

entry £7

National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. There's a first prize of £5,000 plus nine additional cash prizes.

Winning poems are published on the Poetry Society's website and in an anthology where it will reach an audience of poetry fans across the world.

All entries are ready anonymously by the judges, who this year are Mona Arshi, Maurice Riordan and Helen Mort. 

For more information

31st October 2019 1st £500

entry £6

Bedford International Poetry Competition

Poems must be no more than 40 lines. Written in English. Typed, on single-sided sheets and in a readable, 12 point font. Poems must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast, been placed first, second or third, or been awarded a prize in any other competition. Multiple page poems, sent by post, must be numbered and the complete set held together with a paperclip. The title of the poem must appear at the top of each page. Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the entrant.

For more information   

30th November 2019 1st  Publication

entry £20

Littoral Press Full Collection Poetry Competition

The Littoral Press is holding an annual competition for a full collection of nature, spiritual, environment poetry.

60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press.

For more information

31st December 2019 1st €10,000

entry €15

Moth Poetry Prize
1st prize €10,000, 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. The prize is open to anyone (over 16) and is for an unpublished poem. The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2020 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland in Dublin on 30 April 2020. There is an entry fee of €15 per poem. This year’s judge is Claudia Rankine.

For more details see

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.