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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.







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.


29th March 2019 1st £250

entry £4

The South Downs Poetry Festival 2019, in alliance with Binsted Arts, is holding a poetry competition - the winner will be awarded

The Binsted Prize. Adjudicator: James Simpson. Prize-giving will be on Friday 7 June in the magical small twelfth century church at Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex where winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems. First Prize £250, Second £150, Third £50.

Poems may be on any theme. Winning poems will be published on the South Downs Poetry Festival and the Binsted Arts Festival websites and a small anthology of the best poems submitted is planned.

Further details, rules & entry form are available on ,

and via

31st March 2019

1st  prize  £100

Entry fee £4


Four 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), flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words) and Gaelic (any number of poems and/or flash fiction, line/word limits as above).

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

Entry fee £4 per first entry of poem, flash fiction, or Gaelic, £3 each subsequent entry, £5 per short story

For full rules and how to enter go to

or email
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    
22nd April 2019 1st E500

entry E12

Hungry Hill Writing are delighted to announce our new Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2019 and that Christy Ducker has agreed to judge for us this year.
We will be awarding a first prize of €500, second of €250 and third of €100.

Entry is E12 and cam be up to 3 poems.
We invite entries for poems on any theme related to politics.
For more details on the prizes, our judge, entry requirements and other competition details, please click above

The closing date for entries is April 22nd 2019.
30th April 2019 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2019 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Julia Deakin and Janet Loverseed.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Download rules and entry form from website or send sae to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE. Closing date: 30 April. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four.

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.


30th April 2019 1st £100

entry £4


For poems of any length on any theme. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, LUCY TURNBULL of OPTIMUM MAGAZINE.   First prize is £100 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2019 anthology.

Entry fees 1 poem £4   2 poems £7    3 poems £10     5 poems £14

All entries must be received by midnight on 30th April 2019.

For further details and to enter online see   

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: Website:
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.


30th April 2019 1st publication and $300

entry $25


Do you have a poetry manuscript that needs the right home? Are you working on a series of poems but don’t know where to send them? Submit to the Vallum Chapbook Award 2019 to have your work published as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series! 

Your chapbook could appear alongside some of today's most renowned poets, including Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Bhanu Kapil, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and more! 

Entry fee: $25

DEADLINE: April 30 2019

1st May 2019 1st £500

entry £6

The Mairtín Crawford Award

The Awards are aimed at writers working towards their first full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to submit between 3-5 poems for the poetry award, and a short story of up to 2,500 words for the short story award, with the only stipulation being that they have not yet published a full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel. 

1st  £500 and a three-night stay at Co Down writing retreat, The River Mill.  

entry fee £6
For further details, rules & entry form visit
26th May 2019 1st £500

entry £5

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2019

1st Prize - £500, 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £100, plus 17 runners up published on our website and in a future anthology. Judge - Mike Jenkins

Closing date - 26th May 2019  Poems in English, 50 lines maximum 

Entry fee - £5 (£6 PayPal)  Entry forms, rules and details on our website:

31st May 2019

1st: 30% of all entry fees received


Entry: £5

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 

A competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). The theme is 'SANCTUARY' and can be interpreted widely.  

Prize: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, and other prizes, including one for an UNPUBLISHED writer.

Last year's top prize was £240 with second prize of £80

50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. 

Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen, Canterbury Poet of the Year 2018. 

Length: 40 lines or less.      Closing date: May 31st 2019

Full details are available at

31st May 2019 1st 30% of receipts

entry £2

Go Gothic

Hosted by Tavistock Library and supported by Tavistock Heritage Trust as part of 'Tavistock's 1st Gothic and Neo-Gothic Celebration - Literature, Art, Architecture, Theatre, Film and Creative Fun.’

Theme: a poem in the gothic tradition incorporating folklore and myth.

A cash prize will be offered to the overall winner, 30% of all entry receipts will form the prize fund. There will also be a second prize of 30% of all the entry fees awarded to a ‘Gothic’ poem based around Tavistock and incorporating its Gothic and Neo-Gothic Heritage. Additional runners-up prizes of books will also be awarded. The remaining 40% of the entry fees will be used for administration costs and for festival and library events.


21st May 2019 1st £1500

entry £6

McLellan Poetry prize.

1st prize £1500.

Judge Sean O’Brien

Closing date 21st June 2019.

Entry fee: £6 for 1st, £5 for subsequent poems Not more than 80 lines, any subject.

Entry by post or online.

More information: Award ceremony with Sean O’Brien, 30th August in Corrie Isle of Arran

29th June 2019 1st £600

entry £3

Crabbe Poetry Competition 2019




Sponsored by Fairweather Law Ltd Solicitors at Aldeburgh, Felixstowe and Leiston

Tiffany Atkinson adjudicator. She is the Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, has published several collections of Poetry, including Kink and Particle

The competition is open to anyone who was either born, educated, working or resident in Suffolk, or is a Suffolk Poetry Society member.

All winning poems (including commended poems not attracting a monetary prize) will be read, preferably by their authors, at a celebratory Awards Event in early October (TBA) and will be included in the 2019 Crabbe Poetry Prize Anthology.

More details and online entry here

30th June 2019 1st £500

entry £4.50

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2019

 Adjudicator: Anthony Wilson. Prize-giving at Manchester Literature Festival in October.

£4.50 for the first poem and £2.00 per poem thereafter

First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2019)  
First Prize £500 Second £250, Third £150 
For further details, rules & entry form visit 
30th June 2019 1st £700

entry  £5


For UK residents. Adjudicators: Karen McCarthy Woolf and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 5th October, when  Karen McCarthy Woolf will hand out prizes and read from her work. Supported by Arts Council England, Artswords and Poetry Swindon.

1st £700  Second: £200  Third: £100 Commendations:  £25 x4


30th June 2019

1st  £750

entry  £6

Wells Festival of Literature’s Open Poetry Competition

Judge Simon Armitage

Prize giving will be on Sunday 20th October 2019 during the Wells Festival of Literature.  First prize £750, Second £300, Third £200, Local prize £100.  All poets on the short list will be invited to read their poems before the prize giving.  The winners will be announced on 20th October

For further details, rules and entry forms visit
1st July 2019

1st Prize: $100

Entry free

Cozy Cat Press Poetry Contest 2019 
Seeking poems fitting the genre of "mystery". 1st prize $100, 2nd prize $50, 3rd prize $25. Top three winners will also receive publication, a free ebook download of their work, and an accompanying illustration inspired by their piece. For further details, rules, and entry form visit:
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

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.