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20th November 2019 1st £100



entry £3.50

POETRY KIT AUTUMN 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 Wednesday 20th November 2019

1st prize is £100. 2nd £50

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 

8th September 2019 1st £1000



entry free

Healing Words Poetry Competition

Creativity is known to help people express themselves during the darkest days of their mental illness and throughout their recovery. It helps support self-understanding of mental health conditions.

There are five different categories you can enter:

Darkest days: poems from before the dawn of hope
Good days and bad days: poems from the road to recovery
Being well: poems about more peaceful times
Illustrated poem: poems with illustration
Spoken word poem: poems spoken

You can write, record or film your poem. Your poem should be a maximum of 25 lines and only one entry per person.

For more details https://www.advocacyproject.org.uk/poetry/

15th September 2019 !st £30 worth of books

entry £3

National Poetry Day Competition

A Dempsey & Windle competition leading up to National Poetry Day.

Three book prizes to the value of £30 for the best three poems submitted.

The 20 best poems will be published in an anthology and a copy given to each of the contributors.

Topic for poems: Free choice of subject, or use the national theme: Truth. 

Three winners will be announced on 3 October at the Cranleigh Arts Centre.

Entry 1 poem £3 3 poems £7   5 poems £10
For more details https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/competition.html
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: https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/pages/mslexia-pbs-womens-poetry-prize 

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: https://www.poetrybooks.co.uk/pages/mslexia-pbs-womens-poetry-prize 

30th September 2019 1st  Title and cash award


entry  €5

Jester to the Kingdom – Humourous Verse Competition in County Kerry

Enter for the 4th annual JESTER TO THE KINGDOM before September 30th for a chance to be one of 16 finalists to be invited to Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland to perform your composition in front of a live audience and a panel of judges for the finals on Friday, October 18th 2019 in Tralee, Co. Kerry.

The finals take place at the Kerins O’Rahilly clubhouse, Tralee, with music and dancing by Beautiful Noise until late.

€400 in prize money to be given out on the night, with the first prize winner being crowned JESTER TO THE KINGDOM for 2019/20.

All types of poetry welcome, rhyming, free verse, sonnets, ballads etc provided they have humourous content.

Entry fee €5 by paypal to doghousepaypal@eircom.net  then send your actual poem  as an attachment to soniaelston@yahoo.com   with a covering note and paypal ID if possible with title of poem, your name and address, telephone number and email address

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  https://voices.poetry.blog/

30th September 2019 1st  publication plus 100 free copies


entry £25

White Label Collection - Trols' First Collection Pamphlet Competition

Hedgehog Press are again searching for three poets who will see their first collection beautifully published in pamphlet form by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

The first two competitions have seen nine poets selected who will soon be published. For first collections, this is an amazing opportunity to see your work in print.

White Label collections are a series that Hedgehog Press intend to use to provide a home to poets for their first collections, however there is no age limit or profile for these.

Additionally, there are no restrictions if you have previously self-published a collection, you are still invited to enter.

Each winner will be published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and receive 100 copies of their collection.

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press.

For more information see https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/white-label-collection-trois-first-collection-pamphlet-competition-deadline-30th-september-2019/

30th September 2019 1st £50 plus presentation cup


entry £2.50
Blanford Rotary Club Competition
1.JUDGE: SARAH ACTON
2. MAXIMUM 40 LINES
3. ANY GENRE OR SUBJECT
4. WINNER/SHORT-LISTED INVITED TO READ THEIR POEMS AT PRESENTATION EVENT ON 1ST NOVEMBER
5 PLEASE NOTE ENTRIES MUST NOT HAVE WON OR BEEN RUNNERS-UP IN PREVIOUS COMPETITION
PLEASE REFER TO WEBSITE: www.blandfordrotary.org.uk  (click ‘Short Story & Poetry Comp 2019’) for further details/rules/entry procedure
30th September 2019 1st  £100




entry £5

Postcards From The Hedge: A Bestiary of the Night’ Single Poem Competition

Do you remember closing your eyes to go to sleep only for your overactive imagination to take over and turn every shadow into a monster, ever squeak of a floorboard into the footsteps of some strange and scary animal, every breath tasting of magic and mystery and no matter how tightly you squeezed  your eyes shut, you knew not to open them. Something was watching you.

Hedgehog Press want you to remember that feeling and write them a poem that describes the monster that kept you hidden beneath the bedclothes with the best of the entries to be published in their own supernatural Bestiary of the Night.

The winner will:

Receive £100 in Prize Money

Receive 250 copies of their poem beautifully printed in Artcard form

See their poem beautifully reproduced in a great new anthology, to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press

All of the shortlisted poets will be invited to have their poem included in the anthology too and everybody who has their work featured will receive copies of the finished work.

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press

for further details see https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/product/postcards-bestiary-of-the-night-competition/

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:
https://voicesisrael.submittable.com/submit
Or see full guidelines and submission details at

http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm

3rd October 2019 1st £100


entry free

The Word Poetry Competition

In the beginning was The Word… Lichfield Cathedral is inviting new poems inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing on the theme “light in our darkness” for its first poetry festival this autumn.

The poems will be displayed in the cathedral as part of this five-day event with winning poems announced at special prize giving evening. Prizes are £100, £50 and £25.

Judges include Michael Symmons Roberts. 

for further details see https://www.lichfield-cathedral.org/journeys/the-word-poetry-competition

3rd October 2019 1st books to value of £100

entry£2

Aryamati Poetry Prize

This poetry prize remembers Cambridge graduate, Olga Kenyon, (Aryamati), who had a rich career involving teaching, lecturing and writing. She was a well respected non-fiction author, documenting and researching the history of women's writing and had eight books published. As a keen poet she won the North West Libraries poetry award in 2016 and her poem about Alderley Edge was displayed on the city's trams.

​Poems should be themed around 'Change' in line with this year's National Poetry Day and respond to the Aryamati Prize brief of poets who write for social change and peace. The prize represents that which Aryamati held dear: reading widely, writing to her loved ones from across the globe by postcard and seeking critical feedback on her work, constantly aiming to improve her craft.

for further details see https://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk/the-aryamati-poetry-prize

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 https://pctothepowerof2.wordpress.com/enter/

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 https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-a-quotation/
20th October 2019 1st £1000


entry £6

Sussex Poetry Competition

Brighton & Hove Arts Council have announces the opening of the 2019 Poetry Competition in partnership with the University of Brighton. All poems will be judged by Dr Jess Moriarty MA – who is course leader of creative writing at the University of Brighton.

First prize – £1,000

Runner up – £250

Second runner up – Work, Write, Live creative writing course (University of Brighton)

First prize – student competition – £150

Four highly commended prizes – £25

Winners will be notified in early November and will be invited to read their work on stage at the BHAC Poetry Festival on 24 November where they will discover the exact nature of their prize.

for more information https://www.bh-arts.org.uk/bhac-2019-poetry-competition/

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 https://npc.poetrysociety.org.uk/

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 https://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php   

20th November 2019 1st £100



entry £3.50

POETRY KIT AUTUMN 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 Wednesday 20th November 2019

1st prize is £100. 2nd £50

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

Poems written as part of any of any PK Course are not eligible for entry.

28th November 2019 1st £100


entry  £5

Wales Poetry Award

Wales Poetry Award is a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.

After 55 years of publishing contemporary poetry in 212 issues (and counting) of its magazine, Poetry Wales launches Wales Poetry Award, a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.  Wales Poetry Award is open to single poem entries from new and established poets from Wales and beyond, with 3 awards and 10 highly commended prizes to be won.

Winning poems will be published in upcoming issues of Poetry Wales and shortlisted poets will be invited to attend an awards reception in February 2020 where our award winners will be announced and receive their prizes.

for further details see https://poetrywales.co.uk/award/

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  https://littoralpressuk.jimdofree.com/home-1/poetry-competition/

30th November 2019 1st £500




entry £3
East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The East Riding Festival of Words 2019 Poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is 'My Mind, My Thoughts'.

Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Poems are submitted anonymously, so each entry is judged on its own merits. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the special event, Poet Fest, in Bridlington in January 2020.

Larkin prize: £500 Second prize: £200  Third Prize: £100

Young Poets Prize
If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry - whatever shape or form - and you could win £50! The competition is open to all school aged children, with one prize for primary and one for secondary.  Primary school prize: £50  Secondary school prize: £75

30th November 2019

1st £100

 

 

 

 

 

entry £5

Heroine Eyes – Celebrating Poetry By Women’ Single Poem Competition

You only need to open one of the ‘Best Poets of the – choose your favourite – Century’ books to realise that women poets have never received their share of recognition. The Hedgehog Press are aiming to put that right with an anthology of poetry inspired by the often disregarded greats.

So whether it is the work of Plath or Dickinson that inspires you, or if you have read wider and love Judith Sargent Murray, Wislawa Szymborska or Pauli Murray, this is your opportunity to pay tribute to them.

Hedgehog Press ask that you write and dedicate a poem to a female writer who you feel should be better respected. This can be written ‘in the style of’ or just draw influence from a favourite poem of theirs – you could even choose to see today’s world through your heroine’s eyes, as it were – it is entirely up to you to decide.

Include the poet’s name as either the poem title or a dedication.

The winner will:

Receive £100 in Prize Money

Receive 250 copies of their poem beautifully printed in Artcard form

Seeing their poem beautifully reproduced in a great new Anthology, to be published by the Hedgehog Poetry Press

All shortlisted poets will be invited to have their poem included in the anthology too and of course everybody who has their work featured will receive copies of the finished work.

The competition will be judged by Mark Davidson, Editor of The Hedgehog Poetry Press

for more information see https://www.hedgehogpress.co.uk/tell-the-hog/

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   http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=8466&page=21

7th March 2020 1st £500

entry £3

Enfield Poets’ Competition adjudicator Ruth Padel.  Prize giving will be in the Dugdale theatre, Enfield on Saturday 25th April at 7.30. First Prize £500, second £250, third £100. Winners and runners up will be able to read their poem.  Winning poems to be published on the Enfield Poets’ website.

For further details, rules and how to enter go to https://enfieldpoets.com/poetry-competition/

 
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.