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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.







17th June 2020 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. 

Enter by midnight on 17th June 2020

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


30th May 2020 1st £100

entry £4

Lucent Dreaming 2020 Poetry Contest

International poetry competition open to writers 18+. Accepting poems up to 56 lines. 

1st prize: £100, Poetry Bundle, Publication and free editing
2nd Prize: £50, your poem published on the website and in the magazine, limited edition merch
3rd Prize: £25, your poem published on the website, limited edition merch


31st May 2020 1st  £500

entry £6

International Welsh Poetry Competition

The International Welsh Poetry Competition has been running since 2007 and is the biggest in Wales.  The aim is to inspire people to capture life in the present day and to give a voice to a new generation of poets and writers.  The competition is not interested in purely academic types of literature but would much rather see pure raw passion burst onto the creative writing scene.

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £200
3rd Prize - £100

Plus publication in future anthology

Judge - Sally Spedding


31st May 2020 1st Publication

entry £15


Open to poets who have not had a full collection or pamphlet published.

• TWO winners will have their debut collection published and receive 20 free copies

• Submission: Complete pamphlet to 30 poetry pages as one document

• Entry Fee: £15 per block of poems

• Closing Date: 31st MAY 2020

• Online entries only



31st May 2020

2 of £25


entry free

FREE competition for anyone living in Buckinghamshire (Milton Keynes' home county) or in the neighbouring counties of Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire. Poems up to 14 lines on the theme ‘City of Dreams’. Work must be previously unpublished. Prize of £25 for the best poem in each of two age categories: a) 14 – 19 and b) 20+. In addition, at least 20 stories and 20 poems will be selected for publication in an anthology.
For further details, rules & entry form visit
31st May 2020 1st from prize fund

entry £5 donation

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 2020

Calling for poetry about nature, wildlife, the environment, rescue animals and related topics.

50% of the total entry fees goes to the work of the sanctuary and 50% constitutes the prize-fund.

This year's judge is the widely published and award-winning poet, Jane Lovell.

Entry is by donation to the charity. 


31st May 2020 1st 250guineas

Entry £4

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020

The Frogmore Poetry Prize has been awarded annually since 1987. Previous winners include Sharon Black, Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci and Lesley Saunders.

The 2020 Prize will be adjudicated by poet and translator Maria Jastrzebska.


8th June 2020 1st £500

entry £9

Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Prize for Writing is a national competition run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. The prize was first awarded in 2016 and seeks outstanding new writing in short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up to 60 lines). With its heart firmly in the East Midlands, there are also prizes for the best writing from the region, in both categories.

The winners, in each category, will receive a cash prize of £500, feedback on a piece of work of their choice from a leading literary agent (or Editor as appropriate) and a year’s free membership to the Society of Authors, which includes access to advice and resources on all aspects of the business of writing. 

Winners will also receive a session with Society of Authors staff including an introduction to how the Society can support them in their careers as professional authors and covering essential advice on copyright, payment terms and contracts.

Second Prize: £150 cash.

Third Prize: A one-day course of your choice from Writing School East Midlands. 

In order to champion writers from the East Midlands, there will also be a regional prize of £100 awarded to the best work in each category from the region.

This is an national prize open to everyone.


15th June 2020 1st £300

entry £5

Segora International Writing Competitions 2020

Poetry, Short Story, Vignette, One-Act Play

Deadline 15th June all competitions

Guidelines, rules and multiple entries

Poetry prizes: £300, £100, £50 Single entry £5

Judge: Martyn Crucifix

Short Story prizes: £300, £100, £50 Single entry £8

Judge: Sherry Morris Single entry £8

Vignette prize: £100 Single entry £5

Judge: Mandy Pannett

One-Act Play Prizes: £150, £50 Single entry fee £12

Judge: Charles Palliser

15th June 2020

1st  £200

entry fee £5

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2020 Adjudicators: Luigi Marchini, Mara Adamtiz Scrupe, Gary Studley The Awards Evening will take place on Thursday 1 October 2020. The Winner will be named Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year and receive £200.  £100 will be awarded for the second and £50 for the third places, and £25 will be awarded to the People’s Choice voted for on the night.  

Best-Read Poem, as read by the poet, will receive a bottle of Sparkling Wine.

Shortlisted poets will be invited to read on the night and all longlisted poems wll appear in an anthology

For further details, rules & entry form visit
17th June 2020 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. 

Enter by midnight on 17th June 2020

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


26th June 2020 1st £250



Entry £4

Wirral Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition 2020

Adjudicator: Anna Saunders  (Open Poetry) and Dave Costello (Wirral Prizes)

1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £100, 2 runner-up prizes £25 each
Special Wirral Prize £50 and two Wirral Prize runner up prizes £25 each.
Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published (but only with poets’ permission) on the Festival website
For further details, rules & entry form visit
30th June 2020

1st £500

Entry £4.50
Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020

Our judge this year will be Rachel Mann.  Rachel Mann is a priest, poet and broadcaster.  A parish priest in south Manchester, she is formerly Poet in Residence at Manchester Cathedral and currently Visiting Teaching Fellow in the Manchester Writing School. Author of eight books, her debut full poetry collection, A Kingdom of Love (Carcanet 2019) has been called ‘a hard-won book of wonders’ by Michael Symmons Roberts.

First Prize (£500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2020)

Second Prize (£250)   

Third Prize (£150)

30th June 2020 1st £1000

entry £6



Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6    Prizes:  1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100

Any subject, no more than 35 lines   Judge, Jo Shapcott

Short Story: Entry fee, £6  Prizes:  1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100

Any subject, 1,000 to 2,000 words   Judge, Duncan Minshull

A Book for Children: Entry fee, £6   Prizes:  1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100

Any subject. First three chapters or first thirty pages whichever is the shortest, plus the synopsis

Stories aimed at readers aged 7+ allowing entrants to write either middle grade or teenage novels

Judge, Fleur Hitchcock

Young Poets: Entry fee, £3   Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus a year’s membership of

The Poetry Society

Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge, Victoria Adukwei Bulley 

30th June 2020

1st: 50% of value of entry fees + publication


Entry fee £5

2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics
Adjudicator: John Wilks.
The 2020 Cerasus Poetry Olympics is a competition that will run over 6 qualifying heats in July-August 2020. At the end of the competition, there will be 3 Medal Winners:
The Gold Medal winner will be awarded 50% of the value of the entry fees received. They will also work with Cerasus to have a collection of their poetry published and will receive 10 complimentary copies of the ensuing book.
The Silver Medal winner will be awarded 25% of the value of the entry fees received. They will also work with Cerasus to have a collection of their poetry published and will receive 5 complimentary copies of the ensuing book.
The Bronze Medal winner will work with Cerasus to have a collection of their poetry published and will receive 3 complimentary copies of the ensuing book.
All published books will be made available to buy on Amazon and their authors will be able to purchase further copies at a discounted price.
Please refer to the full rules and pay the entry fee here:
1st July 2020 1st £300

entry £5

Penfro Festival Competition 2020

Can you write poetry that digs deep into the eco-system and asks challenging questions, as well as being beautiful and full of subtle music? Can your poetry sow the seeds of ideas? Then this new competition is for you.

A competition with a 'green' theme (interpret as broadly as you like). The competition will tie in with the 'Loving the Earth' Green Fair weekend later this summer at Rhosygilwen in Wales, where winners will be announced.

There is a top prize of £300 to be won.

The judge is poet Adam Horovitz, whose second full collection of poems, The Soil Never Sleeps, was published by Palewell Press in 2018. It was written over several seasons on six pasture farms in England and Wales, all of which eschew conventional, chemical-driven farming practice in favour of ecologically minded, biodiversity-friendly farming.


1st July 2020 1st mentoring

entry £1

Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize 2020

This year's judges Astra Papachristodoulou, Nik Perring, Sascha Akhtar and Jarred McGinnis are looking for experimental short fiction and poetry written by UK residents who are 18-30 years old.

  • 1st prize is 6 x mentoring sessions with one of our judges.
  • 2nd is 2 x online mentoring sessions with the streetcake editors.
  • 3rd is a written feedback report from the editors.
  • 4th is books.

All placed writers receive books and are published in an anthology.


3rd July 2020 1st £100

entry £4


 open until Friday 3rd July for rules and entry form go to

 Prizes: – 

SANDWICH POET OF THE YEAR – 1st £100, 2 Runners-Up receive £35 each

SANDWICH LOCAL POET OF THE YEAR – 1st £75, 2 Runners-Up £20 each

Under 18 Poet of the Year – winner £25, 2 Runners Up £15

 Entries cost £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems and £15 for 5 poems

16th July 2020 1st £1000

entry £5.75

Ledbury Poetry Festival International Poetry Competition

Ledbury Poetry Festival 2020 Poetry Competition carries a great first prize of £1,000 cash and a residential course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre. Competition winners (from all categories) also have the opportunity to read their poems at the internationally renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021. 

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). 


17th July 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Robert Graves Poetry Prize, a collaboration between the University of Roehampton and Wimbledon BookFest. I

The prize is judged by leading Literary Agent, Peter Straus and Professor Paul O’Prey, former assistant to Robert Graves. The winning entrant will be awarded £1,000 and two runners up will each be awarded £100.

The prize is unrestricted by location, genre, or subject, and is open to everyone. Entries must be original poems written in English, no longer than 40 lines. Entry fee of £5 per poem. Deadline 17 July, Submissions are via:

28th July 2020 1st €500

entry €10.50

Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition
We are especially delighted that
Bernard O'Donoghue has agreed to judge for us again, as this year marks Hungry Hill Writing's 10 Year Anniversary.
We will be awarding:
a first prize of €500
a second of €170
& a third of €90
We invite entries, worldwide, for poems on any theme related to politics.
For more details on the prizes, our judge, entry requirements and other competition details, please click the box above. 

The closing date for entries is July 28th 2020.
31st July 20210 1st £1000

entry £5

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

The Winchester Poetry Prize is organised by the Winchester Poetry Festival and is open to poets from around the world. 

This year’s entries will be judged by Andrew McMillan, a senior lecturer in the Manchester Writing School and whose first collection, physical, was the only poetry collection to ever win The Guardian First Book Award.

The winner will be announced at the Winchester Poetry Festival, which takes place from 8 to 12 October.

First prize is £1,000, second prize is £500, and third prize is £250.

There will also be a prize for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.

Closing date is 31 July 2020. More details can be found at

2nd August 2020 1st $500

entry - qualifying wins in competitions

Wax Poetry and Art Poetry Champions Cup 2020.

Contest closes August 2, 2020. Read the submission guidelines here:

The winning poet wins the Grand Prize of $500 CAD plus a writing journal, pen, commemorative gift, and additional royalties (if accrued).

Submissions are open to everyone, everywhere. To enter this contest, you need a Poetry Champions Cup 2020 Ticket. Tic kets can be purchased or won for free by winning one (or more) of the 27 designated preliminary contests.  The Poetry Champions Cup 2020 closes on Sunday, August 2, 2020, at midnight. The winning poem will be published in a limited-edition,
mail-to-order print format on Monday, August 24, 2020. The winning poem will be published online in Wax Poetry and Art for everyone to read, on or before Monday, September 7, 2020.

6th August 2020 1st £300

entry £6

Second Light Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women

 A competition for women poets, for poems on any subject.

  • 1st prizes: £300 for each of Long and Short poems
  • 2nd prize: £150
  • 3rd Prize £75

Winning and Commended poems published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry. Winners invited to a London reading.

Judge: Myra Schneider


22nd August 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

Sole Judge:  Penelope Shuttle who will read all entries

  • 1st prize: £600
  • Runner-up: £300
  • 5 x commended: £50 each
  • The Gloucestershire Prize: £200 (for Gloucestershire residents only)

Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund ‘Buzzwords’, which is the longest running regular poetry gathering in Cheltenham.


31st August 2020 1st €1000

entry €25

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

Closing Date: 31st August 2020

Entry fee: 25 Euro
Prizes: 1st prize – €1000, 2nd prize – €500; both winners will win a chapbook publication, 25 complimentary copies, and will be offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the 2021 Cork International Poetry Festival


31st August 2020 1st £1000

entry £12

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations.

Submissions close 31 August 2020

Winners are selected for both categories and awarded with £1,000. Publication within the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthologyis also awarded to a further 60 writers whose works are highly commended.


§  £1,000 prize money for the Poetry & Short Fiction Winners

§  Publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2021

§  Full membership to The Poetry Society (Poetry Winner)

§  Consultation with Redhammer Management (Fiction Winner)

§  Selection of books from Vintage and Bloodaxe Books

§  One year print subscription to Granta

Aesthetica is proud to champion new writing talent and supports its writing alumni beyond the Prize, offering print and digital publicity and continued exposure across our channels.

Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18


15th September 2020 1st €1,000 The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2020
First Prize: €1,000 plus a week at The Moth Retreat in rural Ireland
The Moth Nature Writing Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the natural world. The Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their entry is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. The judge is Richard Mabey, ‘someone who not just sees beauty in nature but understands and enhances it.’ See for details.
28th September 2020 1st £2000

entry £5

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

Judged by Mona Arshi and Mark Doty. 

First prize: £2,000
Second prize: £1,000
Third prize: £500
Plus 20 commendeds


31st October 20120 1st 40% of entry fees

entry $2

 The 13th Annual 2020 “Light of the Stars” Poetry Contest


Submissions closing: October 31, 2020

Judging by the Editors of LONE STARS and Conceit Magazines


Unpublished, simultaneous and previously published entries accepted.

Entries are to be 32 lines or less, single spaced, camera ready –  (the way you want to see it in print.) 

Contest Name & Author's Name and Address on each page Include SASE or postcard for acknowledgement. 

One-time magazine publication rights for each publisher. Author’s own copyrights guaranteed.

40% of fees collected - First Prize  20% of fees collected - Second Prize 20% of fees collected - Third Prize



Send Entries to (USMail preferred): Email:


4219 Flinthill

San Antonio, TEXAS 78230

Make payable to: LONE STARS Magazine PayPal to:


31st October 2020  1st £500

entry £6

The Bedford Competition: 1st £500 entry £6 or 3 for £12.
Poetry (max 40 lines) Short Story (max 3000 words) Special Prize 17 – 25 years Winning & shortl Full details:

31st October 2020 1st  £5000

entry £7
The National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest prizes for a single poem, and remember that all entries are judged via an anonymised judging process - put your best poem forward!

Judges Neil Astley, Jonathan Edwards, Karen McCarthy Woolf,  

Prizes  First Prize: £5000  Second Prize: £2000   Third Prize: £1000   Commendations: £200

The deadline is 31 October 2020. Keep an eye on our website between now and then, as we'll be releasing some fantastic writing resources from some of the UK's top poets to help you feel inspired.
It costs £7 for the first poem in your entry, and £4 for each subsequent poem. Members of The Poetry Society get a free second poem as part of their entry.
31st October 2020 1st £500

entry £5
Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition
Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition is now open. Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.
Prizes  First Prize: £500  Second Prize: £250  Third Prize: £150 Commended Prize: £10
Closing Date: Midnight, 31st October 2020
Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for  one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £13.00 to £11.00 [UK] or from £22 to £20 [outside UK].
An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Use several entry forms if necessary. The entry fee is £5.00 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem submitted. Alternatively, you can now enter on line.
See details