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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.







22nd January 2019 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  22st January 2019

1st prize is £100.

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT


Please note;  Poems that have been submitted as part of a course with Poetry Kit, submitted to LUNCH Magazine or posted to PK List are not eligible for entry.

2nd November 2018 1st £50

entry free

The Bolton Poetry Competition 2018

Returning for 2018, an exciting poetry competition with three winning categories.

The first is an open entry for the public; the second is for University of Bolton students and staff. In these two categories there will be a £50 voucher for the winner, with a runner-up prize of £25.

The third category is a VI form and colleges category for 16-18 year olds. £25 voucher for the winner; £10 for the runner-up.  
The theme of the competition is a celebration of this year's National Poetry Day: 'Change'. The judges are especially interested to consider poems about change in Bolton and the Greater Manchester area. You may submit two poems, of up to 25 lines each.


5th November 2018 1st £2000

entry £7.5

The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The competition will be judged by the Trust's patron, Sir Andrew Motion.

The 1st prize winner will receive £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston.

The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the third prize winner will receive £100.

Five Highly Commended poets will each receive £30.

Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel with the final decision being made by Sir Andrew Motion. Poems may be on any theme,

For more information

6th November 2018 1st £1700

entry £12

The White Review Poet's Prize 2018

The Poet’s Prize was founded in 2017 with support from Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and is for English-language poets who are at the crucial stage of creating their debut pamphlet or collection.

The winning poet will receive a significant financial reward of £1700, expert, personalised professional and editorial advice, and publication of their entry in The White Review.

The Prize is open to residents of the UK and Ireland. 

Crucially, the White Review Poet’s Prize only accepts entries of poetry portfolios (5–10 pages per portfolio), as opposed to single-poem entries.

The Poet’s Prize is also unique among UK poetry prizes in actively encouraging work which explores and expands the possibilities of the page-poetry form.

14th November 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition

Elegy? Satire? Comedy? For all ages, write a poem of no more than 35 lines on any topic .
1st Prize £500  2nd prize £250   three 3rd prizes of £50
Junior prizes:   £25   £15    £10
For more information see
25th November 2018 1st £100

entry £3

Shooter Poetry Competition

General submissions for each issue of Shooter are usually confined to a particular theme, but this competition offers a chance to write about whatever most compels you, in any style.

Shooter are looking for sharply observed poetry with strong ideas and imaginative use of language: in short, arresting poems that appeal to both the head and the heart.

For more information

30th November 2018 1st Publication

entry £20

Littoral Press Nature Poetry Competition

The littoral press will be holding a yearly competition for a full collection of nature, spiritual and environmental poetry.   60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press.10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives.50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet (UK mainland only).

Realising how difficult it may be to submit a full poetry collection made up entirely of Nature, spiritual or environmental poems, as long as the majority of the poems (i.e. more than half) are either directly or indirectly concerned with nature, spirituality or the environment, the collection will be deemed an acceptable submission. 

The adjudicator will not give any preference as far as the number of nature poems in relation to the number of poems on other subjects. Although, as stated earlier, the objective of the competition was to publish more nature poetry, the whole collection will be judged on the merits of all the poems in the collection and not just the nature/spiritual/environmental work

See  - 

30th November 2018 1st £100

Entry fee £5 for two poem

Against the Grain Poetry Press - Poem Competition 2018

First prize – £100, Second prize – £50, Third prize – £25. Judges – Abegail Morley, Jessica Mookherjee and Karen Dennison (ATG editors). We are looking for a competition winner‘s poem we like enough to submit to the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem. First, second and third prize winners will be invited to read at an ATG event. Winning poems will be published on our website. To enter and for more details see
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.
30th November 2018 1st £100

entry £3

The Inaugural Manning's Pit Poetry Competition

Manning's Pit may sound like a coal mine but it is in fact a magical piece of  countryside on the edge of Pilton, Barnstaple.  Rich in wildlife, including otters, kingfishers, salmon and horseshoe bats,  it may only be a small area of land but it is at the heart of the local community - loved by young and old alike.  

Manning's Pit also has connections to writers such as Saki (H H Munro) and Henry Williamson. It is a place where generations of Pilton people have walked, picnicked,  picked blackberries, sledged in winter, or simply enjoyed the peace that is so hard to find these days.  

Manning's Pit is now under threat of development. To help save it The Friends of Manning Pit are running a poetry competition  The theme can be Manning's Pit itself or any piece of countryside  near to a town or village that is loved and treasured both by local people and visitors from afar.

30th November 2018 1st Pub,ication

entry £25

Hedgehog Poetry 'Full Fat Collection' Competition

David Mark Williams will be judging the ‘Full Fat Collection’ competition that will see at least one winner have their work published in book or pamphlet form during 2019 by the Hedgehog Poetry Press.

This competition is open to everybody. Select up to 40 of your finest poems. The collection can be of a variety of poems or follow a single theme

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

The results will be published on the Hedgehog Press website and via their newsletter on or prior to 31 January 2019.

30th November 2018 1st E1000

entry E5

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Prize

This competition is open to original, unpublished poems in the English language of less than 40 lines. The poem can be on any subject, in any style, by a writer of any nationality, living anywhere in the world. Unfortunately, translated work is not in the scope of this competition.

For more information see

30th November 2018 1st £1000

entry £4

Cafe Writers Poetry Competition 2018

Sole Adjudicator Daljit Nagra No sifter 

1st £1000  2nd £300 3rd £200

Norfolk prize £100  Five Commended Prizes of £50

Entry Fee £4 per poem, 3 for £10 - £2 per poem thereafter

Winners & Runners Up invited to read at event. 

Further details on website:

2nd December 2018 1st $50 CAN

entry 1 poem free

Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets to submit to The Calgary Poetry
Contest #2. This contest creates a cultural exchange between the
international community of poets
, and poets residing in Calgary, Alberta,
Canada. Prizes are offered for First Place and Top Calgary Poet.

One poem may be submitted for free. Contest closes December 2, 2018.

Read guidelines at:

20th December 2018 1st Publishing

entry £12

The 2018 Overton Poetry Prize is now open.

Loughborough University School of the Arts, English and Drama are offering the Overton Poetry Prize for a sequence of poems on any subject, with the winning entry being published as a limited edition chapbook.

The competition is open to anyone and the entries are judged anonymously: final judging will be by this year’s poet in residence, Carol Rowntree-Jones.

The deadline for entry is 20th December 2018. Details including rules and link for entry fee and submissions can be found here:
31st December 2018 1st £200

entry free
Brexit in Poetry

Holland Park Press invites any poem that deals with any aspects of the Brexit process. The competition will not be judged on whether you are for or against leaving the EU but about how you’ve put the poem together: use of language, rhythm, sound, imagery, etc.

The author of the winning poem will receive £200.

The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the online magazine.

Publisher Bernadette Jansen op de Haar and her brother, poet and author Arnold Jansen op de Haar, will judge this competition and read all the poems. 

The actual word Brexit does not have to appear, but the poem needs to be inspired by Brexit, for example by throwing a new light on being in or out of the EU, or by expressing something that hasn’t been voiced before, but make sure to stay away from clichés.

31st December 2018 1st £150

entry £4

Five Aspects 2018 Poetry Competition

Five Aspects are excited to announce their 2018 fundraising poetry competition. It's open to anyone 17 years and over - there's cash prizes to be won and it's all for a good cause. 

The theme of this year’s competition is The Spirit of Childhood. Childhood is a time of magic and mystery, powerful emotions and experiences that remain in our hearts a lifetime.  Some of these experiences are wonderful and nourish us into old age, other experiences are more painful and cast long shadows that we struggle to shake. 

Prizes:  1st prize: £150  2nd prize: £75   3rd prize: £50

Two prizes of £20 for poems of note will also be awarded, from the following two categories:  poems from poets aged 17-19 years; poems from poets in the Fylde area (postcodes starting FY).  

For more information 

13th January 2019 1st £200

entry £4

Shepton Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

Judge: David Morley

Three age categories: Up to 11, 12 -17, 18 and Over

Prize for each category £50, £70, £200

Entry fees: free to Under 18s, £4 per entry 18 and Over

Line Limit: 30 lines

Theme: Snowdrops and landscape as specified by judge

Entries via: Submit.con



22nd January 2019 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  22st January 2019

1st prize is £100.

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT


Please note;  Poems that have been submitted as part of a course with Poetry Kit, submitted to LUNCH Magazine or posted to PK List are not eligible for entry.

28th January 2019 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2019

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date January 28th 2019. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £50 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:  Word document emailed to + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

31st January 2019 1st £1000

entry £5

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition 2019

1st prize: £1,000  2nd prize: £300  3rd prize: £100  Plus 4 x £50

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over.
Poems should be in English, unpublished, not accepted for publication, and must be your original work.
Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines.
Each poem must be typed on a separate sheet of A4 paper. All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, nor any other form of identification. On a separate sheet of A4 paper you should give a: your name and address, b: a list of poems submitted, and c: where you heard about the competition.

For more information see

31st January 2019 1st £500

entry £4,50

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2019 Competition

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2019 Competition opens 1 November 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines, will be judged by John Greening.

1st prize: £500  2nd prize: £250  3rd prize: £100

Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes -

Judge for this local competition is Julie-Ann Rowell

Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 23 March 2019, and winning poems will be published on the website.


31st January 2019 1st £200

entry £5

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition 2019

An open competition regarding style, content and length. Prole want poetry that epitomises their editorial values: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished. 

1st prize: £200, publication in Prole 28 and online

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 28 and online


31st March 2019 1st  E1000 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    
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 £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.


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.