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22nd January 2019 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT WINTER 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  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

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

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.

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

Website: www.sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

E-mail: yourpoems@sheptonsnowdropfestival.org.uk

20th January 2019 !st £100



entry £4

Poems for Home

A competition for original poetry on the theme of Home

Guest Judges: Michael Harrison and John Hegley

Entry fee: £4 per poem.
Deadline Sunday 20 January 2019

1s £100   2nd £75    3rd  £50
100% of your entry fee will go directly to Shelter.

There is no place like home. From Robert Browning’s ‘Home Thoughts, from Abroad’ to Eartha Kitt, the theme of home has inspired countless musicians, poets and writers through the ages. What or where is home for you? Does it have a cat, a dog, running water? Is it an ‘old fashioned house and with an old fashioned fence and an old fashioned millionaire’? What about those searching for place to feel at home? You can interpret this theme as widely as you would like, as long as it is good enough to write home about…
100% of your entry fee will go directly to Shelter. Across Scotland and England 6 million households are denied the right to a safe home, or threatened with losing it. 4,750 people sleep on the streets every night. Shelter provide crucial support, advice and legal services to ameliorate this appalling situation.

See  https://poetryofhome.wordpress.com/

22nd January 2019 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT WINTER 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  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

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

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  margthompson01@gmail.com + 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 https://kentandsussexpoetry.com/the-kent-sussex-poetry-society-open-competition/

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.

See http://www.poetryteignmouth.com/competition-2019.html

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

See http://prolebooks.co.uk/poetry%20competition.html 

31st January 2019 1st  Publication plus cash prize.

entry £5

St Petrocs Poetry Competition

St Petrocs is running a poetry competition as part of its campaign to end street homelessness in Cornwall.

Winning entries will be published in a poetry collection in Spring 2019 and there are also cash prizes.

The theme of the competition is Homeless and any interpretations of the theme are invited.

£5 for one poem | £4 each for two poems | £3 each for three poems | Free for under-19s and St Petrocs clients
For more information see https://itstimetoact.co.uk/poetry-competition/
31st January 2019 1st Publication


entry £15

GEOFF STEVENS MEMORIAL POETRY PRIZE 2018

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies.

Submission: Selection of 15 poems to 36 lines inc breaks

Entry Fee: £15 per block of poems.

Closing Date: 31st January 2019.

All postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’

Email submissions via PayPal

See full submission rules at https://www.indigodreams.co.uk/geoff-stevens/4594095381

Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2018, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

28th February 2019 1st £150

entry £5

Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition

Calling for entries on any subject, of up to 60 lines

Adjudicator: Mandy Pannett

1st prize: £150

2nd prize: £100

3rd prize: £50 

There is an additional prize of £25 plus the award of the Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup for the Best West Sussex entry.

See http://www.slipstream-poets.co.uk/competition/

4th March 2019 1st £1000


entry £10

The Brotherton Poetry Prize 2019

Deadline: Mon 4 Mar 2019

A new poetry prize from the University of Leeds Poetry Centre, aimed at nurturing previously unpublished poets, is launched today (28 November). It is open to anyone in the world over the age of 18 who hasn't yet published a full collection of poems. Entries to the competition should include no more than 200 lines of poetry in up to five individual poems.

Prizes: The winner will receive £1,000 and the opportunity to develop their creative practice with the University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Four runners-up will each receive £200.

The poems of the five shortlisted poets will be published as an anthology by respected publisher Carcanet Press, and all five will be invited to take part in a series of readings and events at the University of Leeds and other Yorkshire venues.
Entry fee: £10
Judging panel: Leeds’ Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage; writer, broadcaster and former University Chancellor Melvyn Bragg; poets and University cultural fellows Dr Vahni Capildeo  and Malika Booker; Poetry Centre Director Professor John Whale and University Librarian Stella Butler.

See https://library.leeds.ac.uk/brotherton-prize 
13th March 2019 1st £600

entry £"4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition

Enter the 7th Poets & Players poetry competition. 

Entry  £4 per poem | £10 for 3 poems

1st: £600

2nd: £200

3rd: £100

Judge: Kei Miller. 

see https://poetsandplayers.co/2019/01/01/competition-2019/

22nd March 2019 1st £200

entry £4

Wirral Festival of Firsts / Wirral Poetry Festival
This year’s open poetry competition will be adjudicated by Anna Saunders, Director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Four prizes will be awarded: 1st prize £200;  Two Runners Up £50 each;  Special Wirral prize £50 for a poet living or working in Wirral.
Entry: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems

Enter online and full details at www.wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk or by post. The closing date for the receipt of poetry competition entries is 23.59 hours on Friday 22nd March 2019. Winners will be notified by 19th April 2019, and invited to attend a prize-giving event during our First ever Wirral Poetry Festival Weekend  11th- 12th May 2019
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.

See: http://old.poetryonthelake.org/  

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 http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-19 ,

and via  www.sdpf.org.uk

31st March 2019

1st  prize  £100




Entry fee £4

THE FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND VERNAL EQUINOX COMPETITION 2019

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

https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/tag/competitions/

or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com
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 www.fishpublsihing.com    
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.
hungryhillwriting.com/competitions
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. www.greyhenpress.com

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.

See  http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware19.pdf

30th April 2019 1st £100

entry £4

CULPEPPER’S REMEDY POETRY COMPETITION 2019

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

https://culpeppersremedy.wordpress.com/competition-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: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.swconline.co.uk
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.

See https://verpoets.co.uk/poetry-competitions/

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.

See http://www.myfanwycook.com/go-gothic-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.