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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.







1st December 2019 1st £50

entry   free

Anglica's Poetry Competition

The poem should be metrical, and should be no longer than 100 lines, though extracts from longer work are permitted. There are no formal or thematic restraints, and so long as it is written in a discernible metre (or several!), entrants are encouraged to follow their fancy, whether that leads to the outlandish, the passionate, or even the dull.

The best poems will feature in Anglica's journal, and in addition the winner shall receive a £50 prize, and one runner up shall receive a prize of £20.

For more details see

1st December 2019 1st £1000

entry £4

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2019

The Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition 2019 Prizes:

1st: £1000  2nd: £300   3rd: £200

Five Commended Prizes of £50

Norfolk Prize £100 (best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize)

Sole Judge: Zaffar Kunial. Published by Faber & Faber, Zaffar Kunial’s debut book Us (2018) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the Costa Poetry Award, the Roehampton Poetry Prize and the Rathbones Folio Prize, and was a Poetry Book Society Wild Card Choice. Previously a Faber New Poet, Zaffar has also been a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition and has won the Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and a Northern Writers’ Award.

For more information see

2nd December 2019 1st $2000


The Fiddlehead’s 29th annual poetry contest. Our judges this year are Ali Blythe, Kayla Geitzler, and Souvankham Thammavongsa. The entry fee is $30 CAD for Canadian addresses and $36 USD for non-Canadian addresses. Entry fee includes a 1-year subscription. Additional entries are only $10 each. One entry consists of 1-3 poems (max. 100 li nes each poem). One prize of $2,000 CAD (+ publication at $60 CAD per page) will be awarded and the winner will be published in the Spring 2020 issue, as well as online at our website. For more information visit our website:

6th December 2019 1st €2,000

entry €6

Strokestown International Poetry Prize 2020

The competition is now open. Entries will be judged by Enda Wyley and John F. Deane.

  • 1st Prize €2,000
  • 2nd Prize €700
  • 3rd Prize €500

Plus reading fees of €300 for 7 shortlisted poets

The 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Strokestown Anthology 2020.

For more information

28th December 2019 1st  $250


 The Dream Quest One Poetry Contest is international, open to anyone who enjoys expressing one's innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art poetry. Welcome to all having the ability to dream... Write a poem, 30 lines or fewer on any subject, theme or form. All entries must be neatly hand printed or legibly typed. Multiple entries are accepted. All works must be original. Prizes: $250, $125, $50. Entry fee is $5(USD) per poem.  Postmark deadline: December 28, 2019. Send your name, address, phone#, email address with brief biographical info (Tell us a little about yourself), on the coversheet. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Make fee(s) payable to: DREAMQUESTONE.COM. Mail entri(es)/fee(s) to: Dream Quest One Poetry Contest, P.O. Box 3141, Chicago, IL 60654, USA. Visit for details on how to enter!

31st December 2019 1st 200

entry £4

Snowdrop Festival Competition

Celebrate snowdrops and the world of The Snowdrop King!

2020 Judge: Jane Draycott,

Theme: Snowdrops, the James Allen story and Monochrome & Green as specified by judge

Three age categories: 11 & Under, 12 to 17, 18 & Over

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

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

Line Limit: 30 lines

Closes 31st December 2019, 11pm

Entries via:



31st December 2020 1st £400

entry £4

Wolverhampton Literature Festival will be running their 2020 poetry competion in conjunction with Write Out Loud. The competition opens on October 12th, and welcomes entries on the theme of 'vision' right up until the closing date of December 31st.

This year's judge is renowned Midlands poet Roz Goddard, who says she's partial to poems "that are unexpected, inventive, filmic with a sumptuous spread, playful poems, intense poems that make me catch my breath, poems where I get a sense of the poet firmly in their own authentic territory, opening their shoulders, going for it."

Make Roz catch her breath! First prize is £400, second prize £150, and there are three 3rd prizes of £25 each. Winning and shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poems at an award ceremony at the Literature Festival in Wolverhampton on Sunday February 2nd, 2020.

You can read all the rules, and enter poems into the competition, here:

31st December 2019 1st £100

entry £5 (two poems)

Against the Grain Poetry Press Poem Competition

Open to anyone aged 18 or over from any country. Poems must be unpublished, in English and no longer than 40 lines (excluding title and line breaks).

Judge: Sarah James/Leavesley - prize-winning poet, fiction writer, journalist and photographer and editor at V. Press.

First Prize - £100
Second Prize - £75
Third Prize - £50

For further details see

31st December 2019 1st Publication

entry £25

Nicely Folded Paper – Trois Pamphlet Competition

Hedgehog Press' final collection competition of the year sees them searching for three poets who will have their work beautifully produced in 2020.

Each winner will receive 100 copies of their pamphlet.

This is an open competition and all poets are encouraged to enter, whatever their age or experience.

Judged by Mark Davidson, Editor The Hedgehog Press.

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

3rd January 2020 1st  undisclosed

entry £4

Protecting Life on Earth: Barn Owl Trust Poetry Competition

This is the sixth Open Poetry Competition, the subject of which is 'Protecting Life on Earth', run by the Barn Owl Trust, a small national charity.  

Open to all, funds raised will go towards providing care for casualty birds received at their Sanctuary.  

The winner of the 2017 competition Philip Burton will judge this year's competition.

15th January 2020 1st £100

entry  £3


For poems of any length on any theme. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, LUCY TURNBULL  First prize is £100 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2020 anthology.

Entry fees 1 poem £3     3 poems £6     5 poems £8

All entries must be received by midnight on 15th January 2020.

For further details and to enter online see   

18th January 2020 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2020

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. Closing date January18th 2020. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £50 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem with a maximum of three.

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: Email: Word document to Barbara Kinnes, + fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21, 11250205 with your initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

21st January 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition

Closing Date 21st January 2020

We are pleased to announce the 8th poetry competition run by Poets & Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.

Our judge for 2020 is Sinéad Morrissey

1st Prize: £600

2nd Prize: £200

3rd Prize: £100

Entry £4 or 3 for £10

Winners will be informed by Tuesday 17 March 2020 and will be invited to read alongside Sinéad Morrissey at the prize giving ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday 4 April 2020 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

31st January 2020 1st  £1000

Entry £5

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open and the judge this year is Greta Stoddart, author of the award-winning poetry books At Home in the Dark and Salvation Jane

Entries are invited for poems of up to 40 lines for the chance to win:

1st prize £1000  2nd prize £500 n  3rd prize £250 

For further details see

31st January 2020 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition for 2020 is now open for entries.

1 winner receives £200 and publication in Prole, issue 30. 2 x runners up receive £50 each and publication in Prole 30.

All entries will be anonymised and sent to judge, Jonathan Edwards. 

Winner and runners up will be announced in issue 30 of Prole and on our website.

The competition is, as ever, open regarding length, style and content. They are looking for poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, challenging and entertaining. Quality is all.

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

For further details

31st January 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2020

The Judge is poet Carrie Etter, author of Imagined Sons, Divining for Starters, and The Tethers. She will read all the submissions.

First prize: £1,000

Second prize: £300

Third prize: £100

Plus 4 x £50

The prize-winning poems will be published in the Society’s Poetry Folio in September 2020, and on the Society's website.

For further information see

31st January 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

The 2019 Plough International Poetry Prize is now open and the judge this year is Greta Stoddart, author of the award-winning poetry books At Home in the Dark and Salvation Jane

Entries are invited for poems of up to 40 lines for the chance to win:

15th February 2020 1st publication

entry  £10

Cheltenham Poetry Festival First Pamphlet Competition

An international competition for poets not yet published in book form. Each entrant can submit up to 10 poems which the judges consider as forming the heart of the poet's first pamphlet. 

The 2020 competition offers two prizes of publication of a 32-page pamphlet for poets who have not previously had a poetry collection published. Each winner will receive 50 free copies of their pamphlet, marketing support, plus a headline poet reading at the Cheltenham Festival. The two winning pamphlets will be published by Frosted Fire, the publishing arm of the festival.

Every entry will be read anonymously. Judges are  Angela France, David Clarke, and 2019 Frosted Fire Firsts competition winner Janet Lees.


28th February 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Acumen International Poetry Competition


FIRST PRIZE: £1,000, plus five years subscription to Acumen
SECOND PRIZE: £400, plus three years subscription to Acumen
THIRD PRIZE: £200, plus two years subscription to Acumen
SPECIAL PRIZE for best current subscriber’s entry: £100

Additionally six highly-commended poets will receive £25 plus a subscription to Acumen and ten commended poets will receive a year’s subscription to Acumen.

£5.00 per poem or 5 poems for £20.
Current subscribers can enter one extra poem free (including those subscribing with the entry).

Closing Date: Saturday 28th February 2020


29th February 2020 1st pamphlet
1st  single poem £75

entry £5 - £20

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Competition 2020

Adjudicator: Paul McGrane will select winners from the shortlist provided by Janice and Dónall Dempsey.


The Pamphlet Prize – for entries of 10 poems
The winner of this prize will be offered publication of a 36 page pamphlet of their poems including 20 copies, and £100 cash.

The single poem category – Entries of 1 to 9 poems
First prize: £75
Second prize: £50
Third prize: £25

All shortlisted poets will receive a copy of the competition anthology.

Entries by email only, fees paid via Paypal from the competition site. 


29th February 2020 1st Camera

entry  free

World Children's Haiku Contest 2019-2020

With the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics, 2019-2020 is an important period for Japan and sport. So, you may be inspired to do more physical activity: do you like team or individual sports? Dancing in your bedroom? Or simply walking outdoors in nature? This year the Japan Society are looking for haiku that express the feeling as you score a goal or lose a game, jump up high or tumble on the ground, run through grass or conquer a mountain! Any theme that is connected to 'Sports' is eligible for this competition.

First Prize for 3 students: Canon digital camera. Other prizes will also be awarded.

The first Haiku Contest was organised by the JAL Foundation in 1990 and one has been held every two years since then. Japan Airlines, with support and assistance from the Japan Society, is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 Contest.


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

27th April 2020 1st £200

entry free

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition  from Holland Park Press

Write a poem about the relevance of royal families in today's society. You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?).

You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as the judges are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem. 

The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the Holland Park Press online magazine.

30th April 2020 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2020

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150)

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 10 July 2020.

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Sole judge: Glyn Maxwell


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.

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. Tickets 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.

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.