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10th January 2022 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE NINTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022

Our competition this year is open to poems from around the world written in English and which can be on any subject or theme.  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. Competition Judge is spoken word and visual artist James Bain.

1st prize is £100    2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email only to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 10th January 2022

Entry fees  1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp3.htm

15th November 2021 1st  Publication



entry £5

Enchanted Forest Publishing are holding a poetry writing competition which is all about LOVE.

Could be the power of love, lost love, anything really as long as its LOVE based and is poetry.

You have until 15th November 2021 to write a poem based on the subject of love.

Fee per poem submitted is £5, chosen poems published for the book will get the writer £10 plus a ebook copy of the book.

Minimum words 50, maximum 500. Please send in as Times New Roman, size 14, single spaced lines. Poems must be written in English. Competition open worldwide.

Chosen poems will be published in our book, tentatively titled LOVE COMES QUICKLY - LOVE TOLD THROUGH THE POWER OF POETRY with a release aiming for Spring 2022.

Submissions cost £5 (which can be sent via Paypal ONLY) and payment and the poem must be sent to this address:

Enchantedforestpublishingltd@gmail.com

26th November 2021

1st £500

 

entry £5

Wales Poetry Award 2021

A competition for poems in the English language, with an option of free entry for those from low-income backgrounds.

1st Prize: £500 + a place on a course at Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre
2nd Prize: £100
3rd Prize: £50
Winners will also receive a Seren Books bundle and will have their poem published in Poetry Wales
Plus ten prizes for Highly Commended entries

Judge: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch

Wales Poetry Award 2021 sponsored by Literature Wales. Judge: Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch - Poetry Wales

27th November 2021

1st £75

 

 

 

 

entry £4

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition 2021

The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is now open for entries. This year's theme is "My reasons to be cheerful" - because we all need something to be cheerful about at the moment! Poems should be no more than 45 lines, on one side of A4 paper.

Entries are being judged by a panel of Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash.

Prizes:

Adult
Collection HQ prize £500
East Riding Gold prize £200
East Riding Silver prize £150
2x Highly Commended £25 each

Primary school age children (4-10 years old)
1st prize - £75
2nd prize - £50
2 x Highly Commended - £25 each

Secondary school age children (11-16 years old)
1st prize - £75
2nd prize - £50
2 x Highly Commended - £25 each

There is also a £100 voucher prize for prison inmates.

Winners will be invited to read their poems at a special event and there will be a prize giving ceremony at North Bridlington Library, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire on Saturday 29 January 2022.

Poetry Competition 2021 (bridspa.com)

30th November 2021

1st £1000


entry  £4

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2021

Judged by Philip Gross, the Café Writers Open Poetry Competition is now open to all poets.

Poems can be up to 40 lines and must be written in English.

First Prize: £1,000   Second Prize: £300   Third Prize: £200  Norfolk Prize: £100

Judge: Philip Gross

Concessionary entries for low-income writers are available.

Poetry Competition | Cafe Writers

30th November 2021 1st £75



entry free

Invitation to Love – the6ress Poetry Competition

Open to poems (40 lines max) on the theme of 'Invitation to Love', inspired by the show-within-a-show of that title from 'Twin Peaks'. The 6ress are looking for poetry that is - like all things David Lynch - wild at heart and weird on top, to form the basis of their next themed zine.

Prizes
1st prize: £75
Runner-up prizes: £25
All prize-winners will be invited to read at the launch (Feb 2022)
Shortlisted poems will be published in the zine

Judges Emma Dakeyne and Katharine Perry

See  INVITATION TO LOVE (the6ress.com)

30th November 2021

1st €2,000

 

entry €7

Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition 2021

A competition for original, unpublished and unbroadcast poems written in English and consisting of no more than 40 lines. Open to everyone.

Entries can be on any subject, but please note that translated work is not eligible. Simultaneous submissions are accepted but please notify us immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere.

1st prize: €2,000 + featured reading at Cork International Poetry Festival 2022
2nd prize: €500
3rd prize: €250
Plus ten runner-up prizes of €50
All winning entries will be published in Southword literary journal

Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition (munsterlit.ie)

31st December 2021

1st  Book token

 

 

 

entry Free

Corsham StoryTown Festival 2021 Poetry Competition

Open to poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of 'Telling Stories', however one wishes to interpret that. There are four age categories - under-11s, 11-17, 18+, and over-70s - and a Local Poet's Prize for a writer (of any age) from the Corsham postcode area.

Prizes:
Winner in each age category: £20 book token + invitation to read on West Wilts Radio
Runner-up in each age category: £10 book token
Local Poet’s Prize: £20 book token

All shortlisted poets from each category will be invited to attend a prize-giving event in Corsham.

Judge: Dawn Gorman

31st December 2021 1st £400


entry £4

Wolves Lit Fest Poetry Competition 2022

The festival runs 4–6 February and the theme of both the festival and the competition is ‘sounds of the city’. Open to all comers, though there's also a special category for poets living in a WV postcode. Competition opens 1 Nov 2021.

Prizes  1st: £400   2nd: £150  Three 3rd prizes: £50
WV prize: £75
Two WV runners-up: £25

Judge Casey Bailey

See Competition - Wolves Lit Fest (wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk)

31st December2021 1st  £400

entry £4

Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its fifth poetry competition to poets from across the globe. The 2022 festival takes place over the weekend of 4-6 February, and the theme for both the festival and the competition is ‘sounds of the city’. Take us to your market, offer us high street haiku, sing the praises of your local bus. Send us stories of sirens, sonnets to seagulls on rooftops, sagas about drunks singing their way home. Surprise us with what the sounds of the city mean to you, and send your entries in before December 31st!  

1st prize for this competition is £400. 2nd prize, £150. There are three 3rd prizes of £50. We also have a new category, for poems sent in by people living in a WV postcode. These will additionally be eligible for a prize of £75, with two £25 runners-up prizes. Entry fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Casey Bailey (photo attached).

Please visit http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/competition.html for more details.

31st December 2021 1st Prize: €6,000



Entry fee: €15

The Moth Poetry Prize 2021
The prize is for an unpublished poem, and entrants (over 16) are welcome from anywhere in the world. The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2022 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry Ireland.  1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250.
This year’s judge is Warsan Shire. Closing 31 December 2021.
See www.themothmagazine.com for details.

10th January 2022 1st £100




entry £3.50

THE NINTH POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2022

Our competition this year is open to poems from around the world written in English and which can be on any subject or theme.  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. Competition Judge is spoken word and visual artist James Bain.

1st prize is £100    2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email only to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 10th January 2022

Entry fees  1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10

For more details and to enter see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp3.htm

18th January 2021 1st  £150



entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2022, the Edward Cawston Thomas prize.

Poems are invited on any subject but of no more than forty lines. Closing date January15th 2022. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jamie McKendrick.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £75 prizes and up to six highly commended of £25

 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 Thompson, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

Emails: Word document, single attachment per poem

 Surname A- M:, to Barbara Kinnes, bjkinnes@gmail.com

Surname N-Z to margthompson01@gmail.com

Fee to the Fellowship’s account, 40-08-21  11250205, initial and surname as Reference, competition as Description, or  with Paypal via  www.edward-thomas-fellowship.org where you can also see details of winning poems of past years.

28th January 2022 1st share of prize fund


entry £18

2021 Manchester Writing Competition is now open to entries. £10,000 prizes for the best portfolio of three to five poems and best short story of up to 2,500 words. Submissions must be new work, not previously published. Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over. Deadline: 28 January 2022. Entry fee: £18 – reduced price entry available. Organised by the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. Judged by Romalyn Ante, Malika Booker and Zaffar Kunial (Poetry) and Hilaire, Simon Okotie and Nicholas Royle (Fiction). For full details, to enter, and to read last year’s winners visit the Competition website: https://www.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/.

31st January 2022 1st £1000





entry£5

Kent & Sussex Open Poetry Competition 2022

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition is now open to all poets aged 16 and over, anywhere in the world.

Poems must be original, unpublished, written in English, and no longer than 40 lines.

Prizes:
1st Prize: £1000  2nd Prize: £300  3rd Prize: £100  4th Prize: 4 x £50

This year’s judge is Richard Skinner, writer and editor of poetry, fiction, life writing, essays and non-fiction. His most recent book of poems is Invisible Sun (Smokestack Books, 2021).

Winning poems will be published on the Kent and Sussex Poetry website, and included in our annual Folio publication.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition, 2022 | kentandsussexpoetry

31st January 2022 1st  Pamphlet Publication


entry £5

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Prize

Two competitions in one: one for collections, one for individual poems.

Prizes
1st prize*: pamphlet publication contract with Dempsey & Windle + 70 copies
2nd prize: £200   3rd prize: £100   4th prize: £50

*Open to collections of ten poems by UK entrants. Other prizes are for single poems by UK or international entrants.

Judge Konstandinos Mahoney

See COMPETITION - D & W PUBLISHING - POETRY BOOKS PAMPHLETS (dempseyandwindle.com)

31st January 2022 1st £600


entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2022

Open to all poets, both UK and international. Entries with Devon postcodes will also be automatically entered for the Graham Burchell Award For Devon Poets.

Open competition prizes
1st: £600  2nd: £300   3rd: £200
Judge: Katrina Naomi

Graham Burchell prizes
1st: £200  2nd: £100   3rd: £50
Judge: Rosie Jackson

See Competition 2022 - POETRY TEIGNMOUTH

1st March 2022 1st £1000


entry £7

RSPB and Rialto Nature and Place Competition 2022

A collaboration between the RSPB, The Rialto magazine, BirdLife International, Cambridge Conservation Initiative and University of Leeds Poetry Centre. Open to poems on any aspect of place or nature.

Prizes  1st: £1000  2nd: £500   3rd: £250
Winning poems will be published in The Rialto

Judge Gillian Clarke

See NATURE AND PLACE POETRY COMPETITION 2022 | The Rialto - the poetry magazine to read

30th April 2022 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2022

Annual competition for poems of up to 50 lines. Alongside the main awards, there is also a special prize for the best sonnet.

Prizes  1st: £600   2nd: £300   3rd: £150   Sonnet Prize: £150
Winners and commended poets will also receive a Ware Poets 2022 anthology
Judge Jonathan Edwards

See  ww.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware22.pdf