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Despite my success at getting my poetry published (see Verse page), I’ve never won a poetry competition, but I did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then of course I won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest with Stiff Competition, a novel that had previously been rejected by a top publisher for being too funny (see Comps Novel ).  I therefore speak from experience when I say that winning small competitions doesn’t lead to overnight fame.  But having a few such successes to boast about does you no harm when approaching publishers, so if your dream is to get a book of poetry published, this could be the place to begin.  Or maybe you just want to win some prize money.  Note that the judges of poetry competitions seldom have the same tastes as editors and publishers, so in order to get your eye in you need to study poetry competition winners rather than just published poems.

     Below is a list of the most interesting UK poetry competitions I’ve seen recently (entry is not necessarily limited to UK residents).  I’ve done my best to vet them and eliminate the dodgy ones, but I can offer no guarantees.

     Bear in mind that poetry comps with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win. 

 
  

UK Poetry Competitions (currently 34)

 


Updated
 29.6.17

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  This monthly contest from the glossy magazine Writers’ Forum is for poems of up to 40 lines on any thme.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one month automatically go forward to the next.
    Prize: £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, or £6 if you want a short critique (enclose sae for the critique if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
29.6.17

 

Cinnamon Press Debut Collection Prize.  This annual contest from Welsh publisher Cinnamon Press is for poetry collections comprising 10 poems of up to 40 lines.
    Closing : Annually - 30 November.
    Prizes: A publishing contract and 100 copies of the collection.
    Entry Fee: £12 for one collection, £22 for two.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
11.10.17

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize.  Entries for this open contest from Wales are invited from beginners and established poets. Submit 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: Annually - 31 March.
    Prizes (4): A publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 29.6.17

 

Hour of Writes Competition.  To enter this new weekly peer-reviewed contest from Manchester you submit a piece of writing of any type you choose running to no more than 2,000 words. There is a different theme every week.
    Closing: 11pm every Friday.
    Prize: £50 (usually the minimum, they say; prize increases if more entries are received).
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Dear Michael
   I discovered your excellent site a few months back and entered some of the poetry competitions. I have in all my long years never received a payment for anything I have written, but I today received an email from Cooldog Publications to say I have won second prize in their E-mag Poetry Competition! £50! What a great way to start the new year.
   I just had to write and say thanks to you for the trouble you have taken with your site and how much I appreciate the sense of humour that underpins it.
  This has given me a terrific boost.
                                                                                -  Carol Browne

 


Added
9.11.17

 

Robert Kroetsch Award 2018.  This contest from Canadian poetry magazine Matrix is now open worldwide to emerging poets who have not had more than two books published.  To enter, you submit a minimum of 48 pages of innovative poems.  The poems can have been published before, but only in magazines and anthologies.
    Closing: 15.12.17.
    Prize: A publishing contract with Insomniac Press with an advance against royalties.
    Entry Fee: $25.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
 1.9.17

 

New Media Writing Prize 2017.  This international contest from Bournemouth University is, as the name suggests, for new media.  The contest has been running annually for five years now.  In 2011 they explained new media thus: ‘It is the amalgamation of traditional media such as films, images, music and the written word, but with interactive features.’  As well as poetry, they want short stories, novels, documentaries.  All entries should be written specifically for delivery/viewing on a PC or Mac, the web, or a hand-held device such as an iPad, mobile phone or one of the latest electric nose-hair clippers with Internet connectivity.  To get an idea of what the judges are looking for, you can access previous winners on the website.  There are four categories: New Media Writing Prize, Unicorn Student Prize, Dot Award and Corkana Journalism Award.
    Closing: Main deadline now passed but students have a later deadline of noon on 15.12.17 as they seldom get up before lunch and are bound to have missed the first one.
    Prizes: The if:book New Media Writing Prize - £1,000.  Unicorn Student Prize - A three-month paid work placement at a leading e-learning company (Unicorn Trading) or £500 cash.  Dot Award - £500.  Corkana Journalism Award (2) - £500.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Magic Oxygen Literary Prize.  Here is a poetry and short story contest with a difference.  For every entry received, Magic Oxygen Publishing of Dorset will plant a tree in Kenya to create a ‘tropical word forest’.  And when the contest closes each entrant will receive the GPS co-ordinates of their tree.  It is not clear if you will have visiting rights or if you will be able to send your tree a card on its birthday, but you will certainly be able to feel good about helping to restore some of our planet’s lost greenery.  The contest is also funding the building of another new classroom at Kundeni Primary School next to the tropical world forest.  Poems should be limited to 50 lines while short stories can, if required, extend to 4,000 words.
    Closing: 31.12.17.
    Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £300, £100, and 2 x £50.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I spent a year or so reading all those comments on your website from people who, since consulting your list, seem have won just about every competition going. I read it and thought it must be too good to be true – but worth a try. Then, on my third submission, I have actually gone and won the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry. I am absolutely over the moon, unable to believe it, etc.  Thank you so much.
                                                                                   -  Andy Miller

 


Added
1.11.17

 

Moth Poetry Prize. This annual contest from Irish magazine The Moth is for poems of any length and on any subject.  I should perhaps mention that the magazine is not devoted to the subject of moths, fascinating though these may be.  It is an arts and literature magazine.  Presumably the name is a reference to the way artists and writers are attracted to the light of recognition, only to beat their wings in vain against an invisible barrier until finally, broken and defeated, they slide down to the windowsill of despair.  You’d think the magazine people could have come up with something a bit more cheerful than that, wouldn’t you?
    Closing: 31.12.17.
    Prizes: 1st - 10,000 euros.  Runners-up (3) - 1,000 euros.
    Entry Fee: 12 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
20.8.17

 

Littoral Press Poetry Competition.  This contest is for full collections of nature/spiritual.environmental poetry.
    Closing: 31.12.17.
    Prizes (2): Publication of your collection by Littoral Press and 50 free copies.
    Entry Fee: £20 per collection.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
27.8.17

 

Taste Short Story Competition.  This freebie from Ouen Press (the pronunciation is given on their home page but you will probably be no wiser) is for gripping stories on the theme of ... I’m tempted to say ‘glue’ but in fact it’s Taste.  Stories should be between 3,000 and 10,000 words
    Closing: 31.12.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £300.  Runners-up (2)  - £100.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Tongues & Grooves Prose Poem Competition.  This inaugural contest from Tongues & Grooves in the Community, a not-for-profit group in Portsmouth using poetry to promote motivation, well-being and inclusion, is for prose poems running to no more than 50 lines on any subject.  If you are unsure about the precise nature of a prose poem, there are examples on the website.
    Closing: 1.1.17.
    Prizes: £600, £200, £100 plus 7 @ £25.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Shepton Mallet Poetry and Photography Competition.  This contest from the Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival is for poems of up to 30 lines on any aspect of snowdrops or the James Allen snowdrop story  (see website for info).  ‘Let your imagination run riot,’ they say.  At this time of year I think I’m going to have to beat mine with a stick just to wake it up, but I’m sure yours will already be on its feet and raring to go.  There are three age categories: 18 and over, 12 to 17, and up to 11.
     For those who prefer to paint a thousand words with just the click of a shutter button, there is also a photography contest.  This has a choice of themes: Snowdrops, or Renewal.  Prizes and entry fees are the same.
    Closing: 14.1.18.
    Prizes: 18 and over - £120.  12 to 17 - £70.  Up to 11 - £50.
    Entry Fee: Adults - £3.  Youngsters - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Fresher Writing Prize.  This open-to-all contest from publishing house Fresher at Bournemouth University has five categories: poetry, short story, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, and novel opening.  Poems are limited to 42 lines, while short stories and creative non-fiction each have an allowance of 3,000 words.  Flash fiction must not flash past 500 words.  For novels you submit the first 500 words plus a short synopsis - and take note that your completed novel must be available from March 2018 in case the judges wish to see it.  The theme for all categories except the novel is Monsters (it’s the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, see?).  You will be required to provide a short author biog with your entry.
    Closing: 14.1.18.
    Prizes: Well, there’s no money, I’m afraid.  This is all about furthering your literary career by various means, such as meeting top people in the publishing world and getting personal feedback and advice (in the case of poetry and flash fiction you get a podcast of your work).  That will be small consolation when you are evicted from your flat for non-payment of the rent and end up living in some dank and litter-strewn underpass.  But hey, that’s the writing game - get used to it.  All shortlisted entries will be published in the Fresher Writing Volume 4 Monsters anthology.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page :
Click Here.

 

 

 

Dear Michael

Just to let you know I’ve been entering writing competitions for several years and this year came second in the 19 th Feile Filiochta International Poetry Competition. Hurrah! I probably wouldn’t have heard about it but for your site (and I still don’t know how to say it). I don’t even consider it one of my better poems – but it was free to enter. It just goes to show that literary competition judges have to be very subjective in the end, so it’s worth carrying on even when you don’t feel that confident. Anyway, I’m off to spend my winnings of 500 euros (that’s very nearly £375 in real money). Keep up the good work!
     Here’s a link to the
poem that won the prize.

      All the best - Clare Kirwan

 


Added
26.10.17

 

‘The Road to Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition.  This contest from new publishing venture Hedgehog Poetry Press in Somerset is for poems on any subject and in any style.  They say this is the most open-minded of open poetry competitions.
    Closing: 15.1.18.
    Prizes: 1st - A unique leather-bound writers’ journal and your entry featured as the lead poem in the anthology.  In addition you will be interviewed for the magazine A Restricted View from Under the Hedge and will have the option to showcase some of your other work in the mag.  You will also receive a year’s subscription.  Runnes-up - publication in the anthology with a free copy.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £8 for three, £10 for five.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
5.11.17

 

Magma Poetry Competition.  Here’s one from the poetry magazine Magma.  It has two categories: Judge’s Prize (for poems of 11 to 50 lines), and Editors’ Prize (poems of up to 10 lines).  The judge is poet Daljit Nagra.  It is not stated who the editors are.  The editorship rotates, they say.
    Closing: 15.1.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £1,000, £300, £150.  Winners will have their poems published in the magazine and will, along with commended poets, be invited to read at the prize-giving event.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £4 for the second, £3.50 thereafter.  It’s cheaper for subscribers.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Keats-Shelley Prize 2018.  This annual contest from the Keats-Shelley Association is for poems of up to 30 lines on the theme of ‘Liberty’, and essays running to no more than 3,000 words on any aspect of the work and lives of Keats, Shelley and their circle.   The reason for the Liberty theme is that 2018 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of PB Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound.  Good grief, is it that long?  Seems like only yesterday.  Liz Lochhead, winner of the Queen’s Medal for Poetry, will be Prize Chair.  Judging the poetry will be Jo Shapcott and Matthew Sweeney, while Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston will be let loose on the essays.
    Closing: 15.1.18.
    Prizes: Winners will share £3,000 in prize money.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in London.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  You may send up to two essays and two poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

The Young Romantics Prize.  This freebie from the Keats-Shelley Association is for writers between the ages of 16 and 18.  It is for essays of up to 2,000 words and poems of up to 20 lines.  The essays can be on any aspect of the work and lives of Keats, Shelley and their circle.  The theme for the poetry is ‘Liberty’.
    Closing: 15.1.18.
    Prizes: Unspecified cash prizes plus publication online and in print.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the Awards Ceremony in London.
    Entry Fee : None - free to enter.  You may send up to two essays and two poems.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.11.17

 

Live Canon Children’s Poetry Competition   This contest from Live Canon is for young people aged 8 to 18.  There are four age categories: school years 1 - 3, 4 - 6, 7 - 9, 10 - 13.
    Closing : 21.1.18.
    Prizes: A £50 book token for the winner in each age category.
    Entry Fee: None - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I discovered your website last year and entered lots of comps - no prizes in 2008. This year I decided just to enter The Trowell and District Writers Trust competitions - again directed from your site and also in the hope of bettering my marks compared to my entries last year.
     I am delighted to say I went along to the Presentation yesterday and received 1st prize in the Open Poetry competition - a lovely certificate, a shield and some prize money.
     I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon which had a "Stand and Deliver" poetry competition as well as a raffle, refreshments, sales of Members poetry, and time to chat and get to know people.
     The comps are great - all entries receive a mark and a short critique - I found all these helpful and encouraging. I feel I have new friends and a lovely day to look back on.
                                                                                -  Kate Brumby

 


Added
3.11.17

 

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition.  This annual contest from Kent & Sussex Poetry Society is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 31.1.18.
    Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 4 x £50.  Winners will be published in the society’s Poetry Folio.
    Entry Fee: £5 each.  Three or more £4 each.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.8.17

 

The Plough Poetry Prize.  Arr, it be that time again.  The Plough Prize is back for its umpteenth annual appearance.  It comes from the Plough Arts Centre in Torrington, Devon.  It is for poems of up to 10 lines (Short Poem) or up to 40 lines (Open Poem) in any style and on any subject.  The judge this year is Michael Symmons Roberts.
    Closing: 31.1.18.
    Prizes: I’m tempted to say ploughs, but I think I’ve done that one before.  The prizes are actually quite useful amounts of money: £1,000, £500, £250.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
 2.8.17

 

Prole Laureate Competition.  This annual contest from Prole, a print magazine that publishes high quality, accessible poetry and prose, is for poems on any subject and in any style.  There are no restrictions on length, although you might like to consider how far it is reasonable to expect the judge to wade through that 5,000-line epic of yours before letting out an anguished cry and writing something obscene on it.  As an occasional poetry judge, the most I have ever managed before turning nasty is 100 lines.
    Closing: 31.1.18.
    Prizes: £200, £50, £50.  Winners will be published on the website and in Prole 25.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Open Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Devon is for poems of up to 35 lines on any subject.  Poet Pascale Petit will be judging.
    Closing: 31.1.18.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.
    Entry Fee: £4.50.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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Added
17.9.17

 

The Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition.  Here’s another Corker from Ireland.  Sorry couldn’t resist that.  I’ll start again.  This one from Cork in Ireland is for poems of up to 50 lines (including line breaks) which feature the five words given on the website for that week.  A shortlist of 12 will be selected after the final closing date next January, and the winner will be chosen from that.  Ó Bhéal, incidentally, is a weekly poetry event in Cork (and as you probably know, the word itself is Irish for ‘word of mouth’).
    Closing: Every Tuesday at noon until the last week of January 2018.
    Prize: 500 euros and an invitation to read at the Ó Bhéal’s event in Ireland, with travel expenses of 100 euro and B&B accommodation.
    Entry Fee: 5 euro.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.11.17

 

The Rialto Nature & Place Poetry Competition.  This contest from the poetry magazine The Rialto, working with the RSPB, is for poems of up to 40 lines which deal with any aspect of nature and place.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £1,000.  2nd - £500.  3rd - A place on a creative writing course at Ty Newyyd Writing Centre.  There are two additional prizes of personal tours conducted by two of the judges, each taking in their favourite wildlife place.
    Entry Fee: £6 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

The Poetry Business New Poets Prize.  If you can arrange to be between 16 and 22, you will be eligible to enter this contest for collections of poems (12 pages).
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st and runner-up - a place on an Arvon residential course of your choice in 2018.   Four outstanding poets will receive mentoring, readings and publication in the North magazine.  One of these will receive pamphlet publication by smith/doorstop Books.
    Entry Fee: £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

The Poetry Business Book and Pamphlet Competition.  To enter this annual international contest from The Poetry Business you submit 20 to 24 pages of your poetry.
    Closing: 1.3.18.
    Prizes (4): Publication by smith/doorstop Books, a share of £2,000, a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books, plus publication in the North magazine.  There will also be an opportunity to submit a full collection for possible publication in book form.
    Entry Fee: £28.  Yike.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
5.12.17

 

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2017.  This annual contest from Christ Church, Oxford, is open to full- or part-time UK students between the ages of 16 and 18.  It is for poems of up to 48 lines.  I’ll whisper this year’s theme to you but you must promise not to tell anyone else.  It’s ‘Secrets’.
    Closing: 2.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - £3,000.  2nd - £1,500.  3rd - £500.  The three winners will be eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School, and they will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Oxford.  Three commended entrants will each receive £250.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
26.10.17

 

A Slim Volume of One’s Own.  This contest from new publisher Hedgehog Poetry Press of Clevedon in Somerset is for collections of poetry in any form and on any subject.  Collections should comprise no more than 40 poems each.
    Closing: 15.3.18.
    Prizes: Publication of your collection, and 100 free copies.
    Entry Fee: £25 for one collection, £45 for two, £60 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Never Such Innocence Poetry & Art Competition.  This International contest from the education charity Never Such Innocence is for children aged 9 to 16.  It is for artwork and poems of up to 40 lines inspired by the First World War. 
    Closing: 16.3.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £400, £200, £100.  Each prize is split 50-50 between the pupil and his or her school.  There are in addition prizes for runners-up.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
1.12.17

 

Tamworth Litfest Writing Competition.  This contest from Tamworth in Staffordshire is for stories and poems on any subject.  There are three age categories, each having a different word limit as follows: 16+ 1,500 words, 11 to 16 - 1,000 words, Under 11 - 500 words.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: Age 16+ - £100, £50, £25.  Age 11 to 16 - £50,£25, £15.  Age under 11 - £20, £15, £10.  Best entries will appear in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: Age category 16+ - £4.  Other age categories - free entry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here

 


Added
1.10.17

 

Fish Poetry Competition.  Poems of up to 300 words are invited for this contest from Fish Publishing based in southern Ireland.  Ellen Bass will be judging.
    Closing: 31.3.18.
    Prizes: 1st - 1,000 euros.  2nd - A week’s residency at Anam Cara Writers’ retreat.
    Entry Fee: 14 euros.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
2.12.17

 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition.  This is the third year for this contest from Binsted Arts in West Sussex.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines.  The theme this year is ‘Country’.  Poet Jeremy Page, editor of the Frogmore Papers, will be judging.
    Closing: 9.4.18.
    Prizes: £150, £100, £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3.50 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
26.10.17

 

Creative Writing for All Competition.  This contest in aid of the RSPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre in Kempsey, Worcestershire, has two categories: short story and poetry.  In both cases the theme is Cats and/or Dogs.  Stories should be (pun alert!) curtailed at 2,000 words, while poems can run fur as many as 40 lines.
    Closing: 30.4.18.
    Prizes (in each category): £60, £30, £15.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
12.12.17

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018.  This annual contest is run by Frogmore Press which was founded in 1983 in the Frogmore tearooms in Folkestone.  Well, what else can you do in Folkestone?  I’ll tell you what: you can fall in the sea - a feat I managed at the age of 8.  Will I ever forget that day?  Unlikely, for I had the misfortune to be rescued by my two sisters.  ‘No, no - let me drown!’ I cried.  ‘I’ll never be able to face my mates again.’  But I had the ice cream money in my pocket and so my pleas were ignored.  I later wrote a poem about the shame of it all but it would have been too long for this contest because it ran to 360 lines.  The line limit here is 40.
    Closing: 31.5.18.
    Prize: 1st - 250 guineas.  Classy.  You also get a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers .  2nd - 75 guineas and a year’s sub to the Papers.  3rd - 50 guineas and a year’s sub.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael,
     Thanks for a very useful website. Since finding the contact details on your site, I've won the Txtlit competition twice, and the Write Invite competition four times. With the prize money I'm now entering other competitions. Thanks for keeping us writers posted!
     Best regards, Uta Coutts

 
  

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Notes: Unless otherwise stated in the rules, poetry should be single-spaced.  It is sometimes the case that your name shouldn’t appear on the manuscript. Check the rules.  If you put your name on there after being told not to, you’re out.  Don’t use coloured paper or fancy fonts.  The colour and pizzazz to make you stand out from the crowd should be in the words.  Plain white A4 80gsm paper is the stuff to use, with plain black typing or print.  My preferred font for poetry manuscripts printed on an inkjet or laser printer is Gill Sans in 12 point (13 if I’m not pressed for space).  This gives a clear, dark print that’s easy to read.  Although publishers and agents sometimes demand the feeble Courier font, which comes out on my printers like something produced by a typewriter with an antique ribbon, I’ve never known competition organisers to express any preference.  But as always, check the rules.  Finally, write on one side of the sheet only - unless asked to put your address, etc, on the back.
 

 
     

 


 

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