Upcoming Poetry Competitions June – October 2014

Poetry Competition 2014Poetry Competitions closing soon

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2014 For previously unpublished poems, any length/style. 1st Prize: £2,000 plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat Cove Park and a mentoring session with the Editor of premier magazine Poetry Review. 2nd prize: £400. 3rd prize: £200. and more, see website  Closing Date: 16.6.14 Entry : £7 for up to three poems

Second Light Poetry Competition for Long and Short Poems by Women 2014 £300 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poem £100 Second Prize (1 poem from either category)£50 Third Prize (1 poem from either category) Commended poets: book prizes Winning & Commended Poets published (in full or extract) in ARTEMIS poetry A reading will be organised for winners in London, Autumn 2014. Entry: ££6 per long poem. Short poems: £4 each or £9 for 3, £14 for 8. Closing date:17.6.14

The Proverse Prize 2014 The international Proverse Prize for Unpublished Fiction, Non-fiction or Poetry in English. Entry is open to all aged over 18  Translations into English are welcome. Work may be previously edited, acknowledging the editor. The winner receives publication of the entered work and HK$10,000. (HKD7.80 approximately = US$1.00) Additional publication prizes may be awarded. Closing Date: 30.6.14 Entry: £32.00

International Poetry Competition in commemoration of Wilfred Owen Prizes: 1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £250, 3rd Prize £150 and a special young people’s prize of £250 for the best poem by a poet under 19 years. 10 Runners-up and Commended poems to be published in an anthology. Entry: £5 for each poem submitted; £3 for each additional poem Closing Date: 30.6.14

The London Magazine Poetry Competition 2014 The London Magazine has launched a worldwide poetry competition which is open for all ages. Prizes: 1st Prize: £200 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine). 2nd Prize: £150 (and published on The London Magazine website). 3rd Prize: £100 (and published on The London Magazine website). Judges: Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill. Entry: £5 Closing date: 30.6.2014

July 2014 

 Poets Meet Painters Writing Competition 2014. Hungry Hill Writing of County Cork, competition for poems  up to 40 lines inspired by a work of art in the Mill Cove Gallery or on its website . Closing date: 1.7.14. Prize: 250 euros. Entry: 8 euros.

 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition. Annual competition for poems up to 40 lines. Three age categories: Adult (18 and over), Young People (12 to 17), and Children (11 and under). The judge is Ian McMillan, presenter of Radio 3’s The Verb.  Closing date : 10.7.14.  Prizes: Adults: 1st – £1,000 plus a residential writing course, 2nd – £500. 3rd – £250.  12-17 category – £100, £50, £25. 11 and under – £25, £15, £10 ( in book tokens).   Entry: Adults – £5 for the first, then £3. Young People & Children -first entry free, £1.50 each for subsequent entries.

  The Elmet Poetry Prize The prizes will be awarded by Lucy Burnett on Saturday 25 October at The Ted Hughes Festival 2014 in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. First prize – an Arvon course at Lumb Bank. Second Prize – a week’s writing retreat at Ted’s House, Mytholmroyd. Runners up – £50. Entry: £5 Closing Date: 25.7.14

Open Poetry Competition on the theme of Light £200 for the best poem submitted, with discretionary second and third place awards of £50 and £25 if the quality of entries merits them. Ten short-listed poems will be printed on to beermats and placed in pubs in Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages for the duration of the 2014 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival (September 1st-20th). Poems must therefore be short – there is a strict limit of 12 lines. All shortlisted poets will receive 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems Closing date: 30.7.14

The Stanza Poetry Competition  Off the Page Stirling Book Festival annual competition for poems up to 40 lines on the theme of Conflicting Voices. Entries in English or in Scots dialect.  Closing date: 31.7.14. Prizes: 1st – £150 book token. 2nd – £50 book token. 3rd – £30 book token.  Entry: £2 each or £5 for three.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014. UK’s largest poetry comp from the Poetry Society for writers aged11 to 17. Poems -any length, any subject.  Closing date: 31.7.14.  Prizes: Top 15 winners receive a week-long residential writing course or one-to-one mentoring with a professional poet. Winners published in the Foyle Winners Anthology Entry: Free  

Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition 2014  Judge: Andrew Motion. Prizes: £500, £200 and £100. Poems should show imagination, skill and originality. They may be on any subject. They must not exceed 40 lines in length. Entry: £5 Closing Date: 31.7.14

Essex Open Poetry Competition. Fourteenth annual competition from Essex Poetry Festival. Poems up to 40 lines on any subject.  Closing date: 31.7.14.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their entries at the Festival. Their entries will be published on the website.    Entry: £3 each. £10 for four.

 The John Betjeman Poetry Competition. For young people between 10 and 13, entries about local surroundings or any aspect of them Closing date: 31.7.14.   Prizes: 1st – £1,000 to be shared between the winner and the English department of his/her school. The winner and two runners-up receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lisle. £100 each for the runners-up, £50 in book tokens for commended entries.   Entry: Free.

 Dreamquest One Poetry and Writing Contest.  Poems up to 30 lines, short stories up to five pages, any style or theme.  Closing date: 31.7.14.    Prizes: Stories – $500, $250, $100. Poetry – $250, $125, $50. Winners published on the website.  Entry: Stories – $10 postal, $12 electronic. Poetry – $5 postal, $7 electronic.

Closing August 2014

Westhope College Open Poetry Competition . This new contest from the Westhope Craft College is for well-crafted poems of up to 40 lines.  Closing date: 1.8.14.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50, £25. Entry: £4 for the first, then £2

 Buzzwords Poetry Competition. Poems up to 70 lines. Closing date: 17.8.14.  Prizes: £600, £300, 5 x £50. Gloucestershire Prize: £200. Entry: Postal – £4 each, three for £10. Email – £4.35 each, three for £11.

 Torbay Open Poetry Competition. Annual. Poems up to 50 lines.  Closing date: 31.8.14.  Prizes: 1st – £700 plus a weekend at the poetry festival with accommodation and Festival Pass. 2nd – £400 plus Festival Pass. 3rd – £200 plus ticket for the Festival supper for two. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entries at the Prizegiving Party at the Livermead Cliff Hotel in Torquay. Entry: £4 each, £15 for four.

Portico Brotherton Poetry Prize. From the Portico Liberary in Manchester and the Brotherton Library,  University of Leeds, the annual competition has two categories: Open (over 16) and Young (under 18). Poems up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘Conflict and Community’.  Closing date: 31.8.14. Prizes: Open category – £250, £150, £100, plus publication in an anthology (winner will also be published in the Portico Quarterly newsletter and Stand magazine). Young category – three prizes of book tokens.  Entry: Open – £5 for the first, then£2.50 . Young – free.

Closing September

Salopian Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition. Poems up to 42 lines. Closing date: 12.9.14. Prizes: £200 £100, £50. Runners-up (6) – £25. All nine winners received a free copy of the magazine Salopeot, which will contain the winning entries.  Entry: £3 each, £10 for four.

The Poems Please Me Prize 2014 Prizes: 1st £600, 2nd £300, 3rd £150, Highly Commended £30 each. Subject: open. Length: 12-40 lines. Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, two poems £9, three poems £12.  Closing Date: 14.9.14

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Prize.  Tom Howard Prize is for poems in any style and the Margaret Reid Prize is for traditional verse . Any length   Closing date: 30.9.14.  Prizes: Tom Howard $1,000. Margaret Reid  $1,000. Entry: $16 for each entry of 1-2 poems.

Closing October

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition. Up to 40 lines. Closing date: 31.10.14.  Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. Runners-up (7) – £100. Top 3 winners published in Poetry Review.Entry: £6 for the first, then £3.50

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2014 Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500, plus 20 prizes of £25 each, a spring 2015 coffee-house-poetry season-ticket plus a prize-winners’ coffee-house poetry reading with Amy Wack & Neil Astley on Monday 1st December 2014 for all prize-winning poets. Entry: £5 per poem. Closing Date: 20.10.14

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