Poetry competitions September to December

National Poetry CompetitionUpcoming poetry competitions for June to October were listed in a previous post, we’ve added more for September and up to the end of December. Good luck if you’re entering.

Skipton Library Poetry Competition Details: Up to 40 lines,  any subject. Entry: £2 per poem. Prizes: 1st  £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £25, 5 x £10 each, 5 Highly commended. Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council) to Skipton Library Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send SAE for details to above address. Closing date: 26.09.2014 

Black Country Living Museum Annual Poetry Competition 2014: Theme: Conflict & Contemplation. Entry: free. First prize £100 and publication in an anthology. Two runners-up receive cash prizes, publication and more. Closing Date: 27.09.2014

Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2014 Theme: ‘films’ Any style or length. Entry : £3.50 for first poem, 3 Poems £8. First prize is £100 and the winning poem plus those selected for special commendation will be published at the Poetry Kit website. Closing date: 30.09.14.

 The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize. Blocks of 10 poems up to 36 lines each. Entry: £20. Prizes: Two winners will have a poetry collection published with up to 52 perfect bound pages. Each winner will receive 25 free copies and a standard royalty contract. Closing date: 30.09.14.

 Crewe & District Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition . Poems of up to 40 lines.  Entry: £4 each, £10 for three. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Closing date: 30.09.2014

Single Poem Prize Entry: £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems. Open to all writers – published and beginners. Prizes: £1000, £250 & £50 + publication. Closing date: 30.09.14 

Exiled Writers Ink Free Poetry Competition  Poetry competition for UK refugees, asylum seekers and exiles. Entry: Free . First prize: £400 plus assessment of winner’s poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy. Second Prize: £200, Third Prize: £100. Free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. Winners announced/ perform their poetry at a special poetry night . Closing Date: 08.10.2014

Ariadne’s Thread Competition Up to 120 lines, any subject, any style or form. Entry: £4 for magazine non subscribers or £3 subscribers. First prize £600 plus 3 honourable commendations receive a free one year sub to the magazine in which winners & short-listed poems will be published. Closing date: 31.10.2014

Troubadour International Poetry Prize. Up to 45 lines. Entry: £5  Prizes: £5,000, £1,000, £500. Runners-up (20) – £25. Closing date: 20.10.14.

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition. Prestigious competition. Previously unpublished poems up to 40 lines. Entry: £6 for the first, then £3.50. Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000. Runners-up (7) – £100. The top three winners will be published in Poetry Review.Closing date: 31.10.14.

 Words on the Waves Competition. Poems up to 100 lines. Entry: 10 euros for the first, then 8.   Prizes in euros: 750, 250 plus publication in the anthology. Five shortlisted writers will also be in the anthology and receive a publication fee of 30 euros. Closing date: 31.10.14. 

Charles Causley Poetry Competition. Poems of up to 40 lines, by post only. Entry: £7 for the first, then £4. Prizes: £2,000, £250, £100. Highly Commended (5) – £30. Closing date: 6.11.14   


Envoi International Poetry Competition. Poems up to 40 lines.  Entry: £3.00 per poem or 5 for £12.00.  Prize: Poetry books to the value of £150, £100, £50. Submissions will be reviewed in batches in Nov/Dec (for February), March/April (for June) and July-early September (for October) to be published in Envoi magazine


£1000 in prizes in our War Poetry for Today competition

War Poetry for Today Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker’s Regeneration, is making a call out for poetry about war. Entry: Free . 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration.Closing Date: 27.11.2014 

Cafe Writers Competition 2014  Up to 40 lines per poem. Entry:£4 per poem.  £10 for 3 poems and £2 per poem thereafter. Prizes: 1st £1000, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Six Commended Prizes of £50, Funniest Poem not winning another prize £100, Norfolk Prize £100 awarded to the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize.  Closing date: 30.11.2014

Debut Poetry Collection Prize Entry: £12. Prize £500 + a publishing contract & up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology.  Open to those who have not had a full collection published. Closing date:  30.11.2014

The Plough Poetry Prize. Poems of up to 40 lines, any style, any subject.  Entry: £5.  Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.  Closing date: 30.11.14.

The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize: Up to 50 lines, any theme. Entry: £5 per entry. First Prize – £1,000, Second Prize – £300, Third Prize – £100, Two Highly Commended – £50 and the shortlist and winners will be taken into print. A tree will be planted in Bore, Kenya for each entry and an additional schoolroom will be built at the nearby Kundeni School. Closing date: 30.11.2014

Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize Entry: £12  Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine, there are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem – 10,000 Euro for the overall winner and three runner-up prizes of 1,000 Euro. The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished. The winning poems will appear in the spring 2015 issue of The Moth and the winners will be invited to read at a special award ceremony in Dublin in March 2015. Closing Date: 31.12.2014