Poetry Competitions December to March

Corinium poetry purple trajanEnfield Poets International Poetry Competition 2014 

Previously unpublished poems of up to 50 lines on any subject. Judge is Ruth Padel. 1st prize: £500, 2nd prize: £200, 3rd prize: £100
Entry: £4 per poem, £10 for three poems

Closing Date: 01-Dec-14

More information: http://enfieldpoets.com/competition/

Kingston Libraries Poetry Competition

Prizes: 1st prize £50 book tokens, 2nd prize £30 book tokens, 3rd prize £20 book tokens. Theme of your poem should be ‘remember’. Poems must be typed and no longer than 45 lines. Maximum four poems per entrant.
Entry:  Free

Closing Date: 01-Dec-14

More information  http://www.kingston.gov.uk/  (type library competitions in the search box).

The Book of Plans Hopes And Dreams

Anglo-German writing competition to link 1914 to 2114 and beyond by writing a poem or short story to each era. Prizes: Winners: All expenses paid trip to Lower Saxony, Germany and publication special commemorative books which will on display in England and Germany and on website. Shortlist publication in commemorative book and website. Longlist publication on website.
Entry: Free

Closing Date: 02-Dec-14

More informationhttp://www.book-of-phd.com


Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

Up to 32 lines. 1st prize: £150, 2nd £100, 3rd: £50. The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.
Entry: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem

Closing Date: 13-Dec-14

More information: http://www.flash500.com/


Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize

Run in conjunction with The Moth magazine. Four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem – 10,000 euros for the winner and three runner-up prizes of 1,000 euros. Open to all, for work that is original and previously unpublished. The winning poems 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.
Entry : 12 euros

Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

More information  www.themothmagazine.com. Email enquiries@themothmagazine.com or call 00 353 49 4362677.


 The Poetry Box Halloween Poetry Annual Award 2014

Halloween-Themed Annual Poetry Award. Prizes: 1st prize – Glass Trophy, a decorative ‘First Prize Winner Award’ Certificate for framing, publication in a 2015 Edition of ‘The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine’ & publication on The Poetry Box website.  The 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100.00 and £50.00 respectively and certificates etc
Entry: £6 for 1 poem, £15 for 3 poems, £20 for 4 poems

Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

More information:  www.ThePoetryBox.co.uk.


Local Poem Competition 2015

Up to 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each. Theme -a poem about life in your own home town or area to “Local Poem” Prize- £1,000 cash, up to three entries

Entry Free

Closing Date: 31-Dec-14

More information: http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/

SaveAs International Open Creative Writing Competition

Up to 50 lines Any theme. Open to international entries. 1st prize- £100, 2nd- £50, 3rd – £30 plus trophies.

Entry: £3 for one entry, £8 for three.

Closing date: 31- Dec -14
More informationhttp://saveaswriters.co.uk

The Basil Bunting Poetry Award

Up to 40 lines, open internationally, any poem in English. 1st prize: £1000   2nd £750   3rd £250

Entry: £6 for one poem, £10 for two, and an extra £5 per poem beyond that.

Maximum number of entries per poet -10

Closing date: 15- January-15

More information: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/bunting


Magma Judges Prize 2014

Poems of 11 to 50 lines. 1st prize £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd  £150. In addition to receiving cash prizes, winners will be invited to read at Magma’s prize-giving event in Spring 2015. All winning entries will be published in the magazine.
Entry: £5 for the first poem, £4 for second, £3.50 for third and each subsequent poem, reduction for Magma magazine subscribers.

Closing Date: 19-Jan-15

More information:  http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

Magma Editors’ Prize 2014

Poems up to 10 lines. 1st prize £1,000, 2nd £300, plus 10 Special Mentions £15 each.
Entry: £5 for the first poem, £4 for second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees.

Closing Date: 19-Jan-15
More information: http://magmapoetry.com/competition/

Torriano Poetry Competition 2015

Unpublished poems of up to 40 lines. 1st prize £250, 2nd £150, 3rd  £75. Winning poets will be offered featured readings at the adjudication celebration on 12th April, 2015.
Entry: £3 one poem, £5 for two, £10 for five

Closing Date: 30-Jan-15

More information: Cheques payable to the Torriano Support Fund. Name, address, email, phone number and poem titles on separate sheet. No entry form required. Entries to Patricia Griffin, 4 Cundishall Close, Whitstable, Kent CT5 4DA. Enquiries june.english@outlook.com


 Prole Laureate 2015

The winner will receive £200 and publication in Prole 16, due out in April 2015. Two runners up receive £50 each and possible publication in Prole 16. The winner and runners up will be showcased here on the Prole website.
Entry: £3 for first entry, £2 for subsequent entries

Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

More information : http://www.prolebooks.co.uk/page6.html Email entries to: poetrycompetition@prolebooks.co.uk

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

Poems up to 60 lines not previously published 1st prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50.
Entry: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each

Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

More information: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

The Slipstream Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015

Poems up to 60 lines not previously published. Prizes: £275; £100; £75. Additional prize of £25 and the award of the Chanctonbury Cup for a winning West Sussex entrant. Winners will be notified individually & all results will be published on the Slipstream Web Site by 31st March 2015.
Entry: £3.50 per poem or 4 for £12.00, 6 for £15.00

Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

More informationhttp://www.slipstream-poets.co.uk/

Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2015

Up to 35 lines, any subject previously unpublished. 1st prize £500, 2nd – £200, 3rd – £100.  Winners announced on Sunday 22nd March 2015.
Entry: £4 for one poem, £3 each for additional poems

Closing Date: 31-Jan-15

More information:  http://www.poetryteignmouth.com/competition.html


Bronte Society Creative Competition

A poem in any style offering a new perspective on one of the novels, up to 50 lines.

Prizes -1st £500, then £250 and £100.

Entry: £10.

Closing date: 31-Jan-15.

More information:  http://www.bronte.org.uk


Keats-Shelley Prize

Poems up to 40 lines on the theme of ‘Watcher of the skies’.

Prizes: £4,000 in total.

Entry: £5.

Closing date: 1-Feb-15

More information: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk

The Corinium Museum Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines inspired by an object displayed or theme interpreted at the museum. The winner of each category will receive a season ticket to the museum valid for a year. Winning poems will be displayed in the museum and published on the museum website. Highly commended poems will also be displayed in the museum and may be published on the museum website. Categories: 16 years old and above, 11-15 years old, Under 11s.
Entry Free

Closing Date: 06-Feb-15

More information: http://coriniummuseum.org/2014/11/06/corinium-poetry-competition/


Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition

Poems up to 40 lines, prizes: Chapbook publication.

Entry: £2.50, £10 for six.

Closing date: 14-Feb-15

More Information: http://www.wardwoodpublishing.co.uk

Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition 2015

Up to 40 lines any theme, not previously published. 1st prize £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £75. Prizewinners will also be invited to take part in a special Reading in Taunton;  notified by beginning of May.
Entry : £4 for 1; £8 for 2; £10 for 3, £3 each for additional poems.

Closing Date: 20-Feb-15

More information: www.fireriverpoets.org.uk

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2015 (16-18 years of age).

Theme: ‘Cells’.  1st prize £3,000, 2nd £1,000 3rd £500  In addition to individual prizes, the students’ schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prize winners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School.. Longlisted entrants’ poems are published on the Tower Poetry website. Winners announced on Monday 20 April 2015.
Entry Free

Closing Date: 27-Feb-15

More information: www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or email info@towerpoetry.org.uk or call 01865 286591.

The Society of Civil and Public Service Writers

Poems up to 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. 1st prize £50; 2nd £25.  Entries should be typed on A4 paper. The competition is open only to SCPSW members. Those eligible include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force or any Public Service.
Entry: £2 per poem

Closing Date: 28-Feb-15

More information: www.scpsw.co.uk

HAD Poetry Competition

The title for the poem is ‘Honouring the Ancient Dead’ (a celebration of the ancestors on display up and down the country – but the theme may be interpreted as loosely as the entrant wishes).
Entry Free

Closing Date: 28-Feb-15

More information: www.honour.org.uk

The Rialto – Nature Poetry Competition 2014

Theme: Nature Poetry. Prizes: 1st prize: £1000, 2nd £500, 3rd Prize: A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2015 (worth £550). Additional prize, a personal tour with Mark Cocker in wild life places in East Anglia. The winning poems will be published in The Rialto, independent poetry magazine.
Entry: £6 for 1st poem £3.50 for each subsequent poem, up to six

Closing Date: 01-Mar-15

More information : www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2014

The Queen Mother Memorial Poetry Competition

Submit any number of poems on any subject,  typed/hand written in English. The poem(s) should follow the length and format as below, 3 verses, 3 lines per verse, 10 words per line. Winner gets £25 +The Queen Mother Memorial Poetry Competition complementary pen.
Entry Fee: £3 per poem or £10 for 4 poems

Closing Date: 30-Mar-15

More information:  http://www.royalpoetrycompetition.com/poetrycompetitiondetails


Window On The World

Up to 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, prize £100, best of the rest will be published. Up to three poems per entrant. Unpublished work

Entry Free

Closing Date: 30-April-15

More information: http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/