Posts Tagged ‘poetry competition’


9 August 2016

This year’s competition is for poetry 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. 

1st prize is £100.

The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN


Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of

all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016

Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50  

3 Poems  £8.00

5 poems  £10

Competition Judge;  TBA

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style . 

There are no restrictions on content. Though if there is any doubt the poet might be asked to justify how their poem engages the theme.

All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.

Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.

There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.

Poems must be entered by email to  the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).

Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file

Poems will not be accepted by post.

We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.

Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.

Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.



Poetry Kit Competition 2016, Mentoring and Courses

15 April 2016


Our competition is for poems on the theme of “nature” (this can be broadly
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.
1st prize is £100.
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN

Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is
paid by Pay Pal to the account of
Deadline: All entries must be received before midnight 30th April 2016.
Entries received after this time will be discarded.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50
3 Poems £8.00
5 poems £10

Competition Judge; Jim Bennett
For more information see:


*All courses conducted using email and occasional online downloads.
*Students set their own work times.
*All required reading materials supplied or available online.
*Feedback and critique on all assignments.
*Courses available for every level of experience

Mentoring – Individual Online Mentoring and Development for Poets
Start at any time.

Duration – 10 units of Personal Mentoring. Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and critique working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style; all content will be chosen to meet the needs of the student. People wishing to take this course do not require any previous qualifications; they do however need to be able to identify themselves as writers with an interest in writing poetry (however they define that term). Those who have previously taken the Poetry Kit Poetry 1 or 2 courses will find this a natural development but it is not necessary to have done either to get the most out of this course.

For a complete listing of courses and availability please see

Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses

New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month.

We currently offer four online, email based, distance learning courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer. Although the details for the courses below indicate a general content and direction of each course, courses are flexible and may change in order to better meet the needs of each individual student Each unit may consist of a number of parts and some units take longer to complete than others.

For details of fees and enrolment please go to:

Poetry Foundation
Poetry 1
Poetry 2

Mentoring and Masterclass – Immediate start

For a more complete listing of courses and availability please see:

The Magic Oxygen Literary Competition

11 October 2014

Our short story and poetry competition has an incredible prize fund of £3,000, which will be awarded to each category as follows:

  • First Prize – £1,000
  • Second Prize – £300
  • Third Prize – £100
  • Two Highly Commended – £50

In addition, we will be planting a tree in Kenya for each entry, so every entrant is a winner! When the contest closes we will email the GPS co-ordinates of your tree to you.

Please Read the Rules Before Entering!

In brief, they are:-

  • Short Stories up to 4,000 words, excluding title
  • Poetry up to 50 lines, excluding title and lines between stanzas
  • The theme is open
  • Online entries preferred but written entries are also accepted (Click here for the address and postal details)
  • Open to writers all over the world
  • Entrants must be 16 or over at the time of submission
  • Entries must be written in English and must be your own previously unpublished work
  • Entries must show no name, address or identifying marks other than the title.
  • You may submit as many entries as you wish
  • £5 per entry
  • Closing date midnight 30th November 2014

Visit the website for details on how to enter:


The London Magazine’s Poetry Competition 2014

31 May 2014

For the first time since its resurgence, The London Magazine, the UK’s oldest literary journal, is hosting a worldwide poetry competition which is open for all ages. Submit your poems to the most prestigious literary journal in the UK, home to Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and more. First prize: £200 (plus publication in a future issue). Second prize: £150 (plus publication online) Third prize: £100 (plus publication online)  Entry fee: £5. Deadline: June 30, 2014.



Last call for entries: The Poets and Players Poetry Comp 2013 – Manchester, UK

28 March 2013

The Poets and Players Poetry Competition 2013

with the Whitworth Prize

The inaugural poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events.


Jacob Polley was born in Carlisle, Cumbria. He is the author of three acclaimed books of poems, The Brink (2003), Little Gods (2006) and The Havocs (2012), all published by Picador, UK. He received an Eric Gregory Award in 2002, and both The Brink and The Havocs were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. In 2004 he was named one of the ‘Next Generation’ of the twenty best new poets in Britain, and his first novel, Talk of the Town, won the 2010 Somerset Maugham Award. He teaches at the University of St Andrews and lives in Fife, Scotland. Jacob Polley’s website can be found at


For this prize a long-list will be decided by the Poets and Players committee and judged by Jacob Polley.

1st Prize – £400
2nd Prize – £200
3rd Prize – £100


This prize will be judged by the Poets and Players committee together with a senior representative from the Whitworth Art Gallery.

Whitworth Prize – £300

All poems will be judged anonymously.

Winners will be informed by 20 May 2013 and will be invited to read alongside Jacob Polley at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 8 June 2013 at the Whitworth Art Gallery where they will also receive their prize. If you have not been notified before June, we are afraid you have not been successful.


Open Prize

§  This Prize is open to anyone over the age of 16, except for members of the Poets and Players committee.

§  Poems must be in English.

§  Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form, but must be author’s own original work. They should not have appeared anywhere before, online or in print. Please do not submit poems that are currently under consideration elsewhere.

§  Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines (excluding title).

§  No changes can be made to poems once submitted and under no circumstances can we offer feedback or make refunds.

§  You may submit as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate payment.

§  All competition entries must reach us by Friday 5 April 2013, entries arriving after this date will not be considered.

Whitworth Prize

The rules for the Open Prize apply, with the exception that poems in this category should be inspired specifically by the Whitworth Art Gallery, or works of art or exhibitions displayed in the gallery. We would encourage you to include a brief note, headed ‘NOTE’ beneath the poem stating the connection between the poem and Gallery if this is not immediately obvious.

The following links to the Whitworth are provided for your information/inspiration:

Whitworth Art Gallery Home
Whitworth Art Gallery Collections


Please send your poems by post. ALL entries must be accompanied by a completed application form (see the link below):

Competition Application Form

§  Please complete and print out the competition application form; details required include your name, contact information and a list of the poems you are submitting.

§  If you wish to receive confirmation of your entry please enclose a prepaid envelope.

§  Poems must be printed on separate sheets, word processed (or typed) and clearly legible or they will be dismissed without refund.

§  We are happy to receive poems for both prizes from the same entrant. However, please indicate on each page whether the poem is to be entered in the Open or Whitworth Prize by writing ‘Whitworth’ or ‘Open’ (the same poem cannot be entered in both).

§  Please do NOT include your name or other identifying information on the same page as the poem/s.

§  You may enter as many poems as you wish but please ensure you add all poem titles to the application form.

§  Entry fee is £3 per poem or 4 for £10 (the 4 for £10 option can include poems for both the Whitworth and the Open Prize). Please do not send cash. Payment can be made by cheque or postal order. Please make payable to ‘Poets and Players’ and send together with your poem/s and application form to:

Poets and Players Poetry Competition
83 Ducie Street
MANCHESTER   M1 2JQ, United Kingdom


Entrants retain copyright of their poem, however we would expect permission to make a video recording of the winners reading at the awards ceremony for our website, and to publish the winning poems on our website and/or in the Whitworth Art Gallery for 1 year after the competition.

Fourth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest (No Entry Fees)

6 November 2012

Fourth Annual Spirit First Poetry Contest

Deadline: January 31, 2013

Accepted Themes: Meditation, Mindfulness, Silence, or Stillness
First Prize: $175
Second Prize: $125
Third Prize: $75

NO ENTRY FEES to enter!

Complete guidelines:

Spirit First is pleased to announce its fourth annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.

Please do not enter more than three submissions. Sending more than three poems will lead to those poems being disqualified.

Please submit your poems by email unless you do not have access to the Internet. Poems will be accepted by U.S. Postal Service for those who do not have Internet access. All others are requested to be emailed. Poems sent by U.S. Postal Service will not be returned. Poems must be received by January 31, 2013.

Please submit your poems all in one file or inside the body of an email (rather than three poems in three separate files). Please be sure to include the author’s name, address, telephone number, and email address. There is no cost to enter this contest. Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2013.

Winners will be announced no later than April 30, 2013, on the Spirit First website at Winning poems will be published on the Spirit First website and the Spirit First blog, and in a Spirit First newsletter (authors retain full rights to their poems).

How to submit:

By email: send to

By U.S. Postal Service (for those without Internet access), send to the following address:

Spirit First Poetry Contest
PO Box 8076
Langley Park, MD 20787

We look forward to reading your poems!

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2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize

5 November 2012

Free to Enter!

2012 Anderbo Poetry Prize

For up to six unpublished poems
Winner receives:
$500 cash
Publication on

Contest Judge: Sidney Wade

Sidney Wade’s sixth collection of poems, Straits & Narrows, will be published by Persea Books in February 2013. She has served as President of AWP and Secretary/Treasurer of ALTA and has taught workshops in Poetry and Translation at the University of Florida’s MFA@FLA program since 1993. She is the poetry editor of Subtropics.

2012 Contest Assistant: Charity Burns

Charity Burns has served as the poetry editor of Anderbo since 2007. She has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Florida and now lives, writes, and teaches in New York City. Her poems have been published in such literary journals as Madison Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, and West Branch.

Deadline December 15th

–Each poem should be typed on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with the poet’s name in the upper-right corner of every page
–Include a cover page with name, contact information and the titles of the poems submitted
–Limit six poems per poet
–Poet must not have been previously published on
–Mail submissions to Anderbo Poetry Prize,
  270 Lafayette Street, Suite 705, New York, NY 10012
–Postmark Deadline: December 15th, 2012
–Enclose self-addressed stamped business envelope to receive names of winner and honorable mentions
–All entries are non-returnable and will be recycled
–Reading fee is $10. Check or money order payable to Rrofihe

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