Poetry Competitions

Below is a list of UK poetry competitions, organised by the date of their submission deadline.

If you are running a competition which you would like to be added to the list, please email the details to us at listed@poetrylondon.co.uk.

June 2018

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2018

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines
Prizes: 1st £1,500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150 and 6 commendations of £25. Judge: Sinéad Morrissey Entry: £6 for first poem, £5 thereafter. Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details http://Mclellanpoetryprize.org.uk or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.


May 2018

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2018

The ninth Battered Moons Poetry Competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Jacob Sam La-Rose and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems.

The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 6th October 2018, when Jacob Sam La-Rose will present the prizes and read from his own work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons pamphlet and website.

First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each. Entry fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter. May 2018. On-line and postal entries accepted.

For further information and to enter online, visit http://batteredmoons.com or http://www.richardjefferies.org/battered-moons

Part of Poetry Swindon Festival. Supported by Arts Council England.


April 2018

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2018

For women over 60 only. Those who will reach 60 before the end of June 2018 are eligible. Poems should be up to 40 lines, on any theme, previously unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. All entries should be typed and on A4 paper, and accompanied by an official entry form. Manuscripts cannot be returned, so please keep a copy. If you wish an acknowledgement, please enclose sae marked ‘receipt’ with your entry. Poems to be listed on entry form, together with contact details. No personal details on poem page/s please. No email submission. Poems (2 copies of each please or your entry will be disqualified) accepted by post only, and sent to: Competition 2018, Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 9FE.

Entry forms are available at www.greyhenpress.com or by post from address above. Please enclose sae. Click here for more information.

DEADLINE: 30 April 2018

MARCH 2018

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished.



Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize

Details: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry Fee: £10
Judge: Ian Gregson
Contact: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/poetry-pamphlet-prize


The Hedgehog Poetry Press – ‘A Slim Volume Of One’s Own’ Collection Competition

Prizes: First Prize will see the winner having their Poetry Collection published by The Hedgehog Poetry Press and receive 100 copies of the finished book.
Additionally, the winner will receive our Unique Handmade Leather Bound Writer’s Journal, Publication in our magazine along with an interview, a year long subscription to the magazine.

Entry: £25 (One Collection), £45 (Two Collections), £60 (Three Collections)

Contact: Full details and on-line entry only, via www.hedgehogpress.co.uk


Brittle Star Competition

Brittle Star magazine’s third open poetry and short story competition for poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.

Entry: £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

For more details, full rules and an entry form please click here, where you can also enter online.


Cruse Lines Poetry Competition

Click here for classes and submission details.

Entry Fee £5 per poem (max 3)

Cash prizes for each class



Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events. OUR JUDGE FOR 2018 WILL BE PASCALE PETIT 1st Prize: £600 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Winners will be informed by Friday 12th April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.

Entry fee £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

Entry by post or email. For full rules and details please see https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2018-closing-date-28-february-2018/


Writing on a Wall poetry competition

The prizes for each adult category is
1st £25 book token
2nd £15 book token
3rd £10 book token

Plus other awards

Entry is free

Click here for more information


Tree2mydoor’s 10th Annual Valentines Day Poetry Competition 2018

Theme: Love, Valentines Day, Trees, Plants, Gardening

The poem submitted must be your own and unpublished anywhere else. Entrants must be 16 and over. Your poem may be published on the tree2mydoor.com website or on associated print literature. The final judgment winner will be made by the Tree2mydoor staff. Type poem (150-word limit) or video yourself reading the poem (1-minute limit) and email to hello@tree2mydoor.com with the subject of your name followed by the word poem. (e.g. John Smith’s Poem)

Entry: FREE (one entry per person)

1st Prize: £100 worth of gift vouchers to spend at Tree2mydoor

Runner-Up: 50 runners-up get a 50% refund from their Valentines order (Up to the value to £49, excl. P&P) (i.e. you purchase a Valentines Day gift between 01/02/17 and 12/02/17)

For more details and full terms and conditions click here.



Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 20 copies.
Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max.
Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems.
Publication 2018 if possible to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th
All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal.

See full submission rules at indigodreams.co.uk

Postal submissions to: Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU


The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

Open Poetry Competition – £1000 first prize

This competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. There is a First prize of £1000, a second prize of £300, a third prize of £100 and four fourth prizes of £50 each. In addition, all prize winners will be published in our Annual Folio.

Poems should be in English, unpublished, (online or in print), and not accepted for publication elsewhere. Poems may be on any subject, and in any style, but no longer than 40 lines.

Entries are £5 per poem, £4 each for 3 poems or more.

Full details are available on our website: www.kentandsussexpoetry.com


Clochoderick Press Poetry Competition

Details: 1st £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50
Entry Fee: £5 per poem, £7.5 for 3 poems, £10 for 5 poems
Judge: Magi Gibson
Contact: www.clochoderickpress.co.uk

Ceremony: At live event to be held late March 2018


The Hedgehog Poetry Press – ‘The Road To Clevedon Pier’ Anthology Competition

Prizes: First Prize is Our Unique Handmade Leather Bound Writer’s Journal, Publication in the anthology and our magazine along with an interview, a year long subscription to the magazine, copies of the anthology.

All shortlisted poets will also appear in the anthology and naturally receive a copy of the book.

Entry: £5 (One Poem), £8 (Three Poems), £10 (Five Poems)

Contact: Full details and on-line entry only, via www.hedgehogpress.co.uk