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.



The Red Shed Open Poetry Competition 2017

For poems of 50 lines or fewer

Prizes: 1st £100, 2nd £50 Wakefield Postcode Prize £25

Sole judge: Di Slaney

Entry fee: £3 and £2 for subsequent entries

Closing date: Saturday 29th April

Award ceremony: Sunday 28th May


Full details available from: http://www.currockpress.com/the-red-shed-open-poetry-competition-2017.html


Tools for Solidarity Poetry Competition

Belfast-based charity Tools for Solidarity is launching its inaugural poetry competition. Poems on the theme of ‘Solidarity’ in any style, up to 40 lines long. An international competition for poets from any part of the world.  Prizes: £200 (first prize), £75 (second prize), £25 (third prize). All winning and commended poems will be published on the Tools for Solidarity website. Judges: Poets Maria McManus  (We are Bone, The Cello Suites, Reading the Dog) and Deirdre Cartmill (The Return of the Buffalo, Midnight Solo)

Entry Fee: £5/1 poem, £8/2, £10/3

Closing date: 30th April 2017.  The Awards Night will be on Friday 9th June 2017 as part of Belfast Book Festival.  All entrants are invited to attend.

Contact and submission details: http://www.toolsforsolidarity.com/poetry-competition-2017/

Submit online to tfspoetrycompetition@gmail.com (pay through PayPal) or send cheques/postal orders (GB£ only) payable to Tools for Solidarity, 55a Sunnyside Street, Belfast BT7 3EX


Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2017

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2017 is for women over 60.

Poems up to 40 lines on any theme.

Judges: Denise Bennett and Wendy Klein.

Prizes: £100, £75, £25.

Rules and entry form from website or write to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE. Closing date: 30 April. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four.

Further details at www.greyhenpress.com


Her Heart Poetry International Micropoetry Prize

Judge: J. M. Storm

Prize: USD$250.00 and publication in THE ANNUAL I 2017.  The winner will also receive three copies of the hardcopy anthology and one digital copy.

In addition, up to 60 Highly Commended entries will also be selected for publication in THE ANNUAL I 2017 anthology.

All succesful entries will be published online at herheartpoetry.com and on the Her Heart Poetry Instagram Community page which has over 15,000 followers.

Entry fee: USD$10 for one entry or USD$20 for up to three entries.

For rules and to make a submission please go to https://herheartpoetry.com/poetry-prize/



Competition: The Landscape of my Youth

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new poetry and art competition The Landscape of my Youth, inspired by two great poets from very different lands, Shakespeare and Iqbal.

You may have heard of William Shakespeare (1564 to 1616), but perhaps you are less familiar with Allama Iqbal (1877 to 1938); the national poet of Pakistan. Both poets were inspired by the beauty of the lands of their birth, by the ‘precious stone set in the silver sea’ (Shakespeare) or the ‘cloud swaying in excessive joy’ (Iqbal).

We invite today’s young writers and artists to craft either a poem or a piece of visual art about the landscapes of their youth. Be they town or country, in the United Kingdom or further afield.

The competition is open until 1 May 2017 and three winning entries from each category (poetry and art) will be showcased during the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry festival (18-25 June 2017).

Read the full terms and conditions of our Landscape of My Youth competition.


Wundor Poetry Contest 2017

At Wundor, our aim is to champion interesting, unusual writing in all its forms. Poetry, unfortunately, is currently one of the more neglected, too often dismissed as old-fashioned and elitist. We know this isn’t true, and we hope that our contest will help to restore poetry to its rightful place.
The theme of our inaugural poetry contest will be ‘Spring’, and we encourage entrants to approach it in innovative and interesting ways. It is a theme that will never get old, but which must be kept fresh in our minds. Your poem might focus on Spring or mention it, but the season must play an important part in the poem.
For full details, please click here.


Milestones International Poetry Competition in association with Write Out Loud

Judge: Brian Patten

In association with the Milestone Society and in conjunction with their Finding The Way project, Write Out Loud is proud to organise the inaugural Milestones Poetry Competition, open to poets across the globe.

Prizes: First prize £500, second £100, and third £25. Separate prize for under-16s (£100). Free anthology for prize winners and commended Poets.

Entry fee: £5 per poem, three poems for £10, subsequent poems in same entry, £3. Entrants aged 15 and under £1 per poem

The competition is open to all internationally but must be in English and up to 40 lines in length. Results announced – early August 2017.

Prize-giving: The winner will be invited to read their poem at an award ceremony in Long Compton, Warwickshire on 7 October, 2017.

Further details: www.writeoutloud.net/competitions/milestones2017


The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines
Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25.
Judge: Maura Dooley
Entry: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.
Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details http://www.arrantheatreandarts.org/index.php/poetry-competition or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.


David Burland Poetry Prize 2017

First Prize: £200,- Second Prize: £100 Third Prize: £50

Winning poems will be published in the 2017 ‘Poetic Art’ Anthology

Three poems awarded a ‘Special Mention’ will receive a copy of the Poetry CD ‘Michel François and Friends’ and also published in the Anthology.

Entry Fee : £8
Extra poems £4,- each
Full details at



Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017

We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about hope to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30th September 2017.

The winner will receive £500 Grand Prize + a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair; three runners up will each receive £50 and a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair. Winning poems will also be displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day.

Judges: Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Special Guest Judge Daljit Nagra.

Entry: £5 one poem, or three poems £10.

See www.bit.ly/PBFcompo2017 for full details and online entry.


Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition

With two top prizes of £1000 on offer, the competition seeks to celebrate the great diversity of poetry being written in English all over the world. Poems are welcomed from writers of 18 years or over in the following two categories:

  • English as an Additional Language –  for poets who write in English as an additional language
  • Open category – for poets whose first language is English.

Prizes will be awarded in both categories:

First prize – £1000
Second prize – £200

Judge: Helen Mort.

It costs the equivalent of £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may submit a maximum of ten poems. All poems must be unpublished.

More information on the prize and how to submit your entry is available here.




troubadour international poetry prize 2017

judged by imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts

prizes: 1st £2,000; 2nd £1,000; 3rd £500
plus, with thanks to leading poetry magazines & troubadour coffee-house,

spring 2018 coffee-house poetry season-tickets & invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prizegiving night, mon 27 nov 2017 with imtiaz dharker & michael symmons roberts

Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one side of one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.

Fees: Entries must be accompanied by fees of £6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via EITHER PayPal on website (account not required, please note PayPal Receipt No.) OR Cheque/Postal-Order payable to Coffee-House Poetry.

By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR cheque/postal-order enclosed; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to CoffPoetry@aol.com as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to info@coffeehousepoetry.orginclude following details in e-mail: Poet’s Name & Address, Phone No, List of Titles, No. of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt No. OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight on Mon 16 Oct 2017; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 16 Oct 2017Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing Mon 20 Nov 2017. Prize-giving will take place on Mon 27 Nov 2017 at Coffee-House Poetry at the Troubadour in Earls Court, London.

Acknowledgement/Results: E-mail entries acknowledged within 14 days of receipt of both entry & payment; postal entrants may include stamped, addressed postcard or envelope marked Acknowledgement &/or stamped, addressed envelope marked Results; results will be posted on website (& mailed to all postal entrants who included a Results envelope) after Mon 27 Nov 2017; judges’ decision is final; no correspondence will be entered into.



This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject.

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 comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

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

For further details and to enter online see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm