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.

January 2021

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21

Magma Judge’s Prize for a poem of 11–50 lines awarded by Theresa Lola, who will read all eligible entries. 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £150. 5 special mentions.
Magma Editors’ Prize for a poem of up to 10 lines awarded by a panel of Magma editors. 1st prize £1000; 2nd prize £300; 3rd prize £150. 5 special mentions.
Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2021.
Entry fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma subscribers benefit from reduced fees, £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

DEADLINE: 15 January 2021

Guernsey International Poetry Competition

The Guernsey Literary Festival presents a competition that could deliver your work to thousands of readers. Winning entries will be displayed on Guernsey buses, and a smaller selection will take part in a second, larger display at Guernsey Airport, then all over the islands.

Judge: Kate Clanchy

Rules: Maximum length 14 lines. Entries should be in English, typed or submitted online in Word or PDF format.

The prize is open to anyone except those involved in organising the competition. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any public website or broadcast, nor winning or placed in any other competition, as at 5 March 2021.

DEADLINE: 15 January 2021

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Judge: Oz Hardwick

Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Prizes: £250 (First), £125 (Second), £75 (Third), £30 x 3 (High commendation), £20 x 3 (Commendation) and 3 x Sentinel Literary Quarterly paperback (Special mention)

Entry fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7 and £22/10 poems.

Enter online or download Entry Form for postal entries at https://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

DEADLINE: 31 January 2021

The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition, 2021

We are pleased to announce that our annual Open Poetry Competition is now open for your entries. It is being judged this year by Rishi Dastidar, a well-known poet and editor whose most recent collection Saffron Jack is published by Nine Arches Press.

As in previous years, we offer seven prizes:

1st Prize: £1000

2nd Prize: £300

3rd Prize: £100

4th Prize: 4 x £50

Entry fee: £5 per poem; 3 or more poems, £4 each.

Further info. here.

DEADLINE: 31 January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

Poets & Players Competition 2021

Judge: Seán Hewitt

First Prize: £600

Second Prize: £200

Third Prize: £100

Plus the opportunity to read at a Poets & Players event (date tbc).

Winning poems will be published on our website.

For full details, rules and entry form please visit: https://poetsandplayers.co/competition/competition-2021/

DEADLINE: 1 March 2021 (midnight GMT)

The League of Poets – Voice of Peace: 1st International Poetry And Short Story Anthology Competition 2021

An act of peace is one of the simplest and most cordial form of humanity, with our peace voices we can make our world become a better place. Today, The League of POETS seeks to promote peace at the frontline of global crisis by embarking on its first ever intercontinental poetry and short stories anthology.

We are looking for entries that brings the world together. Entries that seeks for unification, exhorts love, harmonizes truth and portrays touching acts of kindness. We want entries that stands on its own as a collective voice of peace.

Further details at https://leagueofpoets.com/voice-of-peace-1st-international-poetry-and-short-story-anthology-competition-2021/

DEADLINE: 31 March 2021