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.


October 2019

The National Poetry Competition 2019

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or older. The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

  • First Prize: £5000
  • Second Prize: £2000
  • Third Prize: £1000
  • Seven commendations: £200

Enter online at npc.poetrysociety.org.uk

DEADLINE: 31 October 2019

April 2020

Is Royalty Relevant? Poetry Competition

Task: Write a poem about the relevance of royal families in today’s society. You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?). You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as, we are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem.

Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press website

Length: 50 lines or less

Entry fee: none

Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country

To submit: email your poem as a Word, Text or PDF attachment to submissions@hollandparkpress.co.uk

Organizer: Holland Park Press

Complete guidelines are available here.

DEADLINE: 27 April 2020