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.

December 2021

The Latin Programme Poetry Competition 2021

Theme: ‘omnia vincit amor?'

Entry Fee: £12 (all proceeds go towards the delivery of Latin lessons in London state schools)

First Prize: £200

Judges: Brigade Mullins, Arji Manuelpillai, Rebecca Watts

DEADLINE: 5 December 2021

About Us Poetry and Coding Competition

Join us on an exciting journey through poetry, science and technology, spanning 13.8 billion years!

The Poetry Society, Stemettes and 59 Productions have launched a new poetry and coding competition for young people aged 4-18 and based in the UK. The theme is ‘connectivity and the universe’ and the deadline for entries is 23:59 GMT on Sunday 19 December 2021.

The competition is part of a project called About Us, one of ten commissions for UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK. About Us is an epic new show for everyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered about our connection to the vast universe. The show will tour the UK in spring 2022.

Find out more, discover resources, and enter online at aboutus.earth

DEADLINE: 19 December 2021 (23:59 GMT)

WoLF Poetry Competition 2022

On November 1st 2021, Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its fifth poetry competition to poets from across the globe. The 2022 festival takes place over the weekend of 4-6 February, and the theme for both the festival and the competition is ‘sounds of the city’. Take us to your market, offer us high street haiku, sing the praises of your local bus. Send us stories of sirens, sonnets to seagulls on rooftops, sagas about drunks singing their way home. Surprise us with what the sounds of the city mean to you, and send your entries in before December 31st!

1st prize for this competition is £400. 2nd prize, £150. There are three 3rd prizes of £50. We also have a new category, for poems sent in by people living in a WV postcode. These will additionally be eligible for a prize of £75, with two £25 runners-up prizes.

Entry fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three.

Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Casey Bailey.

Please visit http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/competition.html for more details.

DEADLINE: 31 December 2021

January 2022

New Beginnings Poetry Competition

The Curtis Brown Creative writing school is pleased to open their New Beginnings Poetry Competition for entries. Poets from across the UK and Ireland (over the age of 18) are invited to submit an original poem of up to 40 lines. Poems must be previously unpublished and respond to the theme ‘New Beginnings’. The competition is free to enter.

Winner: £500, a free place on Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online Writing Poetry course (worth £210) and publication of your poem on the Curtis Brown Creative blog.

Runner-up: A free place on Curtis Brown Creative’s six-week online Writing Poetry course (worth £210) and publication of your poem on the Curtis Brown Creative blog.

Judge: Anthony Anaxagorou, award-winning poet

Full details here: www.curtisbrowncreative.co.uk/new-beginnings-poetry-competition/

DEADLINE: 21 January 2022

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long.

Visual poems are welcome if the image fits on a single page. Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.

Twelve poems will be awarded cash prizes and also receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine. This quarter's competition will be judged by Mark Totterdell, author of Mollusc.

Prizes: £250 (1st), £125 (2nd), £75 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), £20 x 3 (Commendation), £10 x 3 (Special Mentions)

Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10.

Enter online now or download an Entry Form here.

DEADLINE: 31 January 2022

February 2022

Guernsey International Poetry Competition

The 2022 Guernsey International Poetry Competition (Poems on the Move) is organised in conjunction with the Guernsey Literary Festival.

The competition is open to poets worldwide

Sponsored again by Guernsey Post, the competition is divided into three classes:

Open (which carries a first prize of £1000), Channel Islands (£250) and Young Poet (£250).

This year’s judge is Michael Symmons Roberts, Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Poems are limited to 14 lines, emphasising the need for their language to be succinct and clear.

Full details and entry forms are available at poemsonthemove.com

DEADLINE: 15 February 2022