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Poetry Competitions

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Last updated 2nd July 2020

Below you will find details of many national and international poetry competitions, contests, awards and prizes from all over the world, including Australia, Canada, England (and the rest of the UK), Ireland and the USA. There are competitions suitable for poets of all ages and levels of capability.

PLEASE NOTE: Most of the poetry competitions listed on this page accept entries from writers living anywhere in the world. The country each publication is run from is listed so you know which global market you are submitting to.

If you run a poetry competition and would like your contest to be included in the lists below, please contact me providing all of the following information (please don't just send me a link - give the full details requested below in an email):

  • How often you will be running the contest (eg, annually, quarterly, one-off)
  • The name of your poetry competition
  • A link to your website
  • The country you are based in
  • Closing date
  • The date you announce winners
  • Maximum word count or lines of poetry
  • Entry fee
  • Top prize
  • Any other details, including how winning writers' poems will be published and any limitations regarding style, theme etc

If you spot any mistakes, incorrect information or broken links on this page, please feel free to contact me - I do my best to fix any problems quickly.

This page is updated regularly throughout the year. I add new competitions as I become aware of them and update mistakes users point out. I undertake a full update, checking every link, during January each year.

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Regular Poetry Contests

This list contains information about poem competitions run on a regular basis; daily, weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, tri-annually etc. If you're new to poetry and have not yet been published, this is a good place to start.

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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
Cinnamon Press Poetry Prizes Wales Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Cinnamon Press Poetry Prizes: They run a variety of awards that change regularly - check website for more details
Creative Writing Life Competition UK Monthly Monthly 38 lines FREE £20
Notes on CWL Competition: Any style / genre - winner's published in CWL magazine
FanStory Poetry Contests USA Weekly Weekly Varies Varies Varies
Notes on FanStory Contests: FanStory run a variety of contests including Haiku, Sonnet, 3 Line Poem and many more - each contest is run quarterly but they add new competitions on a weekly basis
F(r)iction Lit Poetry Competition USA Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on TBL Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in F(r)iction  fine art and literature magazine - used to be called Tethered by Letters
New Millennium Awards USA Bi-Annually Bi-Annually See notes $20 $1,000
Notes on New Millennium Awards: Any style, subject or theme - 3 poems of up to 5 pages in length total - winners published in anthology and online - entry fee includes a copy of the anthology
Pangolin Review Poetry Prize Mauritius

Varies

Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Pangolin Prize: Any style / subject or theme - winners published in a special Winners’ Corner - top prize has been up to $400 in the past
Sentinel Literary Poetry Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 50 lines £5 £250
Notes on Sentinel Literary Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Sentinel Literary Magazine
Templar Poetry Awards UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Templar Poetry Awards: They run lots of different competitions - most offer publication and prize money, but check website for current opportunities
Wax Poetry and Art Magazine's Poetry Contests Canada Varies Varies No max stated FREE Varies
Notes on Wax Poetry and Art Contest: Any style or subject, but themes vary, so check website for full details - prizes up to CAD $150 - winners published online and in Wax Poetry and Art Magazine
Writers' Forum Poetry Competition UK Monthly Monthly 40 lines £7 £100
Notes on Writers' Forum Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Writers' Forum magazine

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Prestigious / Big Prize Poetry Competitions

This list contains details of prestigious poetry contests offering large monetary prizes in excess of £1,000 ($, € or other currency). Competition will be high - big prizes tend to attract more entries.

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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
Aesthetica Creative Writing Award UK August December 40 lines £12 £1,000
Notes on Aesthetica Competition: Any style / genre - winning stories (top 60) published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual - winner also receives poetry society membership, books and magazine subscriptions - they also accept short stories
Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize UK Varies Varies 2,500 words FREE £10,000
Notes on Alpine Fellowship Prize: Any style but themed, so check website for this year's details - winner and two runners up invited to attend the next symposium - usually closes around March / April - generous cash prizes for runners up
Arran Theatre and Arts Trust McLellan Poetry Prize Scotland Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on McLellan Poetry Prize: Any style, subject or theme - top prize has been up to £1,500 in the past - usually closes around June / July
Bayou Magazine’s ' Kay Murphy Prize for Poetry' USA Varies Varies no max stated $20 $1,000
Notes on Bayou Magazine Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winner published in and receives a free subscription to Bayou Magazine - all entries are considered for publication
Breakwater Review Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest USA Varies Varies no max stated $10 $1,000
Notes on Breakwater Review Contest: Any style, subject or theme - all finalists considered for publication in the Breakwater Review - $10 fee allows you to submit up to 3 poems - submission dealine usually around May / June / July
Bridport Prize for Poems UK May November 42 lines £10 £5,000
Notes on Bridport Prize Poem Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in the Bridport Prize anthology
Caterpillar Poetry Prize Ireland March ? no max stated €12 €1,000
Notes on Caterpillar Prize: Any style, subject or theme but written for children aged 7 to 11 years of age - winner published in The Caterpillar
Christopher Tower Poetry Prize Competition UK Varies Varies 48 lines FREE £3,000
Notes on Christopher Tower Competition: Themed, so check website for current details - for 16 to 19 year olds in full time education - winners published on website
Coffee-House Poetry 'Troubadour Poetry Prize' UK Varies Varies 45 lines Varies Varies
Notes on Troubadour Prize: Any style, subject or theme - top prize varies, but is always thousands of pounds + goodies - highest I've seen top prize is £5,000 - entry fee is usually around the £5/£6 mark but does vary
Enizagam Literary Contest for Poetry USA Varies Varies 10 pages $20 $1,000
Notes on Enizagam Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in and receive 2 free copies of Enizagam Journal, winners also nominated for Pushcart Prize
Forward Arts Foundation Prizes For Poetry UK Varies October NA FREE £10,000
Notes on Forward Arts Foundation Prize: Prizes: 10K for best collection, 5K for best 1st collection, 1K for best single poem - book entries must be submitted by publisher and single poems by magazine editors
Fresno State College of Arts Philip Levine Prize for Poetry USA September Spring 80 pages $28 $2,000
Notes on Philip Levine Prize: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash prize, winner is published by Anhinga Press
High Sheriff’s Cheshire Prize for Literature UK Varies Varies 100 lines FREE £2,000
Notes on High Sheriff Prize: Any style, subject or theme - entrants must have lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton (UK) - winners published in anthology by the University of Chester Press - competition varies each year: short stories, poetry, children’s literature, scripts etc. - link takes you to 'press office' as that's where they seem to announce competition updates
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition UK July ? 40 lines £5.75 £1,000
Notes on Ledbury Poetry Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners are offered the chance of reading at the Ledbury Poetry Festival - also run comps for children
Live Canon International Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies no max stated Varies £1,000
Notes on Live Canon Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in anthology
Manchester Poetry Prize UK September November 120 lines £17.50 £10,000
Notes on Manchester Prize: Any style, subject or theme - for best collection of 3 to 5 poems with a collective maximum of 12o lines (£17.50 entry covers up to 5 poems)
Munster Literature Fool for Poetry Competition Ireland June Varies 16 to 24 pages €25 €1,000
Notes on Munster Lit F4P Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winner will have a chapbook published and be given 25 free copies - winner offered the chance to read at the Cork International Poetry Festival
Munster Literature Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition Ireland November January 40 lines €7 €2,000
Notes on Munster Lit G O'D Literature Competition: Any style, subject or theme - published in winter edition of Southword Literary Journal - winner also receives a trip to the Cork International Poetry Festival and place on a writer’s retreat
Omnidawn Poetry Contests USA Quarterly Quarterly Varies Varies $1,000 to $3,000
Notes on Omnidawn Contest: Any style or genre - 4 contests run every year with different requirements - 2 have a $1,000 prize, 2 have a $3,000 prize - winners published professionally in a chapbook
Poetry London Prize UK May July 80 lines £8 £5,000
Notes on Poetry London Prize: Any style, subject or theme - generous cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place poets - winners published in Poetry London magazine
Robert Graves Poetry Prize UK Varies Varies 40 lines £5 £1,000
Notes on Robert Graves Prize: Any style, subject or theme - run by University of Roehampton and Wimbledon BookFest - winners published in Poem Magazine - to find current prize details, click on the link and then go to 'News' in the main navigation of their website - usually closes around July / August time
Room Magazine Poetry Contest Canada Varies Varies 150 lines C$35 C$1,000
Notes on Room Magazine Poetry Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Room Magazine - entry fee for writers residing outside of Canada $49 USD - entry includes subsciption to Room Magazine
Singapore Unbound Gaudy Boy Poetry Book Prize Singapore / USA May July 70 to 120 pages $10 $1,000
Notes on Singapore Unbound Gaudy Boy Prize: Any style, subject or theme - entrants must be of Asian heritage - look in the 'opportunities' section of the website to find the current competition details - winner also earns book publication in the USA and Singapore
Sussex Poetry Competition UK October November 40 lines £6 £1,000
Notes on Sussex Poetry Competition: Any style, subject or theme - run biennially by Brighton and Hove Arts Council - winners published on website - they also run a student competition for which entry is free and top prize is £150
The New Guard Knightville Poetry Contest USA September November 150 lines $22 $1,500
Notes on The New Guard Award: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in The New Guard
TNQ Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award Canada February September no limit C$40 C$1,000

Notes on The New Quarterly Occasional Verse Award: Any style, subject or theme, but poems should be inspired by a specific occasion - entry includes a subscription to TNQ magazine - winner published in The New Quarterly and invited to read at Wild Writers Festival in Ontario - short-listed winners are considered for publication in TNQ (paid at $50)

The Moth Poetry Prize Ireland December March no line limit €15 €6,000
Notes on The Moth Poetry Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Moth Magazine - they also offer generous prizes for runners up
The Plough Poetry Prize UK Varies Varies 40 lines £5 £1,000
Notes on Room Magazine Poetry Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website
The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition UK October February 40 lines £7 £5,000
Notes on Poetry Society Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winning poems maybe published - there are details of other prizes in the competition section of their website
The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize Australia June October 50 lines $25 $15,000
Notes on University of Canberra Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in the annual Prize Anthology in print and online, for which every contributor is paid $50
Virginia Commonwealth University 'Levis Reading Prize' USA February Autumn / Fall no max / min 48 pages FREE $5,000
Notes on VCU Prize: Any style, subject or theme - for poetry collections (books) - winner invited on all expenses paid trip to give a public reading
Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition UK June October 35 lines £6 £1,000
Notes on Wells Festival Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website
Wigtown Poetry Competition Scotland Varies Varies 40 lines £6.50 £1,500
Notes on Wigtown Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Southlight Magazine
Winchester Poetry Prize UK July September 40 lines £5 £1,000
Notes on Winchester Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winning poems will be published in the Winners' Anthology
Winning Writers Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest USA Varies Varies 250 lines $20 $3,000
Notes on WW Wergle Flomp Competition: 2 top prizes of $1,500; 1, Tom Howard Prize for a poem of any style, subject or theme; 2, Margaret Reid Prize for poems that rhyme or have a traditional style - winners published online
Winning Writers Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest USA April August 250 lines FREE $1,000
Notes on WW Wergle Flomp Competition: Any style, subject or theme but must be humorous - winners published online

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Annual Poetry Contests

This table lists details of poetry competitions run yearly.

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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
Against the Grain Poetry Press Competition UK Varies Varies Varies £5 £100
Notes on Against the Grain Competition: Any style, subject or theme - deadline for submissions is usually around November / December
Ageless Authors Writing Contest USA July September No limit $20 $500
Notes on Ageless Authors Contest: Any style or subject but sometimes themed, so check website for current contest details - entrants must be aged 50 years or older - winning poems published in anthology
Anglica's Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Anglica's Poetry Competition: Any style, subject or theme - the best poems will be published in Anglica's Journal
Australasian Association of Writing Programs Emerging Writers' Prize Australia Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on AAWP Prize: Any style, subject but themed, so check website for current details - winners considered for publication in Meniscus
Battered Moons Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies Varies £5 £700
Notes on Battered Moons Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet - run as part of the Poetry Swindon Festival - usually closes around May/June/July
Better Than Starbucks Contests USA Varies Varies Varies FREE Varies
Notes on Better Than Starbucks Contest: Any style, subject or theme - they run a variety of contests, including sonnet and haiku, so check website for current details - winners published in print and online - prizes up to $100 in the past
Boston Review Poetry Contest USA June Fall see notes $20 $500
Notes on Boston Review Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winner published in the Boston Review - enter up to 5 poems, 10 pages max in total
Blue Mesa Review Poetry Contest USA August October 3 poems $12 $500
Notes on Blue Mesa Review Contest: Any style, subject or theme -winning poems published in the Blue Mesa Review
Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Canterbury Festival Competition: Any style, subject or theme - all shortlisted and longlisted entries published in an anthology - no dedicated page on website, so check 'what's on' section (usually under 'performance') and 'News' section
Charroux Poetry Prize France August October 40 lines £5 £200
Notes on Charroux Poetry Prize: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on website
Creative Future Writers' Award UK Varies Varies 42 lines FREE Varies
Notes on Creative Future Competition:Any style / genre except children's or erotica and themed, so check website for full details - winners published in anthology and receive a development package worth about £2,500 in addition to cash (cash prize has been up to £100 in the past) - deadline for submissions is usually around May / June - look in the 'what we do' section of their website to find competition details
Cultural Weekly's Jack Grapes Poetry Prize USA August October no max stated FREE Varies
Notes on Cultural Weekly Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winner's published in Cultural Weekly - multiple cash prizes, top prize has been up to $250 in the past - no dedicated page on website, so put 'jack grapes' into their website's search function to see latest posts
Cyberworld Publishing 'The Good Life in Galicia' Competition Galicia, Spain August Varies 60 lines FREE €15
Notes on Cyberworld Publishing Competition: Any style, subject or theme but must be about Galicia in a significant way - winners published in anthology
Girton College Jane Martin Poetry Prize UK Varies Varies 2 sides of A4 FREE £700
Notes on Jane Martin Prize: Any style, subject or theme - for those aged between 18 and 30 years of age, living in the UK
Grey Hen Press Poetry Competition UK April June 40 lines £3 £100
Notes on Grey Hen Press Competition: Any style, subject or theme - entrants must be female and over 60 years old - winners published on the website
Grindstone International Poetry Prize UK August November 40 lines £10 £500
Notes on Grindstone Competition: Any style / subject or theme - every entrant receives editorial feedback - all shortlisted poets published in Grindstone's year-end anthology and they also receive an invite to participate in the Atmos Collections
Hammond House International Literary Awards UK September December 40 lines £10 £100
Notes on Hammond House Awards: Any style / subject but themed so check website for current details - winning poems published by HH
Hastings Literary Festival Poetry Competition UK June August 40 lines £5 £100
Notes on Hastings Literary Festival Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - winners published in anthology
Iceland Writers Retreat Writing Contest Iceland Varies Varies Varies FREE See notes
Notes on Iceland Writers Retreat Competition: Any style but themed, so check website for current theme - top prize is a place at the Iceland Writers Retreat, including accommodation - they also accept short stories and non-fiction - usually closes towards the end of the year - scroll down homepage to 'News and Events' to find latest info about contest
Into the Void Poetry Competition Canada Varies Varies 60 lines $6 $500
Notes on Into The Void Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website - founded in Ireland, moved to Canada in 2017
La Piccioletta Barca Competition UK September October No limit $10 $400
Notes on La Piccioletta Barca: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - also open to short stories - winners published in competition issue of the La Piccioletta Barca journal
League of Poets: Songs of Peace: World’s Biggest Anthology Nigeria Varies Varies 14 lines: 50 characters per line FREE See notes
Notes on League of Poets Competition: Any style or subject but themed around peace - winners receive a Certificate of Life-Time Achievement, plus publication in the anthology - runs biennially (every other year)
Lichfield Cathedral Poetry Competition, 'The Word' UK October November 24 lines FREE £100
Notes on Lichfield Cathedral Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - to find the competition page, go to the 'What's On' section of the website in the main navigation
Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition UK November February

50 page min / 100 page max

£20 See notes
Notes on Littoral Press Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winner's collection published in print - winner receives 50 copies of their book
Live Canon Poetry Collection Competition UK May Varies See notes £12 See notes
Notes on Live Canon Collection Competition: Any style, subject or theme - for full poetry collections of at least 35 poems / 40 x A5 pages - winners offered a publication contract by Live Canon Poetry Press
Live Canon Poetry Pamphlet Competition UK March Varies See notes £12 See notes
Notes on Live Canon Pamphlet Competition: Any style, subject or theme - for pamphlets of between 18 and 35 poems - winners offered a publication contract by Live Canon Poetry Press
Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition UK May August 40 lines £5 30% of total entry fees
Notes on Lord Whisky Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for details - top prize is usually around £250 - 50% of entry fees will be used for the care of the animals at the sanctuary - to find competition details, go to the 'News and Events' section of the website
Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry and Short Stories UK (Belfast) Varies Varies 3 to 5 poems, max 60 lines each £6 £500
Notes on Mairtín Crawford Award: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash prize, winner receives three-night stay in a writing retreat and advice from the editors of The Tangerine to work towards publication in the magazine - deadline for submissions is usually around May / June
Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition UK June September 40 lines £4.50 £500
Notes on Manchester Cathedral Competition: Any style but broadly religious or 'spiritual' in nature - winners invited to read at the Manchester Literature Festival
Maria Edgeworth Literary Festival Competition Ireland March April 40 lines €5 Varies
Notes on Maria Edgeworth Festival Competition: Any style / genre - also accept short stories - top prize has been up to £250 in the past
Momaya Poetry Competition UK & USA October November 1,500 words £7 £70 ($100)
Notes on Momaya Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - winners published in the Momaya Poetry Review
Mslexia Women's Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Mslexia Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in magazine and on website - doesn't run every year as they run loads of different writing contests so check website for current details
Ó Bhéal Five Words Poetry Competition Ireland January March 50 lines €5 €750
Notes on Ó Bhéal Competition: Any style or subject but themed around 5 words, so see website for current details - winning and short listed entries published in anthology
Overton Poetry Prize UK Varies Varies 300 lines £12 See notes
Notes on Overton Prize: Any style, subject or theme - run through Loughborough University in memory of professor Bill Overton - first place published in chapbook, runners up receive book tokens
Oxford Festival of the Arts Poetry Live UK Varies Varies no max stated FREE See notes
Notes on Oxford Festival of the Arts Prize: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - no permanent link, so go to the 'Become a Sponsor' section of the website and look in the 'Participation Projects' section - deadline for subs is usually around April / May
Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition USA May September 750 words Varies See notes
Notes on Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners might be published - top prize has been up to $1,000 in past but does vary - entry fee usually between $15 and $25 - sometimes run a poetry collection prize too
Poetry Book Awards Wales, UK June November no max £25 £200
Notes on Poetry Book Awards: Any style, subject or theme - for book length collections of poetry - winner also receives PN Review subscription and their book is sent to Carcanet Press for consideration
Poetry Book Society Poetry Prizes UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Poetry Book Society Prizes: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website - free entry to club members - check prizes section of the website for current prize on offer
Poetry on the Lake International Competition for the Silver Wyvern Italy Varies Varies 42 lines Varies €500
Notes on Poetry on the Lake Competition: Any style but themed, so check website for current details - they are based on an island in Lake Orta, Italy - winner receives cash and a silver wyvern - Poetry on the Lake run other poetry contests with varying line limits, fees and prizes, so check out their website - winners published on website and in anthology
Poetry Quarterly Annual Poetry Contest USA December January no max stated $10 $300
Notes on Poetry Quarterly Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Poetry Quarterly - entry fee includes 1 year's subscription to magazine
Poets and Players Competition UK Varies Varies 40 lines £4 £600
Notes on Poets and Players Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website and invited to read at prize giving ceremony - usually closes around March / April
Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition UK Varies Varies no max stated £12 £400
Notes on Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash, winner also receives 25 copies of their book which will be sold through Prole’s website - copies of the book will be sent out for review - usually closes between June and August - they also run a poetry comp with a £200 prize
Radix Media Own Voices Chapbook Prize USA May June 40 pages $10 $500
Notes on Radix Media Prize: Any style, subject or theme - in addition to cash prize, 2 winners receive publication and 25 author copies from a print run of 250
SaveAs Writers Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on SaveAs Writers Competition: Any style or subject, but themed, so check website for current details - winners published in anthology - top prize has been up to £500 in the past
Segora Poetry Competition UK June July Varies £5 £300
Notes on Segora Competition: Any style, subject or theme
Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition UK January February 30 lines See notes £200
Notes on Snowdrop Festival Competition: Any style or subject, but themed so check website for full details - 3 classes: up to 11 years old, 12–17 years old and above 18 years old - free entry for children, £4 for 18 and over category
SMK Contests USA Varies Varies Varies Varies $100
Notes on SMK Contests: Any style / genre - they have multiple categories for flash fiction, poetry, short story, non-fiction, novel and more, so check website for full details
Stafford LitFest Writing Competition UK February March 40 lines £5 £50
Notes on Stafford LitFest Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - prize paid in vouchers - winner receives VIP invite to Stafford LitFest - winning entries published in local monthly magazine The Purple Diary - also accept flash fiction and run children's comp for 11 to 15 year-olds with free entry and 3 x £10 voucher prizes - look in the 'Events/Blog' section of their website to find competition details
Stroud Book Festival Poetry Competition UK September October 40 lines £5 £500
Notes on Stroud Book Festival Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners announced at the festival
The Bedford Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on The Bedford Competition: Any style / genre - winning and shortlisted entries published in print and Kindle eBook - after winners have been paid, excess money is donated to charity - usually closes around September / October - top prize has been up to £500 in the past
The London Magazine Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies 40 lines £10 £500
Notes on London Magazine Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in London Magazine and online - usually closes around May / June
Tree2MyDoor Valentines Day Poetry Competition UK Valentine's Day February 150 words FREE See notes
Notes on Tree2MyDoor Competition: Any style or subject but theme is Valentine's Day (love and romance) - open to UK residents only - winner receives £100 Tree2MyDoor gift voucher
Welsh Poetry Competition Wales Varies Varies 50 lines £5 £500
Notes on Welsh Poetry Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners and 17 runners up published on website and in anthology
Writers Bureau Limerick Competition UK April June no max stated £5 £300
Notes on Writers Bureau Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Freelance Market News - £5 entry is for up to 4 Limericks - they run other competitions throughout the year, so the focus of the competition page changes, depending on what is currently running
Writer's Relief WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest USA Varies Varies 48 page book $20 $500
Notes on Writer's Relief Competition: Any style, subject or theme - entrants must reside in the USA - for books up to 48 pages in length with 1 poem per page - winner's chapbook published in print and eBook format

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Poetry Competitions For Young Writers & Children

This table lists different poetry competitions specifically for young adults and children.

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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award UK July October No max FREE See notes
Notes on Foyle Award: Any style, subject or theme - for ages 11 to 17 - winners receive a range of prizes, from mentoring to residential Arvon writing courses, Poetry Society membership and books
Fresher Publishing's Writing Wizardry Competition UK March May 500 words FREE £150*
Notes on Fresher Publishing's Competition: Any style, subject or theme - for children in school years 3 to 6 (aged 11 or under) - top prize is £150 worth of books - shortlisted poems published in a book - they also accept short stories - Fresher Publishing is part of Bournemouth University
Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition UK July ? 40 lines FREE Varies
Notes on Ledbury Poetry Competition: Any style, subject or theme - 2 categories: 12 to 17 years and under 11 - prizes vary but have been up to £100 in the past
Live Canon Young Writer's Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies No max FREE Varies
Notes on Live Canon Competition: Any style, subject or theme - 100 winning poems published in anthology - 4 categories: years 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-13
Never Such Innocence Poetry & Art Competition UK Varies Varies No limit FREE Varies
Notes on Never Such Innocence Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for full details - for children and young writers aged 9 to 18 (multiple age categories, so visit website for details) - the contest is also open to submission of art, speeches and songs
Wax Poetry and Art Magazine's Under 25 Poetry Contest Canada Biannually Biannually No max stated FREE $50
Notes on Wax Poetry and Art Contest: Any style or subject, but themed, so check website for current details - entrants must be under 25 years old - winners published online and in Wax Poetry and Art Magazine
Wells Festival of Literature Young Poets Competition UK June October 35 lines £3 £150
Notes on Wells LitFest Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winner also receives a year's subscription to The Poetry Society - winners published on website
Wimbledon Bookfest Young Writers' Competition UK Varies Varies No max FREE iPad
Notes on Wimbledon Bookfest Competition: Any style or subject but themed so check website for current details - winners published in Bookfest Book of Stories anthology - up to 6 age categories that are subject to change, so check website for current details - no dedicated page on website, so check 'children' section for news

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One-Off Poetry Writing Competitions

This table will list one-off poetry contests.

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Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
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Notes on TBC Competition: Details to be confirmed...

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Other Poetry Competition Lists

There are other websites that supply poetry competition calendars. They are listed below (if you run one on your site, please get in touch):

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A History of Closed Poetry Competitions

This table will contain a history of previously listed poetry contests that have closed.

Competition Country Closing Date Winners Announced Max Lines Entry Fee Top Prize
A Poem For Europe UK 31st July 2019 October 32 lines £6 £500
Notes on A Peom For Europe: Themed around Europe - winners published online and in print - CLOSED, was a one-off
Artificium Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies 40 lines £5 Varies
Notes on Artificium Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Artificium - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED during 2018, removed from lists 2019
Association of Christian Writers Writing Competitions UK Varies Varies Varies £3 See notes
Notes on ACW Competitions: They run a variety of competitions (flash fiction, short story and poetry), so check website for current details - winners published in Christian Writers (circulation 700) - top prize: £25 book voucher - CLOSED, but they still run the odd one-off comp
Budleigh Salterton Literary Festival Poetry Competition UK 31st July 2017 September 600 words FREE £1,000
Notes on Budleigh Salterton Competition: Any style or genre but competition is themed, so check website for details - CLOSED, was a one-off
Caerphilly Scribes Free Verse Competition Wales Bi-Annually Bi-Annually 30 lines £5 £100
Notes on Caerphilly Scribes Competition: Any style, subject or theme, but no purple prose or schmaltz - winners published in Caerphilly Scribes Poetry Collection - each entry receives a short commentary from the judges - CLOSED 2016
Cafe Aphra Poem of the Month UK Varies Varies 25 lines FREE None
Notes on Cafe Aphra: Any style / genre - they feature at least one new poem on the first Monday of every month - always open to submissions - CLOSED 2019
Cariad Marketing Living Well Poetry Competition UK 30th September 2019 6th December 2019 30 lines £5 £100
Notes on Cariad Marketing Competition: Any style, subject but themed around 'living well' - winning and shortlisted poems will be printed in ‘Living Well Poetry’ which will be sold in aid of the Isabel Hospice - winner and finalists receive a copy of the book and be invited to read their work at an awards evening - CLOSED, was a one-off
Clochoderick Poetry Competition UK January March 35 lines £5 £500
Notes on Clochoderick Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Clochoderick bi-annual literary journal - WEBSITE NOT updated in ages and social media profiles gone, so removed listing 2019
Cozy Cat Press Poetry Contest USA 1st July 2019 1st August 2019 2 pages FREE $100
Notes on Cozy Cat Press Contest: Any style or subject but themed so check website for full details - CLOSED, was a one-off
Craigleigh Press Poetry Contest Canada 30th April 2016 ? 40 lines $5 $50
Notes on Craigleigh Press Competition: Any or subject but the theme - 3 categories: A. Free Verse, B. Traditional Verse, C. Haiku - CLOSED, was a one-off
Creative Future Spotlight Books Competition UK 24th February 2019 1st April 2019 40-45pp. at 20 lines per page FREE See notes
Notes on Creative Future Competition: Any style or genre except erotica or children's - open to writers from under-represented backgrounds (those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance) so see website for full guidelines - six writers will begiven 1:1 editorial support to shape their manuscripts and will be published in individual small books with international distribution - CLOSED, was a one-off
Crooked Quill Magazine Poetry Competition England 15th February 2015 March 20 lines FREE £20
Notes on Crooked Quill Competition: Any or subject but the theme is 'beginnings and time' - 1st prize is a £20 Amazon voucher - winners published in The Crooked Quill literary magazine -CLOSED, was a one-off
Crowvus Poetry Prize UK March April 50 lines £3 See notes
Notes on Crowvus Prize: Any style, subject but themed or inspired by pictures, so see website for full details - 25 shortlisted poems published in an anthology - top prize is 40% of the total entry fees - they run short story comps too - NO LONGER MENTIONED on website, so removed listing 2019
David Burland Poetry Prize UK July August 40 lines £8 £200
Notes on David Burland Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in anthology Poetic Art / L’Art Poétique - didn't run in 2018, but plan to run 2019, so check website for updates - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2020
Fire River Poets Open Poetry Competition UK October January 40 lines £4 £200
Notes on Fire River Poets Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners invited to take part in a reading event held in Taunton- WESBITE DISAPPEARED 2017
First Writer International Poetry Competition England October ? 30 lines £3 £200
Notes on First Writer Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in First Writer Magazine - CLOSED 2016 after running for 15 years
Five Aspects Poetry Competition UK December February 40 lines £4 £150
Notes on Five Aspects Competition: Any style or subject bu themed, so check website for current details - many cash prizes, including awards for younger writers - all winners invited to attend workshops with young people, to share their creative processes - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019
Fly on the Wall Press 'Planet in Peril' Poetry, Photography and Art Competition UK 28th April 2019 May See notes See notes £50
Notes on Fly on the Wall Competition: Any style or subject - no max, but 40 lines recommended - entry: adult £5, student £3, free sponsored entries for anyone under 18 or unwaged - winners published in the anthology Planet in Peril which will support charity - CLOSED, was a one-off
Fun Palaces: WriteScience Poem Competition UK July September 250 FREE See notes
Notes on Fun Palaces Poem Competition: Any style / genre but themed around science - open to residents of the UK only - winners published on website and performed at reading events - competition is judged by a very prestigious panel - they also accept short stories - NOT RUN SINCE 2016, so removed from lists Jan 2018
Geraldine Taylor's 'Words of Inspiration' Poetry Contest UK Quarterly Quarterly 40 lines £4.99 £250
Notes on Words of Inspiration Contest: Any style / subject but themed around inspiration - winners published on website and in Creative Collective Anthology Series - NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing Jan 2018
Grindstone Poetry Competition UK Quarterly Quarterly 40 lines Varies Varies
Notes on Grindstone Competition: Any style / subject but themed, so check website for current details - winners published on website CLOSED, replaced by annual competition - see lists above
Horse Rider Poetry International Poetry Competition Republic of Serbia Varies Varies 26 lines $8 Varies
Notes on Horse Rider Competition: Any style, subject or theme - prizes vary from cash to cameras to T-shirts and more - winners published in printed anthology and receive a free copy - run on Facebook rather than a website, so link takes you to their FB page - PAGE INACTIVE, so removed listing during 2020 update
Hourglass Literary Magazine Best Poem Award Bosnia April September 3,500 words $15 $1,000
Notes on Hourglass Contest: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in Hourglass Literary Magazine - entry fee covers up to 3 poems - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2019
Humanaagerie Anthology from Eibonvale Press UK 31st May 2018 September 60 lines FREE £5
Notes on Humanaagerie Anthology: For 'liminal' work; pieces that would be classed as 'Slipstream'; work that has a speculative or surreal element - edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley - selected works will be published in the Humanaagerie anthology CLOSED, was a one-off
Inexsilio (The Exiles) - The Lost Country Poetry Competition USA Varies Varies 150 lines* FREE $50
Notes on The Exiles Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in The Lost Country Journal - sometimes run annually, sometimes bi-annually - 150 lines is a soft limit, if the editors receive an excellent 200 line poem (for example), they will consider publishing it - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED FOR 2 YEARS, so removed from lists 2018
Info 4 Writers Poetry Competition UK Monthly Monthly 125 lines FREE £15
Notes on Info 4 Writers Competition: Any style / genre but themed so check website for current details - winners published on website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED during 2018, removed from lists 2019
Irish Arts & Writers Festival Writing Competition USA September October 50 lines $10 $600
Notes on Irish Arts & Writers Competition: Any style / genre - winners published on website - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019
Link Age Southwark Writing Competition UK 31st August 2018 October 40 lines See notes £200
Notes on Link Age Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for details - free entry for ages 11 to 17, £5 for adults - winners published on blog and invited to award ceremony in London CLOSED, was a one-off
Magic Oxygen Poetry Prize UK December February 50 lines £5 £1,000
Notes on Magic Oxygen Prize: Any style, subject or theme - winners publsihed in anthology - CLOSED 2019
MK LitFest Poetry Competition UK 31st May 2020 31st August 2020 14 lines FREE £25
Notes on MK LitFest Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for details - entrants must live in Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire or Bedfordshire UK - two age categories: 14 to 19 and over 20 - also open to flash fiction - at least 20 poems and 20 stories published in anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off
Newcastle Univerity International Poetry Prize UK Varies Varies 40 lines Varies £1,000
Notes on Basil Bunting Prize: Any style, subject or theme - large cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners - prizewinners invited to award ceremony at Newcastle Poetry Festival - NOT RUN SINCE 2017, so removed listing 2019
Nothing in the Rulebook's 'Haikus for the NHS' UK 20th February 2017 28th February 2017 Haiku FREE £25
Notes on Nothing in the Rulebook Competition: Any style or subject but the theme is the UK's National Health Service and the tradition of poetry as protest - long and shortlisted haikus published on website - winning haikus will also be printed and distributed at NHS demonstration in London on 4 March - CLOSED, was a one-off
Nowhere.Ink's $100 Weekly Writing Contest USA Weekly Weekly 500 words $2 $100
Notes on Nowhere.Ink Contest: Any style / subject but themed, so check website for current details - winner published on website - winner also receives a copy of The Literary Hack, a quarterly magazine, and considered for publication in mag - WEBSITE not updated since June 2018, so removed listing 2019
Poetic Republic Poetry Competition England April ? 42 lines £7 £2,000
Notes on Poetic Republic Competition: Any style, subject or theme - participants read each other's work and effectively judge the competition, see link for details - winners and published in eBook containing 48 poems and most interesting comments from website - NOT RUN SINCE 2015, so removed listing Jan 2018
Poetry Pulse Annual Poetry Competition UK June August 42 lines £5 £300
Notes on Poetry Pulse Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website and in Poetry Pulse Annual Review - they also run monthly comps - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020
Published Fantasy Authors Poetry/Song Competition USA 20th December 2019 20th February 2020 40 lines FREE $250
Notes on Published Fantasy Authors Poetry/Song Competition: This competition is a unique opportunity to have your literary work set to music and released on a professional album, including a cash prize and a royalty arrangement - open to published authors in the fantasy genre, whose works include original song lyrics - CLOSED, was a one-off
READ Foundation Writing Competition UK 10th October 2018 13th October 2018 500 FREE See notes
Notes on READ Foundation Competition: Any style / genre but themed, so check website for full details - winner publicly displayed across hundreds of schools and read by tens of thousands of children, plus feedback from writer Qaisra Shahraz - also accept flash fiction and non-fiction - CLOSED, was a one-off
Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition England January March 60 lines £5 £700
Notes on Sentinel Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners pubished in anthology - lots of runner-up cash prizes - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED SINCE 2015, so listing removed 2017
Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis Humorous Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies no max stated FREE See notes
Notes on Spilling Cocoa Competition: Any style, subject or theme but dedicated to the serious art of writing funny poems - no monetary prize, but winners published on the website - NO NEW POSTS SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020
Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize UK 14th June 2019 Summer 2019 3 x A4 pages £1 See notes
Notes on Streetcake Prize: Any style or subject - two age bands (18-21 and 22-26) - winners receive personalised mentoring sessions - other prizes include personalised feedback and book bundles - winners published online and in a hardcopy anthology - CLOSED, was a one-off
The Enfield Poets’ Poetry Competition UK 7th March 2020 by 31st March 2020 50 lines £4 £500
Notes on Enfield Poets' Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website and invited to read their poems at prize giving ceremony - CLOSED, was a one-off
The Woolf Poetry Competition Switzerland September December 500 words 10 CHF 150 CHF
Notes on The Woolf Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for current details - 150 CHF is about £115 or $150 - three winning poems published in The Woolf - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020
These Fragile Lilacs 2018 Chapbook Competition USA 1st April 2018 14th April 2018 16 pages $12 $100
Notes on Fragile Lilacs Competition: Any style or subject - winner also receives 20 free printed copies of their chapbook - good prizes for 2nd and 3rd place entries too - CLOSED was a one off
Thinkerbeat 'Reels' and 'Spinners' Awards USA Bi-Annually Bi-Annually Varies FREE $25
Notes on Thinkerbeat Awards: For song lyrics and animations (poets encouraged to enter, hence it's listed here) - winning lyrics will be recorded as a song, and winning scripts annimated - CLOSED 2015
Torbay Festival of Poetry Open Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies Varies Varies Varies
Notes on Torbay Festival Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winner also receives free weekend pass for the poetry festival including accommodation - check 'competitions' section of the website for current details as it seems to change every year - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019
Torriano Poetry Competition England January March 40 lines £3 £250
Notes on Torriano Competition: Any style, subject or theme - Winning poets will be offered featured readings at prize-giving ceremony in April - CONTEST NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so listing removed 2017
Vênoor Living - Poetry in Design Award UK 31st August 2018 9th September 2018 25 lines FREE £50
Notes on Vênoor Living Award: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for details - winner receives cash and vouchers - CLOSED, was a one-off
Victorina Press Poetry Award 'Voices' (Voces) UK 5th October 2018 10th November 2018 40 lines £5 £300
Notes on Victorina Press Award: Any style or subject or theme - winners published by Victorina Press - entries accepted in English and Spanish CLOSED, was a one-off
Voice of the Poet, Africa

Nigeria November November 200 words FREE None listed
Notes on Voice of the Poet Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published in anthology and online - for African poets only, see website for full definition - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2019
Wanton Fuckery Poetry Competition UK Varies Varies 1 page FREE See notes

Notes on WFP Competition: Any style or subject but themed, so check website for details - winner receives a packet of Hobnobs and a drawing - winners published on website - WEBSITE NOT UPDATED since 2018, so removed listing 2019

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  2. A packet of biscuits is the most I've ever been paid for designing anything

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Wenlock Poetry Festival Children & Young People's Poetry Competition UK March April ? ? ?
Notes on Wenlock Festival Competition: Any style or subject but themed so check website for current details - winners published on website - 3 age groups; under 6, 7 to 9 and 10 to 12 - NO LONGER mentioned on website, so removed listing 2019
Wenlock Poetry Festival Competition UK Varies Varies 40 lines £5 £500
Notes on Wenlock Festival Competition: Any style, subject or theme - winners published on website and invited to perform their poems at the festival - NO LONGER mentioned on website, so removed listing 2019
Woven Tale Press Poetry Competition USA 15th September 2018 October 2018 5 poems $25 See notes
Notes on Woven Tale Press Competition: Any style, subject or theme - top prize is a week long writing retreat in the Hamptons, NY - cash prizes for runners up - winners published in Woven Tale Press magazine CLOSED, was a one-off
Writing Maps A3 Review Poetry Contest UK Monthly Monthly 150 words $5 £250
Notes on Writing Maps Competition: Any style, subject or theme - each month, two entries win publication in the magazine - three overall winning entries receive cash prizes - COMPETITION NO LONGER MENTIONED ON WEBSITE, so removed listing 2020
Writing Times Poetry Competition UK December March 80 lines £3 £50
Notes on Writers Bureau Competition: Any style, subject but themed, so check website for current theme - winners published in the Writing Times along with an author feature - WEBSITE DISAPPEARED 2017
Wundor Editions Poetry Contest UK Varies Varies no max stated £5 £500
Notes on Wundor Editions Contest: Any style or subject - no line limit on poems - winner strongly considered for print publication - usually runs once a year, but dates change and they sometimes run photography competitions too - NOT RUN SINCE 2018, so removed listing 2020
Year of Listening Competition Scotland 28th October 2016 11th November 2016 40 lines FREE See notes
Notes on Year of Listening Competition: Any style or genre but themed around 'What does listening mean to you?' - top prize is an MP3 player - winner is published on the website and in printed publications - CLOSED, was a one-off

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Beth S
Great info on contests and submissions! Thank you so much. I'm a creative writing teacher at a high school in SC, and I write myself, of course - mostly poetry. I was able to find good places to submit for my son's SciFi work, and I'm going to tell my students about your postings as a good resource! Best of luck to you with your writing.

Chris Fielden
Thanks very much, Beth - I'm glad to hear you find the resources on the website useful :-)

Audrey AJ
Thanks so much for all this... very helpful.  I thought you should know that the Troubadour Prize dates have changed - closing date June. Prize winners are contacted in August.

Hope this is helpful!

PS There is an annual Grey Hen poetry competition as well.

Chris Fielden
Thanks very much, Audrey - this is very helpful indeed. Without people telling me when there are mistakes on the list, it's very hard to keep up to date.

I've updated the Troubadour Prize details and added Grey Hen too.

Anjum
I saw that all the contests are for people living in the USA or UK. I am from India... can I participitate?

Chris Fielden
Hi Anjum. Yes, you can participate in most of them.

The country in the listing just tells you where the contest is based/run from. Most will accept entries from writers residing anywhere in the world. Just check the individual competition's submission guidelines and terms and conditions before entering.

Mahlet Z
I wanted to apply for the compilation of writing poems and I was wondering if there is a prize for the winner. And when is the forthcoming competition?

Chris Fielden
Hi Mahlet. This page lists multiple poetry competitions. All of them run at different times and offer different prizes. Please use the links on the page to research the rules for each competition. I hope that answers your question...?

Abigail W
Throughyour site, I entered the Grindstone poetry competition and, although I didn't win, I got into the top 10%. The feedback was also very useful.

Just wanted to say thank you.

Chris Fielden
That’s excellent news, Abigail – congratulations. Getting into the top 10% is a great achievement :-)

Herbert H
Which ones are the best for book-length contests for humorous poetry? I write humor, irony, and satire, and am a professional public speaker through Toastmasters and National Speakers Association. Wergle likes humor, but not book-length entries. Does anybody else at all? Herb

Chris Fielden
Hi Herb. The individual listings mention when the competitions are for book-length poetry collections. And you would have to check each competition's submission guidelines and do some market research (read previous winners books) to see if your style would be suitable.

You might also find my list of book and novel competitions useful. Some of those may also accept poetry. Again, you'd have to research each competition individually.

Sorry I can't be of more help, but I'm not a poet so don't have a huge amount of knowledge on the market.

I wish you the best of luck with your search.

The Shafiullah M
Very nice. Good to read. Iam from Fatickchari Thana, Bangladesh. I like writing poetry. I am a published poet. Just wanted to say thank you.

Chris Fielden
No problem, The Shafiullah.

Thanks you for commenting. Glad you found the lists useful :-)

Easter C
I am quite interested in entering writing competitions, especially poetry and non-fiction (essay). Thank you for these lists.

Chris Fielden
Thanks, Easter. Good luck with your submissions :-)

Easter C
Thank you – you too!

Katina S
Hi there, I'm from the Bahamas and I'm wondering if you facilitate competitions that students in my country can participate in?

Chris Fielden
Hi Katina. I list many - most of the competitions listed on my website will accept entries from anywhere in the world. You just need to check their submission guidelines.

I don't know of any based in the Bahamas, so please let me know if you do.

Katina S
Hi Chris. The ones I noted on the website have specific countries they would accept participants from. I'll preview again. I want my students to have some exposure with international competitions to extend their writing craft. Thanks for your response.

Chris Fielden
Hi Katina. No problem :-)

The countries listed on the website are just where the competitions are based. Most are open for international submissions. I just list the country as many writers like to know what global market they are submitting to.

Your students may enjoy my writing challenges. I accept entries from anywhere and every story received is published.

Katina S
Wonderful!

Thanks so much.

Kris P
Could you send me a link of a competition... online... free entry... and a good prize for the winner?

Chris Fielden
Hi Kris. There are loads of competitions listed on this page, some of which are free to enter and some of which offer decent prizes. Please have a look through them and see which appeals to you the most :-)

Cora G
My poem has been accepted to feature in The International Poetry Digest. Could you please let me know if this is a reputable publisher? Thank you!

Chris Fielden
Hi Cora. Congratulations - that's great news! I'm not familiar with this publication, so I don't know I'm afraid. Please let me know how you get on :-)

Yvonne M
Thanks so much, Chris. Your work on our behalf is very much appreciated.

Chris Fielden
No problem, Yvonne :-)

Michael E
Hi. Question: How can I find what poetry contest I won and the name of my poem that I wrote to win a USA poetry contest  years ago? It was published in a poetry book also I dont remember the name though. Could you please help me find it? Ty, Michael

Chris Fielden
Hi Michael. If you don't know the name of the contest or your poem, then I'm afraid it's unlikely you'll be able to find it.

You could try doing a Google search for your name and see if that brings anything up? If you remember the year that you won, you could try searching for that alongside your name and words like 'poem' and 'poetry contest'. Just a thought... it might help.

Good luck with finding it.

Chris Fielden
PS - Michael, having done a search I found a page on the Sixfold website, a journal that publishes poetry and short stories. Is this what you were looking for?

Pam M
Do you email out the latest competitions?

Chris Fielden
Hi Pam, thanks for your message.

No, I don't do emails for new comps I'm afraid. I do update this page regularly though :-)

Vusumuzi Casey G
Hello. I'm a poet in Swaziland (Eswatini) and I wish to enter into a competition, but since my country does not have contests and is not featured here I'm not exactly sure if I'm eligible. Can I enter? VCaseyGee

Chris Fielden
Hi VCaseyGee. I list the country the contests are based in so writers know which global markets they are submitting to. Most of the competitions listed accept submissions from writers living anywhere in the world. That said, some do have limitations. You will have to read the submission guidelines for each contest to see if you are eligible, but you will find you can enter most of them.

I wish you the best of luck with your submissions :-)

Katie M
Thank you so much for compiling this information!

I am rather new to this and was wondering if there was any etiquette about entering multiple competitions? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks again.

Chris Fielden
Hi Katie. No problem, glad you're finding the lists helpful.

Many competitions forbid simultaneous submissions, but an ever-increasing number are accepting them. You will have to read the rules and terms and conditions of each contest / publication you want to submit to and see what they stipulate.

Good luck with your submissions :-)

Kiki W
Hello. I was wondering, can I enter more than one competition with the same poem in the same period of time? Thanks.

Chris Fielden
Hi Kiki. It depends on the competition or poetry publication you are submitting to. Some accept simultaneous submissions, some don't. I'm afraid you will have to do some research on whichever comps you wish to enter. Most publications state that kind of thing in their submission guidelines or terms and conditions.

I would add that an increasing amount of publications now seem to be accepting simultaneous submissions, so it's a lot more common than it used to be, which is good for us writers :-)

Good luck with submitting your poems.

Kiki W
Thank you.

Chris Fielden
No problem :-)

Kolongs V
Good work per se... But for those poetry contests with an entry fee, how does one go about the payment if one is not living in the organizing country? It's good they simplify everything. Kudos!

Chris Fielden
Thanks for your message. Most of the competitions use PayPal, Worldpay, Google Pay or a similar payment service provider. They deal with currency conversions, allowing the writer to pay in their native currency using credit card, debit card etc. So in most cases, payment is simple no matter where you live :-)

Kolongs V
OK, that is good. I shall make an attempt.

Aravindan SS
Hi. Please note I write English poetry and want to participate in competitions which do not have any entry fee.

In the above list of poetry competitions, where the entry fee is free, when I happen to browse in such fee free competitions, there is fee. So the above above table of competitions is incorrect with regards to entry fee. Please update the list of competitions whose entry fee is really free. Awaiting for your update.

Chris Fielden
Hi Aravindan. Sorry about that.

This page is overhauled once a year, in January, but some of the details do go out of date over time.

Please can you let me know which competition you clicked on that is marked as free incorrectly? I will then update the listing accordingly. Many thanks.

Aravindan SS
Dear Chris, thanks for your reply. It will take much time to get the list of free competitions which actually charge fees on their websites. It would be better if you can get a sign off from those who conduct such competitions about fees.

Chris Fielden
Hi Aravindan. Well, I’ve had a look and all the listings I’ve checked are correct… I can’t find the incorrect one you were looking at sorry.

Aravindan SS
Hi Chris. If I find time I will check those and will let you know on this. Thanks for your support.

Chris Fielden
No problem. That’s great, thanks Aravindan :-)

Aravindan SS
Great, thanks!