Competitions and News

Details of competitions should be emailed to:

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The Interpreter’s House Poetry Competition

Deadline: 31 January 2018

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The 2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

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Deadline: 25 February 2018

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Indigo Dreams – The Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2017

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Deadline: 31 January 2018

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Deadline: 15 February 2018

Download information leaflet:

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Deadline: 30 September 2018

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Deadline: 14 January 2018


Ramingo’s Porch

Deadline: 26 January 2018

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Poets & Players Competition 2018

Deadline: 28 February 2018

For details click here

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For details click here

5th Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition


At around noon each Tuesday (UTC), from the 11th of April 2017, five words will be posted on the competition page. Entrants will have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for that week.

The competition will run for 42 weeks, until the 30th of January 2018.

For details click here


There are no deadlines, as soon as one issue fills up, later submissions will automatically be considered for the next issue.

For details click here

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Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018

Deadline: 1 January 2018

For details click here

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The Prole Poet Laureate Competition 2018

Deadline: 31 January 2018

For details click here

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Deadline: 31 December 2017

For details click here

The Plough Prize – Open Poetry Competition 2017
The Ronald Duncan
Short Poem Competition 2017

Deadline: 31 January 2018

For details click here

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Deadline: October 31st

For details click here

The Pre-Raphaelite Society Poetry Prize 2017

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Deadline: 31 January 2018

For details click here and scroll down the page for the competition rules

Rialto – Nature And Place Poetry Competition

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Deadline 1 March 2018

For details click here

The Poetry Business International Book & Pamphlet Competition

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Deadline 1 March 2018

For details click here

Magma – call for submissions


Deadline: 31 January 2018

For details click here

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

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Deadline: 31 January 2018

For details click here

Good news!

How wonderful to see that our OUP member Vicki Morley has won a competition. There were a few tweets about it but it wasn’t confirmed that it was ‘our’ Vicki Morley until Vicki emailed to say so!

Vicki has won the 2016/2017 Plough International competition prize of £1K with a poem called Double Zero Flour.

Huge, nay, HUGE, congratulations to you, Vicki. What a superb achievement. We will swell with reflected glory 😉

Here is Vicki’s winning poem:

The Plough Prize Open Poetry Competition 2016 – winning poems


Double Zero Flour

You can travel fifty thousand miles in America without once tasting a piece of good bread  Henry Miller

San Francisco clocks chime the summer hour.
Rehearsed the route, left powdery footprints right across sidewalk,

the best double zero flour, weevils will dine well.
My head crusts, breaks through new white shirt.

It crackles, curdles, creaks along my arms,
sparks and conjures the new dawn with static.

Tie, the colour of an electric bruise,
shoes, best soft leather from Siena.

Look, a dangerous eggplant tie reflected
in coffee shop window. Is, a vivid purple, too vibrant?

No, not for a baker — before sunrise
I mix, pound, pummel, stretch, knead, knock the dough,

fill the maws of ever hungry ovens,
feel the heat, jaws of hell, fires of heaven.

Crisp the dough to beautiful bread babies,
ciabatta, focaccia, sour-dough, grissini, pizza, fruit pannetone.

I strut across the piazza, past nail bar
where slinky ladies flutter out to street.

An open window yawns,
a sharp-suited man hollers down to me.

Why it’s Antonio. Is he here for the chief baker job too?
Steady, breathe deep and slow, concentrate now.

I’m ready for probing questions,
about flour, yeast, pasta, bread-making, recipes.

Pour espresso, grappa, let’s celebrate!
My fruit panettone decided it.

Let’s stroll down to Venice Beach,
rinsed by the Pacific Ocean, and swim,

sip cold beers frosting our sticky palms,
sizzle fresh wolf-fish pan-roasted over hot coals,

watch bambini splashing in sea shallows,
while I dream new breads, like a salt-crust San Marino.

With acknowledgement to where you can see other prizewinners.

Bank Ground Farm—Swallows and Amazons


A new competition for poets has been launched at a Lake District farm with a strong literary heritage.

The owners of Bank Ground Farm, on the eastern shore of Coniston, are asking poets to write about their visit—or about Swallows and Amazons, the children’s classic story which is set in the area.

Deadline: 1 July

For details click here

Resurgence Poetry Prize 2017 with The Poetry School

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The World’s First Major Award for Ecopoetry

Competition Opens 1st June 2017–Deadline 17th August 2017

For details click here

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017

Deadline 30th June 2017

For details click here

Torbay Open Poetry Competition 2017

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Deadline: August 31st 2017

For details click here

Ledbury Poetry Competition 2017

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Deadline: 13th July 2017

For details click here

Winchester Poetry Prize

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Deadline: 31 July 2017

For details click here

Ambit Annual Poetry Competition


Deadline: 15 July 2017

For details click here

Troubadour International Poetry Prize

Troubadour 2017

Deadline: 16 October 2017

For details click here

Bread and Roses Poetry Award

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Click here for details

Deadline: midnight on 31st May 2017

Winchester Poetry Prize

Click here for details

Deadline: 31 July 2017

The South Downs Poetry Festival – Poetry Competition

Click here for details

Deadline: Friday 19 May 2017

Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition

Entries may be on any subject but must not exceed 40 lines in length.


Click here for details

Deadline: midnight on 30th June 2017

OU Poet Jenny Hamlett has a new collection of poetry coming out 17 March, published by Indigo Dreams – click on this link for more info. Jenny takes as her guiding inspiration a sense of place and the people who inhabit it. Congratulations Jenny!


News from Orbis

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Copies of the magazine can be seen online at the Poetry Library website:

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Wes Magee
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Wes Magee has published six poetry collections for adults, and more than 100 books for young readers – fiction, poetry, plays, picture books, and anthologies. He is an award-winning author for children and for adults and regularly makes author visits to schools, libraries, and festivals where he performs his ‘Poetry Show’ and gives writing workshops.


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