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Roll up for the Malton festival poetry slam

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The Speakers’ Corner, the team behind York's monthly poetry and performance nights, have got together with the organisers of the second Malton literature festival to present a poetry slam with cash prizes for the winning poets.

Speakers' Corner host Andy Humphrey will be MC for the night. There will be a special performance from guest judge Tristram Fane Saunders, who has performed at Latitude and supported Luke Wright on his recent tour.

Andy said: "We had a superb turn-out for the Y...

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RSPB and The Rialto Nature poetry competition

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There's still plenty of time to enter a Nature poetry competition organised by the RSPB and The Rialto poetry magazine.  The deadline is 30 April 2012 – and according to the Rialto, which recently celebrated with relief the renewal of an Arts Council grant for three years, there hasn't been that big a rush of entries so far. The term “nature poetry” will apparently have a very wide interpretation by the judges, who are  Sir Andrew Motion, former poet laureate, who names Wordsworth and Edward ...

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Search for best performance poet in Wales

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Literature Wales is on the hunt for the best performance poet in Wales. Do you have what it takes to impress the judges in just five minutes and walk away with the first prize of £500?

The first heat was held on Wednesday 12 October at the Drill Hall in Chepstow. The next one is on Tuesday 18 October at Carmarthen Quins Club, with further heats on Tuesday 25 October at Venue Cymru in Llandudno and Saturday 5 November at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff. The final will take place on Tues...

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Deadline nears for Troubadour prize

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There's still time to enter the competition for the £2,500 Troubadour international poetry prize. Susan Wicks and David Harsent are the judges, with both reading all poems - not always the case with poetry competitions. The deadline is 17 October. 

The prizes are 1st  £2,500, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, & 20 prizes of £20 each a spring 2012 Coffee-House-poetry season ticket and a prizewinners’ Coffee-House poetry reading
with Wicks and Harsent on Monday 28 November for all prize-wnning poets. C...

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Support the homeless - with a chance to get your poetry published

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There’s the possibility of having your poetry published in a 20-page pamphlet while supporting the homeless, if you take part  in the International Lumen/Camden Poetry Competition 2012. The contest, organised with Ward Wood Publishing, is aimed at raising funds for the London Homeless Cold Weather Shelters Project. Last year’s competition, which was judged by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, raised over £2,000. The winning poem, An Apple Spouts Philosophy in an Office Car Park, by Caroline Squi...

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Hot pot of Lancashire poetry

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The search is on for the north-west’s best food poems for an anthology being published by Lancashire independent publisher Clitheroe Books Press.

The anthology, which is being published under the press’s new Poet’s Dozen imprint, will feature the best 13 poems from North West writers celebrating all things food.

The anthology is being published in association with Ribble Valley council to celebrate Clitheroe’s designation as Lancashire’s official food town and the forthcoming re-launc...

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The Disappeared: British Red Cross writing competition

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The British Red Cross is organising a creative writing competition on the theme of The Disappeared. The closing date is 30 August. Entries should fit onto one side of A4 paper. Qhat qualifies? Poetry, prose, a comic strip, a short story, an excerpt from your diary, a song. Can be either typed or handwritten. Drawings and illustrations are welcomed, but should accompany the message, rather than be the message. Winner will receive a £50 cash prize and a £50 national book voucher. A compendium o...

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Malton festival contest

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Closing date is 24 September for the Malton Literature Festival poetry competition. There are prizes of  £100, £50 and £25 for poems up to 40 lines, with an entry fee  of £4 per poem or 4 poems for £10. Full rules and entry forms can be found at http://www.maltonliteraturefestival.co.uk. Luke Wright is among the poets booked for the weekend of words in the Wolds, which takes place from Friday 21 October to Sunday 23 October 

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Poetry Review's Fiona Sampson to judge women's contest

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Fiona Sampson, editor of the Poetry Society’s Poetry Review, will be judging the Second Light Network women’s competition for long and short poems, closing date 1 November. Second Light Network is a network of women poets, aged 40 and upwards – although there is no age limit for the competition -  who are published or beginning to get published and who are serious about developing their work. The first prize will be £250 in both categories. Entry fees are £6 per long poem (over 50 lines, and ...

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Glyn Maxwell to judge Live Canon competition

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Glyn Maxwell is judging this year’s Live Canon international poetry competition. It’s not too late to enter the contest, with a first prize of £1,000. The deadline is 29 July. There's no word limit, or limit to the number of poems you can send. Live Canon will perform all shortlisted poems at the prize ceremony and publish the shortlist in a collection. Entry fee is £4 per poem, or £10 for three poems. You can download an entry form here. Read the competition entry rules here. You can enter b...

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Bedford open poetry competition

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Poet, tutor, freelance editor and critic Paul Groves will be judging this year’s Bedford Open poetry competition. Deadline for the competition, first prize £300, is 18 November. Entrants can submit an unlimited number of poems, up to 50 lines each,  for a fee of £3 per poem. Winning entries will be published in The Interpreter’s House magazine, which is published three times a year, in February, June and October, and accepts work from new and established writers. More details

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Muslim Writers awards: closing date 31 July

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Closing date is 31 July for the 2011 Muslim Writers awards, which welcomes submissions of work from Muslim writers aged over 16 across the world. As well as a poetry award, other categories include novel, short story, children’s story, screenplay, blogger, and published novel. Entries don't have to focus on topics of Islam or Muslim identity, although this is equally welcome. All unpublished entries should be submitted electronically through online submissions managers  Submishmash, unless al...

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Lippfest poetry contest

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Organisers of Lippfest 2011 have launched a poetry competition to tie in with the festival in Leeds in September. Entries close quite soon, on 14 July 2011. Winners will be announced at a special event at the festival on 24 September. All profits made from this competition will go towards supporting independent presses through the annual Lippfest festival and other festivals throughout the country. The judges are Pat Borthwick and Mike Barlow Prizes are £ 250, 1st, £ 150, 2nd, £100 3rd, plus ...

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Liz Lochhead to judge Elmet poetry prize

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Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s makar – or national poet - is to judge this year’s Elmet poetry prize. The theme is Connections, the deadline 15 July, and prizes are: 1st  £300, 2nd £100, runners up £50, plus the Huddersfield University Yorkshire prize of £100. The competition is staged by the Elmet Trust, a charitable company whose purpose is to promote and celebrate the life and works of Ted Hughes, Mytholmroyd’s famous son and late poet laureate, with exhibitions, festivals and walks in Mytholmro...

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George Szirtes to judge Essex poetry contest

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George Szirtes will be judging this year’s Essex poetry festival’s open poetry competition. The closing date is 30 July, with prizes - first prize £500 - handed out at the poetry festival in October, and winners and runners-up invited to read their poems. Prize-winning poems will also be published on the festival website. The entry fee is £3 per poem or £10 for 4 poems.  

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Bridport poetry prize: one of the top awards

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It’s not too late to consider entering for the Bridport poetry prize, one of the most prestigious awards around. First prize is £5,000, and the top four poems are entered for the Forward Prize for Poetry (best single poem category). This year’s judge is Carol Ann Duffy. The closing date for 2011 entries is 30 June. Bridport’s International Creative Competition also has short story and flash fiction categories.  More poetry contest details

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National Poetry Competition: lastminute.chance!

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It's not too late to enter the 2011 National Poetry Competition - and if you're thinking it's far too high a prize to aim for, think again. The 2010 winning poem was by an unpublished poet. Paul Adrian, who saw the entry form for the competition on his library noticeboard. Click here for details on entering.

The closing date is 31 October. First prize is £5,000, second prize, £2,000, third, £1,000. There are also seven commendations: £100 for each. The top three winning poems will be publ...

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