Deadline nears for €10,000 Ballymaloe poetry competition

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The Ballymaloe international poetry prize  – one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single poem  – is to be judged by Forward and Costa prize winner Michael Symmons Roberts. The prize is sponsored by Irish celebrity chef Darina Allen and her Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland, and organised in association with The Moth magazine. There are four cash prizes for a single unpublished poem – €1...

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End of December deadline for Canterbury poetry competition

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Helen Ivory will be judging Canterbury-based SaveAs Writers’ poetry competition. First prize is £100, and the deadline is 31 December 2014. More details 

 

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Helen Ivory to judge Prole Laureate competition

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Helen Ivory will be judging the £200 Prole Laureate poetry competition. The deadline is 31 January 2015. More details 

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John McCullough to judge £750 Four Counties competition

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John McCullough will be judging the Four Counties Poets Competition, run by Rottingdean Writers’ Group, open to poets connected to Greater London, Kent, Surrey, and Sussex. The first prize is £750, an...

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'Keeping hope alive' is theme of Leeds Peace Poetry competition

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The Leeds-based charity, Together for Peace, has launched its 2014 open poetry competition, and this year’s theme is Peace not War: Keeping Hope Alive 1914-18. Entries should be no longer than 24 line...

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Mario Petrucci to judge £1,000 Kent & Sussex competition

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Mario Petrucci will be judging and reading all the submissions to the £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry competition. The deadline is 31 January 2015. More details 

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Billy Collins to judge Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition

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Popular American poet Bill Collins is to judge the Poetry Business book and pamphlet competition, which has an end of November deadline. The other judges are Ann and Peter Sansom, directors of The Poe...

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David Morley to judge £1,000 Cafe Writers poetry competition

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David Morley is the sole judge of the £1,000 Cafe Writers poetry competition. Categories include the funniest poem, and a Norfolk prize. The deadline is 30 November. More details 

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Deadline nears for Bare Fiction magazine's £500 poetry prize

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Adam Horovitz will be judging Bare Fiction magazine’s £500 poetry prize. The deadline is 31 October, and there are short story and flash fiction competition categories, too. More details 

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End of October deadline for the £5,000 National Poetry Competition

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Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoe Skoulding are the judges this year in the Poetry Society’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition  - one of the biggest poetry competitions in the world. Last year it a...

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Deadline nears for £5,000 Troubadour poetry prize

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Poetry editors Neil Astley (Bloodaxe) and Amy Wack (Seren) will be judging this year’s Troubadour poetry prize, and reading all the entries.  The top prize has been increased to £5,000, and the deadli...

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Publication prize for Geoff Stevens competition winners

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The closing date is 30 September for a competition in which two winners will have their poetry collections published. The Geoff Stevens Memorial poetry prize is organised by publishers Indigo Dreams. ...

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Deadline nears for Black Country museum competition

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There's till time to enter the third Black Country Living Museum £100 annual poetry competition - the deadline is 26 September. This year’s theme, “conflict and contemplation”, is inspired by the stor...

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Kate Tempest joins Slambassadors search to find new young performers

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Performance poetry star Kate Tempest will be on the judging panel for Slambassadors UK, the Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships, aimed at finding and nurturing the next generation of sp...

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Deadline nears for Nantwich poetry competition

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Luke Wright will be judging the shortlisted entries at the Nantwich Words and Music festival poetry competition. The deadline is 19 September, and the winners will be announced at the festival on 7 Oc...

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Pollard, Horovitz, and O'Riordan to judge £10,000 Manchester poetry prize

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Clare Pollard, Adam Horovitz, and Adam O’Riordan will be judging the £10,000 Manchester Writing Competition, organised by Manchester Metropolitan University's Writing School. The deadline is 29 August...

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Deadline nears for £700 Torbay poetry competition

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RV Bailey will be judging the £700 Torbay poetry competition. The deadline is 15 August, and the winners’ names will be announced on 25 October at the Torbay poetry festival. More details 

 

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Mid-August deadline for £600 Buzzwords competition

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Jonathan Davidson is the judge of the £600 Buzzwords competition, organised by the Cheltenham open mic night. Poems can be up to 70 lines, and the deadline is 17 August. More details 

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Last few days before Foyle Young Poets deadline

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Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough will be judging the Poetry Society’s Foyle Young Poets of the Year award, open to those aged 11 to 17. The deadline is 31 July, and the winners will be announced  o...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Live Canon competition

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Glyn Maxwell is the judge of the £1,000 Live Canon poetry competition, which has a deadline of 31 July. Twenty-five shortlisted poems are published in an annual anthology, and all 25 are also performe...

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Roll up for Stanza's digital slam - and share a virtual stage with some of Africa's finest poets

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Stanza, Scotland’s international poetry festival, is staging a digital poetry slam with a Commonwealth theme to mark the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.  It’s being run in partnership with the pan-Afri...

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End of July deadline for Ambit magazine's £500 competition

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Do you like to write outside, inside, or off your head? Scrawling ink across paper, or scribbling in bed? Is it nature, is it nurture? What’s your influence? Roddy Lumsden is the main judge of Ambit m...

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Soaking up the words: last chance to have your poem on beermat

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You could have your poem printed on a beermat as one of 10 shortlisted poets in Bradford on Avon arts festival’s competition. Send in a poem of up to 12 lines on the festival’s theme of Light. If it’s...

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Kathryn Simmonds to judge £2,000 Charles Causley competition

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Kathryn Simmonds will be the judge of the £2,000 Charles Causley poetry competition. The deadline is 6 November. More details  

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Ledbury festival competition

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Ian McMillan will be judging this year’s £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition, which has a deadline of 10 July. All winners will get a chance to read at the festival. More details 

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End of month deadline for poems 'in the spirit' of Wilfred Owen

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The Wilfred Owen Association has launched a competition inviting poems “in the spirit” of the first world war poet, with a first prize of £500, and the chance to be published in an anthology. Owen's b...

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John Evans to judge £400 Welsh poetry competition

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John Evans will be judging this year’s £400 international Welsh poetry competition, which has a deadline of 15 June. Writer and competition organiser Dave Lewis said: “We do not use filter judges and ...

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David Morley to judge £500 Battered Moons competition

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David Morley will be the main judge in the £500 Battered Moons poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. The three winners and four commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Swindo...

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Deadline approaches for £2,000 Wigtown festival competition

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WN Herbert will be the main judge in the £2,000 Wigtown book festival poetry competition. The deadline is 30 May. More details 

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Deadline approaches for £5,000 Bridport poetry prize

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Scotland’s makar – poet laureate - Liz Lochhead will be the judge of this year’s £5,000 Bridport poetry prize. The cost is £8 per entry, and the top four poems are submitted to the Forward Prize for b...

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Deadline approaches for 250-guinea Frogmore poetry prize

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The Frogmore poetry prize has been launched, with the winner receiving the sum of 250 guineas. The deadline is 31 May, and the judge will be Abegail Morley. More details 

 

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Check out Roger McGough's poems at Waitrose, and have a go yourself

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The deadline is Thursday 15 May for the first round of a poetry competition in which winning poems will be displayed in the aisles of Waitrose stores. A selection of short and light-hearted poems by t...

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Southbank's poetry film competition on the theme of love

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Southbank Centre in London has launched Shot Through The Heart, a poetry film competition on the theme of love  - the joy of first love, the pain of lost love, the confusion of displaced love, the pur...

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'Yes. I remember Adlestrop.' Village's competition to mark poem's centenary

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One of England’s most famous poems is the subject of a competition on its centenary. ‘Adlestrop’, by Edward Thomas, was written about a stop made by his train at a deserted country station in June 191...

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Forward and Costa winner to judge Poetry London competition

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Forward and Costa poetry prize winner Michael Symmons Roberts will be judging Poetry London magazine’s £1,000 competition. The deadline is 2 May. More details 

 

 

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Roddy Lumsden to judge Ware poetry competition

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Roddy Lumsden will be judging the £600 Ware Poets open competition. The deadline is 30 April. More details 

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Deadline nears for Cornwall poetry competition

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Imtiaz Dharker will be the judge of the £500 Cornwall contemporary poetry festival competition, with a deadline of 30 April 2014. The festival, organised by Falmouth Poetry Group, will take place on 2...

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Emily Berry to judge £1,400 Melita Hume prize

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Forward prize winner Emily Berry will be judging the £1,400 Melita Hume poetry prize, open to those up to the age of 35 who have not yet published a full poetry collection. Entry is free, and the firs...

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Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards to judge £5,000 Cardiff competition

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Lemn Sissay and Rhian Edwards will be the judges of the £5,000 Cardiff international poetry competition, which has a closing date of 14 March. The filter judge will be Samantha Wynne Rhydderch. More d...

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Don Paterson to judge £1,000 Philip Larkin and East Riding prize

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Don Paterson will be judging this year’s £1,000 Philip Larkin Society and East Riding poetry prize. The deadline is 14 April. More details 

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Vona Groarke to judge £400 Poets and Players competition

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Vona Groarke will be judging Manchester’s Poets and Players’ £400 poetry competition. The deadline is 16 April. All poems will be judged anonymously. Groarke has published five collections and teaches...

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Brittle Star launches first competition

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Jacqueline Gabbitas, pictured, and Mimi Khalvati will be judging poetry entries in Brittle Star magazine’s first poetry and short fiction competition. First prize is £250 per genre, and the deadline i...

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Daljit Nagra to judge £500 Wenlock festival competition

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Daljit Nagra is leading the judging panel for the £500 Wenlock poetry festival competition. The deadline is 17 March. Nagra said he was looking for poems “that come in any forms and sizes, that are co...

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Natural World is theme for £300 Buxton poetry competition

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Buxton poetry competition is seeking entries on the theme of The Natural World. Helen Mort is the judge of the £300 competition, which has a deadline of 7 April. More details 

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End of February deadline for €1,000 Strokestown poetry competition

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The deadline is 28 February for Ireland’s Strokestown poetry festival competition with a first prize of  €1,000. The festival in County Roscommon takes place on 2-4 May. More details 

 

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Manchester Writing School's £2,000 Writing for Children prize

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Manchester Writing School has launched a £2,000 Writing for Children prize, open to new and established writers aged from 16 upwards.  Entrants should submit a portfolio of three to five poems, to be ...

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York poetry judge Carole Bromley offers competition tips

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A poetry competition judge has offered some tips, and an insight into how her own competition is going, a couple of weeks before its deadline. Carole Bromley, who is judging the £250 YorkMix / York li...

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Deadline nears for Camden/Lumen poetry competition

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The judge is Sir Andrew Motion and the closing date is 14 February for the Camden/Lumen poetry competition, which raises money for cold weather shelters. The prize is 50 free copies of a perfect bound...

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Erbacce-press offers book publication prize

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The erbacce-press poetry prize competition is now open, with the first prize being book publication of the winner’s poems. Entry is free, with the deadline 30 June. Erbacce-press is a writers’co-opera...

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Deadline extended for £5,000 Hippocrates poetry prize

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The deadline has been extended to 10 February for the £5,000 Hippocrates international competition for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. Poems must be no more than 50 lines. More details 

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Deadline nears for Poetry School/Pighog competition

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Catherine Smith and Simon Barraclough are the judges of this year’s Poetry School / Pighog poetry pamphlet competition. Entrants should submit a maximum of 10 poems. The closing date is 31 January 201...

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Cathedral competition judged by Helen Tookey

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Helen Tookey, managing editor of poetry publishers Carcanet, will be judging this year’s £450 Manchester Cathedral poetry competition. Poems submitted should be broadly religious or spiritual in natur...

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Kate Noakes to judge Prole Laureate competition

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The deadline is 1 February for entry to the £140 Prole Laureate magazine poetry competition. The judge is Kate Noakes. The winning poem will be published in Prole 13 in April 2014. More details 

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End of January deadline for £1,000 Kent & Sussex poetry competition

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The deadline is 31 January for the £1,000 competition run by Kent & Sussex Poetry Society. Pascale Petit will be the judge, and she will read all the entries. More details 

 

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Templar launches quarterly short poetry pamphlets award

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Templar Poetry has introduced a new poetry pamphlet award, that will result in four new short pamphlets each year. Submissions are open for the first award until 3 March 2014. Poets are invited to sub...

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Awards aimed at young writers aged up to 18 and living in north

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The deadline is 17 January to apply for two awards aimed at young writers aged up to 18 living in the north of England. The Cuckoo Young Writers award offers a prize worth £500 to a promising young wr...

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Welcome to 2014! Here are some poetry prizes to try for

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It’s 2014 – and a happy new year to you all from everyone at Write Out Loud. Hope it's a good one for you, and for us, too. So what about those New Year resolutions? Some of you might be hoping to win...

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