Hannah Lowe to judge £600 Ware Poets competition

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Hannah Lowe will be judging the £600 Ware Poets competition. The deadline is 30 April 2017. More details 

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Deadline nears for £2,000 Causley prize

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The former poet laureate Sir Andrew Motion will be judging poems shortlisted for the £2,000 Charles Causley international poetry prize, set up in memory of the Cornish poet. Motion said “‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recove...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Cafe Writers competition

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Andrew McMillan will be judging the £1,000 Café Writers poetry competition. The deadline is 30 November. More details

 

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Deadline nears for £5,000 National Poetry Competition

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Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambridge, and Jack Underwood will be judging this year’s £5,000 National Poetry Competition, which is run by the Poetry Society. The deadline for the competition, which attracts ar...

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Kathleen Jamie to judge £1,000 Rialto poetry competition

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Kathleen Jamie will be judging the £1,000 Rialto magazine nature and place poetry competition, run with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The deadline is 1 Ma...

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Deadline nears for £5,000 Resurgence poetry prize

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Jo Shapcott will be judging the £5,000 Resurgence prize for eco-poetry. The deadline is 1 October. More details

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Malika Booker to judge Leeds Peace poetry competition on theme of refugees

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Malika Booker will the chief judge of this Year’s Leeds Peace poetry competition, on the theme of refugees. There are three categories – primary school, secondary school, and adult – and entries shoul...

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Hannah Silva to judge £500 Verve competition for Birmingham poems

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Hannah Silva, pictured, will be judging the adult section of the £500 Verve poetry competition, for poems about Birmingham. The children’s section will be judged by Emma Press publisher Emma Wright. T...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Live Canon competition

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Lorraine Mariner will be judging the £1,000 Live Canon poetry competition. Twenty-five shortlisted poems will be published in a prize anthology, and performed by the Live Canon Ensemble at a prizegivi...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre prizes

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Daljit Nagra will be judging the £1,000 Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre competition, which has two £1,000 prize categories – an open category, and another for those who write with English as their second...

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Helen Mort to judge £500 Bare Fiction poetry prize

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Helen Mort will judging Bare Fiction magazine’s £500 poetry prize. The deadline is 31 October. More details

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Catherine Smith to judge £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry competition

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Catherine Smith will be judging the £1,000 Kent and Sussex Poetry Society competition. The deadline is 31 January 2017. More details

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Alison Brackenbury to judge £600 Cornwall poetry festival competition

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Alison Brackenbury will be judging the £600 Cornwall Contemporary Poetry festival competition. The deadline is 3 September. The festival will be held over the weekend of 12-13 November in Falmouth. Mo...

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Full collection and pamphlet competitions from Indigo Dreams

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Publishers Indigo Dreams have launched two competitions, to publish a full collection and a pamphlet. The Geoff Stevens Memorial prize will go to two winners, who will each receive a royalty publishin...

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Deadline nears for £600 Buzzwords competition

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Jo Bell will be judging the £600 Buzzwords poetry competition. The closing date is 7 August. Proceeds of the competition will be used to fund Buzzwords, a long-running, regular poetry gathering in Che...

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Linda France and Andrew Forster to judge £1,000 Flambard poetry prize

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The £1,000 Flambard poetry prize, awarded annually to the best group of five poems submitted by a poet who has not yet published a single-authored pamphlet or collection, is once more open for entries...

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Mort, Howe and O'Riordan to judge £10,000 Manchester poetry prize

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Helen Mort, pictured, Sarah Howe and chair Adam O’Riordan will be judging the £10,000 Manchester poetry prize, for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). The d...

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Winchester poetry festival prize

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Mimi Khalvati will be judging the new £1,000 Winchester poetry festival prize. The winners will be announced during this year’s festival, which runs from 7-9 October, and invited to read at a special ...

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Funny ha-ha or funny peculiar? Claire Dyer to judge Paradox competition

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Claire Dyer will be judging the Paragram competition Paradox, for poetry, short prose, or comic poetry or prose. The organisers say: “Inherently ludicrous, wry or hard to believe, we felt this was the...

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Wanted: a short poem about love for £200 poetry book fair competition

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Jo Shapcott will be joining organisers Chrissy Williams and Joey Connolly to judge this year’s £200 Poetry Book Fair competition for a short poem (maximum 14 lines) about love. The winner also gets a ...

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Deadline nears for £500 Ambit competition

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TS Eliot prize winner Sarah Howe will be judging Ambit magazine’s £500 poetry competition. The deadline is 1 July. More details

 

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition

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Imtiaz Dharker will be judging the £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition. The deadline is 7 July. More details

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Greta Stoddart to judge £500 Wells literature festival poetry competition

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Greta Stoddart will be judging the £500 Wells festival of literature poetry competition. The deadline is 30 June. More details

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Deadline nears for Manchester cathedral poetry competition

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Jo Bell will be judging the £450 Manchester cathedral poetry competition, for poems that the organisers say should be “broadly religious or spiritual in nature”. The deadline is 24 June. More details ...

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Deadline nears for £5,000 Troubadour poetry prize

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Jane Yeh and Glyn Maxwell will be judging this year’s £5,000 Troubadour intenational poetry prize. The deadline is 21 June. More details

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Deadline nears for £1,000 McLellan poetry competition

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David Constantine will be judging the £1,000 McLellan poetry competition, run by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust as part of the annual McLellan arts festival. The deadline is 19 June. More details

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Deadline nears on £400 Havant poetry competition

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Stephanie Norgate will be judging the £400 Havant literary festival poetry competition, on the theme of ‘The Wild’.  This year’s competition includes a new award for the best poem by an unpublished po...

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Helen Mort to judge £500 Bare Fiction poetry prize

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Helen Mort will be judging this year’s £500 Bare Fiction magazine poetry prize. The deadline – for separate flash fiction and short story categories, too – is 31 October. More details

 

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Deadline nears for Mslexia poetry competitions

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Liz Lochhead, pictured, will be judging the £2,000 Mslexia women’s poetry competition, for poems of any length and in any style. There will also be a £500 prize for the best poem by a previously unpub...

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Alison Brackenbury to judge £200 Fire River Poets competition

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Alison Brackenbury will be judging the £200 Fire River Poets open poetry competition. The deadline is 31 October. More details

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Poetry competition to celebrate life and work of Stanley Spencer is launched

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A £2,500 international poetry completion has been launched to celebrate the 20th century English painter Stanley Spencer. The competition, part of events to mark the 50th anniversary in 2017 of the Co...

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Deadline nears for £300 South Bank Poetry competition

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Mimi Khalvati will be judging the £300 South Bank Poetry magazine competition for poems about London. The deadline is 15 June. More details

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Deadline nears for £5,000 Bridport prize

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The deadline is the end of May for the £5,000 Bridport poetry prize. This year's Bridport poetry judge, Ptgience Agbabi, said: “A poem is a spell, a potent, living language. Free verse or fixed form, ...

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Deadline nears for Red Shed poetry competition

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John Foggin will be judging the £100 Red Shed open poetry competition. The deadline is 30 April. More details

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Poetry London competition

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Sean O’Brien will be judging the £1,000 competition run by Poetry London magazine. The deadline is 2 May. More details

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Philip Gross to judge £600 Ware poetry competition

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Philip Gross will be judging the £600 Ware open poetry competition. The deadline is 30 April 2016. More details

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Deadline nears for £600 Ver Poets competition

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Andrew McMillan will be judging the £600 Ver Poets 50th anniversary open competition. The deadline is 30 April 2016. More details

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Martin Figura to judge new award for older poets

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A new poetry award has been launched, for first collections by poets over the age of 40. The initiative has come from Judi Sutherland of The Stare’s Nest poetry website, who says of the Fledgling awar...

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Catherine Smith to judge Frogmore Papers prize

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Catherine Smith will be judging the Frogmore poetry prize, sponsored by the Frogmore Press poetry magazine. The winner receives 250 guineas. The deadline is 31 May. More details

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Entry free for £200 poetry competition on politics

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Publishers Holland Park Press have launched a £200 poetry and politics competition, and are looking for poetry on “any aspect of politics. Your poem can be about international politics or instead be a...

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Deadline extended for £250 Brittle Star poetry competition

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George Szirtes and Jacqueline Gabbitas will be judging Brittle Star magazine’s £250 poetry competition. The deadline has been extended to 18 March. More details

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Deadline nears for £500 Wenlock competition

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Don Paterson will be judging the £500 Wenlock poetry festival competition. The long list of poems will be chosen by a panel of prize-winning, published poets including Wenlock’s festival poet in resid...

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Deadline nears for £500 Poets & Players competition

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Jackie Kay will be judging Manchester’s Poets & Players £500 poetry competition. The deadline is 29 February. More details

 

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Deadline nears for £500 York literature festival competition

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Carole Bromley will be judging the £500 York literature festival / YorkMix poetry competition. The deadline is 14 February. More details

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Deadline nears for poetry competition in aid of cold weather shelters

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George Szirtes will be judging the 2015-16 Camden Lumen poetry competition in aid of the Cold Weather Shelters project for the homeless. The winner have 20 pages of poetry published in a perfect bound...

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Deadline day for £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry competition

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Anne-Marie Fyfe will be judging the £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry society open competition. The deadline is 31 January 2016. More details 

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Deadline nears for £500 Interpreter's House competition

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Costa poetry prize winner Jonathan Edwards will be judging the £500 poetry competition run by The Interpreter’s House magazine. The deadline is 30 January 2016. More details

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Deadline nears for £200 Prole competition

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Kate O’Shea will be judging the £200 Prole laureate competition, run by Prole literary magazine. The deadline is 31 January 2016. More details

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Liz Berry to judge Black Country Museum's poetry competition

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Forward prize winning poet Liz Berry will be guest judge of the Dudley-based Black Country Living Museum’s poetry competition. The theme is earth and air, and the deadline is 29 July. More details

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Deadline nears for £250 Torriano poetry competition

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Ann Drysdale will be judging the 2016 Torriano poetry competition. First prize is £250, and the closing date is 31 January 2016. More details

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Only one week left to swallow a mushroom and focus on folding a penny

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Five words to build your poem around if you wish to enter the

3rd Ó Bhéal Five Words International Poetry Competition
January 19th – 26th 2016

penny   swallow   mushroom   focus   fold

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Reading Yeats is a good start...

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Suggests YorkMix Poet-in-Residence Carole Bromley for those looking for inspiration for their 2016 entry to the The York Literature Festival/Yorkmix Poetry Competition.  A York postcode is required to...

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Deadline nears for £500 Teignmouth competition

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Martyn Crucefix will be judging the £500 Teignmouth poetry festival competition. The deadline is 31 January 2016. More details

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Deadline extended into February for £600 Bristol poetry prize

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WN Herbert will be the judge of the £600 Bristol poetry prize, organised by Poetry Can. The deadline has been extended until 12 February. More details

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John Evans to judge £500 Welsh poetry competition

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John Evans will be judging the £500 Welsh poetry competition. The deadline is 29 May. More details

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Deadline nears for £1,000 Magma competition

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Daljit Nagra will be judging the £1,000 Magma prizes for poems of 11-50 lines. A panel of Magma editors will judge the £1,000 prize for poems of up to 10 lines. The deadline is 18 January 2016. More d...

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