Exmoor Society calls for poems inspired by local surroundings

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Celebrating its 60th anniversary, the Exmoor Society is looking for poems inspired by the area for its 2018 competition. Open to anyone aged 16 and over, poems should be no  longer than 40 lines, and themes such as literature, wildlife, history etc would be ‘warmly received’ by the panel of judges. To be considered for a first prize of £100, second prize of £50 or third prize of £25, submit your w...

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Red Shed Deadline

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Writing for reading aloud could win you one of the big prizes in the Red Shed Poetry competition, according to this year’s judge Maria Isakova Bennett (pictured).

She vows to read every entry aloud to ‘enjoy the aural effect’, adding she wants to ‘sense that it holds my attention. That something ...

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Sinéad Morrissey to judge £1,500 McLellan prize

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Sinéad Morrissey will be the judge of the £1,500 McLellan poetry prize. The deadline is 21 June. More details

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Nia Davies to judge £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition

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Nia Davies will be judging the £1,000 Ledbury poetry festival competition. The deadline is 12 July. More details

 

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Deadline nears for competition to mark end of first world war

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A national poetry competition has been launched by the Duke of Cambridge to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war. The Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, which will relocate...

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Daljit Nagra to judge £5,000 Bridport prize

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Daljit Nagra will be the judge of this year’s Bridport £5,000 poetry competition. The deadline is 31 May. In his guidance to poets he says: “When judging a poetry competition, I approach the poems wit...

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Malika Booker to judge £500 Manchester Cathedral poetry competition

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Malika Booker will be judging the £500 Manchester Cathedral poetry competition. Poems submitted should be broadly religious or “spiritual” in nature. The deadline is 30 June. More details

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Deadline nears for Rialto's £1,000 Nature and Place competition

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Michael Longley will be judging The Rialto magazine’s £1,000 Nature and Place poetry competition, organised with the RSPB, BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. The deadlin...

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Deadline nears for £600 Poets & Players competition

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Pascale Petit will be judging the £600 Poets & Players poetry competition. The closing date is 28 February 2018. More details

 

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Deadline nears for £600 York literature festival competition

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The £600 York literature festival poetry competition will be judged by Andrew McMillan. The deadline is 25 February. More details

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Poetry? Pass the sick bag! Airline launches in-flight competition

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The airline easyJet has launched a romantic poetry competition, challenging passengers to pen romantic lines on the back of an airline sick bag, in the run-up to Valentine’s day.

The competition wa...

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Rachel Plummer wins WoLF poetry competition run by Write Out Loud

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The inaugural WoLF poetry competition run by Write Out Loud on behalf of Wolverhampton literature festival - which took place over the weekend of 26-28 January - has been won by Rachel Plummer, pictur...

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Helen Ivory to judge £1,000 Kent and Sussex poetry competition

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Helen Ivory will be judging the Kent & Sussex Poetry Society’s £1,000 open poetry competition. The deadline is 31 January 2018. More details

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Geoff Stevens prize offers two poets the chance to have collections published

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The Geoff Stevens memorial prize organised by publishers Indigo Dreams each year offers the chance for two poets to have 52-page collections published, with 20 free copies each. The deadline is 31 Jan...

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Deadline nears for £600 Tongues & Grooves prose poem prize

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Michael Loveday will be judging the £600 prose poem prize organised by Portsmouth’s Tongues and Grooves. The deadline is 1 January 2018. More details

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