Healthy Heart Poetry – Call for Submissions
Call-out for poems by young people for a new anthology, to be edited by fab poet, Rebecca Goss. Link above.

Stories of Living In Scotland

…for an anthology called ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’, to be available as a free e-publication during Book Week Scotland 2014. Real-life stories and poems of no longer than 1,000 words, in any form, including story, poem, song lyric, a short play or sketch, a letter or diary entry. People of all ages are invited to contribute. Submissions online; deadline 30 June 2014.


Scottish Mental Health Festival Writing Competition Deadline 25 July 2014.
Lazy copying and pasting from their website below:

Led by Bipolar Scotland, this competition allows people to enter work into categories including:
• Poems
• Short stories
• Newspaper articles
• Diary/Blog entries
• Letters
The theme for all categories is “Power”, we are interested in your interpretation of the theme and encourage innovative and diverse perspectives – the limit is your imagination.
Winning and highly commended entries in each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony during the Festival in October. Full details of this event will be announced with the launch of the Festival programme in September.
More details can be found on our news page.
Entries must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 25th July 2014.

Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7 to 25

Developing Dylan International Creative Writing Competition for poetry, song lyrics, limericks and fiction – all must be inspired by Dylan Thomas and no longer than 30 lines or 500 words. Only one entry per person, in English or Welsh. Deadline 27th June 2014.

Gladstone’s Library ‘Mystery Lady’ Poetry Competition 2014

Free to enter. One poem per person. Details below copied and pasted from the website:>Deadline: Tuesday 1st July 2014
Judges: Katrina Naomi (Girl with the Cactus Handshake) and Judy Brown (Loudness)
1st Prize: 7 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library; 2nd Prize: 3 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library
Hanging in the hallway at Gladstone’s Library is a mysterious woman in a russet gown. She points at a blossoming orange; she is watched by a whippet. On the table beside her a fruit bowl contains grapes, plums and yet more oranges. 
Now in its second year, the Gladstone’s Library creative writing prize for 2014 is for poetry. Any style, convention, or form is acceptable, as long as it takes the portrait as its starting point. Don’t worry about her identity – we don’t know who she is either!


Prize for LGBT Writers up to age 35

If I’ve understood correctly, the first entry of up to 6 poems is free.
Info below is copied and pasted from the Young Enigma website:
Judges: Adam Lowe, Andrew McMillan, Steph Pike and Gerry Potter.
The Young Enigma Awards is a nationwide search to find the LGBT+ voices of tomorrow.
The awards include:
The Barbara Burford Prize (18-35 yrs and from the UK)
The Allan Horsfall Prize (13-25 yrs and from Greater Manchester)
Join one of our open workshops to kickstart your writing: 5th and 26th April, 2-4pm at Manchester Central Library (free to the public). Deadline for both prizes: 11th June 2014. Longlist announced: 27th June. Shortlist announced: 11th July.
Prize-giving ceremony: 2nd August, 12-2pm, Manchester Central Library.
Winners of both prizes will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions in Manchester, continued editorial support, free books, and performance and publication opportunities. A selection of entries will be published in an anthology of emerging LGBT+ voices by Dog Horn Publishing. Young Enigma will support winners in covering out of region travel costs and in pursuing commissioning and funding opportunities.
The Allan Horsfall Prize-winner will also be supported in undertaking a writing residency at Archives+ at Manchester Central Library. The Barbara Burford Prize-winner will be supported in undertaking a residency as LGBT Writer in Residence 2015.

Canterbury City Council Art in the Underpass Poetry Competition 2014

Info below copied and pasted from the poetry library newsletter:
Closing Date: 15-May-14
Canterbury City Council’s Community Development Service are currently running a project, to create a mural on an underpass in the Westgate Parks in Canterbury, and want to include some poetry. They’re running a competition for young people and adults to choose three poems to display. The competition is free to enter, and writers can send up to 3 poems that capture the spirit of Canterbury past and present: its history, architecture, people and ecology. Please send them as a word document to Please include your name, address and whether you are over or under 18. The poems will be judged in 2 categories, 18 and under, and over 18s. One from each category will be chosen plus one other. The competition will be judged by Canterbury Laureate 2011-12 Sarah Salway. The winning poems will be displayed on 6’x4′ panels among the art work. Shortlisted writers may also be invited to read at a special event in the Westgate Parks on 29 June 2014 where the winners will be announced.
Entry Fee: £0


Email entries in a Word document to – please note you can send up to a maximum of three poems in one entry.
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