Working Class Verse

UK poets have until 31 May 2017 to submit their poems to Culture Matters’ Bread and Roses Poetry Award, sponsored by Unite the Union. Copied from website:
The purpose of the new award is to encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities, and to enable those communities to engage more with poetry. There is a £500 cash prize for the winner, £250 second prize and £100 third prize.
Entries should consist of three poems each no more than 50 lines long, and should be sent to by 31st May 2017.


Ode to a Snowdrop

The Snowdrop Festival in Shepton Mallet is running a poetry competition on the theme of this pretty harbinger of spring. Poets may also choose to take inspiration from the story of James Allen, who lived in Shepton Mallet, and was the first person to breed new snowdrop varieties from wild ones. There are three age ranges: 6-11; 12-16; over-16. Deadline is 15 January 2017. Full details here. There is also a photography competition.

Winter Wonderland Poetry Competition

Storage company Safe Store is running a poetry competition! Deadline is 15 January 2017. Write a poem in any style, describing what you like about winter. Three age ranges: 11 and under; 12-17; 18+. The winner in each category will receive a £30 e-gift voucher for stationery store Paperchase. UK residents only, I’m afraid. Full details are here.