East Riding Festival of Words

With a theme of ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’, the 2019 East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is free for school-age poets. (Otherwise, there’s a fee of £3 per poem.) Enter by 30 November 2019. Full info here.

Anglica Poetry Competition

Copied from website: “The poem should be metrical, and should be no longer than 100 lines, though extracts from longer work are permitted. There are no formal or thematic restraints, and so long as it is written in a discernible metre (or several!), we encourage you to follow your fancy, whether that lead you to the outlandish, the passionate, or even the dull.” There are links to the poetry of Milton and Shakespeare, plus lessons on poetry technique. Deadline is 1 December 2020. https://anglica.co.uk/poetry-competition/

African Poetry Prize

From Brunel University, London: “The Prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. It is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have already been published. Only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize.” More info is here, but there is more than one set of entry dates on the web page, referring to previous years! I will add correct dates to this post, once I hear back from the university.

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

Thanks to Dawn Vincent of Mindfizz for this one. Open to poets from around the world, this poetry competition on the theme of ‘where I’m from’ is free to enter for under-18s (over-18s can enter for a small fee). Winning and commended poems will be published in an anthology. Deadline: Monday 7 October 2019, midnight UK time. https://pctothepowerof2.wordpress.com/enter/

Voices for Maggie

This poetry competition is to raise awareness of Maggie’s cancer support centre in Nottingham. Posthumous entries are also welcomed, from a family member of the poet.

  • Our competition is open to all poets who live in the UK.
  • Entry is free, but a small donation to Maggie’s Centre, Nottingham for those who can afford it, is greatly appreciated.
  • All poems must be submitted by 12pm on 30th September 2019.

Full details here.