Poetry Together is a new competition for pairs of poets – one under 18, and one over 18. The competition is a collaboration between Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Children’s Book Festival and The Red Cross, under the directorship of Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. Poetry Together aims to highlight the potential loneliness of the elderly, whilst emphasising the important work of The Red Cross. The closing date is 29 April 2016. The winning duo will win £250 each. More information here.
Free entry to this UK competition, which asks for poems of six lines or less by 21st November 2014, about the Suffolk Heaths. Entrants must be children, living in the above areas. More information by the judge here: http://poetrywivenhoe.org/?page_id=539 Or on the main website here: http://www.rspb.org.uk/community/placestovisit/snape/b/snape-blog/archive/2014/09/26/our-children-39-s-competition-39-wild-and-wonderful-heaths-on-the-suffolk-sandlings-39.aspx Photos and art are also accepted!
Open to poets working or living in the West Midlands, the Poetry on Loan competition is free to enter. There’s a junior category (aged 11-18 on 12th September 2014) and an adult category (aged 19 and over on 12th Sept 2014). Up to three poems of a maximum of 20 lines each, on the theme of ‘home grown, home made’. They must not have been previously published, even on a website. Closing date is 12th September 2014. Adult winner gets a paid performance in the Library of Birmingham; junior winner gets book tokens. See full rules: http://poetryonloan.org.uk/poetry-competition
Well-known Irish arts quarterly, ‘The Moth’ has opened ‘The Caterpillar’, aimed at children. Both are open to submissions from around the world. Send up to six poems, as one doc or pdf attachment. More details: http://themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=1972&page=16
Call-out for poems by young people for a new anthology, to be edited by fab poet, Rebecca Goss. Link above.