Creative Future Literary Awards are open for entries of poetry and flash fiction from writers (UK only) who find it hard to access the literary world, due to ill health (including mental health issues), disability or social circumstance. Poems are invited of up to 200 words (flash fiction up to 300) on the theme of ‘important nothings’. Winning pieces will be published in an anthology. Prizes include cash plus writer development opportunities such as mentoring, courses and professional consultations. Writers may submit a maximum of one piece per category (one poem and/or one piece of flash fiction). Read the eligibility criteria carefully before submitting.
Writers living within a 25-mile radius of the English town of Warrington are invited to enter the Stockton Heath Writers Group free competition. All entries must be unpublished and ‘family friendly’. Send up to three poems of up to 40 lines each. Deadline is midnight on 1 September 2016. There is also a Young Writer of the Year prize for writers under the age of 18. More information here.
Can you make the judges laugh? Free to enter. One entry per person. Deadline for this year is 1 April 2015. Full details: https://winningwriters.com/our-contests/wergle-flomp-humor-poetry-contest-free
Also from the Poetry Library website: Closing Date: 06-Feb-15. For adults and children/young people. Details:Poems of up to 40 lines inspired by an object displayed or theme interpreted at the museum. Prizes: The winner of each category will receive a season ticket to the museum valid for a year. Winning poems will be displayed in the museum and published on the museum website. Highly commended poems will also be displayed in the museum and may be published on the museum website. Judge: Hilda Sheehan. Categories: 16 years old and above, 11-15 years old, Under 11s.
Entry Fee: £0
Contact: For more information and entry see the website:
Closing date Saturday 28th February 2015. Again, I suspect this is only for UK-based poets. An interesting concept, though: the Honouring the Ancient Dead organisation acknowledges the displays all around the country, of ancestors’ bones in museums/etc., where they often are not individually identified. The winning poem will be offered for display to all these museums. They seek a poem that could be used as a ‘standard tribute’. For more information (and a clearer explanation!), visit: http://www.honour.org.uk/had-poetry-competition/