The National Trust property Kedleston Hall is hosting a competition for poems on the theme of Light, Hope and Peace, to commemorate the end of WW1. Deadline is 5pm on 31 October 2018. The judge is former poet laureate for Derbyshire, Cathy Grindrod. International entries are welcome and there are different age categories. Full details here.
Poetry Competition | University of Hertfordshire
Free-to-enter inaugural single poem prize. Open to residents of England and Wales, age 16 and over. Deadline 17 August 2018. Full details here.
Creative Future for writers who lack opportunities
Copied and pasted: We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. Prizes are awarded for both poetry and short fiction, including £7,500 of cash & professional writing development prizes. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts. Deadline: 18 June 2018 at noon. Full details here.
Poets under the age of 30 on 1 January 2018 who have a Scottish parent; were born, brought up in or have lived in Scotland for the past three years are invited to submit a collection to the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Deadline 2 March 2018.
Poetry School Competition
The Poetry School in London is offering course vouchers to the winner of its poetry competition, inspired by the film Paterson (Soda Pictures). Deadline: 11 November 2016. Open only to UK-based poets, I’m afraid. The competition is for ‘Diary Poems’, to reflect the conversational, diary style of the poems by the film’s fictional poet Paterson (poems actually written by Ron Padgett). Your poem should be 40 lines or less; one poem per entrant. Check out Paterson’s poems here: Sample poems by Paterson Read the full rules before submitting.
The publishers of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook – in association with The Arden Shakespeare and The Royal Society of Literature – are running a free-to-enter sonnet competition to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Choose one of the bard’s sonnets and pen your own response, also in sonnet form.The deadline is midnight on Monday 31st May 2016. It looks as though this is also open to poets based outside the UK. Full details: Writers’ & Artists’ Sonnet Competition
Competition for Poetry by Ages 12 to 17
Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2016 has Ian McMillan as the judge. The competition is free for poets aged 12 to 17. (There is a charge for adults to enter.) Deadline for entries: 15 January 2016. Winners will be contacted by 15 March 2016. Winning entries will be displayed on one of the 33 buses in Guernsey.
More information (the page is still showing last year’s winners): http://guernseyliteraryfestival.com/images/pom-competition2016.pdf (If this link doesn’t work, click on the download link on the page: http://guernseyliteraryfestival.com/index.php/2015-04-07-09-46-01/poems-on-the-move)
(Un)natural Poetry Competition
Joint project between Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Apples and Snakes. http://nuffieldbioethics.org/project/naturalness/performance-poetry-collaboration/poetry-competition/
Deadline: Midnight on Sunday 1 November 2015. Open to poets living in the UK. The following is copied and pasted from the website:
We are looking for poems that explore, delve into and reveal the meaning of the words natural, unnatural, nature and similar words in the context of debates about science, technology and medicine.
What do people mean when they say genetic modification is wrong because it’s unnatural, or food that is natural is better for you?
We want to share these poems to engage others in the conversation, so we are looking for poets to perform their work at a public event in London on Monday 30th November 2015. The event will be filmed and shared online.
Amnesty International Poetry Competition
Copied and pasted from the Amnesty International website (http://join.amnesty.org/ea-campaign/action.retrievestaticpage.do?ea_static_page_id=4326):
Theme: ‘Silenced Shadows’
We are inviting Sri Lankans at home and abroad to take part in a poetry competition to mark the decades of enforced disappearances the country has experienced.
- Entries may be submitted in English, Tamil or Sinhala from any place in the world; you do not have to be a poet to enter.
- Writers must be Sri Lankans living in the country or who have emigrated in the past 20 years.
- All entrants must be 14 years of age or older when they submit their entry to the Competition. Entrants under the age of 18 must obtain written parental or guardian consent to enter and claim any prize. The Competition Administrators may ask the winner to provide proof of age.
Deadline 31 December 2015.
Respond – Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016
This is a free-to-enter competition, to highlight the plight of immigrants and refugees: http://www.uhrsn.org/respond-human-rights-poetry-award/ Entries must be in English. The deadline is 20 November 2015.
“Refugees and their message to Europe”
UHRSN is convinced that all people should have the right to a life lived with dignity free from fear, persecution and oppression. As widely reported, people in search of this life seeking asylum in European countries are in many instances denied just that – their fundamental rights. UHRSN also aims to utilize the power of poetry and the positive impact words can have to raise awareness for an issue that cannot be ignored. In this sense the poetry competition was established to provide refugees, migrants, students, sympathisers, etc. with an avenue
- to create thought-provoking poems by reflecting on their experiences, wishes, dreams and hopes
- to raise awareness amongst stakeholders, politicians, ordinary EU citizens, etc. on the fate of refugees in- and outside of Europe
- to demonstrate that #refugees are welcome and advocate for their rights
- to be creative