Brunel University African Poetry Prize 2015 prize! Closing Date: 30-Nov-14

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The £3000 prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. The prize is for ten poems exactly in order to encourage serious poets. These poems may, however, have 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.
Entry Fee: £0Contact: For full submission details see:
http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/rules
For full details of The Brunel University African Poetry and to see the winning and shortlisted poems: http://www.africanpoetryprize.org/

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Black Country Poetry Competition 2014 closes 26th September

Competition run by the Black Country Living Museum (the Black Country is an area in the West Midlands, UK), this free-to-enter competition this year commemorates the anniversary of the start of WWI with the theme of ‘conflict and contemplation’. First prize is £100, plus a family ticket to the Museum. Only one poem per poet. Closing date is soon – 26th September. More information: http://www.bclm.co.uk/learning/annual-prize-poetry-competition/457.htm

UK West Midlands Poetry wanted

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

Scottish Mental Health Festival Writing Competition

http://www.mhfestival.com/writing-awards Deadline 25 July 2014.
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Led by Bipolar Scotland, this competition allows people to enter work into categories including:
• Poems
• Short stories
• Newspaper articles
• Diary/Blog entries
• Letters
The theme for all categories is “Power”, we are interested in your interpretation of the theme and encourage innovative and diverse perspectives – the limit is your imagination.
Winning and highly commended entries in each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony during the Festival in October. Full details of this event will be announced with the launch of the Festival programme in September.
More details can be found on our news page.
Entries must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 25th July 2014.

Creative Writing Competition for Ages 7 to 25

Developing Dylan International Creative Writing Competition for poetry, song lyrics, limericks and fiction – all must be inspired by Dylan Thomas and no longer than 30 lines or 500 words. Only one entry per person, in English or Welsh. Deadline 27th June 2014.
http://www.developingdylan100.co.uk/international-competition/

Creative Writing Competition on the theme of Regret and Reconciliation

Free to enter competition, with cash prizes and the possibility of an anthology of winning work.
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Anyone touched by regret or reconciliation – the outcome, for example, of a family rift, professional row, absence of a will or of someone’s failure to make their wishes known – is urged to submit their story. The judges will be looking for original prose or poetry in which the author’s feelings and thoughts have been well crafted into a piece of work that attracts the reader’s attention and retains their interest. While There’s Still Time is expected to attract a great deal of public attention and may lead to the publication of a selected anthology. Some entries will, subject to the authors’ agreement, be used to promote the Dying Matters Coalition and will feature on Dying Matters’ website. This stimulating competition is open now and closes at midnight on 30 June 2014.
http://dyingmatters.org/stilltime

Girton College Cambridge free-to-enter Jane Martin Poetry Prize

Jane Martin Poetry Prize opens for 2014

Girton College is delighted to invite entries for the 2014 Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its fourth year, the national prize is a key part of the College’s support for poetry and will be of interest to all those serious about literary excellence.

This year the competition will be judged by John Fuller and Vahni Capildeo, both distinguished scholars and experts in the literary world. The winner will receive a cash prize of £700 and will have an opportunity to give a reading at a celebratory event at Girton College, at which the prize will be awarded. There will also be a second cash prize of £300.

The competition is open until noon on Friday 21st March 2014. Please find the 2014 information pack and entry rules here.

Click here to enter the 2014 Jane Martin Poetry Prize.

http://www.girton.cam.ac.uk/news/747-jane-martin-2014

New Year, New Competition on Poem Pigeon

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Beginnings

Beginning, renewal, rebirth… those are the themes for the January Poem Pigeon competition, our first competition of 2014.

Entry fee: None
Deadline: 31st Jan

http://www.poempigeon.com/competition.php?uid=13