Ideas Tap Quarterly ‘Editor’s Brief’ Competition

Deadline: 30th January 2015, 5pm. It’s that time again, when I recommend that all UK-based writers (and artists/photographers/filmmakers/etc.) join the Ideas Tap online arts community. It’s free to join, and gives you access to all sorts of funding and competition opportunities. Keep an eye on the age limits though – some are only for specific age ranges. The latest ‘Editor’s Brief’ (quarterly, free-to-enter competitions for entries across various media) is on the theme of ‘Family. More information here:


Beatons Tearooms & Bookshop Second Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 27-Nov-14

Another one from the fab Poetry Library competition listings:

Adjudicators: Beatons House Poet, Liz Darcy Jones; Jon Amos, Nick Kelly. Prize-giving at Beatons Blandford Forumand recital Sat 13th Dec when winners invited to recite their poems publicly (or nominate reader in their stead) Theme: ‘Restoration’. Prizes: First Prize £50 Beatons voucher and poem framed/displayed in Beatons Blandford Forum; Young Aspiring Wordsmith Winner (13 – 17 year olds) £25 Beatons Voucher and poem framed/displayed in Beatons Blandford, adult runner up £25 junior £10 Beatons Vouchers respectively.
Entry Fee: £0Contact: For further details, rules & entry see website:

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

Copied and pasted from the Poetry Library newsletter:

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:
For full details of The Brunel University African Poetry and to see the winning and shortlisted poems:

Exiled Writers Ink Free Poetry Competition Deadline midnight on 8th October 2014!

Sorry this is such short notice! Just spotted it on the Poetry Library competitions page. Copied and pasted from the competition site (

Exiled Writers Ink is pleased to present the poetry competition for UK refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and exiles

Free entry First prize: £400 plus assessment of winner’s poetry collection by The Literary Consultancy.

Second Prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Free membership of Exiled Writers Ink for a year. A special poetry night at which the winners will be announced and will perform their poetry. The competition will be judged by the distinguished poets:

Dajit Nagra – Michael Zand – Alev Adil

Daljit Nagra has published three collections of poetry with Faber and Faber and has won several prizes including two Forward Prizes, a South Bank Show Decibel Award and has been twice nominated for the TS Eliot Prize. He currently lives in West London.

Michael Zand is a writer, poet, editor and researcher. His published collections of poetry include lion – the iran poems (Shearsman 2010) and The Wire and other poems (Shearsman 2012). He won the 2008 Roehampton UniversityPoetry Performance prize.

Dr Alev Adil is Artist in Residence at the University of Greenwich where she is also Principal Lecturer in visual culture and creative writing. She has been widely published in academic and literary journals and has reviewed for many publications including The Independent and The Times Literary Supplement.  She is a juror on the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (UK) and the 2014 Golden Island International Film Festival (Cyprus).

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:

UK Competition to raise awareness of homelessness

Open to poets over 16 and living in the UK, the SASH Writing Competition is free to enter. However, those who can afford to are asked to donate £10 to SASH, a Yorkshire-based organisation working to prevent homelessness and to help young homeless people. The winner will get a free place on an Arvon five-day residential writing course. Writers who are homeless or who have exprienced homelessness are particularly encouraged to enter. Deadline is World Homeless Day, 10th October 2014. More information:

Prize for LGBT Writers up to age 35

If I’ve understood correctly, the first entry of up to 6 poems is free.
Info below is copied and pasted from the Young Enigma website:
Judges: Adam Lowe, Andrew McMillan, Steph Pike and Gerry Potter.
The Young Enigma Awards is a nationwide search to find the LGBT+ voices of tomorrow.
The awards include:
The Barbara Burford Prize (18-35 yrs and from the UK)
The Allan Horsfall Prize (13-25 yrs and from Greater Manchester)
Join one of our open workshops to kickstart your writing: 5th and 26th April, 2-4pm at Manchester Central Library (free to the public). Deadline for both prizes: 11th June 2014. Longlist announced: 27th June. Shortlist announced: 11th July.
Prize-giving ceremony: 2nd August, 12-2pm, Manchester Central Library.
Winners of both prizes will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions in Manchester, continued editorial support, free books, and performance and publication opportunities. A selection of entries will be published in an anthology of emerging LGBT+ voices by Dog Horn Publishing. Young Enigma will support winners in covering out of region travel costs and in pursuing commissioning and funding opportunities.
The Allan Horsfall Prize-winner will also be supported in undertaking a writing residency at Archives+ at Manchester Central Library. The Barbara Burford Prize-winner will be supported in undertaking a residency as LGBT Writer in Residence 2015.

Melita Hume Poetry Prize 2014, judged by Emily Berry

Only just seen this, but you have nearly 5 hours, if you aren’t at work! It closes 5pm today (Monday 31st March) and you have to be under 35 to enter. It’s free to enter and there’s a good cash prize, plus publication. For details, click below.

Chance to Read your Poetry at the Tricycle Theatre Poetry Live event

So envious that I am nowhere near young enough to enter this one!

Copied and pasted from the Ideas Tap website. (In case you don’t know about Ideas Tap, it’s free to join the community and well worth doing. Make sure you post a picture with your profile, or you can’t submit to any of the ‘Creative Briefs’/competitions.)

Do you have Shakespeare’s way with words? Are you aged 16 to 26?

Tricycle Theatre is inviting IdeasTap members to enter their Lyrical Fireworks competition.

The top prize is the chance to perform your work at the Tricycle’s Poetry Live event on 31 March 2014. You’ll be performing alongside James Massiah, Bridget Minamore and others.

The winner of this brief will also receive two tickets to Hopelessly Devoted, a signed copy of Kate Tempest’s breakthrough play Wasted, and a performance fee of 25 big ones (pounds). The winning song, poem, or rap will also be shared on the Tricycle blog and via social media to over 30,000 followers – what a great way to share your work!

This brief is open to songwriters, rappers, lyricists and poets. 

Two runners up will also receive signed copies of Wasted and Hopelessly Devoted posters.

Competition entries must be your own original work.

Some things you should know:

  • The winner of this brief will be announced on Thursday 27 March
  • If your poem wins, you will need to be available to perform your work at Poetry Live on Monday 31 March at 4pm. Poetry Live takes place in the Tricycle cinema
  • The winner is responsible for their own travel arrangements but IdeasTap will cover the travel costs up to £50.
  • You may have someone else perform, sing or rap your poem if you wish, but you need to arrange for this yourself and both of you will need to be available to attend Poetry Live on Monday 31 March. 

Need some inspiration? Check out this audio and video of Kate Tempest in action.

Terms and conditions

  • The winning entrant will need to be available to perform their poem at the Poetry Live event in the Tricycle Cinema on 31 March at 4pm.
  • The winner is responsible for their own travel arrangements but IdeasTap will cover the travel costs up to £50.

This brief closes on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 12pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 26. If you have any technical queries, please visit the Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

Image used under Creative Commons from SOMArts Cultural Center. 


This brief closes on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 12pm and is open to IdeasTap members aged 16 to 26. If you have any technical queries, please visit the Help Centre. Late entries will not be accepted under any circumstances, including technical issues – so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute.

                Open for members between                16 – 26                years old               

Poem Pigeon latest competition

Copied and pasted from the Poem Pigeon email:

A new competition has been launched on Poem Pigeon.


      A poem about tide(s)… it could be the tides of the sea, the tides of time… however you wish to interpret it and work with it. It can be tide singular or tide plural.


    Deadline: March 31st, 2014