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: http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Editors-brief-family-041214#Overview

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War Poetry for Today | Closing Date: 27-Nov-14

I found this on the Poetry Library website (http://www.poetrylibrary.org.uk/competitions/) but the actual competition site is a bit unclear as to whether we are still in time to submit! I hope so…
Theatre Cloud, in conjunction with the Touring Consortium Theatre Company and their new UK touring production of Pat Barker’s Regeneration, is making a call out for you to write POETRY ABOUT WAR and BECOME A WAR POET OF TODAY. We want your response to images of war in poetry. We are looking for the war poets of TODAY. 1st prize: £500, 2 runners up will each win £250. All three poems will also receive a public reading of their poem during the last week of Regeneration.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information and to enter the competition go tohttp://theatrecloud.com/education/creative-projects/1000-in-prizes-in-our-war-poetry-for-today-competition. If you have any questions please contactcreativeprojects@theatrecloud.com.

SLAMbassadors UK 2014 ( For entrants Aged 12-18) | Closing Date: 10-Oct-14

Another last-minute one – apologies again. Poetry Society’s national youth slam championships. Theme: Identity. Judges: A panel of artists including Kate Tempest. The 6 final winners will be invited to London to attend a master class led by poet Joelle Taylor, before performing a debut professional set at the Royal Festival Hall on October 31st. Open to all 12-18 year olds resident in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Entry Fee: £0

Contact: For more information see website:http://slam.poetrysociety.org.uk  
Contact: jtaylor@poetrysociety.org.uk

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 (http://www.exiledwriters.co.uk/):

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).

Rattle magazine

I’ve had the round robin email from the above, and there are several inspiring opportunities. I’m copying and pasting below:

1) We’re currently seeking poems written in traditional or adopted Japanese forms for our spring issue—deadline: October 15th. After that we’re looking for New Yorker Poets (you have to have lived at least half your life in NYC), and Scientist Poets. We’re also reading open submissions any time, and (from now on) will have an open section in every issue—but if any of these themes apply to you, please visit our Calls for Submissions page for more information.

2) We’re also continuing our new program online called Poets Respond—every Sunday we’ll publish a poet’s immediate response to a news event that occurred within the last week. You can read this week’s response, “Labor Day: Atlantic City” by Peter E. Murphy. If you’d like to submit a poem about a current event, there’s a link to use at the bottom of that page. The deadline for consideration each week is Friday at midnight, and the poems have been met with great enthusiasm—including a very positive write-up in the LA Times last week.

3) Given how much fun poets are having with the news a prompt, we’re also experimenting with an “Ekphrasis Challenge.” Issue #45’s cover artist, Judy Keown has supplied a photograph and we’re asking poets to submit poetic responses to it by October 1st. Judy and I will each pick our favorite, and they’ll be published online—those poets will also receive $25. So if that sounds interesting, visit that page.

Poetry Competition for students aged 16-18

I’ve copied and pasted these details from the Poetry Library online competition listings – so please do check them!

The Christopher Tower Poetry Competition 2014 | Closing Date: 28-Feb-14

Details: Competition for all UK students, aged 16 – 18 opened on National Poetry Day. This year’s theme is ‘NEWS’. Judges: Olivia McCannon, Kei Miller and Peter McDonald. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Entry Fee: £0     

Contact: Website and entry: http://www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize  Contact: info@towerpoetry.org.uk / 01865 286591