Another one from the Poetry Library website. It looks like this is not only for UK-based poets (but please do check!). It’s free for children and young people (first poem only, then a small fee – see below) – ages 11 and under, and 12 to 17. Closing Date: 09-Jul-15. All adult submissions have a fee.
Categories: 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Deryn Rees-Jones. Theme: Any. Prizes: Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.
First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.
Contact: For entry and more information see website:http://www.poetry-festival.co.uk/ledbury-poetry-competition/
You have to be a member of the fantastic Ideas Tap site to enter this competition – but it’s free to join, and well worth doing. As well as frequent poetry opportunities offered by third parties, the site has its own, quarterly competition, across disciplines. (Don’t forget, however, that once you have posted your poems on the Ideas Tap site, they will not be considered ‘unpublished’ by most competition administrators, so you may find you can’t send them elsewhere.) I suspect it’s only worth joining the site/community if you are UK-based, as most of the opportunities are based in the UK. But I don’t know for sure…
The following info is copied and pasted from the Ideas Tap site: As always, the quarterly Editor’s Brief is open to all ages and disciplines. There will be first (£250), second (£100) and third (£50) prizes for each category (audio/video, writing and visual art/photographs). http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Editors-brief-family-041214#Overview
Again, from the Poetry Library competition listings. Looks like a UK-only comp:
Competition for 16-18 years of age. Theme: ‘Cells’. Prizes: The first prize is £3,000, with £1,000 and £500 going to the second and third prize- winners. In addition to individual prizes, the students’ schools and colleges also receive cash prizes of £150 and the three prizewinners are eligible for a place on the Tower Poetry Summer School.. Longlisted entrants’ poems are published on the Tower Poetry website. Judges: Ian McMillan, Helen Mort and Peter McDonald. The winners will be announced on Monday 20 April 2015. Entry Fee: £0Contact:www.towerpoetry.org.uk/prize or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01865 286591.
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
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
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.
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
Free to enter. One poem per person. Details below copied and pasted from the website:>Deadline: Tuesday 1st July 2014 Judges: Katrina Naomi (Girl with the Cactus Handshake) and Judy Brown (Loudness) 1st Prize: 7 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library; 2nd Prize: 3 nights’ stay at Gladstone’s Library Hanging in the hallway at Gladstone’s Library is a mysterious woman in a russet gown. She points at a blossoming orange; she is watched by a whippet. On the table beside her a fruit bowl contains grapes, plums and yet more oranges. Now in its second year, the Gladstone’s Library creative writing prize for 2014 is for poetry. Any style, convention, or form is acceptable, as long as it takes the portrait as its starting point. Don’t worry about her identity – we don’t know who she is either! http://www.gladstoneslibrary.org/gladfest2014/mysterylady/
Info below copied and pasted from the poetry library newsletter: Closing Date: 15-May-14 Details: Canterbury City Council’s Community Development Service are currently running a project, to create a mural on an underpass in the Westgate Parks in Canterbury, and want to include some poetry. They’re running a competition for young people and adults to choose three poems to display. The competition is free to enter, and writers can send up to 3 poems that capture the spirit of Canterbury past and present: its history, architecture, people and ecology. Please send them as a word document to email@example.com. Please include your name, address and whether you are over or under 18. The poems will be judged in 2 categories, 18 and under, and over 18s. One from each category will be chosen plus one other. The competition will be judged by Canterbury Laureate 2011-12 Sarah Salway. The winning poems will be displayed on 6’x4′ panels among the art work. Shortlisted writers may also be invited to read at a special event in the Westgate Parks on 29 June 2014 where the winners will be announced. Entry Fee: £0
Free to enter competition, with cash prizes and the possibility of an anthology of winning work. Copied and pasted from the website of the Dying Matters Coalition: 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