Opportunities for Underrepresented Writers

Creative Future Literary Awards are open for entries of poetry and flash fiction from writers (UK only) who find it hard to access the literary world, due to ill health (including mental health issues), disability or social circumstance. Poems are invited of up to 200 words (flash fiction up to 300) on the theme of ‘important nothings’. Winning pieces will be published in an anthology. Prizes include cash plus writer development opportunities such as mentoring, courses and professional consultations. Writers may submit a maximum of one piece per category (one poem and/or one piece of flash fiction). Read the eligibility criteria carefully before submitting.

Allegro seeking submissions

Another new one to me, Allegro is an online poetry magazine, published four times a year. The magazine has strict submission windows, so check the dates on the website before you submit. The current deadline is 30 April 2017, for poems of up to 40 lines, on the theme of ‘Space’. Read the full guidelines here before submitting.

Award for African Poets living anywhere in the world

Run by the Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, this award is open to all African poets, living anywhere in the world, provided they will not have published (including self-publishing) a full-length collection by May 2015. The first prize winner will receive USD1,000, and the top ten will receive mentorship and publication. Deadline is May 15th 2015, 11.59pm Ugandan time. For more information, visit: http://www.bnpoetryaward.co.ug/submit-poems/
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Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

This prestigious international prize is open to poets aged 11 to 17. Deadline 31 July 2015.

The following is copied from the website:
‘With acclaimed poets Liz Berry and Michael Symmons Roberts at the helm, this year’s competition is once again on the hunt for the world’s most exciting new poets aged 11-17. Last year the Award received entries from 7,603 young poets from a total 78 countries, cementing its position as the world’s largest literary competition. Among last year’s winners were poets from France, Israel, Australia, New Zealand, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Canada and the USA – and from right across the UK.’
For more information, visit: http://poetrysociety.org.uk/competitions/foyle-young-poets-of-the-year-award/