If you can overlook the fact this is Sky (sorry – getting political now!), then this could be a fantastic opportunity to gain £30,000(!), plus mentoring as a poet/creative writer. There are 5 of these bursaries on offer, across various disciplines (please see the link below). I love the Ideas Tap arts website, and encourage everyone to join – it is free, and gives you access to opportunities and networking. The following is copied from the website: ‘To apply, you must be an IdeasTap member aged 18-30 on the closing date (26 Feb 2015) and either be a citizen of the UK or ROI or have been resident in the UK or ROI for the last five years. Either way, you must currently be living in the UK or Ireland and be able to remain living in the UK or ROI for the duration of the scholarship to be eligible to apply.’
The deadline is 26 February 2015, but they encourage earlier submission. http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Sky-Academy-Arts-Scholarships-260215#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 email@example.com or call 01865 286591.
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: http://www.sash-uk.org.uk/homeless-writing-competition/
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
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/