Thanks to Dawn Vincent of Mindfizz for this one. Open to poets from around the world, this poetry competition on the theme of ‘where I’m from’ is free to enter for under-18s (over-18s can enter for a small fee). Winning and commended poems will be published in an anthology. Deadline: Monday 7 October 2019, midnight UK time. https://pctothepowerof2.wordpress.com/enter/
Poets under the age of 30 on 1 January 2018 who have a Scottish parent; were born, brought up in or have lived in Scotland for the past three years are invited to submit a collection to the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award. Deadline 2 March 2018.
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Closing Date: 31-Jan-16
Calling all writers between the ages of 5 and 18 from the UK – enter the Agincourt 600 Poetry Competition. This new competition, launched in partnership with Agincourt 600, commemorates 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt, a landmark conflict in European history. This battle looms large in our imaginations for lots of reasons, including the scale of the French loss and the acclaim that was lavished on the victorious Henry V. We’re looking for poems which delve into Agincourt’s history and legacy to explore the battle afresh. The judges for the competition will be Agincourt 600, the Poetry Society, and Daljit Nagra, and prizes will be awarded in two categories for primary-level and secondary-level entrants. The overall winner in each category will receive a certificat e, £100 in book tokens and a day of poetry workshops at the winners’ school.http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/2015/10/28/agincourt-600-young-poets-competition/
Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2016 has Ian McMillan as the judge. The competition is free for poets aged 12 to 17. (There is a charge for adults to enter.) Deadline for entries: 15 January 2016. Winners will be contacted by 15 March 2016. Winning entries will be displayed on one of the 33 buses in Guernsey.
More information (the page is still showing last year’s winners): http://guernseyliteraryfestival.com/images/pom-competition2016.pdf (If this link doesn’t work, click on the download link on the page: http://guernseyliteraryfestival.com/index.php/2015-04-07-09-46-01/poems-on-the-move)
This looks an exciting opportunity for young people living in Greater London:
“Applications are invited from young people aged 21–30. You must be in this age range on 17 August 2015 and you must live in a London Borough. Greater London includes 32 Boroughs – you cannot apply if you live outside these. (if you are not sure, then please email and ask). The role requires that you are actually living in London and is not open to those living elsewhere in the UK, even if you are originally from London. The position is not suitable for those in full time education, or for those who already have significant professional commitments.” Click on the link below for more information.
Young Laureates for London
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/
Supported by Arts Council England and the Poetry Society, among others, this is a great place to visit if you’re a young poet: http://www.youngpoetsnetwork.org.uk/
Visit the site for advice on submitting your work, for explanations about terminology, for listings of poetry-related opportunities, and even for the chance to have your poem/s published on the site.
Keats-Shelley Memorial Association is hosting a free competition for writers aged 16 or over on 1st January 2015 and no more than 18 on 13th March 2015. Submit up to 2 poems of no more than 20 lines each, on the theme of ‘Lost Angels’. Closing date: 13th March 2015.The Judges are Matthew Sweeney and Kate Clanchy with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy making the final selection. Prizes are a place on an Arvon creative writing course and £100 in book tokens. There is also a short story category. More information: http://www.keats-shelley.co.uk/young-romantics-prize
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.
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