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    The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

    The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People is open to children aged 10 to 13 years. Our aim is to encourage children to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry.
    Each child is invited to send in (by post or online) a poem on the sense of ‘place’. They can choose anywhere that is important to them – from their bedroom to a larger landscape, from their local park to their favourite building. The subject of their poem could be a city or a garden or a beach or a street – whatever moves them to write. We are asking them to capture in words what that place means to them
    The first prize is a £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of their school) as well as four Eurostar tickets. £50 book tokens are awarded to commended entrants. Junior/primary schools entering a whole class will receive a copy of The Puffin Book of Modern Children’s Verse on receipt of entries and secondary/senior schools, The Rattle Bag. We organise eight poet visits a year to schools entering the competition.
    Winners of the poetry competition are invited to read their poems aloud to an audience of judges, entrants, teachers and parents as well as sponsors and press, at a prize giving held on National Poetry Day, Thursday 2nd October, on the concourse of St Pancras station, next to the bronze statue of John Betjeman by Martin Jennings.
    The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.
    The competition is free to enter and closes on 31st July.

    Please see website www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com for details and an online entry form.

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    Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poems-on-a-Beermat Poetry Competition.

    Adjudicator: Martin Malone. Prize giving will be on Wednesday September 3rd
    2014 at the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. All 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their winning poems at the event, which will also feature a reading by Martin Malone. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
    First Prize £200 Second £50, Third £25. All 10 shortlisted entrants will have their poems printed on beermats to be widely distributed in pubs in Bradford on Avon during the town's Arts Festival in September, and will receive prizes of 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.
    Entry fee £4, or £10 for three poems, with subsequent entries at £3.

    For further information, rules & entry details, visit www.boaartsfestival.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/24/2014 11:39:00 AM) Post reply

    Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poems-on-a-Beermat Poetry Competition.

    Adjudicator: Martin Malone. Prize giving will be on Wednesday September 3rd
    2014 at the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. All 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their winning poems at the event, which will also feature a reading by Martin Malone. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
    First Prize £200 Second £50, Third £25. All 10 shortlisted entrants will have their poems printed on beermats to be widely distributed in pubs in Bradford on Avon during the town's Arts Festival in September, and will receive prizes of 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.
    Entry fee £4, or £10 for three poems, with subsequent entries at £3.

    For further information, rules & entry details, visit www.boaartsfestival.com

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    Library of Congress Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize

    The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2014 prize will be awarded in the fall.
    The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, is given biennially. It will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years,2012 and 2013, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for the best book; the lifetime achievement awarding is at the sole discretion of the prize jury and the Librarian of Congress.
    Applications must be postmarked by July 31,2014. Guidelines for submission, as well as a list of previous winners, can be found at www.loc.gov/poetry/prize-fellow/bobbitt.html.
    The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed chair, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry; coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures and symposia; and sponsors prizes and fellowships for literary writers.

    For more information, visit www.loc.gov/poetry/.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/24/2014 11:38:00 AM) Post reply

    2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

    The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.
    Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
    Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.
    To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.
    The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.
    A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.
    £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.
    ENTRY FORM: http://www.wasafiri.org/assets_cm/files/PDF/nwp2014.pdf

    Our judges this year are:
    Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University
    Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC
    Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally
    Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

  • Rookie - 8 Points Thomas Tembo (7/24/2014 2:35:00 AM) Post reply

    i want to contest

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    The Bigger Picture - Reflections on the Great War

    Closing date: 23rd August 2014.
    Prizes: First Prize - £50, Second Prize - £30, Third Prize - £20.
    Entry fee: £2 per poem
    This year marks the centenary of the outset of the Great War and entries are invited of short works of poetry written in response to any work of art associated with World War One. " Work of art" in this context can be a painting, a song, a poem, even a film or a soundtrack to a film. The interpretation of the term is entirely up to the entrant. Maximum lines-50.

    email address: saveas@hotmail.co.uk
    For more details see website: saveaswriters.co.uk/

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/23/2014 6:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition

    Closing date: 17th August 2014.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £50 x 5 commended.
    Fee: £4; £10/3 (postal entries): £4.35; £8.70/2; £11/3 (Paypal) . The Gloucestershire Prize- £200 (residents only) .
    Poems up to length: 70 lines.
    Sole Judge: Jonathan Davidson (will read all entries) .

    Online entry or send an SAE to Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition, Butlers, Western Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3RN buzzwords-competition

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/23/2014 6:18:00 AM) Post reply

    Nottingham Open Poetry Competition

    Closing date: 12th August,2014.
    Prizes: £300, £150, £75 10 merits of £10.
    Entry fee: £3 or £10 for four.
    Poems up to 40 lines.

    email: viv.apple@ntlworld.com
    Website: nottinghampoetrysociety.wordpress.com/

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/23/2014 6:17:00 AM) Post reply

    Over The Edge New Writer of The Year Poetry

    Closing date: 6th August,2014.
    Prizes: €1,000 in cash prizes, publication for winner plus readings at Over the Edge.
    Entry fee: €10, €7.50 for each of multiples.
    Send in three poems up to 40 lines or one of 100 lines.

    email: over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com
    Website: overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com

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