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  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/13/2014 5:58:00 AM) Post reply

    Stanza Poetry Competition

    Closing Date: 15th September 2014

    Open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme is NEGLECT. Send up to two poems, email or post, max 40 lines. Winners announced on National Poetry Day,2 October 2014. Judge: Les Robinson. Poems to be sent in anonymously, with contact details on a separate sheet, plus the name of your Stanza and your Stanza rep. Winning poet will be given the choice of a free Poetry Prescription or a year's worth of membership. The poem will also be entered into the Forward Prize for a Best Single Poem nomination. Top 3 and 10 commended will be published on Society website.
    Entry Fee: £0

    Paul McGrane or 020 7420 9881, or go to and click on Competitions

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/13/2014 5:57:00 AM) Post reply

    The Poems Please Me Prize 2014

    Closing Date: 14th September 2014

    Prizes: 1st £600,2nd £300,3rd £150, Highly Commended £30 each. Subject: open. Length: 12-40 lines. Judge: Anthony Watts. Artists worldwide will illustrate the winning and commended poems (with mounted illustrations of their choice for the top three poets) with publication by Poems Please Me, by The Artists' Quarter (TAQ) and in a new eBook (see 'Movement' with 2013 prizewinners:
    Entry Fee: £5 for first poem, two poems £9, three poems £12.

    Contact: Please see Poems Please Me website for full details
    General enquiries:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/11/2014 9:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Envoi International Open Poetry Competitions

    Deadline for submissions – 20th February,20th June and 20th October each year.
    Prizes: 1st prize £150,2nd prize £100,3rd prize £50.
    Each winner and three runners up win a complimentary copy with their poem.
    The three runners up are also awarded an annual subscription worth £15.
    Entry fee: £3 per poem or five poems for £12.
    Poems can be in any style, on any theme up to 40 lines.

    More details on website.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/11/2014 9:00:00 AM) Post reply

    The Poetry Kit Poetry Competition

    Prizes: The prize is publication on the front page of Poetry Kit where it will be seen by the 10 thousand visitors we have each day, there will also be a few other goodies to show our thanks, but no cash prize.
    There is no set fee to enter but there is a catch!
    There will be six competitions over the year, each one of two months duration.
    Entry fee: Donation to the Liverpool Methodist Youth Exchange programme.

    See website for details.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/11/2014 8:59:00 AM) Post reply

    Flash 500 Humour Verse Competition

    Closing date: This competition is run quarterly with closing dates of 31st March,30th June,30th September,31st December.
    Prizes: First: £150, £100, £50
    Entry fee: £3 for the first poem, then £2.50 for each poem thereafter
    Line Length: Up to 30 lines. The results will be announced within six weeks of the closing date and the three winning entries will be published on the website.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/11/2014 8:59:00 AM) Post reply

    Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest

    Closing dates: (Semi-annual) July 31st and December 31st, each year
    Prizes: Writing Contest First Prize is $500. Second Prize: $250. Third Prize: $100.
    Poetry Contest First Prize is $250. Second Prize: $125. Third Prize: $50.
    Entry fees: $5(USD) per poem, $10(USD) per short story

    Guidelines: The Dream Quest One Poetry & Writing Contest is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful art of poetry or writing a short story that is worth telling everyone! And to all who have the ability to dream. Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, style, or form, typed or neatly hand printed. And/or write a short story, five pages maximum length, on any subject or theme, creative writing fiction or non-fiction (including essay compositions, diary, journal entries and screenwriting) . Also, must be typed or neatly hand printed.
    Multiple poetry and short story entries are accepted.

    For more info:

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/11/2014 8:57:00 AM) Post reply

    Sentinel Short Story and Poetry Quarterly Competition

    Closing dates: 31st Dec,31st March,30th June
    Prizes: £150, £75, £50, three £10 Highly Commendeds in both categories
    Entry fee: short stories, £5, £8 for two, £10 for three, £12 for four; poems, £4; £7 for two, £9 for three, £11 for four, £12 for five.
    The competition is for short stories, up to 1,500 words, and poems up to 50 lines


  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/10/2014 9:40:00 AM) Post reply


    For poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. 1st prize £100,2nd prize £50,3rd prize £25,5 prizes £10 each,5 Highly commended. Closing date 26 September
    Entry fee £2 per poem. Adjudicator Isobel Thrilling and one other to be appointed.
    Poem to be typed on single sheet of A4 in single spacing, enclose separate sheet with your contact details, name, address, email, telephone number.

    Send entries and cheques or postal orders (payable to North Yorkshire County Council)) to Skipton Library Poetry Competition, Skipton Library, High Street, Skipton, North Yorks, BD23 1JX. Send sae for details to above address.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/10/2014 9:39:00 AM) Post reply

    Nantwich Words and Music Festival 2nd Open Poetry Competition Adjudicator of shortlist: Luke Wright. Poems of up to 40 lines on any subject

    First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25 Local prize 2 free gig tickets
    Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Words and Music festival. Winning poems will be published on the festival website.

    For further details, rules & entry form, visit:
    Postal entries to: Words and Music Festival Committee,15 Horton Way, Nantwich Cheshire, CW5 7GD

  • Poemhunter Moderator (9/10/2014 9:39:00 AM) Post reply

    Aquillrelle Poetry Contest 6, Full details can be found at

    A few important details:
    - contest ends 15 September 2014.
    - entry fees: 1 poem $5,2 poems $ 8, any poem from 3rd and further at $1.
    - all the entry fees will be re-distributed as prizes.

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