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    Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2014

    Poetry competition open to 11-17-year-olds from all over the world writing in English, with whatever level of experience. Judges: Grace Nichols and Simon Barraclough. The top 15 winning poets will have their poems published in an anthology in March 2015, which will be sent out to more than 22,000 people worldwide, making it one of the largest circulated poetry anthologies in the world. The top 15 poets will attend a week-long residential creative writing course at the prestigious Hurst Arvon centre in Shropshire, where they will be tutored by this year's judges, or receive a visit to their school from a professional poet, followed by one to one and distance mentoring (age dependent) . The 85 Commended Winners will receive book prizes and a year's Youth Membership of the Poetry Society
    Entry Fee: £0
    Closing Date: 31st July 2014

    Contact: Full details about entry can be found online: www.foyleyoungpoets.org

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:30:00 AM) Post reply

    The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

    The theme is 'a sense of place' and our aim is to encourage children aged 10 to 13 years to look at their surroundings more keenly as well as to be inspired by reading and writing poetry. 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. The judges are the National Poet of Wales, Gillian Clarke, and the founder of Gifford Circus, Nell Gifford.
    Entry Fee: £0
    Closing Date: 31th July 2014

    Contact: An online entry form can be found at www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:28:00 AM) Post reply

    Bradford on Avon Arts Festival 2014 Poems-on-a-Beermat Competition

    Entries are invited for an Open Poetry Competition on the theme of Light - closing date July 30th 2014. There will be a prize of £200 for the best poem submitted, with discretionary second and third place awards of £50 and £25 if the quality of entries merits them. Ten short-listed poems will be printed on to beermats and placed in pubs in Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages for the duration of the 2014 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival (September 1st-20th) . Poems must therefore be short - there is a strict limit of 12 lines. All shortlisted poets will receive 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name. The adjudicator of the competition will be poet Martin Malone.
    Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems
    Closing Date: 30th July 2014

    Contact: Please send your entries together with your entry fee (details) and full contact details to: Dawn Gorman, ABR House, Prospect Place, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8QA.
    For more details about Bradford on Avon Arts Festival, go to www.BoaArtsFestival.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:24:00 AM) Post reply

    The Elmet Poetry Prize

    The prizes will be awarded by Lucy Burnett on Saturday 25 October at the The Ted Hughes Festival 2014 in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire. First prize - an Arvon course at Lumb Bank. Second Prize - a week's writing retreat at Ted's House, Mytholmroyd. Runners up - £50. Judge - Lucy Burnett.
    Entry Fee: £5
    Closing Date: 25th July 2014

    Conor O'Loughlin - conor.oloughlin@hotmail.co.uk Anna Turner - annabama@hotmail.co.uk Kathleen McGrath -
    kathleenmcgrath@hotmail.com TET email - theelmettrust@outlook.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:22:00 AM) Post reply

    Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2014


    Judges: Susheila Nasta MBE, Inua Ellams, Bidisha and Monique Roffey. Open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book. Submissions invited in one of three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing. 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 Fee: £6 if entering one category, £10 for two and £15 for three categories.
    Closing Date: 25th July 2014

    Return entries to: Wasafiri New Writing Prize, The Open University in London,1-11 Hawley Crescent, London, NW1 8NP. For entry forms and full terms and conditions: www.wasafiri.org/wasafiri-new-writing-prize.asp

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:19:00 AM) Post reply

    Poetrywivenhoe Poetry Competition 2014

    For original poems in English of no more than 50 lines. Prizes: First Prize £200, Second Prize £100, Third Prize £50. Judge: Roger Caldwell.
    Entry Fee: £3 per poem
    Closing Date: 25th July 2014

    Entries should be sent to: poetrywivenhoe Poetry Competition,96 Ernest Road, Wivenhoe, Colchester, Essex CO7 9LJ
    More information, full terms and conditions and entry forms: http://poetrywivenhoe.org/?page_id=29

  • Rookie - 117 Points Marriam Anderson (7/15/2014 6:52:00 AM) Post reply | Read 1 reply

    im looking for a contest for teenagers in the UK. any ideas?
    preferably for free

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    • Rookie - 117 Points Poemhunter Moderator (7/15/2014 8:16:00 AM) Post reply

      You can check out these websites to see teen poetry competitions in the UK: http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/fyp/ http://www.unitedpress.co.uk/free-poetry-competitions/ http: ... more

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/14/2014 3:37:00 AM) Post reply

    New England Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Writing

    Closes: 1 August 2014
    Prizes: $500 first prize in 3 categories plus $300 New England award for a resident of New England and $200 Emerging Author award for an unpublished writer from anywhere in Australia.
    For unpublished crime poetry to 60 lines, crime fiction up to 2,500 words and crime non-fiction up to 2,500 words.
    Entry fee: $10 per entry
    Payable by: Direct deposit, Cheque, Money order
    Entry: Postal

    For details: http://www.newc.org.au/netpcw.htm

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/14/2014 3:35:00 AM) Post reply

    Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize 2014

    Closes: 31 July 2014
    Prize: $2,500 first prize
    For an original, unpublished poem to 50 lines.
    Entry fee: $6 per poem
    Entry: Online

    For more details: http://www.usq.edu.au/news-events/News/2014/03/~/link.aspx?_id=3DAA1BE96F174296A1D6491809178164&_z=z

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/14/2014 3:34:00 AM) Post reply

    Mudgee Valley Writers 14th Biennial Competition

    Closes: Thursday,31st July 2014
    Prizes: Open Sections– First $200 plus Trophy. Second $100. Third $50. Novice Sections – First $100 plus Trophy. Second $50. Third $30.Highly Commended and Commended Certificates awarded.
    Entry fee: $5 per entry or $12 for three entries.
    Payable by: Cheque, Money order
    Entry: Postal

    For Short Stories to 2000 words maximum & Poetry (Rhyming) to 60 lines maximum in Open and Novice (an author who has not previously won a monetary prize in any competition at time of entry) categories.

    Entry forms can be obtained by sending a stamped self addressed envelope to:
    PO Box 356, Mudgee NSW 2850 or email j.baggett@bigpond.com

    Entry forms and all entries to be forwarded to: Competition Secretary,
    Mudgee Valley Writers Inc, PO Box 356, Mudgee NSW 2850

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