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    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 FORMS: NWP 2014 entry form (Word doc) NWP 2014 entry form (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

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:28:00 AM) Post reply

    Tethered by Letters' Fall Poetry Contest

    We are currently accepting poetry submissions of all genres and styles—from traditional form to free verse. Length requirements are no more than three pages per poem, single spaced with double spacing between stanzas. The poetry contest winner will be published as the featured poem in the Fall 2014 Quarterly Journal. Three finalists will be considered for subsequent quarterly journal publications or a TBL monthly poetry feature. Each finalist will also receive free professional edits on their submission. International submissions welcome.
    Deadline: July 15,2014
    Prize: $100 and publication in the quarterly journal
    Entry Fee: $5 per entry OR $12 for three entries

    URL: http://tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest-submission
    Contact Info: Alison Auger, AAuger@tetheredbyletters.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:28:00 AM) Post reply

    The Dermot Healy Poetry Competition

    The contest has just been launched by the Five Glens Arts Festival, and which might be of interest to you and your fellow writers.
    The competition is now open for submissions, and will run until 15th July 2014. The prize money is 1,000 euro, and shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their work at the festival. Dermot will be judging the shortlisted poems and will present the prize to the winning poet. A great honour indeed.
    The ceremony will take place over the course of the festival which runs from 22nd – 24th August.

    All the details are listed below, and entry forms, rules and fees (5 euro per poem) are available on our website.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:25:00 AM) Post reply

    " Vallum Award for Poetry"

    Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2014.
    Deadline: July 15th,2014
    First Prize: $750,2nd: $250
    Entry Fee: $25

    For further details: http://vallummag.com/contestrules.html

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:24:00 AM) Post reply

    Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2014

    Judge: Ian McMillan
    Closing date: 10th July 2014
    First Prize: £1000 and a residential writing course at Ty Newydd

    Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition is now open with a great first prize of £1000 cash and a residential course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. Ty Newydd is renowned for its excellent writing courses, taught by outstanding poets, in a beautiful setting.
    We are delighted that Ian McMillan has agreed to judge all entries: Ian McMillan is well-known to Radio 3 audiences as presenter of The Verb. He is also poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He will be appearing at Ledbury this summer (4 – 13 July) .

    Adults: First Prize £1000 and a week at Ty Newydd
    Second Prize £500
    Third Prize £250

    See website for details of Young People and Children’s competition section.
    Winners have the opportunity to read their poems at the 2015 Ledbury Poetry Festival.

    Go to www.poetry-festival.co.uk/poetry-competition.html for further details of our poetry competition and to download an entry form. Entry fees: first poem £5, for each subsequent poem £3. Children and Young People enter their first poem free.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:23:00 AM) Post reply

    The Battle of the Books,

    International poetry and prose competition with a prize of €500, run by the annual Swift Satire Festival, Trim, County Meath, Ireland.

    Closing date for entries 1st July 2014.
    Entry fee €5, a bargain 3 entries for €10.
    Judged by Niamh Boyce, poet and novelist.
    Unusual rule: previously published material is WELCOME.


  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:22:00 AM) Post reply


    Closing date: 30th June 2014
    Prizes: 1st: £250
    2nd: £100; 3rd: £50
    publication for winners and runners
    up in prizewinners’ anthology.
    Fee: £5; 2 entries for the price of one: Friends of Poetry Space Members
    Shorter poems preferred. No specific line limit.
    Judge: Alison Brackenbury.
    Over 16s only

    Email entries or
    SEND SAE: Poetry Space Competition 2012,21 Davis Close,
    Barrs Court, Bristol BS30 7BU
    susan@poetryspace.co.uk www.poetryspace.co.uk

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:21:00 AM) Post reply

    Earlyworks Press with Circaidy Gregory Poetry Collection Competition 2014
    Earlyworks Press

    Closing date: June 30th 2014
    1st prize: £100 advance and royalty contract for winner's collection
    Runners up: Anthology publication for runners up
    Entry fee: £15

    Judging panel includes Catherine Edmunds, Marilyn Francis, Nigel Humphreys, Sarah James and Mandy Pannett. Mandy will be editor for the winner's collection, Circaidy Gregory Press the pubilsher.
    Email or paper entries, max 3000wds of work in the first instance

    Full details on website at
    or by sending a stamped SAE to Earlyworks Press, Creative Media Centre,45 Robertson Street, Hastings Sussex TN34 1HL

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:20:00 AM) Post reply

    The Poetry Box International Silver Cup Trophy Annual Poetry Award 2014

    Theme: Dark, Gothic, Supernatural, Romantic, Surreal, Fantasy, Speculative, Satire Poems
    Categories: All Ages
    Judge: LK Robinson - Editor: The Poetry Box Dark & Horror Poetry Magazine Monthly
    Prizes: 1st Prize - The beautiful and engraved Silver Cup Trophy, a Decorative Award-Winner Certificate, Publication and Free Copy of the Special ‘Winners & Finalists Edition’ of the Magazine, Publication on a Special ‘Winners’ page on The Poetry Box website.2nd and 3rd Prizes £50 and £30 respectively, Decorative Award-Winner Certificate, Publication and Free Copy as 1st Prize above. There will also be several ‘Judge’s Special
    Commendation Awards’ and ‘Highly-Commended Awards’ also receiving Decorative Award-Winner Certificates and Publication and Free Copy as per 1st Prize.
    Entry: 1 x Poem = £5.00,3 x Poems = £10.00,4 x Poems = £14.00 – Entry Fee Payable by Cheque To: LK Robinson - or via Paypal.

    For full details and to print out an Entry Form: www.ThePoetryBox.co.uk

  • Poemhunter Moderator (6/30/2014 3:19:00 AM) Post reply

    The London Magazine's Poetry Competition 2014.
    Judged by Hugh Dunkerley and Michael O’Neill.

    1st Prize: £200 (and published in a future issue of The London Magazine)
    2nd Prize: £150 (and published on The London Magazine website)
    3rd Prize: £100 (and published on The London Magazine website)

    Entry fee: £5 - entries by 30th June 2014
    Winning entries will be invited to a TLM event to announce the winners. For further details, rules and entry form visit: http://thelondonmagazine.org/tlm-competition/the-london-magazines-poetry-competition-2014/

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