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Suffolk Young Poets Competition
Closing date: 28th July 2017.
Prizes: Book tokens and the chance to perform at the Halesworth Arts Festival.

Free entry.
Looking for: Any poem by a child living in Suffolk.
Email: info@thepoetrytrust.org
Website: www.thepoetrytrust.org

David Burland Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50.
Entry fee: £8, £4 each extra.
Looking for: Poems, up to 40 lines,in any style.
Email: annaburland@btconnect.com
Website: www.davidburlandliteraryservices.com

Foyle Young Poets of the Year
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: Publication in an anthology, mentoring, Arvon writing residency.
Free entry.
Looking for: Poetry from writers aged 11-17.
Email: fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk
Website: www.foyleyoungpoets.org

Betjeman Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Free entry.
Poems on the theme of 'a sense of place' by poets aged 10-13 on 31st July.
Prizes: £1,000, shared by the poet and his or her school, 2 x £50, four tickets from St Pancras to Paris, Brussels or Lille for each of the top three entrants.
Website: www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com

Winchester Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
Entry fee: £5, £4 for subsequent entries.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: entries@winchesterpoetryfestivaI.org
Website: www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org

Writers' Bureau Limerick Competition
Closing Date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize - £100 plus the choice of a Writers Bureau course.
worth over £350. 2 x Runners-up Prizes - £50 plus free membership to The Association of Freelance Writers worth £24.99. Winners will be published on the competition website and promoted on The Writers Bureau's social media platforms.
Entry fee: £5 for 4 limericks and £1 for each extra limerick.
Website: www.wbcompetition.com/index.html

IIkley literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions
Closing date: 1st August 2017.
Pizes: £200 in the short story category, £200, £100 and £75 in the poetry category.
Entry fee: £5 per poem, £5 per short story.
Looking for: Short stories up to 500 words and poetry up to 30 lines, short stories up to 3,000 words.
Email: info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
Website: www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017
Closing date: 7th August 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize: £500 plus a short reading at the fair and your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day; 3 x Runners Up: £50 to spend at fair plus a short reading at the fair and your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day.
Entry fee: £5 one poem, or three poems £10.
Looking for: A short poem (14 lines max.) about 'Hope' or relating to the theme of Hope in some way.
Further details: Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
See www.bit.ly/PBFcompo2017 for full details and online entry.

Over The Edge New Writer of The Year
Closing date: 9th August 2017.
Prizes: €1,000 in cash prizes (€300 each for winning poet and short story writer, €400 for the overall winner), publication for winning poet, plus readings at Over the Edge.
Entry fee: €10, €7.50 for each of multiple entries.
Looking for: Poetry (three poems of up to 40 lines or one of 100 lines); short stories, up to 3,000 words.
Email: over-the-edge-openreadings@hotmail.com
Website: www.overtheedgeliteraryevents.blogspot.com

Resurgence Poetry Prize
Closing date: 17th August 2017.
Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000.
Entry fee: £7, £4 subsequent.
Looking for: Poems up to 54 lines on ecological themes.
Email: info@resurgenceprize.org
Website: www.resurgenceprize.org

Buzzwords Open Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 26th August 2017.
Prizes: £600, £300, 5 x £50, Gloucestershire Prize of £200.
Entry fee: £4, £10 for three postal/£4.35, £11 for three online.
Looking for: Poems up to 70 lines.
Website: www.buzzwordspoetry.blogspot.co.uk

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition
Closing Date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) - published by SPM Publications.
Entry fee: Entry Fees: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10.
Looking for: Original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.
Further details: Judge: Oz Hardwick.
Website: Enter Online or download Entry Form at: sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Hysteria Writing Competition 2017
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £150 short story, £75 poetry and flash fiction, winners will be published in the Hysteria 5 Anthology.
Entry fee: £5 story, £3 poetry and flash fiction.
Looking for: Short stories up to 2,000 words, poetry up to 20 lines, flash fiction 250 words, by women writers.
Email: info@hysterectomy-association.org.uk
Website: hysterectomy-association.org.uk/hysteria-writing-competition/

Hammond House Publishing Competitions 2017
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: Short stories £600, £100, £50; poems £250, £50, £25; scripts £100 and recorded production.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words, poems up to 40 lines and scripts (length TBC) on the theme of 'Eternal'.
Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com

Artificium Short Fiction and Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st August 2017.
Prizes: £350, £75, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5 for one, £9 for two, £12 for three.
Looking for: Short stories up to 4,000 words, poems up to 40 lines.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.artificium.co.uk

The High Sheriff Cheshire Prize for Literature
Closing date: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: £2,000, £750.
Free entry.
Looking for: Literature (poetry or prose) for children aged 7-14 by Cheshire writers.
Email: cheshireprize@chester.ac.uk
Website: www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize

Cheshire Prize for Literature
Closing date: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: £2000 for the winner, £750 shared between runners-up.
Entry fee: £0.
Theme: Children's Literature aimed at 7 to 14 year old children Looking for: Stories up to 1500 words or verse no more than 100 lines. Entrants must have lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Website: www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/

The Beverley Series
Closing date: 15th September 2017.
Prizes: Publication.
Entry fee: £20.
Looking for: Original manuscript of fiction, non-fiction, criticism or poetry.
Website: store.eyewearpublishing.com

New British and Irish Poets
Closing date: 15th September 2017.
Prizes: Publication.
Free entry.
Looking for: Three original poems by poets who haven't published a full collection.
Website: store.eyewearpublishing.com

Manchester Poetry Prize
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: £10,000.
Entry fee: £17.50.
Looking for: Portfolio of poetry (3-5, max 120 lines).
Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk
Website: www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/poetry-prize/

Salopian Poetry Society's Annual open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: 1st - £150; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £50.
Entry fee: £3, 4 poems for £10, £15 for 6.
Looking for: Poetry, up to 42 lines.
Email: salopeot@hotmail.com
Website: www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: $1,500 in each category, ten $100 honorable mentions.
Entry fee: $12.
Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines.
Email: adam@winningwriters.com
Website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry

Poetry Rivals 2017
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: Pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Poems of any length. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform at a live slam final.
Website: www.poetryrivals.com

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017
Closing Date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Three poetry collections will receive initial 2-year publishing contracts. Cash prizes of £300 (First), £200 (Second) and £100 (Third). Each prizewinner will also receive 20 copies of the published book.
Entry Fees: £25.00 per collection.
Details: The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries for full length poetry collections in English Language, in any style, on any subject.  For the first stage of the competition, entrants are required to submit 20 pages of previously unpublished poetry which must form part of the eventual full collection by September 30, 2017. Collections submitted in the first stage should be submitted under pen names.
Judge: Roger Elkin, author of Marking Time and Fixing Things.
Contact: Enter online or download entry form at spmpublications.com/competitions/2017.html

The Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2017
Closing date: 23rd October 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize is £100. Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE.
Entry fee: 1 poem -  £3.50; 3 poems - £8.00; 5 poems - £10.
Looking for: Poetry on any subject. There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected  as a longer one.
Further details: Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
Email: Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
For further details and to enter online see www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Shooter Literary Magazine 2017 Poetry Competition
Closing date: 19th November 2017.
Prizes: £100, £30 and publication in the print magazine and online.
Entry fee: £3 per poem or £8 for three poems.
Looking for: Poetry up to 125 lines.Further details: There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected  as a longer one. Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
Website: https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition

€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st December 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000.
Entry fee: €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.
Further details: Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.
Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland.
Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com
Website: www.themothmagazine.com/

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/

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