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Templar Poetry Quarterly Portfolio Awards
Closing date: quarterly, 29th May, etc
Prizes: Pamphlet publication.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: A portfolio of 10-12 pages of poetry.
Email: submissions@templarpoetry.co.uk
Website: http://templarpoetry.com

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2017)
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes:  £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).
First publication:  All winning and commended poems will be published in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) on 31st July 2017.
Results: will be announced on 15th July 2017.
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Looking for: original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.  Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
Judge: Anthony Watts.
Enter online or download Entry Form for Postal Entry at sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry/index.htm

Wundor Editions Poetry Contest 2017
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prize: £500 + strong consideration for print publication.
Entry fee: £10 for six poems or £15 for six poems + a voucher for a Wundor poetry book. See website.
Theme: 'Spring'.
Further info: Looking for entries of up to six poems, with no line limit, that are imaginatively connected to the theme of 'Spring'.
For further details visit website: wundoreditions.com/wundor-editions---contests.html

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: €1,000, €500, chapbook publication for both winners plus 50 copies.
Entry fee: €25.
Looking for: Short collection of poetry between 16 and 24 pages.
Email: foolforpoetry@munsterlit.ie
Website: www.munsterlit.ie

Frogmore Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: 250 guineas, 75 guineas, 50 guineas, plus subscriptions to The Frogmore Papers.
Entry fee: £3.
Looking for: poems, any theme/style, up to 40 lines, for the contest's 30th year.
Email: frogmorepress@gmail.com
Website: www.frogmorepress.co.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: for novels, £1,000, £250 and £100; for each of poems and short stories, £500, £200 and £100; for writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50.
Entry fee: £ 11 for novels; £6 for short stories; £6 for one poem, £11 for three; writing without restrictions £5.
Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions.
Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Closing date: 1st June 2017.
Prizes: £200, £1 00, £50, £25 people's choice.
Entry fee: £5.
Looking for: Poems up to 60 lines.
Email: tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk
Website: http://www.canterburyfestival.co.uk

Wirral Festival of Firsts Open Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 2nd June 2017.
Prizes: £175, £75, £50, 2X£10, Wirral Prize £30.
Entry fee: £4, £10 for three.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: festivaloffirsts@gmail.com
Website: http://www.festivaloffirsts.com

Welsh Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 18th June 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize - £500; 2nd Prize - £250; 3rd Prize - £100. Plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries.
Entry fee: £6 for one, £12 for two, plus further reductions for more.
Further details: Judge – Kathy Miles.
Website: www.welshpoetry.co.uk/entry/

Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 19th June 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize: £2,000, Plus two optional extras: a week’s writing retreat at Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre, and a mentoring session with Amy Wack (Poetry Editor at Seren Books); 2nd prize £400, 3rd prize £200, and 17 other finalists each win £25.
Also: Special prize: £500 for the best poem by a previously-unpublished woman poet.
Entry fee: £7 for up to three poems.
Judge: Sinéad Morrissey.
See website for more: hmslexia.co.uk/products/womens-poetry-competition-2017/

Mslexia Women’s Pamphlet Competition 2017
Closing date: 19th June 2017.
Entry fee: £20 per pamphlet.
Prizes: 1st prize: Publication of the pamphlet by Seren Books in 2017 plus £250, 25 complimentary copies of the pamphlet, and a ten per cent royalty on sales. One or more poems from the pamphlet will be published in Mslexia magazine.
Judge: Amy Wack (Seren Books).
More details on website: mslexia.co.uk/products/womens-pamphlet-competition-2017/

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition
Closing Date: 19th June 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize £200, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £100 and £50, with prizes for 'People's Choice' and best read poem. Longlisted entries are published in an anthology and shortlisted poets are invited to read at the Adjudication event at the time of National Poetry Day.
Entry fee: £5 per poem.
Looking for: Poems of up to 60 lines on any theme are invited. The Competition attracts entries from all over the world.
Judges: The judges are last year's winner, Jen Syrkiewicz, Nancy Gaffield from the Univeristy of Kent and prize-winning poet Derek Sellen (SaveAs Writers).
For more details and online or postal entry go to: canterburyfestival.co.uk/poet-of-the-year.aspx

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2017
Closing Date: 21st June 2017.
Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100 and 6 commendations of £25.
Entry: £5 for first poem, £4 thereafter.
Looking for: a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines.
Judge: Maura Dooley.
Contact: enter on line or by post.
Full details here: www.arrantheatreandarts.org/index.php/poetry-competition

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each.
Entry fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter.
Looking for: Poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines.
Further info: Open to all UK residents aged 18 or over. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7th October 2017, when Malika Booker -  Guest Judge - will present the prizes and read from her own work.
For further information and to enter online, visit batteredmoons.com

The International Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2017
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: First Prize is €1,000 and Second Prize €500. Both winning poets will have their chapbook published and each receive 50 free copies, as well as being offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at Cork 2018 International Poetry Festival (www.corkpoetryfest.net).
Entry fee: €25 will be charged for each manuscript.
Looking for: Manuscripts must be 16 to 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant.
Further details: Poems should be in English.
Website: http://munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html

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: http://www.wbcompetition.com/index.html

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.

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 Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2017
Closing date: 10th October 2016.
Prizes: 1st prize is £100. The top ten 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.
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. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
For further details and to enter online see www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

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