Deadline 2 May 2017. Spread the Word’s Young People’s Laureate Poetry Award 2017 is now open to young performance and page poets aged 13-25 living in London. Entries will be judged by the Young People’s Laureate for London, Caleb Femi and prizes include a free space on Caleb’s Poetry Lab workshop taking place at Roundhouse […]
Barnet Borough Arts Council’s annual competition is open for submissions of poems on any subject. Small £1 entry fee for non-Barnet residents. With categories for 7-11 year olds and 12-16 year olds. Reopens 2017.
This competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and is judged this year by Catherine Smith. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. Deadline: 31 January 2017. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
JAL FOUNDATION is delighted to announce its 14th biennial World Children’s Haiku Contest The theme of this competition is ‘Morning’. Originating from Japan, Haiku is the shortest form of poetry in the world. In a short descriptive verse, it captures a moment in the poet’s life, or simply expresses the beauty of nature. All Grand-prize […]
This competition aims to inspire young writers in Scotland by asking them to produce a piece of creative writing which draws on the rich and rewarding legacy that Robert Louis Stevenson has left us in his works of fiction, poetry, travel writing and essays. This is currently open only to students living in Scotland in […]
Rewrite brings together young people from different backgrounds to fight prejudice and injustice, through the power of drama and creative writing. Their annual competition in two categories for writers aged 11-14 and 15-18 accepts poetry, prose and play writing, and the theme for 2016 is ‘Welcome’. You must live in inner or Greater London. Reopening […]
The Muslim Young Writers Award is for poems and short stories from 5-16 year olds. There are different categories for each key stage. Reopens 2017.
For those living and working in Scotland, committed to developing their writing. Reopening 2017.
Staffordshire County Council is looking for the next Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Young Poet Laureate. The role is open to applicants aged 14-18 years who live or go to school or college in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. Reopens 2017.
IGGY, run by the University of Warwick, is a network of the world’s brightest young minds. They provide online resources and workshops which are aimed at supporting gifted youth, including helping to develop young writers aged 13-18. They’ve also established the IGGY & Litro Young Writers’ Prize, an international literary competition for talented young writers. […]
The Festival’s Young Writers Poetry Competition is on the theme of ‘summer’, with categories for 6-11 and 12-16 year olds. Free to enter. There are prizes for first, second and third place, plus winners are printed in an anthology and invited to a prize tea. Reopening 2017.
Poetry By Heart is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart. The competition is a pyramid of participation from individual classrooms to whole school/college contests, then county contests, regional semi-finals and the grand final. In the process, pupils […]
Reopening 2017. For residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, an annual competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) to encourage young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view. The competition is free to enter and entries will be judged by […]
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with regional events and competitions taking place throughout the year. Mother Tongue encourages children, who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their […]
Reopening 2017. The competition is open to Wirral Adults and Students of all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to both winners and runners up in each age category and they will be invited to attend a workshop hosted by a renowned local poet. The overall winner aged 18 or under will also become Wirral’s […]
Deadline: 30 June 2017. NB there is an entry fee for this competition. The eighth Battered Moons Poetry Competition is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over and accepts poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines. Guest judge Malika Booker and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the poems. The […]
Poets and short story writers aged 11-17 are invited to submit work inspired by a line from Mansfield Park: “She could scarcely see an object in that room which had not an interesting remembrance connected with it…” Prizes include goody bags, book vouchers and a writing workshop. Reopens 2017.
The sum of £20,000 will be awarded biennially for the best collection of poems, published or unpublished, by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. If the winner is an unpublished collection, the Edwin Morgan Trust will support its publication by a Scottish small press. The runner-up will receive funding to attend a short course […]
The Poetry Society’s Slam Championship for 12-18 year olds aims to involve as many young people as possible in reading, writing, and performing poetry.
The Stephen Spender Prize promotes literature in translation with an annual prize for translated poems. There are categories for under 18s and under 14s and winners receive a cash prize and have their poems printed in a pamphlet and on the Stephen Spender Trust website. Reopening 2017.
The Ted Hughes Young Poets award is for poets aged 6-10, 11-14 and 15-18, with a prize of £100 in each age category. Free to enter. Reopening 2017.
An annual national competition hosted by Buxton Festival and the University of Derby. It has three categories: poets aged 18 and over, 12-17, and up to 11. Shortlisted poems are displayed during the Buxton Festival in the summer. Winners are announced at the annual awards ceremony in July. Reopens 2017.
Enter this annual competition for the coveted title of Fenland Poet Laureate and share your passion for poetry! The Young Fenland Poet Laureate position is open to all young poets across Fenland aged 10-17. The competition is looking for poems that represent and relate to the theme of ‘Fenland’. You can interpret the theme as broadly […]
Open to any Year 12 and 13 students in the UK, with categories in Criticism, Fiction and Poetry. First prize £200 and publication in Cake Magazine, plus prizes for second and third place. Reopening 2017.
International award open to 13-18 year olds, for short stories. The theme for 2016/17 is ‘Memory’. 1st Prize – £1,000 Deadline 20 January 2017
Reopening 2017. For poems in two age categories: under 9 and 9-11. Winners receive lots of signed books, and their schools receive books too.
A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive) NB: This competition has an entry fee of £8 Judge: Andrew McMillan Deadline: last post on Wednesday 1st March 2017, or midnight on Wednesday 1st March 2017 for online entrants Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann […]
Reopening 2017. A major new annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. You must submit ten poems.
The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust is calling for creative responses to the human rights or humanitarian situation in Burma, Nigeria, South Sudan or Sudan. This can include poetry as well as other media. Two age categories: 12-17, 18-25. Deadline is 27 February 2017.
The Pushkin Prizes are awarded to young people in Scotland studying S1 or S2 (or equivalents). Entrants are invited to submit a portfolio of three pieces of writing, these might be poetry but they could also be fiction, drama, non-fiction or journalism. Ten winners receive places on a five-day residential creative writing course at the […]
The CityLife team and the University of East London are extremely excited to announce the launch of a brand new literary prize, the CityLife Prize for Fiction by Young Writers. It is open to all London-based writers aged 16 to 19. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘The City’. We are looking for fiction that […]
Deadline: 31 July 2017. The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once more on the hunt for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s judges are Kayo Chingonyi and Sinéad Morrissey. The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award has kick-started the career of the some of the freshest names in poetry. Former […]
For essays on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Essays should be no more than 1,500 words including quotations. For 16-18 year olds, for whom entry is free; there is also an adult category and a general poetry competition. Reopens 2017.
Reopening 2017. This free competition is open to anyone 16 or under living in, or attending school in, Essex. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories, 7 and under, 11 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under. The title ‘Essex Young Poet of the Year’ will be awarded to the overall winner. Age […]
Poetry competition with an Open Class and a School Class, which has free entry for any student in full time school education. Poems submitted should in some way be a response to the line and context from Thomas Gray’s Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard – ‘Full many a flower is born to blush unseen’. […]
Deadline: 30 April 2017. Writing East Midlands presents the Solstice Prize, for young writers aged between 10 and 17 years old. You can enter up to 40 lines of poetry or a short story of up to 1000 words on any subject. The competition is completely free to enter, and there are some great prizes […]
Reopening 2017. Poetry Rivals is open to all poets in the UK and has categories for both under 18s and 18 and over. Note: there is an entry fee for adult entrants. Under 18s Entrants are invited to submit a poem on any subject and in any poetic style. Whether you want to put the world to […]
Deadline: 21 April 2017. Open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK, entrants are asked to create stories of up to 1000 words on any topic with the judges eager to see stories that show real imagination and creativity; high quality writing that can capture and hold the reader. The shortlist […]
An annual competition as part of Deddington Festival which is open to children and young people who live or attend school in Oxfordshire, South East Warwickshire and South West Northants and who are in the following age groups: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-16 years. Reopening 2017.
Fowey Festival of Words and Music poetry competition for younger writers. The competition has four age groups: under 7; 7 to 10; 11 to 14; and 15 to 18. Its theme is Inspired By Nature and Journeys. Reopens 2017.
The Matthew Hale Award is open to any talented young person aged 12-18 who wants to develop as a writer but lacks the opportunity to do so. The award consists of a tailored package of support worth £500 for the winning young writer, which will be delivered by New Writing North. Entrance to the Matthew […]
The Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition has two categories for young people: 12-17 (first prize £100) and 11 & under. First entry is free and subsequent poems are £1.50. Winners are invited to read at the prestigious Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Reopening 2017.
The Elizabeth Bishop Prize is run by Walnut Hill School for the Arts, winners receive a $3,000 full summer school scholarship and books. It takes international submissions from young people in equivalent of USA school grades 8-11 (grade 8 is 13-14, grade 11 is 16-17). Winners are selected from submissions to The Blue Pencil Magazine […]
The Portico Library famous poetry prize has a category for under 18s. Reopening 2017.
Red Room holds Australia’s largest poetry writing competition Poetry Object. The competition targets years 3 – 10 student and provides teachers with a comprehensive resource to teach poetry and creative writing to a broad range of students, across different classroom contexts. Students, teachers and schools compose poems in response to special talismanic objects they own. There […]
The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30, are administered by the Society of Authors. Awards are given annually, for submissions of up to 30 poems, with prize money totaling up to £24,000. Closes 31 October 2016. Reopens 2017.
Faber New Poets exists to encourage new writers at a crucial point in their career. Open to those who have yet to publish a first collection or pamphlet, the scheme offers mentoring, pamphlet publication and financial support. Reopening 2017.
Reopening 2017. First prize is pamphlet publication, plus a launch reading and up to £200 travel expenses. Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback from Hannah. The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in The Rialto and all shortlisted poets will have one on the Rialto […]
Deadline: 21 February 2017. The charity Coram Voice has recently launched ‘Voices’, a writing competition for care-experienced young people. This year’s theme is ‘New Beginnings’ and you can submit your entry in any style, including a poem, short story or a rap – the more creative the better! There are up to £100 in vouchers […]
‘Word Up’ is the search to find the Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire. It’s open to young people aged 13-19 who live in or go to school, college, university or a youth club in Worcestershire. Reopens 2017.
Deadline: 31 July 2017 For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the UK. Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. 2017 judges Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell and poet Rachel Rooney. The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2017 anthology. Finalists read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of an audience at […]
Schools and individual young people in Years 7–13 (ages 11/12-18 inclusive) are welcome to enter this competition, which is for an original poem or short story. Deadline Friday 29th July, 2016. Reopens Spring 2017.
Deadline: 30 April 2017. With a different theme each year (the 2017 theme is ‘Sharing tastes Divine’), this poetry competition is open to UK and Ireland residents aged 7+ years. Winners in each category receive £30 book tokens and a goody bag, and there is plenty of chocolate for the runners up!
This new prize welcomes poetry, short stories, script-writing and creative non-fiction from anyone over 16 (you don’t have to be a fresher!). Please note there is a £5 entry fee per submission. Reopening 2017.
Write a poem inspired by any piece of music in this year’s BBC Proms season. Winners will be invited to a special event, a Proms concert, and have their poem broadcast on BBC Radio 3. Special category for 12-18 year olds. Reopens 2017
Reopening 2018. This award of £200 is for a young writer aged 14-18 who is writing poetry, prose or creative non-fiction.
Young Romantics is a new prize for 16-18 year olds, for poems and short stories inspired by the Romantics. Prizes include a week-long Creative Writing Course with Arvon. The theme for both poems and short stories this year is Lost Angels. The Judges are Matthew Sweeney and Kate Clanchy with Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy […]
Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live. Reopens 2017.
In the bicentenary year of the first publication of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s ‘Kubla Khan’, the Friends of Coleridge invite poets to enter poems for a prestigious celebration of this visionary poem under the theme, “Imagined Worlds”. Young Person’s (10-17) entries are free of charge for up to three poems. The First Prize is £75, with £25 each for […]
All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2017 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘STONE’ and the judges are Sarah Howe and Vahni Capildeo. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Closing date 17 February 2017
Deadline: noon on 17 March 2017. Girton College, Cambridge invites entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its seventh year, the panel of judges will be led by two eminent poets, the literary critic and academic Grevel Lindop and, Malcolm Guite, who is also an academic and a priest. It is open to all […]
Students are invited to offer their own close readings of one of eleven poems by poets shortlisted for Forward Prizes. Win publication, books and vouchers. Reopening 2017.
Deadline: Friday 19 May 2017. The Oxfordshire Science Festival schools poetry competition is open to any child at primary or secondary school in Oxfordshire. Poems can be up to 150 words in any style, but must have a scientific theme. It could be about a scientific idea or discovery; a science lesson or experiment; a […]
Deadline 14 February 2017. The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. There is a category for young poets aged 14-18 with a small entry fee of £2 per poem. First prize £500.
Spoken word artists aged 16-25 are invited to compete for the Roundhouse Slam title! Based at the Roundhouse in London. Reopens 2017.
Not strictly a poetry competition, but flash fiction – every month, the Scottish Book Trust posts a prompt and you take the story somewhere exciting! Ongoing.
Amnesty Youth Awards celebrate young people standing up for human rights. With categories for Reporters, Songwriters, Photographers, Campaigners and Fundraisers. Reopens 2017.
The Stage is offering three people the chance to have their Shakespeare or Shoreditch related poem displayed at the opening of the international visitor centre at The Stage in Shoreditch in 2019. Pen your lines for The Stage by writing a poem linked to either Shakespeare or Shoreditch. Entries must be either a sonnet or […]
Deadline: 1 May 2017. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has launched of a new poetry and art competition The Landscape of my Youth, inspired by two great poets from very different lands: William Shakespeare and Allama Iqbal. They invite young writers and artists to craft either a poem or a piece of visual art about the landscapes of their […]
The theme of the 2016 Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month competition is great sporting or physical achievements. The National Association of Teachers of Travellers + Other Professionals invites young people up to 18 years old to express their ideas on this theme using any medium – a picture, a painting, a piece of writing or poem or […]
Basil Bunting dedicated his Complete Poems (1968) to “Unabashed boys and girls [who] may enjoy them. This book is theirs”. Now the competition in his name has a Young Persons Award, open to those aged 19 and under. £2 entry, with cash prizes. Reopening 2017.
Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017. The Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the Northern region and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow this year’s Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. The apprentice will also spend […]
Reopening 2017. This competition is open to all state secondary school students across the UK, who are asked to write 850 words or less of poetry or prose on the theme of Footprints.
Reopening 2017. The competition is open to young people up to the age of 25 years old.
The DSWF School’s Global Canvas Poetry Competition is for poetry-and-art projects by school groups. The theme for the 2016 competition is ‘Wild Wonders’. £20 entry fee per group. Reopens 2017.
To celebrate International Dylan Thomas Day, Dylan’s Great Poem invites everyone aged between 7 and 25 years old, living anywhere in the world, to submit up to four lines of poetry written in English or Welsh. From these, 100 lines will be chosen to create the Great Poem. Reopening 2017.
The Poetry Society’s annual competition is open to poets aged 17 and over. Poems cost £6 to enter, then subsequently £3.50. Members get a free second entry. First prize £5000. Reopens 2017.
The Connell Guides Essay Prize is open to any sixth form pupil studying English Literature as part of an AS Level, A Level or IB Course. There will be a prize of £1,000 for the winning essay. Each of five runners-up will receive a £100 book token. The 2015 judge Philip Pullman wants to know […]