Closed 2021, re-opening Spring 2022. For underrepresented UK writers aged 18+. Submit one poem and/or one piece of prose. The Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. There are […]
Closed. POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to use their words to make positive climate action through poetry. For every nature poem […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Newcastle Poetry Competition Young People’s Poetry Prize is looking for poems by young writers aged 11-17. You must be a UK resident to enter. Entry is free and up to 12 winners receive a £25 book token. Judged by Vidyan Ravinthiran. More info here.
Closed March 2020, re-opening 2021. The 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is now accepting entries from young Scottish poets or poets living in Scotland. With a prize of £20,000, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is one of the largest in the UK. To enter, poets must submit an unpublished collection of poetry. The runner-up will […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. This competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and is judged this year by Rishi Dastadar. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. Cost of entry is £5 per poem. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
Closed for 2019. With the onset of spring, and as a tribute to our newest restoration project here at Hestercombe, we’re calling for young writers to enter our poetry competition on the theme of ‘spring’. The age categories for the competition are split into three: under-12s, 12-15 and 16-21. With the unveiling of Sibyl’s Temple, a recreation of a […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. If you’re aged 12-18 you can enter the young people’s categories of the New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards. If you are older, you can enter many of the other categories. The Northern Writers’ Awards are open for entries until 18th February 2021. We are looking for talented young writers […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition 2020 calls for for entries on the theme of snowdrops, the James Allen story and Monochrome and Green as specified by judge, Jane Draycott. Three age categories: 11 & Under, 12 to 17, 18 & Over. The competition is free to under 18s and £4 […]
Closed. Untold Stories: Poetry at English Heritage is a month-long programme which has been curated in collaboration with English Heritage’s Poet in Residence for 2020, Jacob Sam-la Rose. Launching on National Poetry Day (1 October) 2020 the programme includes new commissions, workshops, a competition and a public programme which will run throughout Black History Month […]
Closed. Loughborough University gives the Overton Poetry Prize for a series of poems, on any subject -up to 300 lines. The winner of the competition will get their work published in chapbook form, with two runners up each receiving a £50 book token. The cost of entry to the competition is £12, and the money […]
Reopening 2020. 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.
Closed for 2019. Open to all young poets across Suffolk, 18 years old and under. Entrants may submit poems based on any theme, up to a maximum of 30 lines. There are two categories: Junior (7-11) Senior (12-18)
Closed in April 2021. Reading Amnesty Group is inviting entries to their UK-wide poetry competition, on the theme Social Justice: Human Rights. There is one competition for 16-17 year olds, one for age 18 and over. No set entry fee, but donations to Amnesty International UK are welcome. Prizes include: A course of up to 4 […]
Closed. 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 is […]
Closed. Hawk’s Well Theatre’s iYeats Poetry Competition is an annual online international poetry competition open to all those 16 years of age and upwards. They award an overall prize across the board of entries and an emerging prize to a young poet aged between 16-25 years of age.
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.
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by former 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 […]
The Nine Dots Prize is an international writing prize. It encourages innovative thinking to tackle contemporary issues. Entrants must submit 3,000 words and an outline on how they would expand this into a book. https://ninedotsprize.org
Closed. Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live.
Closed. 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 along an annual theme. You must live in inner or Greater London.
Open, closing 1 July 2020. The streetcake experimental writing prize is aimed at writers (18-30 years old), who are responding creatively and experimenting with the literature mold. With this prize, we seek to identify, recognise and develop young writers’ careers in the genres of short fiction and poetry. Some things we love: new forms, unconventional ideas, funny […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening spring 2021. The Muslim Young Writers Award is for poems and short stories from 5-16 year olds. There are different categories for each key stage.
Closed for 2021, re-opening summer 2022. The Forward/emagazine Creative Critics is an annual competition that invites 16-19 year-olds to write a poem in response to work shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry. Sample poems from each book shortlisted for a Forward Prize are provided. Young poets are invited to read and think about these […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. FREE writing competition for ages 4 – 14. Prizes include a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 of books for the winning child’s school.
Re-opening 2021. 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. There are two age categories in the poetry competition: 12-18 and 19 and over. Prepare your entries now by exploring the Proms programme. Free to enter. […]
Closed. Poets are invited to enter the Padraic Colum Children’s Poetry Competition. It is an open theme and entries will be adjudicated by acclaimed writer, Alan McMonagle. There are categories for children (aged 8-16) and adults (age 17+). Terms and conditions and entry details can be found on their website (click here).
Closed. Categories for KS1 and KS2 in English and Welsh. Enter a poem on diversity no more than 20 lines or 150 words. The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet […]
Closed for 2020. Check back in Autumn 2021. The 2020 shortlist will be announced in March & the winner/s in May 2021. 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 […]
Wax Poetry and Art invites all poets under 25 years of age, living everywhere on Earth, to enter the Under 25 Poetry Contest. This contest is free to enter. Check out their website for information on how to enter.
In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year. In these uncertain times of pandemic, we encourage you to express your feelings and experiences of this peculiar “season” using the creative […]
Closed. These annual awards are a fantastic opportunity for individuals committed to developing their writing. Awardees receive: A £2,000 cash award, allowing them to focus on their work Tailored personal development opportunities, which can include mentoring from writers and industry professionals. Training in PR, performance and presentation training The opportunity to showcase work to publishers […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Poetry on Loan competition is for poems of up to 20 lines long from poets living, studying or working regularly in the West Midlands. There are separate categories for adult and young poets.
Open, closing 28 February 2022. Choose ONE of the following: A poem or story about prejudice A poem or story about difference A description of an outcast Style Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. All entries must be in English. Think carefully about the language – choosing the words […]
Closed. 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 Young […]
Closed March 2020, re-opening 2021. Chester Cathedral, and Cathedral Poet In Residence, Julia McGuinness, are running a Young People’s Poetry Competition for poems of up to 40 lines on their 2020 theme of Journeys. Journeys can take many forms across distance and through time; over outer landscape or inner territory. Poems can also take many […]
Closed for 2021. Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for a talented emerging poet at the start of their career, based in the North of England. Ilkley Literature Festival is the longest-running literature festival in the North of England. Our 2021 Autumn programme will be a hybrid of digital and […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2019 is now open to published and unpublished writers and poets living in the UK. Entry £5 per poem. There are three categories: page poetry, performance poetry and poetry in film. There will be three category winners selected with the overall Prize for Poetry award […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Our vision is for a world free from prejudice and discrimination. We’re looking for creative writing inspired by Anne Frank that helps us achieve that vision. Open to ages 10-15. Poetry categories judged by Anthony Anaxagorou. Story, essay or article categories judged by Bernardine Evaristo.
Closed. 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 […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening Autumn 2021. #Merky Books is an award-winning book publishing imprint launched by Stormzy and Penguin Random House UK in 2018. It is a home for underrepresented voices and provides a platform where their stories can be told, heard and uplifted. Our aim is to publish the stories that will allow a […]
Closed February 2020. Aged 15 or younger? To celebrate the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, why not try writing a Haiku poem on the theme of ‘sports’? Let us know how it feels to score a goal or lose a game, jump up high or tumble down, run through grass […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. Judged by Kim Moore. Entry: £8. The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 34 years. Entrants […]
Closed for 2020. Calling all budding children writers and artists! Create and submit your own story, poem or picture and enter our competition to become Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year 2020. Entries from both individual children and schools are welcome. This competition is open to all children living in Cornwall […]
Closed for 2021. We’re looking a young poet with something to say and who love’s saying it with words! Every year, one young person from Worcestershire is given the title Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate. In this role, our Young Poet Laureate champions poetry as an art form with the aim of encouraging and inspiring other […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Are you an avid writer aged between 14 to 18? If so, the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is for you. The award returns for its 14th year with Life Hacks’ very own Katie Thistleton heading up the judging panel. What’s more, the five writers […]
Open, closing 27 November 2021. The East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition is now open for entries. This year’s theme is ‘My reasons to be cheerful’. If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry, whatever shape or form, and you could win £75! The competition is open […]
Closed for 2020/21. 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 […]
Open, closing 1 November 2021. The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical writers. Stories of between 800 and 2000 words can now be submitted until the closing date. Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. […]
Closed April 2020. The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize for young writers 25 and under. Celebrating our fifth year the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize for young people from the North East. Commemorating the life of Shields Gazette journalist and poetry lover Terry Kelly the prize encourages young people to try poetry. […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is an annual competition run by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre that is open to anyone aged 18 and over from anywhere in the world. There are two categories: Open and English as an Additional Language, and the winners in each category receive £1000 with £200 for the […]
Closed, reopening 2020. This 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 £6 entry fee per submission.
Poetry Screen inspires and showcases the innovative work of young artists that combines poetry and film. Entrants make a film using recordings from the Poetry Archive, or their own poetry, written in response. Winning works receive a £200 royalty fee, and one will get a £2000 commission for new work. Entry is free.
Closed for 2021. PRIZE: 3 equal winners each to receive £1000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist young and/or emerging poets of colour with mentoring to help them develop their work, followed by publication of their debut book-length collection with Bloodaxe Books. Devised by Bernardine […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Prize-giving and Exhibition (winners announced) Event: March 23rd 2020. There are three age categories: Junior: anyone aged between 11-14 by date of entry ; Intermediate: anyone aged between 15-18 by date of entry; Senior: anyone aged between 19-25 by date of entry. The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trus (HART) Prize aims […]
Opens 1 April 2020, closes 30 June 2020. Young Poets category: age 16 to 22 Entry fee, £3 Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus a year’s membership of The Poetry Society Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge, Victoria Adukwei Bulley Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100 Any subject, no […]
Closed for 2020; re-opening 2021. The Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition has categories for Adults (18+), Young People (Ages 12 to 17) and Children (under 12). The relevant ages means age on the date of submission. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines. This year’s judge is Liz Berry. Adults: £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 […]
Closed. Organisers are hoping for budding wordsmiths to wax lyrical in verse about the village Saltaire, with the winners getting to read theirs out at the festival’s Poetry Night. Full details of how to enter can be found on the festival website. Free to enter and categories for 18 and under, and over 18.
Open, closing 28 May 2020. Be #periodproud and take part in the Women and Girls Period Poetry Competition! Help to educate girls in India about periods with your flair for poetry by embracing this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day theme: it’s time for action. Any style or length is allowed – just go with the flow… […]
Poetry By Heart is the poetry recitation competition for English schools. We are open to students in Key Stages 2-5 across a variety of competition categories including showcase (with the opportunity to enter self-written poetry or poems in other languages) and freestyle, where you can get really creative with different elements such as music, animation […]
Closed March 2021, re-opening 2022. Girton College, University of Cambridge, is delighted to invite entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its 11th year, the panel of judges will be led by two poets, one being Sean Hewitt and the other is still to be confirmed. It is open to all UK residents […]
Open, closing 19 March 2021. Theme: The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World The international competition features four categories: Poetry, Art, Speech and Song and is open to young people aged 9-18. Winners in the four categories will be invited to participate in unique experiences and invited to NSI’s special award ceremony […]
Open, closing October 15, 2021. This is a competition run by an organisation in the United States. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and […]
Closed for 2020. With a different theme each year, this poetry competition is open to UK and Ireland residents aged 7+ years. Winners in each category receive a goody bag, book tokens, and there is plenty of chocolate for the runners up. In 2020, the prizes also include a film of your poem being read […]
Closed for 2019. The University of Hertfordshire is delighted to announce the launch of the second Single Poem Prize. The first prize was launched in 2018, in conjunction with the University’s Poetry Hub, founded in 2017 to encourage the development and study of contemporary poetics. Judged by Hub fellows Rachel Long, Mark Waldron, and chaired […]
Closed for 2020. In partnership with New Writing South and Myriad Editions, Spotlight Books have launched an open call for: unpublished poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page) Deadline: 24 February […]
Closed for 2020. A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire, for poetry, flash fiction and stories. In these days of uncertainly for us all, with unexpected time on our hands, we’ve decided to bring back our Yorkshire-wide young and emerging writers competition as an outlet to channel creative energy and […]
Closed March 2021, re-opening 2022. Aged between 5 and 21 living in the UK? Enter a poem to win cash prizes of up to £300 and publication in a Festival book which will be on sale at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon and online.
Closed for 2020. 16-18 and 19+ categories. For poems and essays on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Enter up to 2 poems or 2 essays. Essays should be no more than 1,500 words including quotations. For 16-18 year olds, for whom entry is free; there is also […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. 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 […]
Closed February 2020, re-opening 2021. Voices 2020, Coram Voice’s annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers, is now open! The theme is ‘Dreams’, and children in care and care leavers are invited to write any piece on this under 500 words to be in with a chance of winning up to […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. Calling all poets aged 18-25! The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam is back for its 15th Year and we are in search of the next Slam Champion. By taking part, you’ll get a chance to Win a cash prize Make industry contacts & raise your profile. Showcase your talent in front of […]
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 is now closed for entries. Best of luck to everyone who entered! The results will be announced in early October. The competition will re-open in Spring 2022. The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17. The deadline to enter your poem/s is midnight BST 31 July […]
Deadline annually is 31 October. 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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening spring 2022. Who can enter? The competition is open to any child in the UK, aged 16 or under and will be judged in three age categories: School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1) School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. Key Stage 2) School Years 7 – 11 (i.e. […]
Closed. 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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening Spring 2022. Schools and individual young people in Reception–Year 13 (ages 11/12-18 inclusive) are welcome to enter this competition, which is for an original poem or short story.
Closed for 2020; re-opening early 2021. The Stephen Spender Prize promotes literature in translation with an annual prize for translated poems. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date. […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2022. If you’re female-identifying, aged 18+ and live in the UK, apply for free, for the chance to win a year’s mentoring, development opportunities, support, and £1,000. The Women Poets’ Prize was launched by the Rebecca Swift Foundation in 2018, a year on from Rebecca Swift’s passing. This unique award seeks […]
Closed, re-opening late 2020. London’s Spread the Word is once again partnering with Asia House to find the best new poetry talent among spoken word artists aged 18-25. If you’re passionate about telling stories through poetry and want the chance to be named the Asia House Poetry Slam Champion 2019, as well as to win […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. The Orwell Youth Prize is a social-justice based writing prize for 12-18 year olds from across the UK. This year’s theme is “A New Direction: Starting Small”. Respond in any genre and on any subject: write about what’s most important to you. Find out more.
The 22nd Christopher Tower Poetry Competition will open for entries on 7 October 2021, with students between 16-18 years of age challenged to write a poem on a set theme (yet to be announced). First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Find out more at www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry.
Since 1998 The Poetry Zone has published around 30,000 poems by young people and has had millions of visitors – children and teenagers, real live poets and other adults – who want to check us out, especially teachers who use the Poetry Zone as a fun way of teaching poetry in their schools. You can […]
Closed. 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 website. […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening in 2022/3. 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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. The Hippocrates Young Poet 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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2023. Primers is a biannual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Nine Arches Press, now in its sixth edition. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. We’re delighted to announce that the selecting editor and mentor for […]
Closed. For poems in two age categories: under 8 and 8-11. Winners receive lots of signed books, and their schools receive books too. For more information visit their website.
Closed. 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. There are three categories of ages: Ages 11–13, 14–16 & 17–19 You can […]
The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to anyone aged 16+ living in Scotland. Deadlines: The John Byrne Quarterly Award (£500) 23:59 on the last day of April, July, and October. The John Byrne Annual Award (£7500) 23:59 on Friday 31 January 2021. The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s most […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening spring 2021. The Poetry Society’s annual competition, open to poets aged 18 and over. Poems cost £7 to enter, then subsequently £4. Members get a free second entry. First prize £5000.
Closed 2021. Planet Magazine invites writers who have never published a book before to submit an essay of between 1,5000 – 2,000 words to their annual competition. The brief is extremely broad – Planet welcomes creative and unconventional ways of exploring the essay form as well as a more traditional style. Planet features writing which […]
Closed March 2020, re-opening 2021. Tall Tales, Short Stories celebrates 20 years of the V.S Pritchett Prize. The anthology contains the first 500 words of winning entries to the Prize and stories from past judges. We challenge those aged 14-18 to finish one of the stories with a new ending of their own!
Closed for 2021, re-opening early 2022. The poetry competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country aged 16+. The top three poems are entered for the Forward Prize for Poetry (Best Single Poem), an award not open to the general public. £10 per poem. First prize: £5,000. Bridport also have a special […]