Open, closing 5pm Thursday 16 July 2020. 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 […]
Closed January 2020, re-opening later in 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 […]
Reopening 2019. 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.
Open, closing 31 October 2020. 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. One of the highlights of the Roundhouse calendar, the Poetry Slam is back. The slam offers young poets from across the UK the chance to compete for the coveted Slam Champion title plus a prize of £600. More info: There’s nothing quite like a Roundhouse Slam Final; the atmosphere of anticipation and encouragement against […]
Closed for 2020. Re-opening early 2021. The Tower Poetry competition 2020 is now open for entries, this year on the theme of ‘Trees’. All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Find out more at www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry.
Open, closing midnight Thursday 13 August 2020. 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. Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live.
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. 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. […]
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 […]
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 2020, re-opening 2021. Girton College, University of Cambridge, invites entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its tenth year, the panel of judges will be led by two eminent poets, Hilary Davies and Adam Crothers. It is open to all UK residents between the ages of 18 and 30 and there […]
Closed. 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.
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is now open! The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once again open, looking for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s prestigious poet judges are Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett. You must be aged 11-17 on the deadline of 31 July […]
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.
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. 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.
Closed for 2020. 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 […]
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.
Currently closed for entries; re-opening late 2020. 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.
Opening 24 April 2020, with a closing date of 17 July 2020. 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 […]
Closed for 2020. Register now for a free resource pack (including fabulous poetry posters!) There’s still time to take part in this year’s Poetry By Heart competition. Simply register your school here and encourage your students (and colleagues!) to learn poems from the Poetry By Heart online anthologies. Then upload a video of your poetry champions and celebrations to […]
Closed. Applications for the next Apprentice Poet in Residence opens in Spring 2020. 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 the Poet in Residence […]
Closed. 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.
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. Reopening 2020. 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. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 2019, re-opening 2020. 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. 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 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 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 […]
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. Closed.
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. 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 2019, re-opening autumn 2020. 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 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 for 2019, re-opening 2020. 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 […]
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 2020, re-opening 2021. Judged by Luke Kennard. 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 2019, reopening 2020. 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 […]
Closed January 2020, re-opening 2021. 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. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
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 2019, re-opening 2020. 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 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 […]
Closed, reopening 2020. NB there is an entry fee for this competition. The tenth 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 judges for 2019 were Zoë Brigley Thompson and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton. The 3 winners and 4 […]
Closed, re-opening 2020. Planet Magazine invites anyone under 30 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 is in-depth, yet sufficiently accessible […]
Closed for 2020. Theme: “Impact of Conflict on Communities” For the 2019/20 academic year, the Never Such Innocence competition will be bigger than ever! We have expanded our focus to include all conflicts throughout history and today, and have broadened the age range to 9-18. We are also delighted to open a new speechwriting category! […]
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.
Open, closing 23 June 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 […]
Closed for 2019. The Poetry on Loan competition is for poems of up to 20 lines long on the subject Onwards, upwards, freedom, by poets living, studying or working regularly in the West Midlands. There are separate categories for adult and young poets.
Open, closing 5pm Wednesday 30 September 2020. This competition is for 16-19 year olds only and there’s just one way of entering – by writing a poem of your own in response to one of the Forward shortlisted poems, along with a short commentary explaining how the poem influenced you. Prizes: Winner: £200 Two runners-up: […]
Closed for 2019. With the theme of Peace, this poetry competition is open to children and young people in two age ranges: 7-12 and 13-16.
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. If you’re aged 12-19 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 Young Northern Writer Award is part of New Writing North’s mission to recognise and support writing of exceptional promise. Open to 12-18 […]
Closed February 2020, re-opening 2021. 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 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. […]
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.
Closed April 2020. This festival is looking for poems in any poetry style, about science. It is free to enter for 5-16 year olds based in Oxfordshire who are at school or homeschooled. It will be judged in three age categories: School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1) School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. […]
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.
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.
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).
Open, closing 31 October 2020. 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 of 31st October 2020. Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and […]
Closed for 2019. 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. 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 […]
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 […]
Open, with a new young people’s category. 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. For 2020, Bridport are […]
Closed for 2019. The Chaucer Heritage Trust is holding its second school writing competition inspired by The Canterbury Tales. The theme of the competition was Magic and Trickery. In 500 words or less students aged 5-19 can choose to write one of the following: A poem or story about someone or something magical. A tale […]
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 […]
Open, closing 15 June, 2020. Students aged 11-18 are invited to submit poetry, prose, film, visual art, and music that explore 2020’s theme, Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis. The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join thousands […]
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 for 2020. 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 over £10k in cash and development opportunities in prizes, including publication and reading at our high-profile […]
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 […]
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 […]
Open. Young people are invited to take the Amnesty Make a Difference in a Minute Challenge by writing a poem that can be performed in 1-minute or less on the themes of gender-based violence online or reuniting refugee families. Poems can by submitted via their website. This year’s theme is voice.
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… […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. 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 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 […]
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, 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 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. I know I wish I will invites 5-25 year olds to enter our FREE spoken word poetry competition where 500 entrees will be selected to perform in London’s West End. Browse our website to download your free competition guide, watch videos featuring professional poets and submit by 20th December, 12pm. Find out more and […]
Closed. Entries will be judged by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, led by James Nash. Winners will be invited to read their poems at the special event, Poet Fest, in Bridlington in January 2020. Entry fee for the adult category is £3 and the young people’s category is free. Larkin prize: £500 Second prize: […]
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 […]
Open, closing 11 June 2020. George Orwell wrote to alter perceptions on the kind of future society we want. Now it’s your turn to decide that future. The Orwell Youth Prize is a social-justice based writing prize for 12-18 year olds from across the UK. Our 2020 theme is ‘The Future We Want’. Respond in […]
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 […]
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 in February 2020. Submit a poem that expresses how you feel about unity. All types of poetry will be accepted – from haikus to spoken word performances.
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 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!
Open, closing 1 August 2020. Shoreham Wordfest is launching a Young Poets’ Prize for 16-18 year olds living, working or studying in Sussex. Find out more.
Closed. This competition is a fund-raiser for Vine Counselling, a mental health charity. Submit a poem written by you in any style. The poem should not be longer than an A4 sheet. Age categories: 6-11 years 12-17 years 18+ years 1st prize: 6-11 years–How to Write Poetry book 12-17 years -£30 Waterstones voucher 18+ years-£50 […]
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.
Open, closing 14 August 2002. 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 […]