The Kindling is a brand new journal dedicated to supporting and publishing the best poetry written in universities across the UK and Ireland.
Deadline: 22 September 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 […]
The Young People’s Writing Squads support young writers working in both English and Welsh across Wales. Young people are generally selected for one of the 23 squads by the age of 9 or 10, with headteachers in each authority identifying enthusiastic and talented young writers. There are squads established in nearly every local authority in […]
The Poetry Library contains the most comprehensive and accessible collection of poetry from 1912 in Britain and also stocks a representation of work from other countries. It is free to join and anyone can visit, borrow materials and attend events. It also offers an enquiry service, a digital library of poetry magazines, free eloans and […]
The Poetry Station is a freely accessible web-based video channel and portal for poetry organised by the English & Media Centre. It exploits the potential of the web to create a rich multi-sensory experience of poetry which includes music, film, and animation, as well as readings by actors and authors.
The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organisations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally. A charitable organisation, we provide support, information and merchandise for specialists and the general public. We engage with […]
Reopening 2018. 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 […]
The Kendal Poetry Festival is taking place this year from 16 – 18 June 2017 at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. The line-up of poets includes Malika Booker, Ian Duhig, Inua Ellams, Hannah Lowe, and Young Poet-in-Residence Florence Jones.
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 2018.
Liverpool Young Writers is a group of 11-19 year old spoken word artists and creative writers. Activities include weekly creative writing, learning and performance sessions, and regular events to showcase the work of the young writers. The group is organised by Writing on the Wall and was nominated for a BeMOBO Award in 2010. The […]
Reopening 2017. All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2017 Christopher Tower poetry competition. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Writing groups and opportunities for young writers and writers of all ages in Cumbria.
A poetry magazine with a different editor every issue. Magma’s aim is is to promote the very best in contemporary poetry. It may come from previously unpublished or emerging poets or the more established. Magma makes a point of including unknown poets alongside known names, and has published Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, […]
The Purple Breakfast Review is a journal of creative writing, published quarterly, that specializes in the work of students, graduates and young people.
Warwick Challenges are mini academic challenges from University of Warwick professors. There are a number of poetry challenges set by Professor David Morley, available as podcasts, which are designed to challenge you to create new work and develop your skills as a poet.
A closed group on Facebook detailing opportunities for young writers 25 and under in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Reopening 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 […]
The Funeverse is a blog of illustrations and funny poems from children’s writers and illustrators – and you can create your own poems in response to the pictures too!
The Wordsworth Trust is based in Grasmere and manages Dove Cottage, where the poet lived, wrote and found inspiration. It has an ongoing schedule of events, workshops and education programme focusing on both the Wordsworth Trust’s collection and contemporary literature.
Founded in November 2010, The Adroit Journal is a literary magazine with a teenage focus. From its inception, the journal has often accepted the work of teenagers for publication, and the journal’s staff has been comprised of high school students and college undergraduates from around the world.
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.
Deadline: 5 July 2017. 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 […]
Reopening 2017. 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.
Myths of the Near Future is published by the NAWE Young Writers’ Hub. Previous issues include the best new writing by the under 25s and interviews with Evie Wyld, Ross Raisin, Joe Dunthorne, Helen Mort, David Morley, Kim Moore, CJ Flood and many, more. We published three times a year as an eBook and collect these […]
Fur-Lined Ghettos publishes poetry, prose and short-fiction by new and established writers. We enjoy the surreal, the absurd, the nonsensical, the complicated, the simple, the truth, the lies, the complexity of words, the ecstasy of genius, the delightful power we find in the spaces between and dancing at the discothèque.
The Space is an online gallery where visitors can explore exciting new digital art, made by the most talented contemporary artists, shared around the world. We commission new talent and established artists from all art forms, as well as across the creative industries, and technical and digital worlds, through open calls and partnerships.
The Writers at Warwick Audio Archive contains over 200 recordings and includes both readings of their work and discussions. From the poetry of the 1970s to the latest Writers at Warwick events, the archive contains recordings of writers such as Basil Bunting, Allen Ginsberg, Carol Ann Duffy, Andrew Motion, WS Graham, Douglas Dunn, Paul Muldoon […]
Blackbox Manifold is an online forum with a slant towards innovative poetry that has prose, narrative, or sequences in its sights. Its aim is to present new juxtapositions of voice while using the Web’s fluid solidity to cast around for as wide and varied a readership as possible. You are welcome to submit up to four […]
JAL FOUNDATION is delighted to announce its 15th 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 […]
Keats House is a thriving museum dedicated to the poetry of John Keats and to poetry in general. The Keats House Poets Forum often run workshops and events with a particular focus on young people.
Deadline: 6pm Friday 12 May 2017. Our internship programme is now open for applications from former Foyle Young Poets of the year aged 18 or over. The internship programme is a fantastic opportunity for Foyle Young Poets of the Year to gain experience of working in a busy office on multiple projects and events, writing content […]
Poet in the City is an exciting and innovative venture philanthropy charity committed to attracting new audiences to poetry, making new connections for poetry and raising money to support poetry education. It specialises in organising high-profile poetry events with leading corporate sponsors and creative partners.
The Dylan Thomas Centre in Swansea is the focal point for studies and events based around Dylan Thomas. It is home to a permanent Dylan Thomas exhibition and has a lively arts programme, including the Dylan Thomas Festival. The Centre encourages participation from, and supports writers of, all ages. It also runs a flourishing Young […]
Deadline: 30 November 2017. For poems in two age categories: under 8 and 8-11. Winners receive lots of signed books, and their schools receive books too.
The Blue Pencil is edited by the students at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, in Natick, Massachusetts. The magazine seeks to publish the best of literary work in English by young writers (12–18) around the world. The magazine began as a print journal in the 1920s and its most famous writing alumna, Elizabeth Bishop, […]
The Kindling is a brand new journal dedicated to supporting and publishing the best poetry written in universities across the UK and Ireland.
Deadline: Sunday 20 August 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.
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 […]
Deadline: 24 May 2017. 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 […]
PG Wells Bookshop offers creative writing courses for 8-13 year olds – contact the Bookshop directly to find out more. They are also involved with Hampshire Writers’ Society which welcomes university students.
Foxglove Journal is a new and exciting haven for poetry and short fiction. It showcases work that thrills, comforts and stimulates.
Siblíní is a student-run art and literature magazine catering to student artists who wish for a unique showroom for their work.
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. Reopens 2017.
Hidden away at the back of The Monster Shop (where else?), in Hoxton, London, the Ministry of Stories provides a free space for fresh writing by young people. The Minstry of Words provides workshops and one-to-one mentoring. Services are provided by volunteers: local writers, artists and teachers, all giving their time and talent for free.
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.
PoetryMagazines.org.uk gives free access to a digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. It has both recent sample issues and early editions from the archive. New issues are added regularly, as well as MP3 downloads read by the poets themselves.
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 […]
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. Reopening 2018.
Deadline: Thursday 17 July 2017. 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. 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 […]
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: 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 […]
Writer Squads are New Writing South’s flagship project to support the development of young writers across the south-east. There are several squads across the region for writers aged 13 – 17, in Oxford, Brighton, Rye, Margate, Portsmouth, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Fun poetry lessons communicating a love of poetry from a qualified teacher. Free to access.
This event is part of the Melting Ice poetry challenge on Young Poets Network, offering you the opportunity to: Meet professional poets Take part in poetry-writing workshops Explore how climate change is impacting our world Discover how art can be used for activism The event will be held on Thursday 27 July, 11-3pm at the National […]
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. […]
Reopening for 2017/18. 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.
Young Identity is a 26-strong group of young poets based in Manchester, led by poets and coordinators Shirley May and Ali Gadema. Young Identity has at its core a Poetry Slam team and weekly workshops open to 13-25 year olds.
The Scottish Poetry Library is a unique national resource and advocate for the art of poetry, and Scottish poetry in particular. Visit the Library in Edinburgh or check out their fantastic website.
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.
Dove Cottage Young Poets meet regularly on Fridays between 3.45—5.30pm at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, to read, discuss and write poetry with contemporary Poet Kim Moore. Young writers can also work towards an Bronze, Silver or Gold Arts Award, attend poetry events, and meet other young writers from across the country. If you […]
Deadline: 21 June 2017. Write Out Loud’s Milestones poetry competition has a special section for the under-16s. The competition will be judged by Brian Patten, a renowned children’s author as well as legendary Liverpool poet. Write Out Loud is running the competition in association with the Milestone Society. Milestones in your entry poems can be […]
Reopening 2018. 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 and other special […]
If you like your poetry bang up to date, why not join the Poetry Book Society? A number of newly published poetry collections are recommended every 3 months, with further information available about other new releases. Full members receive four free poetry books every year and also enjoy a 25% discount on most other titles […]
Write On! Magazine is an online magazine featuring writing from children and young people from the West Midlands, produced by Writing West Midlands. Issues are published termly and they welcome submissions of any kind of creative writing
Free, monthly workshops for young people aged 16 to 25 across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsely (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire). Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.
What’s Your Story?’ is Scottish Book Trust’s brand new development programme for teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland.
Brittle Star is an international literary magazine that for a decade has been dedicated to publishing new poetry and short fiction. It has earned a reputation for providing a platform for writers at the beginning of their careers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time.
Deadline: Monday 2 October 2017. 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)
‘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.
Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood. Dubbed “a complete literary butterfly of a journal” by The Huffington Post and one of “the fresh breed of literary magazines” by The Independent, each issue sees illustrators and writers combine forces to explore a particular […]
Little Green Pig Writing Project is a non-profit creative writing organisation for children and young people, based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. Our aim is to provide ‘a space to create for young writers’ where you can get support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration to help you write. If you are aged between 7 and […]
The Poetry Archive is an online treasure-trove of recordings of English-language poets reading their own work, from Tennyson at the end of the 19th Century through to contemporary poets recorded especially for the Archive. As well as background information on each poet and guided tours of the Archive, you can also download audio poetry to […]
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 […]
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 […]
Based in Australia, The Red Room is a poetry organisation that aims to make poetry a useful and meaningful part of everyday life.
Arts Award Voice is a great place to publish your poems and get feedback from young people doing Arts Award. Voice is an online magazine run by young people, for young people interested in the arts (11-25) and includes features, interviews, reviews and a place to share art work.
Publishes work by featured writers, as well as high quality reviews, essays and occasional illustrations. Editor Joshua Jones has broad tastes, embracing philosophically informed and non-mainstream styles as well as robust critical writing. This magazine is “currently on hiatus” (as of summer 2013).
Deadline: 26 May 2017. The Stephen Spender Prize promotes literature in translation with an annual prize for translated poems. There are categories for 18 and under and 14 and under and winners receive a cash prize and have their poems printed in a pamphlet and on the Stephen Spender Trust website.
Reopening 2018. 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 […]
The Wired4Music Leadership Programme is a platform that offers musically-minded Londoners, aged 18-25, the support, skills and resources they need to realise their creative business potential. Following huge success in the first and second year, the Wired4Music Leadership Programme is back! The programme offers young, musically-minded creatives, aged 18-25,the support, skills and resources required to realise creative potential. From events […]
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 […]
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 […]
Poetry competition for younger writers. The competition has four age groups: under 7; 7 to 10; 11 to 14; and 15 to 18. Reopens 2018.
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 2018.
Isle of Wight. Are you 16-25 and passionate about poetry, flash fiction, or blogging? Perhaps you’d like to perform your work at open mic nights or are secretly writing a novel? Whether you’ve got previous experience or are just starting out, our Creative Writers group offers a supportive and creative environment where you can receive […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Originally founded in Cardiff, ‘Are You Lost Yet?’ is a UK-based creative zine and blog for 16-25 year olds. We feature poetry, creative writing, articles, illustration and photography. Accepting submissions year-round, we publish an annual printed zine, and are always looking for pieces to feature on our blog!
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 2018.
Deadline 2018. Girton College, Cambridge invites entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Open to all UK residents between the ages of 18 and 30 and there is no fee for entry. The first prize for the winning poet is £700 and £300 for the second prize. There will also be an opportunity to give a […]
National Poetry Day is an annual celebration in the UK. A different theme is set every year, and anyone can participate by staging their own poetry event. National Poetry Day 2017 will be celebrated on Thursday 28 September. The theme is ‘Freedom’.
Reopening 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.
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 […]
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. Reopening 2017. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
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. Reopening 2017.
A writing group for young writers aged between 12 and 18 at Plymstock Library, led by award-winning writer Babs Horton. You will explore how to power up your imagination, and the results of your work will be displayed in the library and online. The squad meets fortnightly on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm.
An international online literary and art publication for and by students from 12-18 years old. Seeks creative and critical work that can be represented in digital forms: poetry, music, art of any medium, narratives, essays, book/song/movie reviews, multimedia, etc. Their staff is comprised of over twenty teen editors, translators, illustrators, and technology assistants around the […]
Reopens 2018. International award open to 13-18 year olds, for short stories. 1st Prize – £1,000
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.
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.
The 2017 Ways With Words Festival, located on the beautiful South Devon Dartington estate, will welcome some of the biggest names in the world of art, literature, politics, and entertainment. The Festival offers bursaries to young people (ages 17 – 24) which, if awarded, makes them eligible to attend the festival for five or ten […]
Organised by the Poetry Trust, The Poetry Channel offers broadcast quality podcasts of readings, interviews, short documentaries and behind the scenes conversations with poets, plus highlights from the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival’s rich audio archive.
Reopening 2018. 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.
Organises opportunities for GCSE pupils in England and Wales to see and hear live performances from a great selection of the poets they are studying. The events feature six poets, giving a short talk and taking questions, and two short examiner sessions
The Spark Young Writers Groups are for young people interested in creative writing of any kind. Professional writers work with Writing Group members to help them develop their writing talents. There are groups in Birmingham, The Black Country, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin, Stoke and Staffordshire, with groups for 12-16 year olds and for 8-11 year olds.
Apples & Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, running events all over the country as well as participatory workshops, training and artist development opportunities for both new and established poets.
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 […]
For writers aged 13-22 to develop their writing skills. Run by Lit Up!, free to join and led by a professional writer.
Spoken word artists aged 16-25 are invited to compete for the Roundhouse Slam title! Based at the Roundhouse in London. Reopens 2018.
Every two years, New Writing North looks for 30 talented writers to join The Writing Squad, to work with their tutors, professional writers and squad graduates, and to see where it takes them. If you’re aged 16-21 years old, and you’re from or you live, work or study in the North of England – they’d […]
Reopening 2017. 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 […]
An Arvon residential writing course provides a nurturing environment where newcomers can begin writing, and existing writers can expand their skills and hone their craft. If you would like to attend an Arvon course and are under 18, you can encourage your school to organise a week at one of our centres. If you are […]
Poetry International is a literary organisation based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which runs a website bringing together thousands of poems by modern poets from all around the world, as well as translations, audio recordings, interviews and articles. The UK pages are edited by the Poetry Society.
Books for Keeps is the UK’s leading, independent children’s book magazine. It was launched in 1980 and ever since has been reviewing hundreds of new children’s books each year and publishing articles on every aspect of writing for children. There are over 12,500 reviews on our new website and more than 2,000 articles including interviews […]
Poetry Digest, currently (as of summer 2013) “on hiatus”, is a compact biodegradable and/or edible literary magazine of new and existing poems, edited by Chrissy Williams and Swithun Cooper. Selected poems are published as small cakes. Given the limitations of the format, short poems are given preference over longer works. There is then a launch […]
Cuckoo Review is a bi-annual online literary magazine, written and edited for young writers aged 15-21, which aims to showcase the best quality work and support emerging talent. We accept poetry, short & flash fiction, excerpts from longer fiction, creative non-fiction, and also work on film and audio. £50 for best submission of every issue […]
Reopening 2017. The competition is open to young people up to the age of 25 years old.
Spread the Word works with London writers at all stages of their careers to help them achieve their full potential. With a focus on the writer, our workshops, one-to-one advice surgeries, mentoring schemes and other activities use established professional writers to develop writers’ skills and support them in building a career in writing.
The Poetry School was founded in 1997 by three poets – Mimi Khalvati, Jane Duran and Pascale Petit – with the aim of providing structured, high quality teaching programmes for adults to develop their poetry from its beginnings through to advanced level. Originating in London, the Poetry School now has established teaching centres throughout England […]
The Roundhouse is a young people’s arts centre which runs spoken word training programmes to develop writing and performance skills. They have a range of projects so keep checking their website for opportunities.
Reopening 2018. 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 time at Festival […]
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 2018.
Reopening 2018. 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 up for grabs. […]
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 2018.
Leeds Young Authors runs activities that focus on using creative writing, spoken word/performance poetry, and the competitive environment of poetry slams. Workshops in the Host Media Centre in Leeds, with sessions for 8-12 year olds and 13-19 year olds, plus mentoring for 17-25 year olds.
Slippage is a bi-annual online publication dedicated to the discovery and publication of unique, creative pieces fusing art with science. Specifically we promote the genres of scientific literary writing and good scientific writing.
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 […]
TOAST is a poetry organisation committed to the continued professional development of poets in the U.K.
Young Writers Online is a friendly community dedicated to providing a place for members to improve the quality of their writing through honest critique, discussion, and literary exercises. The site also holds many competitions and events throughout the year, including the YWO Writing Olympics and the Young Writers Award.
Reopening 2018. This award of £200 is for a young writer aged 14-18 who is writing poetry, prose or creative non-fiction.
Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live. Reopens 2017.
New Writing Cumbria is setting up a writing group for enthusiastic writers of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, film or TV script, blog posts, memoir, journalism, and other non-fiction. Work with professional writers, meet other young writers and publish and perform your work!
Reopening 2018. 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!
HEBE is a poetry magazine that publishes the work of poets aged 18 and under.
First Story strives to support and inspire creativity, literacy and talent in challenging UK secondary schools and their communities. First Story arranges and pays for acclaimed writers to run creative-writing workshops for students in state schools across the country. Each writer-in-residence leads weekly, after-school workshops for a group of up to twenty-one students. They publish […]
We are a digital-only, connected reading community and E-Publisher supported by Arts Council England bringing literary writing to an anti-literary audience. We publish fiction, poetry and writing through apps, E-Books and our website.
Cake magazine is a high quality, print based magazine publishing new poetry, flash fiction, comment and reviews. The magazine places new writers alongside established names and promotes the work of young writers. Submit up to six poems or 500 words of flash fiction via the Cake website.
Tower Poetry is based at Christ Church Oxford and runs a Summer School for Young Poets aged 18-24. Some places are allocated to winners of the Tower Poetry Competition for poets aged 16-18. Others are awarded after an application process each spring. The next summer school will be held in 2018.
A chance to work with award-winning Spoken Word artist Kat Francois, to create and perform your own poetry. If you have an interest in poetry, Spoken Word or writing, then Poets’ Platform is a company of like-minded young people aged 13 to 24 years. They meet regularly to share their work, write new poems and […]
For young people in Dorset aged 11-14 interested in creative writing. The group meets at Blandford Library once a month on a Saturday from 10.00am – 12.00pm.
Reopening for 2017/18. A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive) The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now […]
Ilkley Literature Festival runs a weekly group for young writers aged 13 to 17, on Mondays during term-time. The group is based in Ilkley and any young writers from the Bradford, Skipton, Ilkley, Wharfe valley and Leeds areas are welcome to come along. The sessions cover writing of various genres and are led by professional […]
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 […]
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.
Reopening 2017. 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.
Cadaverine Magazine publishes new poetry, prose and non-fiction by writers under 30. The editors’ aim is to showcase contemporary, innovative and original new writing; editors work with young people to help them achieve the fullest potential in their work. Cadaverine Magazine also provides internship opportunities and helps young people perform throughout the country.
For poems on the subject of ‘The Hero’. Free to enter, open to young people aged 11-19. Deadline 1 August 2017.
Far Off Places is a young magazine featuring creative writing and illustration which launched in spring 2013. It aims to create a stage for emerging writers to strut their stuff, both traditional and experimental.
The Children’s Poetry Archive is the dedicated children’s version of The Poetry Archive. It is an online resource aimed specifically at children and young people that features recordings of contemporary children’s poets ready their own work. You can browse poems by theme or poet and also enjoy ‘Ask the Poet’ interviews and guided tours.
The Writing Squad is a group of motivated 16-21 year old writers who live, work or study in the north of England. We exist to help you develop your writing. Being part of the Squad is FREE. You just need to be able to get to our writing days in the north, have regular access […]
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.
Based in the Highlands of Scotland, the Moniack Mhor Young Writers’ Forum is at the heart of the writing centre’s youth programme.
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.
An American organisation which publishes Poetry magazine. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. Crucially for young poets outside America it has a large number of freely accessible online recordings and poems searchable by poet and theme.
Deadline: 1 September 2017. 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 […]
Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich. We are interested in both the artistic and social impact of creative writing, and work with writers, readers and diverse communities on a wide range of ongoing and one off projects and events. We work with young poets in and out of school and […]
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. Reopens 2017.
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 […]
Would you like some advice on developing your writing? Perhaps a bit of inspiration to get started, or feedback on something you are working on? Then New Writing North’s young writers’ groups could be the thing for you. Sessions are held on a fortnightly basis and all are led by a professional writer. They offer […]
Barbican Young Poets is a poetry workshop and community for budding young writers, which gives you the chance to create, craft and perform poetry and spoken word. By the end of the year, you’ll have produced a portfolio of work, contributed to a published anthology, and had experience of performing on the Barbican’s stages and […]
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.