Open, closing 2 March 2020. 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.
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.
Applications are now closed for their next Poetry Collective cohort, led by Bridget Minamore and Cecilia Knapp. Check back in summer 2020 for next year’s programme. 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 […]
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.
Closed, re-opening later in 2020. 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.
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.
Open, closing 31 January 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
The Poetry Society’s annual competition, open to poets aged 17 and over. Poems cost £7 to enter, then subsequently £4. Members get a free second entry. First prize £5000. Closed, re-opening summer 2020.
Closed for 2019. 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 […]
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.
Open, closing 2 March 2020. 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.
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.
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.
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!
Opening in February 2020 and 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.
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 […]
Closed. Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live.
Half-price courses for 18-25 year olds! Find out more. 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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. […]
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.
Open, closing 2 March 2020. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Open, closing 2 March 2020. 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 in February 2019; re-opening 2020. Girton College, University of Cambridge, invites entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its ninth 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 […]
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 2019 is now closed. Next year’s competition will launch in spring 2020. All entrants will be contacted in mid-September with the results, and the winners will be publicly announced on 2 October 2019. Good luck to everyone who entered and a big well done! To stay up-to-date […]
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 […]
Closed until further notice. Far Off Places is a magazine featuring creative writing and illustration which ran from 2013 to 2018. Despite being based in Edinburgh, we spread our loving tentacles over Europe and across the Atlantic. Our mission in life is to make you laugh, ponder, and wince. It aims to create a stage […]
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.
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.
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.
PoetryMagazines.org.uk is now an archive website and will no longer be updated. For up-to-date information visit nationalpoetrylibrary.org.uk. The website offered 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 […]
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.
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 […]
Open now, closing 8 March 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 […]
Fun poetry lessons communicating a love of poetry from a qualified teacher. Free to access.
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.
Brittle Star is an not-for-profit, 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. They only review […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 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 still 14 on the closing date. Winners […]
Closed for 2019; re-opening spring 2020. Our internship programme 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 for online […]
Open, closing 14 February 2020. 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 […]
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 […]
A writing group for young writers aged between 12 and 18 at Plymstock Library. 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 12pm to 2pm.
Writers’ Centre Norwich is a literature development agency based in Norwich. They 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. They work with young poets in and out of school and […]
Open for applications now, closing 29 March 2020! 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 and they work round your life so you can study, […]
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 13-19 year olds.
Closed; re-opening summer 2020. 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 Purple Breakfast Review is a journal of creative writing, published quarterly, that specializes in the work of students, graduates and young people.
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 […]
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.
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. They are currently open to submissions of poetry, prose, […]
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.
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 2020 will be celebrated on Thursday 1 October 2020. The theme is ‘Vision’.
Open September – late June. 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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
Open, closing 6 March 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 […]
Open, closing 5 June 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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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. This podcast is no longer updated.
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 […]
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.
Closed now, re-opening April 2020. 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 […]
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. You can no longer enter these challenges, but feel free to use […]
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.
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.
Young Identity is a 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. They now have 450 members with 240 engaged participants and 1,000 members on Facebook. Find out […]
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.
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 […]
A closed group on Facebook detailing opportunities for young writers 25 and under in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
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.
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.
Applications for the 2020 course will open on 4 May 2020 and close at noon on 15 June 2020. Tower Poetry is based at Christ Church Oxford and runs a Summer School for Young Poets aged 18-23 who are usually resident in the UK and Channel Islands. Some places are allocated to winners of the […]
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Siblíní is a student-run art and literature magazine catering to student artists who wish for a unique showroom for their work.
A poetry magazine with a different editor every issue. Magma’s aim 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, Wendy […]
Based in the Highlands of Scotland, the Moniack Mhor Young Writers’ Forum is at the heart of the writing centre’s youth programme.
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)
TOAST is a poetry organisation committed to the continued professional development of poets in the U.K.
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 […]
Based in Australia, The Red Room is a poetry organisation that aims to make poetry a useful and meaningful part of everyday life.
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 […]
What’s Your Story?’ is Scottish Book Trust’s brand new development programme for teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland.
The Kindling is a brand new journal dedicated to supporting and publishing the best poetry written in universities across the UK and Ireland.
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. […]
Open, closing Sunday 1 March 2020. 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. […]
Foxglove Journal is a new and exciting haven for poetry and short fiction. It showcases work that thrills, comforts and stimulates. Currently closed for submissions – please watch this space and we will let you know when the next submission window opens. Guidelines Accepting previously unpublished poetry and short/flash fiction. Poetry: between two and six poems […]
Closed. The CityLife team and the University of East London are extremely excited to announce the launch of a brand new literary prize, the CityLife Prize for Fiction by Young Writers. It is open to all London-based writers aged 16 to 19. The theme for this year’s competition is ‘The City’. We are looking for fiction […]
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 […]
Open, closing 31 January 2020. 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
Open, closing 12 February 2020. 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 […]
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, this Creative Writers group offers a supportive and creative environment where you can receive […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. 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 […]
HEBE is a poetry magazine that publishes the work of poets aged 18 and under.
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. The Kendal Poetry Festival is taking place next year from 19 – 21 June 2020 at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. The line-up of poets has previously included Malika Booker, Ian Duhig, Inua Ellams, Hannah Lowe, and Young Poet-in-Residence Florence Jones.
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 […]
Open, closing Friday 20 March 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 […]
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.
Risen Magazine is open for submissions on any theme, in any genre or medium. Check out their site and see if your work fits in with their vision! Submit here. Risen is a safe space for creative young minds who passionately advocate for their principles. They’re here to give teenagers a platform to stand on […]
Closed. A photo-themed creative writing competition for 14 to 25s from across South Yorkshire, with age categories 14 – 17, 18 – 21, and 22 – 25. Schools welcome to enter.
Closed for 2020. Aged 13-17 and living in Warwickshire? The search is on for the Young Poet Laureate for 2020 – the appointed poet will take part in events and activities across the county, under the mentorship of a professional poet.
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.
Little Buffalo is an interactive, artistic magazine and learning platform that teaches English to children aged 6 years old and onwards. Email them for more information or to submit your work: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closed for 2019, re-opening summer 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. How to enter Download the poems. […]
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.
Calling young poets! Art? or Politics? wants you – a series of monthly spoken word, poetry, and music events at MAP studios in London, they hope to bring all genres and ages together to share ideas that matter. Get in contact via Facebook or the website.
This 10-day festival in Kingston hosts around 200 events. It runs from 3 – 12 July annually. They’re open for submissions by creatives, performers and people with big ideas aged 26 and under for their friendly, fringe-style festival. If you’re over 27 but your work is designed for young audiences, they’d love to hear from you too.
Open now, closing 6 February 2020. 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 […]
Open, closing 21 February 2020. 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.
SAND literary journal is open for submissions of fiction, flash fiction, poetry, translations, and visual art until January 5th, 2020. They are looking for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in fresh and unpredictable ways—work that is haunting for its soul, edge, and truth. They are all about work that subverts […]
bind is an online platform which raises climate change awareness through creativity, inviting contributors to share work which examines environmental issues. bind is now open for submissions, welcoming all forms of creative work, from poetry to photography, original music to illustration.
Closed for 2019. This competition has three age categories: under 11 (primary school), 11 to 16 (secondary school) and 17 to 25. Shortlisted entries will be included in an anthology, a published collection of poems, and category winners will each receive a cash prize. Poems should be sent by e-mail to email@example.com and the deadline […]
The Rialto is one of the UK’s leading poetry publications, and is published three times a year. Not currently accepting submissions.
Ambit is a 96-page quarterly literary and art magazine. It is created in London, published in the UK, and read internationally. It’s available through subscription, in selected bookshops, and in libraries worldwide.
Butcher’s Dog is a biannual poetry magazine, founded in the North East of England. A different combination from the original group of co-founders edits each edition alongside a guest editor. Past guest editors include: The Poetry School, Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Pippa Little, Clare Pollard and Edward Doegar.
Published quarterly, The Poetry Review is The Poetry Society’s magazine, full of new poems, reviews, essays and more. The Poetry Review is mailed to all Full Members of The Poetry Society and is stocked in leading bookshops worldwide. The magazine welcomes submissions from prospective contributors.
Streetcake is an online magazine for poetry, fiction and artwork. Currently accepting submissions.
It’s a bookmark. It’s a magazine. It’s open to everyone. It believes in the benefits of playful creativity, especially reading, writing and drawing. You’ll find it lurking in libraries and bookshops, or nestled between pages of other magazines. Submissions are collected and posted online. Every three months-ish, they pick their top nine and print an […]
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 for 2019, re-opening 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 – […]
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.
Submissions closed. Lemon Curd is an online platform that seeks to explore human nature and all that stems from it. Through sharing experiences and thoughts, we aim to challenge and at times escape the constraints of society. To submit or for more information please visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closed May 2019. Re-opening 2020. In 2018 Spread the Word launched a major new initiative – the London Writers Awards. Each year the London Writers Awards will deliver an intensive 10-month development programme of critical writing groups, masterclasses, 1-2-1 professional development coaching sessions and Writer Labs alongside networking opportunities with professional writers and the publishing […]
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).
Closed for 2019; re-opening late summer 2020. The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical writers. Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. Any kind of fiction is accepted – prose, poetry, drama, fictional letters or […]
Writing East Midlands’ Young Writers’ Groups are all by professional writers and not only are they fun and friendly, they offer a fantastic introduction to the world of creative writing. They currently run groups in 6 areas – Ashbourne (9-16 yr olds), Chesterfield (9-14 yr olds), Leicester (14-17 yr olds), Nottingham (11-15 yr olds), (Corby […]
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 […]
Closed 31 May 2019, re-opening 2020. The poetry competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country. 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.
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 […]
Open, closing Sunday 1 March 2020. 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 […]
New Writing North Young Writers’ Groups meet weekly in term time in Amble, Cramlington, Newcastle and South Shields, as well as a Young Songwriters’ Group in the west end of Newcastle. They give young people the opportunity to meet like-minded peers, and work with professional writers and artists to explore different genres, styles and forms […]
The Young Writer’s Talent Fund is New Writing North Young Writers’ talent development programme. This project seeks to support emerging and talented young writers aged 15-25 in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The Fund provides development opportunities for young creatives working across a range of writing forms, aiming to make connections between aspiring writers and producers, and […]
Closed for 2019. Reopening 2020. Are you aged 16–25 and interested in finding out more about the world of publishing? New Writing North have teamed up with Faber & Faber to offer a group of young people from the North East the opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of the UK’s most prestigious […]
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 […]
Open, closing 3 March, 2020. 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.
Open, closing Sunday 31 May 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 […]
Closed for 2019. Aged 8-14? Submit your poetry on any subject to email@example.com by 20 April 2019 for a chance to have it included in their book. Young Minds will be a poetry book written by young people for all to enjoy. All poets who have their work printed will receive a copy of the […]
Applications now closed. There is the opportunity for 12 emerging poets take part in developing the second series of poetry podcasts for Bedtime Stories for the End of the World. Poets will work with some of UK’s top poets, including: Malika Booker, Andrew McMillan, Sabrina Mahfouz, Kei Miller, Helen Mort and Jack Underwood; and the project is supported by Spread […]
The free, online Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program for high school writers closed for applications on 15 April 2019. Information below. Now in its seventh year, The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program is an entirely free and online program that pairs experienced writers with high school and secondary students (students in grades 9-12) interested in learning more about […]
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 May 2019, re-opening 2020. The Carole Blake Open Doors Project is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry. The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel, […]
Closed from 14 June 2019. The streetcake experimental writing prize will be one of the first of its kind, aimed at young people (18-26 years old) who are residents in the UK, who are creating writing that extends the possibilities and boundaries of the contemporary literature mold. We want to recognise and develop writers in this […]
Open submissions. Sandpiper is a journal of literature and art devoted to uplifting the voices of those emerging and underrepresented in the American literary scene. All submissions are welcome, but special priority is given to writers and artists of color. Sandpiper accepts poetry, prose, art, and photography.
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.
New Writing North’s FREE Summer Schools are back this year, with more activity than ever. They’ve put together a programme of events across the North East for young people aged 12-19. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or just want to try something new; if you’ve got an interest in creative writing then […]
Closed. South Speak is an opportunity to step into new ways of publishing your poetry. We are looking for 5 – 10 poets with an interest in writing about South London. You will collaborate with artist Sam Petherbridge to produce work that maps this geography through fresh, cross-disciplinary art. Click here for more information on […]
Closed for 2019, reopening 2020. Apply to be a fellow on a free summer mentorship programme. Collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, receive guidance from accomplished mentors, and become eligible for a monetary prize — all in the free, online summer program, the COUNTERCLOCK Arts Collective, a four-week fellowship dedicated to the nurturing of the interdisciplinary arts! […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. The inspiring poet, performer and educator, Miriam Nash returns to Wells Festival of Literature to judge the Wells Festival Young Poets’ Competition. Age range is 16 to 22 on 30th June 2019, which is the deadline for submissions. There are three cash prizes and the first prize winner will also receive […]
Closed for 2019. 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… Find out […]
Little Stone Journal is a newborn E-zine aiming to showcase high quality work from both new and established writers regardless of age, ethnicity and gender. We’re currently open to submissions of original and unpublished poetry, short fiction and book reviews. Instagram: @littlestonejournal Facebook: @littlestonejournal Twitter: @journal_stone
Are you a young poet looking to take the next step in your career? Do you want to start hosting or facilitating, but don’t know how? The Take Over is here for you! The Take Over is looking for ambitious young poets 16-26 to join our summer development programme. Through weekly workshops from July to […]
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 […]
Poetry in Public is a project that puts new poetry by living, working poets in public spaces: service stations, shopping malls, bus shelters, and those cute little windows on the handles of petrol pumps. The project is currently open to submissions for its first run later this year (2019). Anyone can send in a poem […]
The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to anyone aged 16+ living in Scotland. Deadlines: last day of every month for £250 prize; 31 Jan 2020 for £2500 prize. The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s most inclusive competition for young, emerging artists. Our aim is to encourage a discussion about […]
Now closed for applications. The Writing Room is Apples and Snakes’ foremost skills development programme for writers aged 18-25. Over the course of six workshops, participants will improve their writing, develop their craft and hone their skills under the guidance of acclaimed poet and performer, Jacob Sam-La Rose. You must be available to attend all […]
The Poetry Translation Centre gives the best contemporary poems from Africa, Asia and Latin America a new life in the English language, working with diaspora communities for whom poetry is of great importance. They are currently based in The Albany, New Cross, London, where they run translation workshops. They also print poetry in translation and […]
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 […]
New Creatives is an exciting talent development scheme offering commissioning opportunities for Midlands-based emerging creatives to make new artistic works in film, audio or interactive media, designed for BBC channels and platforms. Round 2 of applications has been extended until Monday 30th September 2019 for AUDIO DRAMA only. This is an unprecedented opportunity for talented writers aged […]
Closed, reopens 2020. Ambit Magazine announces the launch of its 2019 Poetry Competition judged by Liz Berry. The theme reflecting Ambit’s 60th birthday will be ‘Wild’. The first place prize will be £500, second place £250 and £100 for third. The competition will open on 1 April and close on 15 July and the winners will […]
Submissions open. Iceberg Tales is a brand new literary magazine, hoping to publish the best new and emerging writers out there. They are passionate about uncovering ambitious, thought-provoking pieces of work that are hovering just below the surface. Submit via their website. In conjunction with their ongoing curation project for the print editions, they publish […]
Submissions open. This journal was created by embracing the ethos of pulp magazines – by providing the general population with quality and accessible writing which hits like a sucker punch. The editors are looking for writing that injects excitement and inspiration, to be read on screens that illuminate the morning commute, the rushed lunch break, […]
First print edition coming soon. 4Nineteen is a brand new creative-writing zine aimed at students, created by three English Literature students from Leeds University. They welcome all forms of writing. Stay up to date with them via Twitter or Facebook. 4Nineteen will be a 25-page zine, packed with poetry, short stories and more. Find out […]
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. Arts Emergency offer a year-long one-on-one mentoring scheme for 16-18 year olds who are interested in the arts or humanities that will run from Jan 2020 – Jan 2021. As well as a mentor, young people on the programme will also have access to our network of over 7,000 professionals and […]
Ministry of Stories is a place where children and young people in East London can become writers. If you live in Hoxton or attend one of our local schools, you can join one of our FREE weekly writing clubs for 8-12 year olds. If you go to a state school in Hackney, Islington or Tower […]
Open, closing Saturday 29 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, […]
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 […]
Open, closing 30 November 2020. The East Riding Festival of Words 2019 Poetry competition is now open for entries. This year’s theme is ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. 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 […]
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 […]
Opening in December 2019 and closing 11 May 2020, with an opportunity for feedback if you enter before 6 April 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 […]
Hive South Yorkshire is the hub for young writer activity in the South Yorkshire region. Whether you like to write as a hobby, want to express yourself better with words, or are super focused on a writing career – whatever your interest or ability – Hive is here to help you achieve your writing goals and […]