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 […]
The Rialto is one of the UK’s leading poetry publications, and is published three times a year. Not currently accepting submissions.
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 […]
Closed. For residents of Brighton & Hove, East and West Sussex, an annual competition produced by Brighton Festival and Brighton, Hove & Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC) to encourage young writers to explore the written word from a creative point of view. There are three categories of ages: Ages 11–13, 14–16 & 17–19 You can […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. This competition is open to anyone aged 16 and over, and is judged this year by Rishi Dastadar. Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style. Cost of entry is £5 per poem. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
Closed. 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. […]
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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. Judged by Kim Moore. Entry: £8. The New Poets Prize is a pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 34 years. Entrants […]
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.
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 [email protected]
Applications are now closed for their next Poetry Collective cohort, led by Bridget Minamore and Cecilia Knapp. Check back in summer 2021 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Fun poetry lessons communicating a love of poetry from a qualified teacher. Free to access.
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.
The National Centre for Writing celebrates and explores the artistic and social power of creative writing and literary translation. Their on-going programme of innovative collaborations engages writers, literary translators and readers, in person and online, in projects that support new voices and new stories, and respond to the rapidly changing world of writing. They’re based […]
The John Byrne Award is an online exhibition and creative competition open to anyone aged 16+ living in Scotland. Deadlines: The John Byrne Quarterly Award (£500) 23:59 on the last day of April, July, and October. The John Byrne Annual Award (£7500) 23:59 on Friday 31 January 2021. The John Byrne Award is Scotland’s most […]
Closed. 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 […]
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 […]
Open, closing 1 March 2022. The Prismatic Jane Eyre School Project is running a nation-wide creative translation competition for school learners that will be launched on 30 September 2021 – International Translation Day. The competition deadline is 1 March 2022. Entrants are asked to produce a poem in another language inspired by a selected passage […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
From early morning writing workshops with the festival directors, through to evening events with international poetry stars, every day of Kendal Poetry Festival is packed with readings, talks, open mikes, panel discussions, talks, stage shows and more. The festival began in 2016 and ran through to 2018 under the leadership of Kim Moore and Pauline […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2019 is now open to published and unpublished writers and poets living in the UK. Entry £5 per poem. There are three categories: page poetry, performance poetry and poetry in film. There will be three category winners selected with the overall Prize for Poetry award […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Closed for 2020, re-opening spring 2021. The Muslim Young Writers Award is for poems and short stories from 5-16 year olds. There are different categories for each key stage.
Streetcake is an online magazine for poetry, fiction and artwork. Currently accepting submissions.
SAND is open to submissions of visual art, poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and translations from March 20 to April 10, 2021. (Creative nonfiction is currently closed.) Fiction, flash fiction, and poetry will close once submissions caps are reached. SAND literary journal is looking for submissions that push the boundaries of form, message, and voice in […]
Closed for 2021. We’re looking a young poet with something to say and who love’s saying it with words! Every year, one young person from Worcestershire is given the title Worcestershire’s Young Poet Laureate. In this role, our Young Poet Laureate champions poetry as an art form with the aim of encouraging and inspiring other […]
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: [email protected]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. If you’re aged 12-18 you can enter the young people’s categories of the New Writing North’s Northern Writers’ Awards. If you are older, you can enter many of the other categories. The Northern Writers’ Awards are open for entries until 18th February 2021. We are looking for talented young writers […]
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 […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Are you interested in studying an arts or humanities degree? Would you like a career in the arts or media? Do you want advice from experts in the creative and cultural industries? Arts Emergency provides 16-25 year olds with free mentoring, advice, guidance and opportunities to help them embark on […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
TOAST is a poetry organisation committed to the continued professional development of poets in the U.K.
Opens 1 April 2020, closes 30 June 2020. Young Poets category: age 16 to 22 Entry fee, £3 Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus a year’s membership of The Poetry Society Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge, Victoria Adukwei Bulley Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100 Any subject, no […]
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.
Poetry Ireland connects poetry and people. They are committed to achieving excellence in the reading, writing and performance of poetry throughout the island of Ireland. Poetry Ireland receives support from The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and enjoys rewarding partnerships with arts centres, festivals, schools, colleges and […]
Poetry By Heart is the poetry recitation competition for English schools. We are open to students in Key Stages 2-5 across a variety of competition categories including showcase (with the opportunity to enter self-written poetry or poems in other languages) and freestyle, where you can get really creative with different elements such as music, animation […]
Closed for 2021. Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence role is an opportunity for a talented emerging poet at the start of their career, based in the North of England. Ilkley Literature Festival is the longest-running literature festival in the North of England. Our 2021 Autumn programme will be a hybrid of digital and […]
Closed. Are you between 18-25, creative and live in the Black Country? Then we want to hear from you. Whether you are an aspiring poet, author, dramaturgs, storytellers, playwriters, activist who is eager to perform we would like to share this opportunity with you, with a chance to work alongside the Young Poet Laureate and […]
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 free, online Adroit Journal Summer Mentorship Program for high school writers closed for applications on 15 April 2020. 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 […]
Zero Gravity propels bright state school students into the best universities. Sign-up in seconds and choose from a shortlist of undergraduate mentors studying at the UK’s leading universities. Our mentors offer free support and priceless advice; connect with them anytime, anywhere via free, one-to-one video sessions. Sign-up here.
Closed in April 2021. Reading Amnesty Group is inviting entries to their UK-wide poetry competition, on the theme Social Justice: Human Rights. There is one competition for 16-17 year olds, one for age 18 and over. No set entry fee, but donations to Amnesty International UK are welcome. Prizes include: A course of up to 4 […]
Closed. 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 […]
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 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.
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 Nine Dots Prize is an international writing prize. It encourages innovative thinking to tackle contemporary issues. Entrants must submit 3,000 words and an outline on how they would expand this into a book. https://ninedotsprize.org
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Are you an avid writer aged between 14 to 18? If so, the BBC Young Writers’ Award with First Story and Cambridge University is for you. The award returns for its 14th year with Life Hacks’ very own Katie Thistleton heading up the judging panel. What’s more, the five writers […]
Closed in December 2020. Are you a Hampshire or Dorset-based poet looking to develop your writing? Poetry Ambassadors, a new scheme run by Winchester Poetry Festival, ArtfulScribe, and the University of Southampton, is offering free year-long mentoring to three young poets next year. Apply here by 11 December 2020.
What’s Your Story?’ is Scottish Book Trust’s brand new development programme for teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland.
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 […]
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 […]
Kalopsia is dedicated to showcasing the work of young writers and artists, and helping them improve. We provide feedback on every piece submitted, regardless of whether it is published. We are always open for submissions as our deadline is rolling, so submit now to be featured in the next issue.
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 […]
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.
Open, closing 1 July 2020. The streetcake experimental writing prize is aimed at writers (18-30 years old), who are responding creatively and experimenting with the literature mold. With this prize, we seek to identify, recognise and develop young writers’ careers in the genres of short fiction and poetry. Some things we love: new forms, unconventional ideas, funny […]
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.
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.
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Writing East Midlands presents the Solstice Prize, for young writers aged between 10 and 17 years old. You can enter up to 40 lines of poetry or a short story of up to 1000 words on any subject. The competition is completely free to enter, and there are some great […]
Currently closed. 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 platforms and administrating a […]
Closed for 2020. In partnership with New Writing South and Myriad Editions, Spotlight Books have launched an open call for: unpublished poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds—those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstance. Manuscripts of fiction (8-10,000 words) and poetry (40-45 pp. at 20 lines/page) Deadline: 24 February […]
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 2021, re-opening 2023. Primers is a biannual mentoring and publication scheme organised by Nine Arches Press, now in its sixth edition. It provides a unique opportunity for talented poets to find publication and receive a programme of supportive feedback, mentoring and promotion. We’re delighted to announce that the selecting editor and mentor for […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2022. If you’re female-identifying, aged 18+ and live in the UK, apply for free, for the chance to win a year’s mentoring, development opportunities, support, and £1,000. The Women Poets’ Prize was launched by the Rebecca Swift Foundation in 2018, a year on from Rebecca Swift’s passing. This unique award seeks […]
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!
2020 course postponed. Check back in 2021. 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 Tower Poetry Competition for poets aged 16-18. Others are awarded after an […]
Closed for 2021. As part of the BBC Contains Strong Language Festival Coventry 2021, Coventry Libraries and Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 are recruiting for these two exciting roles: Coventry Poet Laureate – 18 years and older on 31 August 2021 Coventry Young Poet Laureate – 13 years or older and under 18 years old […]
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 […]
Closed for 2020; re-opening 2021. The Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition has categories for Adults (18+), Young People (Ages 12 to 17) and Children (under 12). The relevant ages means age on the date of submission. Poems must be no longer than 40 lines. This year’s judge is Liz Berry. Adults: £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 […]
Literature Wales is the national company for the development of literature in Wales. Their vision is a Wales where literature empowers, improves and brightens lives. They are a registered charity, and work to inspire communities, develop writers and celebrate the literary culture of Wales. Literature Wales works in Welsh, English and bilingually across Wales. They […]
Closed April 2020. The Terry Kelly Poetry Prize is an annual poetry prize for young writers 25 and under. Celebrating our fifth year the Terry Kelly Poetry Prize for young people from the North East. Commemorating the life of Shields Gazette journalist and poetry lover Terry Kelly the prize encourages young people to try poetry. […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. 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 (10) days of work shadowing to a selected applicant over a one-month period (or across 2-4 […]
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 2021 will be celebrated on Thursday 7 October 2021. The theme is ‘Choice’.
The National 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. Based in Southbank Centre, London, it is free to join and anyone can visit, borrow materials and attend events. It also offers an enquiry service, a digital library […]
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 Kindling is a brand new journal dedicated to supporting and publishing the best poetry written in universities across the UK and Ireland.
Re-opening 2021. Write a poem inspired by any piece of music in this year’s BBC Proms season. Winners will be invited to a special event, a Proms concert, and have their poem broadcast on BBC Radio 3. There are two age categories in the poetry competition: 12-18 and 19 and over. Prepare your entries now by exploring the Proms programme. Free to enter. […]
Closed 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 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 […]
Since 1998 The Poetry Zone has published around 30,000 poems by young people and has had millions of visitors – children and teenagers, real live poets and other adults – who want to check us out, especially teachers who use the Poetry Zone as a fun way of teaching poetry in their schools. You can […]
Closed for 2020. With a different theme each year, this poetry competition is open to UK and Ireland residents aged 7+ years. Winners in each category receive a goody bag, book tokens, and there is plenty of chocolate for the runners up. In 2020, the prizes also include a film of your poem being read […]
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.
Closed March 2021, re-opening 2022. Girton College, University of Cambridge, is delighted to invite entries for the Jane Martin Poetry Prize. Now in its 11th year, the panel of judges will be led by two poets, one being Sean Hewitt and the other is still to be confirmed. It is open to all UK residents […]
Closed. Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live.
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 […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. The Orwell Youth Prize is a social-justice based writing prize for 12-18 year olds from across the UK. This year’s theme is “A New Direction: Starting Small”. Respond in any genre and on any subject: write about what’s most important to you. Find out more.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Closed for 2020; re-opening early 2021. The Stephen Spender Prize promotes literature in translation with an annual prize for translated poems. Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents. There are three categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under, for entrants still 18 on the closing date; and 14-and-under, for entrants still 14 on the closing date. […]
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 2021, re-opening in 2022/3. Staffordshire County Council is looking for the next Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Young Poet Laureate. The role is open to applicants aged 14-18 years who live or go to school or college in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent.
Open, accepting submissions all year round. Louder Than the Storm is an environmental digital magazine which works to change the conversation around climate change to foster a positive connection with the Earth and educate on climate change through a mixture of creativity, journalism, politics and educational events. We are looking for writers of all backgrounds […]
Closed for 2020, check back in Winter 2021. The Bedtime Stories for the End of the World podcast is looking for 9 emerging poets to take part in their third series in Spring 2021. Successful applicants will work alongside some of UK’s top poets, including: Mona Arshi, Fiona Benson, Joe Dunthorne, Momtaza Mehri and more […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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.
Closed for 2020/21. Enter this annual competition for the coveted title of Fenland Poet Laureate and share your passion for poetry! The Young Fenland Poet Laureate position is open to all young poets across Fenland aged 10-17. The competition is looking for poems that represent and relate to the theme of ‘Fenland’. You can interpret the […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening Spring 2022. Schools and individual young people in Reception–Year 13 (ages 11/12-18 inclusive) are welcome to enter this competition, which is for an original poem or short story.
Open, closing 28 February 2022. Choose ONE of the following: A poem or story about prejudice A poem or story about difference A description of an outcast Style Your writing should invoke the spirit of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. All entries must be in English. Think carefully about the language – choosing the words […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Newcastle Poetry Competition Young People’s Poetry Prize is looking for poems by young writers aged 11-17. You must be a UK resident to enter. Entry is free and up to 12 winners receive a £25 book token. Judged by Vidyan Ravinthiran. More info here.
Based in the heart of Manchester, a UNESCO City of Literature, Manchester Poetry Library offers an extensive collection of contemporary poetry from books to recordings, in multiple languages. For those already passionate about poetry through to those at the beginning of their poetry journey, the Poetry Library’s programme, its space and its collection are a […]
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 […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Prize-giving and Exhibition (winners announced) Event: March 23rd 2020. There are three age categories: Junior: anyone aged between 11-14 by date of entry ; Intermediate: anyone aged between 15-18 by date of entry; Senior: anyone aged between 19-25 by date of entry. The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trus (HART) Prize aims […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. Our vision is for a world free from prejudice and discrimination. We’re looking for creative writing inspired by Anne Frank that helps us achieve that vision. Open to ages 10-15. Poetry categories judged by Anthony Anaxagorou. Story, essay or article categories judged by Bernardine Evaristo.
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 for 2021. PRIZE: 3 equal winners each to receive £1000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books The James Berry Poetry Prize will assist young and/or emerging poets of colour with mentoring to help them develop their work, followed by publication of their debut book-length collection with Bloodaxe Books. Devised by Bernardine […]
Open, closing 1 November 2021. The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize is the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical writers. Stories of between 800 and 2000 words can now be submitted until the closing date. Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. […]
Closed for 2021. Aged 13-17 and living in Warwickshire? The search is on for the Young Poet Laureate – the appointed poet will take part in events and activities across the county, under the mentorship of a professional poet.
Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives. They run programmes including Bookbug for young children, Live Literature events for all ages, writing prompts and awards. They promote reading engagement and create writing opportunities for everyone.
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.
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.
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 for 2020. Calling all budding children writers and artists! Create and submit your own story, poem or picture and enter our competition to become Fowey Festival Young Writer or Young Artist of the Year 2020. Entries from both individual children and schools are welcome. This competition is open to all children living in Cornwall […]
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.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. The Hippocrates Young Poet Prize for Poetry and Medicine is an annual international award for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. There is a category for young poets aged 14-18 with a small entry fee of £2 per poem. First prize £500.
Closed. The competition is open to Wirral Adults and Students of all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to both winners and runners up in each age category and they will be invited to attend a workshop hosted by a renowned local poet. The overall winner aged 18 or under will also become Wirral’s Young […]
Closed March 2020, re-opening 2021. Chester Cathedral, and Cathedral Poet In Residence, Julia McGuinness, are running a Young People’s Poetry Competition for poems of up to 40 lines on their 2020 theme of Journeys. Journeys can take many forms across distance and through time; over outer landscape or inner territory. Poems can also take many […]
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 […]
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, 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 […]
Poem Analysis is the largest database of poetry analysis on the internet, with a team of experts analysing poetry from the past and present for your pleasure to read and explore. Poem Analysis also have the largest Glossary of literary terms defined, to help readers understand everything there is to know in the world of […]
Foyle Young Poet Danique Bailey has always been passionate about diversity, but noticed that the world has been having more conversations about institutional racism due to recent police brutality. In response, she is celebrating the voices and creativity of Black poets by putting together a poetry anthology. If you have a poem that you’d like […]
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.
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. 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 […]
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 for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition is an annual competition run by Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre that is open to anyone aged 18 and over from anywhere in the world. There are two categories: Open and English as an Additional Language, and the winners in each category receive £1000 with £200 for the […]
Closed for 2019. Open to all young poets across Suffolk, 18 years old and under. Entrants may submit poems based on any theme, up to a maximum of 30 lines. There are two categories: Junior (7-11) Senior (12-18)
Closed for 2019, re-opening 2020. The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition 2020 calls for for entries on the theme of snowdrops, the James Allen story and Monochrome and Green as specified by judge, Jane Draycott. Three age categories: 11 & Under, 12 to 17, 18 & Over. The competition is free to under 18s and £4 […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening Autumn 2021. #Merky Books is an award-winning book publishing imprint launched by Stormzy and Penguin Random House UK in 2018. It is a home for underrepresented voices and provides a platform where their stories can be told, heard and uplifted. Our aim is to publish the stories that will allow a […]
Closed. POEM FOREST is a free nature writing prize that literally breathes life back into the natural world that sustains us. Created by Red Room Poetry, in partnership with The Australian Botanic Garden, POEM FOREST deepens our connection with nature by inviting students and communities to use their words to make positive climate action through poetry. For every nature poem […]
Closed. 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 for 2020. 16-18 and 19+ categories. For poems and essays on any aspect of the work or lives of the Romantics and their circles. Enter up to 2 poems or 2 essays. Essays should be no more than 1,500 words including quotations. For 16-18 year olds, for whom entry is free; there is also […]
Closed February 2020. Aged 15 or younger? To celebrate the Japan Rugby World Cup and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic Games, why not try writing a Haiku poem on the theme of ‘sports’? Let us know how it feels to score a goal or lose a game, jump up high or tumble down, run through grass […]
Closed for 2020. Check back in Autumn 2021. The 2020 shortlist will be announced in March & the winner/s in May 2021. A major new annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are […]
Closed 2021. Planet Magazine invites writers who have never published a book before to submit an essay of between 1,5000 – 2,000 words to their annual competition. The brief is extremely broad – Planet welcomes creative and unconventional ways of exploring the essay form as well as a more traditional style. Planet features writing which […]
Closed, may re-open. 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. This is an unprecedented opportunity for talented writers, screenwriters, poets and spoken word artists aged 16-30 to experiment and connect with BBC […]
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
Monthly creative writing classes for 11-16 year olds brimming with ideas and stories. Each session will have a different theme and be led by Cornish writers Olivia Lowry and Casey Bottono. What happens? Each session is full of discussion, short, fun exercises to get the creativity flowing and longer time to really get into your […]
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 February 2020, re-opening 2021. Voices 2020, Coram Voice’s annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers, is now open! The theme is ‘Dreams’, and children in care and care leavers are invited to write any piece on this under 500 words to be in with a chance of winning up to […]
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.
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 […]
Closed. 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 […]
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).
A Facebook group designed for both experienced writers and beginners aged 18+ to share their own poetry, guided by poet and retired Oxford Professor Lucy Newlyn. Lucy shares challenges weekly, prompting the group to explore a particular aspect of poetic craft as well as providing feedback on selected entries. Read more about Lucy here.
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 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.
Closed March 2020, re-opening 2021. Tall Tales, Short Stories celebrates 20 years of the V.S Pritchett Prize. The anthology contains the first 500 words of winning entries to the Prize and stories from past judges. We challenge those aged 14-18 to finish one of the stories with a new ending of their own!
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 March 2021. Public Menace’s first submissions window seeks poetry on the theme of protest from emerging writers. Supported by the UEA Publishing Project, Public Menace includes all submissions in an online archive, with a shortlist then selected for publication in a printed anthology.
Poetry Screen inspires and showcases the innovative work of young artists that combines poetry and film. Entrants make a film using recordings from the Poetry Archive, or their own poetry, written in response. Winning works receive a £200 royalty fee, and one will get a £2000 commission for new work. Entry is free.
The National Centre for Writing offers free online writing courses for all ages from 9-17 and lots of different themes – from How to Write Weird to Writing Interesting Characters.
Closed March 2021, re-opening 2022. Aged between 5 and 21 living in the UK? Enter a poem to win cash prizes of up to £300 and publication in a Festival book which will be on sale at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon and online.
A closed group on Facebook detailing opportunities for young writers 25 and under in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Closed for 2021, re-opening 2022. Calling all poets aged 18-25! The Roundhouse’s Poetry Slam is back for its 15th Year and we are in search of the next Slam Champion. By taking part, you’ll get a chance to Win a cash prize Make industry contacts & raise your profile. Showcase your talent in front of […]
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.
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.
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 […]
In Japanese poetry, kigo (季語) is the word or phrase used to indicate the season and it is often included in haiku to locate the poem in a particular time of the year. In these uncertain times of pandemic, we encourage you to express your feelings and experiences of this peculiar “season” using the creative […]
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 […]
Closed for 2020, re-opening spring 2021. The Poetry Society’s annual competition, open to poets aged 18 and over. Poems cost £7 to enter, then subsequently £4. Members get a free second entry. First prize £5000.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Open, closing October 15, 2021. This is a competition run by an organisation in the United States. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts winners receive financial awards, creative and […]
Closed in March 2021. Over the course of the Ledbury Poetry Critics scheme, you will be assigned a poetry critic mentor with experience reviewing for national journals, magazines (print and online) and broadsheet newspapers. This year, the LPC team is delighted to be joined by mentors Sandeep Parmar, Sarah Howe, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Jane Yeh, Will […]
Closed. This free competition is open to anyone 16 or under living in, or attending school in, Essex. Prizes will be awarded in four age categories, 7 and under, 11 and under, 14 and under, 16 and under. The title ‘Essex Young Poet of the Year’ will be awarded to the overall winner. Age is […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening early 2022. The poetry competition is open to writers of any nationality from any country aged 16+. The top three poems are entered for the Forward Prize for Poetry (Best Single Poem), an award not open to the general public. £10 per poem. First prize: £5,000. Bridport also have a special […]
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 22nd Christopher Tower Poetry Competition will open for entries on 7 October 2021, with students between 16-18 years of age challenged to write a poem on a set theme (yet to be announced). First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500. Find out more at www.chch.ox.ac.uk/towerpoetry.
Closed. Categories for KS1 and KS2 in English and Welsh. Enter a poem on diversity no more than 20 lines or 150 words. The judging panel includes former Premier League footballer Rio Ferdinand, singer and songwriter Olly Murs, Waterstone’s Children’s Laureate Lauren Child, poet Joseph Coelho. Casia Wiliam, current Bardd Plant Cymru (Welsh-language Children’s Poet […]
Closed for 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 […]
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.
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2022. 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, work or travel […]
Closed. Untold Stories: Poetry at English Heritage is a month-long programme which has been curated in collaboration with English Heritage’s Poet in Residence for 2020, Jacob Sam-la Rose. Launching on National Poetry Day (1 October) 2020 the programme includes new commissions, workshops, a competition and a public programme which will run throughout Black History Month […]
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 March 2020, re-opening 2021. The 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is now accepting entries from young Scottish poets or poets living in Scotland. With a prize of £20,000, the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is one of the largest in the UK. To enter, poets must submit an unpublished collection of poetry. The runner-up will […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 Letters Page is an online literary journal published by the School of English at the University of Nottingham. The journal’s aim is to explore the concept of correspondence in contemporary society. In doing so, we encourage people to send us creative pieces written in the form of a letter. Submissions are accepted on a […]
Open, closing 19 March 2021. Theme: The Unheard Voices of Conflict: Stories from Around the World The international competition features four categories: Poetry, Art, Speech and Song and is open to young people aged 9-18. Winners in the four categories will be invited to participate in unique experiences and invited to NSI’s special award ceremony […]
Open, closing 28 May 2020. Be #periodproud and take part in the Women and Girls Period Poetry Competition! Help to educate girls in India about periods with your flair for poetry by embracing this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day theme: it’s time for action. Any style or length is allowed – just go with the flow… […]
Closed for 2020. Obsidian is a one-week retreat for Black poets of African descent aged 18+ selected by application who want to advance their writing practice led by five black acclaimed tutors. Successful applicants will benefit from writing retreats, workshops and mentoring. It’s a long-term programme and the first ‘retreat’ will be online 30 November […]
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 […]
Discover effective techniques to analyse unseen poetry and learn about the creative writing process in this free online two-week course. This course is designed for students studying A-level English literature, language, history, and drama, and those looking to study English at university. It will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their critical […]
Closed for 2020. A writing competition for 14 to 30s from or based in Yorkshire, for poetry, flash fiction and stories. In these days of uncertainly for us all, with unexpected time on our hands, we’ve decided to bring back our Yorkshire-wide young and emerging writers competition as an outlet to channel creative energy and […]
Open, closing 27 November 2021. The East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition is now open for entries. This year’s theme is ‘My reasons to be cheerful’. If you can say the words, you can write the words. Express yourself through poetry, whatever shape or form, and you could win £75! The competition is open […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening summer 2022. The Forward/emagazine Creative Critics is an annual competition that invites 16-19 year-olds to write a poem in response to work shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Poetry. Sample poems from each book shortlisted for a Forward Prize are provided. Young poets are invited to read and think about these […]
Closed for 2019, 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 2021. Undertow: Polylingual Poets Please is a development program for young mixed heritage poets interested in working with multiple languages. We are looking to recruit 8 young people from across the UK for a series of workshops and surgeries to help develop them creatively and professionally. This programme will take place over 3 months, […]
Siblíní is a student-run art and literature magazine catering to student artists who wish for a unique showroom for their work.
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.
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 […]
Closed for 2021, re-opening spring 2022. Who can enter? The competition is open to any child in the UK, aged 16 or under and will be judged in three age categories: School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1) School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. Key Stage 2) School Years 7 – 11 (i.e. […]
The Purple Breakfast Review is a journal of creative writing, published quarterly, that specializes in the work of students, graduates and young people.
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.
Deadline annually is 31 October. The Eric Gregory Awards, for a collection by poets under the age of 30, are administered by the Society of Authors. Awards are given annually, for submissions of up to 30 poems, with prize money totaling up to £24,000.
Closed for 2020, re-opening 2021. The Poetry on Loan competition is for poems of up to 20 lines long from poets living, studying or working regularly in the West Midlands. There are separate categories for adult and young poets.
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 the Highlands of Scotland, the Moniack Mhor Young Writers’ Forum is at the heart of the writing centre’s youth programme.
HEBE is a poetry magazine that publishes the work of poets aged 18 and under.
Open on a rolling basis. Is money stopping you from taking part in music, dance or drama? National Youth Arts Trust grants music bursaries, dance bursaries and drama bursaries, up to £1,000 each, to talented young people aged 12-25 who can’t afford to access opportunities in the arts. A bursary typically pays for a year’s […]
The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 is now closed for entries. Best of luck to everyone who entered! The results will be announced in early October. The competition will re-open in Spring 2022. The competition is open to anyone aged 11-17. The deadline to enter your poem/s is midnight BST 31 July […]
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.
Closed 2021, re-opening Spring 2022. For underrepresented UK writers aged 18+. Submit one poem and/or one piece of prose. The Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. There are […]
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.
Closed. Open to any Year 12 and 13 students in the UK, with categories in Criticism, Fiction and Poetry. First prize £200 and publication in Cake Magazine, plus prizes for second and third place.
Closed for 2021. For poets aged 22+ (no upper age limit). Southbank Centre are looking for up to 15 poets who can flourish as part of the New Poets Collective. Whether you are still finding and honing your voice, or are on the cusp of developing your work for the page and stage, they want […]
Hypaethral Magazine is a new online platform for the arts. We seek to provide a home for UK university students to submit and showcase their work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Art can transport us out of isolation. We hope we can help.