Open, closing 12 July 2019. 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 receive […]
Closed for 2018, re-opening later in 2019. Tower Poetry is based at Christ Church Oxford and runs a Summer School for Young Poets aged 18-23. Some places are allocated to winners of the Tower Poetry Competition for poets aged 16-18. Others are awarded after an application process each spring. The next summer school will be […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Closing. This festival is looking for poems in any poetry style, about science. It is free to enter for 5-16 year olds based in Oxfordshire who are at school or homeschooled. It will be judged in three age categories: School Year 2 and below (i.e. Key stage 1) School Years 3 – 6 (i.e. Key Stage 2) […]
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 winter 2019. 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 an adult category […]
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.
Streetcake is an online magazine for poetry, fiction and artwork. Currently accepting submissions.
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 […]
Open, closing 1 September 2019. 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 […]
Closed. With the theme of Peace, this poetry competition is open to children and young people in two age ranges: 7-12 and 13-16. Submissions should be made via the website thenationalschoolspoetrycompetition.com.
The Purple Breakfast Review is a journal of creative writing, published quarterly, that specializes in the work of students, graduates and young people.
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 book […]
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 2018. 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. First prize is pamphlet publication, plus a launch reading and up to £200 travel expenses. Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback from Hannah. The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in The Rialto and all shortlisted poets will have one on the Rialto website. […]
Closed, reopening 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.
Reopening 2019. 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 […]
The Good Journal is a quarterly literary journal showcasing the very best work by British writers and illustrators of colour. It follows on from the success of the bestselling, award-winning collection of essays, The Good Immigrant, presenting the most exciting new writers alongside more established names. The journal will launch in Spring 2018 and feature essays, […]
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.
Open, closing 30 June 2019. 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 judge Zoë Brigley Thompson and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton will both read all the […]
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.
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 […]
Open, deadline for applications is 6 May 2019. 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 […]
PoetryMagazines.org.uk gives free access to a digital library of 20th and 21st century UK poetry magazines from the Poetry Library collection. It has both recent sample issues and early editions from the archive. New issues are added regularly, as well as MP3 downloads read by the poets themselves.
Open, closing 3 July 2019. 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. The DSWF School’s Global Canvas Poetry Competition is for poetry-and-art projects by school groups. The theme for the 2016 competition is ‘Wild Wonders’. £20 entry fee per group.
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, and the theme for 2016 is ‘Welcome’. You must live in inner or Greater London.
Closed for 2019. The Chaucer Heritage Trust is holding its second school writing competition inspired by The Canterbury Tales. The theme of the competition is Magic and Trickery. In 500 words or less students aged 5-19 can choose to write one of the following: A poem or story about someone or something magical. A tale […]
Closed. 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 […]
Currently closed. 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 industry. The opportunity […]
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.
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, re-opening 2019. 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.
TOAST is a poetry organisation committed to the continued professional development of poets in the U.K.
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 […]
Poetry competition run by GCSE Poetry Live. Closed, reopens 2019.
New Writing North are delighted to be working with Creative Future, an organisation dedicated to developing under-represented artists and writers. Creative Future specialises in working with individuals who experience barriers to publishing or exhibiting their work, such as mental health issues, disability, identity and other social circumstances. This year, they are offering 4 sessions from […]
This competition opens 14 June 2019 and closes August 2019. 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 […]
Open for submissions in English till 14 June 2019. 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, and there is plenty of chocolate for the runners up. The competition has three categories: 7-11 year olds 12-17 […]
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 4 March 2019. The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trus (HART) Prize aims to engage young people (11 to 25 years old) in global issues by encouraging them to create written or creative pieces from conducting independent research. There are two competitions: the essay competition and the creative competition. Prizes include tea in the House of […]
Open, closing 17 June 2019. Students are invited to submit poetry, prose, film, visual art, and music that explore this year’s theme, Presence of Future: Climate Change and the Ocean. Students are asked to create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system that will be threatened, altered, or lost due to climate change. […]
A closed group on Facebook detailing opportunities for young writers 25 and under in Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
Open, closing 26 March 2019. 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 former Foyle Young Poet Phoebe Power. More info here.
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.
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.
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. 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 […]
HEBE is a poetry magazine that publishes the work of poets aged 18 and under.
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 […]
Closed. This Award celebrates the extraordinary talent of outstanding young writers aged 14-18 who live, work or go to school or college in Cumbria.
Based in Berlin, SAND is a nonprofit literary journal published twice a year by a team from the city’s international community. Featuring work by writers, translators, and artists from around the world, SAND seeks out fresh and underrepresented perspectives. We’re particularly interested in work by women, people from the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, and […]
Reopening 2019. 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 […]
What’s Your Story?’ is Scottish Book Trust’s brand new development programme for teenage writers & illustrators in Scotland.
Foxglove Journal is a new and exciting haven for poetry and short fiction. It showcases work that thrills, comforts and stimulates.
A poetry magazine with a different editor every issue. Magma’s aim is is to promote the very best in contemporary poetry. It may come from previously unpublished or emerging poets or the more established. Magma makes a point of including unknown poets alongside known names, and has published Seamus Heaney, Don Paterson, Sean O’Brien, Alice Oswald, Al Alvarez, […]
Closed. The Ilkley Literature Festival’s Apprentice Poet in Residence is an opportunity for an exceptional, emerging poet who is based in the Northern region and at the start of their career. As Apprentice Poet in Residence they will shadow this year’s Poet in Residence, Daljit Nagra. The apprentice will also spend time at Festival events […]
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 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 […]
Closed. ROPES literary journal published by MA in Literature & Publishing students at NUI Galway currently in its 27th year. They are currently seeking submissions for the 2019 publication. This year, their focus is diversity and we hope to unearth hidden voices that represent our modern and diverse society. For more information and guidelines, please check […]
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.
Closed. Respond to the poems on this year’s Forward Prizes shortlist. Read ten of the Forward shortlisted poems on the English and Media Centre website and choose one that appeals. They welcome two kinds of entries: either a short (500 word max.) essay or a poem plus a critical commentary. There are separate categories for […]
The Ted Hughes Young Poets award is for poets aged 6-10, 11-14 and 15-18, with a prize of £100 in each age category. Free to enter. Reopening 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Roundhouse is a young people’s arts centre which runs spoken word training programmes to develop writing and performance skills. They have a range of projects so keep checking their website for opportunities.
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 from 22 April 2018 and online. Closed, re-opening early 2020.
An Arvon residential writing course provides a nurturing environment where newcomers can begin writing, and existing writers can expand their skills and hone their craft. If you would like to attend an Arvon course and are under 18, you can encourage your school to organise a week at one of our centres. If you are […]
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 […]
Ilkley Literature Festival runs a weekly group for young writers aged 13 to 17, on Mondays during term-time. The group is based in Ilkley and any young writers from the Bradford, Skipton, Ilkley, Wharfe valley and Leeds areas are welcome to come along. The sessions cover writing of various genres and are led by professional […]
Closed. Cash prizes await for three winners of two age groups, plus the opportunity to appear in an anthology later in the year. Choice of subject, layout, and style are entirely your own. Just let your creative talents flow. Full details are available on the website and entry for junior categories is free.
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 […]
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.
Closed for 2018, reopening 2019. 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.
Barnet Borough Arts Council’s annual competition is open for submissions of poems on any subject. Small £1 entry fee for non-Barnet residents. With categories for 7-11 year olds and 12-16 year olds. Reopens 2019.
Little Green Pig Writing Project is a non-profit creative writing organisation for children and young people, based in Brighton & Hove, East Sussex. Our aim is to provide ‘a space to create for young writers’ where you can get support, encouragement, ideas and inspiration to help you write. If you are aged between 7 and […]
The Rialto is one of the UK’s leading poetry publications, and is published three times a year. Not currently accepting submissions.
Closed for 2018, reopening 2019. 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.
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, reopening in 2019. The Pushkin Prizes are awarded to young people in Scotland studying S1 or S2 (or equivalents). Entrants are invited to submit a portfolio of three pieces of writing, these might be poetry but they could also be fiction, drama, non-fiction or journalism. Ten winners receive places on a five-day residential creative […]
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 […]
Closed for 2018; re-opening late summer 2019. The prestigious Young Walter Scott Prize, the UK’s only creative writing prize specifically for budding historical writers, is open for entries until 31st October 2018. Entries are judged in two age groups – 11 to 15 years and 16 to 19 years. Any kind of fiction is accepted – prose, […]
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 […]
Closed, re-opening later in 2019. 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.
Free, monthly workshops for young people aged 16 to 25 across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsely (who do not attend a Hive group in South Yorkshire). Hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.
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 […]
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. Closed now, reopening 2019. First prize: £1,000 Second prize: £300 Third prize: £100 Plus 4 x £50
Closed. The theme of the 2016 Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month competition is great sporting or physical achievements. The National Association of Teachers of Travellers + Other Professionals invites young people up to 18 years old to express their ideas on this theme using any medium – a picture, a painting, a piece of writing or poem […]
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, closing 1 November 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)
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.
Open, closing Thursday 18 July 2019. 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.
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.
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 […]
Fun poetry lessons communicating a love of poetry from a qualified teacher. Free to access.
Open for entries! Closes 31 July 2019. The biggest poetry competition for young writers is once again open, looking for the very best poems by writers aged 11-17. This year’s prestigious poet judges are Jackie Kay and Raymond Antrobus. You must be aged 11-17 on the deadline of 31 July 2019 to enter. The Foyle Young […]
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 […]
Consider the two stone chairs that make up the ‘Hafez-Goethe Monument‘ in Weimar, Germany and write a poetic response. Categories for under 18s and over 18s; a piece in English and in German will be picked from each category, and all four prize-winners will win £250 each, plus workshops and performance. Judges include Ian McMillan and two […]
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 […]
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 […]
Closed. International award open to 13-18 year olds, for short stories. 1st Prize – £1,000
Open, closing 12 July 2019. 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 receive […]
Currently closed. Open to middle school, high school and college students (i.e. UK secondary, college, sixth form, and undergraduate university) living in the United States and internationally, the Golden Shovel Anthology Competition invites young adults to submit original poems that adhere to the Golden Shovel form following the competition rules. No fee is required to […]
Closed. Poets and short story writers aged 11-17 are invited to submit work inspired by a line from Mansfield Park: “She could scarcely see an object in that room which had not an interesting remembrance connected with it…” Prizes include goody bags, book vouchers and a writing workshop.
Open, closing Sunday 2 June 2019. The Creative Future Writers’ Award is the UK’s only national writing competition and high profile awards ceremony for under-represented writers. We showcase talented writers who lack opportunities due to mental health issues, disability, identity or other social circumstance. There are over £10k in cash and development opportunities in prizes, including publication and reading at our […]
Closed for 2019. Young Romantics is a new prize for 16-18 year olds, for poems and short stories inspired by the Romantics. Prizes include a week-long Creative Writing Course with Arvon. The theme for both poems and short stories this year is Lost Angels. The Judges are Matthew Sweeney and Kate Clanchy with Poet Laureate […]
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.
‘Word Up’ is the search to find the Young Poet Laureate for Worcestershire. It’s open to young people aged 13-19 who live in or go to school, college, university or a youth club in Worcestershire. Closed, reopening Autumn 2019.
Barbican Young Poets is a poetry workshop and community for budding young writers, which gives you the chance to create, craft and perform poetry and spoken word. By the end of the year, you’ll have produced a portfolio of work, contributed to a published anthology, and had experience of performing on the Barbican’s stages and […]
New Writing Cumbria is setting up a writing group for enthusiastic writers of poetry, novels, short stories, plays, film or TV script, blog posts, memoir, journalism, and other non-fiction. Work with professional writers, meet other young writers and publish and perform your work!
Closed in March 2019; re-opening 2020. All UK students, between 16-18, are encouraged to enter the 2019 Christopher Tower poetry competition. This year’s theme is ‘underwater’. First prize £3,000; second prize £1,000 and third prize £500.
Currently closed. Poetry By Heart is a national competition designed to encourage pupils aged 14-18 and at school and college in England to learn and to recite poems by heart. The competition is a pyramid of participation from individual classrooms to whole school/college contests, then county contests, regional semi-finals and the grand final. In the process, […]
The Coterie is the newest haven for creative and passionate students aged 12-18. They are looking for genuine, unique and thought-provoking forms of creative expression. Check out their website to find out more!
Open, closing 3 July 2019. 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 […]
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 2019.
Closed. An annual national competition hosted by Buxton Festival and the University of Derby. It has three categories: poets aged 18 and over, 12-17, and up to 11. Shortlisted poems are displayed during the Buxton Festival in the summer. Winners are announced at the annual awards ceremony in July.
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. Kirkgate Shopping has partnered with literacy charity Reading Matters to launch its annual ‘Bradford’s Young War Poet’ competition on National Literacy Day, Friday 8 September. Local schools, young writers and students of drama, speech and writing groups across the district are encouraged to write a poem on the topic of war. Email your poems to the address on the Kirkgate […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Far Off Places is a young magazine featuring creative writing and illustration which launched in spring 2013. It aims to create a stage for emerging writers to strut their stuff, both traditional and experimental.
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 […]
Open, closing 31 May 2019. 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.
Never Such Innocence asks 9-16 year olds to send poems or artwork in all languages, inspired by the events of the First World War. First prize is £400 split between the poet and the poet’s school; there are also prizes for second, third, and runners up in each language category.
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.
Mother Tongue Other Tongue is a national project, led by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, with regional events and competitions taking place throughout the year. Mother Tongue encourages children, who do not have English as a first language, or who speak a different language at home, to share a lullaby, poem or song from their […]
Closed for 2018, re-opening autumn 2019. 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.
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 […]
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 February 2019; re-opening early 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 […]
Closed for 2019. 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.
The Writing Squad is a group of motivated 16-21 year old writers who live, work or study in the north of England. We exist to help you develop your writing. Being part of the Squad is FREE. You just need to be able to get to our writing days in the north, have regular access […]
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 […]
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 […]
Based in the Highlands of Scotland, the Moniack Mhor Young Writers’ Forum is at the heart of the writing centre’s youth programme.
Originally founded in Cardiff, ‘Are You Lost Yet?’ is a UK-based creative zine and blog for 16-25 year olds. We feature poetry, creative writing, articles, illustration and photography. Accepting submissions year-round, we publish an annual printed zine, and are always looking for pieces to feature on our blog!
Open, closing 5 May 2019. The National Young Writers’ Awards is judged in 2018 by comedian and author David Walliams. It is a free writing competition for children aged 4 to 14 with the theme of HEROES. Winners awarded a trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 of books for their school. David Walliams will surprise the […]
Closed until further notice. Poetry Rivals is open to all poets in the UK and has categories for both under 18s and 18 and over. Note: there is an entry fee for adult entrants. Under 18s Entrants are invited to submit a poem on any subject and in any poetic style. Whether you want to put the […]
Poetry Digest, currently (as of summer 2013) “on hiatus”, is a compact biodegradable and/or edible literary magazine of new and existing poems, edited by Chrissy Williams and Swithun Cooper. Selected poems are published as small cakes. Given the limitations of the format, short poems are given preference over longer works. There is then a launch […]
Brittle Star is an international literary magazine that for a decade has been dedicated to publishing new poetry and short fiction. It has earned a reputation for providing a platform for writers at the beginning of their careers, many of whom have seen their work in print for the first time.
Closed. For poems in two age categories: under 8 and 8-11. Winners receive lots of signed books, and their schools receive books too. For more information visit their website.
Closed. 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 […]
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!
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Open, closing 15 August 2019. The Muslim Young Writers Award is for poems and short stories from 5-16 year olds. There are different categories for each key stage.
Closed. 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 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. 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. 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).
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 […]
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.
The sum of £20,000 will be awarded biennially for the best collection of poems, published or unpublished, by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. If the winner is an unpublished collection, the Edwin Morgan Trust will support its publication by a Scottish small press. The runner-up will receive funding to attend a short course […]
Closed for 2019. 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 […]
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. Voices 2019, Coram Voice’s annual creative writing competition for children in care and care leavers, is now open! This year’s judges include BBC news reporter Ashley John-Baptiste, rap artist Ric Flo, author Jenny Molloy and many more brilliant writers, authors, poets, and journalists. The theme is ‘Growing Up’, and children in care and care […]
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.
Closed in March 2019; re-opening early 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 […]
Open, closing at midnight, 31 July 2019. For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere across the British Isles. Write a poem on the theme of ‘place’. 2019 judges are poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon. The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2019 anthology. Finalists read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of […]
Closed. This 10-day festival in Kingston hosts around 200 events. They’re open for submissions by creatives, performers and people with big ideas aged 26 and under for their friendly, fringe-style festival in 2018. If you’re over 27 but your work is designed for young audiences, they’d love to hear from you too.
The Kindling is a brand new journal dedicated to supporting and publishing the best poetry written in universities across the UK and Ireland.
Reopening 2020. The Festival’s Young Writers Poetry Competition is on the theme of ‘summer’, with categories for 6-11 and 12-16 year olds. Free to enter. There are prizes for first, second and third place, plus winners are printed in an anthology and invited to a prize tea.
Closed. 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.
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. Aged 13-17 and living in Warwickshire? The search is on for the Young Poet Laureate for 2019 – the appointed poet will take part in events and activities across the county, under the mentorship of a professional poet.
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.
The Children’s Poetry Archive is the dedicated children’s version of The Poetry Archive. It is an online resource aimed specifically at children and young people that features recordings of contemporary children’s poets ready their own work. You can browse poems by theme or poet and also enjoy ‘Ask the Poet’ interviews and guided tours.
The Poetry Book Society is looking for poems by students. Entry is free to PBS members. Non-members must pay a £10 entry fee. 1st Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25, and 3 highly commended poems will receive PBS Associate membership. All the winners will have their poems published on the PBS website and […]
Closed. The Kendal Poetry Festival is taking place this year from 16 – 18 June 2017 at the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal, Cumbria. The line-up of poets includes Malika Booker, Ian Duhig, Inua Ellams, Hannah Lowe, and Young Poet-in-Residence Florence Jones.
Closed. Poetry competition for younger writers on the theme of ‘birds’. The competition has four age groups: under 7; 7 to 10; 11 to 14; and 15 to 18. Poems up to 20 lines. Entry is free.
Tuesday 22nd August – Friday 25th August. 11-18 year olds living in North Southwark – head along to Rewrite’s FREE week of creativity, using drama games and craft activities to unlock your imagination, create characters & produce stories! To book a place, or for more information, get in touch with Farha at email@example.com or 07575 743103. […]
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.
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.
Open, closes 27 September (5 pm AEST). 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 […]
Closed. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 17 and 24 (inclusive). This prize runs alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 32 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of twelve pages of […]
Writing groups and opportunities for young writers and writers of all ages in Cumbria.
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.
Siblíní is a student-run art and literature magazine catering to student artists who wish for a unique showroom for their work.
Cuckoo Review is a bi-annual online literary magazine, written and edited for young writers aged 15-23, which aims to showcase the best quality work and support emerging talent. Please note that Cuckoo Review is currently taking a break. Sign-up for our young people’s mailing list using the link below to be the first to hear about […]
Open, closing 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 […]
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.
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 […]
Enter this annual competition for the coveted title of Fenland Poet Laureate and share your passion for poetry! The Young Fenland Poet Laureate position is open to all young poets across Fenland aged 10-17. The competition is looking for poems that represent and relate to the theme of ‘Fenland’. You can interpret the theme as broadly […]
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 2019 will be celebrated on Thursday 3 October 2019. The theme is ‘Truth’.
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.
Reopening 2019. Writing East Midlands presents the Solstice Prize, for young writers aged between 10 and 17 years old. You can enter up to 40 lines of poetry or a short story of up to 1000 words on any subject. The competition is completely free to enter, and there are some great prizes up for grabs. […]
The 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!
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 publishing houses. Participants will be […]
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. 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 […]
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.
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.
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 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.