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James Berry Poetry Prize

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Closing date: 
1 July 2021
Entry: 
Open to poets of colour, who are UK residents who have not yet published a book-length collection, special consideration given to LGBTQ+/disabled poets and poets from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. No entry fee.
Prize: 
3 equal winners each to receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books

PRIZE: 3 equal winners each to receive £1,000 prize, expert mentoring & debut collection published with Bloodaxe Books  Read more

The 2021 International Book and Pamphlet Competition

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Closing date: 
1 March 2021
Entry: 
Open internationally. Entry fee £28, £25 to subscribers to The North
Prize: 
Publication by Smith|Doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books

The 2021 International Book & Pamphlet Competition is now open for entries

Judged by Daljit Nagra & Pascale Petit

DEADLINE: last post on Monday 1st March 2021, or midnight on Monday 1st March 2021 for online entrants.

ENTRY FEE: £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.  Read more

Gingko Prize for Ecopoetry 2020

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Closing date: 
31 October 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets from across the world Entry fee: first submission £7 then £4 for each additional poem.
Prize: 
First prize £5,000, second prize £2,000 and third prize £1,000

The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry is a major international award for poems embracing ecological themes.

The first prize is £5,000, second prize is £2,000 and third prize is £1,000.

Open to all poets of 18 and over fro all over the world.


Our Judges  Read more

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 December 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets over 16 for an unpublished poem. Entry fee €15 per poem
Prize: 
1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000 and eight commended poets will each receive €250

The prize is for an unpublished poem, and entrants (over 16) are welcome from anywhere in the world.

The four shortlisted poems will be published in the spring 2021 issue of The Moth and the overall winner will be announced at a special award ceremony at Poetry IrelandThe website of the Irish National Poetry Organisation, offering a resource centre, introductions and readings from new and emerging poets resident in Ireland. www.poetryireland.ie in the spring.

There is an entry fee of €15 per poem.

This year's judge is Nick Laird.  Read more

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
28 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets internationally for unpublished poems. Entry fee £5/€6/$7 per poem
Prize: 
1st Prize £2,000, 2nd Prize £1,000 and 3rd Prize £500 plus 20 commendeds

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

Judged by Mona Arshi and Mark Doty

First prize £2,000
Second prize £1,000
Third prize £500
plus 20 commendeds

Submit via e-mail, not by post, by 28 September 2020

Judges will read all poems submitted

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Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
14 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries
Prize: 
Winners in each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is excited to launch its 2020 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

Categories: Open and English as an Additional Language.

Deadline: 14 September 2020

£1000 to winners.  Read more

2020 Manchester Writing Competition

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Closing date: 
18 September 2020
Entry: 
Open to writers across the world. Entry fee £18
Prize: 
Two £10,000 prizes are awarded: the Manchester Poetry Prize for best portfolio of poems and the Manchester Fiction Prize for best short story

The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country's most successful writing school. The Competition was established in 2008 by Carol Ann Duffy (UK Poet Laureate 2009-19) and has awarded more than £195,000 to writers.  Read more

Women Poets' Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
14 August 2020
Entry: 
Open to all women poets of 18 and over resident in the UK and Northern Ireland. No entry fee
Prize: 
Awarded every two years to three women writers who each receive a package combining 'financial aid, creative development, well-being, and pastoral support'. This includes a £1000 bursary.

The Women Poets' Prize 2020 has opened for submissions.  Read more

The National Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
31 October 2020
Entry: 
Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines. Entry fee £7 for first entry, £4 for subsequent entries
Prize: 
First Prize: £5,000, Second Prize £2,000 and Third Prize £1,000, 7 Commendations £200

The National Poetry CompetitionAnnual poetry prize run by the UK-based Poetry Society established in 1978; accepts entries from all over the world; over 10,000 poems submitted each year

The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world's most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone internationally who is 18 or over. It is judged anonymously and has been won by celebrated poets and by newcomers.

Ten Prizes  Read more

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 July 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets aged 16 or over. Entry fee £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems
Prize: 
First Prize: £1,000, 2nd Prize: £500, 3rd Prize: £250

Judge: Andrew McMillan

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 are now open.

We will hold a special prize-giving event on Saturday 10 October 2020. This event will be online due to the current restrictions on gatherings. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.  Read more

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