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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The Manchester Writing Competition offers the UK's biggest literary awards for unpublished work, offered by the country's most successful writing school.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Open to anyone 18 or over to enter an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines.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The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world's most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone internationally who is 18 or over.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.

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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

The Bridport Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 May 2020
Entry: 
Eligibility and entry fee Poetry, Short Story and Flash Fiction open to unpublished work from any writer writing in English over 16. Novel Award restricted to UK writers. Entry fee: £10 per poem, £12 per story, £9 for flash fiction and £20 per novel
Prize: 
Poetry and Short Story 1st Prize £5,000, 2nd Prize £1,000, 3rd Prize £500. Flash Fiction 1st Prize £1,000, 2nd Prize £500 and 3rd Prize £250. Novel Award 1st Prize £1500, 2nd Prize £750 and 3 awards of £150.

The Bridport Prize has four sections: Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction and Novel Award.

Read the Rules carefully, as they have different prizes, rules and entry fees.

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Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 August 2020
Entry: 
Open to all. Entry fee Poetry entries £12 | Short Fiction entries £18 but offer if enter by 10 May
Prize: 
£1,000 awarded to both the Poetry and Short Fiction winners, and publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Anthology, which is awarded to 60 writers, shortlisted by the judging panel.

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Award is an international literary prize that is a hotbed for new talent in Poetry and Short Fiction. Now in its 14th year, the Prize supports both emerging and established writers. By entering, writers can showcase their work to key industry figures and organisations including The Poetry SocietyLively and well-presented UK site supporting poetry with 4,000 members internationally and some thoughtful content. www.poetrysociety.org.uk, Granta, VINTAGE and more.  Read more

Title Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020

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Closing date: 
31 July 2020
Entry: 
11-17 year olds from all over the world writing in English. No entry fee
Prize: 
All 100 winning poets (top 15 and 85 commended) will be notified in early September 2020 and invited to an award ceremony in October 2020

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is open.

Enter now!

We are still running the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award during the covid 19 crisis and we cannot wait to receive your poems.  Read more

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2020

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Closing date: 
31 May 2020
Entry: 
Open to all No entry fee £6 for first poems, then a sliding scale
Prize: 
1st Prize £500, 2nd Prize £250 and 3rd Prize £100

Judge Sally Spedding

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £250
3d Prize - £100
plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries and publication in a future anthology.

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The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020

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Closing date: 
31 March 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets across the world over the age of 16. Entry fee €14 per poem
Prize: 
€1,000

If you have written a poem you think would appeal to 7-11-year olds, then why not enter the The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2020? The prize is open to anyone over 16, and the poem can be on any subject.  Read more

Emma Press open submission 2020

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Closing date: 
24 January 2020
Entry: 
Open to all poets internationally. Entry fee £10
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Publication

Children's and adult pamphlet categories


The Emma Press is calling for submissions of poetry manuscripts, with the deadline set for 24 January. There are two categories: pamphlets for adults and collections for children. The judges will be publisher Emma Dai'an Wright and poet Edward van de Vendel.  Read more

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