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StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition

Win the chance to read your poem on the radio, plus book token prizes.

StoryTown Corsham is an annual celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. Corsham is famous for its peacocks, which are often found strutting along the town’s cobbled pavements, gathering on roof tops or admiring themselves in shop windows. Meanwhile, their symbolism – everything from vanity to immortality – spreads its feathers far beyond the town, across many cultures of the world.

So, the StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition is inviting poem on the theme of peacocks.

There are three age categories: Under 11s, 11-17 and 18 and over

The winner in all three age categories will be invited to read their poem on The Poetry Place poetry magazine programme on West Wilts Radio. They will also each win a £20 book token.
One runner up in each category will receive a £10 book token.

The judge is poet and broadcaster Dawn Gorman, who will read all the entries.

Lockdown Poetry
Write a poem about your pet.
Attach a photograph and enter the Perfect-Pets Poetry competition.
1st Prize £100
Plus other prizes
Closes 31st. June 1st. 2021

Have fun…

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the biggest prizes in the world for a single unpublished poem. The prize is open to anyone, from anywhere in the world.

1st prize €6,000, plus three runner-up prizes of €1,000.
A further eight commended poets will each receive €250.

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 Ireland in the spring.

Judge: Nick Laird

Thurs 31 Dec 2020

Kent and Sussex Poetry Open Competition 2021

Kent and Sussex Poetry Open Competition 2021
The Kent and Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition 2021 is now open for entries.

Seven prizes on offer:

1st Prize: £1000
2nd Prize: £300
3rd Prize: £100
4th Prize: 4 x £50

The winners will be published online and in the annual Folio pamphlet.

The judge this year is poet and editor Rishi Dastidar, whose most recent collection, ‘Saffron Jack’, is published by Nine Arches Press.

Rishi Dastida

Poetry Kit International Poetry Competition

This year’s Poetry Kit International Poetry Competition is for poetry in English on the theme or subject of “home” which can be broadly interpreted and presented in any form or style.
There are no style or length restrictions, but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.

1st prize – valued at £210 (this includes membership of the Poetry Kit’s mentorship program)
2nd prize – £50

Jim Bennett

Jim Bennett

Café Writers Open Poetry Competition 2020

1st Prize, £1000
2nd Prize, £300
3rd Prize, £200
Plus five commended prizes of £50
The Norfolk Prize, £100 (For the best poem from a permanent Norfolk resident not winning another prize)

Sole Judge Helen Ivory:
Helen Ivory is a poet and visual artist. She edits the webzine Ink Sweat and Tears and is tutor and Course Director for the UEA / National Centre for Writing online creative writing programme. She has won an Eric Gregory Award and her fifth Bloodaxe Books collection, The Anatomical Venus, was short-listed for the East Anglian Book Awards (2019) and won the East Anglian Writers ‘By the Cover’ Award (EABA 2019).

Helen Ivory

Poets & Players Reemergence Prize

A poetry competition with the theme of ‘Reemergence’


MON 16 NOV 2020


Wales Poetry Award sponsored by Literature Wales

A national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry

FRI 27 NOV 2020

“Full Fat Collection – Quatre” Competition

Hedgehog Press announce their fourth, Full Fat Poetry Collection Competition,that will see the winner published in paperback book form by The Hedgehog Poetry Press during 2021.


Littoral Press Full Collection Competition

Littoral Press is running a competition for collections where half or more of the poems comply with a nature/spirit/environment theme.

The collection must be a minimum of 48 pages to a maximum of 100 pages (between 42 and 96 poems).

60 copies of the winning collection will be published.  50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet – UK mainland.

MON 30 NOV 2020

Wolverhampton Literature Festival Poetry Competition

On November 1st 2020, Wolverhampton Literature Festival opens its fourth poetry competition to poets from across the globe.

This year’s theme is ‘aspects of love’, which participants can use as a prompt to explore love in any of its different forms.

1st prize – £400
2nd prize -£150.
3rd prize – three prizes of £25.

Judge:   Liz Berry.

Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21

The Magma Poetry Competition 2020/21 is now open, accepting submissions for both the Judge’s Prize and the Editor’s Prize.

Award-winning poet Theresa Lola is the judge for the Judge’s Prize for poems of 11 to 50 lines.

The Editors’ Prize is judged by a panel of Magma Editors and is for poems of up to 10 lines.

Prize for both the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize:
First Prize – £1000
Second Prize – £300
Third Prize – £150

The six prize-winning poems will be published in Magma and there will also be five special mentions for the Judge’s Prize and for the Editors’ Prize. Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Magma Competition Event in Spring 2021.

Fri 15 Jan 2021


Teignmouth Poetry Festival Competition 2021

The Teignmouth Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021 is now open for poems written on any subject, up to a maximum of 36 lines. There are two aspects to the competition: the Festival Open Poetry Competition, which is open to everyone, and the Local Competition, which is open only to Devon residents.

Festival Open Poetry Competition


1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £250

3rd Prize – £100

Local Competition – all of Devon


1st Prize – £100

2nd Prize – £50

3rd Prize – £25

Judge: Alasdair Paterson


MON 01 MAR 2021


The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2021

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize is an annual prize for an unpublished poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11.Every year since 2015, The Caterpillar Poetry Prize has been awarded to a single poem by a single judge – among them John Hegley, Chrissie Gittins and Roger McGough.Previous winners include Louise Greig, Coral Rumble, Laura Mucha and (last year) Fergal McNally.


Closing Date

Wed 31 March 2021

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place – these terms will be given a wide interpretation by the judge.


1st prize – £1000

2nd prize – £500

3rd prize – £250


A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen, the location of his long term research studies of cuckoos.

Judge: Dalgit Nagra

Ware Poets

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2021

1st – £600;
2nd – £300;
3rd – £150
plus Ware Sonnet Prize £150

Fri 30th April

East Riding Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The East Riding Festival of Words poetry competition is now open for entries. This year’s theme is “My companion, my best friend.”

Entries will be judges by a panel of published Yorkshire poets, including James Nash.

There are 14 prizes available this year, with £500 for the first placed adult.

The Young Poets categories are spilt into Primary School aged and Secondary School aged, with a £75 first prize for each category.

Adult submissions (17+) have a fee of £4 per poem. School aged children, submissions are free.

Fri 15 Jan 2021  SAT, 23 JAN 2021
11.00AM – 12.30PM
Join us for a poetry extravaganza, where we celebrate the winners of the Festival of Words 2019 poetry competition, hear from our judges and listen to the prize winning poems.