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The Bedford Competition
International & Short Story & Poetry Awards
Short Story Competition – up to 3000 words.
Poetry Competition – up to 40 lines on any theme.
TBC is a non-profit group, all net proceeds going to charities
Short story judge, Tim Jarvis. Poetry judge, Kirsten Norrie/MacGillivray
Details: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk
Prizes: £1500, £300 and £200
All entries go into the main competitions;
those aged 17 to 25 or Bedford residents qualify for special prizes as well.
Entry fee: £7.50 or 3 for £15. Students, £5 or 3 for £10.
Closing date: 31 October 2023

‘Sonnet or Not’ 2023
Cannon Poets invite poems of 14 lines.
First Prize £500
Judge: Gregory Leadbetter
Full details: www.cannonpoets.org.uk
or from Hon. Sec. Cannon Poets, 22, Margaret Grove, Birmingham, B17 9JH
Closing date 31st October

Second Light Poetry Competition
for Long and Short Poems by Women 2023

Myra Schneider has agreed to judge the Second Light Poetry Competition 2023.
As always, the theme is open, and first prizes are awarded in two categories:
Short (50 lines or under) and Long (over 50 lines).
2nd & 3rd prizes may be from either category.
Winners and Commended poets will notified by 30th September
and the poems published in ARTEMISpoetry Issue 31 (November 2023),
either in full or extract. This is one of very few competitions where poems
previously published in a magazine only (in print or online) are eligible.
MYRA SCHNEIDER has published 16 collections, the latest Siege and Symphony.
A new collection, Believing in the Planet, is due out from Poetry Space this year.
She has tutored for The Poetry School and Second Light and has published
several guides to poetry writing.
£325 First Prize for each of Long (no upper limit) and Short (max 50 lines) poems
£175 Second Prize (1 poem from either category);
£100 Third Prize (1 poem from either category)
Winning & Commended Poems published (in full or extract) in ARTEMISpoetry
We aim to offer Winners a reading (may be online).
Deadline Thursday 20th July
Entry: £8 each per long poem. Short poems: £6 each or £11 for 3, £16 for 8.
 Enter by post (preferred; 2 copies):

Dilys Wood, 3 Springfield Close, East Preston, West Sussex, BN16 2SZ
 or online: http://www.secondlightlive.co.uk/news.shtml#comp23

Dempsey & Windle’s Vole
Summer Poetry Competition 2023

Open for national and international entries

until 31st July 2023

Cash prizes and a competition anthology.

All details are on our website:


Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry in Translation

Translate a poem from any language into English – open to all

Special commendations for first-time entrants

Categories: Open (adult); 18-and-under; 16-and-under; 14-and-under

Top prize of £1,000

Entry fee £9 per poem (free for 18-and-under)

All winning entries published in a booklet

Judges: Khairani Barokka; Daljit Nagra; Samantha Schnee

Special ‘Spotlight’ prize for translation from Urdu, judged by Sascha Aurora Akhtar

Closing date: 15th July

41 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JF


Five categories, poetry
(any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each),
short stories
(any number, between 501 and 2000 words each),
flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words),
Gaelic and Scots (poetry, flash fiction and short story,
line and word limits as above).
Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10.
Brian Whittingham Memorial Prize £50.
Open entry. Closing date for the competition 18 August 2023
Entry fee is £4 for each entry
For full rules go to https://www.federationofwriters.scot/competition




For unpublished book-length works; over 18s         

1st Prize: HKD10,000/@ £800/$1,200 and publication

Supplementary prize(s) may be awarded

Fee: £37.20. Length: 75,000-100,000 words; poetry: 4-5000 words

Full rules, details and entry form obtainable from:  www.proversepublishing.com/

Closing date: 30 June



Poems previously unpublished in English

1st prize; $100; 2nd prize: $45;

3rd prizes (up to four winners): $20 each.

For UK, prizes will be in sterling

Prize-winning entries may be published

on the website, proversepublishing.com or the Proverse Newsletter

Selected entries may be published in a Pbk/Ebk anthology

No maximum number of entries per person

But NB maximum one prize per entrant; no maximum for anthology inclusion

Fee: £12 per poem (by PayPal)   Length: 30 lines maximum

Topic for 2023: ‘Space’. Or free choice.

Full rules, details and entry form obtainable from:  www.proversepublishing.com/

Closing date: 30 June


Irish Language Competition
Open to all writers
Opens for entries May 1st
Entries must be submitted by June 30th
The winner will receive €500
with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place
Judge: Paddy Bushe
Part of the Fingal Poetry Festival
Prize giving ceremony in Skerries, September 16th
For rules and full details of how to enter,
please see website: https://fingalpoetryfestival.com

English Language Competition
Open to all writers
Opens for entries May 1st
Entries must be submitted by June 30th
The winner will receive €500
with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place
Judge: Jessica Traynor
Part of the Fingal Poetry Festival
Prize giving ceremony in Skerries, September 16th
For rules and full details of how to enter,
please see website: https://fingalpoetryfestival.co

Winchester Poetry Prize 2023 opens for entries

Winchester Poetry Festival opens the ever-popular Winchester Poetry Prize for submissions.

Winchester Poetry Festival is calling on poets from around the world to submit their best, unpublished work to be in with a chance of winning £1000. Poems can be on any subject and in any form or style but must be written in English and be no more than 40 lines.  This year, we are pleased to announce that our 2023 Winchester Poetry Prize judge, is multi-award winning poet and author, Zaffar Kunial

Winchester Poetry Prize offers prizes for poems judged as being the top three, with a special prize for the best poem by a poet living in Hampshire. The Winchester Poetry Prize is one of the few literary competitions where the winners are announced live at the Award Ceremony with no knowledge of their placing in advance. Additionally, Winchester Poetry Festival also publishes all winning and commended poems in a competition anthology which is also launched at the live ceremony.

This exciting prize-giving event will take place in front of a live audience at The ARC, Winchester, as part of the Winchester Poetry Festival programme 13-15 Oct 2023. 

Zaffar Kunial says:

I’m really looking forward to reading your poems, and whatever their subject and whatever their style. Good luck!”

Chair of Winchester Poetry Festival, Jane Bryant, says:

“The Winchester Poetry Prize has grown in popularity since its inception in 2016.  It acts as a creative catalyst for some tremendous poets and writers locally, nationally, and internationally. We welcome entries from all writers.  Last year we were delighted to receive poems from over 2000 people from more than 35 countries.  What a fabulous indication of the value of poetry in people’s professional and personal lives.”

Managing Partner at Paris Smith (lead sponsor), Huw Miles says:

“We are honoured to continue our support of the Winchester Poetry Prize, an inspiring and significant platform celebrating the power of words and the vital role poetry plays in our society. As a firm that values creativity, innovation and diversity, we believe the arts – and poetry, in particular – possess the unique ability to capture emotions, challenge perspectives and foster connections between people. The Winchester Poetry Prize is a fantastic opportunity for both established and emerging poets to showcase their talent.  We are thrilled to be part of this journey in nurturing the literary arts. Our partnership with this esteemed competition reaffirms our commitment to supporting the creative community and helping to amplify the voices of these gifted writers, whose works enrich our world in so many ways.”

Winchester Poetry Prize is an annual competition that attracts writers of all abilities from all over the world. Entry is £6 for the first poem, and £5 for subsequent poems. There is a pay-it-forward scheme originally set up by 2020’s competition winner, Lewis Buxton. This enables those who can afford to enter the competition to support emerging poets who cannot. Details of how you can contribute to, or benefit from, this scheme can be found here: www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize

The competition closes at 23:59 on 31 July  2023. Poems can be submitted by email or by post.

Further details, including guidelines and how to enter can be found on the website: www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org/prize


Wirral Poetry Festival. Open Poetry Competition 2023
Closing date 26 May
Open prizes adjudicated by David J Costello; Wirral Prizes by Pauline Rowe
Open prizes:1st prize £250, 4 £25 runner-up prizes.
Wirral prizes (for entrants living/working in Wirral):
1st Prize £100, 2 £25 runner-up prizes
Entry: £4 per poem / £10 for 3 poems
Enter online at www.wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk
Winners to be notified by  7 July 2023
and invited to a competition celebration during the Wirral Poetry Festival in October

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