Café Writers Open Poetry Competitionn 2023

Open for entries until November 30th

Martin Figura: sole judge; no sifting.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd £300; 3rd £200
Five Commended Prizes of £50
Norfolk Prize £100
Best poem from a permanent resident not winning another prize.

Zoom Prizewinning event: @ Café Writers on 11th March, 2024

Fee: £4; £10/3, then £2 per poem.

Free entry, 1 poem, to any UK resident
for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive

Length: 40 lines
Café Writers, 85, Gertrude Rd, Norwich, NR3 4SG
Check website for full rules: www.cafewriters.co.uk

SWC Annual Open Short Story Competition 2023
Deadline: 31st October 2023
Chief Judge: John Maguire
No theme, original unpublished work only.
First Prize: £200, Second Prize: £100, Third Prize: £50
2000 words maximum
Entry fee is £3 per story or four stories for £10
Online and Postal entry available
5 Carrwood Park Southport, Merseyside,PR8 5FA
Full details and online entry  at http://www.swconline.co.uk

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:

https://www.dempseyandwindle.com/competition.html

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

www.stephen-spender.org/stephen-spender-prize/

FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND ANNUAL COMPETITION 2023
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

PROVERSE PRIZE

FOR UNPUBLISHED FICTION,

NON-FICTION OR POETRY

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

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PROVERSE PRIZE: SINGLE POEMS

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

THE FINGAL POETRY PRIZE 2023

AN FIACH DUBH 2023
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

THE FINGAL POETRY PRIZE 2023
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

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