Category: UK Poetry Competitions

Uncover the best poetry competitions waiting for your unique voice. From local contests to international awards, find the perfect platform to express your creativity and compete with poets worldwide. Enter now!



Calling all poets and wordsmiths of 2023! Are you ready to unleash your creativity and have your words echo in the hearts of many? Look no further! We’ve curated a comprehensive list of this year’s most exciting poetry competitions. From the charm of local contests to the prestige of international awards, our guide offers a diverse range of opportunities for poets of all styles and experiences. Whether you’re a budding poet or a seasoned versifier, these competitions provide the perfect stage to showcase your talent and gain recognition. Dive in to find the contest that resonates with your poetic spirit and prepare to make your mark in the world of poetry.

  1. Cafe Writers Open Poetry Competition: Norwich’s Cafe Writers invites entries for their annual contest. Poems should be no more than 40 lines. Prizes up to £1,000. Entry: £4 per poem or £10 for three.
  2. Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition: Hosted by Munster Literature Centre, this contest accepts poems up to 40 lines in English. Prizes include cash, festival feature, and publication. Entry: 7 euros each or 30 euros for five.
  3. CMS Poetry Competition: The Cambrian Mountains Society seeks poems up to 40 lines themed around Uplands. Open internationally. Prizes in various categories. Entry fee varies; free for society members.
  4. Prole Laureate Poetry Competition: Prole’s annual competition is open for poems of any length and style. Winners will be published in Prole and receive cash prizes. Entry fee: £3 for the first, £2 for subsequent entries.
  5. Moth Poetry Prize: Hosted by The Moth magazine, this contest accepts poems of any length and subject. Prizes include 6,000 euros for the winner. Entry fee: 15 euros.
  6. Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Poetry Competition: Part of the Snowdrop Festival, this competition’s theme is Nature Unbound. Open for poems up
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The Poetry Society competitions


Are you a poet at heart, waiting for the perfect platform to showcase your talent? Look no further! The Poetry Society Competitions are calling all aspiring and established poets to put their skills to the test. Whether you’re a seasoned wordsmith or just starting out, their competitions offer a unique opportunity to get your work noticed and appreciated. From classic sonnets to modern free verse, we welcome all styles and themes.

Don’t miss this chance to join a vibrant community of poets, gain recognition, and possibly even win exciting prizes. Enter now and let your poetic voice be heard!

The Poetry Society competitions distribute a total of £16,000 worth of prizes annually, showcasing and honoring poets at various points in their literary journeys. In addition to the monetary rewards, recipients are also provided with valuable resources to enhance their growth as writers, such as educational programs, books, membership benefits, and opportunities for publication. These competitions and prizes hold significant importance in The Poetry Society’s mission and play a pivotal role in their overall efforts.… Read the rest