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Mere Literary Festival Biennial Poetry Competition
Closing date: 26th June 2017.
Poems up to 40 lines.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, 3 x £15, juniors certificates of merit.
Entry fee: £3.50 for the first poem, £2.50 each subsequent, £1 juniors.
Email: info@merelitfest.co.uk
Website: www.merelitfest.co.uk

Creative Future Literary Awards
Closing date: 26th June 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 prize fund and development opportunities.
Free entry.
Looking for: Poetry up to 200 words, short fiction up to 300 words, by disadvantaged writers.
Email: literary@creativefuture.org.uk
Website: literary.creativefuture.org.uk

Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £750, £300, £200, local prize of £100.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: jennifer.smith850@tesco.net
Website: www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

Battered Moons Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: First prize, £700; second, £200; third, £100, plus four commendations of £25 each.
Entry fee: £5 for the first poem and £3.5 thereafter.
Looking for: Poems on any topic and style of up to 40 lines.
Further info: Open to all UK residents aged 18 or over. The 3 winners and 4 commended poets are invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 7th October 2017, when Malika Booker -  Guest Judge - will present the prizes and read from her own work.
For further information and to enter online, visit batteredmoons.com

The International Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition 2017
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: First Prize is €1,000 and Second Prize €500. Both winning poets will have their chapbook published and each receive 50 free copies, as well as being offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at Cork 2018 International Poetry Festival (www.corkpoetryfest.net).
Entry fee: €25 will be charged for each manuscript.
Looking for: Manuscripts must be 16 to 23 pages in length, in the English language and the sole work of the entrant.
Further details: Poems should be in English.
Website: munsterlit.ie/Fool%20for%20Poetry.html

Battered Moons Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: £700, £200, £100, 4 x £25.
Entry fee: £5, £3.50 for multiple entries.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines on any subject.
Email: batteredmoonsentries@gmail.com
Website: batteredmoons.com

London Magazine Poetry Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Looking for Poems up to 40 lines.
Prizes: £500, £300, £200.
Entry fee: £10.
Email: jessica.reid@thelondonmagazine.org
Website: thelondonmagazine.org

The Judith Khan Memorial Poetry Prize
Closing date: 30th June 2017.
Prizes: $250.
Free entry.
Looking for: up to three pages of poetry from writers from Pakistan or of Pakistani origin.
Website: desiwriterslounge.net/

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
Closing date: 13th July 2017.
Prizes: £1,000 and a week at Ty Newydd, £500, £250.
Entry fee: £5, £3.50 each subsequent.
Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines.
Website: www.poetry-festival.co.uk

Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Closing date: 14th July 2017.
Prizes: £300 in each category plus publication in Wasafiri.
Entry fee: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories, £15 for three categories.
Looking for: Poetry (up to five poems), fiction and life writing up to 3,000 words.
Email: wasafiri@open.ac.uk
Website: www.wasafiri.org

Suffolk Young Poets Competition
Closing date: 28th July 2017.
Prizes: Book tokens and the chance to perform at the Halesworth Arts Festival.

Free entry.
Looking for: Any poem by a child living in Suffolk.
Email: info@thepoetrytrust.org
Website: www.thepoetrytrust.org

David Burland Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50.
Entry fee: £8, £4 each extra.
Looking for: Poems, up to 40 lines,in any style.
Email: annaburland@btconnect.com
Website: www.davidburlandliteraryservices.com

Foyle Young Poets of the Year
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: Publication in an anthology, mentoring, Arvon writing residency.
Free entry.
Looking for: Poetry from writers aged 11-17.
Email: fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk
Website: www.foyleyoungpoets.org

Betjeman Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Free entry.
Poems on the theme of 'a sense of place' by poets aged 10-13 on 31st July.
Prizes: £1,000, shared by the poet and his or her school, 2 x £50, four tickets from St Pancras to Paris, Brussels or Lille for each of the top three entrants.
Website: www.betjemanpoetrycompetition.com

Winchester Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250.
Entry fee: £5, £4 for subsequent entries.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: entries@winchesterpoetryfestivaI.org
Website: www.winchesterpoetryfestival.org

Writers' Bureau Limerick Competition
Closing Date: 31st July 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize - £100 plus the choice of a Writers Bureau course.
worth over £350. 2 x Runners-up Prizes - £50 plus free membership to The Association of Freelance Writers worth £24.99. Winners will be published on the competition website and promoted on The Writers Bureau's social media platforms.
Entry fee: £5 for 4 limericks and £1 for each extra limerick.
Website: www.wbcompetition.com/index.html

IIkley literature Festival Short Story and Poetry Competitions
Closing date: 1st August 2017.
Pizes: £200 in the short story category, £200, £100 and £75 in the poetry category.
Entry fee: £5 per poem, £5 per short story.
Looking for: Short stories up to 500 words and poetry up to 30 lines, short stories up to 3,000 words.
Email: info@ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk
Website: www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017
Closing date: 7th August 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize: £500 plus a short reading at the fair and your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day; 3 x Runners Up: £50 to spend at fair plus a short reading at the fair and your poem displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day.
Entry fee: £5 one poem, or three poems £10.
Looking for: A short poem (14 lines max.) about 'Hope' or relating to the theme of Hope in some way.
Further details: Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
See www.bit.ly/PBFcompo2017 for full details and online entry.

Cheshire Prize for Literature
Closing date: 1st September 2017.
Prizes: £2000 for the winner, £750 shared between runners-up.
Entry fee: £0.
Theme: Children's Literature aimed at 7 to 14 year old children Looking for: Stories up to 1500 words or verse no more than 100 lines. Entrants must have lived, worked or studied in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton. Entrants must be 18 or over.
Website: www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017
Closing Date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Three poetry collections will receive initial 2-year publishing contracts. Cash prizes of £300 (First), £200 (Second) and £100 (Third). Each prizewinner will also receive 20 copies of the published book.
Entry Fees: £25.00 per collection.
Details: The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is now accepting entries for full length poetry collections in English Language, in any style, on any subject.  For the first stage of the competition, entrants are required to submit 20 pages of previously unpublished poetry which must form part of the eventual full collection by September 30, 2017. Collections submitted in the first stage should be submitted under pen names.
Judge: Roger Elkin, author of Marking Time and Fixing Things.
Contact: Enter online or download entry form at spmpublications.com/competitions/2017.html

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2017
Closing date: 10th October 2016.
Prizes: 1st prize is £100. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE.
Entry fee: 1 poem -  £3.50; 3 Poems - £8.00; 5 poems - £10.
Looking for: poetry on any subject.
Further details: 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. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
For further details and to enter online see www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

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