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WEEKLY COMPETITION - Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition
Closing date: last week of January 2018.
At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal's anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.
Website: www.obheal.ie/five-words-poetry-competition/

Manchester Poetry Prize
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: £10,000.
Entry fee: £17.50.
Looking for: Portfolio of poetry (3-5, max 120 lines).
Email: writingschool@mmu.ac.uk
Website: www2.mmu.ac.uk/writingcompetition/poetry-prize/

Hammond House Publishing Competitions 2017
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Short stories £600, £100, £50; Poems £250, £50, £25; Scripts £100 and recorded production.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short stories between 2,000 and 7,000 words, Poems up to 40 lines and Script length for the Screenplay Competition is of a minimum of 10 and maximum of 15 mins duration on the theme of 'Eternal'.
Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com

Salopian Poetry Society's Annual open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: 1st - £150; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £50.
Entry fee: £3, 4 poems for £10, £15 for 6.
Looking for: Poetry, up to 42 lines.
Email: salopeot@hotmail.com
Website: www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: $1,500 in each category, ten $100 honorable mentions.
Entry fee: $12.
Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines.
Email: adam@winningwriters.com
Website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry

Poetry Rivals 2017
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: Pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Poems of any length. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform at a live slam final.
Website: www.poetryrivals.com

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

Salopian Poetry Society's Annual Open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 1st October 2017.
Prizes: £150, £100, £50, 10 x £50 consolation prizes.
Entry fee: £3, 4 poems for £10, £15 for 6.
Looking for: Poetry, up to 80 lines.
Email: salopeot@hotrnail.com
Website: thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk

Troubadore International Poetry Prize
Closing date: 16th October 2017.
Prizes: £2,000, £1,000, £500, plus smaller prizes.
Entry fee: £6, €7, $7.50 for the first poem, £4, €5, $5 for any subsequent poems.
Looking for: Poems, up to 45 lines.
Email: Coffpoetry@aol.com
Website: www.coffeehousepoetry.org

The Poetry Kit Summer Competition 2017
Closing date: 23rd October 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize is £100. Selected 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. 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.
Further details: Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
Email: Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org after an appropriate fee is paid by PayPal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
For further details and to enter online see www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017
Closing Date: 31st October 2017.
Entry Fee: £15 per submission.
Prizes: Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning  Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet.
Publication: Summer 2018.
Submission: Full poetry pamphlet sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks.
Postal entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to 'IDP' or via PayPal. Email via PayPal only.
See full submission rules at: www.indigodreams.co.uk/pamphlet-prize/

Eric Gregory Trust Fund Awards
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: A share of up to £24,000.
Free entry.
Looking for: For a published or unpublished volume of no more than 30 poems by a UK author under the age of 30 on 31st March 2014.
Email: info@societyofauthors.org
Website: www.societyofauthors.org

Flambard Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, £250.
Entry fee: £5 per group of five poems.
Looking for: Best group of five poems by a poet who has not published a single-author collection.
Further info: Judges are Ellen Phethean and Rebecca Goss.
Email: ncenla@ncl.ac.uk
Website: www.ncl.ac.uk/competitions/#theflambardpoetryprize

NAWG Open Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £100, £50, publication.
Entry fee: £5, £10 for three.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
Email: comp-open@nawg.co.uk
Website: www.nawg.co.uk

Poetry Society National Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, seven £200 commendations.
Entry fee: £6.50, £3.50 each additional poem.
Looking for: poems, up to 40 lines.
The judges are Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit.
Email: award@poetrysociety.org.uk
Website: poetrysociety.org.uk/national-poetry-competition/

Artificium 'Dark Matters' Flash & Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £200, £50, £25, publication.
Entry fee: £4 for one, £7 for two, £10 for three.Looking for: Stories between 200-750 words, poems up to 15 lines.
Email: competitions@artificium.co.uk
Website: www.arrificium.co.uk

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not
Closing date: 31st October 2017.
Prizes: £500, £250, £125.
Entry fee: £5, subsequent entries £2.50.
Looking for: 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not.
Website: www.cannonpoets.org.uk

Caledonia Novel Award 2018
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: £1,000, writing course at Moniack Mhor, online publication of the winning extract.
Entry fee: £25.
Looking for: The first 20 pages plus 200-word synopsis of a novel by an unpublished writer. Check website for full info.
Email: caledoniannovelaward@gmail.com
Website: http://thecaledonianovelaward.com/

The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $10, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
Email: malahat@uvic.ca

Bath Children's Novel Award
Closing date: 19th November 2017.
Prizes: £2,000, £500.
Entry fee: £25.
Further info: International prize for unpublished and independently published writers of children's novels. Send first 5,000 words and synopsis.
Email: entries@bathnovelaward.co.uk
Website: www.bathnovelaward.co.uk
ebsite: www.malahatreview.ca/contests/info.html

Shooter Literary Magazine 2017 Poetry Competition
Closing date: 19th November 2017.
Prizes: £100, £30 and publication in the print magazine and online.
Entry fee: £3 per poem or £8 for three poems.
Looking for: Poetry up to 125 lines.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. Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
Website: https://shooterlitmag.com/poetry-competition

Erewash Writers Free Entry Writing Competition
Closing date: 23rd November 2017.
Prizes: One poetry or flash fiction entry will be awarded £10; One short story entry will be awarded £25; Winning entries will be published on this website
Entry fee: Free.
Looking for: Poetry up to 40 lines.
Further details: Your entry should be based on the theme 'Live in the Moment'.
Email: erewashwriterscomps@hotmail.co.uk
Website: http://erewashwriterscompetition.weebly.com/

Artefact to Art Poetry Competition
Closing date: 25th November 2017.
Prizes: Under 11s (book tokens): £75 (winner), £50 (runner-up); 11-18s (book tokens): £150 (winner), £100 (runner-up); Over 18s: Leicester Tigers tickets plus £100 book tokens (winner); £100 book tokens (runner-up). Selected entrants will have their artworks published in a specially-commissioned book.
Entry fee: None stated.
Looking for: Find an ancient artefact that inspires you or create a piece of art inspired by that artefact,  either poetry or visual art.
Further details: Poems should be no longer than 100 lines, and must be submitted in a word document.
Email us your artwork and the entry form at: artefact2art@le.ac.uk
See website for full details.
Website: www.artefact-to-art.com/competition.html

Cafe Writers' Open Poetry
Closing date: 30th November 2017.
Prizes: £2,000 in prizes.
Entry fee: £4, £10 for three, £2 each extra.
Looking for: For poems on any theme, up to 40 lines.
Email: competition@cafewriters.org.uk
Websiate: www.cafewriters.org.uk

Cinnamon Press Debut Poetry Collection Competition
Closing date: 30th November 2017.
Prizes: One year's free mentoring, publishing contract for debut collection, publication in anthology.
Entry fee: £12.
Looking for: For ten poems up to 40 lines each.
Email: jan@cinnamonpress.com
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com

Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize
Closing date: 1st December 2017.
Prizes: £2,000 or US$3,000, paid in May 2018. Publication of the winning manuscript by Waywiser both in the UK and in the USA in the autumn of 2018. A reading with the judge at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., in the autumn 2018.
Entry fee: US $27, or the equivalent in whatever currency your card draws on.
Looking for: Manuscripts should be a minimum of 48 and a maximum of 88 pages (the count to include poems and exclude back and front matter). See website for more detail.
Email: waywiserpress@aol.com
Website: waywiser-press.com/13th-anthony-hecht-poetry-prize/

Ballymaloe Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st December 2017.
Prizes: €10,000, 3 x €1,000 plus publication in The Moth.
Entry fee: €12.
Looking for: For a single unpublished poem.
Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com
Website: www.themothmagazine.com

€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st December 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000.
Entry fee: €12 per poem, and you can enter as many poems as you like.
Further details: Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem.
Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland.
Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com
Website: www.themothmagazine.com/

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date:31st March, 2018.
Prizes: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Entry fee: £10.
Further details: Open to beginners and established writers.
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/

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