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Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (February 2017)
Closing date: 28th February 2017. Results: will be announced on 15-April-2017/
Prizes:  £200 (first prize), £100 (second prize), £50 (third prize), £20 x (high commendation) and £10 x 3 (commendation).
Entry Fees:  £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10.
Looking for: original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long.  Poets of all nationalities living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
Further info: Judge: Mandy Pannett author of All the Invisibles.
Website: http://sentinelquarterly.com/competitions/poetry

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017
Closing Date: 27th February 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge's discretion.
Entry fee £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems.
Further details: OUR JUDGE FOR 2017 WILL BE MICHAEL SYMMONS ROBERTS  Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
See website for full details: https://poetsandplayers.co/competition-2017/

The Bristol Poetry Prize
Closing date: 28th February 2017.
Prizes: £600, £300, £100, invitation to read at the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival.
Entry fee: £6.
Looking for: Poems, any length, in any style, on any theme.
Email: admin@poetrycan.co.uk
Website: www.poetrycan.co.uk

F(r)iction Winter Poetry Competition 2017
Closing date: 1st March 2017.
Prizes: $300-$1000 + publication in F(r)iction alongside stunning original artwork from TBL's talented team of artists.
Entry fee: $8-$15.
Theme: NONE.
Looking for: Poetry no longer than three pages.
Further info: F(r)iction is dedicated to publishing the best writing of all kinds, and we encourage submissions that push boundaries and take risks in genre, plot, and style.
Website: tetheredbyletters.com/submissions/contest/

Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
Closing date: 3rd March 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize £500; 2nd Prize £300; 3rd prize £200; highly commended and commendeds.
Entry fee: £8.
Themes: Choose between a) "Wrong is a difficult word" (from Young Art and Old Hector) and b) "Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep" (from The Green Isle of the Great Deep).
Looking for: Up to 40 lines.
Further info: The lead judge for the 2016/17 competition is author Michel Faber.
For queries please email competition administrator
For full information and entry forms please go to 

Basil Bunting Poetry Award
Closing date: 7th March 2016.
Prizes: First prize: £1000; Second prize: £750; Third prize: £250.
Entry fee: £6, £10 for two, £5 each subsequent.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines.
email: ncenla@ncl.ac.uk
Website: www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/competitions/

'Lines in the Sand' Short Poetry Competition
Closing date is the 31/03/2017.
Prizes: The winning poem will feature in its own video. You will also receive an exclusive LITS T-shirt and 2 VIP tickets for the official LITS film premier.
Entry fee: None.
Looking for: We want to hear your interpretation of the word "displacement" in a poem. Word count guideline of 40-150.
Further details: The competition is open to all. If you know someone with a passion for poetry, please share this with them.
All you need to do is send your entry to linesinthesand.competition@gmail.com.
Website: www.linesinthesand.co.uk
Facebook : www.facebook.com/linesinthesandfilm

The Bristol Poetry Prize 2016
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: 1st Prize £600 plus aninvitation to read at the Bristol Spring Poetry Festival;  2nd Prize £300; 3rd Prize £100.
Entry fee: £6 per poem.
Further info: Up to 100 lines, open theme.
Email: admin@poetrycan.co.uk
Website: www.poetrycan.co.uk

Fish Poetry Competition
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Entry fee: €14 (€8 subsequent), €16 postal.
Prizes: first €1,OOO; second a week in residence at Anam Cara Writers' Retreat.
Looking for: For poems, up to 300 words.
Email: info@fishpublishing.com
Website: www.fishpublishing.com

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Closing date: 31st March 2017.
Prizes: Four Prizes of Publishing contract and 30 copies of the pamphlet for each of four poets.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Short poetry collections of 15-25 poems, up to 50 lines each.
Email: jan@cinnamonpress.com
Website: www.cinnamonpress.com/poetry-pamphlet-prize

Wergle Flomp Humour Poetry Contest
Closing date: 1st April 2017.
Prizes: $1,000 and a second prize of $250. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each. The top 12 entries will be published online.  
Free entry.
This contest seeks today's best humorous and spoof poetry.
Email: adam@winningwriters.com
Website: www.winningwriters.com/wergle

Poets Meet Politics Competition 2017
Closing date: 7th April 2017.
Prizes: First prize of €500.
Entry fee: €10 is payable per entry of up to three poems.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines and must be on any theme related to politics.
Further info: Entries should be previously unpublished in printed or online format, and should not be currently under consideration for publication or competition elsewhere.
Website: www.hungryhillwriting.org/pmp2017.html

The Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2017
Closing date: 19th April 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize is £100. The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN.
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: To enter online email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org
For further details and to enter online see https://www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm

Win Your Way to Swanwick 2017
Closing date: 30th April 2017.
Prizes: 1st - A fully inclusive week at the 2017 Summer School for the winner in each category; 2nd - Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal; 3rd -  a copy of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2017.
Entry fee: £5 for each piece of work entered.
Theme for all entries this year is 'Escape'.
The categories are: A poem up to 40 lines; A short story up to 1,000 words and Children's fiction up to 1,000 words.
Further info: Swanwick Summer School, which runs from 12-18 August, is a week-long programme for writers of all ages, abilities and genres. It offers a full programme of courses, workshops, speakers, panels and optional one to one sessions.
Further information on website: swanwickwritersschool.org.uk/win-a-place.html

The Sussex Chanctonbury Cup 2017 Poetry Competition
Organised by the Slipstream Poets.
Closing date: 15th May 2017.
Prizes: £150 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd). The author of the 1st prize poem will also be awarded The Jim Johnston Chanctonbury Cup.
Entry fees: £5 first poem, £3 each additional poem.
Looking for: unpublished poems up to 50 lines.
Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland.
Further info: All entrants must be living, studying or currently working in E.Sussex, W.Sussex or Brighton.
Details and entry forms: http://www.slipstream-poets.co.uk

South Downs Poetry Festival
Closing date: Friday 19th May 2017.
Prizes: £400(1st), £150(2nd), £50 (3rd). Also: Best poem by an unpublished poet: £100. Best poem by a poet under the age of 20: £100.
Entry fees: £4 per poem (£4.50 if online).
Looking for: unpublished poems up to 50 lines.
Judge: Jackie Wills.
Further information: http://www.sdpf.org.uk/

Wigtown Poetry Competition
Closing date: 26th May 2017.
Prizes: £1,500, £400, Gaelic Prize £250, Scots Prize £250, 8x£25 runners-up.
Entry fees: 1 poem £6.50; 2 poems £13; 3 poems £17; 4 poems £22; 5 poems £27. For further poems see website.
Looking for: poems, up to 40 lines in English, Scots or Scots/Irish Gaelic.
Further info: All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
Email: mail@wigtownbookfestival.com
Website: http://wigtownbookfestival.com/PoetryCompetition2017

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: €1,000, €500, chapbook publication for both winners plus 50 copies.
Entry fee: €25.
Looking for: Short collection of poetry between 16 and 24 pages.
Email: foolforpoetry@munsterlit.ie
Website: www.munsterlit.ie

Frogmore Poetry Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: 250 guineas, 75 guineas, 50 guineas, plus subscriptions to The Frogmore Papers.
Entry fee: £3.
Looking for: poems, any theme/style, up to 40 lines, for the contest's 30th year.
Email: frogmorepress@gmail.com
Website: www.frogmorepress.co.uk

Yeovil Literary Prize
Closing date: 31st May 2017.
Prizes: for novels, £1,000, £250 and £100; for each of poems and short stories, £500, £200 and £100; for writing without restrictions £200, £100 and £50.
Entry fee: £ 11 for novels; £6 for short stories; £6 for one poem, £11 for three; writing without restrictions £5.
Looking for: novels (opening chapters and synopsis, up to 15,000 words), short stories (max 2,000 words, poems (up to 40 lines), and writing without restrictions.
Website: www.yeovilprize.co.uk

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: http://www.chester.ac.uk/literatureprize/

Bedford International Writing Competition
Opens: 1st May and closes 30th September 2017.
Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100.  Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;  Poem £100.  All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees:  £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words.  Poems:  up to 40 lines.
Further info:  Judges:  Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk
Website: www.bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk

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