Welcome to our list of poetry writing competitions. Updated at the beginning of every year, it includes some of the key competitions which we anticipate launching for the first time or running again during the coming months. 

We hope it will help you plan ahead for the poetry competitions you’d like to enter this year. They’re ordered by the month in which they’re due to close to assist with your scheduling and we’ve tried to pick the ones with prizes worth winning.

All the competitions listed should be open to writers based in the UK and most are open internationally too. 

Please note that, as some of these competitions won’t have opened yet for the year, full information for each one may not be online yet and some may change. We’ll keep this page updated throughout the year as details are announced by the competition organisers. 

In addition, every month, we publish fuller details of each key competition that has a deadline over the coming weeks, including information about the prizes on offer, entry requirements, eligibility, entry fees (some are free) and the final submission dates.  You’ll find the latest one here.

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January

  • Colorado Prize for Poetry – Details here.
  • DISQUIET Literary Prize – Poetry – Details here.
  • Iowa Review Awards – Poetry – Details here.
  • Magma Poetry Competition – Details here
  • New Millennium Writing Awards – Poetry – Details here
  • Well Review Poetry Prize – Details here.

February

  • Omnidawn First/Second Book Poetry Contest – Details here

March 

  • Caterpillar Poetry Prize– Details here
  • Christopher Tower Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Enizagam Prize for Poetry – Details here
  • Fish Publishing Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Poetry on the Lake International Competition – Silver Wyvern Category – Details here
  • Poets & Players Prize – Details here.

April 

  • Omnidawn Single Poem Broadside Contest – Details here
  • Tethered by Letters F(r)iction Poetry Contest – Details here.
  • Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest  Details here

May 

  • Mairtín Crawford Award for Poetry – Details here
  • Poetry London Clore Prize – Details here
  • The Bridport Prize – Poetry Prize – Details here
  • Welsh Poetry Competition – Details here.
  • William Faulkner – William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition – Poetry– Details here.
  • Yeovil Literary Prize – Poetry – Details here.

June

  • Battered Moons Poetry Competition – Details here. Extended deadline!
  • Boston Review Poetry Contest – Details here
  • McLellan Poetry Competition – Details here
  • Omnidawn Poetry Chapbook Contest – Details here
  • University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Wells Festival of Literature Poetry Competitions– Details here

July

  • Break Water Review – The Peseroff Prize Poetry Contest – Details here
  • Frontier Poetry Industry Awards – Details here.
  • Live Canon International Poetry Competition– Details here
  • Stroud Book Festival Poetry Competition – Details here.

August

  • Aesthetica Creative Writing Award – Poetry –Details here.
  • Blue Mesa Review Summer Contest – Details here
  • Grindstone International Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest – Details here.
  • Room Magazine Poetry Contest – Details here
  • The Palette Emerging Poet Prize  Details here.

September

  • Bedford Poetry Writing Competition – Details here
  • Fresno State College of Arts and Humanities – Philip Levine Prize for Poetry – Details here
  • Manchester Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest – Details here.
  • Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition – Details here.  
  • Stroud Book Festival Writing Competition – Details here
  • The Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry – Details here.
  • The New Guard – Knightville Poetry Contest – Details here.

October

  • Coffee-House Poetry – Troubadour Poetry Prize – Details here
  • Eyelands Book Awards –  Poetry Collections – Details here.
  • Dalkey Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition – Details here.
  • Forward Arts Foundation –Prizes for Poetry – Details here
  • Omnidawn Open Poetry Book Contest – Details here
  • Steve Kowit Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Contest – Details here.
  • The Palette Poetry Emerging Poet Prize – Details here.
  • The Plough International Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • The Poetry Society National Poetry Competition – Details here.
  • The Times Literary Supplement Poetry Prize – Details here.
  • Troubadour International Poetry Prize – Details here.

November

  • Cinnamon Press Literature Award– Details here
  • Frontier Poetry Competition – Details here.
  • Munster Literature Centre – Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition – Details here.
  • SaveAs Writers Barnet Open Poetry Competition – Details here.

December

  • Magic Oxygen Literary Prize – Poetry – Details here
  • Strokestown International Poetry Competition – Details here.
  • The Moth Poetry Prize – Details here

If you know of any other great competitions for poetry writers coming up this year, please get in touch with us here and we’ll consider adding them to this list, promoting them on one of our monthly lists and/or on social media.