The Mick Imlah Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 13-Oct-17

We are glad to announce the return of the TLS poetry competition, which ran annually from 1996 to 2003, and again in 2007 and 2008. It is now named after Mick Imlah, Poetry editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1992 until his death in 2009. As he said in 2008, the last competition he oversaw, its purpose is to open the field, in hopes that “a great poem will enter the lists”. The judges for the 2017 competition are Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the UK from 1999 to 2009, and now on the faculty of Johns Hopkins University; A. E. Stallings, the poet and translator; and Alan Jenkins, poet and Poetry editor of the TLS. The prizes are as follows: 1st Prize – £3,000 2nd Prize – £1,500 3rd Prize – £750 The winner and runners up will be published in the Christmas double issue. Entrants must be 18+ at the time of entry. Each poem should be no longer than 35 lines, and must be the authors own work and previously unpublished. All submissions may be paid by either debit card, credit card or direct debit. After you have entered your payment details, you will be asked to upload your poem(s). Entrants will also receive a complimentary three-month digital subscription to the TLS; existing subscribers may pass the subscription to a recipient of their choice.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £3 for each additional poem.

Contact: For full details see:


Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Two winners will receive a royalty publishing contract from award-winning Indigo Dreams and receive 20 copies of their poetry pamphlet Submission: Full poetry pamphlet sent as one document up to 30 pages 36 lines max inc line breaks Publication: Summer 2018
Entry Fee: £15 per submission.


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
Postal submissions to
Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

Flambard Poetry Prize 2017 | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

Prizes: £1,000, £250. 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.
Entry Fee: £5 per group of five poems.Contact: For full details see website:


Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2017 Poetry Competition | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

First Prize: £500 Second Prize: £250 Third Prize: £125 You are invited to write a poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length. You may choose any one of the traditional sonnet forms, or experiment with alternative 14 line forms perhaps using half rhyme, metarhyme or blank verse. First Prize: £500 Second Prize: £250 Third Prize: £125 Special Offer: Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge’s report will be published] discounted from the usual £13.00 to £11.00 [UK] or from £20 to £18 [outside UK]. Entries: An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Judge is Liz Berry.
Entry Fee: £5.00 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem submitted.

Contact: For entry forms and to enter on line. See website

Eric Gregory Awards | Closing Date: 31-Oct-17

The Eric Gregory Awards are given for a collection of poems, published or unpublished, by a poet under the age of 30. CRITERIA FOR ENTRY 1. The author must be under the age of 30 at 31 March 2018. 2. The author must either be a British national or be resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland for three years prior to the date of submission for the award, and writing in English 3. The work submitted may be a published or unpublished volume of poetry, drama-poems or belles-lettres. 4. No more than 30 poems should be submitted.
Entry Fee: £Free to enter

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The Poetry Library

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