The list below by no means represents a full list of poetry competitions.

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South West Poetry Competitions 

Bridport prize

Bridport Poetry Prize

The richest OPEN writing prize. 1st Prize is £5000


Major UK Poetry Competitions

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Arvon Foundation

International Poetry Competition

A biennial competition with the reputation for

uncovering the poetic talent of the future.

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Cardiff International Poetry Competition

Open to all levels with an annual prize of £5000

for one poem.


Cholmondeley Awards

These are honorary awards and submissions are

not accepted. The recipients are chosen by the

Awards Committee for their general body of work

and contribution to poetry.


Costa Book Awards

The Costa Book Awards is one of the most

prestigious and  popular literary prizes in the UK

and recognises some of the most enjoyable books

of the year bywritersbased in the UK and Ireland

Poetry Book Society

The T. S. Eliot Prize

The prize most poets want to win' (Andrew Motion)

 The world's top poetry award'' (Irish Independent)

Awarded to the author of the best new collection of

poetry published in the UK and Ireland each year.


Forward Prizes for Poetry

Created in 1991 to bring contemporary poetry to a

wider audience. Known as the 'bardic booker', this

annual poetry competition is the only major award

that honours established and up-and-coming poets.

Kent & Sussex

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society

Open Poetry Competition

Open poetry competition with total prizes of £1550
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National Poetry Competition

One of the longest running and widely respected

poetry competitions judged anonymously by a new

set of judges each year.


Poetry Business


The Poetry Business Book and

Pamphlet Competition

Entrants submit a collection of 20-24 pages of

poems for the chance to win publication by

Smith/Doorstop Books, a share of £2,000 cash,

 publication in The North magazine and a poetry

reading hosted by The Poetry Business.

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Dylan Thomas Literary Prize

This £30,000 prize is awarded to the best eligible

published or produced literary work in the English

language, written by an author under 30.