Thursday, 10 June 2021

Fingal Poetry Prize 2021

Fingal Poetry Prize 2021

As part of the Fingal Poetry Festival, due to take place from September 16th – 19th 2021, we are delighted to announce that this year’s Fingal Poetry Prize will be judged by esteemed poet and writer, Adam Wyeth. Open to national and international writers, entries can be sent from May 1st and will close at midnight on June 30th, 2021.

The winner of the Fingal Poetry Prize will receive €500 with awards of €300 and €200 for 2nd and 3rd place. Once again, our generous sponsor is DHL Ireland.

We look forward to receiving your entries and very much hope to be able to meet you in Skerries at the festival in September. If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place at that time however, we will be running an alternative, online version of events, including the awards ceremony. Please keep checking our website for updates.

In these difficult, uncertain times, when we find ourselves turning towards all that sustains us inwardly, poetry has never been so essential.
Open for entries from May 1st to 30 June 2021.


1: Open to national and international entrants, poems must not exceed 40 lines, must be the original work of a living writer and must not have been previously published, self-published, broadcast, awarded or have appeared anywhere online.

2: Poems must be typed clearly. The name and contact details of entrant must not appear on the poems but must instead be entered on the official entry form. (link to how to enter)

NB: Your poem(s) must be in PDF or Word format. No other formats will be accepted.

3: The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

4: Poems will not be returned and no alterations may be made to poems once they are submitted.

5: Copyright of the winning poems will remain with the author but Fingal Poetry Festival reserves the right to arrange first publication or broadcast for the purposes of the festival.

6: We will acknowledge receipt of your entries. Please make sure to check spam or junk folders. Successful poets will be notified in advance of the festival dates in September.

7: We sincerely hope to invite the three winning entries to an awards ceremony in Skerries on September 18th. If Covid restrictions are still in place, however, we will instead ask successful poets to pre-record their prize-winning poems for an online broadcast over the weekend of the festival.


1: Entry fee is €6.00 per poem, payable by PAYPAL. Please enter and pay for only up to 10 poems at a time.

Go to to pay your fee, or simply click on the image below. Our PayPal account address is

2. Please take a note of your PayPal Transaction ID (This number will show on your screen after you’ve completed your payment and will also appear in your payment receipt email). You will need this to complete your Entry Form (see Point 3 below for Official Entry Form).

NB: If the name on the PayPal account you are using differs from your (poet’s) name, the name of this PayPal account must be entered in the space specified for this on the Official Entry Form.

3. Please complete this Entry Form with your details and the title(s) of your poem(s), as well as your PayPal Identity Receipt Number. Submit your Entry Form.

4. Then submit your poem(s) (up to 10 as listed by you on any one Entry Form) as attachment(s) to an email. Please enter only your (poet’s) name and brief contact details in the body of this email and send it to:

5. We will acknowledge receipt of poem(s) and payment.

NB: If you wish to enter more than 10 poems, please use another Entry Form and make a separate payment by PayPal, as outlined above, for these entries. Submit these poems by a separate email as per Point 4 above.

The link to the entry form is here.

Saveas Writers' International contest


2021 marks the centenary of T S Eliot’s visit to Margate, where he wrote part of The Waste Land while looking out on the sea from the Nayland Rock shelter.

To celebrate Eliot, his work and the views from our coastline, SaveAs Writers launch their annual international creative writing competition, this year asking for poems and short stories on the theme of Horizons. The theme can be literal, figurative, a celebration of views, a reflection on Eliot and his work (The Waste Land itself opened new horizons in poetry) or a broader take on the theme.

Winner: The Canterbury Christ Church University Poetry Prize of £200

Second place: £100

Third place: £50

Judged by Eleanor Perry

Max word count: 60 lines max.

Winner: The University of Kent Fiction Prize of £200

Second place: £100

Third place: £50

Judged by Amy Sackville

Max word count: 3500 words max.
Entry fees

£3 per poem £8 for three

£4 per short story £10 for three

August 31st 2021

Terms and conditions

Searchlight - Children's Bedtime Story Award

Searchlight Writing for Children Awards is a new rolling competition for aspiring authors writing for children or young adults.

Our purpose is to shine a bright light on exceptional writing. We publish it, send it out into the world, champion it and act as a stepping stone for children’s authors to achieve their literary dreams.

We can’t wait to tell the world about you and your writing, so the top ten stories from each competition receive maximum recognition. They will:

Feature in The Winners’ Collection, which is sent to an extensive list of literary agents and publishers who have requested it, to help your writing get noticed.

Appear, alongside your biography, in our Winners’ Gallery on the Searchlight Awards’ website, which agents, publishers, friends and family can access.

Be published in our annual Searchlight Awards’Anthology, which features the best entries from all our competitions in the last year.

And, to top it all, the First Prize winner for each competition receives a generous Cash Award.

Vivid Dreams Poetry Competition 2021

Parkinson’s Art are pleased to announce their latest charity poetry competition - Poetry in performance. This will complement our wonderful international art exhibition in August and support Parkinson’s research.

We are looking for innovative, original poetry which is brought alive through being heard. We want to hear the nuances and the musicality of the work; poetry is meant to be heard.

Using the same theme as the exhibition, “Vivid Dreams”, entries need to include the poem in written form alongside a recording of the poet reading the poem (or their appointed reader in case of speech problems). The poem should be no longer than 30 lines and should relate to the theme in some way but can be a loose interpretation and does not require that same title.

The top three winners in each category will have their poem and film feature in the exhibition. The winner in each category will also win a cash prize equal to 50% of the ticket sales. The remaining 50% will go towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

Entry categories

Parkinson’s Art Academy members: £4 per poem or 3 poems £10

Open entry: £8 per poem or 3 poems £20

Please note

you may enter in only one category

To qualify for member entry, entrants must be enrolled in the Parkinson’s Art Academy before June 1st 2021

multiple entries using a different name are not allowed. Any breach of this rule will result in all submissions being disqualified

each entry must contain a written version of the poem (Ariel 11) and a film recording – please make sure both the written copy and film contain the poet’s name and entry number

winning entries may be used in future publications by Parkinson’s Art but copywrite is retained by the poet

the judges’ decision is final and not open to challenge

Submission process:

Tickets must be purchased first, see below. Your order number is your entry number

Once you have brought a ticket and received your order number, please email your submission to

Remember to include your name and entry number

Every submission will be acknowledged. Please check your spam folder if you have not received an acknowledgement within 24hrs

Entries open June 1st (00.01am UK time) and close July 1st (12 midnight UK time)


Winners will be announced on July 17th 2021 via the Parkinson’s Art website

Thursday, 6 May 2021

The poetry london prize


poetry london prize

The Poetry London Prize is a major, internationally renowned award for a single outstanding poem.

Entries are open from 17 February to 26 June 2021.

First Prize: £5,000

Second Prize: £2,000

Third Prize: £1,000

The first prize has been won by and helped launch the careers of many acclaimed poets, including Liz Berry, Niall Campbell, Richard Scott, Eleanor Penny, and Romalyn Ante.

This year’s judge is Malika Booker, winner of the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Single Poem, Cave Canem Fellow, and lecturer in Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan  University.

Winchester Poetry Prize 2021

First Prize: £1,000

2nd Prize: £500

3rd Prize: £250

A prize is also available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.

​Judge: Jacqueline Saphra

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems

Closing Date: 31 July 2021

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize 2021 are now open.

We will hold a special prize-giving event on Saturday 9 October 2021. We are planning for this event to be a live event in Winchester. However, if there are restrictions still in place which prevent this, the event will move online. Winning and commended poems will also be published in a competition anthology.


Winchester Poetry Prize is generously sponsored by:

Best poem by a poet living in Hampshire will receive a prize kindly donated by Warren & Son

Thanks to the generosity of the 2020 winner, Lewis Buxton, there are a limited number of free entries available for low-income writers to whom an entry fee would be a barrier. All the free entries have now been claimed.

City Academy Short Story Writing Competition 2021

With our latest Writing Competition, City Academy is on the search for the best original short story written by a previously unpublished writer. Whether you have completed a writing course with City Academy or not, this is your opportunity to devise a piece of short fiction that will be read by an expert panel of judges, and considered for the £1,000 first prize.

No prior experience of writing short stories is necessary. After registering for this competition you will receive a series of writing prompts to encourage you as you write. These prompts, delivered direct to your inbox, will guide you through the process of writing a dynamic story with all the brevity and intensity of a classic. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter so regardless of whether you are inspired by the work of Ursula K. Le Guin, James Baldwin, or Alice Munro the judges will be looking for great stories told with wit, verve, and style.

Please check out our Competition Criteria below and register today to get started.

The Bridport Prize 2021

Distill, build, end well

Gail Honeyman was shortlisted in our competition and went on to write Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, winning the Costa debut novel award. All the winning and highly commended pieces are entered into the Sunday Times Audible competition, top prize £30,000. UK based writers are entered into the BBC short story competition. That’s not all, literary agent A.M. Heath reads all the shortlist and considers representation. Long story short? You are 5,000 words away from success.

First prize: £5,000

One of the largest short story prizes, the winning story features in our anthology, so you will see your words in print, maybe for the first time. That’s not all. It opens up further opportunities where your story needs to have been published. You will be invited to our awards celebration and get insightful feedback from the judges and our professional partners. Finally, we will champion you not only as our winner but always as part of the Bridport Prize family.

Second prize: £1,000

Your story features in the Bridport Prize anthology, so you will see your words on the page forever more. It also means you are officially published and can pursue other opportunities. We hope you’ll join us for the awards celebration and recognition of your success.

Third prize: £500

Your short story is included in our anthology where you’ll see your words finally within the pages of a book. Being published now gives you access to other opportunities. Join our awards celebration and breathe in how your hard work is out there for all to see.


The cwip 2021 prize

Published Comedy Novel

If you’re a publisher or a witty published author, we are indecently keen to read your comedy novel. It needs to be published between 2nd March 2020 and 28th May 2021 to make it eligible for CWIP 2021. From entry to longlist, to shortlist, to winner’s party, your witty novel is urgently needed for laughter purposes.
Enter Now

Unpublished Comedy Novel

If you’re a witty author whose manuscript is waiting to be tweaked, written, finished or discreetly disinfected - we want to hear from you. The rewards are huge, and the risk is nil. It doesn’t matter when you wrote it, if your work has the potential to make the reader incapacitated with hysteria, we need to read it. We’d love a few thousand words from you first, and then for you to be ready with the actual manuscript.

Enter Now

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition 2021

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is now open!

The Henrietta Branford Writing Competition is an annual competition for young people which runs in conjunction with the prestigious Branford Boase Award (BBA).

The competition is open to anyone aged 19 or under. Each year there are hundreds of entries from all over the UK, often thanks to the encouragement of teachers and school librarians, who encourage children to take part.

Deadline is Sunday 23rd May 2021

Fingal Poetry Prize 2021

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