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  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 7:04:00 AM) Post reply
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    John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People

    Closing date: 31st July,2014.
    Prizes: £1,000, shared by the poet and his or her school, four tickets from St Pancras to Paris, Brussels or Lille for each of the top three entrants.
    Free entry.
    Poems on the theme of 'place' by poets aged 10-13 on 31st July.

    Visit website for more: betjemanpoetrycompetition.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 7:02:00 AM) Post reply

    Wells Festival of Literature

    Closing date: 31st July,2014.
    Prizes: £500, £200, £100 for poetry and short stories; £100 and reading by agent and publisher for crime novel. Local prize £100.
    Entry fee: £5.
    Poetry, up to 40 lines.

    See website for more: wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 7:01:00 AM) Post reply

    Foyle Young Poets of the Year

    Closing date: 31st July,2014.
    Prizes: Publication in an anthology, mentoring, Arvon writing residency.
    Free entry.
    Poetry from writers aged 11-17.

    Email: fyp@poetrysociety.org.uk
    Website: foyleyoungpoets.org

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 7:01:00 AM) Post reply

    The Elmet Trust - The Elmet Poetry Prize

    Closing date: 25th July 2014.
    Prizes: First Prize - an Arvon course at Lumb Bank, Second prize - Weekend retreat at Ted's House, Mythrolmroyd, Third prize - £50
    Entry fee: £5 per person
    Judges: Lucy Burnett

    For further information please visit the website: theelmettrust.org/competitions

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 6:59:00 AM) Post reply

    The Elmet Trust - Young People's Prize

    Closing date: 25th July 2014.
    Prizes: First prize in each category - £100, Runners up - £50
    Entry fee: Free.
    Judges: Katrina Naomi

    For further information please visit the website: theelmettrust.org/competitions

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/21/2014 6:59:00 AM) Post reply

    Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize

    Closing date: 25th July,2014.
    Prizes: £2,000, an invitation to read at Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.
    Entry fee: None stated.
    A first full poetry book collection published between 1 August 2013 and 31 July 2014.

    Email: info@thepoetrytrust.org
    Website: thepoetrytrust.org/aldeburgh-first-collection-prize/

  • Rookie - 30 Points Eeshah Raaziah Naqavi (7/19/2014 2:32:00 AM) Post reply

    Hi! Is Foyle's contest authentic?Any other contests for poets from Asia?Please kindly do let me know, preferably those with no entry fee.
    Thanking you!

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poems-on-a-Beermat Poetry Competition.

    Adjudicator: Martin Malone. Prize giving will be on Wednesday September 3rd
    2014 at the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival. All 10 shortlisted entrants will be invited to read their winning poems at the event, which will also feature a reading by Martin Malone. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website.
    First Prize £200 Second £50, Third £25. All 10 shortlisted entrants will have their poems printed on beermats to be widely distributed in pubs in Bradford on Avon during the town's Arts Festival in September, and will receive prizes of 25 beermats printed with their own poem and name.
    Entry fee £4, or £10 for three poems, with subsequent entries at £3.

    For further information, rules & entry details, visit www.boaartsfestival.com

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    Library of Congress Seeks Nominations for Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Poetry Prize

    The Library of Congress is accepting nominations from publishers for the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry. The 2014 prize will be awarded in the fall.
    The prize, which carries a $10,000 award, is given biennially. It will be presented to an American poet for the best book published during the previous two years,2012 and 2013, or for lifetime achievement in poetry. Publishers may submit entries for the best book; the lifetime achievement awarding is at the sole discretion of the prize jury and the Librarian of Congress.

    Applications must be postmarked by July 31,2014. Guidelines for submission, as well as a list of previous winners, can be found at www.loc.gov/poetry/prize-fellow/bobbitt.html.

    The Poetry and Literature Center at the Library of Congress fosters and enhances the public’s appreciation of literature. The center administers the endowed chair, U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry; coordinates an annual season of readings, performances, lectures and symposia; and sponsors prizes and fellowships for literary writers. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/poetry/.

  • Poemhunter Moderator (7/18/2014 10:43:00 AM) Post reply

    2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize

    The prize is open to anyone worldwide who has not published a complete book.
    Three categories: Poetry, Fiction and Life Writing.
    Fees: £6 for one category, £10 for two categories and £15 for three categories.
    To enter, simply fill in the entry form and send it to us with your entry and fee in UK Sterling.
    The closing date is 5pm GMT on 25 July 2014.
    A maximum of 5 poems can be entered and the word limit for Fiction and Life Writing is 3000. Other terms and conditions apply.
    £300 will be awarded to the winner in each category and their work will be published in Wasafiri.
    ENTRY FORM: http://www.wasafiri.org/assets_cm/files/PDF/nwp2014.pdf

    Our judges this year are:
    Susheila Nasta MBE (Chair) Editor of Wasafiri and Professor of Modern Literature at the Open University
    Bidisha Writer and broadcaster who has published with many leading newspapers and presented on the BBC
    Inua Ellams Award-winning poet, playwright and performer who has appeared both nationally and internationally
    Monique Roffey Award-winning writer and memoirist, author White Woman on the Green Bicycle and Archipelago

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