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Competitions

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Competition
Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £300, 3rd £100, plus four runners-up of £50 each.
Entry fee: £4 per poem.
Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style but they should be no longer than 40 lines.
Closing Date: 31st January
www.kentandsussexpoetry.com

Exeter Writers Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100.
Entry fee: £6 per entry.
Short stories should be up to a maximum of 3,000 words in length.
Closing Date: 28th February
www.exeterwriters.org.uk

Southport Writers′ Circle Poetry Competition
Prizes: 1st £150, 2nd £75, plus a £25 humour prize and a £25 local prize.
Entry fee: £3 per entry.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Closing Date: 30th April
www.swconline.co.uk

Ver Poets Open Competition
Prizes: 1st £600, 2nd £300, 3rd £100.
Entry fee: £4 per poem or 3 poems for £10, £2 per poem thereafter. Poems should be no longer than 30 lines.
Closing Date: 30th April

www.verpoets.org.uk

Frome Festival Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £75.
Entry fee: £5 per story.
Stories may be on any theme but must be between 1,000 and 2,200 words.
Closing Date: 31st May
www.fromefestival.co.uk

Words Magazine Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st £50, 2nd £25.
There is no entry fee.
Short stories should be no longer than 2,000 words and must be on the given theme.
Closing Date: 30th June
www.wordsmag.com

The Bridport Prize
Prizes: 1st £5,000, 2nd £1,000, 3rd £500, plus ten runners-up of £50 each.
Entry fee: £9 per story and £8 per poem.
Short stories should be no longer than 5,000 words and poems a maximum of 42 lines.
Closing Date: 30th June
www.bridportprize.org.uk

Mere Literary Poetry Competition
Prizes: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £50, plus three runners-up of £15 each.
Entry fee: £3.50 for the first poem and £3 for each subsequent entry.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Closing Date: 6th July
www.merelitfest.co.uk

Wells Festival of Literature International Short Story & Poetry Competition
Prizes in each category: 1st £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100.
Entry fee: £4 per entry.
Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length and poems must not exceed 40 lines.
Closing Date: 31st July
www.wellsfestivalofliterature.org.uk

Ilkley Literature Festival Poetry & Short Story Competition
Prizes: There is a £200 first prize in each category.
Entry fee: £4 per story or poem.
Short stories should be no longer than 3,000 words and poems a maximum of 30 lines.
Closing Date: 31st July
www.ilkleyliteraturefestival.org.uk

Nottingham Poetry Society
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £150, 3rd £75.
Entry fee: £3 per poem or £10 for four poems.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Closing Date: 7th September
http://nottinghampoetrysociety.wordpress.com

The Salopian Poetry Society Competition
Prizes: 1st £150, 2nd £100, 3rd £50.
Entry fee: £3 per poem or £10 for four entries.
Poems must not exceed 42 lines.
Closing Date: 30th September
www.thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Competition
Prizes: 1st £400, 2nd £200, 3rd £100.
Entry fee: £4 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem.
Entires should be 14 lines in length.
Closing Date: 31st October
www.cannonpoets.org.uk

The Writers Bureau Short Story Competition
Prizes: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4th £50. All winners receive a Writers Bureau course of their choice, worth over £300.
Entry fee: £5 per story.
Stories should be no longer than 2,000 words.
Closing Date: 30th November
www.wbcompetition.com

The Plough Prize
Prizes in each category: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250.
Entry fee: £5 per poem.
Poems should be no longer than 40 lines.
Closing Date: 30th November
www.theploughprize.co.uk

 

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