Free Poetry Competitions By. United Press

 

Please read our Rules and Information Before Entering, and please note that we only accept entries from UK residents.

My Secret Wish (Closing Date: 30th September 2015)

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to info@unitedpress.co.uk or enter online via our online submission form.

Winter Wonderland (Closing Date: 31st October 2015)

We are looking for entries on the theme of winter in this competition. The winning poem will receive a £25 prize.

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to info@unitedpress.co.uk or enter online via our online submission form.

Spring Time (Closing Date: 30th November 2015)

We are looking for entries on the theme of spring time in this competition. The winning poem will receive a £25 prize.

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to info@unitedpress.co.uk or enter online via our online submission form.

Local Poem Competition 2015 (Closing Date: 31st December 2015)

We are delighted to invite FREE entries for the UK’s annual contest to find the best LOCAL poem.

The top poem will win £1,000 cash. There’s no age limit and no entry fee.

“The poem can be about something or someone from the poet’s home area,” explained United Press Publications Executive, Julie Embury. “It can be descriptive, historic, romantic, factual, or personal – anything you like, as long as there is a local connection. Winning entries so far have been about towers, a river, village life, and local history.”

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to info@unitedpress.co.uk or enter online via our online submission form.

Religious Poem (Closing Date: 31st March 2016)

Send up to three poems, of no more than 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each, to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to info@unitedpress.co.uk or enter online via our online submission form.

Who Should Enter Our Free Poetry Competitions?

Our free poetry competitions are open to any UK resident. Our overall objective with these competitions is to increase the level of interest in poetry and to encourage people to start writing poetry for themselves, so it really doesn’t matter what level you are currently at. The absence of an entry fee makes these competitions totally accessible!

Our main poetry competitions are the annual National Poetry Anthology and Local Poem competitions, both of which carry a £1000 first prize to the overall winner.

You can find details of all our past National Poetry Anthology winners here, and details about our past Local Poem Competition winners here.

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Poetry Out Loud 2015 – Contest For High School Student

Contest Name: Poetry Out Loud 2015

Detail:

Poetry Out Loud 2015 is here! High school students across Southwest Louisiana are needed for this highly competitive poetry recitation contest. Interested schools, students, and parents need to contact the Arts Council at 337-439-2787 for further information.

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Poetry Out Loud began in 2005 when the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation came together to yield a program that would challenge high school students to study and memorize poetry in a competitive setting while building public speaking skills, confidence, and character.

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For students to compete at Regional’s, the schools must register their own Poetry Out Loud competition with the Arts Council. For more information on Poetry Out Loud or the Regional Competition, contact the Arts Council office at (337) 439-2787.

source: http://www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org/events/poetry-out-loud/

Poetry Writing Contest

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Writers Festival: Novel, Short Story, Writing For Children, Flash Fiction, Poetry

The Winchester Writers’ Festival offers fabulous opportunities for emerging writers via its ten writing competitions. Writers do not need to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions is 15 May 2015.

Please read the General Rules for Submitting Entries below the competitions before entering. The link for competition entry forms follows the General Rules.

Writers Festival

POETRY

Entrants are invited to submit poems on any subject up to a maximum of 40 lines for each entry. Single spaced.

1st prize: £125 and The Echo Poetry Trophy
2nd prize: £75
3rd prize: £50
Adjudicator: Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2014-2015
Sponsor: The Southern Daily Echo Southern Daily Echo

WRITING CAN BE MURDER

Entrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of a short story or novel with a murder thriller theme.

1st prize: Books to the value of £60
2nd prize: Books to the value of £40
3rd prize: Books to the value of £20
Adjudicator: Lindsay Ashford, Author
Sponsor: P&G Wells Ltd., Booksellers
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FLASH FICTION

A flash fiction is a short, short story which does much more than its size would suggest. It shows a glimpse which implies a larger story, and every word works its hardest to bring meaning, plot, character and theme alive. In 500 words, send us a flash fiction which will intrigue, excite and entertain, and which will linger in the mind long after reading.

1st prize: Telephone consultation with Janklow & Nesbit to receive a detailed editorial report on the winning entry.
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicator: Calum Kerr
Sponsor: Janklow & Nesbit UK
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MEMOIR

Entrants are invited to submit a memoir of up to 2500 words. This may be a self-contained piece, or it may be the first chapter of a full-length memoir.

Entrants are reminded that memoir is not the same as fact-based autobiography. Memoir emphasises story. It is subjective, distinctive and usually focuses on a specific theme or series of memories or even a single event in order to engage the reader and illuminate an aspect of ourselves.

1st prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus either attendance at one of the Writers’ & Artists’ one-day conferences or one of our popular ‘How to Hook an Agent’ lunches. Full details at www.writersandartists.co.uk/events 2nd prize: A copy of either the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook or the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook plus £50 worth of other writing advice books selected from: www.writersandartists.co.uk/store 3rd prize: A copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook AND the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook Adjudicator: Paul Dodgson
Sponsor: Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook
Writers and Artists logo.wpmThe Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, updated and published annually by Bloomsbury, is the perfect guide to all aspects of the media and publishing worlds. It gives invaluable advice on how to prepare a submission and which agents and publishers to approach. Essential reading for all writers of journalism, fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screen plays.
‘The writers’ bible’, Susan Hill

WRITING FOR CHILDREN – Picture Book For readers aged 3-6

Entrants are invited to submit a text of no more than 600 words in prose or verse for children aged 3-6

1st
prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to discuss the winning
submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel
not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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CHILDREN’S FUNNY FICTION For readers aged 8-12

Entrants
are invited to submit the opening chapter or section (maximum 1000
words) of a humorous work for children and a one-page synopsis of the
remainder.

1st prize: Editorial meeting with the Little Tiger to
discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or
via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Book prizes
3rd prize: Book prizes
Adjudicators: Editorial Department, Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
Sponsor: Little Tiger Press and Stripes Publishing (Magi)
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FIRST THREE PAGES OF A NOVEL

Entrants are invited to send the first three pages of their novel plus a two page synopsis. Any theme or period.

1st prize: Nancy Smith Memorial Trophy and editorial meeting with Little, Brown to discuss the winning submission, either in their offices in London or via telephone (travel not provided)
2nd prize: Books to the value of £70
3rd prize: Books to the value of £30
Adjudicator: Anna Boatman, Little, Brown Book Group
Sponsor: Little, Brown Book Group
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SHORT STORIES

Entrants are invited to submit quality short stories on any subject, theme or period (no children’s stories). Length 1500 to 3000 words for each entry. Each entry must be a complete story. Entries will be judged on their originality and excellent story-telling qualities.

1st Prize: Writing Magazine creative writing course (choose one of nine home study courses – with a value of £150-£180)
2nd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
3rd Prize: Writing Magazine reading and critique service (choose from a synopsis and the first three chapters of a novel/three short stories OR three pieces of non-fiction. Maximum 9000 words)
Adjudicator: The Chandlers Ford Writers
Sponsor: Writing Magazine Writing-Magazine-460×460

for detail please visit: http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

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YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY 2015

The Winchester Writers’ Festival offers fabulous opportunities for
emerging writers via its ten writing competitions. Writers do not need
to attend the Festival in order to enter. The deadline for submissions
is 15 May 2015.

Please read the General Rules for Submitting
Entries below the competitions before entering. The link for
competition entry forms follows the General Rules.

YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY 2015

YOUNG WRITERS’ POETRY

Summer is our theme this year. Entrants are invited to send poems about summer of no more than 30 lines as follows:

Age group 6-11: write about what summer means to you.

Age
group 12-16: write about your experiences of summer: travel, staying at
home, exams or simply the feelings, impressions or sensory details it
evokes.

Each of the categories offers prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
place winners and a framed certificate. Prizes will be awarded at an
awards tea on 27 June 2015 in Winchester.

Entries are FREE for
this competition and must be submitted by post only. No online entries
accepted. Follow instructions below to submit by post.

Adjudicator: Joan McGavin, Hampshire Poet 2015
Sponsors: Marwell Wildlife, Winchester Science Centre, Mid Hants Railway-Watercress Line, Tesco, Pizza Express Winchester

General Rules for Submitting Entries to all Competitions

The
General Competition Rules, listed below, apply to all competitions. The
shortlists for all the competitions will be posted at 10:00 am on
Saturday 20 June, 2015 on the bulletin board in the Foyer of The Stripe
building, University of Winchester, during the Winchester Writers’
Festival. The First, Second and Third prize winners of all of the
writing competitions (except for the Young Writers’ Poetry Competition)
will be awarded at 18:30 pm in The Stripe Auditorium. You do not need
to attend the conference to submit competition entries.
2015 Entry Conditions for All Competitions

Please
read carefully. There are changes from past years. The closing date
for all competition entries: Friday, 15th May, 2015. Entries must be
received by this date for inclusion in the competition.

Competition fees: NEW! £7 per entry with NO Adjudication £12 per entry to receive an Adjudication

1.
All entries must be in English, be original and unpublished work,
written by one author and must not have won an award in any previous
competition.
2. Each entrant must provide one pseudonym that is new
this year to identify all competition entries. Record your pseudonym on
the application form.
3. Entries must be typed double-spaced (poetry
single spaced), with the writer’s pseudonym on the bottom right-hand
corner of every page. Do not include your real name on the manuscript.
Minimum font 10pt.
4. Entrants may submit up to five entries for each competition unless otherwise stated.
5. Copyright remains with the author.
6. Conference speakers may not enter the competitions
7.
Original manuscripts WILL NOT be returned. Please keep a copy of your
submission. If you pay for an adjudication, you will receive the
adjudication only either by email or by post.

Adjudication and Prizes

The
decisions of the adjudicators are final and the adjudicators reserve
the right to withhold awards if no entry reaches an appropriate
standard.

The first place winning entry of each competition will
be published in The Best of 2015. Winners must send their unaltered
manuscript in electronic format within 10 days following the conference
to Sara.Gangai@winchester.ac.uk. The editor reserves the right to limit
the number of words and illustrations and to correct manuscripts in
accordance with the size and quality standard of The Best of 2015.

details:  http://writersfestival.co.uk/competitions

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Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015

Writing Contest Name: Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015
By: Ploughshares
Deadline:  Friday 15 May 2015.
Categories: fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book

Details:

Ploughshares literary magazine was established in 1971 and is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious magazines in the United States. Its writers have frequently been recognised by The Pushcart Prize and selected for The Best American Short Stories.

Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015 is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry who have yet to publish or self-publish a book. The winning story, essay and poems from the 2015 contest will be published in the Winter 2015-16 issue of Ploughshares, and each writer will receive $1000.

Emerging Writer’s Contest 2015

The contest is open to fiction and nonfiction pieces up to 6000 words; poetry entries must be between 3 and 5 pages.

The winners of the 2014 Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest can be read in full online: Tomiko M. Breland’s Rosalee Carrasco (fiction); Eliese Colette Goldbach’s In the Memory of the Living (nonfiction) and Rosalie Moffett’s Three Poems.

Entries for the Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest open on Sunday 1 March and close on Friday 15 May 2015.

For full entry details visit the Ploughshares website. Writers are also encouraged to subscribe to the magazine’s email newsletter for advice and exercises from the Ploughshares blog to help in the writing process.

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