Win, win, win! Enter one of these competitions for the thrill of writing poetry – and you could win some amazing prizes too.

Forward/e-magazine Student Critics Competition

Win £100 and an invitation to the Forward Prizes ceremony, the poetry event of the year!

Students and teachers are invited to enter the Forward/e-magazine critics competition.

To enter, write a response to one of the poems on the 2018 Forward Prizes Shortlist, either a critical appreciation of the poem, or a creative response in the form of a poem.

Entries will be judged by poet Sinéad Morrissey.

Find out more about the competition and how to enter, and learn more about the shortlisted poets and their books. The closing date is 31st July.


Betjeman Poetry Prize

The 2018 Betjeman Poetry Prize is now open. Young poets between the ages of 10 and13 are  invited to enter and by writing a poem on the theme of ‘place’. You can write in any style, and to any length. Your poem does not need to rhyme. The winner receives £1000 (£500 to the winner and £500 to the English department of his or her school) and two runners up receive £50 each. The top three poets each receive four Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille and all six finalists are invited on a Betjeman Poetry Camp. Every teacher who enters their class joins a prize draw to win a poet visit.

Visit the Betjeman Poetry Prize website to find out more, and for tips from poets Rachel Rooney, Indigo Williams and Kate Clanchy.

The closing date is 31st July 2018. Good luck!


The Robert Hutchison Young Poets’ Competition

 Changing the World: Poems for a new climate

We are looking for your best poems exploring any aspect or angle of Climate Change.Entry is free and open to all young people aged 11-16 living or attending school in Hampshire (including Southampton and Portsmouth).

There will be two age categories: 11-13 and 14-16. Prizes for each age group: First Prize £100, 2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25, £100 for first-prize winner’s school
Judge: Robyn Bolam, Hampshire Poet 2018.
Winners will be invited to read at a special prize-giving event in Winchester on National Poetry Day, Thursday 4 October 2018.
Winning and commended poems will be published in a competition anthology.

Closing Date: 15 August 2018.

Full details and how to enter can be seen on our website


Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award is the biggest award for writers aged 11-17. It welcomes poems on any theme and entry is completely FREE.

Since it began the Award has kick-started the career of some of today’s most exciting new voices. Past winners include Jay Bernard, Sarah Howe, Helen Mort and Caroline Bird.

Winners receive a fantastic range of prizes, from mentoring to a residential Arvon writing course, Poetry Society membership to books. The Poetry Society also continues to support winners’ development with performance, publication and internship opportunities.

This year’s competition is open now, and the deadline for entries is 31st July. This year’s poet judges are Caroline Bird and Daljit Nagra. Read more about the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award.

ART UK competition

Amani Saeed wins Art Speaks poetry competition with ‘Jesus Christ Goes Clubbing’ inspired by The Disrobing (Despoiling) of Christ (after El Greco) held in Scarborough Art Gallery.

Watch Amani Saeed perform ‘Jesus Christ Goes Clubbing’