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 University of Lincoln has launched an international poetry competition commemorating next year’s centenary of Armistice Day with support of the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, and winner of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, Imtiaz Dharker.

The Armistice 100 Prize for Schools Poetry Competition is open to young people aged nine to 18 years with prizes in three age categories (first place, £300; second place, £200; and third place, £100) for the best original poems on the theme of armistice. This could be about the First World War, the cessation of hostilities more generally, or a more personal interpretation.

The competition is open now and the deadline for entries is midnight on Friday 8th June 2018. Submitted poems can take any format with a maximum word count of 500 words (excluding title).

For more information and entry details visit the University of Lincoln website.

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’


To many it is a familiar scenario. Matthew Arnold Bracy Smith’s The Disrobing (Despoiling) of Christ (after El Greco) vividly captures the moment of Jesus’ trial by the Pharisees, just moments before he is stripped and tortured. As the title suggests, Smith’s style and composition of the painting also pays homage to El Greco’s famous The Disrobing of Christ (1577-79) created for the Cathedral of Toledo, where it still hangs.