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Free Poetry Competitions

Welcome to our free poetry competitions page. On here you can access details about all of our free to enter poetry competitions which carry cash prizes and the opportunity to see your poetry published.

We also have a selection of writing competitions which do have an entry fee.

Current Free Poetry Competitions

Please read our Rules and Information Before Entering, and please note that we only accept entries from UK residents. If you live outside the United Kingdom you may be interested in The UK Poetry Library, who accept submissions from all over the world.

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National Poetry Anthology Closing Date: 30th June 2015

We are delighted to invite FREE entries for the National Poetry Anthology. The competition aims to encourage more people to write poetry. It's open to all UK residents, young or old. Over 250 winners are selected every year, each one representing a different UK town or area. All winners are published in the anthology and all receive a FREE copy of the book.

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.

One overall winner also receives a cheque for £1,000 and our National Poetry Champion trophy.

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Treasury of Verse (Closing Date: 31st May 2015)

There's a £25 prize to the winner of our latest free competition and you have three chances to win.

The title of the competition is Treasury of Verse, but your entry doesn't have to be a poem on a fixed subject - you can let your imagination run free.

Your entry must be something you haven't sent to us before.

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.

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A Christmas Poem (Closing Date: 31st August 2015)

We're running this special competition to find a prizewinning Christmas poem. Our chosen winner will receive £100 in cash and the best of the rest will be published in a Christmas book - A Christmas Poem.

The theme can be anything to do with Christmas. It could be a poem for children, It could be about Christmas's past, present or future or about the particular way you celebrate this most magical of days. It could be a message to your family.

Your entry must be something you haven't sent to us before.

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.

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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.

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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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