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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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Just My Luck (Closing Date: 30th April 2014)

Can you write a prizewinning poem?

That's what we are asking in this free competition. There's a £100 prize to the winner and the best of the rest will be published.       

The title of the competition is Just My Luck 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.

We can allow you to submit up to three poems but, if you prefer you can send only one.

Either send your entries via post, to: United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to luke@unitedpress.co.uk or sam@unitedpress.co.uk, or enter online via our online submission form

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National Poetry Anthology 2015 (Closing Date: 30th June 2014)

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 on any subject up to 25 lines (including blank lines) and 160 words each.

Either send your entries via post, to: United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to luke@unitedpress.co.uk or sam@unitedpress.co.uk, or enter online via our online submission form.

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Do The Write Thing (Closing Date: 31st August 2014)

Can you write a prizewinning poem?

That's what we are asking in this free competition. There's a £100 prize to the winner and the best of the rest will be published.       

The title of the competition is Do The Write Thing 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.

We can allow you to submit up to three poems but, if you prefer you can send only one.

Either send your entries via post, to: United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB; email them to luke@unitedpress.co.uk or sam@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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