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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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Local Poem Competition 2015 (Closing Date: 31st December 2014)

Have you entered the Local Poem Competition yet? Your poem could win you £1,000.

It's free to enter this annual competition. All you have to do is send a poem about life in your own home town or area to “Local Poem”, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB or enter online via our online submission form.

The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

“Your entry can be about something or someone from your home area,” explained Julie Embury of United Press. “We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we're expecting some great entries from you."

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Religious Poem Competition (Closing Date: 31st January 2015)

The winner of our religious poetry competition will win £250 for their local church.

Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition, there's no age limit and no entry fee.

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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Window On The World (Closing Date: 30th April 2015)

Can you write a prizewinning poem?

That's what we're asking in this free competition.

There's a £100 prize to the winner and the best of the rest will be published.

Anyone can submit up to three poems for the competition, there's no age limit and no entry fee.

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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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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