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Weekly Poetry Competition 6th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition.                     At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2018 to the end of January 2019, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal's anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/five-words-poetry-competition/ Grindstone International Poetry Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 40 lines of poetry in any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Irish Arts & Writers Festival Shirley McClure Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prize: $600. Entry Fee: $10 per poem. Looking for: Previously unpublished poems of up to 50 lines written in English. Open to international entries. Shortlist judge is Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer prizewinning poet. Further info: See website. Website: https://irishwriterslosgatos.submittable.com/submit Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: Tom Howard Prize: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre. Margaret Reid Prize: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style). Top 12 entries published online. Entry fee: $12. Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines. Email: adam@winningwriters.com Website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry Salopean Poetry Society's Annual Open Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50; 5 consolation prizes of £30; £50 best humour poetry. Entry fee is £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members. Looking for: Poetry, up to 80 lines. Email: salopeotgohotrnail.com Website: http://thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage.php Hammond House Publishing Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Worlwide publication for 25 entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00. Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com READ Foundation Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 10th October 2018. Prizes: The winning entry will be displayed in hundreds of READ Foundation schools to inspire today’s students. It will also be published on READ Foundation’s website. The winner and two runners up will also receive feedback on their work from Ms Shahraz. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: A poem, short story or first person essay on the theme of “My education helped me….”. 500 words max. Further info: Writers must be 18+ and living in the UK. Poems & short stories accepted. Website: https://readfoundation.org.uk/writing-competition-2018/ Eyelands Book Awards 2018 Closing date: 20th October 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize for published books - Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic; Grand Prize for unpublished books - publication from Strange Days Books; Plus six more prizes. Entry fee: $30.00. Looking for: Poetry, novellas, short story collections. novels. Website: www.eyelandsawards.com Troubador International Poetry Prize Closing date: 22nd October 2018. Entry fee: £6, €7, $7.50 for the first poem, £4, €5, $5 for any subsequent poems. Payment via PayPal. Looking for: Poems, up to 45 lines. Prizes: £2,000, £1,000, a week-long creative-writing course at the Arvon Centre of your choice Email: CoftPoetry@aol.com Website: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes The 14th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2018 Closing date: 29th October 2018 (5pm). Prizes: The winners will receive book tokens. Sampson Low will also publish the winning entries as a chapbook. For full details on age categories and prizes, check out their website. Entry fee: Free to enter. Looking for: Your frightening short stories and poems to help commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Further info: Age categories, from 5-7 up to 19+. Website: https://www.creativewritingink.co.uk/14th-elmbridge-literary-competition-2018/ Cannon Poets Sonnet or not Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5, subsequent entries £2.50. Looking for: 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not. Website: www.cannonpoets.org.uk  Bare Fiction Prize 2018 - Poetry Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500; 2nd Prize: £200; 3rd Prize: £100; 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on their website. Entry fee: £5.00. Website: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/ NAWG Poetry Competition Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: 1st - £200; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £50. Entry fee: three poems for £10. Optional critiques: £5 each. Looking for: Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines. See website for further details on how to enter. Website: http://www.nawg.co.uk/5658/ Poetry Society National Poetry Competition Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, seven £200 commendations. Entry fee: £6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter. Looking for: Poems, up to 40 lines. Entries can be on any subject. Email: award@poetrysociety.org.uk  Website: www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/ Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Looking for: An unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words. Email: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.swconline.co.uk The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition OPENS - 30th November 2018 (midnight). Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: €1,000, week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, travel costs up to €600 and accommodation for four days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, €500, €250 Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines. Entry fee: €5, €20 for five poems. Email: godcomp@munsterlit.ie  Website: www.munsterlit.ie  Moth Poetry Prize 2018  Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: €10,000, 3 x €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per poem. You can enter as many poems as you like. Further info: The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished. The poem can be on any subject or theme. Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com Website: www.themothmagazine.com
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Weekly Poetry Competition 6th Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition.                     At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April 2018 to the end of January 2019, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week. The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and a prize of 500 euro is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal's anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines: http://www.obheal.ie/blog/five-words-poetry-competition/ Grindstone International Poetry Prize Closing date: 28th September 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize: £500; Runner Up: £50. The short list entries will be published in the year-end Anthology.. Entry fee: £10.00. Looking for: 40 lines of poetry in any genre or theme. Further details: Every entrant will receive critical feedback on their work. Website: https://www.grindstoneliterary.com/competitions Irish Arts & Writers Festival Shirley McClure Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prize: $600. Entry Fee: $10 per poem. Looking for: Previously unpublished poems of up to 50 lines written in English. Open to international entries. Shortlist judge is Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer prizewinning poet. Further info: See website. Website: https://irishwriterslosgatos.submittable.com/submit Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: Tom Howard Prize: $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre. Margaret Reid Prize: $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Honorable Mentions: 10 awards of $100 each (any style). Top 12 entries published online. Entry fee: $12. Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines. Email: adam@winningwriters.com Website: www.winningwriters.com/tompoetry Salopean Poetry Society's Annual Open Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50; 5 consolation prizes of £30; £50 best humour poetry. Entry fee is £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members. Looking for: Poetry, up to 80 lines. Email: salopeotgohotrnail.com Website: http://thesalopianpoetrysociety.webeden.co.uk/competition Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme. Email: bedfordwritingcomp@aol.co.uk Website: http://bedfordwritingcompetition.co.uk/BWC/php/homepage. php Hammond House Publishing Poetry Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. Worlwide publication for 25 entries. Entry fee: £10.00; Members £5.00. Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines on the theme of 'precious'. Website: www.hammondhousepublishing.com READ Foundation Writing Competition 2018 Closing date: 10th October 2018. Prizes: The winning entry will be displayed in hundreds of READ Foundation schools to inspire today’s students. It will also be published on READ Foundation’s website. The winner and two runners up will also receive feedback on their work from Ms Shahraz. Entry fee: Free. Looking for: A poem, short story or first person essay on the theme of “My education helped me….”. 500 words max. Further info: Writers must be 18+ and living in the UK. Poems & short stories accepted. Website: https://readfoundation.org.uk/writing-competition- 2018/ Eyelands Book Awards 2018 Closing date: 20th October 2018. Prizes: Grand Prize for published books - Five-day holiday in Athens plus a special handmade ceramic; Grand Prize for unpublished books - publication from Strange Days Books; Plus six more prizes. Entry fee: $30.00. Looking for: Poetry, novellas, short story collections. novels. Website: www.eyelandsawards.com Troubador International Poetry Prize Closing date: 22nd October 2018. Entry fee: £6, €7, $7.50 for the first poem, £4, €5, $5 for any subsequent poems. Payment via PayPal. Looking for: Poems, up to 45 lines. Prizes: £2,000, £1,000, a week-long creative-writing course at the Arvon Centre of your choice Email: CoftPoetry@aol.com Website: http://www.coffeehousepoetry.org/prizes The 14th Elmbridge Literary Competition 2018 Closing date: 29th October 2018 (5pm). Prizes: The winners will receive book tokens. Sampson Low will also publish the winning entries as a chapbook. For full details on age categories and prizes, check out their website. Entry fee: Free to enter. Looking for: Your frightening short stories and poems to help commemorate the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley's masterpiece. Further info: Age categories, from 5-7 up to 19+. Website: https://www.creativewritingink.co.uk/14th- elmbridge-literary-competition-2018/ Cannon Poets Sonnet or not Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £500, £250, £125. Entry fee: £5, subsequent entries £2.50. Looking for: 14-line poems that in some way reflect the sonnet form, or not. Website: www.cannonpoets.org.uk  Bare Fiction Prize 2018 - Poetry Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: £500; 2nd Prize: £200; 3rd Prize: £100; 2 x Highly Commended Award: £25. 1st, 2nd & 3rd prize winners will be published in the Spring 2019 issue of Bare Fiction Magazine and on their website. Entry fee: £5.00. Website: http://www.barefictionmagazine.co.uk/competitions/ NAWG Poetry Competition Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: 1st - £200; 2nd - £100; 3rd - £50. Entry fee: three poems for £10. Optional critiques: £5 each. Looking for: Poems can be any style, maximum 40 lines. See website for further details on how to enter. Website: http://www.nawg.co.uk/5658/ Poetry Society National Poetry Competition Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000, seven £200 commendations. Entry fee: £6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter. Looking for: Poems, up to 40 lines. Entries can be on any subject. Email: award@poetrysociety.org.uk  Website: www.poetrysociety.org.uk/content/competitions/npc/ Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018 Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Looking for: An unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words. Email: swcstorycomp@yahoo.co.uk Website: www.swconline.co.uk The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition OPENS - 30th November 2018 (midnight). Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: €1,000, week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, travel costs up to €600 and accommodation for four days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, €500, €250 Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines. Entry fee: €5, €20 for five poems. Email: godcomp@munsterlit.ie  Website: www.munsterlit.ie  Moth Poetry Prize 2018  Closing date: 31st December 2018. Prizes: 1st Prize: €10,000, 3 x €1,000. Entry fee: €12 per poem. You can enter as many poems as you like. Further info: The prize is open to anyone (over 16), as long as the poem is previously unpublished. The poem can be on any subject or theme. Email: enquiries@themothmagazine.com Website: www.themothmagazine.com
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