Competitions for Young Writers: Poetry

Stone Soup Magazine
Thirteen and under
When to enter: all the time
Reward: Publication, $40, complimentary copy

When to enter: all the time

Cavan Crystal and Windows Publications Poetry Competition
Ages 10-18
When to enter: March
Reward:  €100 (for each of three categories: 10-13, 13-18, Irish language)

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition
All ages
When to enter: April
Entry fee: £4.50 (if over eighteen)

All Ages
When to Enter: June
Entry fee: €8
Reward: Publication, €200 for winner

Ages 11-17
When to Enter: End of July
Reward: Publication (winner’s anthology), year's Youth Membership, invitation to Awards Ceremony in London, current issue of Young Writer magazine, books, Paperblanks journal, week-long residential course at one of the Arvon Centres, see website for more details.

The Old Possum’s Children’s Poetry Competition
Ages 7-11
When to enter: September
Reward: book and cash prizes

Under eighteen
When to Enter: September

Some of these are for Irish entrants only, some are international. If a competition is for the UK only, it will say in the listing. Thank you for reading.
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Last updated 21/07/2011