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Despite my success at getting my poetry published (see Verse page), I’ve never won a poetry competition, but I did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then of course I won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest with Stiff Competition, a novel that had previously been rejected by a top publisher for being too funny (see Comps Novel).  I therefore speak from experience when I say that winning small competitions doesn’t lead to overnight fame.  But having a few such successes to boast about does you no harm when approaching publishers, so if your dream is to get a book of poetry published, this could be the place to begin.  Or maybe you just want to win some prize money.  Note that the judges of poetry competitions seldom have the same tastes as editors and publishers, so in order to get your eye in you need to study poetry competition winners rather than just published poems.

     Below is a list of the most interesting UK poetry competitions I’ve seen recently (entry is not necessarily limited to UK residents).  I’ve done my best to vet them and eliminate the dodgy ones, but I can offer no guarantees.

     Bear in mind that poetry comps with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win. 

 
 

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UK Poetry Competitions (currently (30)

 


Updated
 16.2.21

 

Writers’ Forum Poetry Competition.  This monthly contest from the glossy magazine Writers’ Forum is for poems of up to 40 lines on any thme.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one month automatically go forward to the next.
    Prize: £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
    Entry Fee: £7 (includes a short critique).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
11.10.17

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize.  Entries for this open contest from Wales are invited from beginners and established poets. Submit 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: Annually - 31 March.
    Prizes (4): A publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 29.6.17

 

Hour of Writes Competition.  To enter this new weekly peer-reviewed contest from Manchester you submit a piece of writing of any type you choose running to no more than 2,000 words. There is a different theme every week.
    Closing : 11pm every Friday.
    Prize: £50 (usually the minimum, they say; prize increases if more entries are received).
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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Added
9.4.21

 

F(r)iction Writing Competition.  This contest from America has four categories: Short Story (1,001 to 7,500 words), Poetry (up to three pages per poem), Flash Fiction (up to 1,000 words) and Creative Non-fiction (up to 6,000 words).
    Closing: 29.4.21.
    Prizes: Short Story - $1,000.  Flash Fiction - £300.  Poetry - $300.  Creative Non-Fiction - $500
    Entry Fees: Short Story and Creative Non-Fiction - $15.  Poetry and Flash Fiction - single entry $10, three-pack $12.
    Comp Page:
F(r)iction Comps.

 


Added
31.10.20

 

Ver Poets Open Competition.  Here’s a repeat of the annual contest from Ver Poets of St Albans in Hertfordshire.  It is for poems of up to 30 lines on any subject.  The judge this year is André Mangeot.
    Closing: 30.4.21.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Winning and selected poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £3 each thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Ver Poets.

 


Added
2.11.20

 

Ware Poets Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Ware Poets of Hertfordshire is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.  There is a separate category for sonnets.
    Closing: 30.4.21.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £150.  Ware Sonnet Prize - £150.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Entry Form and Details (pdf):
Ware Poets Comp

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I spent a year or so reading all those comments on your website from people who, since consulting your list, seem have won just about every competition going. I read it and thought it must be too good to be true – but worth a try. Then, on my third submission, I have actually gone and won the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry. I am absolutely over the moon, unable to believe it, etc.  Thank you so much.
                                                                                   -  Andy Miller

 


Added
20.1.21

 

Prole Laureate Poetry Competition.  To enter this annual contest from Prole Books in Abergele you submit a poem of any length.  This can be in any style and on any subject.  They’re looking for work that engages, entertains and challenges.
    Closing: 30.4.21.
    Prize: 1st - £300 and publication in the Prole 32 (print journal).  Runners-up (2) - £75 and publication in Prole 32.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Prole Laureate.

 


Added
2.12.20

 

Yeovil Literary Prize.  This is the 20th of these annual international contests from Yeovil, the literary capital of the West Country where even the sheep appreciate poetry.  There are four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel and Unrestricted.  The stories can run to 2,000 words, while the poems should be no more than 40 lines.  Novels have a limit of 15,000 words for the opening chapters and synopsis.  The final category is unusual in that it’s for anything you have written - as long as it has ‘the Wow! factor’ (they mean ‘Wow - that’s brilliant!’ rather than, ‘Wow - you’ve really plumbed the depths with that one!’).  Your entry could be a particularly creative tax return, a witty note to the milkman, or that hilariously scathing critique of your former best friend’s novel, etc.
    Closing: 30.4.21.
    Prizes: Short Story - £500, £200, £100.  Poetry - £500, £200, £100.  Novel - £1,000, £250, £100.  Writing Without Restrictions - £200, £100, £50.  In addition there is the Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award for someone living in the Western Gazette distribution area (mainly Dorset and Somerset).  It isn’t worth moving down there however as the prize is only £100.
    Entry Fee: Short Story - £7.  Poetry - £7 each, £10 for two, £12 for three.  Novel - £12 each.  Writing Without Restrictions - £5.
    Comp Page:
Yeovil Lit Prize.

 


Added
31.1.21

 

Grey Hen Poetry Competition.  This contest from Grey Hen Press is for poems of up to 40 lines by woman who are prepared to admit to being over 60.  There is no theme.
    Closing: 30.4.21.
    Prizes: £100, £50, £25.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £3 each, £10 for four.
    Comp Page:
Grey Hen.

 

 

 

Dear Michael
   I discovered your excellent site a few months back and entered some of the poetry competitions. I have in all my long years never received a payment for anything I have written, but I today received an email from Cooldog Publications to say I have won second prize in their E-mag Poetry Competition! £50! What a great way to start the new year.
   I just had to write and say thanks to you for the trouble you have taken with your site and how much I appreciate the sense of humour that underpins it.
  This has given me a terrific boost.
                                                                                -  Carol Browne

 


Added
28.2.21

 

The Mairtin Crawford Awards.  This contest from the Belfast Book Festival is for poems and stories by writers who have not yet had a full collection of stories or poems, or a novel, published.  In the poetry category, each submission should comprise between 3 and 5 poems of no more than 60 lines each.  Stories (one per submission) should not exceed 2,500 words.
    Closing: 2.5.21.
    Prizes: The first prize winners in each category will receive £1,000 and a 5-night stay at the River Mill Writing Retreat.  Runners-up - £250.  Winners will be invited to read at the awards ceremony at the Belfast Book Festival 2021.
    Entry Fee: £6 for each submission of one story or 6 to 10 poems.
    Comp Page:
MC Awards.

 


Added
16.3.21

 

Live Canon Poetry Collection Competition.  There are two categories in this annual contest from Live Canon: First Collection, and Second and Subsequent collections.  To enter you submit at least 35 poems.
    Closing: 14.5.21.
    Prizes: Three collections will be published by Live Canon Press.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Canon Collection.

 


Added
16.3.21

 

Live Canon International Poetry Competition.  Have a shot at this one and you could soon be having a ball with a thousand pounds to spend.  All right, those are last year’s puns, but the competition is bang up to date (and that’s a new one, boom, boom).  Your poem can be any length, say the promoters, but frankly I don’t think they really mean that.  I reckon after the first 10,000 words you’re going to be struggling to keep even the most battle-hardened judge interested.
    Closing: 21.5.21.
    Prize: £1,000.  There is also £100 for the highest placed poet living, studying or working in the London Borough of Greenwich.  Fifty poems will be published in the 2020 anthology and 16 will be performed by the Live Canon Ensemble during the prize-giving event at Greenwich Theatre.
    Entry Fee : £6.50 for one, £12 for two, £16 for three, £20 for five, £35 for ten.
    Comp Page:
Live Canon.

 


Added
23.8.20

 

Erewash Holiday Romance Competition.  This freebie from Erewash Writers in Derbyshire is for poems of up to 40 lines and stories of up to 500 words on the subject of your holiday romance (one you’ve had, one you’re still having, or one you’re hoping to have next time instead of the covid19 and 3-weeks in hospital you got this time.
    Closing: 27.5.21.
    Prize: £10 and publication on the website.
    Entry Fee: None - free to entry.
    Comp Page:
Erewash Romance

 


Added
2.3.21

 

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2021.  ‘Wasafiri’, according to the website, ‘is a literary magazine at the forefront of mapping new landscapes in international literature.’  Try saying that in Kiswahili, the language from which the magazine’s title comes.  Now, you are probably thinking that the magazine itself must hail from Africa, but this is not so.  It was born at the University of Kent in 1984, and as far as I know it has no African connection at all.  Nor, I might add, has the contest.  This has three categories (Poetry, Fiction, Life Writing) and is open to anyone anywhere in the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category.  The word limit for the Fiction and Life Writing is 3,000.  In the poetry category, you can submit up to three poems (total words 3,000 max) for the same entry fee (each poem to be submitted as a separate document).  Incidentally, ‘wasafiri’, in case your Kiswahili is a bit rusty, means ‘cultural traveller’.  The problem with cultural travelling is that these days you have to go into quarantine when you get back, to make sure you aren’t suffering from something called ‘cultural appropriation’.  Very nasty is that, apparently.
    Closing: 31.5.21 (5pm).
    Prize (in each category): £1,000 and publication in the mag.  Winners will also be offered Chapter & Verse or Free Reads mentoring in partnership with The Literary Consultancy.
    Entry Fee: £10.  If you enter two separate categories it’s £16.
    Comp Page:
Wasafiri Prize.

 


Added
2.11.20

 

Bridport Prize .  This international competition from the Bridport Arts Centre is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar.  Everyone in the trade whose mind is not addled by drugs has heard of it, and they will be impressed if you can claim to have won it.  The good news is that winning it is easy.  All you have to do is submit the best poem or short story, the former having no more than 42 lines, the latter running to no more than 5,000 words.  For those who find 5,000 words too tiring to write there is now a flash fiction category for stories of up to 250 words (if that’s too much, consider becoming a poet).  There is also a First Chapter Award (see separate listing below) for a novel opening of between 5,000 and 8,000 words, plus a 300-word synopsis.  Writers from beyond the veil should note that the Bridport rules forbid posthumous entries.  Shame: the awards ceremony would be so much more interesting with a couple of ghosts in attendance.
    Closing: 31.5.21.
    Prizes: Short Stories, Poems (in each category) - £5,000, £1,000, £500, and ten @ £100.  Flash Fiction - £1,000, £500, £250, and three @ £100..   The Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award: £1,000, £500. Runners-up (10) £100.  Winning entries will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fees: Poems - £10.  Short Stories - £12.  Novel - £20.  Flash Fiction - £9.
    Comp Page:
Bridport Prize.

 


Added
5.12.20

 

Frogmore Poetry Prize 2021.  This annual contest is run by Frogmore Press which was founded in 1983 in the Frogmore tearooms in Folkestone.  Well, what else can you do in Folkestone?  I’ll tell you what: you can fall in the sea, a feat I managed at the age of 8.  Will I ever forget that day?  Unlikely, for I had the misfortune to be rescued by my two sisters.  ‘No, no - let me drown!’ I cried.  ‘I’ll never be able to face my mates again.’  But I had the ice cream money in my pocket and so my pleas were ignored.  I later wrote a poem about the shame of it all but it would have been too long for this contest because it ran to 360 lines.  The line limit here is 40.
    Closing: 31.5.20.
    Prize: 1st - 250 guineas.  Classy.  You also get a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.  2nd - 75 guineas and a year’s subscription.  3rd - 50 guineas and a year’s subscription.  All shortlisted poems will be published in The Frogmore Papers.
    Entry Fee: £4.
    Comp Page:
Frogmore PP .

 

 

 

Hi Michael,
     Thanks for a very useful website. Since finding the contact details on your site, I've won the Txtlit competition twice, and the Write Invite competition four times. With the prize money I'm now entering other competitions. Thanks for keeping us writers posted!
     Best regards, Uta Coutts

 


2.4.21

 

Wigtown Poetry Prize .  This annual international contest from Wigtown in Scotland is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject (although I would suggest NOT wigs - too obvious).  Entries can be in English or, for shy writers who prefer not to have too many readers, Scottish Gaelic or Scots.
    Closing: 31.5.21.
    Prizes: English - £1,500, £200.  Scottish Gaelic - £500, £200.  Scots - £500, £200.  Dumfries & Galloway Fresh Voice Award (submit 3 to 6 poems) - A package of professional support including mentoring and a retreat at Moniak Mhor Creative Writing Centre.  There is also the Alastair Reed Pamphlet Prize (submit 8 - 12 poems) to win 30 copies in pamphlet form.
    Entry Fee: Main Categories - £6.50 each, £17 for three ... and so on up to £53 for twelve.  Dumfries & Galloway Award - free.  Pamphlet Prize - £15.
    Comp Page:
Wigtown Poetry.

 


Added
28.1.21

 

Creative Future Writers’ Award.  Creative Future is seeking poets and fiction writers from under-represented backgrounds, i.e. those who face barriers due to mental health, disability, identity or social circumstances (you might for instance be a carer).  See the entry page for a comprehensive list.  You also need to be over 18, resident in the UK and not previously published in book for by an established publisher.  If you fit the bill, submit a work of fiction of up to 2,000 words, or poetry of up to 42 lines.  The theme in both cases is Essential.  This, they say, is a creative prompt, not a requirement.  So not essential, then.  Confusing.
    Closing: 6.6.21.
    Prizes: (in each category): 1st - £100, a Chapter and Verse Mentorship, manuscript assessment and a chance to attend a TLC industry day, plus meet the professionals.  2nd - £75, a manuscript assessment, a six-week online writing course from Curtis Brown Creative or The Poetry School.   3rd - £50, a partial manuscript assessment, and a copy of Mslexia’s Indie Press Guide.  4th - a story or poem critique and a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.    There are also prizes for Highly Commended and Commended, and then there are ‘Joint prizes’, presumably so you can smoke away the blues after not winning the top prize ... oh, hang on, I think I’ve misunderstood that one.  It seems these prizes are something extra that all winners get jointly.  What a disappointment!.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter (one entry per person in each category allowed).
    Comp Page:
Creative Future.

 


Added
28.1.21

 

International Welsh Poetry Competition.  I know what you’re thinking: you’ll have to write a poem in Welsh for this one.  Not so, because there are only four poets in the entire world who write in Welsh, so the promoters are wisely asking for entries in English. They’re also asking for no more than 50 lines. These lines can be in any style and on any subject.  Award-winning poet Cathy Miles will be judging.
    Closing: 6.6.21.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.  Winners and 17 runners-up will be published online and in a future anthology.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Welsh Poetry

 


Added
2.3.21

 

The Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund Poetry Competition.  I’ll bet you didn’t know there was such a place as a sanctuary for whisky.  Well, amazingly ... there isn’t, although having seen someone mix cola with whisky, I think there should be.  But this annual contest ia all about raising funds for an animal sanctuary in Kent.  It is for poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of Healing.
    Closing: 7.6.21.
    Prizes: 1st - A 25% share prie fund.  2nd - 10%.  3rd - 5%.  There are two further prizes of 5% of the prize fund, one being for a previously unpublished poet, the other for a poem on a rescue animal or an animal sanctuary and its work.
    Entry Fee: £5.  Fifty per cent of the proceeds will be used for the care of animals.
    Comp Page:
Sanctuary Comp.

 


Added
8.3.21

 

Canterbury Poet of the Year Competition.  It’s back again: the annual international poetry contest from Canterbury Festival.  As usual, it’s for poems of up to 60 lines.
    Closing: 11.6.21.
    Prizes : £200, £100, £50.  People’s Choice - £25.  Best Read Poem - A bottle of sparkling wine (do not drink immediately, as you might be called upon to do an encore).  There will be an anthology of winners and shortlistees.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Canterbury Fest Poet.

 


Updated
31.3.21

 

Segora International Writing Competition.  Now in its 15th year, this contest from Poetry, Prose and Plays is for short stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a performance time of 10 to 35 minutes, and vignettes running to no more than 300 words.  Not many vignette contests about these days.  This is because hardly anyone knows what a vignette is.  You do of course, and in fact you probably have a dozen or so already written.  For the rest, I’ll give by way of enlightenment a definition from Collins: ‘A short piece of writing that clearly expresses the typical characteristics of something or someone.’  You can read last year’s winners for all categories on the website.  Although the promoters are based in France, entries should be in English.
    Closing: 15.6.21.
    Prizes: Short stories - £300, £100, £50.  Poetry - £300, £100, £50.  Vignettes - £100.  Plays - £150, £50.
    Entry Fee: Stories - £8 for one, £14 for two, £20 for three.  Poems - £5 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.  Vignettes - £5 for the first, £2.50 thereafter.  Plays - £12.
    Comp Page:
PPP Comps

 


Added
9.2.21

 

George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition.  This contest from the Suffolk Poetry Society, a registered charity, is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.  To enter, you will have to buy eligibilty by joining the Society unless you are already a member, or were born in Suffolk, or work or reside there, or have been educated there. To join the Society, see the entry form.
    Closing: 15.6.21.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £150.  Runners-up (2) - £75.  There will be an awards event at which winning and commended poets will be invited to read.  The poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Crabbe Poetry.

 


Added
1.4.21

 

Poetry London PrizePoetry London, a magazine with nationwide and international scope despite its title, is seeking poems of up to 80 lines on any subject and in any style.  This year’s judge is poet Malika Booker, who lectures in poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University.
    Closing: 26.6.21.
    Prizes: £5,000, £2,000, £1,000.  Winners will be published in the magazine.
    Entry Fee: £8 (£4 for subscribers).
    Comp Page:
Poetry London.

 


Added
1.4.21

 

Wells Festival of Literature Competitions.  Here we have a return of  the famous Wells Litfest and its various competitions: Open Poetry, Short Story, Book for Children, Young Poets.  I should mention before we go any further that we are talking about Wells in Somerset, not Wells in Norfolk which also has an annual litfest (I wouldn’t want you turning up at the wrong event to receive your prize or to berate the judges for not awarding you anything).  Anyway, back to business.  For the Open Poetry you are allowed up to 35 lines, while the Short Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.  For the Book for Children, which must be suitable for children aged 7 to 16 years, you need to submit the first two chapters (or first 20 pages, this being the maximum) plus a synopsis brief enough to fit two pages (and don’t use that microscopic font that’s only suitable for the small print in dodgy contracts).  If shortlisted, you will be asked to submit the rest of your story.  The Young Poets category (for budding bards aged between 16 and 22) requires poems of no more than 35 lines.  Judging the Open Poetry contest will be Owen Sheers, while Sally Bayley will be tackling the short stories.  Young Poets will have to impress Phoebe Stuckes.  Dr Joanne Nadin will choose the winning Book for Children.
    Closing: 30.6.21.
    Prizes: Open Poetry - £1,000, £500, £250.  Short Story, Book for Children (in each category) - £750, £300, £200.  Additional prizes: Wyvern Prize for a local short story entrant - £100.  Local Prize for poetry - £100.  Book for Children Local Prize - £100.  Young Poets - £150, £75, £50.
    Entry Fee : Adults categories - £6.  Young Poets - £3.
    Comp Page:
Wells Litfest.

 


Added
2.3.21

 

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Ledbury in Wales is for poems of up to 40 lines.  It has three age categories: Adult (18 and over), Young People (12 to 17), and Children (under 12).  The judge is Anthony Anaxagorou.
    Closing: 15.7.21 (5pm).
    Prizes: Adults: £1,000, £500, £250.  Young People - £100, £50, £25.  Children - £25, £15, £10 - all in book tokens.  All winners will be invited to read at the 2022 Festival.
    Entry Fees: Adults - £5.75 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.  Young People and Children get the first entry free, then pay £1.75 each for any additional entries.
    Comp Page:
Ledbury Poetry Fest.

 


Added
1.4.21

 

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2021 .  This annual freebie from The Poetry Society is said to be the UK’s largest poetry competition for writers between the ages of 11 and 17.  It certainly attracts a lot of entries.  Over 6,000 young people from across the world submitted their work last year.  Poems can be any length, in any style and on any subject, but they must be in English.
    Closing : 31.7.21.
    Prizes: The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing course at a prestigious Arvon Centre, or they will receive mentoring from a professional poet.  The top 15 poems will be published in a print anthology which is sent out to over 20,000 school libraries and poetry enthusiasts.  The 85 commended poets will have their entries published in an online anthology.  There will be a prize-giving event in October, to which all 100 winners will be invited.  I’ve been to some of these events and there’s generally free booze, plus fellow poets can usually be relied upon to supply some weed (best not mention this to your parents).
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.  You can enter more than one poem but they make it clear they don’t want you bunging in any old rubbish to make up the numbers (they put it more subtly than that, but that’s what they mean).
    Comp Page:
Foyle Young Poets.

 


Added
31.1.21

 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.  This annual contest from Aesthetica Magazine is for Short fiction running to no more than 2,000 words and poetry of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: 31.8.21.
    Prize (in each category): £2,500 plus other writing related prizes.  Finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual .
    Entry Fee: £18 for fiction, £12 for poetry.
    Comp Page:
Aesthetica Award.

 


Added
4.4.21

 

Moth Nature Writing Prize. This international contest from Irish magazine The Moth is in its second year and is for nature writing (prose or poetry) of up to 4,000 words. Your entry should combine exceptional literary merit with an exploration of your relationship with the natural world.
    Closing: 15.9.21.
    Prize: 1,000 euros and a week at Circle of Misse in France.
    Entry Fee: 15 euros.
    Comp Page:
Moth Nature Writing.

 


Added
7.4.21

 

Bedford Writing Competition.  This annual not-for-profit contest from Bedfordshire, home of the famous Shuttleworth Collection (old aeroplanes and cars) is for stories of up to 3,000 words and poems running to no more than 40 lines.  Poet and novelist Patrick McGuinness will be judging the short stories, while the poetry will be judged by poet Anne Berkeley.
    Closing: 31.10.21.  Opens for entries 1.5.21.
    Prizes in each main category (Poetry, Short Story): £1,000, £200, £100.  There are in addition awards of £100 each in the Bedford Short Story Prize and the Bedford Poetry Prize, these being for local residents only.  Finally there are prizes for poetry writers and short story writers 25 and under (see website for details).  Shortlisted and winning entries will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £7.50 each, £15 for three.  Full-time students: £5 each, £10 for three.  Net proceeds will be used to help children ‘catch up’, and also to assist the King’s Arms Homeless project.
    Comp Page:
BWC.

 
  

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Notes: Unless otherwise stated in the rules, poetry should be single-spaced.  It is sometimes the case that your name shouldn’t appear on the manuscript. Check the rules.  If you put your name on there after being told not to, you’re out.  Don’t use coloured paper or fancy fonts.  The colour and pizzazz to make you stand out from the crowd should be in the words.  Plain white A4 80gsm paper is the stuff to use, with plain black typing or print.  My preferred font for poetry manuscripts printed on an inkjet or laser printer is Gill Sans in 12 point (13 if I’m not pressed for space).  This gives a clear, dark print that’s easy to read.  Although publishers and agents sometimes demand the feeble Courier font, which comes out on my printers like something produced by a typewriter with an antique ribbon, I’ve never known competition organisers to express any preference.  But as always, check the rules.  Finally, write on one side of the sheet only - unless asked to put your address, etc, on the back.
 

 
     

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