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Mind Matters - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

Many of us feel the benefit of writing poetry; it’s cathartic pouring our emotions on to paper! Why not unburden yourself with the power of your pen? Release your inner poet today!

Closing Date: 31st January 2017







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Eternal Love - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

Love is something that touches all our lives, whether it comes from our family , friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with. What are your experiences of love? Whatever love means to you, share your thoughts with us in verse.


Closing Date: 28th February 2017




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Light and Darkness - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

''Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light'' (Madeleine L'Engle). The symbolism of light and darkness has been used in many art forms throughout history. We're inviting you to write a thought-provoking poem, inspired by this theme, which is open for interpretation...

Closing Date: 31st March 2017







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Spring Awakening - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

Flurries of snow are replaced by mild breezes, animals emerge from hibernation and new buds begin to bloom: spring has sprung! What are your thoughts on spring? We would love to know.

Closing Date: 30th April 2017









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World of War - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

With Remembrance Day on the 11th November it’s the time of year to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our country.

Closing Date: 30th November 2016








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Winter Wonders - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

As the cold, dark nights draw in, what are your thoughts on this season? Whether you love or loath the winter season we want to hear your thoughts in verse.

Closing Date: 31st December 2016







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Political Fortunes - Win £25

Political FortunesBest poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

If there was ever a time to be inspired by politics, it's now. The EU Referendum, David Cameron's resignation, the Conservative leadership race, a new Prime Minister, the rise and fall and rise again of Boris Johnson. There's no shortage of material, so write a poem about the current political climate and send it in for the opportunity to be published!

Closing Date: 28th October 2016



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Poetry Rivals 2016

Poetry Rivals 2016Poetry Rivals is back encouraging you to take your poetry from the page to the stage! If you are 18 or over and love writing, performing and listening to poetry this is the perfect competition for you. Send your entry in for the chance to be a finalist and perform your poem live at the slam final and win a pamphlet publishing package with Burning Eye Books.

Entry Fee: £10

Extended Closing Date: 11th November 2016

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The Road To Success - Win £25

The Road To SuccessHow do we measure achievements? Is it by what we gain in the material - money, fame, possessions? Is it winning - getting to the top of our profession, sport or hobby? Whatever it is you're proud of,  we'd like to read your thoughts in verse.

Closing Date: 28th October 2016





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The Great British Write Off

The Great British Write Off is back for poets and writers!

This year there is no theme and your entry can be either a poem, short story, prose, novel extract or mini saga.

For every entry we receive we will adding 50p to the cash prize fund which will be won by our winner selected by guest judges. There will also be a 2nd and 3rd place prize up for grabs.

What are you waiting for? Enter the #GBWO today!

Extended Closing Date: 12th August 2016

Find out more at www.greatbritishwriteoff.co.uk





Limerick Legends - Win £25

Limerick Legends CompetitionBest poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication
(as chosen by the editorial team)

There once was a young poet from Limerick, who had to tell his poem pretty quick… That’s the idea behind our new competition Limerick Legends to celebrate National Limerick Day in May.

Closing Date: 30th June 2016


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Perfect Pets - Win £25

Perfect Pets CompetitionBest poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication
(as chosen by the editorial team)

As April is National Pet Month we are looking for you to create a special poem about pets: your pet, pet habits, a dream pet, unusual pets, what it’s like having a pet… anything that inspires you about our furry, feathered or scaly friends.


Closing Date: 30th June 2016


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Love Is In The Air - Win £25

   Best poet wins £25 (as chosen by the editorial team)

Love is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with. Whatever love means to you, share your thoughts with us in verse.

Closing Date: 25th March 2016


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Poetic Forms - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 (as chosen by the editorial team)

The emphasis here is not what you write, but how you write it. We'd like you to write a poem using a specific poetic form.


Closing Date: 25th March 2016


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The Life And Times - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 (as chosen by the editorial team)

Everyone has a story. Every person experiences the ups and downs, the happiness and heartbreak that weave together to make up life. Whatever your experience use the power of the verse to us the story that deserves to be told.


Closing Date: 25th March 2016


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