• Poetry in the UK

Link: http://poetrylibrary.org.uk/competitions/

Poetry Soup Recommended site


• The Poetry Society, London
Twitter @ Poetry Society

organises an annual National Poetry Competition with a closing date of 31st October

The UK National Poetry Day

has been has been held annually since 1994 on the first Thursday in October. In 2016 the date is Thursday 6th October and the theme is messages

The theme changes yearly . In 2014, and whilst The Thames was flooding dramatically, the theme of National Poetry Day was, perhaps ironically, announced as

Water water everywhere ...

Also annually the Scottish Poetry Library produce a set of FREE poem postcards for National Poetry Day . These have become collectable! if you are lucky enough to get a set!

World Poetry Day is Monday 21st March 2016

The closing date for

The 16th Christopher Poetry Competition is Friday 19th February

This is the UK ’s most valuable prize for young poets (aged 16-18)


• A new national poetry competition and poetry anthology for (English) students aged 14 to 19 years

We are currently unaware of any follow up competition - but live in hope!


• The annual search for a new

Heart National Champion"

begins at the college/school level
The same proviso as given to the above event also applies to this event

The website is still active but as on 21st January 2016 there was no indication as to the competition dates for this year!


• AgeUK organize an annual prose and poetry competition. Full details are also on the national AgeUK website

The closing date for 2016 entries is 29th February


• Join The Good Reads Poetry Group

and take Part in the Poetry Competitions which are organized regularly


• The PoetryFilm Archive 2016

It is free to submit your poetry film, art film, text film , silent film, collaborations, auteur films, films based on poems, poems based on films, experimental films and other text/image sound ... no deadline

Poetry London
Twitter @ Poetry_London

Widely acclaimed international poets share pages with new names, alongside poetry features, reviews and listings. Submit listings to listings@poetrylondon.co.uk

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• Book Awards World Wide

Link: http://lunch.publishersmarketplace.com/award-winners-2014/

• The Caine Prize for African Writing

14th July 2014
The Caine Prize for African Writing has gone to Kenyan author Okwiri Oduor for short story My Father's Head, which the judges called Joycean in its reach." She is working on her first novel

• In 2012 Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde won the 13th Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Bombay's Republic that was published in the Mirabilia Review

• Australia

• The 2014 Miles Franklin Award

Evie Wyld has won the Miles Franklin Award for
her novel All The Birds, Singing

The Miles Franklin Literary Award is Australia’s most prestigious literary award, and was established through the will of the writer Stella Miles Franklin, best known for her novel My Brilliant Career. The bequest came as surprise to the literary world as Franklin had told nobody – save her trustees – of her plans

• Canada

• The 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize

The Scotiabank Giller Prize is the richest prize for fiction in Canada. It is named in honour of the late literary journalist Doris Giller and was founded in 1994 by her husband, Toronto businessman Jack Rabinovitch. From the long list of 12, chosen from 161 submissions, the short list of 6 was announced on 6th October. The winner will receive $100,000 and the remaining 5 $10,000 each
• Twitter@@GillerPrize

• The Writer's Trust

was founded by five notable Canadian writers — Margaret Atwood, Pierre Berton, Graeme Gibson, Margaret Laurence, and David Young to celebrate the talent and achievements of novelists and poets, biographers and other non-fiction writers.

The Trust administers 10 prize funds which together form Canada’s largest privately-funded collection of literary awards. It also runs Berton House, Canada’s northernmost writers’ retreat

• The Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction

went to Naomi Klein's This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate. The prize was worth $60,000

The 2014 Award winners will be announced in Toronto on 4th November, and the entry details for 2015 will be available by May

• The Harbourfront Festival Prize

was inaugurated in 1984 to honour individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the world of books and writing, and was re-invented in 2003 as a cash award of $10,000

The prize is awarded on the closing night of the International Festival of Authors at a gala event in Toronto's Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre featuring readings by the winner

On 3td October it was announced that the 2014 winner was Margaret MacMillan "based on the merits of her published work and her contributions to fostering the next generation of literary talent."

• The Governor General's Literary Awards

announced their shortlists on 7th October 2014 in a number of categories, with the winners to be announced on November 18

• The Commonwealth Book Prize


• The Commonwealth Writers Prize

was established in 1987 and is an annual Literary Prize awarded by the Commonwealth Foundation

• The Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund

The CCLEF changes lives through education and friendship

• The Annual Commonwealth Christmas Fair

In November 2013 the Commonwealth Fair was held at Kensington Town Hall, having previously been held at The Commonwealth Institute. Watch out for announcements about the 2014 annual fundraising event

The Fairs have been organized since 1967, and profits go towards sponsoring the secondary education of underprivileged girls in over 40 countries. Authentic ethnic food and gifts on sale

• The 2014 European Union Prize for Literature,

EUPL is open to countries participating in Creative Europe

7th October: The Winners were announced and included Evie Wyld from the UK, author of All the Birds Singing

Each of the 13 winners get 5,000 euros, but also, "their publishers are encouraged to apply for EU funding to have the books translated into other languages to reach new markets."

The other "best new and emerging authors in Europe" named are: Ben Blushi (Albania); Milen Ruskov (Bulgaria); Jan Nemec (Czech Republic); Makis Tsitas (Greece); Oddný Eir (Iceland); Janis Jonevs (Latvia); Armin Öhri (Liechtenstein); Pierre J. Mejlak (Malta); Ognjen Spahic (Montenegro); a href="http://www.marentedemoor.nl"> Marente de Moor (The Netherlands); Uglješa Šajtinac (Serbia); and Birgül Oguz (Turkey)

In a related announcement, one of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature winners - Katri Lipson's literary thriller The Ice Cream Man is being published now in English as part of "a commitment to bringing exceptional works of crime fiction from Finnish authors into English through 2015," as Finland is featured as the Frankfurt Book Fair guest of honor this year (2014>

This year's EUPL winners will be presented with their awards during a gala ceremony at the Concert Noble in Brussels on 18 November, in the presence of the European Commissioner for Education and Culture, members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Italian Presidency of the EU

The EUPL is organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Booksellers' Federation, the European Writers' Council and the Federation of European Publishers

• The Man Asian Prize


On 3rd July, 2012 the Mexican Government anounced that it had created a $250k Literary Prize to honour Carlos Fuentes. It would be awarded on 11th November each year, the date on which the late author had been born

It is in recognition of a man who made Mexico greater," the president of the National Culture and Arts Council, or Conaculta, Consuelo Saizar, said

Besides the $250,000 cash award, the Carlos Fuentes International Prize for Literary Creation in the Spanish Language would also come with a sculpture by the artist Vicente Rojo

Winners announced for the 2014

New Zealand Post Book Awards

Canadian born Booker Prize Winner Eleanor Catton won the 2014 Fiction category with The Luminaries. She is using the NZ$15,000 prize money (around £7,500) to set up a grant to give writers 'time to read'

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