It’s not a good idea to rely on competitions, but they can be a good way to set yourself a deadline to finish your masterpiece. There’s usually a money prize and sometimes good feedback for runners up.
The Roundhouse Poetry Slam is an amazing event to go and watch and to participate in. Spoken word is a beautiful art form because it has elements of poetry, music, theatre and performance in it. The final is televised, the judges are incredible artists themselves and the prizes are great.
The Hippocrates Prize is a competition for poetry on a medical theme. There is an Open category, a category for past or present NHS workers and Young Poets prize. The first prize for each category is £5000. This year the deadline has been extended to 10th February 2014.
Pighog have an amazing poetry competition for a complete pamphlet. Today (31/01/14) is the last day for this years comp but look out for next time too. You can win publication by Pighog, and 40 complimentary copies of the pamphlet.