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People Before Profits Poetry Prize
An annual prize for an original poem on a "people before profits" theme. $10 entry fee. $200 prize. Deadline: March 1.

The Poetic Link
An interactive data base, publishing submitted works and critiques and offering monthly prizes for best poet and best critiquer. Includes membership form and contest rules.

The Poetry Business competition
Contestants submit a collection of poems (16–24 pages). Up to five winners share a pool of One Thousand Pounds, plus publication. Closing date: 31 October. Entry fee: £18 per collection.

Poetry Contest Caution
Provides a listing of some on-line poetry websites which sponsor misleading or deceptive "contests", for which no entry fees are usually charged.

Poetry London
One of Britain's leading poetry magazines, features original poems, and reviews, and sponsors a rewarding annual contest for unpublished poems, less than 80 lines in length. Winners have been announced for 2003 contest.

Poets Against Poverty
Word Salad Poetry Magazine sponsors a poetry contest as a fundraiser for "Poets Against Poverty." Prize money totals $600. Minimum entrance fee $10. Deadline: June 30.

Ragged Raven's International Poetry Competition
Annual contest seeks poems of any length and on any subject. Prize money totals 450 pounds. Entry fee: 3 pounds. Closing date: October 31, 2003.

Reuben Rose Annual Poetry Competition
Established to give a voice to writers of English poetry in Israel, this competition seeks poems on general themes, not more than forty lines in length. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: October 7, 2003.

Slipstream Press Poetry Contest
An annual poetry chapbook contest, worth $1,000, seeking up to forty pages of poetry in any style, format or theme. Entry fee: $15. Deadline: December 1, each year.

Strokestown Poetry Prize
Three categories of poetry are sought, each with a limit of 70 lines. Cash prizes total $7,000. Entry fee: $5. Deadline: February 18.

Swift Satire Poetry Competition
Submissions are invited for a satirical poem, in the spirit and style of Swift, on a topic of social/political interest. First Prize: Euro 1,000. Closing Date: July 24, 2004.

Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Contest
Seeks unpublished verse, no longer than 100 lines. Judged on literary excellence, spiritual tenor and human authenticity. Prize money totals $650. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31.

Tom Howard Poetry Contest
Annual contest, closing September 30, 2004, seeks original poems in any style, on any theme, and of any length. Published verse and simultaneous submissions are okay. Prize money totals $2,380, including a First Prize of $1,000. Major prizewinners must agree to allow their winning entries to be published in an Anthology. Entry fee is $5 for every 25 lines. Sole judge is award-winning novelist/poet John H. Reid.

Voices Network
Features quarterly poetry competitions, with no entry fees. Open to all, though entries from children are judged by less strict criteria. Cash prizes total $175.

Wild Plum International Poetry Contest
Seeks unpublished poems in any genre, up to 70 lines in length. Prize cash totals $1,200. Minimum entry fee: $5. Deadline: January 15, 2004.

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