Regrets Poetry Competition

1st Prize: £200.00

2nd Prize: £100.00

3rd Prize:  £75.00

Closing date: 21st October 2012

Entry Fee: £3.00 or FREE to Premier Members

Love poetry? Enter our fantastic new poetry competition and you could win any one of our top prizes. All you need to do is to submit a poem with a maximum of 20 lines excluding the title. You can be as creative as you like with your interpretation of the topic.

Entries must be original and previously unpublished. All submissions must be accompanied by the correct payment and be made through PayPal. We no longer accept postal submissions so please send your entries to and mark Regrets Poetry Competition in the subject line.

Entries must be received on or before the closing date.

As part of our continued improvement and development of the Creative Competitor site, all competitions will now be judged within a 4 month period. The winning submission will be published on the website and in the free newsletter.

Simple Pleasures Poetry Competition

1st Prize: £100

2nd Prize: £75

3rd Prize: £50

Closing date: 5th May 2012

Entry fee: £2.50 or free to Premier1 members

If you enjoy writing poetry, then why not enter our fantastic new poetry competition with some great cash prizes and publication online. To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is to create a poem that perfectly interprets our theme. Poems must have a  maximum of 20 lines.

All poems must be original and previously unpublished.

You may enter as many poems as you like however you must ensure that the correct payment is sent. If you are in Europe, you can make your payment by cheque and in euros if preferred. Please follow the instructions here. Otherwise, payment must be made by PayPal by clicking on the link.

Please send your completed poem(s) to and add Simple Pleasures Poetry Competition to the subject line. If you are a Premier1 Member, please also add your membership number to the subject line.

We prefer submissions to be pasted into the body of the email.


Please note that it can take some time for competitions to be judged and winners to be announced and your entry into this competition, implies acceptance to this rule.

New Year Moods Poetry Competition

1st Prize:£75.00
2nd Prize:£50.00

Closing date: January 5th 2012

Entry Fee: £2.00 or free to Creative Competitor Premier1 Members

Approaching a New Year can be a time of wonder for the experiences to come and yet, the New Year is also a time of reflection. Send us your interpretation of the New Year by writing a poem that captures the true essence of your feelings.
Maximum 20 lines
Must be original and previously unpublished.
We prefer submissions by email to please mark New Year Moods Comp in the subject line.

Premier1 Members please write your membership number in the subject line too.

We welcome submissions from writers worldwide.

It can take some time to judge all of the submissions so please bear this in mind when entering. Entry into this competition implies acceptance to the rules.

Love Poem Competition Winner

1st Prize: £75  Sarah Hills

2nd Prize: £50 David Allen

I feel whole, bursting with love, light and intensity. Pleasure, simple yet tender,

 and the touch of his hand, electric.

Sparks flow, cascading up my skin, erupting in a crescendo of power. I cry out his name

and breathe in true happiness and raw intensity as I melt, his liquid brown eyes pulling me in deeper.

I want to drown in the love that is reflected, here there is no beginning, no ending, we just exist, entwined in silence, no words can express

 the touch of his lips, all I need to hear.  Is this pure love all mine?

Loneliness fades, days, weeks, months begin to blur and fade, sepia like, my life plan rewrites in a blaze of colour. I exist and we are one.

How to Win Creative Writing Competitions

Even the most accomplished writer is unable to win every competition they enter but a little forward planning and inspired creativity can boost the chances of winning creative writing competitions more regularly. I became addicted to writing competitions many years ago and had a few modest successes in the early days and then through increased focus and commitment, started winning more. Am I a better writer than everyone else? No, but I am very determined to succeed and writing is my life so I also put 100% into every creative project. If you want to win  creative writing competitions, then don’t play at it half-heartedly, as the editor of the Creative Competitor I see thousands of submissions each year and whilst sometimes the standard is excellent, other submissions can be unappealing and even badly written.

Self motivation and commitment are key factors for every successful writer, there is no doubt in my mind that you can learn the relevant techniques and skill-set to become successful. What you lack for in qualifications, you can more than make up for with imagination and determination through trial and error. You also need to utilise every ounce of imagination at your disposal and this can mean growing that creative muscle until it expands and works at will. Once you get into the habit of entering writing competitions regularly, your imagination will kick-start quickly. I would always suggest sourcing your own list of writing competitions and checking out the rules carefully before entering. You also need to think your idea through thoroughly before submitting to  make sure your idea is powerful and that it will stand out from other entries.

Its hard trying to acquire the mindset of a competition judge but to a certain degree, you do need to be fairly analytical as regards your submission.

I have put together the following tips to help you increase your chances of winning the creative writing competitions of your choice:

  1. Have you checked all of the rules including word count and closing date?
  2. Does the competition theme inspire you?
  3. Have you planned your story sufficiently before writing?
  4. Is your idea fresh and most of all, compelling?
  5. Are your characters(if any) larger than life?
  6. Are you sure that your storyline hasn’t meandered unnecessarily?
  7. Does the storyline flow?
  8. Will the reader be able to relate to the storyline? (Depending on competition theme)
  9. Have you checked out previous competition winners to get a feel for why they may have won?
  10. Have you spell-checked?

There is always a certain amount of luck involved with winning creative writing competitions but if you put your heart and soul into your entry, then you increase your chances of securing a fantastic prize and obtaining publication.