The Arvon International Poetry Competition 2006 is now open. The competition has been running for twenty-five years and first opened in 1980 with Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Philip Larkin amongst the judges. There is no restriction on line length or subject -- all poems are welcome. The deadline is September 15th 2006. Entries cost £7 for the first poem and £5 for each poem thereafter. Prize money ranges from £500 to £5000. I'm always rather wary about competitions that you have to pay to enter, but the money raised, I'm told, goes towards Arvon's grants for writers programme.