National Poetry Competition 2018

     Category:  Poetry
     Deadline:  October 31, 2018  (expired!)
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    National Poetry Competition 2018

    The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for previously unpublished single poems.

    All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject. There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.

    Handwritten entries cannot be accepted. Posted entries should be typed and printed in black ink on A4 paper at a minimum type size of 12pt. Poems may span two pages but pages must not be double-sided. Entries can be double or single spaced.

    All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges (Kei Miller, Kim Moore, Mark Waldron).

    Entries must be written in English.

    Entry Fee: 7 GBP for your first poem, and 4 GBP per poem thereafter.


    Open worldwide to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering.

    Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 March 2019.


    • First prize: 5,000 GBP
    • Second prize: 2,000 GBP
    • Third prize: 1,000 GBP
    • Seven commendations: 200 GBP each

    The winning poems will be published on The Poetry Society website and the top three in the Spring 2019 issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will also be invited to read at events and festivals all around the country.

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