2nd August 2016

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition Now Open

Original poetry entries are welcome from across the world for this year’s National Poetry Competition. The competition is one of Britain’s top single poem competitions. Each poem entered is judged anonymously. This competition is administered by the Poetry Society; a charity that champions British poetry both at home and overseas.

There will be ten prizes for this competition in total. These are as follows:

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

This competition will be overseen by a judging panel of professional poets. This year the judging panel will consist of Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambridge and Jack Underwood. Each submitted entry will be seen by at least two of the judges. Competition winners will be notified by the end of February 2017.

The deadline for this competition is 31 October 2016, before midnight.

Prize-winners will then be invited to attend an awards ceremony during springtime 2017. They will need to be able to provide a biography and a photograph. All other applicants will be notified about the outcome of the competition by the end of March 2017.

The fee for this competition is £6.50 for the first poem and £3.50 thereafter. However, members of The Poetry Society may submit their second poem free of charge. Applicants will be able to pay online during the submission process. Once the payment has gone through, applicants will receive an email receipt from their chosen payment method which will confirm that they have successfully entered the National Poetry Competition.

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