National Poetry Competition

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Accepting entries!

The National Poetry Competition is currently accepting entries. Before entering please be sure to read the rules, and if you have any questions please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions. Enter now.

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The closing date is 31 October 2012 (midnight, UK time). If you would rather enter by post, print a postal entry form [PDF].


First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100

The top-three winning poems will be published in Poetry Review. The winner is also invited to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2013. Up to 150 entrants will also be offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems will be published on the Poetry Society website when the competition prizes are announced in spring 2013.


The judges of the 2012 National Poetry Competition are: Vicki Feaver, W.N. Herbert and Nick Laird. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process.

Vicki Feaver, Photo Credit: Alasdair Young W. N. Herbert, Photo credit: David Williams Nick Laird

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