Poetry Competition 2019 in aid of The Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund

Deadline for entries: May 31st 2019

Lord Whisky Sanctuary Fund invite you to send poems for a competition in aid of the Lord Whisky Sanctuary. The theme of this year’s competition is SANCTUARY. This theme can be interpreted as you wish, e.g. a rescue centre for animals or human victims, a shelter for refugees, a sacred place, the abstract idea of a place of safety, a narrative poem about someone seeking safety, sanctuary that’s found in love etc.

Prizes: First prize of 30% of total entry fees received. Last year’s prize was £240. Second prize of 10% and third prize of 5%

Two further prizes of 2.5% of total entry fees for a poem on an animal sanctuary and its work One of these prizes will be reserved for a previously unpublished poet. A list of shortlisted poems and poets will be published.


Entry fee: £5 per poem. Entry is by donation to the Sanctuary (see rules for further details on how to submit). 50% of all proceeds will be used by the Sanctuary for the care of the animals. Last year the competition raised over £400 for the charity and gave total prizes of over £400.

Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen, the current Canterbury Poet of the Year.

Derek’s work has won various prizes and been published widely over many years. Recent successes include first prize in Poets Meet Politics 2014, Obheal 2015, Poetry Pulse 2017 and prize-winner in Poetry on the Lake 2017 and Wirral. Festival 2018.

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