Wild Poem Competition: Cheltenham Poetry Festival – deadline 29th February

Wild Poem competition

In keeping with the Wild! theme of the 2020 festival, they are holding a contest for a poem inspired by that theme. Your poem(s) can be as unruly and untamed as you like.

The winning poet will receive £200, the second £75 and the third £25.

Prizes will be awarded at a special Competition event on April 18 at the 10th Cheltenham Poetry Festival (or posted to any winner who can’t attend.) Shortlisted poets will be given a complimentary ticket to the event, and invited to read their successful poem. The winners will then be announced.

Judges: Poet Ben Ray and Festival Founder and CEO Anna Saunders, who will read all entries anonymously.


Ben is the 2019 New Poets Prize winner with The Poetry Business and was long-listed for the 2019 National Poetry Prize. An accomplished young poet, he comes from the Welsh borders with ‘a fresh and original poetic voice – full of wit, twists, surprises, echoes and challenges’ (Alan Rusbridger, former editor of The Guardian). His second collection ‘What I heard on the Last Cassette Player in the World‘ is released with Indigo Dreams Publishing, and he has work published with Seren Books. His third collection ‘The Kindness of the eel’ will be published with The Poetry Business in 2020.


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