Deadline: March 31, 2023
Entry fee: $14
About the competition
The Fish Poetry Prize was established in 2006. Previous judges include Billy Collins, Brian Turner, Leanne O’Sullivan, Michael McCarthy, Peter Fallon, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Durcan, Ruth Padel, Nick Laird and Jo Shapcott.
We are delighted that Billy Collins will again be judging. Billy will select the 10 poems to be published in the Fish Anthology 2023.
- No entry form is needed.
- Entry is online, or by post if required.
- You may enter as many times as you wish.
- The poetry competition is open to poets of any nationality writing in English.
- There is no restriction on theme or style.
- Poem length is restricted to 60 lines. The title is not included in the word limit.
- The winning poems must be available for the Fish Anthology and, therefore, must not have been published previously.
- Fish holds publishing rights for work published in the Fish Anthology for one year after publication, after which rights revert to the author. (Please acknowledge Fish in any subsequent publications.)
- Notification of receipt of entry will normally be by email.
- The judges’ verdict is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
- Poems cannot be altered or substituted once they have been entered.
- Judging is anonymous. Name and contact details must not apear on the poem, (in the box provided if entering online, on separate sheet if entering by post).
- In order to give opportunities to emerging writers: (a) Writers who have had two poems published in Fish Anthologies may not enter for three years after their second publication. They may enter other Fish competitions. (b) Previous first prize winners may enter again, but will not be eligible for the first prize.
- Entry fees will not be returned if poems are withdrawn after entering.
- Entry is taken to be acceptance of these rules.
- Enter the competition and read the guidelines here.