Deadline: January 31, 2024

Entry fee: £5

About the competition

We are pleased to announce that our annual Open Poetry Competition is now open for entries. It is judged this year by Kathryn Gray. Kathryn was born in Wales and now lives in North London. Recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, her first collection, The Never-Never (Seren, 2004), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. An artist’s book with Mary Modeen, Uncertain Territories, appeared from Pharos Editions in 2011, and a pamphlet, Flowers, was published by Rack Press in 2016. Her collection of interviews with leading Welsh and Wales-associated poets, Voices and Visions: Interviews with the Contemporary English-Language Poets of Wales, was released by Peter Lang in 2019. Gray’s reviews and essays have been published widely, and she has been a contributor to arts programmes for the BBC. She is a former editor of New Welsh Review and Parthian Books, and currently co-edits the digital poetry journal Bad Lilies. Kathryn’s brand new poetry collection Hollywood or Home (Seren) was published in 2023.

Competition guideline

Deadline for receipt of entries: 31st January 2024.

Any number of poems can be submitted, on payment of £5 per poem, or £4 each for three poems or more.

  • The competition is for anyone aged 16 and over, from anywhere in the world.
  • Poems must be in English, your original work, on any subject, in any style, no longer than 40 lines.
  • Poems should have neither been published elsewhere (including self-published) by 16th April 2024. Nor should they be entered into any other competition for which the results will be announced prior to 16th April 2024.

Please send your poems by email to [email protected] in a single Word or pdf attachment, formatted A4, and with each poem starting on a new page, after paying the entry fee using PayPal on our website.

Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.

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