Deadline: March 31, 2024

Entry fee: £5

About the competition


Now in its twenty first year, the Plough Poetry Prize is an international open competition for poems in English up to 40 lines on any subject. It is run by the Plough Arts Centre in Devon, England.

Poems must be the original work of the entrant, unpublished, and must not have won a prize in any other competition.

The contest is open to anyone. Entries must be in English.

This year’s judge is Roger McGough. Roger is a luminary in the realm of contemporary poetry, a venerable figure known for his distinctive voice and profound contributions to the literary landscape. With a career spanning several decades, McGough has left an indelible mark on the poetry world through his witty and accessible verses that effortlessly blend humour with poignant observations on life. A revered poet, performer, and former member of the iconic Liverpool Poets, he has charmed audiences with his captivating readings, including several visits to The Plough Arts Centre. A recipient of numerous awards and honours, Roger McGough’s enduring influence and remarkable ability to connect with diverse audiences make him perfect as our judge for the Plough Poetry Prize.

Competition guideline

  • Maximum length of each poem entered, excluding title and any blank lines, is 40 lines.
  • Each entered poem, including its title, should be typed single-spaced one side of a single A4 sheet (in a standard 10 or 12 point font is recommended) Do not include unnecessary visual design elements such as images, colours or unusual fonts. It is important that the poem is on one single A4 sheet, not running into 2 pages.
  • Your name should not be on your poem. The poems are judged anonymously, to ensure the integrity of the judging process. Please ensure your name is on your entry form.
  • Poems must not have been published anywhere in the world prior to 31 March 2024 
  • Poems must not have been awarded any poetry prize anywhere in the world prior to 31 March 2024.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant. 
  • Each postal entry (of one or up to a maximum of six poems) should be accompanied by a postal entry form which you can download from the website. 
  • Read the whole guideline and submit an entry here.
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