Deadline: 31 October 2022

Entry fee: £7

About the competition

The National Poetry Competition 2022 is now open

The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over.

Ten Prizes

First Prize: £5,000
Second Prize: £2,000
Third Prize: £1,000
Commendations: £200

Competition guidelines

  • The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome.
  • The closing date of the competition is midnight (UK time), 31 October 2022.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
  • Online entries made via the website will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission.
  • Telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available. Poetry Society staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct version.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  • The judges read all the entries; their decision is final. Neither the judges nor Poetry Society staff will enter into any correspondence.
  • No current employee or Trustee of The Poetry Society is eligible to enter the National Poetry Competition.
  • Enter the competition here.
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