Entries are now invited for National Poetry Competition which is being organized by The Poetry Society, Arts Council, England. The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over.
The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious prizes for an individual poem. The Poetry Society was founded in 1909 to promote “a more general recognition and appreciation of poetry”. Since then, it has grown into one of Britain’s most dynamic arts organizations, representing British poetry both nationally and internationally.
- First Prize: £5000
- Second Prize: £2000
- Third Prize: £1000
- Commendations: £200
Prizewinners will be notified by the end of February 2021 and invited to an awards event in spring 2021.
- The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering.
- International entries are welcome.
- 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 will receive an automatic confirmation at the time of submission.
- All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
- All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
- Poems must be the entrant’s original work.
- Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, or made public on social media, broadcast, or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 March 2021.
Call for Submissions
Interested candidates can submit their poems online by clicking here.
The last date to submit your essays is October 31, 2020.
For further details, click here.
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