Welcome to the Welsh Poetry Competition web site.


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The 2016 Competition

1st Prize – Blackfish by Tarquin Landseer (London)

2nd Prize – Shattering-earth 2016 by Paul Hawkes (Aberteifi)

3rd Prize – Birth by Diana Sanders (Corwen)

More details – click here.


The winners were announced at a prize night in Pontypridd, on this website, on Facebook, Twitter on Sunday 3rd July. Local and national press have also been informed.

This year we’ve once again had entries from Wales, the UK and all over the world which once again cements our place in the international poetry competition calendar. As well as the 20 winners we have also decided to name an additional 20 that were also worthy of special mention.

Thank you to all those who entered. We rely on you to keep the competition going as we do not receive any funding from any arts establishment in Wales, even though we are the biggest and best competition here. We are purely self-funded and therefore completely independent and fair. We have just one aim – to reward good writers!

In the autumn we hope to publish a Winners Anthology with all previous competition winners featured, more details to follow.

www.welshpoetry.co.uk


To see past winners – click here.


Funding

We should remind you that the competition is funded purely by the organisers & entrants and we receive no grants, bursaries or funding from the Arts Council of Wales, Literature Wales, RCTCBC or any other external agencies whatsoever.

If any libraries, writing groups, Facebook groups, Twitter followers, schools, universities, arts organisations, poetry workshops, bookshops, art galleries, councils etc. would like more information please let us know. You can email us or write to us at the usual address. We are more than happy to post out entry forms to you. Also feel free to download copies yourself as it saves us money and more money goes to prizes next year.

To read the rules – click here.

Thank you

www.welshpoetry.co.uk


frontcover_wpc_400Anthology

The First Five Years anthology with over 100 previous competition winners in is now available direct from us or via Amazon. If you would be interested in buying one and helping to support the competition click here for more details.


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To join our Facebook Group* and post your poems for the world to see and judge, or just chat about poetry or the competition click here.

*Note: You will need your own Facebook account to join in.


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To follow us on Twitter**

    @literaturewales **Note: You will need your own Twitter account to join in.


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We use MailChimp for our newsletters now but still never give your e-mail address to anyone else.


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35 Comments on Home

  1. James Walton // 17 May, 2016 at 9:31 am // Reply

    Hi Dave, does each poem need to be a separate attachment? Or can several be placed in one document for email, each with a separate page and title of course!

  2. Mike Green // 18 April, 2016 at 2:24 pm // Reply

    Welsh poetry prize – sounds great – shades of my fave, Dylan Thomas.
    Not that I’m actually Welsh – but still …..

    PS how does one download or obtain entry form ??

  3. Pat Borthwick // 30 December, 2015 at 12:16 pm // Reply

    Please can you let me know when the closing date for this competition is please?

  4. Jesse Michaels // 14 December, 2015 at 1:21 am // Reply

    This is an awesome competition, keep it up 🙂

  5. Can you advise are there any poetry competitions in Wales or nationally for children aged between 12 and 14. Thanks

  6. Great competition, hope you’ll do even better in 2016 – 10 years eh! Great achievement Dave, Welsh literature owes you a debt of gratitude 🙂

  7. Aoife Lyall // 21 June, 2015 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    Hello,

    I have entered four poems for your competition this year. Two of these poems I had submitted for consideration elsewhere back in January, and have since discovered that one is being published and another may be published at the end of July. I had assumed that, having not heard back for over four months, it would be acceptable to submit. I apologise for this, as I appreciate this can cause issues and/or be a waste of time. I notice that you have previously advised mid-July as the date they can not be published before? Please advise on how best to resolve the situation.

    Many thanks,

    Aoife

    • Hi

      It’s always a tricky one, and we use the standard rule that says poems should not be previously published. Can’t go back on that one, but if someone submits in more than one place we’re happy to publish first… and as luck would have it we’ll be ready to announce winners before mid-July 🙂

      Cheers Dave

  8. Noel King // 19 May, 2015 at 8:02 pm // Reply

    I’ve just sent off an entry to you. However it’s annoying when competition organisers aren’t clear about dates by which winners or shortlisted writers etc will be informed, so that ‘serial-competition-enterers” will know when their work is free to send out again. Even something like ‘early May’ or ‘April 30th ’on your rules and info sheet would be great. Could you please consider this for future. And if you can, can you let me know (even approximate) when the results will be? Thanks, Noel

    • We don’t announce the ‘exact’ winners date, or the date for any prize night, until we’ve had all entries in. We only have one judge and as our judges read every single poem it is impossible to know how long that will take until we have a good idea of how many poems we might receive. Unlike many competitions who use so-called ‘filter judges’ to discard 90% of entrants poems before the main judge even sees them, we do not. That is why we believe we are more honest and fair.

      If you want to enter your poems elsewhere that is fine with us, as long as they are not published before our winners date. We will still publish (as per our rules) if they win a prize. So, to this end, we can give you an approx. date – mid-July for results.

  9. christine reilly // 17 May, 2015 at 4:15 pm // Reply

    Can a 15 year old enter the poetry competition

    • Yes, the competition is open to all. See our winners pages. We’ve had specially commended winners in 2014, 2010, 2008 and 2007 from under 18’s. 🙂

  10. This is a great competition! Honest, anonymous judging and brave enough to publish the maddest/baddest poets out there! Keep up the good work!

  11. pete bingley // 3 May, 2015 at 11:17 am // Reply

    Hi, can’t find your postal address for entries?
    All the best, Pete

  12. do the winning poem get published anywhere or is it just prize money they win

  13. Glory McCabe // 7 April, 2015 at 1:23 pm // Reply

    I’ve learnt some good stuff here. Definitely be entering this year!

  14. Judges comments for 2014 now online 🙂
    http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/winners-2014/

  15. I’ve been involved with theatre recently and looking forward to getting back to poetry making. Currently working on something for this competition. Hope it comes together in time. Such a high standard to aspire to.

  16. Just read that:

    ‘Literature Wales regrets to announce that the Cardiff International Poetry Competition will not take place in 2015. The competition has in the past received generous financial support from Cardiff Council, however, in light of increased pressures on Council budgets, we have been informed that this funding is no longer available.’

    However, our international poetry competition is still here and growing stronger and stronger every year. So please pass this on to your writer friends! 🙂

  17. Tried to email you but bounced back? Entry here – http://www.welshpoetry.co.uk/entry

  18. Samuel Wilson // 2 February, 2015 at 7:14 am // Reply

    I would like to receive your entry form and any information you may have on the annual poetry festival.
    Thank you
    Sam

  19. When and where do we send in entries for this years competition ?

  20. Kenneth Authers // 12 January, 2015 at 11:32 pm // Reply

    Nice site, improvement on the old one I think. Look forward to this year’s competition and all the wonderful entries.

  21. Great new design, love it. Keep up the good work, a great competition with great judges and some fab winners!

  22. This is a great site, and I’m honoured to be once again part of this truly open and democratic Welsh Poetry Competition which goes from strength to strength.

  23. Happy New Year

    Welcome to our new website. Feel free to post a comment!

    Dave 🙂

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