Home

Welcome to the Welsh Poetry Competition web site.


books9

The competition is now closed and results will be announced on Wed 8th July.

Our judge this year is acclaimed writer and poet Sally Spedding.

To see past winners – click here.


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 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.


facebook_50_50Facebook

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.


twitter_50_50Twitter

To follow us on Twitter**

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


mailchimp_50_50Mailing list If you would like to be added to our mailing list just fill out the form below and we shall let you know when we update the web site, announce winners and launch the next competition.

 

 

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



25 thoughts on “Home

  1. 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 I notice that you have previously advised mid-July as the date they can not be published before?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

  2. 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.

    • 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. :)

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

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

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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! :)

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

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

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

  12. 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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Website

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>