Welcome to the Welsh Poetry Competition website.
The 18th Contest!
We hope to announce our judge for the 2024 competition before Christmas and launch our 18th contest in the New Year.
2023 Winners Announced
Congratulations Jenny McRobert, winner of our 17th competition with her poem ‘Pegasus Rising’
Our judge Mick Evans picked the following winners:
- 1st Prize – Pegasus Rising – Jenny McRobert
- 2nd Prize – The Poet’s Way – Partridge Boswell
- 3rd Prize – My father’s last pint – Michael W Thomas
To see the full list of winners, highly commended and special mentions – click here.
The Third One – now available!
Almost all the winners from the last five years of the contest, 2017-2021.
With thousands of entries from forty countries in the world we are firmly established on the global literary scene and each year we publish some of the best modern poetry there is.
After fifteen years of running the contest not only are we here to stay but we look forward with confidence to the next five years and yet more awesome poetry heading our judges’ way.
To get your hands on a copy – click here.
To see all our past winners – click here.
If you are an indie writer or self-published poet and have a full-length poetry collection in paperback then why not take a look at the Poetry Book Awards. This international contest is seeking poetry from small, independent presses and offers cash prizes as well as many other benefits.
To help support local poets and indie book shops we have set up the Welsh Book Shop. More books and writers are to be added as time goes on.
We have also created a Writers of Wales database. This long overdue A to Z resource aims to highlight all the great authors in the country and not just the chosen few.
If you would like to be added to our mailing list just click the link below and we shall let you know when we update the website, announce winners and launch the next competition. We also offer writing tips, marketing ideas, author quotes, free poems and self-publishing news.
Our previous newsletters for the poetry competition and our self-publishing company are now combined so you get fewer emails. We usually send one email a month and you can unsubscribe at any time.
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We have two fantastic anthologies available containing all the winning poems from the first ten years of the competition.
Now available direct from us at a special offer price of just £5.99 (free postage).
Available from the publishers for £8.99 plus postage.
Available from the publishers for £10 plus postage.
If you would be interested in buying a copy and helping to support the competition click here for more details.
Why not check out Publish & Print – a new self-publishing company based in south Wales that offers poets and writers an affordable yet professional service for those wishing to join the self-publishing revolution?
To find out more – click here.
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.
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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, Welsh Books Council, RCTCBC or any other external agencies whatsoever.
If any libraries, writing groups, small presses, Facebook groups, indie authors, Twitter followers, schools, universities, self-published poets, arts organisations, independent publishers, 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 our 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.
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