The 2021 competition is now closed.

Our 16th contest will launch 1st Jan 2022.

Winners of all previous competitions can be found here.

Note: Unlike many competitions we do not filter (i.e. throw away) entries, our judges read every single poem so everyone has the same chance.

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79 Comments on Entry

  1. Do you have to pay by paypal then send the poem accross? How do you know my payment goes with my poem etc? thanks

  2. Hi, can I enter the competition with just one poem ?

  3. Caitlin Mc Nulty // 19 May, 2020 at 1:01 pm // Reply

    Hi there I am from Cape Town South Africa and wanted to know if it would therefore still be possible for me to enter, as well as to know what is the minimum of poems collected to enter.

  4. Jennifer Yates // 26 April, 2020 at 6:03 pm // Reply

    I can only print my poems from OneNote which automatically inserts the date and I can’t erase it. Would this disqualify entry. No name attached.

  5. Margaret Finnigen // 14 March, 2020 at 9:35 pm // Reply

    I notice that all the winning poems on internet comps are free verse. My poems are all rhyming so i’m wondering if it’s worth entering them?

    • Hi Margaret
      Any form or style is accepted but I suppose free verse is just more popular these days. But if a poem is good enough I don’t think it matters what style it is in. We have had rhyming poems in amongst the 20.

  6. Hi I am 12 and would like to enter the competition, Is this possible?
    Do you have different age groups?

    • No age limits or groups. Anyone can enter but all poems judged together. In the past we have had the odd ‘younger’ poet singled out, although no promise of this.

  7. Hello

    Can you tell me when your 2020 competition opens?

    I have noticed on the Internet that most competition winners/placed write in free verse. Is it worthwhile my entering rhymed poems in your competition? Do they ever win? Or is the form dead and gone?

    Could you tell me where I can find examples of poetic forms? EG
    sonnets, roundel etc

    Sorry.3 questions in 1.

    • Hi Alan

      Hopefully 1st March. If I get hold of the judge before it might be 1st Feb but at the moment looking like March.

      Cheers Dave

  8. Louise Nott // 24 May, 2019 at 5:12 pm // Reply

    Can the poem be on any topic?

  9. Hi, I would like to submit my poems online. However, I am paying using my husband’s paypal account. Will you be able to tie the submissions and the payment together so you know I’ve paid? Thanks

  10. Subhashree Srinivasan // 17 May, 2019 at 5:58 pm // Reply


    I paid, attached the proof of payment and sent my poem to info@welshpoetry.co.uk . How would I know if you have received it ? Will you send me a confirmation ?

    Thank you in advance!

  11. Hi i can’t pay by PayPal but by post and I can’t print out poem entry sheet but have e-mailed them is this ok I will pay through for entry of poem 21st century man.

  12. Is there a age limit for this comp? I have a welsh peom I like to enter of my daughters or do you require it in English?

    • No age limit. Yes all entries in English, we are an English-Language competition, hence the word ‘Welsh’ :). We’re international and open to everyone around the world. (A few Welsh words within poem is fine of course).

  13. Lorelei Kay // 28 May, 2018 at 2:19 am // Reply

    What is a valid postcode for USA? Our zip code is 92345 – but your form doesn’t like that!

  14. daisy morant // 2 April, 2018 at 7:58 pm // Reply

    Re Line Count:

    do you count title, blank lines etc? thank you

  15. do you have to be Welsh or living in Wales to enter? What are the rules/FAQ’? please

  16. Hi I’m having some trouble with PayPal, I can’t access my account. I’ve submitted my poem, could I pay next week when I get PayPal sorted out?

  17. Douglas Thompson // 14 June, 2017 at 7:39 pm // Reply

    Hi, I would like to enter some poems,online do I have to scan the entry form or something, I will pay by paypal.

  18. Hey there. Is there any theme for this competition?

  19. Hi
    If I’ve shared a poem in a workshop and had some feedback on it – is it still eligible for entry?

    • If a poem has been read, posted on a blog etc. then it is classed as ‘published’ I’m afraid. Obviously I didn’t know this but someone might say ‘Hey, that’s not fair etc.’

    • The reply you had said that if the poem had been ‘read, posted on a blog etc’ then it would count as published. But you asked about a workshop. I’ve never heard of a poem not qualifying in a competition because it had been workshopped in a small private group! Is that really the case here? How would anyone know, if it’s private. How many people will check? Most serious poets allow their poems to be read and commented on by a few others, surely? That’s not publication!

  20. Hi Dave
    What’s the last date for entries? I must have missed it. Thanks

  21. When are you accepting entries for 2017?
    What is the deadline?
    Thank you.

  22. James Walton // 22 May, 2016 at 11:21 pm // Reply

    Hi Dave. Do you want each poem as a separate attachment, or if there are a few do you want them in one document. Cheers Jim

  23. Is it possible to wire money to your bank account from Halifax bank? Instead of sending a cheque as i don’t use paypal

  24. Orin Brian // 7 March, 2016 at 7:40 am // Reply

    Hi, I’m a poet from Kenya and this is the first time I am looking to join a competition like this. How do we know its accountability on whether or not someone has succeeded in attaining the top positions or not?

    • Hi Brian

      Just ask nearly 200 winners I guess? I used to live in Kenya, and I know how corrupt everything is there but this contest is run by me, here in Wales, for great poets who want recognition.

      Cheers Dave

  25. I am hoping I’ve sent in two poems and paid via paypal. I’m not sure if they’ve gone through. I’ve never used paypal before.

  26. Hi, if I post my entry can the payment of £5 be in cash or does it have to be a cheque?


  27. I’m Italian and living in Italy, though I write poetry in English. Can I participate regardless of not living in Wales?

  28. Judy Meibach // 11 January, 2016 at 9:16 pm // Reply

    I would like to be on your mailing list and submit some poetry

  29. It’s great to find someone so on the ball.

  30. Adebayo Matthias // 5 December, 2015 at 5:00 pm // Reply

    WAW! I love this.. Please I’d like to ask cause I’m kinda new to this and I’m African (Nigerian). Is it possible for me to join the next contest too? if yes, how will I know when it’s on again? Matt

  31. Hi I entered online and paid by paypal, do I need to email proof of my payment along with my entry and the entry form?

  32. Hi
    Is this an international competition?

  33. Just wondering around what time the judges will have made their decision?

    • It normally takes our judges about 4 to 6 weeks to judge, depending on the number of entries. We’ll post a winners date after we get all entries in. End-June, Start-July would be a good guess though 🙂

  34. Emma Ramsden // 15 April, 2015 at 12:39 pm // Reply


    This is my 1st time looking into entering and I was wondering if the poems entered have to follow a set topic/theme?

  35. Tanya Nightingale // 16 March, 2015 at 6:17 pm // Reply

    Many apologies but I neglected to fix my entry form and poem together, as the rules state, for a postal entry. All my items (cheque, form and poem) are clear though, and in order. I hope I won’t be disqualified!


    • Yes of course, no problem, we’re not that fussy! 🙂 As long as we get poem, payment and contact details it’s fine!

  36. Steve Garrett // 3 February, 2015 at 12:02 pm // Reply

    Why does it cost more to enter on line (£5) than by post (£4)

    • It’s because PayPal charge a commission, plus I need to print out entries myself (ink) and it therefore takes longer.

  37. Can you enter a welsh language poem into your competition ?

    • Hi Jason

      No, it’s an English language competition, although the odd line or word is fine of course.

      Cheers Dave

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