The 2018 competition is now open and accepting entries.

Our 12th contest will offer the following prizes:

Prize money

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £250

3rd Prize – £100

plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries.

Judge – Sally Spedding.

Closing date: Sunday 27th May 2018

Postal Entry

To enter by post download an entry form:

Word document 


(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Send us the form, your poems and payment.

If you have difficulty downloading the above entry forms we have a basic webpage version you can also use by clicking here.

Online Entry

To enter online download an entry form:

Word document 


(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Pay by PayPal, email us your poems and entry form.

Number of poems

Note: PayPal is £6 per poem, although there are discounts for more entries (see the drop-down box). This is slightly more expensive because PayPal charges us a commission and we have to print off your entries & entry form.

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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46 Comments on Entry

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

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

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

  7. 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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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


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

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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?

  17. Hi
    Is this an international competition?

  18. 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 🙂

  19. 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?

  20. 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!

  21. 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.

  22. 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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