Rules

Here is a full list of our conditions of entry:

Entry

1. Each poem must be no more than 50 lines in length.
2. Each poem must be typed or clearly written on one side of the paper only.
3. No covering letter or other material should be enclosed with your entry.
4. No alterations can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
5. The entrant may submit an unlimited number of poems, each to be accompanied by a £5 entrance fee (online entries via PayPal will be slightly higher due to admin fee by PayPal and our printing costs). We can only accept sterling.
6. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to: The Welsh Poetry Competition.
7. The poem(s) should be firmly attached to the entry form. The name of the entrant must not appear on the entry itself.
8. Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition. It is regretted that no entries can be returned, so keep a copy of your work.
9. All winners will be requested to provide a biography and photograph and take part in any subsequent publicity surrounding the competition.
10. Acknowledgement of receipt of poems will only be given if a SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’ is enclosed.

Eligibility

11. Entries must be in English, not previously published in any form (including appearing on the internet, self-published etc.).
12. The author must be living.
13. No translations are allowed.
14. Entries can be in any style and on any subject.
15. Entries should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while the competition is running.
16. Employees of The Welsh Poetry Competition and members of their immediate families are not eligible to enter.

Judging

17. Winners will be decided by our judge. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding a decision. The organisers reserve the right to change the judge if circumstances dictate.
18. All entries must reach us by the closing date (online entries via PayPal can be submitted up until midnight on the final day of entry).
19. All winning poems will be announced and published on our web site and may also be published elsewhere in the media.

Copyright

20. Copyright remains with the competitor, but The Welsh Poetry Competition reserves the right to arrange the first publication or broadcast of selected poems as it sees fit. Submission of a poem(s) implies the competitor’s acceptance of the conditions set out.
21. We also plan to publish a future anthology of the winners of the competition (approx. autumn 2021). By entering you agree to this.


The closing date is shown on our entry page and entry forms.

Address to post: Welsh Poetry Competition, 9 The Avenue, Pontypridd, CF37 4DF (this is also on the entry form)
Email address: info at welsh poetry.co.uk (this is our address for all correspondence)




9 Comments on Rules

  1. Hi
    I have posted some poems on my facebook page with strict friends security, does this count as appearing on line?

    • Tricky one. It depends on whether it can be accessed or seen by us or other entrants I guess? If no, then I guess it’s OK. You could always remove it until after the contest though, then put it back up.

  2. If a poem is on my blog is that considered “published elsewhere”? And if so, will pulling it down make it eligible?

    • Published is published so if it stays there it is a ‘No’.

      If you remove it and submit that is usually fine, BUT… the internet is a funny place.

      Once your work is removed from the Internet, do a search of random lines from the work to make sure it is not appearing anywhere. (Evil Google and other search engines will often archive old websites, blog posts etc. so simply deleting something doesn’t mean it’s gone!)

      If we find (or someone reports seeing) your ‘unpublished’ work online, you might look irresponsible or, worse, devious so whilst this doesn’t really answer the question, we’re happy ‘most’ of the time as long as you’ve taken steps to ‘do the right thing’.

      Hope this helps.
      Cheers Dave

  3. Bel Roberts // 4 April, 2016 at 9:23 am // Reply

    Does John Evans read all the entries himself, or are there filter judges?

  4. Hello, Please remember me! I submitted two poems to you in the early part of February: Christmas 1951 and Nine One Nine Any news on your decisions? Some others often try to claim my works as their own. Some unethical American sides insist on being evil to others not wanting to be into crime. These are truly the works of Dorothy Marie Elizabeth Lanasa

  5. Dorothy Marie Lanasa // 3 February, 2016 at 11:58 am // Reply

    OOPS! I did not fill out the entry forms for poems submitted to the contest. Would the information below suffice?

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