The 2024 competition is now open to entries!

Our 18th contest will offer the following prizes:

Prize money

1st Prize – £500

2nd Prize – £250

3rd Prize – £100

plus 17 runners-up, specially commended entries and publication in a future anthology.

JudgeKathy Miles

Closing date: Sunday 3oth June 2024

Postal Entry – £6 per poem

To enter by post download an entry form:

Entry Form (Word document)

Entry Form (pdf version)

(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Send us the entry form, your poems and payment to the usual address – 9 The Avenue, Pontypridd, CF37 4DF

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

Online Entry – £6 per poem

To enter online download an entry form:

Entry Form (Word document)

Entry Form (pdf version)

(Word document or pdf – either is fine)

Pay by PayPal, email us your poems and entry form to the usual address – info@welshpoetry.co.uk

Number of poems

N.B. Discounts after 5 poems if using PayPal.

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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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).

  8. 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?

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

    • 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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?

    • 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 🙂

  15. Hi

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

  16. 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!

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