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National Poetry Competition


The 2021 National Poetry Competition is open for entries until midnight 31 October 2021 .

The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. 

The 2021 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigous prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over, globally

 Ten Prizes
First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Commendations: £200

Deadline: 31 October 2021 
Rules: General
The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome.
The closing date of the competition is midnight (UK time), 31 October 2021 .
There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges.
Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
Online entries made via the website will receive automatic confirmation at the time of submission.
Telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available. Poetry Society staff are unable to confirm the content of documents submitted online, so please ensure you send the correct version.
The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
The judges read all the entries; their decision is final. Neither the judges nor Poetry Society staff will enter into any correspondence.
No current employee or Trustee of The Poetry Society is eligible to enter the National Poetry Competition.

Rules: Poems
All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title). Entries can be on any subject.
Poems must be the entrant’s original work.
Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 March 2022.
Rules: Fees
The first poem submitted costs £7. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem. Poetry Society members (including those joining at time of submission) get one free second poem, with subsequent poems at £4.

Rules: Winners
Prizewinners will be notified by the end of February 2022 and invited to an awards event in spring 2022. All winners will be expected to provide a biography and photograph.
All entrants who provide a valid email address will be notified about the outcome of their entry by the end of March 2022.
The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering the competition, grant The Poetry Society the right in perpetuity to publish and/or broadcast their poem. Use of the poems elsewhere for one year from March 2022 is subject to permission from The Poetry Society.

Peggy Poole Award
The Peggy Poole Award is a talent development scheme running alongside the National Poetry Competition. It is an additional prize, judged separately. It does not affect the judging process of the National Poetry Competition.
The prize will be awarded to an entrant of the National Poetry Competition, who adheres to all its associated rules, and who is living in the North West of England at the time of entering. The full list of eligible UK postcode regions for the purposes of this Award is: BB, BL, CA, CH, CW, FY, IM, L, M, OL, PR, SK, SN, WA and WN. No additional fee is payable by the entrant.
The prize is mentorship from a leading poet, who will also judge the Award. 
 
 
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