The Poetry London Competition 2013 has now closed. Late entries will not be accepted.
The Poetry London Competition, now in its fourteenth year, has become one of the most highly-regarded in the country, attracting many hundreds of entries from across the UK and abroad. We are pleased to announce that in celebration of Poetry London’s 25th anniversary year, we have invited the magazine’s original poetry editor, Pascale Petit, to judge the 2013 competition. Previous judges have included Neil Astley (2012), Paul Farley (2011), Michael Longley (2010), Don Paterson (2009), Kathleen Jamie (2008), and Jo Shapcott (2007). Pascale Petit's judge’s report and the winning poems are published in the Autumn ’13 issue of Poetry London.
Entrants may submit poems by post OR we will accept entries by email. Please note there are separate instructions for each of these methods below.
POETRY LONDON COMPETITION 2013
Deadline: 1 May 2013
The Poetry London Competition 2013 is now open for entries. This year the judge will be Pascale Petit.
Winners will receive the following prizes:
First Prize £1000
Second Prize £500
Third Prize £200
plus publication in Poetry London
Four commendations will be awarded, of £75 each
Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published, in print or online. The maximum length is 80 lines.
Entry fee is £3 per poem for Poetry London subscribers, for non-subscribers £5.
For competition rules and entry form please download the form. You must print it, complete it, arrange a payment method and post it.
If you wish to submit poems online, you need to send them in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . In your emails, please cut and paste and complete the text version of the entry form (which is below), followed by the poems you are submitting, which must be in the body of the email. Do not send your poems as an attachment. If you believe that including your entry in an email will interfere with the formatting of your poem, you should instead enter by post (see above).
Before submitting your entry online, you must ensure you have read the full competition rules (below)
Titles or first lines of poems:
How did you hear about the Poetry London Competition?:
If you are a current subscriber or wish to subscribe online before submitting this form, you are eligible for the lower rate competition entry of £3 for each poem. (Mark with X)
[ ] I am a current subscriber to Poetry London
[ ] I am subscribing now
[ ] I enclose ______ poems @ the subscriber’s rate of £3 each
[ ] I am not a subscriber. I enclose ______ poems @ £5 each
Total enclosed £ __________
Payment must be made in UK currency only. To enter online you MUST pay by PayPal to email@example.com with instructions: ‘For Competition’. To prove this payment, please include your transaction reference number.
Transaction number: _________________
Online Competition Rules
Slightly different rules and guidance is offerd for postal entry, download the form.
Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines.
Your name and address must only appear on the text form, and not appear on the poems entered, nor any other marks that could identify you. Enter the title of each poem on the entry form, or the first line for untitled poems. Each poem will be judged separately on its own merits.
You may enter as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. For Poetry London subscribers the entry fee is £3 per poem; for non-subscribers £5. You are also eligible for the lower entry fee if you take out a subscription now (ie. before you email your entry). Entry fees must be in UK currency and for online entries payment must through a PayPal account to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The closing date is 1 May 2013. Email entries received after midnight on this date will not be accepted. Winners will be notified by 1 July 2013; the first, second and third prizewinners will be published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Poetry London and on the magazine’s website. The prizes will be awarded at our Autumn launch reading in London on Wednesday evening, 25 September tbc. Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems.
We will not enter into any correspondence about entries, or make changes to entries received. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. The judge’s decision is final. Your entry in the competition means you accept these rules. We will abide by good practice in the running of this competition, but cannot be held responsible for circumstances beyond our control such as failure of email delivery. Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to find an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet. Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding poems,
or insufficient entries.