National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000. The competition deadline is on 31 October each year.

The competition is currently closed for entries, and the winners of the 2014 competition will be announced early in April at an awards ceremony where we will also reveal the winner of The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry. The 2015 competition will be launched later in the year.


Moon by Matthew Richardson
Artwork by Matthew Richardson


First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven Commendations: £100


Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding.

The top-three winning poems will be published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will be invited to appear at various events and festivals around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems are published on the Poetry Society website.

National Poetry Competition
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: Robyn Donaldson, [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9886