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The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000.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 have been announced. The 2015 competition will be launched later in the year.

2014 

Moon by Matthew Richardson
Artwork by Matthew Richardson

Congratulations to…

First Prize: Roger Philip Dennis for ‘Corkscrew Hill Photo
Second Prize: Joanne Key for ‘The Day the Deer Came
Third Prize: Fran Lock for ‘Last Exit to Luton

Eight Commendations: Kevin Patrick McCarthy for ‘Enough Sky’, Beverley Nadin for ‘Bees’, Paul Nemser for ‘After the Calm’, Eliot North for ‘The Crab Man’, Mark Pajak for ‘Cat on the Tracks’, Jonathan Tel for ‘Ber Lin’ , Jason Watts for ‘For a Liturgy’, Tom Weir for ‘Day Trippin’.

Filmpoems of the top three winning poems have been commissioned in partnership with Alastair Cook and Filmpoem, and are available to view on our website. Filmpoems of all eleven winning poems will be available to watch later this year, and will tour at festivals around the country and beyond.

The top-three winning poems will be published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review and in a special Winners’ Anthology, distributed to members. 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.

Judges

Roddy Lumsden, Glyn Maxwell and Zoë Skoulding.

The longlist

This year we are also happy to name a selection of the longlisted poets:

John Aberdein, Patience Agbabi, Natalya Anderson, Natalie Ann Holborow, Jennie Baker, Tony Barnstone, Melissa Barrett, Sohini Basak, Daisy Behagg, Julia Bell, Alex Bell, Jo Bell, Gary Bills, Caroline Bird, Sharon Black, Clay Bonura, Anne Bradshaw, Patrick Brandon, Tim Bromage, Judy Brown, Steve Browne, Chris Burke, Jane Burn, Anne Caldwell, Paul Carney, Paul Casey, John Challis, AC Clarke, G Clarkeson, Claire Collison, John Conor, Molly Cooper, Adam Crothers, David Dalley, Claudia Daventry, Michael Dooley, Christy Ducker, James Dufficy, Chris Edgoose, Ken Evans, Erin Fitzgerald, Tessa Foley, Duncan Forbes, Beatrice Garland, Susan Glickman, Barry Gray, Jonathan Greenhause, William Hatchett, Emma Hellyer, Maeve Henry, Stuart Henson, Christopher Jackson, Sandra Kasturi, Bridget Khursheed, Tim Kiely, Aileen La Tourette, Robin Leanse, Katy Lewis Hood, Christine Macfarlane, Rose Maher, Terry Mc Donagh, Ian McEwen, Sophie McKeand, Rob Miles, Kate Miller, Paul Mills, Jill Munro, Emily Nilsen, Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax, Catherine Ormell, Denis O’Sullivan, Carolyn Oxley, Lois P. Jones, Luca Paci, Martin Pearce, Kate Potts, Chris Preddle, Angela Readman, Amali Rodrigo, Peter Sansom, Jane Satterfield, Lesley Saunders, Helen Scadding, Clare Scoltock, Rosie Sheppard, Pamela Slobie, Harry Smart, Martha Sprackland, Julian Stannard, Robert Stein, Paul Stephenson, Liane Strauss, Victor Tapner, Judith Taylor, Samuel Ugbechie, Lucy Waddell, Cody Walker, Eoghan Walls, Anthony Watts, Rebecca Watts, Mariah Whelan, Anna Wigley, Caroline Wilkinson, Jane Williams, Rhiannon Williams, Chloe Wilson, Glen Wilson and Andrew Wynn Owen

 

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