How to enter

The National Poetry Competition 2015 is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. The entry fee is £6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society get a free second entry. The closing date is 31 October 2015 every year – the competition is now closed.

“Entering a poetry competition is like entering the lottery and having the chance to design the winning ticket yourself. You are in charge. You may think you’re looking for us, the judges, but we are the ones who are looking for you and your poem. We’ve no idea what it looks like, and yet there’s every chance we’ll recognise it on sight.” David Wheatley, National Poetry Competition Judge

Sunflower iconEntering online

Visit to enter online. You can enter your poems into our online form and pay securely by credit/debit card.

Entering by post

Download the entry form and post your complete form, poems and payment to:

NPC 2015
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street

Please note:

The competition is now closed.