How to enter

The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. The closing date was 31 October 2019.


“I felt a bit like Charlie opening his Wonka bar when I received word that I’d placed in the National Poetry Competition. I have greater faith now in my writing instincts and stand a little taller when I tell someone I’m a poet. I would encourage anyone who feels called to this art form to celebrate it by entering the National Poetry Competition.” – Elizabeth Oxley, National Poetry Competition 2015 Third Prize Winner