How to enter

The National Poetry Competition 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 2016.

“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.” – Carolyn Oxley, National Poetry Competition 2015 Third Prize Winner

Entering 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 2016
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street