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
Visit npc.poetrysociety.org.uk to enter online. You can enter your poems into our online form and pay securely by credit/debit card.
Entering by post
- Read the competition rules to make sure your poems are eligible. Please remember that poems must not exceed 40 lines in length, excluding the title.
- Your poems can span up to two pages each but pages must not be double sided – please do not staple pages together!
- Download the competition entry form and post your complete form, poems and payment to:
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street