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

  1. Read the competition rules to make sure your poems are eligible. Please remember that poems must not exceed 40 lines in length. The title of your poem does not count toward the line limit.
  2. Your poems can span up to two pages each but pages must not be double sided – please do not staple pages together!
  3. Download the competition entry form and post your complete form, poems and payment to:

NPC 2016
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street