Additional  resources related to the National Poetry Competition, gathered together to help you with your entries. Resources range from interviews with, and top tips from, previous winners to an #askthejudge Twitter takeover. And you can find out what the 2014 judges were looking for…

Discussion points, devised with the help of the Poetry School to inspire conversation about the winning poems in your writing or reading group:

Features and articles

  • Big Day Out – what’s to be gained from your poem’s final wash ‘n’ brush up.
  • The writing muscle – what moment made you a writer?
  • Bottling Lightning – past judges discuss what sort of poem could fire a judge’s imagination…
  • Top tips from the 2012 winners


The 2013 NPC winner Linda France discusses her winning entry, how to write for poetry competitions (or not) and gives advice to prospective entrants of this year’s competition, in this podcast. You can listen to the whole thing below, or jump to: Linda’s compilation of her winning entry (1:30); (not) writing poems for competitions (4:27); or her advice for prospective entrants (4:38).