Members’ Poems

Poetry News 2016The Members’ Poems competition sets Poetry Society Members the task of writing a poem or poems on a theme chosen by a leading poet.

Winners of our Summer 2017 competition on the theme of ‘Forecast’, judged by Jean Sprackland will be announced in the next Poetry News.

All poems published in Poetry News are also eligible for the Hamish Canham Prize and the Anne Born Prize each year. The latest winners are: Ian Humphreys for his poem ‘Zebra on East 55th and 3rd’ (Hamish Canham); and Tess Jolly (Anne Born).

Poetry News Autumn 2017 competition: ‘Freedom’


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‘Freedom’, the theme for National Poetry Day, Thursday 28 September 2017, is also the theme of the autumn 2017 members’ poems competition. Our judge is Amali Rodrigo, who was born in Sri Lanka and lives in London. Rodrigo has won numerous awards for her work and is currently an Associate Lecturer and PhD candidate at Lancaster University. Of her first collection, Lotus Gatherers (Bloodaxe, 2016), John Glenday wrote: “What makes Rodrigo a truly remarkable poet? In part, it’s the breadth and intelligence of her vision… in part, the deftness with which she can work that vision into a world we can marvel at, but also recognise. This is a world of paradoxes – exotic and familiar, a deeply spiritual world which delights in passion; that celebrates love, but does not hesitate to focus on unsettling histories of gender violence.”

How to enter

  • Deadline: 7 August 2017; entries must be unpublished as of this date.
  • Send no more than two poems, each max. 40 lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot of each.
  • All entrants will be contacted.
  • It’s easiest to enter online at: thepoetrysociety.submittable.com/submit
  • Enter by post: ‘Freedom’, Poetry News, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
  • Winners appear in Poetry News and win books and entry into the Hamish Canham and Anne Born Prizes. Selected poems are also submitted for the Forward Prize.
  • Only paid-up members of The Poetry Society can enter this competition.