Members’ Poems

National Poetry Competition 40 wordcloudThe Members’ Poems competition sets Poetry Society Members the task of writing a poem or poems on a theme chosen by a leading poet.

Congratulations to Carole Bromley, Patricia Childerhouse, Joanne Key, Peter Wallis, Natalie Whittaker and Pat Winslow, the winners of our latest competition. The inspiration was an NPC 40 wordcloud, built from the winning poems of the National Poetry Competition over the past forty years. Judge Ian Duhig said the experience of going through all the entries was like “reading a vast exploded sestina as key words reappeared”. Congratulations to our winners and commiserations to all those who sent in poems but weren’t selected this time.

All poems published in Poetry News are also eligible for the Hamish Canham Prize each year and between 2014 and 2018, the Anne Born Prize. The latest winners are: Duncan Chambers for his poem ‘Chess at Baden-Baden, 1925’ (Hamish Canham); and Mary Jean Chan (Anne Born).

Poetry News Summer 2019 competition: The Moon

Kit Fan will judge our Summer issue competition on the theme of ‘The Moon’, which coincides with the fiftieth anniversary of the first landing on the moon on 20 July 1969.

Born in Hong Kong, Kit moved to Britain at the age of 21. His second collection, As Slow As Possible, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was chosen by the Irish Times as one of the Poetry Books of the Year. He was shortlisted for the 2017 TLS Mick Imlah Poetry Prize. He was also shortlisted for the Guardian 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize consecutively in 2017 for ‘Duty Free’ and in 2018 for ‘A City of Culture’. He won a 2018 Northern Writers’ Award for Diamond Hill, a novel in progress.

Submission details
  • The deadline for entries is Wednesday 1 May 2019; poems must be unpublished as of this date.
  • Please send no more than two poems on the theme of ‘The Moon’, each max. forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot.
  • Post your ‘Moon’ poems to Poetry News, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX, OR enter online at
  • Winners appear in Poetry News and win books and entry into the Hamish Canham Prize. Selected poems are submitted for the Forward Prize.