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.

For our Spring 2017 competition,  R.A. Villanueva picked the six best members’ poems on the theme of ‘Dilemma’. The six winners are: Mary Jean Chan, Eleanor Hooker, Isabella Mead, Marina Sanchez, Lesley Saunders and Natalie Whittaker. All of their winning poems can be read online.

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).

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Poetry News Summer 2017 competition:
‘Forecast’ – enter now!

Send your poems by Tuesday 2 May 2017

The competition theme next issue is ‘Forecast’ and our judge is Jean Sprackland. Jean’s most recent collection, Sleeping Keys (Cape), is “a book distinguished by rueful but unembittered wisdom” (Sean O’Brien, The Guardian). Tilt won the Costa Poetry Award in 2008, and Hard Water was shortlisted for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award. Jean is also the author of Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach, the winner of the Portico Prize for Non Fiction. She is Professor of Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Chair of the Poetry Archive.

How to enter

  • Deadline: 2 May 2017; entries must be unpublished as of this date.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:
  • Enter by post: ‘Forecast’, 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.