Members’ Poems

Photo: NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio/Ernie Wright.

The 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 Clare Best, Phil Coleman, Joanna Guthrie, Angela Platt, Pauline Sturges and Ellora Sutton, the winners of our latest competition. The theme was ‘The Moon’, chosen to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing on 20 July 1969. Our judge was Kit Fan. 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 winner of the Hamish Canham Prize will be announced shortly.

Poetry News Autumn 2019 competition: Truth

Carolyn Jess-Cooke will judge our Autumn issue competition on the theme of ‘Truth’, the theme of this year’s National Poetry Day on 3 October.

Carolyn is a poet and novelist from Belfast, now based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Her most recent collection is Boom! (Seren, 2014) and her latest novel is The Blame Game (HarperCollins, 2019). She recently received Arts Council funding to carry out research in the Arctic, which has yielded new poetry and a new novel, The Nesting, forthcoming from HarperCollins. She is published in 23 languages and is Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.

Submission details
  • The deadline for entries is Monday 5 August 2019; poems must be unpublished as of our Autumn issue publication date of 30 September 2019
  • Please send no more than two poems on the theme of ‘Truth’, each max. forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot.
  • Post your ‘Truth’ 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.