Stanza Poetry Competition: Lies

The Stanza Poetry Competition is open exclusively to Poetry Society members (if you’re not a member join here) who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2019 competition is LIES – however you wish to interpret it. Send up to two poems, either online, or by email, or by post, max 40 lines per poem. Free entry. Closing date is Monday 9 September 2019 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, Thursday 3 October 2019.



Judge: Geraldine Clarkson.

Geraldine Clarkson
Geraldine Clarkson

If anyone knows how to win a poetry competition, Geraldine Clarkson does. She’s been the winner of the Ambit Poetry Competition, the Poetry London Competition, Magma Editors’ Prize and the Ver Prize, and The Poetry Society’s Ann Born prize – as well as countless runner-up prizes, Commendations, and shortlistings. She is also one of four winners of The Poetry School / Nine Arches Press Primers scheme. Her pamphlet 25 is out now with Shearsman Books. Twitter: @GBClarkson

History of the competition

The annual Stanza Competition began in 2007 and is open exclusively to Stanza members who are also Poetry Society members. Free entry. Prizes: The winning poet is given the choice of a free Poetry Prescription or a year’s Poetry Society membership – or the equivalent. There are two joint runners-up and ten commended poets. The theme for the competition is the antithesis or balance to that year’s National Poetry Day theme.

Previous winners

2018: Richard Westcott (North Devon), judged by Penelope Shuttle
2017: Konstandinos Mahoney (Barnes & Chiswick), judged by Andy Croft
2016: Pat Winslow (Oxford 2 Stanza), judged by Ros Barber
2015: Graham Burchell (Exeter Stanza), judged by Jo Bell
2014: Robin Houghton (Brighton Stanza), judged by Les Robinson
2013: Jan Bay-Petersen (Cambridge Stanza), judged by Neil Rollinson
2012: Angela Stoner (Penzance Stanza), judged by John Siddique
2011: Julia Webb (Norwich Stanza), judged by Carrie Etter
2010: Michael Swan (Oxford Stanza),  judged by Sheenagh Pugh
2009: Julie Lumsden (Nottingham Stanza),  judged by Philip Gross
2008: Rich Goodson (Nottingham Stanza),  judged by Eleanor Cooke
2007: Emma Danes (Cambridge Stanza),  judged by Roddy Lumsden