National Poetry Competition

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The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000. The 2018 National Poetry Competition is judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron, and is now closed for submissions. The winners will be announced in March 2019.


The judges in 2017 were Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan and Pascale Petit and the winners were announced on 28 March 2018 at the Savile Club.

First prize: Dom Bury for ‘The Opened Field’
Second prize: Mary Jean Chan for ‘The Window’
Third prize: Momtaza Mehri for ‘Oiled Legs Have Their Own Subtext’
Seven commendations: David Grubb for ‘Inventions at the Asylum’; Paul Talbot for ‘Danube 1994’; Joe Butler for ‘AngelBat’; Jane Slavin for ‘Perishable Goods’; Peter Kahn for ‘Till It’s Gone’; Robert Powell for ‘The Telling’; Yvonne Reddick for ‘Muirburn’

Congratulations to all winning and commended poets.

Winning poems are published on The Poetry Society website, and the top three feature in the spring 2018 issue of The Poetry Review. Winners are invited to read at events and festivals all around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are offered discount on selected activities from The Poetry Society, and one of our competition partners the Poetry School.

You can read the press release for more information here

The Longlist

The following poets were longlisted for their entries in 2017:

Celia Sorhaindo, Alex Bell, Amanda Attfield, Amanda Rackstraw, Angela Croft, Ann Gray, Anna Livia Johnston, Anna Saunders, Anna Selby, Anne Osbourn, Anthi Cheimariou, Barbara Marsh, Ben Howard, Beth Bachmann, Bryan Baker, Cara George, Chris Greenhalgh, Chris Schoon, Christina Varvara Palmou, Claudia Daventry, Cyrus Larcombe-Moore, Damen O’Brien, Dan Rivers, Dorothy Pope, Elizabeth Oxley, Emma Danes, Eric Berlin, Esther Mary Stubbs, Eve Ellis, Fay Spencer, Fiona Moore, Geraint Edwards, Geraldine Clarkson, Harriet Torr, Ian Crockatt, Ilse Pedler, Isabella Mead, Jack Cooper, Jack Nicholls, James Conor Patterson, James Stradner, Jane Burn, Jane Picton Smith, Jennifer Johnson, Jennifer Wong, Joe Dunthorne, John Fennelly, John Greening, Joshua Judson, Julia Bell, Julian Van Hauson, Kamini Banga, Kavae Loseby, Kay Cotton, Keith Hutson, Kizziah Burton, Laboni Islam, Laura Foley, Lindy Barbour, Lizzie Smith, Lynda McDonald, Mark Fiddes, Mark Pajak, Mark Storey, Marlo Bester, Mary Gurr, Max Eevi, Melanie Swetz, Michael Grieve, Michael Shann, Milena Williamson, Millie Guille, Natalya Anderson, Nathaniel DoltonThonton, Nichola Deane, Nicola Warwick, Nicole Lee, Nigel Owen, Oliver Dixon, Patience Agbabi, Patricia Ace, Peter Gregory, Peter Wallis, Philip Tomkins, Rachel Plummer, Richard James, Richard Scott, Robert Kohen, Robert Stein, Robin Knight, Rosemary Norman, Sally Davis, Sammy Jay, Sandy Goldbeck-Wood, Sarah Donarski, Sarala Estruch, Savera Khan, Sheenagh Pugh, Soul Patel, Sue Hubbard, Susan Anne Wood, Susan Kim, Susan Lozynskyj, Susan Reynolds, Suzanne Cleary, Theresa Munoz, Tim Lawler, Toby Campion, Tom Weir, Victor Tapner, Victoria Richards, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Yasemin Hazine, Yeshe Myles.


National Poetry Competition
The Poetry Society
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