How to enter

Artwork from the 2017 National Poetry CompetitionThe National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. The entry fee is £6.50 for your first poem, and £3.50 per poem thereafter. Members of The Poetry Society can enter a second poem for free. The closing date is 31 October 2017. 

Make sure you’ve read the rules before you enter. Then…

Enter online

Visit to start your entry

You will need to register for the site (or log back in to your registered profile from last year), upload your poems via our online forms and pay for your entry securely.

Enter by post

Download and complete an entry form, then post along with your poems and payment to:

NPC 2017
The Poetry Society
22 Betterton Street


“I felt a bit like Charlie opening his Wonka bar when I received word that I’d placed in the National Poetry Competition. I have greater faith now in my writing instincts and stand a little taller when I tell someone I’m a poet. I would encourage anyone who feels called to this art form to celebrate it by entering the National Poetry Competition.” – Carolyn Elizabeth Oxley, National Poetry Competition 2015 Third Prize Winner