How to enter

The National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest single poem competitions. You can enter online by visiting this link.

Please note that because the team here at The Poetry Society are currently working from home, we’re unable to accept postal entries. If you’re having trouble making your entry online, email us at [email protected] and we’ll help.


“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.” – Elizabeth Oxley, National Poetry Competition 2015 Third Prize Winner