Members’ Poems

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 David Borrott, Sue Burge, Jo Burns, Eleanor Hooker, Mark Fiddes and Jonathan Greenhause, the winners of our latest competition on the theme of ‘Truth’, to match this year’s National Poetry Day theme. Our judge was Carolyn Jess-Cooke. 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 is Carole Bromley.

Poetry News Winter 2019 competition: The Zoo

Jonathan Edwards will judge our Winter issue competition on the theme of ‘The Zoo’.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan’s first collection, My Family and Other Superheroes (Seren, 2014), won the Costa Poetry Award, the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the Fenton Aldeburgh First Collection Prize. His second collection, Gen (Seren, 2018), was also a winner of the Wales Book of the Year People’s Choice Award, and his poem about Newport Bridge is shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2019. He has read his poems on BBC radio and television, recorded them for the Poetry Archive and led workshops in schools, universities and prisons. His wonderful filmpoem for The Poetry Society, ‘Canal Song’, can be viewed online. He lives in Crosskeys, South Wales.

Submission details
  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday 5 November 2019; poems must be unpublished as of our Winter issue publication date of 20 December 2019
  • Please send no more than two poems on the theme of ‘The Zoo’, each max. forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot.
  • Post your ‘Zoo’ 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.