Members’ Poems

Poetry News 2016The Members’ Poems competition sets Poetry Society Members the task of writing a poem or poems on a theme chosen by a leading poet.

The winners of our Autumn 2017 competition on the National Poetry Day theme of ‘Freedom’, judged by Amali Rodrigo, are: A.P. Fraser; Patricia McCaw; Sue Johns; Anna Kisby; Julia Webb; and Sharon Black – our congratulations to all of them.

All poems published in Poetry News are also eligible for the Hamish Canham Prize and the Anne Born Prize each year. The latest winners are: Ramona Herdman for her poem ‘My name is Legion: for we are many’ (Hamish Canham); and Tess Jolly (Anne Born).

Poetry News Winter 2017 competition: ‘Elegant’

Tim Turnbull. Photo © Shiona McArthur.So, how ‘elegant’ are you? The challenge set by judge, Tim Turnbull, is to prove that ‘elegant’, his suggested theme, is exactly the right inspiration for a poem. Tim’s selection of six winning members’ poems will be published in the Winter issue of Poetry News, which appears mid December. Tim Turnbull’s first two collections of poetry, Stranded in Sub-Atomica and Caligula on Ice, are published by Donut Press. A new volume, Avant!, is due from Red Squirrel Press. His book of supernatural short stories, ‘Silence’ and Other Stories, is available from Postbox Press. He has worked in forestry and adult literacy, and scrubs up quite nicely, we think.  

How to enter

  • Deadline: Friday 3 November 2017; entries must be unpublished as of this date.
  • Send no more than two poems, each max. 40 lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot of each.
  • All entrants will be contacted.
  • It’s easiest to enter online at:
  • Enter by post: ‘Elegant’, Poetry News, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX
  • Winners appear in Poetry News and win books and entry into the Hamish Canham and Anne Born Prizes. Selected poems are also submitted for the Forward Prize.
  • Only paid-up members of The Poetry Society can enter this competition.