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 Judith Dimond, Rob Miles, Christine Vial, Victoria Gatehouse, Colin Pink and Jonathan Greenhause, the winners of our latest competition on the theme of ‘The Zoo’, judged by Jonathan Edwards. 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 Spring 2020 competition: Cats

Richard Scott
Richard Scott

Richard Scott will judge our Spring issue competition on the theme of ‘Cats’. Richard was born in London in 1981. His debut collection, Soho (Faber), was widely acclaimed. He teaches poetry at the Faber Academy.

Submission details
  • The deadline for entries is Monday 17 February 2020; poems must be unpublished as of our Spring issue publication date of 23 March 2020.
  • Please send no more than two poems on the theme of ‘Cats’, each max. forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot.
  • Post your ‘Cats’ 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.