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.

Richard Scott, judge of our latest members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘Cats’, has made his feline selection. Congratulations to our six winners – and one additional winner who was too good to exclude – Penny Blackburn, Mairghread McLundie, Matthew Griffiths, Sara Levy, Jane Lovell, Eithne Cullen and Tess Jolly. Congratulations to all of them and commiserations to all those who sent in poems but weren’t selected this time. Details of our latest competition are published below.

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 Summer 2020 competition: Winning

Rishi Dastidar.

We are delighted to announce that Rishi Dastidar will judge our next members’ poems competition on the theme of ‘Winning’. Rishi is a fellow of The Complete Works, a consulting editor at The Rialto, a member of Malika’s Poetry Kitchen, and chair of Spread The Word. His second collection, Saffron Jack, is just published by Nine Arches.


Submission details
  • The deadline for entries is Monday 4 May 2020; poems must be unpublished as of our Summer issue publication date of 25 June 2020.
  • Please send no more than two poems on the theme of ‘Winning’, each max. forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot.
  • We’d like to recommend that you enter online via Submittable at, particularly as the post is likely to be disrupted during the coronavirus epidemic. If this poses difficulties for you, please email Mike Sims, Editor, at [email protected]
  • Winners appear in Poetry News and win books and entry into the Hamish Canham Prize.