Stanza Poetry Competition

2021 Competition – ‘CHOICE’

I’m taking this road. No wait, perhaps this other road is an altogether better bet. Robert Frost in ‘The Road Not Taken‘ knew as well as any that choice is a powerful engine for a poem.

Choice is the theme for this year’s National Poetry Day, and the theme for the 2021 Stanza Competition.

We are delighted that Katrina Naomi is the judge for this year’s competiton. Stanza / Poetry Society members: Katrina is looking for your best poems on the theme – existing or newly written.

All Poetry Society members who are also members of a Stanza are eligible to enter this free competition before the closing date on Monday 6 September.

portrait of the poet, smiling, wearing white flowers in her hair
Katrina Naomi

Katrina Naomi’s third poetry collection, Wild Persistence, was published by Seren in June 2020, following her fourth pamphlet Typhoon Etiquette, (2019, Verve Poetry Press) which was written during a trip to Japan. Her poetry has appeared on Poems on the Underground, BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Poetry Please, and in The TLS, The Poetry Review and Modern Poetry in Translation. In 2018 she received a BBC commission for National Poetry Day. She is chair of the Society of Authors’ Poetry & Spoken Word committee and lives in Cornwall.

For more details and to enter, visit Submittable

Good luck – maybe yours is the poem Katrina chooses!

Previous Stanza Competition winners

2020: Lesley Ingram (Herefordshire), judged by Heidi Williamson
2019 Penny Boxall (York), judged by Geraldine Clarkson
2018: Richard Westcott (North Devon), judged by Penelope Shuttle
2017: Konstandinos Mahoney (Barnes & Chiswick), judged by Andy Croft
2016: Pat Winslow (Oxford 2 Stanza), judged by Ros Barber
2015: Graham Burchell (Exeter Stanza), judged by Jo Bell
2014: Robin Houghton (Brighton Stanza), judged by Les Robinson
2013: Jan Bay-Petersen (Cambridge Stanza), judged by Neil Rollinson
2012: Angela Stoner (Penzance Stanza), judged by John Siddique
2011: Julia Webb (Norwich Stanza), judged by Carrie Etter
2010: Michael Swan (Oxford Stanza),  judged by Sheenagh Pugh
2009: Julie Lumsden (Nottingham Stanza),  judged by Philip Gross
2008: Rich Goodson (Nottingham Stanza),  judged by Eleanor Cooke
2007: Emma Danes (Cambridge Stanza),  judged by Roddy Lumsden