National Poetry Competition: #AskTheJudge

L-R: Kei Miller (photo: Christine Fourie), Kim Moore, Mark Waldron (photo: Julie Hill).

The 2018 National Poetry Competition is currently open, and judges Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron will read all submitted entries – so as you put the finishing touches on your entry, it’s your chance to hear their thoughts on all things poetic.

2018 National Poetry Competition artwork by Eugenia Loli.

Previous #AskTheJudge interviews have seen the judges answer questions on the importance of a strong first line in your poem, the dangers of formal rhymed poetry, 2016’s mysterious spike in the number of poems about eggs (sadly still a mystery), and much more.

So whether you’d like to find out more about the poetic proclivities of your favourite judge, are still haunted by the Great Egg Poetry Epidemic of 2016, or have any other burning query, you have until August 31 to send your question to marketing [at], or you can tweet us at @PoetrySociety using the #AskTheJudge hashtag.

And if you’re ready to hit ‘send’ on your poems and be in with a chance of the £5000 first prize, you can enter online at 

24 August 2018