Ends on October 7, 2019

Multiple price options

Note: the Adult prize is for poets who are over the age of 18 at the time of entering the competition. If you're under the age of 18, please submit your poems via the Young Poet prize

THEME: Where I'm From. (Please note that poems that reference locations in the London Borough of Waltham Forest will be considered for our 'Where I'm From' anthology even if they aren't among the winning poems). 

Closing Date: MONDAY 7 OCTOBER 2019 (midnight UK time). Visit the competition website for rules and more ways to enter. 

Our judge is Graham Clifford. Graham is a published poet and head teacher in Waltham Forest. His latest collection is called Well, published by Against the Grain grahamclifford.co.uk. 

Please send one file with your poems on separate pages - we accept PDF, DOC or DOCX. The poems are judged anonymously so please don't include any identifying information such as name or contact. Maximum 6 poems, up to 40 lines, not including title. Poems will not be accepted if they go over the maximum number of lines.   

In addition to the main prizes, entrants will also be considered for the Local Prize if they live, work or study in Waltham Forest at the time of entering the competition. No additional fee is payable by the entrant. No person may win more than one prize, though more than one poem may feature in the list of Commended poems. 

Entry fee: 1st poem £3, subsequent poems in the same submission £1. 6 poems maximum. Poets who live, work or study in Waltham Forest will automatically be included in the Local prize for no additional fee.

Prizes:

  • Adult prize: 1st £300, 2nd £200, 3rd £100. 
  • Local prize: 1st £50, 2nd £30, and 3rd £20. 

The top three poems in each category, plus a number of Commended poets as decided by the judge, will be published in our 'Where I'm From' anthology and on our website. The overall winner of the Adult competition will also be offered the choice of Poetry Society Membership (if they are not a Member already) or feedback on their poems via The Poetry Society's Poetry Prescription/Poetry Surgery service.  

The top 3 winners in the Local prize will also be offered a paid reading opportunity in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. 

In addition, poems that reference specific locations in the London Borough of Waltham Forest will be considered for our 'Where I'm From' anthology even if they aren't among the winning or Commended poems. 

Awards Ceremony: Prize winners will be notified as soon as possible after the closing date and invited to read their winning poem/s alongside Graham Clifford at the award ceremony at One Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4SD on the evening of Thursday 14 November

Any questions? Email poetrycompetition@yahoo.com

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