The National Poetry Competition

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or older. The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.


The 2018 National Poetry Competition is now closed for submissions. Good luck to all who have entered!


Ten Prizes
First Prize: £5000
Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven commendations: £200

Deadline: 31 October 2018

Kei Miller • Kim Moore
• Mark Waldron


2018 competition artwork by Eugenia Loli