The National Poetry Competition

The 2020 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigous prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over.


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

Deadline: 31 October 2020

Neil Astley • Jonathan Edwards
• Karen McCarthy Woolf


2020 competition artwork by Arna Miller