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 The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

Ten Prizes
First Prize: £5000

Second Prize: £2000
Third Prize: £1000
Seven commendations: £200

Deadline: 31 October 2019

Mona Arshi • Helen Mort
• Maurice Riordan


2019 competition artwork by Cat O’Neil