Of the large number of poems that are entered into the competition, a very, very small fraction of them are written strictly in an established form. However, the competition welcomes all entries, whatever their structure, form or rhyme scheme.
Congratulations! You’ll need to contact us to let us know your poem has found a home, so we can withdraw your entry from the competition. Please be aware that refunds cannot be made for withdrawn entries.
The competition generally receives over ten thousand poems each year, which means we won’t be able to go through and check work once submitted.
If you want confirmation of a postal entry please include an SAE with your poem and entry form, which we will post back to you. Online entries will be confirmed by email shortly after you submit. There is nothing more that Poetry Society staff can do; please do not telephone the office or email to […]
Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted. If you’d like the judges to consider another poem, please send it as a new entry.
Yes, so long as that poem hasn’t been published or placed in another competition in the intervening period.
Yes. Poems that have already been published are not eligible to win the National Poetry Competition.
You may, although all entries are made anonymous before they are seen by the judges. When the winners are selected we will check how they wish to be referred to when their poems are published in The Poetry Review, in press releases and on the Poetry Society website.