Yes. Poems longer than forty lines are not eligible to win the National Poetry Competition.
Poems are coded by administrative staff so that they can be judged as anonymous works and then married back to your entry form once the judges have made their decision.
You may submit your poem to other competitions or publications at the same time you submit it to the National Poetry Competition on the understanding that if you win our competition you will immediately withdraw it from elsewhere. However, to avoid complications, we would strongly recommend you do not do this. If your poem wins […]
Please contact us as soon as possible after making your entry so we can remove your contact details. If your contact details are left on your poem, this may result in your poem being disqualified.
Changes cannot be made to poems after they have been submitted. If you want to submit a more recent version of your poem please send it as a separate entry. Both versions will be seen by the judges.
The forty line limit applies only to the written lines of the poem, not the lines between stanzas. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are not counted as lines either.