Deadline 13th July


Ledbury Poetry Festival
Competition 2017

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2017

There are 3 categories to enter: Adult (18yrs+); Young Person (12-17yrs); Children (under 12yrs)

Entry Fees

Adults:  £5.00 for first poem, £3.50 for additional ones.

Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.50 for additional poems.

Entry processing fee: £0.75 (where there is a fee).

Adults competition

First prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, the national writing centre of Wales.  

Second Prize: £500

Third Prize: £250

Judge: Fiona Sampson
Fiona Sampson MBE is published in thirty-seven languages and has received international prizes in the US, India, Macedonia and Bosnia. A Fellow and Council member of the Royal Society of Literature, she’s published twenty-seven books, received the Newdigate Prize, a Cholmondeley award and numerous awards from national Arts Councils, the Society of Authors, PBS, and twice been shortlisted for both T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes.

  1. Poems must be received on or before Thursday 13th July 2017 at 5pm (British Summertime).
  2. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions.
  3. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.
  4. Each individual poem, regardless of length, must be typed on one sheet of plain A4 paper (except Children’s category, which can be handwritten). Please submit two copies of each poem – unless you enter on-line.
  5. The competitor’s name must NOT appear on the poem.
  6. All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.
  7. Please keep a copy of your poem, as manuscripts cannot be returned.
  8. Copyright remains with the author, but Ledbury Poetry Festival reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, on radio, TV, or stage, published on the internet, in an anthology or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
  9. No acknowledgement of entry will be sent unless the competitor sends an SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  10. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’.
  11. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The Festival reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
  13. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.
  14. The winner of the adult first prize will be expected to provide for his/her own transport arrangements in order to attend the Ty Newydd course in North Wales, regardless of whether he/she is a UK resident or not.
  15. The winner is entitled a place in a shared room accommodation on any 2017-18 course available at Ty Newydd pending availability, except for non-tutored retreats and masterclasses. However the Festival cannot accept responsibility for re-arrangements or circumstances beyond its control.

 Full details of the competition can be found on the Ledbury Festival website: