Deadline 12th July


Ledbury Poetry Festival
Competition 2018

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition 2018

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

Entry Fees

Adults:  £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 for additional ones.
Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.75 for additional poems.

Adult Competition Prizes:

First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £250

Young Persons’ prizes

First Prize: £100 cash
Second Prize: £50
Third Prize: £25

Children’s Prizes

First Prize: £25 book token
Second Prize: £15 book token
Third Prize: £10 book token

All winners are invited to read at the 2019 Ledbury Poetry Festival.


  1. Poems must have been received on or before Thursday 12th July 2018 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 2018-19 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: