Deadline 31st October


The National Poetry
Competition 2017

The National Poetry Competition, 2017

Organised by The Poetry Society, this is 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The competition is for previously unpublished single poems of up to 40 lines in length.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 2017

Hannah Lowe, Andrew McMillan, Pascale Petit.

Winning poems are published on The Poetry Society website, and the top three in the spring 2018 issue of The Poetry Review. Winners are invited to read at events and festivals all around the country, including Ledbury Poetry Festival in July. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are offered discount on selected activities from The Poetry Society, and one of our competition partners the Poetry School.


Entry details can be found on the Poetry Society website: