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Poetry Competition Rules, Terms and Conditions 2023

New Writers Poetry Competition 2023

The inaugural New Writers Poetry Competition is up and running. So if you fancy a share of the £1,500 prize fund, check out the details below and get writing.

By entering the New Writers Poetry Competition 2023, you agree to adhere to the rules, terms and conditions as set out below.

New Writers Poetry Competition 2023 – RULES

  1. All entries must be received by Midday (UK time) on 12 July 2023. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible, so please don’t be late to the party.
  2. The entry fee is £10.00 per poem. If submitting two entries together, the fee will be £18.00. If submitting three entries together, the fee will be £25.00.
  3. Entrants can submit a maximum of three entries.
  4. £1.00 from each entry will be donated to First Story (England’s leading creative writing charity for young people).
  5. The prizes will be allocated based on the judges’ decision (which is final) as follows: 1st Place: £1,000; 2nd Place: £300; 3rd Place: £200.
  6. The Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 16 years or older (at the time of entry) from anywhere in the world.
  7. Entries can be on any theme or subject. Obviously, there should be no potentially libellous material contained within any entries or any that is under copyright.
  8. Entries must be written in English and be the original work of the entrant (plagiarism and AI-detection software will be used).
  9. Entries must be unpublished (including online/social media) and must not at the time of writing have been awarded a prize or won a competition.
  10. Any entries that are published, set to be published or set to win a prize after the time of entry should be withdrawn as they will become ineligible to win the New Writers Poetry Competition (entry fees will not be refunded in this scenario).
  11. Poems must be of no more than 40 lines (excluding the title and line spaces). Any entries that breach the 40-line limit will be disqualified and no refund will be given (so please double-check before sending your entry).
  12. Entries must be submitted online using the applicable Entry Form as an attachment in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word Document, OpenDocument Text, or PDF. Postal entries will not be accepted (let’s save the trees!).
  13. Your entry file name should be the title of your poem. Please do not include your name (or other details about yourself) in the file name or anywhere on the entry.
  14. Competition judges will be appointed by Please note the decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  15. Entries must be typed in a legible font, with a font size of 12pt or 14 pt.
  16. The author retains full copyright of any submitted poem. If your entry wins one of the three prizes, it is assumed the author grants a non-exclusive license to to publish your work online on our website.
  17. Winners and authors who have made the shortlist will be notified by email no later than Friday 13 October 2023. The announcement of winners and shortlisted entries will also be made no later than this date.
  18. Poem titles and poet names (or specified pen name/alias) will be published on the website for announcement purposes of the winning poems. Poet names of those on the shortlist and longlist will be published on the website.
  19. Payment to prize winners will be made by bank transfer (for UK residents) or PayPal payment, to be arranged with the winners, within one week of the announcement of winners (subject to receiving the relevant information from the winning authors).
  20. If you would like to use a pen name rather than your real name, please add your chosen pen name to the appropriate box on the entry form. Please also add your real name in the appropriate box.

Competition Summary:

  • Deadline: Midday (UK time) on Wednesday 12 July 2023
  • Entry Fee: £10 per entry (£18 for two entries or £25 for three entries if submitted at the same time)
  • Charity: £1 from each entry will be donated to First Story (England’s leading creative writing charity for young people)
  • Prizes: 1st Place: £1,000; 2nd Place: £300; 3rd Place: £200
  • Judge: The head judge is poet, playwright and teacher, Andy Craven-Griffiths
  • Publication: The three winning poems will be published on the website
  • Word Limit: 40 lines (excluding title and line spaces)

Please be aware that failure to follow the submission instructions or the terms and conditions will result in your entry being disqualified and no refund will be issued, so please take care. And good luck!