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New Writers Poetry Competition 2024 – Rules, Terms and Conditions

New Writers Poetry Competition 2024

The latest 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 2024, you agree to adhere to the rules, terms and conditions as set out below.


New Writers Poetry Competition 2024 – RULES

  1. All entries must be received by 23.59 (UK time) on Wednesday 31st July 2024. Any entries received after this time will not be eligible, so please don’t be late to the party.
  2. You may submit up to FIVE poems.
  3. The entry fee is £10.00 per poem if submitting individually.
  4. If submitting together, the following discounted fees apply: £18.00 for two entries; £26 for three entries; £34 for four entries; £42 for five entries.
  5. £1.00 from each entry will be donated to First Story (England’s leading creative writing charity for young people).
  6. The prizes will be allocated based on the head judge’s decision (which is final) as follows: 1st Place: £1,000; 2nd Place: £300; 3rd Place: £200.
  7. The Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 16 years or older (at the time of entry).
  8. The Poetry Competition is open to entrants from anywhere in the world.
  9. Entries can be on any theme or subject. There should be no potentially libellous material contained within any entries or anything that is under copyright.
  10. Entries must be written in English and be the original work of the entrant (plagiarism and AI-detection software will be used).
  11. Entries must be unpublished (including online/social media or personal websites) and must not have been awarded a prize or won another competition at the time of entry.
  12. Any entries that are published, set to be published or set to win a prize after the time of entry should be withdrawn as they will become ineligible to win the New Writers Poetry Competition (entry fees will not be refunded in this scenario).
  13. Poems must be of no more than 42 lines (excluding the title and line spaces). Any entries that breach the 42-line limit will be disqualified and no refund will be given (so please double-check before sending your entry). There is no need to write the number of lines on the entry.
  14. Entries must be submitted online using the Entry Form as attachments in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word Document or PDF.
  15. Postal entries will not be accepted (let’s save the trees!).
  16. 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.
  17. Competition judges will be appointed by NewWriters.org.uk. Please note the decision of the judges is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
  18. Entries must be typed in a legible font, with a font size of 12pt or 14 pt.
  19. 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 NewWriters.org.uk to publish your work online on our website and in a future anthology.
  20. Winners and authors who have made the shortlist will be notified by email no later than Tuesday 1st October 2024. The announcement of winners and shortlisted entries will also be made no later than this date through the newsletter and on the website.
  21. Poem titles and poet names (or specified pen name/alias) will be published on the website for announcement purposes of the three winning poems.
  22. Poet names of those on the shortlist and longlist will be published on the website.
  23. 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).
  24. 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.
  25. Low Income Entries: A limited number of free entries are available to writers from low-income households (less than £20k per year) and/or in receipt of the following benefits (or equivalent): Job Seeker’s Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, Disability Living Allowance, Carer’s Allowance.
  26. If you would like to apply for a free entry (one per person), please email (david@newwriters.org.uk) before midday (UK time) on 15th July 2024 (though your entry can be submitted any time before the deadline on 31st July 2024). Please use ‘Low-Income Entry’ as the subject of the email.

Competition Summary:

  • Deadline: 23:59 (UK time) on Wednesday 31st July 2024
  • Entry Fee: £10 per entry; (£18 for two entries, £26 for three entries, £34 for four entries, or £42 for five entries)*
  • Prizes: 1st Place: £1,000; 2nd Place: £300; 3rd Place: £200
  • Head Judge: Jordan Hamel (Poet & Performer)
  • Publication: The three winning entries will be published on the NewWriters.org.uk website an in a future New Writers Anthology
  • Word Limit: 42 lines (excluding title and line spaces)
  • Charity: £1 from each entry will be donated to First Story
  • Winners and authors who have made the shortlist will be notified by email no later than Tuesday 1st October 2024. The announcement of winners and shortlisted entries will also be made no later than this date.
  • *Multiple entries must be submitted together to receive the discount

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!