The competition is open to everybody aged 17 or over, for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines on any subject. The competition is judged by Moniza Alvi, Gerry Cambrige and Jack Underwood, who read all entries, and all poems are judged anonymously.
1st prize is £5,000, 2nd £2,000, 3rd £1,000 and there are seven commendations at £200 each. Winning poems are also published in an anthology and on the Poetry Society website, and the Poetry Society opens up all kinds of exciting opportunities for each year’s winners, including the chance to read at some of the UK’s biggest literary festivals and events.
Deadline: 31 October 2016