Poetry London‘s 2015 competition is now closed.

Many thanks to everyone who submitted their poems.

If you have sent a SAE for confirmation of receipt of your poems, you should have received confirmation by now.

If you have not sent one, it is impossible for us to check if we have received your entry until all entries have been processed, by the end of June 2015.

Do not cancel your cheque if you see that it has not been processed yet; give us time till the end of June.

Please bear with us – we are a small company, we work part time and we have received a very high number of entries we need to deal with!

If there is any problem with your entry, we will get in touch with you directly.

Winners will be notified by 1 July 2015, and the competition results will be published on our website on the 15th of July 2015.

The winning poems will be published in the Autumn 2015 issue of the magazine and commendations will be published online. Prizes will be presented at the launch of the autumn issue in London.

1st prize: £1000

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £200

Four commendations: £75


Glyn Maxwell

Glyn Maxwell’s most recent book of poetry, Pluto, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, while previous collections include Hide NowThe Nerve and The Breakage. Recipient of the Geoffrey Faber Prize, Cholmondely Prize, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize and a regular feature on the New York Times Notable Books of the Year list, he was the longest-serving Poetry Editor of The New Republic. Equally respected as both a playwright and librettist, The Lifeblood was the British Theatre Guide’s ‘Best Play’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2005, while Liberty premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2008. His libretto for The Firework Maker’s Daughter received an Olivier Award Nomination in 2014, and his new work, Nothing, will premiere at Glyndebourne in 2016. Maxwell’s critical guidebook, On Poetry, was recently published to widespread acclaim in both the UK and US.

‘Spellbinding . . . incredibly musical . . . Maxwell is a poet of formidable technical gifts who revels in the sheer power of storytelling. This is a poet who knows as well as any how to make a human sound.’ – Guardian