poetry london prize

The Poetry London Prize 2020 is now closed. Many thanks to everyone who entered their poems.

Winners will be notified by 17 July.


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Competition Rules
  • Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet. Entries must not have been previously published or self-published, in print or online, or have won a prize in another competition. The maximum length is 80 lines, not including titles or blank lines. 
  • Entry is via Submittable only. If you have access requirements which mean you cannot access the online form, please contact the office on admin@poetrylondon.co.uk or on 020 8228 5707. Postal entries will not be accepted unless required for personal access reasons, in agreement with Poetry London staff.
  • You may enter as many poems as you wish, accompanied by the appropriate entry fee. For Poetry London subscribers the entry fee is £4 per poem; for non-subscribers it is £8. You can take out a subscription at the same as entering using the Submittable form and pay the lower subscribers’ fee. The ‘crossover’ point where it becomes cheaper to become a subscriber than pay the standard fee is 6 poems entered! Entries which are not accompanied by the correct entry fee will be disqualified. 
  • There are a limited number of free entries available for writers on low incomes. These will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, and will cover the submission of up to two poems. To qualify, you should be in receipt in one or more of the the following: Jobseekers Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, income-related ESA, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax Support, Winter Fuel Allowance, Pension Credit, Housing Benefit, or international equivalents. To enter, please email your poem to admin@poetrylondon.co.uk along with a scan of a recent letter proving your eligibility. Entries will be anonymised and entered into the Submittable system. 
  • Please include all of your poems in a single document. Your name and address must not appear in the title of your document or on the poems entered, nor any other marks that could identify you. All poems should be word-processed, and set in a legible typeface at 11 point or higher. 
  • The closing date is 23:59 on 1 May 2020. Winners will be notified by 17 July 2020. The first, second and third prize-winners will be published in the Autumn 2020 issue of Poetry London and on the magazine’s website. 
  • The prizes will be awarded at our Autumn launch reading in London in September 2020. 
  • Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems in any format. 
  • Prizes may be withheld or altered if we receive no outstanding poems, or insufficient entries.
  • Please do not leave your entry to the last minute as we may be unable to provide technical support near the deadline, and we will not accept late entries. 
  • Entries will be sifted by the editors of Poetry London, and the top 500 will be read by Ilya Kaminsky. Should the named judge be unable to proceed, we aim to find an alternative judge of equivalent standing as a poet. The judge’s decision is final, and we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback.
  • Your entry in the competition indicates acceptance of these rules.