How to enter

Katherine Gallagher, our experienced judge, gives you some guide lines below.


If you love words, love the sound of them, the feel of them rolling around your tongue, slipping you in and out of other dimensions - then you are a poet.

Perhaps you are dubious about the idea of competitive poetry, yet it is an ideal means of getting your poetry across to a wider audience. If you stifle your own voice, your own creativity, then your unique vision of the world is lost to humanity.

Take a risk, everyone who enters is a winner!



Australian-born, widely-published London-based poet, Katherine Gallagher’s

most recent collection is 'Acres of Light' (Arc Publications, 2016) following her

'Carnival Edge: New and Selected Poems' (Arc, 2010). ‘Gallagher is a poet of the eye, the rainbow and of all the feeling senses’ (Penelope Shuttle). Gallagher

lived in Paris from 1971-79. www.katherine-gallagher.com

Katherine writes/-

'I will be looking for poems that are memorable, that feel authentic, and that stay with me. They may be in free verse or rhymed. Subject-matter is up to entrants. There are endless subjects for poetry. Robert Frost said, ‘In a poem, you’re not trying to tell people something they didn’t already know: you’re trying to give them ‘the shock of recognition.’ Frost also said, Poetry is a fresh look and a fresh listen’.

I greatly look forward to reading your poems.

Please read the following conditions of entry carefully before sending poems.

  1. Maximum length of each poem entered, excluding title and any blank lines is 50 lines.
  1. Each entered poem, including its title, should be typed single-spaced in 12-point Times Roman on one side of a single A4 sheet. There should be no details which identify the author on the entry.
  1. Poems must not have been previously published or self-published in hard copy or online..
  2. Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
  3. You may submit as many poems as you like, using an entry form.
  4. No entrant may win more than one prize. The team reserve the right to offer prizes only if they consider the quality and quantity of entries merits such. There are no cash alternatives for goods in kind.
  5. Online entry fee – 6 euros or £5 per poem, 10€/£8 for two; 12€/£10 for three, 4th poem free.
  6. Postal entry fee - 6 euros or £5 per poem. No reductions for more than one poem. Sterling payments can only be made by Paypal - no cheques please.
  7. Please keep a copy of your work as we cannot return entries.
  8. The judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

Results, including long and shortlisting, will be put on the competition website early February 2022

Authors retain all copyright, publishing rights and any other publishing rights to their poems. We will publish winning poems on this website.