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Despite my success at getting my poetry published (see Verse page), Iíve never won a poetry competition, but I did once win a cash prize for a short story, and then of course I won the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Contest with Stiff Competition, a novel that had previously been rejected by a top publisher for being too funny (see Comps Novel ).  I therefore speak from experience when I say that winning small competitions doesnít lead to overnight fame.  But having a few such successes to boast about does you no harm when approaching publishers, so if your dream is to get a book of poetry published, this could be the place to begin.  Or maybe you just want to win some prize money.  Note that the judges of poetry competitions seldom have the same tastes as editors and publishers, so in order to get your eye in you need to study poetry competition winners rather than just published poems.

     Below is a list of the most interesting UK poetry competitions Iíve seen recently (entry is not necessarily limited to UK residents).  Iíve done my best to vet them and eliminate the dodgy ones, but I can offer no guarantees.

     Bear in mind that poetry comps with smaller prizes attract fewer entries and are therefore easier to win. 

 
  

UK Poetry Competitions (currently 35)

 


Updated
  4.5.16

 

Writersí Forum Poetry Competition.  This monthly contest from the glossy magazine Writersí Forum is for poems of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: Monthly.  Entries arriving too late for one month go forward to the next.
    Prize: £100 and a Chambers dictionary.
    Entry Fee: £4 - or £6 if you want a short critique (enclose sae for the critique if entering by post).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
30.4.16

 

Cinnamon Press Debut Collection Prize.  This annual contest from Welsh publisher Cinnamon Press is for poems of up to 40 lines.  Your entry should consist of 10 poems.
    Closing : Annually - end of November.
    Prizes: £300 plus a publishing contract.
    Entry Fee: £12.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Updated
 30.4.16

 

Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prizes.  Entries for this one should comprise 15 to 25 poems of up to 50 lines each.
    Closing: Annually - end of March.
    Prizes : 4 x publishing contract plus 30 copies of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
 27.1.15

 

Hour of Writes Competition.  To enter this new weekly peer-reviewed contest from Manchester you submit a piece of writing of any type you choose running to no more than 2,000 words. There is a different theme every week.
    Closing : 11pm every Friday.
    Prize: £50 (usually the minimum, they say; prize increases if more entries are received).
    Entry Fee: £3.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 31.3.15

 

Cultured Vultures Poem of the Week.  This one from American website Cultured Vultures (ĎWe eat your wordsí) is open to all comers and is for poems of any type.  To enter you submit three plus a short bio.
    Closing: Weekly.
    Prize: Publication on the website.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

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Dear Michael

Just to let you know Iíve been entering writing competitions for several years and this year came second in the 19th Feile Filiochta International Poetry Competition. Hurrah! I probably wouldnít have heard about it but for your site (and I still donít know how to say it). I donít even consider it one of my better poems Ė but it was free to enter. It just goes to show that literary competition judges have to be very subjective in the end, so itís worth carrying on even when you donít feel that confident. Anyway, Iím off to spend my winnings of 500 euros (thatís very nearly £375 in real money). Keep up the good work!
     Hereís a link to the
poem that won the prize
      All the best - Clare Kirwan

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Red Shed Open Poetry Competition.  This contest from Currock Press of Wakefield is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 29.4.17.
    Prizes: £100, £50.  Wakefield Postcode: £25.  There will be an awards event at the Mocca Moocho cafe in Wakefield.
    Entry Fee: £3 for the first, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Ware Poets Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from Ware Poets of Hertfordshire is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject.  There is a separate category for sonnets.
    Closing: 30.4.17.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £150.  Ware Sonnet Prize - £150.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £12 for four, £3 each thereafter.
    Entry Form and Details (pdf):
Click Here.

 


Added
16.1.17

 

Hourglass Writing Competition.  This international contest from Hourglass Literary Magazine is for short stories, poems and essays on any subject.  These can be written in English, Latin or Cyrillic script.  Well, thatís different.  I think Iíll have a go at the Latin.  Itís been a long time since my school days but I never forget.  Veni, vedi, veci (I came, I saw, I played conkers).  See?  But enough of my linguistic expertise - back to the contest.  For the short stories thereís a word limit of 7,000 (minimum 700).  Poems can be up to 3,500 words but take my advice and donít go all the way - itís a long and dusty road littered with skeletons.  Essays must be between 1,000 and 9,000 words. 
    Closing: 30.4.17 (11.59pm US Central time).
    Prizes (in each category): $1,000 and a clepsydra (a device used for measuring time before the advent of the smartphone).  Other prizes - see website.  Winning entries will be published in the mag.  The writers of these will receive a free copy.
    Entry Fee: $15 (in the poetry category you can submit up to three poems for this).
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.4.17

 

Southport Writersí Circle International Poetry Competition.  As a child I lived for a while just up the road from Southport.  It was a cultural void back then, often referred to as the poor manís Blackpool.  Not any more.  These days, in addition to its renowned flower show (Ďa horticultural hotbedí) it has a writersí circle and an international poetry contest.  Some are now calling Blackpool the poor manís Southport, although admittedly not many.  The contest requires poems of up to 40 lines on any theme.
    Closing: 30.4.17.
    Prizes: £100, £75, £25.  Humour Prize - £25.
    Entry Fee: £3 for one, £10 for four.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Dear Michael
   I discovered your excellent site a few months back and entered some of the poetry competitions. I have in all my long years never received a payment for anything I have written, but I today received an email from Cooldog Publications to say I have won second prize in their E-mag Poetry Competition! £50! What a great way to start the new year.
   I just had to write and say thanks to you for the trouble you have taken with your site and how much I appreciate the sense of humour that underpins it.
  This has given me a terrific boost.
                                                                                -  Carol Browne

 


Added
17.1.17

 

Ver Poets Open Competition.  Here is another familiar face in the competitions crowd.  It comes from a poetry group in St Albans.  Anything goes as far as the subject is concerned, but confine your efforts to 30 lines or fewer.
    Closing: 30.4.17.
    Prizes: £600, £300, £100.  Selected poems will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £4 each, £10 for three, £2 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 7.2.17

 

Poetry on the Lake Festival Competition.  This annual international contest from Italy, now in its seventeenth year, has three categories: Silver Wyvern, for poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of Metal (precious, base, metaphoric, etc).  Short (up to 10 lines, no theme), and Formal (up to 40 lines, no theme).  Carol Ann Duffy will be judging the Silver Wyvern category, while Kevin Bailey will be dealing with the others.
    Closing: 30.4.17.
    Prizes: Silver Wyvern: 1st - Trophy and 500 euros.  2nd - 200 euros.  3rd - 100 euros.  Formal and Short category winners each receive 100 euros.
    Entry Fee: Online - £10 for the first, £8 thereafter.  Postal - £8 for the first, £6 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.4.17

 

Poetry London Poetry Competition.  Poetry London, a magazine with nationwide and international scope despite its title, is seeking poems of up to 80 lines on any subject and in any style.
    Closing: 2.5.17.
    Prizes: £1,000, £500, £200 and 4 x £75.
    Entry Fee: £7.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.3.17

 

Printer Inks Poetry Competition.  Hereís a new freebie from Printer Inks.  Open to all ages, itís for poems of up to 45 lines on the subject of New Beginnings.
    Closing: 5.5.17.
    Prize: £100 Amazon voucher.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
10.4.17

 

Love the Words Competition .  This contest from Literature Wales is in celebration of International Dylan Thomas Day.  It is open to all young people aged 7 to 25.  To enter you download from the website the opening paragraphs of Dylan Thomasí play Under Milk Wood and then cut up the words and use them to make your own poem.  You then take a photo of it and share it with the world on Twitter, as per the instructions.  Youíve got to admit itís different.  Iíve read poems that seem to have been written like that, but Iíve never tried it myself.  However, I did once ink my catís feet and get him to walk over the page of a literary magazine, the idea being to make a poem out of the words he hadnít obliterated.  Well, he was no poet, Iíll tell you that.  But oddly enough the literary article was much improved.
    Closing: 5.5.17.
    Prizes: A selection of entries will be chosen by Hannah Ellis, the granddaughter of Dylan Thomas, and showcased on the Discover Dylan Thomas website on international Dylan Thomas Day on May 14.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Sussex Chanctonbury Cup.  No, itís not a horse race, itís a poetry competition from Slipstream Poets.  You have to write a poem of up to 50 lines and then read it on the Downs with a jockey on your back (actually the reading is subject to confirmation).  The contest is aimed at poets living, working or studying in East Sussex, West Sussex or Brighton.  Under starterís orders for the judging is Janet Sutherland.
    Closing : 15.5.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £150 and the Chanctonbury Cup (to be held for one year).  2nd - £100.  3rd - £50.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here .

 


Added
1.12.16

 

Montreal International Poetry Prize.  This contest, which many of you will have guessed is from the land of the Mounties, is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject.
    Closing: 15.5.17.  Early entry deadline (for lower entry fee): 31.3.17.
    Prize: $20,000 (Canadian). There will be anthology publication for shortlisted entries, with a free copy going to each contributor.
    Entry Fee: $25 (Canadian) for the first, $15 thereafter.  Early entry fee: $20 for the first, $15 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

SDPF Poetry Competition.  This contest from the South Downs Poetry Festival, now in its second year, is for poems of up to 50 lines.  The judge is Jackie Wills.
    Closing: 19.5.17.
    Prizes: £400, £150, £50.  Best poem by an unpublished poet - £100.  Best poem by a poet under the age of 20 - £100.  Best poem by a poet under the influence - £0.  Shorlistees will be invited to read at a public event in Lewes in June, but beware - if they donít like you there, they burn an effigy of you.
    Entry Fee: £4.50.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I spent a year or so reading all those comments on your website from people who, since consulting your list, seem have won just about every competition going. I read it and thought it must be too good to be true Ė but worth a try. Then, on my third submission, I have actually gone and won the Yeovil Literary Prize for Poetry. I am absolutely over the moon, unable to believe it, etc.  Thank you so much.
                                                                                   -  Andy Miller

 


Added
 2.4.17

 

Stephen Spender Prize for Poetry Translation (in association with the Guardian).  How many readers aged 14 and under does the Guardian have, I wonder?  And how many of these translate poetry in their spare time instead of, say, playing computer games that are well good?  Not a vast number, I would have thought, and yet the contest has a category for this group.  Thatís probably why the promoters put it on the Internet: thereíd be no entries otherwise.  Luckily, adults may also have a go.  To enter, find a poem written by some foreigner (max 60 lines) and translate it into English (60 lines max).  Then send it in together with a commentary (up to 300 words) and the original poem.  But first, ask yourself this: Is there really such a shortage of home-produced poetry that we need to ship it in like melons from countries that donít even speak the lingo?
    Closing: 26.5.17.
    Prizes: Adults - £1,000, £750, £500.  18 and Under - £500, £250, £150.  14 and under - £100.  All winners Ďand any others the judges wish to selectí will be published in a booklet.
    Entry Fee: Adults - £7.  Entry is free if you are 18 or under.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.2.17

 

Yeovil Literary Prize.  This is the 13th of these international contests from Yeovil, the literary capital of the West Country where even the sheep appreciate poetry.  There are four categories: Short Story, Poetry, Novel and Unrestricted.  The stories can run to 2,000 words, while the poems should be no more than 40 lines.  Novels have a limit of 15,000 words for the opening chapters and synopsis.  The final category is unusual in that itís for anything you have written - as long as it has Ďthe Wow! factorí (they mean ĎWow - thatís brilliant!í rather than, ĎWow - youíve really plumbed the depths with that one!í).  Your entry could be a particularly creative tax return, a witty note to the milkman, or that hilariously scathing critique of your former best friendís new novel, etc.
    Closing: 31.5.17.
    Prizes: Short Story - £500, £200, £100.  Poetry - £500, £200, £100.  Novel - £1,000, £250, £100.  Writing Without Restrictions - £100, £50, £30.  In addition there is the Western Gazette Best Local Writer Award for someone living in Dorset or Somerset.  It isnít worth moving down there however as the prize is only £100.
    Entry Fee: Short Story - £7.  Poetry - £7 each, £10 for two, £12 for three.  Novel - £12 each.  Writing Without Restrictions - £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


16.3.17

 

Wundor Poetry Competition.  This inaugural contest from Wunder Editions of London is for poems of any length on the theme of Spring.  Entrants are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the theme.
    Closing: 31.5.17.
    Prizes: £500 and Ďstrong consideration for publicationí.
    Entry Fee: £10.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.2.17

 

Bridport Prize.  This international competition from the Bridport Arts Centre is one of the most prestigious writing contests in the British literary calendar.  Everyone in the trade whose mind is not addled by drugs has heard of it, and they will be impressed if you can claim to have won it.  The good news is that winning it is easy.  All you have to do is submit the best poem or short story, the former having no more than 42 lines, the latter running to no more than 5,000 words.  For those who find 5,000 words too tiring to write there is now a flash fiction category for stories of up to 250 words (if thatís too much, consider becoming a poet).  There is also a First Chapter Award (see separate listing below) for a novel opening of between 5,000 and 8,000 words, plus a 300-word synopsis.  Writers from beyond the veil should note that the Bridport rules forbid posthumous entries.  Shame: the awards ceremony would be so much more interesting with a couple of ghosts in attendance.
    Closing: 31.5.17.
    Prizes: In each of the main categories (Short Stories, Poems) - £5,000, £1,000, £500.  There are also ten runners-up prizes of £100.  These are called Ďsupplementary prizesí to make you feel less like an also-ran.  The Peggy Chapman Andrews First Novel Award: 1st - £1,000.  2nd - £500. Runners-up (3) £100.  Prizes in the Flash Fiction category are £1,000, £500, £250, plus three supplementary awards of £100.  There is in addition £100 for the highest placed writer from Dorset.  All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in October at the Bridport Open Book Festival.  Winning entries are usually published in an anthology.
    Entry Fees: Poems - £9.  Short Stories - £10.  Novel - £20.  Flash Fiction - £8.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
21.3.17

 

SLQ Poetry Competition.  This regular runner from Sentinel Literary Quarterly is for poems of up to 50 lines on any subject and in any style.
    Closing: 31.5.17.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50, 3 x £20 and 3 x £10. 
    Entry Fee: £4 for one, £7 for two, £9 for three, £11 for four, £12 for five.  Winner will be published in the mag.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael
     I discovered your website last year and entered lots of comps - no prizes in 2008. This year I decided just to enter The Trowell and District Writers Trust competitions - again directed from your site and also in the hope of bettering my marks compared to my entries last year.
     I am delighted to say I went along to the Presentation yesterday and received 1st prize in the Open Poetry competition - a lovely certificate, a shield and some prize money.
     I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon which had a "Stand and Deliver" poetry competition as well as a raffle, refreshments, sales of Members poetry, and time to chat and get to know people.
     The comps are great - all entries receive a mark and a short critique - I found all these helpful and encouraging. I feel I have new friends and a lovely day to look back on.
                                                                                -  Kate Brumby

 


Added
 2.4.17

 

David Burland Poetry Prize 2016.  This international contest, now in its tenth year, is for poems of any length in any style.
    Closing: 31.5.17.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  Runners-up - .a copy of Michel Francois and Friends .  The winning writers will have their work published in the anthology: Poetic Art.
    Entry Fee: £8 for the first, £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.2.17

 

Segora Writing Competition.  This is the tenth of these contests from Poetry Prose and Plays, which is based in France.  It is for short stories of between 1,500 and 3,000 words, poems of up to 50 lines, one-act plays with a running time of 20 to 35 minutes, and vignettes of up to 300 words.  Not many vignette contests about these days.  This is because hardly anyone knows what a vignette is.  You do of course, and in fact you probably have a dozen or so already written.  For the rest, Iíll give by way of enlightenment a definition from Collins: ĎA short piece of writing that clearly expresses the typical characteristics of something or someone.í  You can read last yearís winners for all categories on the website.
    Closing: 15.6.17.
    Prizes: Short Stories and Poetry - £300, £50, £30.  Vignettes - £100, £10.  Play - £100.  Wnners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fees: Short Stories - £6 each, £11 for two, £15 for three.  Vignettes and Poems - £5 each for the first, £2.50 each thereafter.  Plays - £12.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 2.4.17

 

Welsh Poetry Prize.  This is the eleventh of these poetry competitions from Wales, and as usual, despite the contest name, entries must be in English (all those years learning Welsh, eh?  Youíd have done better studying Klingon).  There is a line limit of 50 but no limit on style and subject.  A word of caution before you enter: the rules state that the author must be living.  Are you absolutely sure you qualify?  Do people ignore you when you walk down the street?  Look in the mirror.  Be honest with yourself.  Is there really any sign of life there?  You may need to get a note from your doctor.
    Closing: 18.6.17.
    Prizes: £500, £250, £100.  Winners will be published in an anthology.
    Entry Fee: £5 postal, £6 online.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.3.17

 

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition.  Poems of up to 60 lines are required for this annual offering from the Canterbury Festival.  The contest is refreshingly different thanks to the broad spectrum of verse forms it invites: limerick, ballad, hiaku, ode - and in case your favourite is not actually specified, it is covered by the word Ďwhatever!í
    Closing: 19.6.17.
    Prizes: £200, £100, £50.  There are also prizes for Peopleís Choice (£25) and Best Read Poem (bottle of sparkling wine).  Longlisted entries will be published in an anthology.  Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at the adjudication event on National Poetry Day.
    Entry Fee: £5.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
13.3.17

 

McLellan Poetry Competition.  This annual contest from the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust on the Isle of Arran is part of the McLellan Arts Festival.  It is for poems of up to 80 lines on any subject.  The judge is Maura Dooley who, amongst other things, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
    Closing: 21.6.17.
    Prizes: £1000, £300, £100, and 6 @ £25.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first. £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page :
Click Here.

 


Added
13.3.17

 

Battered Moons Poetry Competition .  Part of the Poetry Swindon Festival and supported by Arts Council England, this contest is for poems of up to 40 lines on any subject and in any style.
    Closing: 30.6.17.
    Prizes: £700, £200, £100, and 4 @ £25.  Winners will be published in the Battered Moons pamphlet.  Losers will simply be battered (metaphorically speaking).  In addition, all prize-winners will be invited to read their poems at the above-mentioned Festival.
    Entry Fee: £5 for the first, £3.50 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hello Michael
     Just writing to let you know that my poem was "Highly Commended" in a Poem Pigeon contest I found on your site. This was pleasing to me, but what was even better was to become part of such a friendly, hospitable group. Every one is so supportive of and kind to each other. They put up some pretty good poems too.
     Best wishes
                                                                                -  Penny Turner

 


Added
 1.4.17

 

Wells Festival of Literature Writing Competition.  Here we go again with the famous Wells Litfest and its three competitions - Poetry, Short Story and Book for Children.  I should mention before we go any further that we are talking about Wells in Somerset, not Wells in Norfolk which also has an annual litfest (I wouldnít want you turning up at the wrong event to receive your prize or to berate the judges for not awarding you anything).  Anyway, back to business.  For the Poetry you are allowed up to 40 lines, while the Short Stories should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words.  For the Book for Children, which must be suitable for children aged 9+, you need to submit the first three chapters plus a synopsis brief enough to fit two sides of a page (and donít use that microscopic font thatís only suitable for the small print in dodgy contracts).  If shortlisted, you will be asked to submit the rest of your story.
    Closing: 30.6.17.
    Prizes: Poetry, Short Story, Childrenís (in each category) - £750, £300, £200.  Additional prizes: Wyvern Prize for a local short story entrant - £100.  Hilly Cansdale Local Prize (for poetry) - £100.  Book for Children Local Prize - £100.
    Entry Fee: £6.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 8.3.17

 

Prole Books Pamphlet Competition.  This poetry competiton from Prole Books of Abergele in Wales is for pamphlet collections of no more than 35 A5 pages.
    Closing: 30.6.17.
    Prize: £50 and 15 copeis of the pamphlet.
    Entry Fee: £12.

 


Added
 2.4.17

 

Artificium Short Fiction & Poetry Prizes.  This one from Artificium, a journal of new fiction and poetry, has two categories: Short Story and Poetry.  The former is for stories of up to 4,000, while the latter has a line limit of 40.
    Closing: 31.7.17.
    Prizes (in each category): £350, £75, £50.  Winners will be published on the website.
    Entry Fee: £5 for one, £9 for two, £12 for three.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
14.3.17

 

Aesthetica Creative Writing Award.  This annual contest from Asthetica magazine is for Short fiction running to no more than 2,000 words and poetry of up to 40 lines.
    Closing: 31.8.17.
    Prize (in each category): £1,000 plus other writing related prizes.  Finalists will be published in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.
    Entry Fee: £18 for fiction, £12 for poetry.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 7.1.17

 

Cheshire Prize for Literature.  This contest from the University of Chester is for a piece of writing for children (age range 7 to 14), either in prose or verse, the former having a word limit of 1,500, the latter a line limit of 100.  To be eligible to enter you need to have lived, studied or worked at some point in Cheshire, Wirral, Warrington or Halton.  Documentary evidence may be requested, they say.  So if nobody made a documentary about you while you were there, Iím afraid youíve had it ... although itís possible Iíve misunderstood this requirement.
    Closing: 1.9.17.
    Prizes: 1st - £2,000.  Additional prize money of £750 will be awarded, but the precise details were not revealed to me at the time of writing.  The best entries will be published.
    Entry Fee: None - free to enter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 


Added
 1.3.17

 

Making Waves Poetry Competition.  This contest from Falmouth Poetry Group is for spoken word poems.  These are to be entered on digital sound files with a duration of up to 200 seconds. The poem can be spoken by someone other than the writer if required and it is even possible although not obligatory to have other participants including musicians.  Well, itís different.
    Closing: 3.9.17.
    Prizes: £600, £250, £150.
    Entry Fee: £6 for the first, £4 thereafter.
    Comp Page:
Click Here.

 

 

 

Hi Michael,
     Thanks for a very useful website. Since finding the contact details on your site, I've won the Txtlit competition twice, and the Write Invite competition four times. With the prize money I'm now entering other competitions. Thanks for keeping us writers posted!
     Best regards, Uta Coutts

 
  

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Notes: Unless otherwise stated in the rules, poetry should be single-spaced.  It is sometimes the case that your name shouldnít appear on the manuscript. Check the rules.  If you put your name on there after being told not to, youíre out.  Donít use coloured paper or fancy fonts.  The colour and pizzazz to make you stand out from the crowd should be in the words.  Plain white A4 80gsm paper is the stuff to use, with plain black typing or print.  My preferred font for poetry manuscripts printed on an inkjet or laser printer is Gill Sans in 12 point (13 if Iím not pressed for space).  This gives a clear, dark print thatís easy to read.  Although publishers and agents sometimes demand the feeble Courier font, which comes out on my printers like something produced by a typewriter with an antique ribbon, Iíve never known competition organisers to express any preference.  But as always, check the rules.  Finally, write on one side of the sheet only - unless asked to put your address, etc, on the back.
 

 
     

 


 

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