Poetry London Competition 2018

Deadline: 1 May 2018
Open to: international candidates
Award: 1st prize – 5 000 GBP; 2nd prize – 2 000 GBp; 3rd prize – 1 000 GBP;


Entry to Poetry London’s 2018 competition is now open.

Poetry London is pleased to announce the distinguished poet Kwame Dawes, as the judge of its new 2018 Poetry London Clore Prize. He is the author or twenty-one books of poetry, and numerous other works of fiction, criticism and essays. His most recent collection, City of Bones: A Testament appeared from Northwestern University Press in 2017.

His awards include the Forward Prize, The Musgrave Silver Medal, several Pushcart Prizes, The Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award, and an Emmy. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner, Associate Poetry Editor for Peepal Tree Books, and Director of the African Poetry Book Fund. He also serves as Chancellor Professor of English at the University of Nebraska.


  1. Entries must be in English, your own unaided work, and not a translation of another poet;
  2. 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;
  3. Your name and address must not appear on the poems entered, nor any other marks that could identify you;
  4. Entries must be typed or written clearly in black on white A4 paper or us letter size;


Winners will be notified by 16 July 2018; the first, second and third prizewinners will be published in the Autumn 2018 issue of Poetry London and on our website. The prizes will be awarded at our Autumn launch reading in London in September (date to be confirmed). Copyright remains with the authors, but we reserve the right to publish the winning poems.

  • 1st prize – 5 000 GBP;
  • 2nd prize – 2 000 GBP;
  • 3rd prze – 1 000 GBP;
  • four commendation – 5oo GBP.

How to Apply?

Fill the Competition Entry Form.

  • For Poetry London subscribers: the entry fee is £3 per poem;
  • For non-subscribers £7.

For more information please visit the official website.