The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

Deadline: 5 November 2018
Open to: to anyone, including non-UK applicants, aged 18 and over
Awards: cash prizes


The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The competition will be judged by the patron, Sir Andrew Motion. When asked what he will be looking for in the winning entries, he said:

‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recover things I’ve forgotten I already know’.

The closing date for the competition is Monday 5th November 2018 and the winners will be announced in the New Year.

Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel with the final decision being made by Sir Andrew Motion.


The Charles Causley Poetry Prize is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants, aged 18 and over by the closing date of the competition.

Entries must be in English.

The Rules of Entry give full details of how to enter the competition so please read them carefully. Some key points to note are:

  • We do not accept electronic submissions;
  • All entries must be accompanied by a completed Entry Form;
  • All submissions must include the appropriate fee: The first poem submitted costs £7.50. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £5 per
  • We require 4 x copies of each poem submitted;
  • Poems may be on any subject.


The 1st prize winner will receive £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston.

The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the third prize winner will receive £100.

Five Highly Commended poets whose work shows particular promise will each receive £30.

How to apply?

Postal Entries Only will be accepted and must be addressed Charles Causley Poetry Competition and sent to:
2, Cyprus Well
Ridgegrove Hill
PL15 8BT

You should fill the entry form and read the rules of entry.

For more information please visit the official website.