The National Poetry Competition 2021 is now open for entries!

Deadline: 31 October 2021
Open to: anyone aged 18 or over
Benefits: mentorship from a leading poet


The judges this year are Fiona BensonDavid Constantine and Rachel Long, and they are looking forward to reading your submissions.

The Poetry Society are commissioning brand new writing resources from previous winners and judges of the competition to get you in the National Poetry Competition mood. These will be posted on The Poetry Society’s website throughout the duration of the competition – look out for mentions of them on social media and in e-bulletins.

Please familiarise yourself with the rules of entry before submitting your poems. If you have any questions about the entry process, check the FAQs page to see if the answer is there.


The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome.


The prize is mentorship from a leading poet, who will also judge the Award.


During these unpredictable times, it is strongly encouraged that you submit your poems via the National Poetry Competition website. If you are unable to do so for whatever reason, please write to

For further information, please visit the official website.