The London Magazine has been home to some of the most prestigious poets in its long publishing history, from John Keats to Sylvia Plath. Our annual Poetry Prize seeks out new voices in poetry, providing a platform for publication in the UK’s oldest literary journal.
All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and no longer than 40 lines. We have no criteria as to theme, form or style but are looking for diverse work which is not afraid to innovate and startle. This competition is open to international entries.
Entry fee: £10 per poem | Subsequent entries: £5 per poem
(there is no limit to the number of entries you can submit)
Opening date: 1st May 2017
Closing Date: 30th June 2017
First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £200
The winning poems will be published in future issues of The London Magazine and there will be an award ceremony held in London for the winners.
Frieda Hughes, author, poet and painter, who has been published by Bloodaxe, Harpercollins, Tatler, The Paris Review amongst many others; and Patricia McCarthy, winner of Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition in 2012 and editor of poetry journal Agenda.
As of 1st May, you’ll be able to apply via Submittable. The link will be available on this page.
Alternatively, you’ll be able to download the Poetry Prize 2017 Entry Form to fill in and post with your entry. (N.B. There is no need to complete an entry form if entering via Submittable)
- Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.
- Make sure to include your completed entry form with your submission if submitting by any means other than Submittable. This can be downloaded from our website and sent to us by email or post.
- If you have any questions, please contact Abi at email@example.com.
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