Winchester Poetry Prize 2021

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize 2021 are now open. 

  • First Prize: £1,000
  • 2nd Prize: £500
  • 3rd Prize: £250

A prize is also available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.​

​Judge: Jacqueline Saphra​

Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems

Closing Date: 31 July 2021


  • The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over
  • Entries may be submitted via email or by post
  • Poems may be on any subject and in any form or style
  • They must be typed and not longer than 40 lines (excluding title)
  • Poems should be in English, must be the entrant’s own work and should not have been published or accepted for publication elsewhere (including online), should not have won another poetry competition or be the translated work of another poet.
  • Entry fee: £5 for first poem, £4 for subsequent poems in a single submission.
  • 10 free entries are available for poets to whom an entry fee would be a barrier. [Thanks to the 2020 winner Lewis Buxton who is supporting this initiative]
  • Closing date: midnight on 31 July 2021. Entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • All poems are judged anonymously and should not bear your name, or any other form of identification.
  • Our judge will read all qualifying entries.
  • No person may win more than one prize, though more than one poem may feature in the list of Commended and Highly Commended poems.
  • No changes can be made to a poem once it has been submitted.
  • Entrants do not need to be resident in the UK to enter, but please note, travel expenses to read at the prize-giving in Winchester are not covered.
  • The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Winchester Poetry Festival Trustees, employees or associates, or members of their families, may not enter.
  • The winners will be contacted by email or post by mid September 2021 and the result will be announced on Saturday 9 October 2021.
  • Your entry in the competition indicates acceptance of these rules

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Application Deadline:
31 July 2021 12:00 am

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