15 July 2021
Who may enter
The competition is open to anyone.
The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July. We are the biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and we’ll surprise you. There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more.
Each year we organise a prestigious competition for new poetry. It attracts entries from all over the globe. There are three categories: Adults (18+), Young People (12-17) and Children (under 12).
All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions.
The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.
This year’s judge is Anthony Anaxagorou.
Adults: £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 for each additional poem.
Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.75 for each additional poem.
• First Prize: £1,000
• Second Prize: £500
• Third Prize: £250
Young People’s Prizes (12 – 17 Years)
• First Prize: £100
• Second Prize: £50
• Third Prize: £25
Children’s Prizes (11 years and under)
• First Prize: £25 book token
• Second Prize: £15 book token
• Third Prize: £10 book token
How to enroll
For further information visit the official competition website.