International Poetry Competition

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    The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to launch its 2016 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

    Visit the Brookes Shop page to enter.

    This year’s judge is Daljit Nagra , the first poet to win the Forward Prize for both his first collection of poetry, Look, We Have Coming to Dover!, in 2007, and for its title poem in 2004. He is also the author of Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (2011) and Ramayana: A Retelling (2013). Shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the T.S. Eliot Prize (in 2012 and 2014), Daljit was also selected as a ‘New Generation Poet’ by the Poetry Book Society in 2014 and is Radio 4’s first ever Poet-in-Residence from October 2015-October 2017.

    The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe, and has two categories:

    • ESL category (open to all poets over 18 years of age who write in English as a second language
    • Open category (open to all poets over 18 years of age).

    The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners-up £200.

    The competition deadline is midnight on 31 August 2016. There is a cost of £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Entrants may submit as many poems as they wish, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Shop, but all entries must be unpublished work. Please read the full competition criteria and terms and conditions before entering.

    To enter the competition, you must register and pay for your entries via the Brookes Shop, and then e-mail your poems as separate documents to

    If you have questions about the competition, please contact:

    You can find out about last year’s competition on this dedicated page , where you can also read the winning poems.

    The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre hosts an annual programme of events for members of staff, students and the general public including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions and community projects.