International Poetry Competition

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    Judge (2017): Helen Mort. Categories: Open and English as an Additional Language. Deadline: 28 August 2017 (11pm BST/10pm GMT). £1000 to winners.

    The competition is designed to celebrate the power of poetry across the world, and welcomes entries from both new and established poets aged 18 and over. The competition has two categories:  

    • Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)
    • English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language

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

    We are very excited to announce that this year’s judge is the much celebrated and award-winning poet Helen Mort.

    Helen’s first poetry collection Division Street, published in 2013, won the prestigious Fenton Aldeburgh Prize. In 2014, she was named as one of the Poetry Book Society’s Next Generation poets, a list that appears only every decade. Her latest collection, No Map Could Show Them (Chatto & Windus), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, whilst her first novel, Black Car Burning, is forthcoming. In 2017, she was a judge for the Man Booker International Prize. Helen was a Douglas Caster Cultural Fellow at The University of Leeds from 2014-2016 and now lectures at The Manchester Writing School. 

    The competition deadline is 11pm BST/10pm GMT on 28 August 2017. It costs £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Shop. All entries must be unpublished work. Please read the full competition criteria and terms and conditions before entering. 

    There are two steps to entering the competition:

    1. Please visit the Brookes Shop and click on 'Book Event'. Then you can register as a new customer and pay for your entry/entries.
    2. Once you have paid, please email your poem/s to  Please do not include your name on the document, but do type EAL or OPEN in the top right-hand corner of your document to show which category you are entering. After you have e-mailed your poem/s, you will receive an automatic email in response confirming that we have received your poem/s.

    Please note that there is no entry form for this competition. The Poetry Centre will match the details you submit via the Shop with your e-mailed poem/s.

    If you have questions about the competition, please contact:

    Find out about last year’s competition and read the winning poems of 2016.

    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 local community including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions and community projects. Why not sign up for our Weekly Poem to receive a free contemporary poem in your inbox each week and news of our other activities?