• International Poetry Competition

    Poetry Competition 2020

    The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre recently ran its 2020 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

    The winners and shortlist for the competition will be announced in late October and everyone is very welcome to attend the virtual awards event, which will take place on Thursday 19 November from 7.30-8.30pm. To register your attendance, please visit this Eventbrite page and sign up! We look forward to seeing you!

    The competition is open annually to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and 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 delighted to say that this year's judge is the highly-acclaimed and award-winning poet Fiona Benson. You can find out more about Fiona below.

    About the judge

    Fiona Benson won an Eric Gregory Award in 2006 and was a Faber New Poet in 2009. Her pamphlet was Faber New Poets 1 in the Faber New Poets series, whilst her debut collection Bright Travellers  won both the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize and the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry Prize for First Full Collection in 2015. Her latest collection, Vertigo & Ghost, was published by Jonathan Cape in 2019, shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize, and won the Forward Prize for Best Collection and the Roehampton Prize. Fiona lives in rural Devon with her husband and two daughters, and is currently working on a commission of poetry celebrating insects with Arts & Culture at the University of Exeter. You can hear Fiona read from her most recent book here and watch her talk about her work here.

    If you have questions about the competition, please consult our FAQs page. If your question isn’t answered there, contact us at: poetrycomp@brookes.ac.uk

    You can find out about last year’s competition and the winning poems of 2019 here.

    The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is based within the School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre publishes poetry pamphlets through ignitionpress and 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?