Do I have to be a UKresident to enter the competition? No. The competition is open to anyone from around the world who is aged 18 or over at the time of entering (unless excluded under the Terms and Conditions ).
Do I have to be apublished poet to enter? No. We welcome poems from unpublished writers as well.
Who’s excluded fromentering? Current OBU employees, staff (who may also be students) and contractors, their spouses/partners and current or former Competition judges.
Do line spacesbetween stanzas in my poem count as part of the 50-line limit? What abouttitles, epigraphs and dedications? Only lines of text are counted, not the lines between stanzas. Titles, epigraphs and dedications are not counted as lines.
What if I enter apoem with more than 50 lines? Your entry will be disqualified. Please ensure you keep within the line limit.
I left my name orcontact details on my entry, will it be disqualified? Yes it will. Entries need to be anonymous.
How will you knowwhich entries are mine if I don’t write my name on them? All entries are logged and numbered by Poetry Centre staff so that they can be judged anonymously and matched back to your entry once the judge has made their decision.
Can I makealterations to my entries after they have been submitted? No, alterations cannot be made to entries after they have been submitted (see our Terms and Conditions). If you want to submit a more recent version of your entry you will need to withdraw your original entry and make a fresh submission.
Are simultaneoussubmissions to other publishers or competitions allowed? No.
Can I enter more thanone poem? Yes. Entrants may enter up to a maximum of ten poems.
Can I use a pen name? We do allow pseudonyms although we ask that entries are made using your real name. Please let us know your pseudonym when you e-mail us your poem(s).
Yes. Entries that have already been published are not eligible.
Yes. It would not be eligible.
No. If you’ve shown your work to a closed group of other poets or writers as part of the drafting process, this does not count as being made public or published. Your poem is eligible.
Yes. As long as it is a poem you have translated into English from your own original, unpublished work.
No. Poems must be written primarily in English, though a few words or phrases in another language or languages can be included.
Can I send the samepoem that I entered and was unplaced in last year’s competition? Yes.
What are the categories and prizes?There are two categories - Open and English as an Additional Language (EAL). Each has two cash prizes: £1,000 for the winner and £200 for the runner up, plus a non-cash Special Commendation in each category.
Prize winners will be paid directly into the same bank account from which the fee for the entry was originally paid.
How do I enter? Entry is a two stage process:
I’m a poet whosefirst language isn’t English (EAL). How do I enter?Poems by EAL poets can be entered for consideration either in the EAL or the Open category. All entrants need to include either EAL or OPEN in the top right hand corner of each entry.
You will receive two automatic messages: one from the online shop when you pay for your entry, and one from the competition e-mail confirming your submission when you e-mail us your poem/s.
No, entries are not returned. Make sure you keep a copy.
How much does it cost to enter?The first three poems submitted cost £5 per poem. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem up to a total of ten poems.
No, ten poems is the maximum number of entries allowed.
I am entering fromoverseas. How can I pay the entry fee? Payments must be made using the online Oxford Brookes Shop using Visa/Mastercard Credit/Debit cards only. Confirmation of payment will be by automatic email reply.
No. Entry is by card payment through our online shop only.
When will thecompetition winners be announced?Prize-winners and shortlistees will be notified by early October 2018 and invited to an award ceremony in November 2018 in Oxford. Check the website in mid-October for the list of winners. If you do not hear from us then itmeans your entry has not been selected on this occasion.
Will the judgecomment on my work?No, the judge is unable to comment on individual entries, other than a short report on the winning poems.
Do you pass on mypersonal details to anyone else?In accordance with the 2018 GDPR regulations, your details will be held on a secure database and will not be released to any third party without your explicit and written consent.
Does copyright remainwith me?The copyright in each poem submitted remains with the author but prize-winning and shortlisted entrants grant OBU a non-exclusive, worldwide licence for the duration of the Competition (which is deemed to end on 6 August 2019), and for ongoing publicity purposes.
Who can I contact forfurther help? For all queries, please email the Competition’s e-mail account: firstname.lastname@example.org