Do I have to be a UK
resident 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 a
published poet to enter?No.
We welcome poems from unpublished writers as well.
Who’s excluded from
employees, staff (who may also be students) and contractors, their
spouses/partners and current or former Competition judges.
Do line spaces
between stanzas in my poem count as part of the 50-line limit? What about
titles, 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 a
poem with more than 50 lines?Your entry will be
disqualified. Please ensure you keep within the line limit.
I left my name or
contact details on my entry, will it be disqualified?Yes it will. Entries
need to be anonymous.
How will you know
which 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
Can I make
alterations 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.
submissions to other publishers or competitions allowed?No.
Can I enter more than
one 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
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
As long as it is a poem you have translated into English from your own
original, unpublished work.
must be written primarily in English, though a few words or phrases in another
language or languages can be included.
Can I send the same
poem 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.
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 whose
first 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.
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 from
overseas. 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 the
competition 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 it
means your entry has not been selected on this occasion.
Will the judge
comment 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 my
personal 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
Does copyright remain
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 for
all queries, please email the Competition’s
e-mail account: firstname.lastname@example.org