International Poetry Competition

Our 2022 International Poetry Competition, judged by Caroline Bird, is open for entries!

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is launching its 2022 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

The competition is open 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.

Our judge

We are excited to say that this year’s judge is the award-winning poet Caroline Bird

Caroline is a poet and playwright. She has published seven books of poetry with Carcanet, most recently Rookie: Selected Poems (2022). The Air Year, published in 2020, won the Forward Prize for Best Collection, was shortlisted for the Polari Book Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize, and was a Book of the Year in the Telegraph, Guardian and White Review.

Her fifth collection, In These Days of Prohibition, was shortlisted for the 2017 T. S. Eliot Prize and the Ted Hughes Award. Caroline was one of the five official poets at the 2012 London Olympics.

You can find out more about Caroline’s work on her website, and follow her on Twitter.

How to enter

The competition deadline is 11pm BST on Wednesday 31 August 2022.

The first three poems submitted cost £5 per poem. Subsequent entries in the same submission cost £4 per poem. 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 All entries must be unpublished work.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 terms and conditions before entering. They are available below.

There are two steps to entering the competition:

1) Please visit the Brookes Shop and click on 'Book Event', selecting the number of poems you wish to enter. Then you can register as a new customer and pay for your entry/entries.

2) Once you have paid, please e-mail your unnamed poems in doc/docx/pdf format to

Please mark your entry Open or EAL in the top right-hand corner of your document.

You will receive an automatic e-mail 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 poems. 

If you have questions about the competition, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions (below). If your question isn’t answered there, contact us at:

You can find out about last year’s competition and the winning poems of 2021 on this dedicated page.

About the Poetry Centre

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is based within the School of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre is involved in researching and teaching poetry at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, publishes poetry pamphlets through ignitionpress, and hosts an annual programme of events for members of staff, students and the local community including conferences, workshops, exhibitions and community projects. Why not sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive news of our activities or our Weekly Poem e-mail to receive a free contemporary poem in your inbox each week?

Frequently asked questions


Entries / Format


Entering online


Judging and the awards event



Terms and Conditions

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