Tuesday 14 March 2017

17th International Poetry on the Lake Competition

Silver Wyvern adjudicator : Carol Ann Duffy

precious, base, anything metallic...interpret as wished

Short categories: no set theme, 

adjudicators: Formal-Kevin Bailey ; Short - Oz Hardwick

all 3 adjudicators will read all poems in his or her category


17th International Poetry on the Lake Competition

Deadline: 30th April 2017 (last postmark or 24.00 email)

3 categories: Silver Wyvern (all forms, max 40 lines);
Short poems (max.10 lines); Formal (max 40 lines)

Theme for Silver Wyvern: Metal – may be interpreted widely but must bear a reference to the theme.

No set theme for Short & Formal categories.

Prizes: Silver Wyvern category winner: Silver Wyvern and €500.

2nd - €200; 3rd €100. Formal & Short categories: winners: €100 each

All prizewinners present at Celebration receive an object of design awarded by ALESSI

no entry form required

Entries ; Fees: please note the suggested fees below, all fees are donations to the organisation and events of Poetry on the Lake. However, if you genuinely can't afford the fee, just send what you can. Of course, if your bank manager kisses the ground when you walk in, please donate generously.

Postal entries:

UK: £8 first poem; further poems £6 each. UK cheques/BPOs only, payable to
G. Griffin-Hall. ROW: €12 first poem; 2 or more, €10 each. Pay Paypal*
Send two copies of each poem, one anonymous, the other with contact details on back, to

Poetry on the Lake - 28016 Isola San Giulio NO - Italy

Online entries

£ 10 or € 12 or $ 15 first poem; further poems £8/€ 10/$12 each. Pay Paypal*, note transaction ID, copy in body of email with all contact details, subject of email 'Comp entry 2017' . Attach file/s with all poems preferably in one Word, doc or pdf file named: YOUR NAME COMP 2017, send to poetryonthelake @ yahoo.co.uk (close gaps)

*Paypal: calculate total amount for entries (in euro) then pay Paypal account: poetryonthelake@yahoo.co.uk


Usual competition rules apply:

Poems must not have been printed or published (including on internet magazines but on a personal or friend's blog with restricted access, that's ok), nor have won a previous prize.
Entrants must be over 16 years old on 1st January 2012.

N.B.: Open category embraces all forms of poems providing they do not exceed 40 lines (title excluded); free verse, traditional or formal verse - anything goes!
Formal category: traditional verse forms: sonnets, sestinas,ballards,haiku (up to five haiku on one page count as one entry) villanelles etc or your own rhyming or metrical scheme. NOT free verse and just dividing a free verse poem into couplets without a rhyming or metrical scheme doesn't make for a Formal poem and just because a poem has 14 lines doesn't make it a sonnet, a sonnet should have a metre and rhyme scheme.
Short: all forms not exceeding 10 lines (title excluded)
Entering the competition you automatically agree to allow Poetry on the Lake to publish on internet and/or in print placed and winning entries. However, we will ask you first for permission.

The judges' decision is final.

Do not send SAE. We will send results to winners June or July at latest and they will be on website.

The same poem may be entered in two or more categories but will count each time as a separate entry. A competitor may win 2 or 3 prizes, each in a different category, but no more than one prize in a single category. Results on website July, winners contacted earlier
Possible publication for winning and selected poems (we try to contact all authors first, although entry to the competition implies automatic permission to publish). Copyright remains with the author.
Awards in the autumn, with readings of winners & commended.

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