Monday 10 December 2018


This year's winter competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.

1st prize is £100.
2nd prize is £50

Entry is by email to after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of
all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 22st January 2019
Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem £3.50
3 Poems £8.00
5 poems £10

Competition Judge; JIM BENNETT

Jim Bennett lives near Liverpool in the UK and is the author of 74 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.

His poetry collections include;

Drums at New Brighton (Lifestyle 1999)

Down in Liverpool (CD) (Long Neck 2001)

The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds (Bluechrome 2004 reprinted 2006)

Larkhill (Searle Publishing 2009)

The Cartographer / Heswall (Indigo Dreams 2013)

He has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards. He is also managing editor of one of the worlds most successful internet sites for poets. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Award on 7 occasions, and shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Award in 2013.

Jim taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and now tours throughout the year giving readings and performances of his work.Authors page

Competition Rules

Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style .
There are no restrictions on content.
All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.
The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.
Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.
There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.
Poems must be entered by email to the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).
Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file
Closing Date for all entries is midnight on MONDAY 22st January 2019
Poems will not be accepted by post.
We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.
Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.
In exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to vary the prizes shown.
Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.
The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


1 Pay the appropriate fee and obtain the transaction code.

2 Send your entry via email to
In the subject line please state "competition entry"
In the body of the email please state;
Your Name
Your address
Your email address
Poem title(s)
Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,

no other file types will be opened. (No PDFs)

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