National Poetry Competition 2021, UK

Publish Date: Jun 13, 2021

Deadline: Oct 31, 2021

The National Poetry Competition 2021 is now open.

The 2021 National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for an unpublished poem of up to 40 lines, open to anyone 18 or over.

Ten Prizes
First Prize: £5,000
Second Prize: £2,000
Third Prize: £1,000
Commendations: £200

Deadline: 31 October 2021

Fiona Benson • David Constantine
• Rachel Long

The Poetry Society are commissioning brand new writing resources from previous winners and judges of the competition to get you in the National Poetry Competition mood. These will be posted on The Poetry Society’s website throughout the duration of the competition – look out for mentions of them on social media and in e-bulletins.

Please familiarise yourself with the rules of entry before submitting your poems. If you have any questions about the entry process, check the FAQs page to see if the answer is there.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, please get in touch via the dedicated National Poetry Competition email address:

During these unpredictable times, it is strongly encouraged that you submit your poems via the National Poetry Competition website. If you are unable to do so for whatever reason, please write to

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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Link to Original

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