Ledbury Poetry Competition 2016

Publish Date: Feb 24, 2016

Deadline: Jul 07, 2016

Great prizes and categories for Adults, Young People and Children.

Writing becomes poetry when something more is uncovered beyond habitual, everyday consciousness. Meditation and mindfulness help us step out of our noisy head into raw, direct experience enabling us to experience that more. We need to leave behind what we think we know so that imagination can take us into the not-yet-known.


Adult Prizes

First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales. www.tynewydd.org
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £250

Young Person’s prizes

First Prize: £100 cash
Second Prize: £50
Third Prize: £25

Children’s Prizes

First Prize: £25 book token
Second Prize: £15 book token
Third Prize: £10 book token

All winners get to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017 – if abroad there is the possibility of Skyping at the winners’ event.

You can now enter the Ledbury Poetry Competition, but read the rules first.


Poems must be received on or before Thursday 7 July 2016 at 5pm. All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Each individual poem, regardless of length, must be typed on one sheet of plain A4 paper (except Children’s category, which can be handwritten). Please submit two copies of each poem – unless you enter on-line. The competitor’s name MUST NOT appear on the poem. All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form. Please keep a copy of your poem, as manuscripts cannot be returned.

Copyright remains with the author, but Ledbury Poetry Festival reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, on radio, TV, or stage, published on the internet, in an anthology or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future. No acknowledgement of entry will be sent unless the competitor sends an SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’. 

Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Festival reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified. The winner of the adult first prize will be expected to provide for his/her own transport arrangements in order to attend the Ty Newydd course in North Wales, regardless of whether he/she is a UK resident or not. The winner may select from any of the courses available at Ty Newydd. However the Festival cannot accept responsibility for re-arrangements or circumstances beyond its control.


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