Single-poem Competition

Wendy PrattWe are thrilled to announce our first single-poem competition, judged by award-winning poet, Wendy Pratt.

Wendy Pratt lives and works on the North Yorkshire coast. She is well published in magazines and anthologies and has won and placed in serveral highly regarded competitions, including the Forward Prize for Poetry. She has two full collections and two pamphlets to her name, and is looking forward to publication of her next full collection. Her current collection, Gifts the Mole Gave Me, is available from Valley Press. Wendy is coastal columnist for Yorkshire Life Magazine, a theatre reviewer for The Stage and, up until recently, was the first female editor of arts and literature magazine Dream Catcher. Wendy runs regular and popular online courses, has mentored more than forty writers and is about to start teaching creative writing courses at the Centre for Life Long Learning in York.


Longlisted poems will be published as one of our pocket poetry books. 

1st PRIZE:   The overall winner of the competition will receive £50 prize money and have their poem printed as a postcard for sale and used for promotional events.

2nd PRIZE:   £40 prize money.

3rd PRIZE:   £25 prize money.


  • Entry fee is £3 for one poem, £5 for two poems, £10 for five poems. Please click on your choice to pay entry fee (also on our shop page), and send poems separately

  • Poems can be on any theme.
  • Poems must be unpublished and the poet’s own work.
  • Poems should be no longer than 24 lines long and written predominantly in English.
  • Submissions should be anonymous, and attached to the email as word/pages documents — ONE DOCUMENT PER POEM PLEASE — with the poem’s title as its document title (e.g. theroadnottaken.doc).Please include the titles of ALL poems submitted in the covering email.
  • CLOSING DATE 30th April 2020

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