Update: For those of you who have entered our poetry competition for 2014- we will have the results on the 31st October and will aim to get them up on our website asap. You will be contacted directly if you are one of the top three winners in each category.

The deadline for entry into this year’s competition has now passed and no more entries can be accepted.

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Ian McMillan                                                                                                                                                                                   c Andy Boag

The Judge of the 2014 poetry competition, Ian McMillan, is well-known to Radio 3 audiences as presenter of The Verb. He is also poet-in-residence for English National Opera, The Academy of Urbanism and Barnsley FC. He’s a regular on Coast, Pick of the Week, You & Yours, Last Word and The Arts Show. Ian’s latest books are This Lake Used to be Frozen: Lamps (Smith / Doorstop Books) plus 101 Uses For A Flat Cap (Dalesman) with cartoonist Tony Husband. He will be appearing at Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2014.

Prizes:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Adults:

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 People: 12 – 17

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

Children: (11 and under)

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

All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2015.

First poem free to enter for children and young people. Adults £5 for first poem and then £3.50

Please download an entry form here:  ADULTS     CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE


  1. Poems must be received on or before Thursday 10 July 2014 at 5pm.
  2. 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.
  3. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.
  4. 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.
  5. The competitor’s name must NOT appear on the poem.
  6. All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.
  7. Please keep a copy of your poem, as manuscripts cannot be returned.
  8. 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.
  9. No acknowledgement of entry will be sent unless the competitor sends an SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  10. Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’.
  11. The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  12. The Festival reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
  13. Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.