The  LPF Poetry  Competition 2015

We are delighted that Deryn Rees-Jones has agreed to be this year’s judge  (she will read each and every one. )

Deryn Rees-Jones’s most recent books are ‘And You, Helen’ with Charlotte Hodes (Seren, 2014) and ‘Burying the Wren’ (2012) shortlisted for the Roland Mathias and T.S. Eliot Prize. She teaches literature at the University of Liverpool and is the new editor of Pavilion Poetry.

Entry to this year’s competition is now closed.



First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers’ Centre for Wales.

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 2016.

First poem free to enter for children and young people than £1.50 for each additional poem.

Adults £5 for first poem and then £3.50

DERYN Rees Jones

This year’s judge Deryn Rees- Jones


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Many thanks to Ty Newydd the National Writers’ Centre for Wales for continuing to support this competition.

Please read last year’s winning poems here   Adult winners       Young Person Winners    Children


  1. Poems must be received on or before Thursday 9 July 2015 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 – unless you enter on-line.
  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.