Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021 (Adults)

We’re sorry but entry to the 2021 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition has now closed.

Look out for the 2022 competition early in the New year.

Competition Rules

  1. Poems must be received on or before Thursday 15th July 2021 at 5pm British Summer Time.
  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 online.  If entering online, each poem must be on a separate page in your document.
  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.

Don’t like online forms?

You can enter on paper if you prefer.  Simply download and print the entry from below and enter paper copies.  You must submit TWO copies of each poem.  These copies must not have your name on them – just the title and the poem itself.  Separate pages for each poem.

Stuck for ideas?

Transcripts of LPF poetry workshops packed with warm up writing exercises and prompts

Resource page for Young Writers

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