Entering by Post

If you would like send your poems on paper you can download a copy of the entry form and print it out to send with your poems.

Adult (18+) Entry Form

Young Person (12-17) Entry Form

Children's (under 12) Entry Form

You will need to send two copies of each poem on separate sheets of paper as well as your payment. Individual poems must be no more than 40 lines in length.  Please read the rules before entering and allow sufficient time for the documents to arrive by 18th July.

Entering On-line

If you are planning to enter on-line then, before completing the form below, please ensure that you have ALL your poem(s) in ONE suitable file ready to upload at the next step and please read the rules.

Ideally this file will be in a Microsoft Word format (any version) but we can also accept text (.txt) or PDF (.pdf) files if you cannot create a Word format file.

Do not type your name or any other details in the document, just the poem titles and the poems.

If you enter more than one poem, each must begin on a new page in the same document. (Indicate with “[new page]” if you have to send a .txt file.)

Individual poems must be no more than 40 lines in length.

Data protection: Unless you explicitly request to go onto our mailing list (see the form below) we will only contact you in respect of the 2019 Ledbury Poetry Competition. If you want to be notified of next year’s competition and other Ledbury Poetry Festival activities please request to go onto the general mailing list. In either case we will not pass your details on to any other organisation unless required to do so by law.

Make sure your poem titles are entered correctly into the form below and that they are ALL in the ONE file you plan to upload.

On-line Entry Form


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There may be a delay of up to 60 seconds after you click Submit!  Please be patient while we upload your entry and check your form and e-mail address – do not refresh the page or click Submit again during this process.

Entry Fees

Adults:  £5.75 for the first poem, £3.50 for additional ones.

Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.75 for additional poems.