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March 2014
The National Poetry Competition winner is announced as Linda France, for her poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'

December 2013

Zaffar Kunial who was placed 3rd in the 2012 National Poetry Competition to be Poet-in-Residence at The Wordsworth Trust. 


July 2013

National Poetry Competition 2007 winner Sinéad Morrissey has reached the shortlist for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry

May 2013

Patricia Mccarthy reads her 1st prize poem from National Poetry Competition at House of Commons on May 15th, launching WWI commemorations

May 2013
Ann Gray, who was commended in the 2010 National Poetry Competition appears alongside US poet Matthew Dickman for an evening of exciting poetry

May 2013
NPC 2011 2nd prize winner Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch is shortlisted for The Wales Book of the Year Award 


May 2013
Winner of NPC 2013 Patricia McCarthy will appear in the Keats House Festival in Anonymity & the Prizewinning Poem

May 2013
The National Poetry Competition opens for entries. 

Competition Flyers

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Do you work in a library, university, cultural centre, coffee shop, art gallery, bookshop, or are you running a poetry or literature festival? Would you like some National Poetry Competition 2013 flyers to display? Please get in touch with your UK postal address or click here for a copy of the 2013 poster. 


If you or your organisation is interested in sponsoring the National Poetry Competition, please click here.


National Poetry Competition

Artwork by Matthew Richardson

The National Poetry Competition 2013

Congratulations to Linda France, who has won the National Poetry Competition with her poem 'Bernard and Cerinthe'

Linda France

The judges said  "‘Bernard and Cerinthe’ is as much a pleasure to read on the page as it is on the tongue, and as such was the unanimous choice of the judges for first place in this year’s National Poetry Competition." Click here to read more. Read the Press Release here.

Image: Linda France, by Hayley Madden 



Winning poems

First Prize: 'Bernard and Cerinthe' by Linda France (£5000)
Second Prize: 'Among Barmaids' by Paula Bohince (£2000)
Third Prize: 'Love on a night like this' by Josephine Abbott (£1000)

Seven Commendations: (£100 each)
'Push-bike' by Elaine Gaston
'Hare' by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
'Gift of the Sloth' by Debbie Lim
'Birdfall' by Danica Ognjenovic
'crepuscule with nellie (take six)' by Ken Taylor
'CCTV Central Control' by Tom Warner
'I Stop Wearing the Mini-skirt, 1972' by Patricia Wooldridge


In a collaboration between the Poetry Society and artist Alastair Cook, the ten winning poems of the National Poetry Competition have been reimagined as filmpoems. The top three winning poems are available to view on our website and will be screened at the Hidden Door Festival in Edinburgh on 5 April.

All ten films will be screened at the Filmpoem Festival in Antwerp on 14 June, in partnership with Felix Poetry Festival; please see for details. You can watch all ten poetry films on both websites from June.

Click here to view the poetry films for the top three winning poems.


The judges of the 2013 National Poetry Competition are: Julia Copus, Matthew Sweeney and Jane Yeh. The National Poetry Competition is an award for individual poems that are previously unpublished. Each entry remains anonymous throughout the judging process.



The top-three winning poems are published in the Spring issue of The Poetry Review. The winners will appear at events around the country, including at NCLA and Keats House Festival in June, and Poetry International and the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July 2014. Up to 150 longlisted entrants are also offered a discount on selected activities from the Poetry School. Winning and commended poems will are published on the Poetry Society website.


About the National Poetry Competition

Established in 1978, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition is one of the world’s biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. Winners include both established and emerging poets, and for many the prize has proved an important career milestone. Win, and add your name to a roll-call that includes the current UK Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, Tony Harrison, Ruth Padel, Philip Gross and Jo Shapcott. Read poems by previous winners of the National Poetry Competition.