Poetry competition entry (new format) // Issue 1

Poetry competition entry (new format)

Themed Poetry Contest

Our new monthly themed poetry competition has a first prize of £100 and a Chambers Thesaurus for one winner. A number of runners-up may also be published, depending upon the nature of the contest and available space. The entry fee is £7, including a brief, helpful critique from poetry editor Sue Butler. 

  • The theme is set by Sue each month in Writers' Forum magazine.
  • Entry is strictly by email only, one poem per email. 
  • The fee is £7 per poem, which includes a short critique from the poetry editor.
  • Each poem must be a maximum of 40 lines. 
  • We want to encourage new writing. Poems must be your original work and previously unpublished, including newspapers, magazines, books, pamphlets, websites etc.
  • The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence over results will be entered into. By entering, entrants agree to these rules and for their entries to be published in Writers’ Forum. 

How to enter...

  1. Pay online - add this entry to your basket and complete the checkout process.

  2. Send your entry attached in a Word‑compatible document (.doc/.docx/.rtf) to poetrycomp@writers-forum.com. PDFs are also allowed if the format of your poem has to be precise.

  3. Give your name, address and phone number at the end. Add your web order confirmation number (from the email sent to you after you pay), plus a brief biography about yourself: age, occupation, what inspired you, etc. And be ready to email a nice author photo if you win!

  4. In the subject line write Poetry Comp #: followed by the contest number and your poem’s title.

  5. Send your email to the address given in the magazine by the deadline given in the magazine.

    Repeat steps 1 to 5 for any additional poems you wish to enter, one poem at a time.


Good luck! The results will be published in Writers’ Forum two issues later.


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