Open Poetry Competition 2019

Entries are invited ON ANY SUBJECT


  • 1st £150.
  • 2nd £100
  • 3rd £50
  • A further £25 for the best West Sussex entry

Closing date: 28th February 2019.

Cost: £5.00 first poem and £3.50 for each additional submission.

Winners will be notified individually by 31st March 2019 & all results will be published on the Web Site.

Adjudicator: Mandy Pannett

Mandy Pannett lives in West Sussex where she works freelance as a creative writing teacher. She is the author of five poetry collections. Her most recent publication (2017) is Ladders of Glass – a pamphlet of poems in English and Romanian parallel texts. (Integral Contemporary Literature Press). She has won prizes in many national competitions and has been the adjudicator for others.

• Poems must not have previously won a prize in any competition, have been published, or been accepted for publication, either online or in print.
• Poems must not exceed 60 lines nor carry any means of identifying the author.
• Multiple entries are permitted and each poem must be on a separate sheet.
• All entries must be received by the Competition Secretary no later than 28th February 2019.
• Name of the competitor & title(s) of poem(s) must be listed on the Entry Form or a cover sheet to which a cheque for the total entry fee should be attached.
• Entry Fees:- £5.00 for the initial poem and £3.50 for each additional one.
• Correct postage must be paid to avoid disqualification and forfeiture of your entry fee. The copyright of all poems remains with the author.
• Prize Money will be paid in pounds sterling; entry fees must likewise be paid in pounds sterling.

Additional Prize for West Sussex entrants
All West Sussex entrants will be further judged & the best poem by a West Sussex entrant will be awarded The Jim Johnston ‘Chanctonbury Cup’ and a separate prize of £25.00.
The Cup Winner & commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Presentation on 18th May 2019 2.00pm – 4.30pm at Pulborough Village Hall.
West Sussex entrants must submit 2 copies of each poem entered

The Closing Date – 28th February 2019.