Competition

Open Poetry Competition 2022

Prizes:

  • 1st £300
  • 2nd £150
  • 3rd £75

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 £50.00.
The Cup Winner & commended poets will be invited to read their poems at a Presentation event details of which will be notified.
West Sussex entrants must submit 2 copies of each poem entered

Closing date: 28th February 2022.

Adjudicator: Roger Elkin

Roger Elkin’s poetry has won over 200 Prizes and Awards internationally (62 Firsts), including the Sylvia Plath Award for Poems about Women. His 13 collections include Blood Brothers, (2006); No Laughing Matter (2007); Dog’s Eye View (2009); Fixing Things (2011); Bird in the Hand (2012); Marking Time (2013); Chance Meetings (2014); Sheer Poetry (2020) and The Leading Question (2021). Editor of Envoi (1991-2006), he was the first recipient of the Howard Sergeant Memorial Award for Services to Poetry (1987).  A published critic on Ted Hughes, Roger tutored at Wedgwood College, Barlaston, and was shortlisted for the Strokestown International Poetry Prize (2004). 

Rules (Online Entries)
• Poems must not have previously won a prize in any competition, been accepted for publication or have been published either, online or in print.
• Winning poems will be published in full on the Slipstream Web Site.
• The copyright of all poems remains with the author.
• Poems must not exceed 60 lines nor carry any means of identifying the author.
• Entry Fees: £5.00 for the initial poem and £3.50 for each additional one.
• Entry fees and Prize Money to be paid in pounds sterling
• Winners will be notified by the end of March and the results will be published on our website.
• Please submit all poems in a single document with page breaks between each poem.

Rules (Postal Entries)
• Poems must not have previously won a prize in any competition, been accepted for publication or have been published either, online or in print.
• Winning poems will be published in full on the Slipstream Web Site.
• The copyright of all poems remains with the author.
• Poems must not exceed 60 lines nor carry any means of identifying the author.
• Entry Fees: £5.00 for the initial poem and £3.50 for each additional one.
• Entries made by post must enclose a cheque for the correct ammout.
• Each poem must be on a separate sheet – West Sussex entries 2 copies please.
• All entries require a completed Entry Form and must be received by the Competition Secretary no later than 28th February 2022.
• For West Sussex postal entries, please send 2 copies of each poem.
• Remember to use the correct postage for the size of envelope and weight of your work to avoid disappointment, and please, no recorded mail.
• Entry fees and Prize Money to be paid in pounds sterling
• Winners will be notified by the end of March and the results will be published on our website.

The Closing Date – 28th February 2022.