Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Ledbury Poetry Competition

Ledbury Poetry Festival is an annual celebration taking place each summer in Ledbury, Herefordshire. In preparation for the ten-day orgy of written and spoken verse, the Ledbury Poetry Competition is now open, and is seeking submissions of poetry on any theme.

They say: “Our aim in doing so is to recognise and reward emerging talent, as well as to provide an outlet for the considerable poetry talent which is rooted in our region.”

There are three categories:
  • A for adults, 
  • Y for young people aged 12 to 17 
  • C for children aged 11 and under.

Writer, broadcaster, critic, reviewer and academic Anthony Thwaite will judge the adult entries while author, editor and poet Mandy Ross will judge entries from young people and children.

Deadline: April 28th 2011.


First prize for the winning adult poet is a writing course at Ty Newydd, the National Writers’ Centre for Wales, set in a beautiful house close to Snowdonia National Park. The course will be chosen by the winning poet from any being taught at Ty Newyd, and will include accommodation and full board.

Second prize is £250 and third prize is £150.

The winner in category Y (for poets aged 12 – 17) will receive £100. Second prize in this category is £50 and third prize is £25.

The winner in category C (for poets aged 11 and under) will receive a £25 book token. Second prize in this category is a £15 book token and third prize is a £10 book token.

Other prizes this year include the opportunity to participate in a reading on Saturday July 9th as part of the Ledbury Poetry Festival. Winning entries will also be published on the Ledbury Poetry Festival website. You can still read last year’s entries there.

That's a good idea to see what type of poem appeals.

Entry fee: £4.50 for adults the first poem, and £2.50 for each subsequent poem. Young people and children can enter their first poem free of charge, but must pay £1.50 for each subsequent poem.

You can read the entry rules and download a PDF entry form at

1 comment:

Titus said...

Thanks EW. I have a smallish boy who is very interested, as is Mummy as it's free!