Thursday, 31 March 2016

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

This Competition has really grown since it started 10 years ago and now attracts entries from all over the world, becoming a much respected and anticipated event.

Poems may be on any subject but not more that 60 lines long. They must be accompanied by an entry form which is available to download from the Festival website

Fee: £5 each to enter.
Deadline: 17 June

The judges will chose a long list of about 40 poems which will be published in their annual Poet of the Year Anthology.  A shortlist is then selected and the poets are invited to read their work at the Awards Evening on Friday 7 October, when the winners will be announced.

The winning poet will received the University of Kent Prize of £200 and the title of Poet of the Year, second prize is £100 and third £50.  In addition the Best Read Poem, as read by the poet him or herself, receives a bottle of Sparkling Wine, and the People’s Choice, the audience’s favourite poem, receives £25.

So pull out those pens and start composing your odes, couplets, ballads and idylls, and send them to Tina at the Festival Office or



To find out more about last year's competition and to read the winning poem please click here

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