Press Release: 2007 

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2007 is now open for entries!

Now 30, the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition keeps going from strength to strength. There were more than 10,000 entries last year, from all over the world.

Why is it so popular? Because it’s the one “we all want to win, published and unpublished poets alike” (past winner Neil Rollinson).

Winning the National Poetry Competition is a wonderful opportunity for a new poet to have the spotlight turned on their work. Since discovering he won the competition in March this year, our 2006 winner has been invited to attend a glamorous prizegiving event at Dr Johnson’s House in London, and he will read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in July and again at the Wordsworth Trust in October… on top of getting £5000.

Mike Barlow, 2006 winner, describes hearing he’d won as an affirming event that gave him a real sense that these amazing things do happen to ‘real people’.

For more established poets, winning the competition is further affirmation for their work. Collette Bryce, who won in 2004, was delighted to have her poem selected by three poets she really admired. Her winning poem, The Full Indian Rope Trick, was the title poem of her second collection published later that year.

This year’s judges are E.A Markham, Michael Schmidt and Penelope Shuttle. All entries are judged anonymously. Any one out there could be the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2007 winner – all you’ve got to do is enter before the closing date on October 31 2007.

You can enter the competition on line at or send a stamped addressed envelope to Competition Organiser (PRREG), 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.

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