Press release: 2008
Discover your potential!

In 1951 a Photogapher took a picture of an unknown chorus girl... she became known to the world as Audrey Hepburn.

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2008

The Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition allows anyone who enters the opportunity to discover their own potential. Whether you are an established poet or someone new to writing, winning often provides the essential spur to take your writing further.

It is also an exciting opportunity to have your poems read by three of today's leading poets, booster the coffers with £5000 prize money, appear at the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2009, add your name to long prestigious list of past winners, get free annual membership of the Poetry Society and - if all that wasn’t enough  - win an annual subsription to Aesthetica Magazine, the new media partner for the competition. The judges this year are Frieda Hughes, Jack Mapanje and Brian Patten.

You can enter now at

The competition is the longest-running poetry prize, and since it began back in 1978, has turned the spotlight on some exciting new poetry stars, as well giving further encouragement to already established poets.

As well as entering the National Poetry Competition 2008 to discover your own potential, you can judge your own favourite competition winner from the past 30 years at

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Notes to editors

  •  You can enter the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition 2008 online, download an entry form at or send a stamped addressed envelope to Competition Organiser (PReg), 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX. Deadline for the competition is October 31 2008.
  •  In 2008 Aesthetica Magazine, the cultural arts magazine, became the Media Partners for the competition. Find out more about Aesthetica Magazine at 


Photo Credit: Audrey Hepburn by Angus McBean © Harvard Theatre Collectiion, used by permission.

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