Members' Poems

Every quarter, members are invited to submit poems to Poetry News on a theme set by the judge, a professional poet. The six best are published in Poetry News and on a dedicated members' poems page.

Spring members' poems competition: 'This tiny world'

The competition theme in the spring 2015 issue of Poetry News is ‘The tiny world’ set by judge Katy Evans-Bush. Katy’s collections include Me & the Dead and Egg Printing Explained (both Salt, 2008 and 2011), and Oscar & Henry (Rack Press, 2010). Her blog, Baroque in Hackney, features in Picador’s list of top UK poetry blogs, and Penned in the Margins publishes a collection of her essays in 2015.

The submissions' deadline is 1 February 2015.

Winning poems will be published in the Spring issue of Poetry News, published 2 April 2015; ; entries must be unpublished as of this date.

How to enter
Please send no more than two poems, each max. 40 lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot of each.

Post your entries to: ‘This tiny world' poems, Poetry News, 22 Betterton St, London WC2H 9BX.

Please include an SAE if you would like poems returned. Winners will be notified one month prior to publication. Unfortunately it is not possible to respond individually to unsuccessful entrants.

Poems may also be entered online via the Submittable submissions management system. Click here and follow the directions on screen.

Winners are published in Poetry News, receive books, and entry into the annual members’ poetry competition and Anne Born Prize. Selected poems are also submitted for the Forward Prize.

Please note this competition is only open to current members of the Poetry Society.


Recent competition: Gold

Look out for poems on the theme of 'gold', taken from the exhibition , and selected by Kei Miller.

Kei Miller, born in Jamaica in 1978, writes across a range of genres: novels, books of short stories, essays and poetry. He was recently selected for Next Generation Poets 2014 and his latest collection The Cartographer Tries to Map a Way to Zion (Carcanet) won for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2014. His poetry has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Jonathan Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Scottish Book of the Year. In 2010, the Institute of Jamaica awarded him the Silver Musgrave medal for his contributions to Literature. Kei has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. In 2013 the Caribbean Rhodes Trust named him the Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies. He teaches at Royal Holloway, University of London.  (Author photo © Christine Fourie.)

In the Realms of Gold: click here to book for our special reading at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, with Kei Miller and the Poetry News 'gold' competition winners.


Past competitions

Use the menu bar on the left to read the winning poems, organised by year.

Past judges of members' poems include Daljit Nagra, David Wheatley, Sarah Corbett, Stephen Knight, Lorraine Mariner, W.N. Herbert, Ruth Fainlight, Sam Riviere, Polly Clark, Carrie Etter and Jane Yeh.