2022 International Poetry Competition

£1000 first prize for a single poem

Guest Judge: Rebecca Goss

Enter here: https://livecanon.submittable.com/submit

Deadline: May 20th (midnight GMT)

We are delighted to be receiving entries for our 2022 International Poetry Competition for single poems. 
50 poems will be selected to be published in our 2022 anthology. 
20 poems will be shortlisted and performed at our prize-giving. 
1 poem will be selected to win the first prize of £1000. 

Previous winners include Inua Ellams, Andrew McMillan, Ella Duffy, Tessa Foley, Jon Stone, Aileen La Tourette, Lesley Saunders, Sophie Fenella, Paul Terence Carney and Kirsten Irving

Previous guest judges include Mona Arshi, Glyn Maxwell, Clare Pollard, Lorraine Mariner, Jennifer Wong, Zaffar Kunial, Barney Norris, Antony Dunn, Liz Berry, Zaffar Kunial. 

Rebecca Goss

Rebecca Goss is a poet, tutor and mentor living in Suffolk. Her first full-length collection, The Anatomy of Structures, was published by Flambard Press in 2010. Her second collection, Her Birth, (Carcanet/Northern House, 2013) was shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Best Collection, won the Poetry category in the East Anglian Book Awards 2013, and in 2015 was shortlisted for the Warwick Prize for Writing and the Portico Prize for Literature. Carousel, her collaboration with the photographer Chris Routledge was published with Guillemot Press in 2018. Rebecca’s third full-length collection, Girl, was published with Carcanet/Northern House in 2019 and shortlisted for the East Anglian Book Awards 2019. Twitter:@gosspoems

Entry fee

There is an entry fee for the competition. The money covers the administration of the competition,  the prize money, the judge's fee, the publishing of the prize anthology... and the rest goes towards the children's competition we run (for which there isn't any entry fee, obviously!)

1 poem - £7

2 poems - £13

3 poem - £18

5 poems - £30

10 poems - £50

Order the 2021 anthology

You can order the 2021 anthology from our store here:https://www.livecanon.co.uk/store/product/2021-anthology

You can also order a copy, for £5. to be donated to a secondary school library: 

Watch here some of the winning poems, from previous years: