The 2018 Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The Charles Causley Trust are delighted to announce that the competition will be judged by their patron, Sir Andrew Motion. When asked what he will be looking for in the winning entries, he said:

‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recover things I’ve forgotten I already know’.

The closing date for the competition is Monday 5th November 2018 and the winners will be announced in the New Year.


The 1st prize winner will receive £2,000 plus a one week writing residency at Cyprus Well, Charles Causley’s former home in Launceston.

The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the third prize winner will receive £100.

Five Highly Commended poets whose work shows particular promise will each receive £30.

Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel with the final decision being made by Sir Andrew Motion

Further essential information, including full entry guidelines and submission form is available via the Charles Causley Trust website.