The National Memory Day project is a partnership between Literature Works and the Poetry Archive, supported by the Alzheimer’s Society. It is concerned with the creative power of poetry to enhance the lives of people living with memory loss and their loved ones or carers. Monies raised by the competition are invested directly into funding creative, interactive sessions led by practicing poets in Memory Cafés around the South West.

We are delighted to announce noted poet and nature writer, Miriam Darlington as the judge of this year’s National Memory Day Poetry Prize.

In its first successful year the competition received over 1,300 international entries. This year, we are accepting submissions to two prize categories:

The National Memory Day Poetry Prize, sponsored by Literature Works, and the Primary Carer Voice Prize, sponsored by The Alzheimer’s Society. The latter category is open to those who have direct experience of caring for someone with memory loss. In each category there will be three prizes:

1st prize of £700

2nd prize of £200

3rd prize of £100

This year, we are seeking poems on the subject of ‘memory’. Compositions could be influenced by the experience of living with memory loss, or the theme lends itself to a broader interpretation. Poems should be no longer than 40 lines and can be submitted either by post or online.

Submissions are charged at £3 for a single poem and £2 for each additional poem.

The competition closes at 5 pm on Friday 5th October.

– You can enter the National Memory Day Poetry Prize competitions online or by post.
– The deadline for entries is 5 pm (BST) on 5 October 2018. Postal entries postmarked 5 October but
received later will be accepted.
– Please ensure you read the guidelines carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies
acceptance of all the guidelines and failure to comply may result in disqualification.
– All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email,
website, twitter handle etc on the document.
– We only disqualify entries if they are named or over the line limit.
– Poems submitted can be written in any style or form.
– Entrants may submit any number of poems
-Poems should be a maximum length of 40 lines (no minimum).
-Postal entries – enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard marked ‘ACKNOWLEDGEMENT’ if you
require acknowledgement of receipt of your entry.
– Online entries – the title of your poem MUST also be the file name of your uploaded document.
-Winners will be contacted by email in late October.
-Results will be published on the Literature Works website and social media platforms on @NatMemDay and Natoinal Memory day Facebook page


Type and format the poem as per the following instructions:
• Written in English, translation into English of your own work is accepted
• Maximum of 40 lines, no minimum
• Add the line count to the top right of the first page. The title is not included in the line count, nor are
dedications, nor are spaces between stanzas
• Use any font, 12pt, black
• Single line spaced, except between stanzas where it should be double
• Number the pages in the footer/centre bottom of the pages if the poem runs to two pages

Postal entries should be sent to:
National Memory Day competition
Literature Works
C/O Peninsula Arts Office
Roland Levinsky Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
PL4 8AA.

Entries post marked up to 5th October 2018 will be accepted.

Please download an accompanying postal submission form below and attach to your submission along with cash covering the totality of your submission fee or a cheque made payable to “Literature Works”.

To enter the competition online, please visit the National Memory Day website.