Judged by Kathryn Maris & Pat Boran

  • first prize £2,000
  • second prize £1,000
  • third prize £500
  • plus 20 commendeds

submit via e-mail or post by Monday 21st October 2019, 12 midnight.


  • Pat Boran is editor of Dedalus Press, is a member of Aosdána, former presenter of The Poetry Programme & The Enchanted Way on RTÉ, has edited numerous anthologies including (with Eugene O’Connell) The Deep Heart’s Core: Irish Poets Revisit a Touchstone Poem & written more than a dozen books of both prose, including The Portable Creative Writing Workshop now in its fourth edition, & poetry, latest collections A Man is Only as Good, & Then Again (Dedalus, 2019).
  • Kathryn Maris was born on Long Island, moved to NYC & has lived in London since 1999: she has taught poetry at Boston UniversityGotham Writers’ WorkshopKingston University &, currently, Poetry School in London; her publications include The Book of Jobs & God Loves You; a selection of her work appeared in Penguin Modern Poets 5: Occasional Wild Parties & her latest collection is The House With Only an Attic and a Basement (Penguin, 2018)

Judges will read all poems submitted


  • Poems: Poems may be submitted from any country & must be in English, must each be no longer than 45 lines, must fit on one A4 or US-Letter-size page, must show title & poem only, must not show poet’s name, must be the original work of the entrant (no translations) & must not have been previously broadcast or published in print or online; no text alterations accepted after submission; no limit on number of poems or number of separate submissions from any entrant; failure to comply with all rules results in disqualification.
  • Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal OR via cheque (no postal orders or money orders) payable to Coffee-House Poetry.

Further essential information, including submission and payment guidelines please visit the Coffee House Poetry website.