National Poetry Competition 2024

25th June 2024

The 2024 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The competition, run by The Poetry Society, is one of the world’s most prestigious prizes for a single unpublished poem.

Work from poets at every stage of their writing careers is welcome, and the judges read all entries via an anonymised judging process, only discovering the identity of the winner after making their final decision. The competition has recognised previously unpublished newcomers, established names, and emerging talents. 

This year’s judges have just been announced as Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature Romalyn Ante, Associate Publisher at Carcanet Press John McAuliffe, and Rooney Prize for Irish Literature winner Stephen Sexton.

The National Poetry Competition offers to winners a first prize of £5,000, a second prize of £2,000, a third prize of £1,000 and commendations of £500 each. The top three winners are also published in The Poetry Society’s journal The Poetry Review.

more info at poetrysociety.org.uk/npc