You can enter as many poems as you like. Each entry attracts a fee of £4.50.
All entries must be entirely original work and must not have been previously published, nor must they be published after submission before 30th September 2017. Poems must not be shared previously with any member of the SDPF committee or the adjudicator, nor recorded or reproduced on any website, blog or social media site. SDPF reserves the unconditional right not to accept any entry.
Poems should be limited to 50 lines only. Shorter poems are also most welcome.
Entries must be in English, single spaced on A4; each entry starting on a new page sheet and contained with a file attached to your entry (see below) in one of the following formats: PDF, RTF or ODF.
Entries will be disqualified if they show name, address or identifying marks other than the title in the body of the text.
Entries are not returned, so please keep a copy. No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
The closing date for entries is Friday 19 May 2017 and no entries received by us after this time will be accepted.
The sole adjudicator this year will be Jackie Wills. Jackie has published five collections of poetry
The following will be awarded:
First Prize £400
Second Prize £150
Third Prize £50
Best poem by an unpublished poet £100
Best poem by an poet under the age of twenty £100.
In addition, the judge may choose up to 10 commended poems. Prize-winners and commended poets will be informed at least two weeks before the public reading. A full list of winners and commended persons will be published on the SDPF website.
Prize winning and commended poets will be invited to a public reading event to be held at the South Downs Poetry Festival in Lewes, East Sussex on Saturday 24th June. The prize winners will be offered short readings to include their winning entry.
The copyright of the entries remains throughout with their authors. However, by entering a poem, the author gives the SDPF the unrestricted right to publish or have read publicly the poem, in whatever media or manner the SDPF feels appropriate without any royalties being due.
Thank you for supporting this competition.
Submit Your Poem(s)
Please fill in the form below to submit your poem into the 2017 poetry festival. You will be re-directed from here to pay a small admin fee of £4.50 per poem and will receive a confirmation email upon completion.