Open Poetry Competition 2018 – closing 30 Apr

John Greening will be judging the competition

Ware Poets was founded in 1991 to provide a forum for poets to read their own work, and also to hear and enjoy guest poets. The group usually meets on the first Friday of each month.

The competition is open to anyone aged 16 or over. Poems should be in English, must not have been published either in print or on a website, nor be currently submitted or accepted for future publication.

Poems must be your own original work and may be on any subject. They must be typed or neatly handwritten on A4 paper, and no longer than 50 lines.

Any number of poems may be submitted on payment of the appropriate fee, which is £4 per poem, £12 for 4 poems, and £3 thereafter in the same submission.


  • 1st Prize: £600
  • 2nd Prize: £300
  • 3rd Prize: £150

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Closing date for submissions: Monday 30th April 2018.

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