Morecambe Poetry Festival Competition 2024

We are delighted to be working with the prestigious Morecambe Poetry Festival on their first ever poetry competition. The competition is open to poets from across the globe, and poems on any and every subject are welcome. First prize in this competition is £300, with a second prize of £125, and three third prizes of £25 each. In addition, poems sent in by people living in an LA3 or LA4 postcode will also be eligible for our local prize of £50.

The competition is open now, and entries need to be in before the deadline of 6pm on Sunday 4th August 2024. The 2024 Morecambe Poetry Festival runs from 20th to 22nd September, bringing a diverse range of events and activities to this Lancashire seaside town. Check the festival Facebook page for details of all their events.

You’ll find details of how to submit, and the rules for the competition, further down the page. Please read them carefully. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Donna Ashworth.

Our Judge

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Donna Ashworth is a Sunday Times bestselling author and the UK’s number 1 bestselling poet. She lives in the hills of Scotland with her husband, two sons, and Brian and Dave (the dogs). Donna started her social media accounts in 2018 in a bid to create a ‘safe’ social space for women to come together and connect, but her love of all things wordy quickly became the focus, and a past love for poetry was reignited. Seven books and over 1.4 million followers later, Donna is delighted daily with her mission to shower the world with words and bring poetry back into focus. ‘My head is a constant fizz of emotions, poetry and prose, so it’s a delight to be able to release those bath-bombs into the world and watch the bubbles travel. I believe the right words, at the right time, hold so much power, can bring huge comfort and are vital in these troubled times.’ Donna’s bestselling books include Wild HopeI Wish I KnewLoveLossLife and To the Women. Facebook @DonnaAshworth / Instagram @DonnaAshworthWords TikTok @DonnaAshworthWordy / Twitter @donna_ashworth

A few words from Donna about judging the Morecambe Poetry Festival poetry competition

The beauty of poetry, as with any creative art form, is in the eye of the beholder. How can it be judged, therefore? For me, it is in the feeling…What atmosphere has the poet conjured up within their words, what message have I received and how strongly did that energy come through to join with my own?

I believe words carry what they are and poetry is permission to infuse simple gatherings of letters into droplets of gold from the soul, which will stir up, create or release emotions, from within the reader. 

I am searching for those droplets amongst the entries and very much looking forward to reading the selection. I already know each one will be wonderful because how could they not be? Poetry is the inner workings of someone’s soft heart, poured onto paper for us to readily consume and be intoxicated by.

Rules

1. The competition opens on June 28th, 2024, and the closing date for receipt of entries is 6pm GMT on August 4th, 2024. Entries received after this time will not be considered.

2. The fee to enter is £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem in that submission. Maximum number of poems in a single submission is five. Payment is by Paypal (see button below, which will take you to [email protected])

3. Poems from an LA3 or LA4 postcode will additionally be entered for consideration in the LA prize.

4. Entries to the competition must be made by email to [email protected] In the body of the email, put your name, address, number of poems entered, and your Paypal reference no.

5. Each poem must be sent as a separate .doc .docx or PDF file attached to your email, with the poem title as the document name. Do not put your name or any identifying marks on the poems – they are judged anonymously.

6. Poems must be your own unaided work, and on any theme.

7. Poems must be in English, and no more than 50 lines long.

8. Poems must not have been previously published in any public forum (either in print or on a website), nor should they be currently submitted for future publication elsewhere.

9. We can’t amend poems after they’ve been submitted, or refund fees paid.

10. The competition is open to anyone aged sixteen and over (with the exception of members of the core team of Morecambe Poetry Festival).

11. Winners and shortlisted poets will be contacted a few days in advance of results being announced by September 1st 2024. If you do not hear from us before then, please understand that your poem has not been placed on this occasion. The winning poets will be invited to read their poems at Morecambe Poetry Festival (more details soon). Their poems will also be included in this year’s festival anthology.

12. Copyright of the poems remains with the author, but Morecambe Poetry Festival reserves the right to publish successful entries in the festival anthology and on the festival Facebook page.

Good luck!!

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