National Poetry Competition deadline looming!

The National Poetry Competition, run annually by The Poetry Society since 1978, is one of the most prestigious poetry competitions for a single unpublished poem. Open to all poets worldwide aged 18 or over. With a top prize of £5000, this year’s judges include Neil AstleyKaren McCarthy Woolf and Jonathan Edwards. Enter online by midnight on 31 October 2020 at

As part of this year’s National Poetry Competition, there is a series of free writing guides by Pascale PetitEric BerlinElla FrearsJane Yeh and Matthew Caley to help spark creativity and get people writing their own poems. There are also Q&As from this year’s judges. All this and more can be found on the National Poetry Competition webpage.

It could happen any time,
earthquake, Armageddon. It
could happen.
Or sunshine, love,

It could, you know. That’s
why we wake
and look out – no
in this life.

But some bonuses, like
like right now, like noon,
like evening.

William Stafford


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