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Time to harness your poems to the Plough?

The Plough Prize for Poetry – 2022


Now in its nineteenth year, the Plough Prize for Poetry is an international open competition for a poem up to 40 lines on any subject. Deadline 31st March 2022

The competition this year will be judged by acclaimed poet Roger McGough.

1st Prize £1.000,  2nd Prize £500, 3rd Prize £250

Competition is open to everyone, and up to a maximum of 6 poems can be entered.

On-line entry fee £5 per poem. Postal entry fee £6 per poem.

 Poems that have been published or received any poetry prize award prior to March 31st, 2022, are NOT eligible for entry.

Visit  https://www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/poetry-prize  for further information on the competition, rules and how to enter.

The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, Devon.

February fill-dyke


In spite of unprecedented rainfall in the last few weeks, twenty-two poets made it to the Fountain last Monday. We heard a flood of weather-related poems – and a shower of Valentines, too! Richard was especially prolific, having written apt and amusing Valentine tributes to many members of the group.

It was good to see Mark again, thanks to the improved bus time-table, and Andrew too, whose migration pattern so seldom enables him to be with us. He read his wonderful poem about Lorca. Anyone who has a copy of our 2008 anthology can find it on page 28. I still have a few copies of the 2013 anthology – clearance sale price £3 – contact me if you’d like one.

Wendy Nicholson (see her page in Poets’ Pages, above) brought along a few copies of her pamphlet Along Woodland Ways, a touching poem about the endangered native Red Squirrel, with Wendy’s own delightful colour illustrations on every page. It is ridiculously good value and will be sold to swell the funds of Northern Red Squirrels.

Wendy's book001

Rachael Clyne read a poem from her forthcoming pamphlet, Singing at the Bone Tree, which will be published in June. Congratulations to Rachael, who was one of two winners of the Indigo Dreams Pamphlet Competition.

Other members deserving congratulations include Jo Waterworth, who has a poem in the Poetry Space Winter Showcase anthology, Jane Williams who has a poem in the Plough Prize long list, and Clare Diprose and Ama Bolton, who have poems in the Plough Prize short list. Ama had a poem (heard at the Fountain in November) highly commended in the Charles Causley competition, and will be at Keats House in Hampstead on February 25th to receive a runner-up prize in the Magma Editors Prize Competition.

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.

– Juan Ramon Jimenez, poet, Nobel prizewinner