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Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021

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Applications are open for Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021. Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021 Poetry Competition has a great first prize of £1000 cash. The competition has been an important first step in many poets’ careers and has categories for Adults, Young People and Children. In addition to cash prizes, winners of all categories are invited to read their poems at the internationally renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022.


Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition has the following prizes

Adult Competition

  • First Prize: £1,000
  • Second Prize: £500
  • Third Prize: £250

Young People’s Prizes (12 – 17 Years)

  • First Prize: £100
  • Second Prize: £50
  • Third Prize: £25

Children’s Prizes (11 years and under)

  • First Prize: £25 book token
  • Second Prize: £15 book token
  • Third Prize: £10 book token

Competition Rules

  • Poems must be received on or before Thursday 15th July 2021 at 5 pm British Summer Time.
  • All poems must be the original work of the entrant and should not have been previously published, accepted for publication by a magazine, nor entered in other competitions.
  • The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines.
  • Each individual poem, regardless of length, must be typed on one sheet of plain A4 paper (except the Children’s category, which can be handwritten). Please submit two copies of each poem – unless you enter online. If entering online, each poem must be on a separate page in your document.
  • The competitor’s name must NOT appear on the poem.
  • All poems must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form.
  • Please keep a copy of your poem, as manuscripts cannot be returned.
  • Copyright remains with the author, but Ledbury Poetry Festival reserves the right to have entries performed at the Festival, on radio, TV, or stage, published on the internet, in an anthology or used for publicity purposes at any stage in the future.
  • No acknowledgment of entry will be sent unless the competitor sends an SAE marked ‘Acknowledgement’.
  • Competitors wishing to be informed of the results should enclose an SAE marked ‘Results’.
  • The decision of the judge is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The Festival reserves the right to withhold prizes if such an action is justified.
  • Entries not complying with competition rules will be disqualified.

Enter the Adult Competition


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline15 July,2021
Open toAll



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