Cardiff International Poetry Competition

2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition
Open for Entries

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The 2014 Cardiff International Poetry Competition is now open for entries. The competition offers one of the largest monetary prizes for a poetry competition of its kind. First prize is £5000. Additional prizes are £500 for second place, £250 for third and five runners-up receive £50 each. All entries to the competition will be judged anonymously, so this is a great opportunity to have your poetry judged on its own merits.

The Judges:

Lemn Sissay by James RossLemn Sissay is an award-winning poet and playwright. He is an associate artist at the Southbank Centre, a patron of The Letterbox Club and The Reader Organisation, an ambassador for The Children’s Reading Fund, a trustee of Forward Arts Foundation and an inaugural trustee of World Book Night. Lemn is the author of a series of books of poetry alongside articles, records, broadcasts, public art, commissions and plays, and was the first poet commissioned to write for the 2012 London Olympics. In 2010 he was awarded an MBE for his services to literature.

Rhian Edwards by Peter MorganRhian Edwards is a poet and musician and has delivered over 400 stage, radio and festival performances worldwide. Her first collection of poems Clueless Dogs (Seren) won the 2013 Wales Book of the Year Award, the Roland Mathias Poetry Award and the Media Wales People’s Prize. In 2011 she won the John Tripp Award for Spoken Poetry. Rhian’s poems have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, Times Literary Supplement, Poetry Review, New Statesman and the New Welsh Review.

Samantha Wynne-RhydderchWelsh poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch, whose collections include Rockclimbing in Silk (Seren, 2001), Not in These Shoes (Picador, 2008) and Banjo (Picador, 2012), will continue in her role as competition Filter Judge. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, The Independent, Poetry Wales and Poetry Review. In 2005 Samantha was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship. She was shortlisted for Wales Book of the Year in 2009 and 2013 and in 2011 she won a Leverhulme writer in residence award.


If you think you have what it takes to delight the judges and get your hands on the top prize of £5,000, then send us your poems now. Just make sure your poem is no longer than 50 lines long, is unpublished, in English and is not a translation of another author’s work. Send it, along with your entry form and payment, to Literature Wales.

Closing date: Friday 14 March 2014

To download an entry form, click here.

Alternatively, to download a black and white version of the entry form, click here.

To receive an entry form through the post send a stamped, self addressed envelope to:
Literature Wales, CIPC14 Entry Form,
Cambrian Buildings, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff, Wales, CF10 5FL.

For further details contact Literature Wales:
029 2047 2266 /

The Cardiff International Poetry Competition is administered by Literature Wales with the financial support of Cardiff Council.

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