Wirral Opne Poetry Competition

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Open Poetry Competition 2020

Competition rules:
  • Poems must be in English, unpublished, and of no more than 40 lines in length.
  • There is an entry charge of £4 per poem or £10 for 3 poems.
  • All entries will be read in the first instance by our Open Poetry Prizes Adjudicator, and after that all Wirral entries that have not already earned an open poetry competition prize, will be forwarded to the Wirral Prize Adjudicator.
  • All prizes will be awarded on merit.
  • Prizes to comprise: 1st prize £250; 2nd prize £100; Runners-up (2) £25 each; Special Wirral prize £50, and Wirral runners-up (2) £25 each.
  • The Wirral Prize may be awarded to anyone who lives, works or studies in Wirral (as defined by postcode).
  • An individual may receive only one prize.
  • The adjudicators reserve the right to not award a prize if, in their opinion, entries received do not have sufficient merit.
  • The adjudicators’ decisions are final.
  • Names, addresses, email and telephone contact details of those entering the competition will be stored only for the duration of the competition and will only be used for communications relating to the 2020 poetry competition unless permission has been given to remain on our mailing list.

Winner notification:
Winners will be notified by Friday 4 September 2020 and invited to attend a prize-giving event on Thursday 1 October at 5pm in Wallasey Library.

How to Enter

If possible, we prefer to receive entries online via our website.
  • Enter online by deciding how many poems in total you wish to enter.
  • Choose to submit a total of 1, 2 or 3 poems and find the appropriate link below.
  • Select one of the “Buy Now” buttons under the link.
  • This will take you to PayPal when you can make secure payment using any major debit or credit card or your PayPal account if you have one.
  • After completing payment, PayPal will direct you back to our site to a submission form for you to submit your poem or poemss.
  • The closing date for the receipt of open poetry competition entries is 23:59 hours on Friday 31 July 2020.
  • Community Groups wishing to send entries in online for several members with one discounted payment – please email us directly to arrange for this: poetrycomp@wirralpoetryfestival.org.uk
By Post
If you cannot make your submission using the online form, we would be happy to receive your entry by post.  To do this please note the following:
  • Please type your poem(s) on one side of A4 (one poem per sheet)
  • Make sure your name does not appear on your poem(s).
  • Include your postcode at the top of each poem submitted if you wish to be considered for the Wirral Runner-Up Prize.
  • Enclose your full contact details and poem titles on a separate sheet.
  • If you require an acknowledgement, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard marked ‘receipt’.
  • Include the entry fee of £4 per poem (£10 for 3 poems). Cheques/Postal Orders should be made payable to ‘Festival of Firsts’.
  • Send your entries to: Festival of Firsts Poetry Competition, 71 Alderley Road, Hoylake, Wirral, CH47 2AU.
  • Please be sure to use the correct stamps (e.g. “Large Letter” stamp if using an A4 envelope). Items sent without the correct postage will not be collected from the Post Office!

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