Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not

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Cannon Poets
Sonnet or Not 2020
Poetry Competition

Cannon Poets popular Sonnet or Not 2020 Poetry Competition is now open. Poems must be 14 lines, no more, no less.

First Prize: £500
Second Prize: £250
Third Prize: £150
Commended Prize: £10

Closing Date:
Midnight, 31st October 2020

Special Offer
Submit at least one poem with the correct fee to become eligible for  one year subscription to The Cannon’s Mouth [in which winning entries and the judge's report will be published] discounted from the usual £13.00 to £11.00 [UK] or from £22 to £20 [outside UK].

An entry will consist of one 14 line poem typed on a sheet of A4 paper [please use at least 12 point typeface]. Please ensure that each entry has its own title. There is no limit to the number of entries providing the fees are paid. Use several entry forms if necessary. The entry fee is £5.00 for the first poem and £2.50 for each additional poem submitted. Alternatively, you can now enter on line. See details below.


The sole judge will be Roy McFarlane.

Photo of Roy McFarlane

Roy was born in Birmingham of Jamaican parentage and has spent most of his years living in Wolverhampton. He has held the role of Birmingham's Poet Laureate [2010 to 2011] and Starbucks' Poet in Residence, and is currently the Birmingham & Midland Institute's Poet in Residence.

Roy will read all valid entries received.

Entry Form
Please download the entry form here and read the rules before you enter.

How to Enter
There are two ways to enter:

1. Enter by post: complete the entry form and attach each of your poems on separate A4 sheets. Please only put the title of the poem and the poem itself on the sheets but do not put your name. Post the completed entry form, your poems and a cheque for the full amount due in £ sterling to the address indicated.

2. Enter on lineclick here and follow the instructions.

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not 2019 Poetry Prize results are detailed below:

Commended (in no particular order)

Still Life Sarah J. Bryson
The Bee Garden, Anonymous, albumen print, Dorset, 1854  Anthony Driver
Goldhawk Road Roddy Williams
The Romford Boy and Jules   Abi Hughes-Edwards
Lament for dead companies Ross Cogan
Date Janet Loverseed
In Lollapalooza  Jane Seabourne
Outback  Sharon Ashton
Flaunting It Derek Sellen
Moor and Mountain Christine

Prize Winners

Third  place Gambler Jeff Phelps
Second place Home is where Ian Royce Chamberlain
First  place Best Holly Magill

 Congratulations to all those who took part in the  competition.


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