Wales Poetry Award

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Wales Poetry Award 2020 sponsored by Literature Wales. Closes 27 November 2020. Judge: Pascale Petit

“Wales Poetry Award, a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.”

After 55 years of publishing contemporary poetry in 212 issues (and counting) of its magazine, Poetry Wales hosts its second year of Wales Poetry Award, a national competition to discover the very best international contemporary poetry.  Wales Poetry Award is open to single poem entries from new and established poets from Wales and beyond, with 3 awards and 10 highly commended prizes to be won.

An entry fee of £5 applies for each poem submitted and you may submit up to 5 poems.  This competition is free to enter for writers of  low-income backgrounds residing in the UK, from households earning £16k or less per year.*

To submit your entry, read our rules, then use the buttons below to pay your entry fee and upload your entry. 

Download postal form and rules or scroll down to find our online entry form and fee portal.

The year’s competition will be judged by four-time T.S. Eliot shortlisted and Forward Prize shortlisted poet Pascale Petit. Pascale Petit was born in Paris, grew up in France and Wales and lives in Cornwall. She is of French/Welsh/Indian heritage. Her eighth collection, Tiger Girl (forthcoming from Bloodaxe Books on 3 September 2020), won an RSL Literature Matters Award while in progress, and she won the 2020 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize with a poem from the book, ‘Indian Paradise Flycatcher’. Tiger Girl is on the shortlist for the 2020 Forward Prize for Best Collection. Pascale Petit’s website is


  • Wales Poetry Award opens for entries 1 July 2020 and closes 27 November 2020 at 3pm (British Standard Time). Any entries received after this time will not be considered.
  • Wales Poetry Award is open to poets worldwide aged 17 or over at the time of submission. 
  • Poems should be submitted primarily in English, with a key or footnotes for any words translated.
  • You may submit up to 5 poems online at or via post.
  • Unless visual effects/font variations are part of a poem’s composition, entries should be typed, single-spaced, in 12pt Arial font and printed in black ink.
  • All entries must be accompanied with an entry form. 
  • Entries will not be returned so please keep a copy for your own records. 
  • Poems may not be edited once they have been submitted. 
  • Poems must not exceed 70 lines (excluding title). 
  • Each poem must be sent as a separate .doc or .docx document. 
  • If a poem exceeds one page, please number the pages with the title printed on each page.
  • Your name must not be visible on entries as poems are judged anonymously. 
  • Poems will be judged on quality, style and poetic impact.
  • Prizes may not be awarded if we do not receive a minimum of 200 entries. 
  • A submission fee of £5 must accompany every poem submitted, with the exception of those entitled free entry.
  • *Entries are free for UK residents of low-income backgrounds, from households earning £16,000 or less per year. There is no need to declare or prove your income threshold.
  • Simultaneous submissions are not permitted. 
  • Poems may not have been previously published.
  • Poems submitted must be entirely your own work. 
  • Entry fees may be paid online using the links below or via post using our postal form.
  • By entering Wales Poetry Award, authors of shortlisted, winning and highly commended poems grant Poetry Wales the unrestricted rights in perpetuity to publish and broadcast their poem in print, online, audio, performance and video. Winning poems may not be published elsewhere until March 2022. 
  • Your contact details will be used to inform you about the status of your entry and about current and future rounds of Wales Poetry Award. 
  • Poetry Wales reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason. 
  • Shortlisted poets will be notified of their shortlist status by the end of February 2021.
  • The winner is entitled to a residential course at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre of his/her choice or a 4-night stay at their Nant Writers’ Retreat Cottage in 2021 subject to availability, and not including courses that are awarded through a competitive application process. Prize cannot be exchanged for a monetary prize.
  • Entrants must be contactable via email or phone. 


1st Award Winner

£250 & a place on a residential course of your choice at Literature Wales’ Tŷ Newydd Writing Centre in 2021

Seren Book Bundle

Publication in Poetry Wales

2nd Award Winner


Seren Book Bundle

Publication in Poetry Wales

3rd Award Winner


Seren Book Bundle

Publication in Poetry Wales

and 10 Highly Commended Prizes



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