Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

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Closing date: 31st January, 2021.


Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. You may also enter a visual poem if the image will fit into a single page. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.


Prizes: £250 (1st), £125 (2nd), £75 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation),

£20 x 3 (Commendation), 3 x SLQ Paperback (Special Mentions)


Fees: £5/1, £8/2, £10/3, £12/4, £14/5, £16/7, £22/10)


Results: 10 March, 2021


- All placed poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly Magazine (Online and Print)

- All published poets will each receive a free copy of the paperback magazine.

- We will enter the first prize winner in The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem 2021 for a chance to win £1,000.00


OZ1Judge: Oz Hardwick is a European poet, photographer, occasional musician, and accidental academic, whose work has been published and performed internationally in and on diverse media. His poetry collections include The Lithium Codex, The House of Ghosts and Mirrors, The Ringmaster’s Apprentice and The Illuminated Dreamer. His prose poetry chapbook Learning to Have Lost (Canberra: IPSI, 2018) won the 2019 Rubery International Book Award for poetry, and his most recent publication is the prose poetry sequence Wolf Planet (Clevedon: Hedgehog, 2020). He has also edited or co-edited several anthologies, including The Valley Press Anthology of Yorkshire Poetry (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2017) with Miles Salter, which was a UK National Poetry Day recommendation, and The Valley Press Anthology of Prose Poetry (Scarborough: Valley Press, 2019) with Anne Caldwell. Oz is Professor of English at Leeds Trinity University, where he leads the postgraduate Creative Writing programmes.




Enter online

.From the PayPal dropdown button below, select the number of poems you wish to enter.

.Click on Pay Now to make the applicable payment. You will be issued a Transaction ID or Receipt Number. Make a note of this.

.Send your poems with a Cover Note titled SLQ Poetry January 2021 to or

.You will receive an automatic acknowledgement.

Enter by post
To enter by post, download the
Entry Form,
complete and send it
together with your poems and a cheque or postal order covering the applicable
fees in GB£ only in favour of
SPM Publications Ltd to

The Competition Administrator
Sentinel Literary Quarterly
120 Warland Road
SE18 2ET
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition January 2021

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