Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2021

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Ledbury Poetry Festival 2021 Poetry Competition has a great first prize of £1000 cash. The competition has been an important first step in many poets’ careers, and has categories for Adults, Young People and Children. In addition to cash prizes, winners of all categories are invited to read their poems at the internationally renowned Ledbury Poetry Festival 2022.

 Anthony Anaxagoro

Anthony Anaxagorou
Credit: Alessandro Furchino Capria

Anthony Anaxagorou is a British-born Cypriot poet, fiction writer, essayist, publisher and poetry educator. His second collection After the Formalities published with Penned in the Margins is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and was shortlisted for the 2019 T.S Eliot Prize. It was also a Telegraph and Guardian poetry book of the year. In 2020 he published How To Write It with Merky Books; a practical guide to writing fused with tips and memoir. Among awards such as the H-100 Award (2019), Anthony is an honorary fellow of the University of Roehampton, Artistic Director of Out-Spoken, and publisher of Out-Spoken Press.

Closing Date: 5pm BST on Thursday 15 July 2021


Adult – 18 years or older

First Prize: £1000 cash
Second Prize: £500
Third Prize: £250

Young Person – 12 to 17 years old

Young People winners receive smaller cash prizes,

Child – under 12 years old

Child winners receive book tokens.

All winners are invited to read at the 2022 Poetry Festival.

Use the links below to enter the appropriate category of the competition.




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