Poetry Competition: October 2021

We are in the process of planning the 2022 October Poetry Competition, which will be on this year’s National Poetry Day theme: The Environment.

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Competition theme: Choice

Welcome to Autumn Voices’ second annual poetry competition!

Our poetry competition is again in honour of National Poetry Day, which is on the first Thursday of October annually. This year it’s on Thursday October 7th, and our competition opens for entries on October 1st. The competition, like last year, will run for the whole month of October, and you can find the entry and eligibility details here. The theme for this year’s poetry competition is ‘Choice‘ and we heartily encourage you to interpret that in whatever context you choose. See what we did there? Competitions are a great way to get the creative juices going again after a writing hiatus, revisit previously unpublished work or test out new writing forms, plus you might just win a cash prize or lovely poetry books!

We’re delighted to be able to offer a 1st prize of £100 plus a selection of poetry books, a second prize of £50 plus a selection of poetry books, and the writers of two Highly Commended poems will each receive a copy of the Autumn Voices book.

Entry fees

Autumn Voices members:
£3 per poem

£4 per poem

Sorry, this competition is now closed.

Meet the judge

Chrys Salt MBE is a widely published poet and a happy performer of her work. She has written in every genre except the novel – plays, books and features – but is primarily a poet with roots deeply planted in the theatre. She has written four full poetry collections and five pamphlet collections and performed UK-wide, in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Finland, India and Australia. Her work has been broadcast on both Radio 3 and 4, read by Chrys and by others, been translated into several languages and appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals worldwide. She is a trained performer and worked as a successful actress for some years alongside her writing career. 

She is the Artistic Director of The Bakehouse a flourishing arts venue, and BIG LIT: The Stewartry Book Festival an annual four day literature Festival that takes place in south west Scotland. You can find out more about her here.