Felix Dennis Young Poets Competition 2020

The competition is now CLOSED for submissions!

WIN up to £300!

The Festival's Young Poets Competition is now open again for entries. Now in its 11th year, the competition is one of the few which publishes the winning and most highly commended entries in a special Festival Collection which can be purchased online and from Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon.

The prize, kindly supported by his Executors, marks the legacy of the poet and publisher Felix Dennis, who was a generous supporter of the Festival. 

Judges include poet, James Carter.

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Here's what to do!

Who can enter? Anyone aged 5 to 21 living in the UK

What is the deadline? 5.30pm on Friday 21st February 2020

What's the Prize? 5-10 years: £100, 11 to 16 years: £200, 17 to 21 years: £300

The winning and best poems will be published in a special Festival book

Please read the following carefully as ineligible entries may not be considered.
Submit your entry as a WORD DOCUMENT ONLY attachment in an email with the file name being your name and age, and with your name, address and your age on 21st February 2020 at the top of the document.

Email your entry here.

The small print:
1. The Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
2. All entries must be in English, original and must not have been published or have won competitions elsewhere. Stratford Literary Festival will retain the copyright to the published collection of winning stories, but authors will retain the copyright to their individual submissions.
3. Poems must be a maximum of 600 words.
4. The competition is open to all ages, professions and nationalities from 5 years to 21 years at date of competition deadline who are living in the UK.
5. Poems can be written on any theme but must not be offensive or defamatory.
6. We accept only one submission per entry and per person. All entries must comply with entry requirements and entries not submitted by email and in a Word document will not be considered. Please name the file with your name and age, and all entries must include your name, address, and your age at 21st February 2020 at the top of the page. Please note we DO NOT accept jpg images of poems or odt files or similar. 
7. Entries will not be accepted after the closing date.
8. Writers will be notified before the launch of the Festival on 9th May 2020. Winning entries and runners-up, and best submissions, will appear in a Festival book which will be on sale at Waterstones Stratford-upon-Avon from 9th May 2020 and online. Authors of those submissions to be included will be notified.
9. By entering and supplying your email address you are allowing us to notify you about the Stratford Literary Festival. Your information will not be shared with any third parties.
10. Stratford Literary Festival is a registered charity in England: 1164662

Felix Dennis was a publisher, poet and planter of trees, and a great supporter of the Festival. He died in 2014. His Literary Executors are supporting the competition in his memory to encourage writers and poets.