Felix Dennis Young Poets Competition

The Winners of the 2020 Competition are announced!

5-10 years Category:

WINNER: Aurora Blue (10)
RUNNER-UP: Delilah Howells (10)

Highly-Commended: Ethan Hatz (9), Max Tanqueray (6), Molly Spencer (5) and Elianna Wambui Kagai (10)

11-16 years Category:

WINNER: Joyce Chen (16)
RUNNER-UP: Tommy Ward (12)

Highly-Commended: Martha Blue (12), Amelie Friess (15) and Iona Mandal (13)

17-21 years Category:

WINNER: Isobel Lawrence (17)
RUNNER-UP: Grace Ridley (17)

Highly-Commended: Zoë Talbot (17)

Other poems we also loved have been included in our 2020 Collection which is available to order now and will be despatched as soon as we receive copies. Please bear with us in the current challenging circumstances. Those poets that are included in the Collection will be informed by email. If you don't receive an email, then we're sorry but your poem has not been included this year. There were simply too many entries to email everyone.

Our thanks to poet James Carter for helping us to judge the shortlist!

What the Competition involved:

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.

Here's what they had to do!

Who could enter? Anyone aged 5 to 21 living in the UK
What was the deadline? 5.30pm on Friday 21st February 2020
What are the Prizes? 5-10 years: £100, 11 to 16 years: £200, 17 to 21 years: £300
PLUS The winning and best poems will be published in a special Festival book

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.

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