Win £500 for your poem in the York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2016

Judge Carole Bromley with the 2015 overall winner Wendy Pratt. Photograph © John Illingworth
5 Nov 2015 @ 1.59 pm
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 The 2016 competition is now closed 

The York Literature Festival and YorkMix Poetry Competition is back – and open for entries.

In just three years, the competition has grown into one of the major events on the national literary scene.

Last year’s competition attracted some of the biggest names in poetry, among an entry of more than 1,800 poems.

Prize money has again been increased, with a top award of £500 for the best single poem, as judged by Carole Bromley, YorkMix’s Poet In Residence.

The competition runs from Guy Fawkes Night 2015 to Valentine’s Day 2016. Entries opened on November 5 2015.

And the closing date is February 14 2016.

Winning and commended poets will be invited to read their entries at a gala prize-giving on March 19 2016, during York Literature Festival, which runs from March 10 to March 23.

The prize-giving event will also feature a reading by judge Carole Bromley whose new poetry collection, The Stonegate Devil, has just been published.

Carole is the sole judge of the competition and reads every entry. She will be stepping down as judge after this year’s event.


First prize: £500
Second Prize: £125
Third Prize: £75

The York prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode.

At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and up to 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.

How to enter

To ensure your poem is eligible, please read the full rules

Poems are welcomed on any subject. To be eligible, poems must be in English, run to no longer than 40 lines, and fit on a single A4 page.

They must be original and not previously published (see the full rules for criteria). Entrants must be over 18 and live in the British Isles.

Entry is £5 for a single poem, or £10 for up to three poems. There is no limit to the number of entries.

 This competition is now closed