South Bank Poetry 3rd London Poetry Competition

June 15

South Bank Poetry 3rd London Poetry Competition

1st prize £300, 2nd £150 and 3rd prize worth £50 with several runner up prizes

The Contest

South Bank Poetry’s poetry competition is for London poems up to 55 lines long. It opens on January 1st 2016 and closes May 31st2016. (Postal entries postmarked that day from the UK or abroad will be accepted )

The Judge

Mimi Khalvati will read all the entries and choose 5 winning poems and 5 commended poems.


1ST Prize £300

2nd Prize £150

3rd Prize South Bank Poetry Membership (worth £50)

4TH Prize: A two year subscription to South Bank Poetry magazine.

5TH Prize: A one year SBP magazine subscription.

Additionally, five commended poets will have their poems published in SBP Issue 24, along with the prize winners. The rest of the poems long-listed by the judge, Mimi Khalvati, and only those poems, will be considered for inclusion by the editors in the special London poems competition anthology Issue 24 to be published in 2015. There will be a reading at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden, London. All those included in Issue 24 will be invited to read at the subsequent launch readings at the Poetry Society’s Cafe in The Poetry Place at 22 Betterton Street with extended readings for the prize-winning and commended poets.

Online Entries

A quick and easy way to enter is online. You’ll be able to upload your poem entries from 1st January 2016 to 31st May 2016, and pay the appropriate entry fee securely by PayPal. Enter the poetry competition via the tab called Enter Poetry Competition online.

Postal Entries

Another quick and easy way to enter is by post. Sending 2 copies of each poem entered. One copy with all your contact details on it and another copy that is anonymous, along with payment in the form of a cheque or postal order.

Entry Fee

The entry fees are £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second and £2 for the third and each subsequent poem. South Bank Poetry subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £3 for the first poem, £2 for the second, and £1.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. You can subscribe to SBP when entering the competition in order to take advantage of the reduced rates by adding the relevant fee to the overall total paid.


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