The competition has two age groups (defined as the age you’ll be on 31st July 2019):

Young Person’s category: 16 – 25 years old
Open Category: 26+ years old

Please read our competition rules carefully before entering.

Entry Fees

In the Open Category (26+) each poem submitted costs £6 (including a 66p booking fee).

In the Young Person’s category (16-25) each poem submitted is £3 (including 46p booking fee).

Opening Date

The opening date of the competition for  ‘A Poem for Europe’ is 1st May 2019.

Closing Date

The closing date of ‘A Poem for Europe’ is midnight (UK time), 31st July 2019.


To keep our administration costs as low as possible for all our entrants we’ve teamed up with FullonSport in Sherborne, who run a very successful online registration website for runners.  When you get to the competition’s registration page, just ignore the two fields  Emergency Contact Name and Emergency Contact Number by simply typing an x in these two fields.  the field

You can register for the poetry competition and pay here.

Submission is in two stages.  You will receive a confirmation email once your registration fee has been paid with an email address to submit your poem(s) to.

Contact Us

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Competition guidelines

Poems must not exceed 32 lines in length (excluding the title). Entries which exceed the stated length will be disqualified.

Poems may use any format – haiku, sonnet, blank verse etc.

Poems submitted must be the exclusive work of the author.

Poems must be typed in English, not have been published before and not currently entered in any other competition

All competition entries are judged anonymously. The poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.

Entries must be relevant to the competition theme ‘A Poem for Europe’.

Competitors may submit up to five entries.

Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or featured among the winners in another competition before 31 July 2019.

No changes can be made once the poem is submitted.

All entries are accepted in good faith.

The competition organisers reserve the right not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.

The competition judges will read all the entries in the long list.

The judges’ decision is final. The judges will not enter into any correspondence.

The entrant agrees to indemnify the judges, organisers, and other related parties against any litigation that may arise if entered works do not have the necessary permission to be published.

No single piece of work may win more than one prize.

A Poem for Europe reserves the right to update and amend these rules at any time – any changes will be posted on this website.

All entries must be in English.