Swanwick Poetry Competition

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Swanwick Summer School is a week-long programme for writers of all ages abilities and genres. You could win a place in each of three categories for a single piece of writing on this year's theme 'Bonding'. See our other competition pages for the other categories.

This page is for your poetry entries, which should be up to 40 lines, on the theme 'Bonding'

The closing date is 30 April 2018


A fully inclusive week at the 2018 Summer School for the winner in each category, Writing Magazine manuscript appraisal for second and a copy of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2018 for third.

How To Enter

Submit your poem, of up to 40 lines, in a single doc, docx, txt, rtf or pdf file, using the links below.

Competition Closing Date

This competition is open for entries until 23:59 30 April 2018. Entries submitted after this date cannot be accepted.

Terms & Conditions

1. Eligibility
Entry is open to any writer and entries must be the original and unpublished work of the entrant which is not currently submitted for publication nor for any other competition or award. There is no limit to number of entries. Entrants retain copyright in their manuscripts.

2. Entry Fees
Fee for each entry is £5.

3. Manuscripts
Manuscripts can be uploaded in pdf, doc, docx and txt formats.
Please layout your poems in single spacing with double spacing between stanzas, on single pages of your file, with a front page giving your name, address, daytime telephone number and email address.

4. Competition Judging
Competition judges will be appointed by Writing Magazine and their decision will be final, with no correspondence being entered into.

5. Notification
Winners will be notified within two months of closing date after which date unplaced entries may be submitted elsewhere. Winning entries may not be submitted elsewhere for twelve months after that date without permission of Writing Magazine who retain the right to publish winning entries in any form during those twelve months.