Love Poem Competition 2022


23:59 - 15 March 2022

If love really does make the world go round, love poetry has been spinning it at dizzying speed for millennia. There are love poems among the 305 works in the world’s oldest collection of Chinese poetry, dating from the 11th to the 7th century BC. There are love poems in the poetry magazine delivered last week; and there have been rather a lot in between.

Our next competition gives Writers Online poets the opportunity to add to this incredible hoard by writing in any style on any aspect of love. Whether the object of your affections is a partner, parent or child – or a cat, diamond tiara or cream doughnut – celebrate that love with a poem. If you prefer, consider some aspect of love in general, with the added challenge of making that universal, hard-to-define emotion the object of concrete wording and imagery.

The limit is 40 lines, and the closing date is 15 March.


The winner will receive £100, with £50 for the runner-up. Both poems will be published in Writing Magazine

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£ 7.50
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£ 5.00