Paul Henry To Judge 2019 Poetry Competition

The Hay Writers’ Circle 2019 Poetry Competition –
Judge Announced 

We are delighted to confirm that the poet Paul Henry will be our judge for the 2019 Poetry Competition.

Paul Henry, By Zed Nelson
Paul Henry
 is the author of nine books of verse. Originally a songwriter, he has performed his poems and songs at literary and music festivals in Europe, Asia and the USA. A popular Creative Writing tutor, he’s presented arts programmes for BBC Radio Wales, Radio 3 and Radio 4.

The Glass Aisle

Published by Seren in the early Spring

“This haunting, elegiac collection, about music, and made of music, leaves a reader’s mind full of phrases, in both senses – verbal, and tonal – and exactitudes that catch the heart and lodge in the memory” Gillian Clarke

Boy Running

Shortlisted for ‘Wales Book of the Year 2016’ 

“Henry is working at the core of lyric poetry, with love and loss and the ‘deeper river’. The Poetry Review

The Brittle Sea

“Henry’s poems are often expressionistic, even symbolist … with formal skill and time and space-bending panache to boot. The new, previously unpublished poems… represent the best work of a lyric poet who deserves a wider readership.” The TLS


The Deadline for The Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition 2019 is Tuesday 19th March.  Results will be announced in April.

The Poetry competition is sponsored by The Hay Writers’ Circle with prizes for first, second and third places.

Entry Requirements:

  1. Each poem should be a maximum of forty lines.
  2. Print your entry in Arial Font 12, double spaced.
  3. Put your title at the beginning of the entry.
  4. Number your pages and secure them together firmly.
  5. Your name must NOT appear on your entry.
  6. Each entry requires a booking form.
  7. Put your name, title and contact details on the booking form only.
  8. Each applicant may submit up to four poems.

Email and paper entries are accepted, email is preferred. Please attach your entry as a word doc to the email, not in the body of the email itself.

The results are final, and correspondence will not be entered into over the results. All applicants shall be informed of the results.

The winning pieces shall be published on our website with the author’s permission. Publication may prevent eligibility for future competitions. All rights remain with the author.

If paying by BACS payment please make sure your payment is received, with your name on the reference, before the 19th March. Cheques will be accepted on the 19th March but must clear to validate the entry.

Download your entry form here –  Poetry 2019 Competition booking form

Good Luck!

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