Kate Noakes Announced As Poetry Competition Judge 2020

Hay Writers’ Circle are excited to announce that the superb Kate Noakes has agreed to judge our 2020 Poetry Competition.

kate noakes 2020
Kate Noakes
 is a prize-winning and widely published poet who set up Boomslang Poetry to facilitate poetry readings and workshops in the UK.

More about Kate in her own words :-

“My work has been published in magazines such as The North, Poetry Wales,  Mslexia, Planet, Poetry Ireland Review, Iota, Envoi, The SHOp, Magma, The Wolf, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Interpreter’s House and Blackbox Manifold, and in the UK national press. It has been anthologised widely.

I have performed at venues as diverse as Aldeburgh Poetry Festival, The Troubadour, Glastonbury Festival, the Shuffle, the Crypt, Nottingham Poetry Festival and Henley Literature Festival and many other reading series across the country and in France. I am an occasional host of Reading’s Poets’ Cafe.

I was founding President of Paris Lit Up, a not for profit literature organisation in the City of Lights in 2012. I review poetry for Poetry London, The North, Poetry Wales and London Grip.

I have degrees in Geography, and English Literature and an MPhil in Creative Writing and have taught creative writing for Oxford University, the Poetry School, Malika’s Poetry Kitchen and the Globe, Hay on Wye. I offer individual critical feedback and bespoke poetry workshops.

I am a trustee of writer advocacy organisation, Spread the Word. My practice is focused on contemporary culture and environmental matters.”

Kate’s published poetry:
kate noakes books-page-001
Ocean to Interior, Mighty Erudite, 2007.
The Wall MendersTwo Rivers Press, 2009.
Cape Town, Eyewear Publishing, 2012.
I-spy and Shanty, corrupt press, 2014.
Tattoo on Crow Street, Parthian, 2015.
Paris, Stage Left, Eyewear, 2017.
The Filthy Quiet, Parthian,  2019.

Her much-anticipated non-fiction:

Real Hay on Wye –
forthcoming title from Seren, 2020.


The Deadline for The Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition 2020 is
Tuesday 17th 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 17th March. Cheques will be accepted on the 17th March but must clear to validate the entry.

Download your entry form here –  hay writers comp 2020 booking form

Good Luck!

lots of pens


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The Hay Writers : a highly active & forward thinking writing group based in Hay-on-Wye, the world famous 'Town of Books'. ✍️ In 2019 we celebrated our 40th anniversary.
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