Judge and Details Announced for Hay Writers Poetry Competition 2022.


Submissions are now invited for our annual Poetry Competition and we are delighted to announce the Judge for 2022 is Dr Jack McGowan, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Head of Department of English, Media & Culture at the University of Worcester.

“As Course Leader for Creative and Professional Writing, Jack is responsible for overseeing the portfolio of creative writing modules available through the School of Humanities.

In 2015 Jack won a WATE: Teaching Excellence Award for his teaching in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick.

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry. Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication. His writing examines contemporary themes of alienation and fragmentation, unpicks the vicissitudes of 21st-century life, and shines a diminishing light on 90s pop culture.”


The Hay Writer’s Circle Poetry Competition 2022 is open to everyone.

The first prize of £100 is generously sponsored by our longest serving current member, with additional cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd placed poems.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 15th March, 2022
Results will be announced in May.

Original, unpublished poems of up to 40 lines maximum on any subject.

The winning poem will be published on the Hay Writer’s website at our discretion. Publication may prevent eligibility for future competitions. All rights remain with the author.

For full competition guide lines and entry form please download the file below :

Good luck!

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