Poetry Competition 2022 Deadline Looming

It’s a little over a week to go before the deadline of our annual poetry competition, but that means there’s still plenty of time to enter. If you’ve a verse hiding a drawer, an ode to a favourite pet, a ditty about a car or a haiku on Lockdown, we’d love to see it and it could win a cash prize too!

Ojo Taiya won First Prize in 2021 with his evocative poetry sequence “Conspiracy of Silence / Moira Camp: The New Colossus / Let Me Tell You a Different Story / Listen“. With this success, Ojo entered his poems into another competition (so they cannot be printed here), but to satisfy our craving for his words here are some links to his published work online as well as details of his book.




Don’t forget it’s an open competition open to everyone, poems up to 40 lines in length and on any subject can be entered. Our judge, Dr Jack McGowan, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Head of Department of English, Media & Culture at the University of Worcester, is eagerly waiting to choose his favourites.

Details on how to enter can be found on our Competitions Page or by downloading this link –

Good Luck!


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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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