*STOP PRESS* Judge and Details Announced for Hay Writers Poetry Competition, 2023.

Submissions are now invited for our annual Poetry Competition and we are delighted to announce the judge for 2023 is the wonderful Alex Josephy.

Alex Josephy lives in Rye, East Sussex, and sometimes in Italy. She has been a reader and writer of poetry all her life, and has an MA in Creative and Life Writing from Goldsmiths College, University of London. She has worked as a teacher and university lecturer and as an NHS education adviser. Winner of the Cinnamon Press Pamphlet Award 2022 with Again behold the stars. Her most recent collection is Naked Since Faversham, Pindrop Press, 2020. Other work includes White Roads, Paekakariki Press, 2018, and Other Blackbirds, Cinnamon Press, 2016. Her poems have won the McLellan and Battered Moons prizes, and have appeared in magazines and anthologies in the UK, Italy and India.
You can find out more on her website: www.alexjosephy.net


The Hay Writer’s Circle Poetry Competition 2023 is open to everyone.

The first prize of £100 with additional cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd placed poems.

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 11th April, 2023
Results will be announced mid May.

Original, unpublished poems of up to 40 lines maximum on absolutely any subject.

At our discretion, the winning poems will be published on the Hay Writer’s website. 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 :

… or head on over to our Competitions page and read it there too.

Remember, anyone can enter this poetry competition and you can write about absolutely anything you like – we can’t wait to read your amazing work.

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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