The 2021 Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition

Submissions are now CLOSED

This is an annual poetry competition, open to members and non-members of Hay
Writers’ Circle. Up to 4 poems of no more than 40 lines each on any theme are accepted.

This year we are fortunate to have an anonymous sponsor who has elevated our 1st Prize fund to a glorious £100. Prizes for 2nd and 3rd prizes are £25.00 and £15.00 respectively.

We are also delighted to announce that the wonderful Melanie Prince of The Poetry Bookshop has agreed to judge our 2021 Poetry Competition.

Chris and Melanie Prince, The Poetry Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye.
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Melanie was a 2015 Costa Book Award Judge and we are thrilled to have her as our Poetry Judge this year.

“The Poetry Bookshop, which is owned and run by Christopher and Melanie Prince, specialises in every aspect of poetry; antiquarian, second-hand, out of print and now new publications. Opened in 1979, the Poetry Bookshop is the UK’s only bookshop dedicated to poetry and one of the longest established bookshops in the town of Hay. Titles sold at the store range from Keats, Byron and Shakespeare through to modern poets like Rupi Kaur, Luke Kennard, Rhiannon Hooson and Kate Tempest.”

Even during lockdown, the Poetry Bookshop has found lots of innovative ways to fill your poetry fix – Follow the link –
Contact 01497 821812 or email

The Deadline for The Hay Writers’ Circle Poetry Competition 2021 is
Tuesday 16th March – Results will be announced in April.

The Poetry Competition Entry Requirements and Entry Form are available to download via the following link.

Good Luck!

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