Members’ Poems

的Members’ Poems competition sets Poetry Society Members the task of writing a poem or poems on a theme chosen by a leading poet.

Sujata Bhatt, who judged the latest competition on the theme of ‘Survival & Extinction’, chose poems by the following as her winners:Karen Jane Cannon,Jennie Carr,Pamela Crowe,边境aire,Christine MarshallandRose Proudfoot. Warmest congratulations to all of them!

Our thanks and commiserations to all those who sent in poems but weren’t selected this time. Please don’t be discouraged – we receive hundreds of entries and our judge is only able to pick six. Details of our latest competition are published below.

Look out for videos of our six winners reading their poems on the theme of ‘Survival & Extinction’, which we’ll make available in the coming weeks.

All poems published inPoetry Newsare also eligible for theHamish Canham Prizeeach year and between 2014 and 2018, theAnne Born Prize. The latest winner of theHamish Canham Prizeis Jo Burns.

Poetry Newssummer 2022 competition: Magical Nature

Our summer Members’ Poems competition, which is now open for entries, will be judged byIan Humphreys, who has chosen the theme ‘Magical Nature’.

To mark the 90th anniversary of Sylvia Plath’s birth, Ian has chosen two themes from her work: ‘magic’ and ‘nature’. He says “‘Magic’ and ‘nature’ are both themes Plath explored in her poetry. By combining them into ‘Magical Nature’ I’m hoping for alchemy on the page.”

Up to three of the six winning poems will also be published inAfter Sylvia(Nine Arches Press) – an anthology of new writing inspired by Sylvia Plath, edited by Ian and fellow poet Sarah Corbett, due in October to celebrate the 90th anniversary.

Ian Humphreys’ debut collectionZebra(Nine Arches Press) was nominated for the Portico Prize. He won the Hamish Canham Prize and has been highly commended in the Forward Prizes for Poetry. Ian is the editor ofWhy I Write Poetry(Nine Arches Press, 2021), and the producer and co-editor ofAfter Sylvia(Nine Arches Press, 2022).

Submission details
  • 的deadline for entries is 3 May 2022; poems must be unpublished as of our summerPoetry Newsissue publication date of end June 2022.
  • Please send no more than TWO poems on the theme of ‘Magical Nature’ (any additional poems will not be sent to the judge).
  • Poems must be a maximum of forty lines, typed on A4, with your membership number, not name and address, at the foot. Entries that do not carry a membership number cannot be sent to the judge.
  • Please enter online via Submittable, as the post continues be disrupted by the coronavirus epidemic. You will need to create your own Submittable account but this is a straightforward process. If you have difficulties using Submittable, you can email your poems to Jane Ace, Editor, at[email protected]
  • Winners appear inPoetry Newsand win books and entry into the Hamish Canham Prize.