All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself. However, you must give your real name as part of your submission, even if you prefer that your work is published under a pseudonym.
All poems must have a title and must not exceed 50 lines in length (excluding title).
Entries can be on any subject.
Poems must be the original work of the entrant.
Entries must not have been published in print, on websites, public areas of social networking sites, broadcast, have featured among the winners of another competition or be submitted elsewhere for consideration.
Poems must be written primarily in English, though a few words or phrases in another language or languages can be included.
Entrants may submit poems translated into English providing the source text is their own original work and has not been published in print, on websites, public areas of social networking sites, broadcast, featured among the winners of another competition or be submitted elsewhere for consideration.
All entries must be submitted to the Competition’s e-mail account firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries must comprise one poem per document and be submitted as a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx), Rich Text Format file (.rtf) or as a PDF file (.pdf).
Poems by EAL poets can be entered for consideration either in the EAL or the Open category. All entrants need to include either EAL or OPEN in the top right hand corner of each entry.
Entries must be submitted to the Competition email account and open in a clear, legible font of a size that is easy to read.