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The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry 2019 is now closed. Long-List to be announced soon


Page Poetry


This category is for entrants who wish to submit any style of written poetry ranging from traditionalist page, free verse and experimental.

- An example of a previous winner -

Performance Poetry


This category refers to live spoken word performance pieces. You will be judged on performance and execution so please make sure the footage is clearly audible as judges will not be able to mark entries with poor sound and visual quality.

- An example of a previous winner -

Poetry in film


This category is for those who wish to submit poetry films. Pieces must not exceed the ten-minute time limit and the film must include the poem either being read by a narrator or have it featured as subtitles.

- An example of a previous winner -


Competition Dates, Fees & Submission Process

Fee: £5 per entry with a maximum of 5 pieces per category.

Winners: There will be three category winners selected with the overall Prize for Poetry award given to one of the three. The overall winner will receive £700.

Dates: The Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry will run start on the 1st of January and the deadline for submissions is Midnight on the 1st March 2019. A long list will be announced a few days later on social media followed a week later by a short list. The category winners and overall winner will be announced at the Out-Spoken Awards show on April 2nd. Those who make the short list will be expected to attend the ceremony and may also be asked to read/perform their pieces on the night.

How To Enter: Entrants are required to purchase and download the Out-Spoken Prize entry form. All required information must be filled in and then emailed to Please note that one entry form is only valid for ONE submission, if entrants wish to make more than one entry they should purchase MULTIPLE forms.

Terms and Conditions: OPEN TO UK RESIDENTS ONLY. All work submitted into the competition must be the original work of the entrant. Previously published poems are being accepted. Anyone thought to be plagiarising material will be immediately disqualified from the competition and will forfeit their submission fee. Poems that were entered into previous Out-Spoken Prize for Poetry competitions will not be accepted. Entrants must be available to attend the award ceremony on the 2nd April 2019.