Poetry Competition 2022

Winner of this year’s poetry competition is Lauren Farley. Congratulations!

Dawn Brookes, Chair presents certificate to Lauren. Judges Becci Deans and Charlotte Lunn present the winner with signed copies of their poetry books.
Lauren with Becci and Charlotte

This competition is now closed!

This is our second poetry competition, the first was held in 2020 and the winner announced during lockdown!

Online applications only with one application per person.

Choose one title from those below.

Option 1: Memories of Lockdown

Option 2: The Platinum Jubilee: a time to celebrate

Essential Info for All Entrants

  • Entries must be on one of the subjects listed above. All entries must be family friendly with no swearing as the winning poem will be published on the website
  • Poems should be not more than 30 lines (excluding the title)
  • Poems must be your original work and not have been submitted or published anywhere else, including on blogs or social media
  • Applicants must be aged 18 and over
  • Read full Terms and Conditions here

Our judges are published poets, Charlotte Lunn and Becky Deans

  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • Multiple submissions or any other breach of terms will be disqualified
  • Closing date for receipt of entries: 23rd March 2022, 11.30pm


The winner will receive:

  • a free copy of Becky Dean’s poetry collection, Un(in)formed
  • a free copy of Charlotte Lunn’s poetry collection, Metamorphosis
  • a free ticket for Charlotte’s poetry workshop on 23rd April starting at 1pm
  • a £20 National BookVoucher (valid in participating bookshops)
  • An Oakwood Literature Festival Winners’ certificate, signed by the committee
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Does my poem have to be exactly 30 lines?

The line limit is up to 30 but no more. It can be less.

How many times can I enter?

We can only accept one entry per person

What is the deadline?

You have until Monday 23 March at 11.30pm to get your poem in. 

When will I know whether I have won?

We will contact the winner by April 8th to let them know their poem has won. If you haven’t heard by the end of April, sorry but you have been unlucky this time.