Poetry Competition Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions


The competition is open to anyone, including non-UK applicants (Oakwood Literature Festival is unable to offer any financial assistance for winners to attend the prizegiving), aged 18 years and over. 

Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or online forum, broadcast nor won or been placed in any other competition (as at March 2022).

Entries submitted posthumously will not be eligible.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but by entering the competition the entrant agrees that Oakwood Literature Festival will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poem, (including those of the runners up), on the Festival website or as ‘posters’, postcards and/or celebratory pamphlets for display and distribution during the Festival and the entrant waives his/her rights in relation to such publication to the extent that he/she is able to do so.


Poetry Prize Judges for Oakwood Literature Festival’s 2022 poetry competition are: Charlotte Lunn and Becky Deans

The judges’ decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
Judges are unable to comment on individual entries.
Judging will be fair and unbiased.
The organisers reserve the right to change the panel of judges without notice and not to award prizes if, in the opinion of the judges, such action is justified.


Prize winners will be notified by Friday 8 April 2022 and invited to receive their prize at 2pm on 23rd April 2022

The prize winner will be displayed on the website after 30 April 2022.

Please Note

Entry implies acceptance of all the above rules.
Failure to comply with the entry requirements will result in disqualification.