The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre Competition, £1000 to winners


The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is delighted to launch its 2018 International Poetry Competition to celebrate the power of poetry across the world!

Categories: Open and English as an Additional Language. Deadline: 6 August 2018 (11pm BST/10pm GMT). £1000 to winners.

The competition is open to both new and established poets aged 18 and over from across the globe and has two categories:

  • Open category (open to all poets aged 18 years and over)
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) category (open to all poets aged 18 and over who write in English as an Additional Language)

The winners of each category will receive £1000 and both runners up £200.

We are very excited to announce that this year’s judge is the much celebrated and award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi.

Kayo’s first full-length collection,  Kumukanda (Chatto & Windus), recently won the prestigious £30,000 Dylan Thomas award for the best literary work by an author aged thirty-nine or under. He is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). He was awarded the  Geoffrey Dearmer Prize, was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016 and co-edited issue 62 of Magma Poetry and the Autumn 2016 edition of The Poetry Review. He is poetry editor for  The White Review .

The competition deadline is 11pm on Monday 6 August 2018. It costs £5 to submit one poem or £4 per poem for more than three entries. Entrants may submit a maximum of ten poems, following the instructions in the Oxford Brookes Shop. All entries must be unpublished work. Please read the full competition criteria and terms and conditions before entering.

There are two steps to entering the competition:

  1. Please visit the Brookes Shop and click on ‘Book Event’. Then you can register as a new customer and pay for your entry/entries.
  2. Once you have paid, please e-mail your poems to

You will receive an automatic e-mail in response, confirming that we have received your poem/s. Please note that there is no entry form for this competition. The Poetry Centre will match the details you submit via the Shop with your e-mailed poems.

If you have questions about the competition, please consult our FAQs page. If your question isn’t answered there, contact us at:

You can find out about last year’s competition and the winning poems of 2017.

The Oxford Brookes Poetry Centre is based within the Department of English and Modern Languages at Oxford Brookes University. The Centre publishes poetry pamphlets through ignitionpress and hosts an annual programme of events for members of staff, students and the local community including conferences, research seminars, workshops, exhibitions and community projects. Why not sign up for ou Weekly Poem to receive a free contemporary poem in your inbox each week and news of our other activities?


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