Open exclusively to Poetry Society members who are also members of a Poetry Society Stanza. The theme for the 2014 competition is NEGLECT. Send up to two poems, email or post, max 40 lines. Free entry. Closing date is Monday, 15 September 2014 and the winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, 2 October 2014. Judge: Les Robinson. Poems to be sent in anonymously, with contact details on a separate sheet, plus the name of your Stanza and your Stanza rep.
Les Robinson is currently editing a series of twenty pamphlets with Eyewear Publishing. He's on the Board of the Poetry Book Society, and he was the founder of tall-lighthouse. Les has had two collections of poetry published and his Selected Poems is planned for 2015.
The annual Stanza Competition began in 2007 and is open exclusively to Stanza members who are also Poetry Society members. Free entry. Prizes: The winning poet is given the choice of a free Poetry Prescription or a year’s Poetry Society membership - or the equivalent. There are two joint runners-up and ten commended poets. The theme for the competition is the antithesis or balance to that year's National Poetry Day theme.
Have a look at the winners from previous years, including Rich Goodson's poem 'Daniel Craig: The Screensaver', which appeared in the Poetry of Sex anthology, edited by Sophie Hannah (Penguin) in 2014:
2014: Robin Houghton (Brighton), judged by Les Robinson
2013: Jan Bay-Petersen (Cambridge), judged by Neil Rollinson
2012: Angela Stoner (Penzance), judged by John Siddique
2011: Julia Webb (Norwich), judged by Carrie Etter
2010: Michael Swan (Oxfordshire) judged by Sheenagh Pugh
2009: Julie Lumsden (Nottingham) judged by Philip Gross
2008: Rich Goodson (Nottingham) judged by Eleanor Cooke
2007: Emma Danes (Cambridge) judged by Roddy Lumsden