The York Poetry Prize

The York Poetry Prize Judge for 2020 – Sean O’Brien

The York Poetry Prize is the new name for our prestigious annual poetry competition. Now in its eighth year, and run in association with, the event is firmly established as one of Britain’s top literary competitions. This year’s judge is multi-award-winning poet, critic and playwright Sean O’Brien.

We’re pleased to announce that the competition is now open for entries. The top prize stays unchanged at a fantastic £600 and there are many other awards to be won including the recently introduced International Prize and the Helen Cadbury award for best local entrant.

For full details, rules and entry form please click here.

Full prize details are also available via, the city’s primary independent source for online news, features and ‘what’s on’ information. The deadline for entries is Easter Monday 13th April with a gala prizegiving and poetry reading taking place in York on Spring Bank Holiday weekend, full details of which will be announced in due course.

York Literature Festival Children’s Creative Writing Competition 2020

The 2020 York Literature Festival Creative Writing Competitions are now open for entries.

This year’s theme is MYSTERY.

Schools and individual children are welcome to enter their original poems and short stories. The competitions are open to anyone aged 18 years and under.

Age categories
• 11 years and under
• 12-15 years
• 16-18 years
Poems should be less than 30 lines.

Short stories should be shorter than 1,500 words.

Closing dates for entries: Sunday 29 March – 12 noon

The competition is judged by a panel of adjudicators whose decision is final. Prizes are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed entries unless the judges decide otherwise. Shortlisted authors and poets are invited to read their work at a special prize-giving event at The Mount School York on Sunday 26 April.

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