YorkMix Poetry Competition Now Open!

Today the York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2019 officially launches! And for the first time since the competition started seven years ago, international entries will be accepted!

The judge for this year’s competition is Clare Shaw.

The details of the Competition are as follows:

Deadline: Sunday February 24 2019

Enter: To enter, please go here

Rules: For full rules, please go here


The first prize is £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a fourth prize of £50.

All entrants are eligible for the top prizes. A £100 award will go to the best poem from a non-UK entrant.

The Helen Cadbury Prize of £50 – formerly The York Prize – will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York (YO) postcode.

At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.

Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The 2019 entry fee is:

    £7.50 for a single poem

    £12 for two poems

    £15 for three poems

    £20 for four poems

    £22.50 for five poems

There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted (to enter more than five poems, you will need to make a separate submission).