The York Poetry Prize is alive and well!

The main programme of events at YLF2020 may be on hold but we’re very pleased to report that our poetry competition continues. So sharpen your pencils and get writing as The York Poetry Prize is there for the taking!

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This year’s judge is the acclaimed poet and critic, Sean O’Brien. 

The closing date is fast approaching, so please don’t delay in getting your entries in for a chance to win our £600 first prize. There are more prizes than ever in this, the eighth year of the competition, run jointly with, the city’s leading online source for news, features and entertainment listings. It is an open event – and includes extra awards for international entrants and winners from the YO-postcode area too.

So, if you have one or more poems, each of 40 lines or fewer, you can enter online here.

Please share this link with your fellow writers and poets.

Closing date for entries is Easter Monday, April 13.

But above all, stay safe, protect the NHS and save lives.

York Literature festival is supported by Arts Council England