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The Hexham Poetry Prize is now closed for this year. Thank you to everyone who entered and supported us this year!

Competition Information

The competition is open from 1st February 2023 and closes at midnight UK time on 31st May 2023.

Prizes Awarded

Over 18's – First £200, Second £100, Third £50

14-18 years – First £100, Second £50 Third £25

5-14 years – First £50, Second £25, Third £10

Entry Fees


Over 18's - The entry fee is £5 per poem, £10 for up to three poems, £20 for up to five poems, or £30 for up to ten poems.

Under 18's - Free entry.

Sponsored Entry - Money shouldn't be a barrier, but it often can be. So, if you've got something great that you want to submit but pennies are tight, please check out using the free entry option. 

Competition Judge;  Caitlin Kendall

Caitlin Kendall's work is magical, melodic and homely whilst retaining an air of politically- charged attitude. Caitlin has an MA in Creative Writing, and her work has appeared online and in print in various publications. Her debut chapbook ‘Nothing is Yours’ is forthcoming with Bent Key Publishing in March 2023. Currently firmly ensconced in the far reaches of Northern England, she is a poet who loves wild swimming, nights under the stars and yoga. Her writing follows themes of nature and wanderlust, using the world around her as both physical inspiration as well as dew-soaked metaphors on early morning grass. With poetry that zips together the turbulent journey of motherhood with a deep connection with the earth and nature wrapped in human emotion, her words will grab you by the wrist and pull you into another world.

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