• This competition is run by The Poetry Archive, charity number 1093858, registered office Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS.
  • Only submissions completed through the dedicated online form on poetryarchive.org between April 10th and September 10th 2020 will be accepted. Entries after this date can not be accepted. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter - if you are moved to make a donation, all income will go directly into our recording programme.
  • Competition is open to poets who write in English and are over 18 years of age, except employees of the Poetry Archive, their relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.
  • Competition is open to poetry written and read aloud in English.
  • Poems should be written in response to 2020. They can be on any theme, subject and in any style up to a maximum of 2 minutes in reading time. We want future generations to look back and see the refrains, concerns, emotions of 2020 in all their complexity and diversity. See the video made by Simon Armitage and read our FAQ tips for more advice on how to made a great video of yourself. State the name of your poem and read/recite aloud.
  • To ensure we can reach as many poets as possible we regret we must limit entries to one poem per poet and multiple entries received afterwards will be automatically disqualified - so take your time to get the best version you can.  This competition will now run every year so you can apply again each year.
  • We regret no responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  • By submitting your poem you confirm you are the sole copyright holder for your work. The Poetry Archive will only share a poem when we have the copyright owner’s permission to do so. If the poem you choose is published elsewhere you might not be able to grant us permission to share your work – please talk to your publisher.
  • We do not ask for exclusive rights to this work. By submitting a poem to the Poetry Archive Now competition you confirm that you have the authority to grant us copyright permissions to share your work through our Poetry Archive websites, our YouTube, newsletters, online collections and other official Poetry Archive social media channels.
  • All poets whose work we would like to include in our online Virtual Poetry Festivals or curated collections will be contacted in advance to gain approval before we proceed.
  • By submitting a poem you grant us permission to use your poem, name and image (always tagged and copyrighted to your name) in our marketing campaigns and social media marketing, which we develop to raise the profile of poets and their work. All work submitted will only be played through the Poetry Archive websites (poetryarchive.org), our YouTube channel or other official Poetry Archive social/media channels. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants, will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation. We will never sell, rent or loan your work to any third party without your prior written permission and all intellectual property belonging to poets will be respected at all times. See our privacy and data policy for more details. 
  • The Prize: Each year, after the deadline, the Poetry Archive will assemble a panel of experts to choose their favourite poems to be part of a special annual collection, the Poetry Archive Now: WordView Collection. Each poet selected for this annual collection will be offered £100 for permissions to display and share their poem on the Poetry Archive website. The Prize selection process consists of:
    • A shortlist of the Top 50 poems to be chosen by a panel led by the Poetry Archive Director and a team of invited poets and poetry specialists and publishers (to be published).
    • From the shortlist, a specialist panel to be led by the poet Imtiaz Dharker will select the 20 poems to be included in the Poetry Archive WordView Collection for 2020. Each poet included in the WordView Collection will be offered £100.
    • All winners will be contact by email before 30th November to notify them of the next steps. The winners agree to the use of their name and image in publicity materials.
    • All poets not contacted by November 30th 2020 must assume they have not been selected for the Poetry Archive WordView 2020 collection.
    • Where poets are chosen for commendation by the panel they will be contacted by email.
    • All other poets selected may still be contacted by email in future to be part of curated collections based on geography, style, theme etc as part of our work to raise the profile of as many poets as possible through our newsletters and marketing channels.
  • At all times the Poetry Archive retains the right to choose which poems to publish. We always look for reasons to include poets in the Archive and no poet will be unreasonably excluded. We reserve the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of catastrophe or any actual or anticipated event outside the Poetry Archive's control.
  • We regret we cannot enter into individual discussions or correspondence with poets. We are a very small team but we will do our best to provide information through our website and will update our FAQ’s in response to enquiries as they come in.
  • By entering this competition and entrant is indicating their agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
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