Poetry Competition

University of Hertfordshire Single Poem Prize

  • First Prize: £500
  • Second Prize: £100
  • Third Prize: £50

Opening: 1 June 2018

Deadline: 17 August 2018

The University of Hertfordshire Poetry Hub is pleased to announce its inaugural Single Poem Prize as part of its commitment to the promotion of contemporary poetics.

In the interests of accessibility and equal opportunity the competition will be free to enter.


1) All entries are judged anonymously. Do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, on the document.

2) Entries can be on any subject, and written in any style or form.

3) Any number of poems may be entered, however each poem requires a new entry form.

4) The Competition opens on 1st June 2018 and closes at midnight UK time on 17th August 2018.

5) There is no minimum length, but poems should not exceed 42 lines, excluding title, lines between text/ stanza breaks.

6) The Prize is open to writers living in the UK, writing in English, and 16 years old and over at the time of the closing date.

7) Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and by submitting you are confirming that the work is your own.

8) Entries must never have been published, self-published, featured on any website, blog or online forum, broadcast nor winning or placed in any other competition.

9) Simultaneous submissions are not allowed.

10) The judges' decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.

11) Authors of winning poems will be notified one week before the prize is announced.

12) The prize will be announced on Monday 24th September 2018.

12) Copyright will remain with the author, but winning poems will be featured on the university website.

Please read the full terms and conditions (PDF - 0.12 Mb).

The Prize will be judged by Poetry Hub Fellows Jane Yeh and Mark Waldron and will be Chaired by Wayne Holloway-Smith.

You can enter by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

About the judges

Jane Yeh

Jane Yeh’s first collection of poems, Marabou, was shortlisted for the Whitbread, Forward, and Aldeburgh poetry prizes. She was named a Next Generation poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014 for her second collection, The Ninjas. She has been a judge for the National Poetry Competition and the Troubadour International Poetry Prize, and is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the Open University.

Mark Waldron

Mark Waldron published two collections with Salt, The Brand New Dark in 2008 and The Itchy Sea in 2011his third, Meanwhile, Trees was published by Bloodaxe in 2016. He was selected as a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Book Society in 2014.

Wayne Holloway-Smith

Wayne Holloway-Smith’s first collection, Alarum, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2017, and shortlisted for The Roehampton Poetry Prize, and a Poetry Book Society Guest Selection in the same year. He won The Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize in 2016. His is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Hertfordshire.

Poetry Hub

The Poetry Hub was founded in 2017 to encourage the development of poetry at the University of Hertfordshire and beyond. It is co-ordinated by Wayne Holloway-Smith.

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