The Poems Please Me Prize 2015

'Pheasants and Ravens'

‘Pheasants and Ravens’ – an illustration by Joyce Davis of last year’s winning poem by poet Mark Totterdell

Closing date was October 1st 2015.
Results were announced on 31st October.

Subject: this is an Open competition. The choice of subject is yours; however simple or challenging the subject, poems which communicate skilfully and clearly will find favour with the judges.

Language: English

Length: 12 to 28 lines (excluding title).


Prizes: First £300; Second £200; Third £100; Highly Commended(s) £30 each

  • Winning and commended poems will be published online. (See earlier eBooks: Pure Silver and Movement and this website.) Poets of shortlisted poems will be consulted before any publicity and be invited to have their work included in online publications.
  • The Artists’ Quarter(TAQ) will create a selection of digital art to illustrate winning/commended/other published poems. TAQ is a worldwide online community of digital and traditional artists led by the UK’s Tim Shelbourne.  (A poem’s potential for illustration will not be a factor in the judging.)

Copyright in all poems remains with the poet, and in TAQ artwork with the artist.

Original poems required, not published elsewhere prior to November 1st 2015.

Entry fee: £5 for one poem; £9 for two; £12 for three; £14 for four.

How to enter

Online (or scroll down for postal entries)

First. Subscribe via PayPal: select £5, £9 , £12 or £14 from the drop-down menu, then click PayPal’s secure Pay Now button; you can Pay with a debit or credit card (the lower right-hand option when you’re through to PayPal) – you don’t need a PayPal account. Your payment will be acknowledged by PayPal (and also by the competition administrator, when acknowledging receipt of your poems).

Number of poems

Second: simply email your poem(s) as one or more attached files to [email protected]   In the body of the email just give your name and poem title(s)  – please don’t put your name on the attached poem file(s). We’ll acknowledge receipt of your poems (and payment), usually within 24hrs.

Optional/helpful. If you use a pen-name, or, for instance, a different email for PayPal, please make that clear. You may give a phone number as a back-up for any queries. There’s no need to retype your address or PayPal receipt number in the email as we receive those from PayPal. PayPal account holders should check that PayPal has their up-to-date address – we sent a prize to the wrong address last year!

Postal entries  Each poem (without your name) on one side of its own A4 sheet (folded to fit envelope is acceptable). Your name and address on a separate sheet, listing the poem(s) – if you give an e-mail address, we will acknowledge your entry – and mail you the results. Cheques (or postal order) payable to H M French. Post to: Poems Please Me, Knapp, Dunkeswell EX14 4RN (United Kingdom).

No correspondence (unless an admin query, via email). Entries cannot be amended prior to judging.

Multiple winner. In the event of a poet entering more than one winning poem, the second or third poem will automatically qualify as a Highly Commended.

Results. Winners will be contacted before Nov 1st 2015. All entrants giving an email address will then be sent the results, which will also be published on this website.

The Poems Please Me Prize is sponsored by Tony French creator of the Poems Please Me website.

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