2016 Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition

Ware Poets is running its competition for the 18th year, and are delighted that Philip Gross – poet, a playwright, librettist and writer for young people – has agreed to judge the competition. Philip leads the MPhil/PhD in Writing programme at the University of South Wales. He won the T S Eliot Prize 2009 with The Water Table, and Wales Book of The Year 2010 with I Spy Pinhole Eye. This year he published A Fold In The River with artist Valerie Coffin Price (Seren), and a new collection called Love Songs of Carbon (Bloodaxe).

The Ware Poets competition offers cash prizes for the winning poems, including one for the best sonnet, and we publish a competition anthology of prizewinning and shortlisted poems.


Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2016

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150).


Anthology for winners and commended poets
(£3.50, post free: pre-ordered).


Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 8 July 2016.


Fee: £4;  4 poems for £12, then £3 per poem (in the same submission).

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2016


Sole judge: Philip Gross

Entry form available at



or send SAE to : The Competition Secretary, Ware Poets Competition,

21 Trinity Road, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 7DB

or email: warepoets_competition@hotmail.co.uk