2017 Ware Poets Competition

Ware Poets is running its competition for the 19th year, and we are delighted that Hannah Lowe has agreed to judge the competition. Hannah Lowe’s first poetry collection, Chick, won the Michael Murphy Memorial Award for Best First Collection, and she has been named one of the 20 Next Generation poets, as of 2014. Her family memoir is Long Time, No See (Periscope, 2014). Chan, her second poetry collection, is published by Bloodaxe. She lives in London and teaches at Kingston University.

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.

The entry form is available at http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware17.pdf.


Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2017

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 7 July 2017.

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

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Deadline: 30 April 2017

Sole judge: Hannah Lowe

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