Charles Causley International Poetry Competition

The Charles Causley International Poetry Competition is to be judged this year by our patron, Sir Andrew Motion.  When asked what he will be looking for in the winning entries he said:

‘I’m looking for poems that surprise me – not by their ostentation, but by making me see, think, remember, recover things I’ve forgotten I already know.’

This years winners will be announced next year, in what would have been Charles’ 100th year, and will be included in the celebrations and publications which will mark this important moment.

The 1st prize winner will receive £2000 and the opportunity to stay at Causley’s former home in Launceston, Cyprus Well, during his centenary year for a week-long stay.

The 2nd prize winner will receive £250 and the 3rd prize winner £100.

Five highly commended poets whose work shows particular promise will be offered a mentoring development opportunity with one of our writer’s in residence during 2017.

Entries will be shortlisted by an expert panel and the final decision will be made by Sir Andrew Motion.

We look forward to receiving your entries.

Download an entry form here.

Download the rules and regulations here.

Closing date for entries: Thursday 1st December 2016