Enter the 2020 Keats-Shelley Poetry Prize

Poets are asked to write on the theme of ‘Songbird’.

This can be interpreted freely – poets can write about birds, song, birdsong, songbirds, or any combination thereof. The poems themselves can be comic or serious, avant garde or traditional, but the Prize Judges advise that works flying too far from the theme will not be considered.

Rules and Formatting

Poems must be:

Entries must be original. Plagiarism will not be accepted. The poem must not have been published previously, either in print or online or in any other media, nor previously submitted to us.

Cost of Entry: £10. Poets can enter up to two poems.

Please follow the link to pay the entry fee via Paypal when you have submitted your entry.

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Your entry

The title of your poem

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Please read carefully and tick the box to confirm your agreement: In consideration of our providing you with the opportunity to have your entry/entries published in the Keats-Shelley Review, you hereby grant to KSMA a non-exclusive, worldwide license to publish your entry/entries in this journal. Copyright remains vested in you.

After you have submitted your poem, please follow the link to pay your entry fee. If this is the second poem that you are entering and you have already paid the fee, please ignore this.