This competition is for full collections.

There is a category for FIRST collections, and a category for SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT collections. 

We consider a collection to be 35+ poems, but if the poems are particularly long (or short) please use your judgment. A collection is generally over 40 A5 pages. Less than that would be a pamphlet (we also run a pamphlet competition, so do take a look at that). 

The collection should not have been published before. It is fine if individual poems within the collection have already been published elsewhere (journals, magazines, online) but please flag this up at the start of the manuscript. 

If you are unsure whether your collection is eligible, please get in touch via our website:

You may enter more than once.

All work must be, predominantly, in the English language. All work must be original. 

6 books will be long listed in the FIRST COLLECTION category, and 6 books will be long listed in the SECOND AND SUBSEQUENT COLLECTION category. 

3 books will win a publication contract with Live Canon. If you'd like to find out more about books published by Live Canon visit our website:

There is a an entry fee of £12 for each manuscript. To be absolutely transparent, this contributes to the cost of running the competition and to publication. 

This is a competition for pamphlets of between 18 and 35 poems.

(This is based on average length poems - if your poems are much longer or shorter, please use your judgment and feel free to submit more or less.)  

If you are unsure whether your manuscript is eligible, don't hesitate to contact us via our website at

You may enter more than once.

Poems must be predominantly written in the English language.

The poems may not have been previously published/self-published as a collection. It is fine if individual poems have appeared in magazines, anthologies or been placed in prizes. Please put a note at the start or end of the manuscript which flags up where poems have already been published.

Please do not include your name on your manuscript, so all entries can be considered anonymously.

10 pamphlets will be long listed and 4 pamphlets will be selected for publication by the Live Canon Poetry Press.

There is an entry fee of £12 per pamphlet.


Poems must be written in the English language.
Poems can be of any length.

You can enter as many poems as you like, at the same time, or in separate submissions.
Poems must not have been previously published. If you aren't sure whether a poem is eligible, feel free to email us for guidance via our website
Please do not include your name on your poem, so all poems can be considered anonymously.

50 poems will be longlisted and published in our annual anthology.
16 poems will be shortlisted and performed at our annual prize-giving event.
The overall winner will be awarded a £1000 prize.
There will be a £100 prize for the best poem submitted by someone living, working or studying in the Borough of Greenwich.

Entry fees: £6.50 for a single poem, £12 for two poems, £16.00 for three poems, £20 for five poems, £35 for ten poems. Select the amount that you need to pay from the drop down list.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us via

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