Submissions to the 2023 Oxford Poetry Prize are accepted between 15 May – 31 August 2023.

The 2023 submission windows for the print edition of the magazine Oxford Poetry are:

  • 01 February – 30 April (issue 96)
  • 01 September – 30 November (issue 97)

Submissions to Pain poetry journal are currently closed.

The Oxford Poetry Prize is awarded annually for a single poem in the English language.

This year’s guest judge is Will Harris.

The first-prize winner receives a cash prize of £1,000, the second-prize winner receives £200, and the third-prize winner receives £100. All winners will be offered publication in Oxford Poetry. The competition closes at midnight UTC on Thursday, 31 August 2023. 

How to submit:

  • Entries should consist of one poem per uploaded file. The only acceptable file format is PDF.
  • Entrants have the option of submitting more than one poem as part of their submission (in separate files, as detailed above). Each poem submitted costs £10.
  • There is no limit to the number of poems each individual may submit.
  • The competition is open to poets living anywhere in the world.
  • Entries are accepted through this Submittable form only.
  • Each poem submitted must be a maximum of 50 lines (not including titles or blank lines).
  • The poems submitted must be the entrant’s own original work and must not have been previously published elsewhere, in print or online.
  • Since submissions are read blind, please do not include your name or any identifying information in or on the documents you upload. Submissions that include this identifying information on the poem pages (within the PDF) will automatically be disqualified. However, please DO include your full name in either the Title or Cover Letter fields in the Submittable online form.
  • Read the competition’s full details and Terms and Conditions here.
  • If you are having trouble proceeding to the payment page, try hitting the ‘Save Draft’ button at the bottom of the page. That should activate the ‘Continue to Payment’ button.
  • If you are submitting from outside the UK, please keep in mind that the competition deadline is midnight in the time standard UTC (same as the time zone GMT).
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