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Submissions to the Oxford Poetry Prize will be accepted through 31 August 2022. See details below.

Oxford Poetry is pleased to present the inaugural Oxford Poetry Prize, awarded for a single poem in the English language. This year's guest judge is Emily Berry.

The fist-prize winner receives a cash prize of £700, 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 GMT on Wednesday, 31 August 2022.

How to submit

  • Entries should consists of one poem per uploaded file. The only acceptable file format is PDF.
  • The competition is open to poets living anywhere in the world.
  • Entries are accepted through this Submittable form only.
  • 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 £7.
  • There is no limit on the number of poems each individual can submit.
  • Each poem submitted must be a maximum of 50 lines.
  • The poems submitted must be the entrant’s own original work and 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 (on the poem pages or in the title of your submitted document). 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.
  • NOTE: 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.
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