19 October 2019 - 2 November 2019


Canterbury Festival Launches Poet of the Year 2019

Become Canterbury Festival's Poet of the Year for 2019


The search for Canterbury Festival's Poet of the Year Competition 2019 begins today.  This is the 13th year of the Competition which is now widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year.   

All poems entered are registered at the Festival Office and then sent in anonymous form to the Judges.  From these around 35 poems will be chosen for the long list and are published in an anthology, copies of which will be available from the Festival. 

A shortlist of poems is then selected and the poets invited to read them at the Awards Evening on 4 October in the Colyer-Fergusson Hall, University of Kent.  From these the winners are chosen.  

The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of Kent who donate the University of Kent Prize of £200 for the winner, £100 for second and £50 for third places, £25 for the People’s Choice and the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of Wine Underground.  

The Competition deadline is Monday 17 June 2019.  The fee for entry is £5 per poem, and please don’t forget to attach an Entry Form.  Please see Terms and Conditions.

For further information contact Tina at the Festival Office; tina@canterburyfestival.co.uk.

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