The competition is organized by Café Writers, a literary organization based in Norwich, England.
You may submit poems of up to 40 lines. Entries must be your own original work and in English.
Entries must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or recorded.
- Closing date for receipt of entries: 30th November 2023 (Midnight GMT).
- The maximum length for each poem is 40 lines excluding the title. Breaks between stanzas do not count towards the total.
- Café Writers committee members and their families are not eligible to enter.
- Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, published on any website or recorded (poems read at open mics are OK as long as they were not recorded).
- We regret that postal entries cannot be returned.
- Entries must be in English.
- Please send your poems in a PDF document with each poem on a separate page. There should be no identifying marks other than the title on either the page or in the document name.
- Font should be Times New Roman (or similar) 12 point. Pages should not be numbered, there should be no colour, pictures or borders.
- For postal entries download and print off the entry form here
- Online entries – Pay online using Paypal. Your covering email should include: your name and address, and the titles of your poems. The title of your email should be your name and Paypal transaction number eg John Keats 7PO79029E497164P. Send your poems to: cafewriterscompetition[at]gmail[dot]com
- Concessionary Entries: for poets on a low household income please send this as a separate entry, in a separate email, to any other entries you might send. Attach the document of this poem to an email marked with your name and ‘Concession’ in the subject box.
- No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
- Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but Café Writers will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning poems on its website and in competition publicity.
- The Norfolk Prize is awarded to a permanent Norfolk resident, for a poem not winning another prize.
- The judge’s decision is final and no individual correspondence can be entered into.
• 1st Prize: £1,000
• 2nd Prize: £300
• 3rd Prize: £200
• Five Commended Prizes of £50
£4 per poem; or £10 for 3 poems & £2 per poem thereafter.
Concessions: We are offering the free entry of one poem to any UK resident with a household income of less than £16,000 for whom the cost of entering would be prohibitive. Your status to claim this will be taken on trust. See below for more details.