We are pleased to announce that our annual Open Poetry Competition is now open for entries. It is judged this year by Kathryn Gray. Kathryn was born in Wales and now lives in North London. Recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, her first collection, The Never-Never (Seren, 2004), was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. An artist’s book with Mary Modeen, Uncertain Territories, appeared from Pharos Editions in 2011, and a pamphlet, Flowers, was published by Rack Press in 2016. Her collection of interviews with leading Welsh and Wales-associated poets, Voices and Visions: Interviews with the Contemporary English-Language Poets of Wales, was released by Peter Lang in 2019. Gray’s reviews and essays have been published widely, and she has been a contributor to arts programmes for the BBC. She is a former editor of New Welsh Review and Parthian Books, and currently co-edits the digital poetry journal Bad Lilies. Kathryn’s brand new poetry collection Hollywood or Home (Seren) was published in 2023.
• 1st prize: £1,000
• 2nd prize: £300
• 3rd prize: £100
• 4th prize: 4 x £50
Entry Fees:- Any number of poems can be submitted, on payment of £5 per poem, or £4 each for three poems or more.