SWC Annual Open International Poetry Competition ’23

Online entries CLICK HERE

Chief Judge: Cynthia Kitchen

Cynthia Kitchen is a retired teacher from the North West who has been writing for many years.

She has been widely published in anthologies and magazines and has won, been placed and was a runner-up in numerous poetry competitions e.g. The Bridport Prize 2006, Ver Poets international 1995, Lancaster Literature festivals 88 and 95. Her first collection was published by Headland Publications in 2008.

She has judged several poetry and short story competitions, including Southport Writers previously, is a member of two stanza groups and the National Poetry Society.

Closing Date – 30th April 2023

First Prize: £150, Second Prize: £75, Third Prize: £25

Catherine Fenerty Humour Prize: £25

RULES: Please read carefully

  • Entry fee is £3 per poem or four poems for £10 (online rate varies due to handling fees).
  • A maximum of 40 lines per poem is allowed.
  • No correspondence will be entered into regarding receipt of individual entries or payments.
  • Poem submissions should bear no identification of the poet – Make sure details are separate.
  • For postal entries, Cheques/Postal orders should be in sterling and payable to: SOUTHPORT WRITERS’ CIRCLE.
  • Humour entries should be marked with an ‘H’ in the top left of the page. Humour entrants are not disqualified from also winning main prizes.
  • Please enclose a separate sheet with your full contact details (address, email, phone number) and list of titles submitted. For online entries, this contact information should be put in the body of the email.
  • All entries must be typed (on A4 paper for postal entries) in English (dialects allowable), and must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant (previous publication includes via internet or independent press).
  • If your work is published in any form after entry, please let us know. In some cases this may disqualify your entry and entitle you to a refund of your entry fee.
  • For online entries, please include PayPal ref. number in body of email OR put the poem(s) names in the comments (information) box when paying.
  • Please use basic formatting in any of .doc, .docx, rich text (.rtf) or .odf file types when attaching your file to the email. Any .pdfs, .pages, sidebars, headers, footers or unusual layouts may result in your electronic entry being rejected without notice.
  • Do not paste your entries in the body of an email.
  • The closing date for entries will be at midnight on the 30th April 2023. Winners will be informed approx. June, general availability of results thereafter. There may be a delay publishing results and/or winning poems depending on circumstances and permissions.
  • Any correspondence deemed to be an attempt to circumvent the judging process may cause your entry to be withdrawn. Any excessive representations may cause disqualification.
  • Please keep a copy of your poem(s) as manuscripts will not be returned.
  • Please do not contact us regarding bounced payments unless you are certain Paypal is not functional.
  • The organiser’s/adjudicator’s decisions are final.
  • If you would like a copy of the judge’s report (if and when available), please include an SAE for paper entries, or for online entries please state you wish to receive the results clearly in the body of the email.
  • No application form is required.

Postal entry envelopes should be sent to:-

SWC Poetry Competition

5 Carrwood Park




  • Please DO NOT send entries by signed-for delivery or send any other material such as return/receipt postcards as these will be disregarded/destroyed.

Online entries CLICK HERE

Southport Writers' Circle