Poetry Competition - Win £100
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Poetry Competition - Win £100

We are delighted to announce our next poetry-writing competition to be judged by our resident poet, Dorothy Pope. The competition is open to all and entry is free. Each entrant may submit two poems not previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere. Please keep copies, as those submitted will not be returned.

The competition theme is FRUIT. Poems should reach Dorothy Pope by 15 September 2023 by post to 10 Runnelfield, Harrow on the Hill, Middx HA1 3NY or by email to


Results will be announced on 30 September 2023. Poems sent by post should each be typed on a separate sheet with contact details on the reverse. Each emailed poem must be sent separately with contact details well separated from the poem. Every poem must be headed ‘Queen’s English Society Poetry Competition’ and must be a maximum of 20 lines in the author’s choice of form.

The author of the winning poem will receive £100 and the poem will be published on the Queen’s English Society website, Facebook platforms, and occasionally in the next issue of the Society's quarterly magazine, Quest. The runner-up will also be published.

Dorothy Pope is the author of three books, The Fourth Man, The Summerhouse Poems and A Mile of Kite String. A retired English teacher, she started writing poems at the age of 53 and has since had 530 poems published, about 20 of them prize-winning including several firsts, notably the Poetry Society’s Hamish Canham award. She is Chair of Herga Poets.