Poetry Competion for 2019

7th – 13th October 2019

Saturday October 12th. is Poetry in the Grove night when the shortlists will be read and the audience chooses its favourites.  The adjudications and announcement of prize-winners in both the Open and Local Sections will be at the Award Ceremony on Festival Sunday October 13th. 3pm in the Lecture Hall, Mere.

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                                        SENIOR JUDGE – Dr. Rosie Jackson

                     Award Winning Poet * Hawthornden Fellow * Lecturer

                                              Author of The Light Box

     OPEN POETRY COMPETITION  –  CLOSING DATE July 1st.2019  Write an original poem on any topic of no more than 40 lines for a chance to win a cash prize.

MAJOR PRIZES:  1st Prize £200  2nd Prize £100  3rd Prize £50

                       Prize winners may be published on the Festival website.

Three runners-up £15  –  Certificates of Distinction and Merit

PERFORMANCE PRIZES:  Short-listed poems will be showcased at the festival’s Poetry in the Grove event and judged by the audience, prior to the announcement of competition results.

        LOCAL AWARDS: Poem by a resident within a 10-mile radius of Mere. Please send two copies of your poem and mark your cover sheet with a capital ‘L’.


                                                                ENTRY FEES

£4.50 first poem – £3.50 second and subsequent entries                                                        

Please make cheques payable to: PennyBank Writers

Entries must not bear the name of the author but should be sent with a cover sheet with author’s name, address, phone number, email where possible and title/s of poem/s submitted together with the correct entry fee to:

 MLF Poetry Competition, Lawrences, Old Hollow,

Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6EG

Please indicate on cover sheet eligibility for the Local Award.



1.  All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been previously published, broadcast on radio or TV or awarded a prize in a competition.

2.  Entries must be in English and typed or very clearly written on one side only of A4 paper.

3.  Submissions must not bear the name of the author which should only appear on the Cover Sheet.  Submissions bearing author identification will be disqualified and entry fees will not be returned.  Entries will be coded for the judging.

4.  Any number of entries may be submitted providing they all are listed on the cover sheet and the relevant fees are enclosed.

5.  No competitor may win more than one major prize.  This limit does not apply to supplementary or special prizes.

6.  Entries will not be returned and competitors are advised to keep a copy of their work.  All reasonable care will be taken but the Mere and District Linkscheme and PennyBank Writers of Mere accept no responsibility for the loss or damage to manuscripts.

7.  Submissions will not be acknowledged unless a suitably worded, stamped addressed postcard is included with the entry.

8.  The judges’ decisions are final.  No correspondence will be entered into.

9.  Copyright of material remains with the author but the Mere and District Linkscheme reserve the right to use entries at festival events.

10.  Trustees of the Mere and District Linkscheme and anyone helping to organise the festival are not eligible to enter any competition.

11.  Shortlisted entrants and merit awards will be notified by 30th September and all winners will be announced at the Festival Sunday event.  Results will be made available to the Local and Writing Press.  Competitors wanting a copy of the results or monies raised should enclose a s.a.e. marked ‘Results’ or ‘Money’ with their entry.

12.  In the event of the competition being cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, all monies will be refunded in full.

                  Organised for Mere Literary Festival by PENNYBANK WRITERS of MERE

              Supporting MERE and DISTRICT LINKSCHEME Reg. Charity No.1062328

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