Penfro Competitions

August 29th and 30th 2020

Closing date for entries 1st July

PEnfro Poetry Competition 2020

Can you write poetry that digs deep into the eco-system and asks challenging questions, as well as being beautiful and full of subtle music? Can your poetry sow the seeds of ideas? Then our new competition is for you.

We are linking up with the Loving the Earth Green Fair weekend being run at Rhosygilwen in Pembrokeshire this summer to bring you our latest poetry competition, which is broadly following a green theme.

Our judge is poet Adam Horovitz, pictured, whose second full collection of poems, The Soil Never Sleeps was published by Palewell Press in 2018. It was written over several seasons on six pasture farms in England and Wales, all of which eschew conventional, chemical-driven farming practice in favour of ecologically minded, biodiversity-friendly farming.

As Philip Gross wrote of the book: “Unsentimental, many-angled, this is poetry to think with, not to lecture readers but ‘to open them / to the seeds of ideas’ that the earth sorely needs.” The book was released in a second, extended edition in 2019.

Adam’s first full collection, Turning (Headland, 2011), was followed by A Thousand Laurie Lees (History Press, 2014) and Little Metropolis (a CD of poetry and music). Based in Stroud, Adam is one of Ledbury Poetry Festival’s Versopolis poets, and was poet in residence for Herefordshire and the Pasture-fed Livestock Association. 

Adam will read all poems entered, which will be judged anonymously. The winners will be announced at the Loving the Earth Green Fair weekend at Rhosygilwen on August 29th and 30th, 2020.

Adam says: “I am interested in poems which dig deep into the ecosystem; poems which root around in the soil and dig up surprising ideas and expose new shoots of life; poems which ask hard questions more than they offer answers; poems which are beautiful, challenging and full of subtle music and danger – much like the world we share.”

Competition closing date: Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.
Winners announced: August 29th/30th
Cost of entry: £5 per poem
1st prize: £300, 2nd prize: £100

Poetry Competition 2020 Rules

  1. Poems should be on the green theme of ‘Loving the Earth’, interpreted as widely as you like, and must be your own original work and written in English.

  2. Maximum length is 40 lines. Entries should be typed with the title of the poem at the top of the page. Do not put your name on the poems.

  3. Entries must be submitted online via this website. We are sorry we cannot accept entries by post.

  4. Closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday, July 1st, 2020.

  5. There is a fee of £5 for each poem submitted. 

  6. Entries must not have been previously published in print or online, been broadcast or won a prize.

  7. Entries will be read and judged anonymously, so do not put your name on your poems.

  8. Prizes are as follows: 1st – £300; 2nd – £100. Winners, and shortlisted entries, will be announced at the Loving the Earth Green Fair at Rhosygilwen on August 29th /30th, 2020, and afterwards on the Rhosygilwen website.

  9. By entering, competitors accept that prizewinning poems, with the authors’ names, may be published on the Rhosygilwen website and used in promotional material.

  10. Entries that fail to comply with rules and requirements will be disqualified. No correspondence can be entered into and the judge’s decision is final.

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