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Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015

This competition is now closed. Results due 30/4/2016


The Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015 is now accepting entries. Now in its 6th year, previous winners include Bridport Winner Terry Jones, Oz Hardwick, and Sharon Black.  The poetry judge is Afam Akeh, author of Letter Home & Biafran Nights.


Details: This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English Language on any subject, in any style, up to 60 lines long (excluding title). Poems entered should not be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere.


Eligibility: Poets of all ages, gender, and nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.


First Prize: £700

Second Prize: £350

Third Prize: £175

High Commendation: £55 x 5

Commendation: Publication only alongside winners in the Sentinel Literary Quarterly Magazine.


First Publication: All prize winners and commended poets will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly Magazine (Online)


Entry Fees:  £6/1, £11/2, £15/3, £18/4 and £20/5 poems


Results: Will be announced on 30th April, 2016


How to Enter: Poets may enter online or by Post.


Online Entries:


Please use the PayPal button below and select the number of poems you wish to enter.


Click on the Pay Now button to make the applicable payment..


Upon completion of payment, PayPal will issue you a Transaction ID or Receipt Number. Make a note of this.


Create a Cover Note titled Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015 stating your (a) Your name (b) Your Pen Name - if applicable (c) Your postal address (d) Your telephone number (e) The titles of your poems.


Send your poems as Word or rtf attachment, together with your Cover Note to competitions@sentinelpoetry.org.uk in the Subject line type: SAPC2015 followed by your Transaction ID.


Postal Entries


Download an Entry Form here or create a Cover Note titled Sentinel Annual Poetry Competition 2015 stating your (a) Your name (b) Your Pen Name - if applicable (c) Your postal address (d) Your telephone number (e) The titles of your poems.


Send your poems with your Entry Form or Cover Note and your cheque or Postal Order in GB£ only payable to SENTINEL POETRY MOVEMENT.   




Sentinel Poetry Movement,

Unit 136,

113-115 George Lane,

South Woodford,

London E18 1AB,

United Kingdom.




All entries to this competition must be received by midnight 31st January, 2016.


The poems in this competition will be judged blind. Please do not type your name or any identifying marks on any of your poetry pages.


Each poem should be typed on a separate page.


Ensure that the title of your poem on the page matches the title in your Entry Form or Cover Note.


Winners and commended poets will be notified by e-mail or post within 7 days of the announcement of the results.


To receive a copy of the results, please enclose an s.a.e. marked ‘SAPC 2015 Results.'


Poems cannot be returned, please do not send your only copy.


No changes to entries will be accepted more than 48 hours after submission.


We discourage simultaneous submissions. If you enter your poem in this competition while awaiting result of another competition in which it has been entered and suddenly learn the poem has won a prize and you write us to withdraw the poem, we will take it out of the competition but regret we will not refund your entry fee.


If you win one of the prizes in this year's competition, you will NOT be prohibited from entering next year's competition.


If on the advice of the judge, the quality of entries is too low to produce worthy prize winners, or any other legitimate reason beyond our control arises which may affect a fair completion or conduct of the competition, we reserve the right to cancel the competition and refund all entry fees immediately by the same method we have been paid.


We reserve the right to reapportion the prize money if necessary in the interest of continuity as an alternative to cancellation of the competition.


By entering this competition you provide some information such as your address and e-mail address which may be deemed personal information. These will be processed according to the data protection acts1998 and 2002. We will never pass on any detail you provide in the course of entering this competition to a third party and we will never sell your data to anyone for marketing purposes.


When you enter this competition we suggest that you subscribe free of charge to our newsletter so that we may contact you by e-mail with the results of the competition, the adjudicator’s reports and information on future competitions. This is optional and you may unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time.


Copyright to all poems submitted will remain with the authors but the Sentinel Poetry Movement will seek first publication rights to all winning and commended poems.


Please only submit your own original work.


The adjudicator’s decision will be final and no correspondence can be entered into.


The submission of poems for the Prize will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.


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