Poetry (60 lines max)

Poetry (60 lines max)

1st prize: £1000. 2nd prize: £300. 3rd prize: £100

60 lines max.

Poems up to 60 lines. That’s what we’re looking for. On whatever subject fascinates you. You can write less if you want to, but you have 60 lines to express yourself fully.

You don’t have to be on the level of Elisabeth Bishop or August Kleinzahler to enter The Plaza Prizes. We’re new and we’re on the lookout for new talents. Try it, write a poem this week. Edit it. Let it rest. Return to give it shape over time. What were you trying to say? What is it really about? Discover that, and as the graffiti at Delphi traces, ‘Know thyself’.

Our judge, Richard Skinner, is poet, novelist, essayist and prolific writer of non-fiction. He has written seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which are Dream Into Play and White Noise Machine. He has published three novels with Faber & Faber, and five books of non-fiction. His works have won awards and been translated into eight languages.

Richard is also the Director of Fiction at the Faber Academy, where he teaches Fiction and Life Writing courses, and it is his critical reading skills, combined with his creative talents, that make him the perfect judge for our inaugural Poetry prize.

So, send us, and Richard, your poems. To be long listed (final 20) will be a peacock feather in your cap. To be shortlisted in the Top 10, or place second or third, or win will be a validation of your skills and get you published in our inaugural anthology.

“I am absolutely delighted to judge the Poetry competition for The Plaza Prizes, a timely, new Northern initiative which will help level up the culture industry in the UK.”

Richard Skinner

The Prizes

First Prize: £1000

Second Prize: £300

Third Place: £100

Top 10

The 10 shortlisted entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology, which will be launched at our inaugural awards ceremony, 2023.

Terms and Conditions



  • Deadline: 28th February 2023
  • Writers can enter any number of times. (£12.00 Subsequent entry: £6.00)
  • Poems can be in any style or form, but must be in English, and written for adults.
  • Entries must be submitted online. No email submissions. In exceptional circumstances, postal entry may be accepted, as long as a cheque made out for the correct entry fee is sent to The Plaza Prizes Ltd. (Postal address is on Contact Form.)
  • Enter the correct version of your work. If you make a mistake, entry fees will not be refunded. (You will have to enter again.)


Read the rules carefully before entering the competition. Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply will result in disqualification.

All entries are judged anonymously. Please do not include your name, address, phone number, email, website, twitter handle etc on the document or in the file name or it will be disqualified.

Entries will be disqualified if they are over the 60 line limit, and there will be no refund.

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entries must NOT have been published traditionally because we will publish the 10 shortlisted in our inaugural anthology. Self-published poems ARE eligible for entry.

Entries must NOT have won in any other competition. If your entry was long-listed or shortlisted in other competitions it is eligible.

Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if an entry wins a prize elsewhere, is published or scheduled for future publication, prior to the date of prize giving, you must inform us to withdraw immediately. Entry fees will not be refunded.


Maximum 60 lines.


£12 per poem. (Subsequent entry: £6.00)

Entries must be submitted online via Submittable. No email or snail-mail submissions.


  • Entries must be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt font, SINGLE- or DOUBLE-spaced with numbered pages and the poem’s title on the top of every page. (Any formatting issues will not lead to disqualification. PLease just make sure your work is as easy to read as possible.)
  • Save as a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file with the title as the file name. Do not include your name in the file name as this will lead to disqualification.
  • Max 2MB file. Include the line count for the poem, top right, first page.
  • Do not add cover pages
  • No illustrated work


The judges’ decision is final. No individual correspondence can be entered into. Judges are unable to comment on individual entries. The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to change the judge without notice.


Copyright remains with the author, but The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to publish poems in an anthology and use extracts from any of the 10 shortlisted poems for publicity purposes.

Results & Awards

The Poetry 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize-winners will be announced on the website and social media on 1st June 2023. The 10 short-listed entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology, which will be launched at our awards ceremony in August 2023.

Bursary Scheme

In 2022-2023, we are offering 50 FREE ENTRY BURSARIES across all our competitions to poets on low incomes, and from underrepresented groups. You can apply for a bursary if low income, class, race, age, gender, sexuality, caring responsibilities, location, disability, or mental and physical health affects your writing. We want to encourage equality to discover quality new writing from diverse voices. Click here to apply for our Bursary Scheme.


The Plaza Prizes reserves the right to amend the rules where it deems necessary. Any changes to the rules will be posted on our website.

If you have a query about eligibility, please contact: hello@theplazaprizes.com

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