Prose Poetry

Prose Poetry

1st prize: £500. 2nd prize: £200. 3rd prize: £50

50 lines max. / (450 words max.)

Most literary competitions do not have a Prose Poetry Prize, yet. We aim to change that because this is an exciting hybrid form. Send us your prose poems, up to 50 lines (450 words max., if lines don’t apply). Be experimental. Play with reader expectations.

Our judge, Maya C. Popa, is an American poet. She has published two collections, Wound is the Origin of Wonder (Norton 2022 / Picador 2023), and American Faith) (Sarabande, 2019) and three chapbooks. Her poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, and The London Magazine.

Maya is not backwards at coming forwards. Her poetry is boldly subtle, political and lyrical. It speaks to power. Do not be afraid to do this in your writing. Do not be afraid of being censored by the Right or cancelled by the Left. The truth is always the great traitor. So, speak, and be damned.

To be long listed (final 20) for The Plaza Prose Poetry Prize will look great on any writer’s CV. To be shortlisted in the Top 10, will get you published in our inaugural anthology. To win, or place second or third, is a validation of your skills that might just get your own collection published in future.

'"If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry," Emily Dickinson wrote. I am looking for poems that delight, baffle, and amaze, all while foregoing the poem's standard line breaks by experimenting with the prose form.'

Maya C. Popa

The Prizes

First Prize: £500

Second Prize: £200

Third Place: £50

Top 10

The 10 shortlisted prose poems will also be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology, which will be launched at our awards ceremony, August 2023.

Terms and Conditions



  • Deadline: 31st March 2023
  • Writers can enter any number of times. (£10.00. Subsequent entry: £5.00)
  • Prose 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 50 line limit, and there will be no refund.

Entries must be entirely your own work.

Entries must NOT have been traditionally published in book or magazine form. Work that has been self-published on a website, blog or online forum IS 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 50 lines (450 words max).


£10 per Prose Poem. (Subsequent entry: £5.00)

Entries must be submitted online via Submittable. No email submissions.


  • Entries must be typed in Times New Roman 12 pt. font, SINGLE-, 1.5, or DOUBLE-SPACED. Put the title of the Prose Poem on every page. 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 word count for the prose 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 extracts from any of the 10 shortlisted prose poems for publicity purposes.

Results & Awards

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

Bursary Scheme

In 2022-2023, we are offering 50 FREE ENTRY BURSARIES across all our competitions to writers 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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