Poetry (60 lines max)

The Plaza Poetry Prize (60 lines)

Judged by Tim Liardet

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.

In our inaugural year, The Plaza Prizes discovered some fantastic new talents. We want to find many more. So try your hand, write a poem this week. Edit it. Let it rest. Return to give it shape over time. And then, send it to us.

Our judge, Tim Liardet, has produced 11 collections to date, with a twelfth having received an Authors’ Foundation work-in-progress award from the Society of Authors. The World Before Snow (Carcanet) and The Blood Choir (Seren) were shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize. He has also been long-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize, received several Poetry Book Society Recommendations, a Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, an Arts Council England Writer’s Award, several Society of Authors Awards, a Hawthornden Fellowship, four Pushcart nominations, and various other awards.

Tim’s poems have appeared or are due to appear in The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, Slate Magazine, North American Review, London Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, Granta, The Poetry Review, Poetry London, New Statesman, The Spectator, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, and many other journals.

Tim is also Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University, and co-Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Writing, where he teaches poetry at all levels. We think that makes him the perfect judge for this prize.

So, send us, and Tim, 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 second anthology in 2024.

“I'm looking forward to reading some great poems from all over the world.”

Tim Liardet

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 2, which will be launched at our second awards ceremony, 2024.

Terms and Conditions



  • Deadline: 29th February 2024
  • Writers can enter any number of times. (£12.00. Subsequent/discount 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 or poems published in online journals 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/discount entry: £6.00)

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


  • Entries must be typed, can be SINGLE- or DOUBLE-spaced, with 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 in May 2024. The 10 short-listed entries will be published in The Plaza Prizes Anthology 2, which will be launched at our awards ceremony in October 2024.

Bursary Scheme

We offered over 100 bursaries in 2022-2023. We are offering 100 FREE ENTRY BURSARIES across all our competitions to poets/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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