Terms and Conditions

Entering challenges and competitions on Young Poets Network

We always look forward to receiving your entries for the challenges and competitions we host on Young Poets Network. Before you enter your poem(s), please make sure you’ve read through and understand the below terms and conditions, as well as any additional guidelines listed on the challenge page itself. If you have any questions then please contact educationadmin@poetrysociety.org.uk.

  • Unless otherwise stated, Young Poets Network writing challenges and competitions are open to entrants up to the age of 25, based anywhere in the world.
  • Entry is always free.
  • Unless otherwise stated, written poems and audio or video recordings of performance poems are all eligible.
  • You can submit as many poems as you like, and, unless otherwise stated, there is no line limit for written poems, or time limit for spoken word pieces.
  • Poems should be sent via email (preferred) to educationadmin@poetrysociety.org,uk. If you are sending a video or audio file, please send it using WeTransfer (for files up to 2GB). Email entries should include the name of the challenge or competition in the subject line.
  • If entering by post, poems should be sent to: Young Poets Network, The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, WC2H 9BX. All entrants must include their name, age, gender, and the county they live in (if based in the UK) or the country they live in (if  based outside the UK).  This information should be included in the body of their email (or on a separate covering sheet if entering by post) when entering their poem, as well as any additional information requested on the challenge webpage.
  • Because of the volume of poems we receive, we do not automatically send confirmation of receipt. If you would like us to do this, please include ‘Confirm receipt’ in the subject line of your email.
  • Unless otherwise stated all poems must be in English.
  • Entries submitted after the deadline (12 midnight UK time on the nominated day) will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Where an age limit or other similar restriction is imposed in the challenge or competition guidelines, entries which do not meet these terms will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Each poem must be the original work of the author (we do run checks for plagiarism on all selected poems).
  • Your work is accepted on the basis that this will be its first publication anywhere in the world and, unless otherwise stated, must not have been previously published (in print, including anthologies, magazines or solo collections; online on any website, including blogs, online magazines or on social media such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram; broadcast on any regional, national or online TV station or via any radio platform) or have won any other competition.
  • The judges’ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into concerning this decision.
  • The winning and commended poems in each competition/ challenge will be published on the Young Poets Network and on The Poetry Society’s online poems database.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, authors of the winning poems, by entering a Young Poets Network writing challenge or competition, grant The Poetry Society, and any challenge or competition partners, where appropriate, the right to publish and/or broadcast their poem in perpetuity.
  • Competition entries cannot be returned under any circumstances. Please make sure you take note of all poems entered and send copies only.
  • The Poetry Society reserves the right to use poems submitted to the Young Poets Network as part of its own and/ or any appropriate collaborative research or evaluation.
  • We will add you to the Young Poets Network mailing list – please let us know when you enter if you’d rather we didn’t. We will not share your contact information with any other individual or organisation.