Forward Emagazine Student Critics Competition

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Closed for 2019, re-opening summer 2020.

This competition is for 16-19 year olds only and there’s just one way of entering – by writing a poem of your own in response to one of the Forward shortlisted poems, along with a short commentary explaining how the poem influenced you.

How to enter

  • Download the poems.
  • Read and think about them.
  • Write a creative response to one of the poems in the form of a poem (maximum 30 lines), along with a reflective commentary on it (maximum 300 words).

Submitting your entry

  • Download the entry form.
  • Complete the entry form with your details.
  • Type (or cut and paste) your writing under ‘Entry’. Check you meet the word limits.
  • Save your entry form (with your writing), using this format: ‘Name_School.docx’ (e.g. ‘JSmith_HighburyHigh.docx’).
  • Email your entry to, using Forward/emagazine Creative Critics Competition 2019 as the subject line.
  • Make sure your entry reaches us before the deadline of 5pm on 30th September 2019. We will not be able to accept entries received after this time.

The prizes

  • Winner: £200 and two tickets to the Forward Prize Ceremony on 20th October at the Southbank Centre in London
  • Two runners-up: £50 and two tickets to the Forward Prize Ceremony on 20th October
  • The winning entry will be published in the February 2020 issue of emagazine

For more information and how to enter, visit their website.