Please note. This competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Due to the volume of submissions, it has taken us a little while longer to judge. The winners will now be in the October/November issue. Please stay tuned for more details.

The London Magazine is delighted to announce our first Young Poets Competition, open to anyone aged between 16-30 from anywhere around the world!

Enter the chance to win a prize fund of:

First Prize £300

Second Prize £200

Third Prize: £100

As well as being published in our August/September issue.

The London Magazine has always published the best poetry from around the world, by both unpublished and established writers and are pleased announce our expert panel of judges:

Helen Dunmore
Helen Dunmore won The National Poetry Competition, along with the Orange Prize for her fiction and has been shortlisted for the T. S Eliot Prize, along with numerous other awards.

Carrie Etter
Carrie Etter is an American Poet. Her poetry has featured in numerous literary journals. Her first collection, The Tethers (Seren, 2009), won The London New Poetry Award. She is currently senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

Max Wallis
Max Wallis has been widely published in magazines and journals. Between October 2010 and March 2011 he took part in the Barbican Centre’s prestigious Young Poets Scheme. He is currently working on a debut novel and a full collection of poetry.

Submission details

  • Entries will be accepted from the 1st March 2013.
  • The closing date for entries is 30th April 2013.
  • Entry fee is:

£4.50 for first poem

£2.50 for each additional poem


  • There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.
  • The poems can be written on any subject or theme.
  • Entrants must be aged between 16 – 30.

Entry format

  • Entries must be in English.
  • Postal entries must be single-sided, typed, with pages numbered and securely fastened with a staple. Each entry must be on a new sheet.
  • The filename of email entries must be the author followed by the title of the story. It must be either a .doc, pdf or .txt file.
  • Entries must be labelled clearly with your name, address and email address on the front page.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please make sure to keep a copy.
  • No corrections can be made after receipt, nor fees refunded.
  • Please ensure that you use the correct postage.
  • Please include a completed entry form with your submissions
  • Postal entries should be marked ‘Young Poets Competition’ and sent to:

The London Magazine
11 Queen’s Gate

  • Email submissions should be sent to:
  • Please include in the subject line your name, the competition and the title of the poem.
  • Postal entries must be received by 30th April 2013.
  • Please attach a completed entry form with your submissions


  • The London Magazine will have the unrestricted right to publish the winning stories (including runners up) in the magazine and online.

Payment details

  •  Fees are payable by PayPal, credit/debit card, cheque or postal order.
  • Cheques must be in pounds and should be payable to The London Magazine with your name and address on the back.
  • Credit card payments can be accepted by telephone.
  • Receipt of entry will be received by email regardless of the manner of sending.


  • The winning entries will be notified by post.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every entry. Only the winning entries will be notified.

Young Poets Entry Form

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