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  • The Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020/21

    Entries must be original unpublished poem/s on the theme of 'IDENTITY' and be no longer than 40 lines including line spaces.

    Thursday 26 March 2020 - Friday 18 December 2020
    09:30 - 12:30

    ETNA Community Centre

    TW2 2AR


    The long list of 40 poems including winning poems will be published on the Arts Richmond website in January 2021

    The final 40 poems will be edited for publication/published in an anthology with the relevant poets recieving a free copy.


    The competition is for original unpublished poem/s no more than 40 lines,including line spaces,on the theme of IDENTITY.

    Type poems clearly on single sides of A4 using single/1.5/double line spacing.

    A poem title must be written at the top of each entry and your name must not appear on the manuscript.

    All entrants must be 16 years or over.

    Deadline for Entries

    Friday 18th December at 12.30pm

    Entry fee is £4.00 per poem 3 Poems for £10

    Poems must include an entry form.

    This form is downloadable from the Arts Richmond Website see below link to form.

    Send entries as attachments by email to

    Please enter: Roger McGough Poetry Competition in the email subject field.

    Poem/s entered by post must include the entry form.

    Send to

    Arts Richmond

    Room 21

    13 Rosslyn Road

    Twickenham TW1 2AR


    Cheques made payable to Arts Richmond or pay by BACS transfer

    Co-op Bank Account

    No 65130096

    Sort Code 089299

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    The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, by entering the competition authors of the winning poems grant the organisers of The Roger McGough Annual Poetry Prize 2020 the right to publish and/or use them in promotional displays.

    The judges' decision are final.

     A panel appointed by Arts Richmond will select 40 poems to be judges by Roger McGough who will choose the winners and present 1st,2nd and 3rd prizes of £150,£75 and £50 date to be anounced later in the year. 



    Download the application form