Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition closes soon!

Calling all wannabe poets! The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year competition closes soon!

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2018 is now open for entries, but the deadline is Monday 18 June 2018.

This is the 12th year of the Competition, which is widely respected and forms a major part of the Festival year.

From the entries received about 35 poems are chosen for the long list and these are published in an anthology; copies are available from the Festival Office.  A shortlist of poems is then selected and from these the winners are chosen.

The Competition is generously supported by the School of English at the University of Kent who donate the University of Kent Prize of £200 for the winner, £100 for second and £50 for third places, £25 for the People’s Choice and the Best-Read Poem receives a bottle of sparkling wine courtesy of the Wine Room, Tankerton.

So send in your poems of all types, long, short, tragic, funny, whatever you are moved to write and you may find yourself crowned the Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2018.

The Competition deadline is Monday 18 June 2018.  The fee for entry is £5 per poem and please don’t forget to attach an entry form which can be downloaded here.  The Terms and Conditions can be downloaded here. For further information contact Tina at the Festival Office.



What is the Canterbury Festival?

The Canterbury Festival returns this October, crammed with exciting events throughout the city. The Festival attracts an audience of 65,000 people of all ages to over 200 free and ticketed events, drawn from across Kent, London and the South East. Every year the festival includes a wide range of events including music, theatre, dance, comedy, family friendly and science inspired shows, exhibitions, walks and talks. Canterbury Festival 2018 will run from Saturday 20 October – Saturday 3 November. Full line-up will be announced in early July.

Kent’s International Arts Festival will take place 20 Oct – 3 Nov 2018. Hosting over 200 events, the Festival covers music, theatre, comedy, art & much more!


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