Competition 2019 now open

How to enter:

Pay for your entry using PayPal button

Two poems £5

Five poems £10

Email your entry to

In the body of the email provide your name, email address, the title(s) of your poem(s) and the name of the person who paid.

Open to anyone aged 18 or over from any country. Poems must be unpublished, in English and no longer than 40 lines (excluding title and line breaks).

Attach each poem as a separate Word, RTF or PDF file using the title of your poem as the file name. Please do not include any identifying information in these files.

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Against the Grain Poem Competition 2018 winners:

Thanks to everyone who entered. See And the winners are for the results and to read the winning poems.


All entrants will be notified by email (i) that their entries have been received (ii) of the results. The results will be announced in January 2020.