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2020 International Competitions: Now Closed

After a bumper crop of entries from all over the world, our International Competitions have now closed for this year. But they will be back in 2021. Almost twice as many entries have arrived this year as we received in 2019 and the quality looks excellent. Our judges are in for a challenging few weeks!

Shortlisted entrants will be informed personally during September, and the list will also be posted here on the website. Unfortunately we cannot contact those not lucky enough to make the next stage and of course the judges’ decisions remain final. But we would like to thank all those who have entered; they come from every continent apart from Antarctica…

Fingers crossed for the Festival – and fingers crossed for our huge band of literary competitors! Our 2020 International Competitions: Winners have been announced. You can watch a recording of our 2020 Poetry Reading and Prize Giving event.