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2024 Young Poets Competition

Our Young Poets Competition is offering bigger cash prizes this year than ever before: First Prize will be £200, Second Prize will go up to £150 and the Third Prize will be £100. Our competitions are now closed.

Clare Shaw has four poetry collections with Bloodaxe. The latest collection – Towards a General Theory of Love (2022) – is a poetic exploration of love and love’s absence: it won a Northern Writers’ Award and was a Poetry Society Book of the Year.

Clare lectures at the University of Huddersfield, and runs courses for Wordsworth Grasmere, the Royal Literary Fund and the Arvon Foundation.

Clare is a dynamic and popular performer who has also written and presented for BBC Radio 3 and 4. A passionate advocate for accessibility in poetry, and for poetry as a tool of personal and social change, Clare has founded or directed numerous poetry initiatives including the Kendal Poetry Festival, Wonky Animals, the Lost Things Project and many more.

Prize Giving and Poetry Reading takes place on Friday 25 October starting at 10am as part of the Festival.

Please read the rules and terms and conditions before submitting your entry.

Competitions Archive

Winners of our previous Competitions