Crabbe Poetry Competition Entry 2022

£4.00

SPS has held the annual Crabbe poetry competition since 1954, which is now open to all who were born, educated or live in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex, or are SPS members. Please read the rules of entry below.

This year we are welcoming Blake Morrison as our adjudicator. Scroll down to read about Blake and for the competition rules.

First Prize: £600
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £150
plus
Two Highly Commended Prizes of £75

Entry fees: £4 for each poem.

Closing date: 20 June 2022.


Please complete the following items and change the ‘Add to Basket’ quantity to the number of poems you are entering.

Whether you are entering one or several poems, please read this carefully and prepare your poem(s) as described.

Put all the poems into one document. Remember that each poem must have two copies, i.e. one on each of two pages, with your name on only one of those pages per poem. Set the basket quantity to the number of poems. E.g. if you are entering two poems, your basket will show 2 of one entry.


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SPS has held the annual Crabbe poetry competition since 1954, which is now open to all who were born, educated or live in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex, or are SPS members.

Blake Morrison
Blake Morrison

This year we are welcoming Blake Morrison as our adjudicator.

Blake Morrison was born in Skipton, Yorkshire, and educated at Nottingham University, McMaster University and University College, London. After working for the Times Literary Supplement, he went on to become literary editor of both The Observer and the Independent on Sunday before becoming a full-time writer in 1995. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and former Chair of the Poetry Book Society and Vice-Chair of PEN, Blake has written fiction, poetry, journalism, literary criticism and libretti, as well as adapting plays for the stage. His best-known works are probably his two memoirs, “And When Did You Last See Your Father?” and “Things My Mother Never Told Me.”
Since 2003, Blake has been Professor of Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths College.

First Prize: £600
Second Prize: £300
Third Prize: £150
plus
Two Highly Commended Prizes of £75

All winning poems (including commended poems not attracting a monetary prize) will be read, preferably by their authors, at a celebratory Awards Event on 1st October 2022, and will be included in the 2022 Crabbe Poetry Prize Anthology.

Competition Rules

  • Entrants should either have been born, or educated, currently work or be resident in Suffolk, Norfolk or Essex or be a current member of Suffolk Poetry Society.
  • Poems should be in English and a maximum of 50 lines.
  • Poems must be the writer’s own work, not published, broadcast, on a website, or currently entered in any other competition.
  • Each poem must be typed twice on separate pages and submitted in DUPLICATE with the fee. The poet’s name should appear on one copy only.
  • The adjudicator’s decision is final.
  • No entrant can win more than one monetary prize.
  • Only winners will be notified. Winners will be listed on the website in September 2021.
  • The Press will also be notified of the winning poets and poems.
  • Copyright of the poem remains with the poet, with permission to Suffolk Poetry Society to publish any winning poem free of charge.

Entry fees: £4 for each poem.

Closing date: 20 June 2022.

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