Robert Graves Poetry Prize

Graves image white 230

Robert Graves Poetry Prize 2019

In partnership with Roehampton University


Judges: Paul O'Prey and Peter Straus


Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects

£1000 prize for winning entry


Deadline: 23rd August 2019


The Robert Graves Poetry prize is now open and accepting submissions. The Prize is a collaboration between the Roehampton Poetry Centre, based at the university, and Wimbledon BookFest. We are so glad that Marcus Beale Architects continue to sponsor the prize into its third year.

The prize is unrestricted by location, genre, or subject, and is open to everyone. The Prize will be given to the best single poem submitted, multiple entries are encouraged but poems will be judged separately.

The winner will be announced at a special prize giving event at our October Festival. The winner will receive £1000 and two runner ups will both receive £100. All three winners will be published in Poem Magazine, the Roehampton Poetry Centre’s annual journal.

Last years prize was awarded to Clive Watkins for his poem 'Winner, Winner'.

The 2017 prize was won by Octavia Lamb with her poem 'Ivor Gurney Goes to War'.

The prize was named after poet, historical novelist and critic Robert Graves and offers an opportunity for emerging and established poets to be recognised for their skill by the one of country’s leading centres for poetry, and renowned charity festival.

The 2019 Robert Graves Prize will be awarded at Wimbledon BookFest 3-13th October (date tbc).

How to enter:

Complete the paypal form below, selecting the number of entries you would like to submit.

Once this is complete, email your entries to along with the paypal reciept number you will have recieved after making your payment.

If you have any questions please contact

No. of Entries

Note: We do encourage multiple entries, and each entry will be judged separately. The poems should be single-spaced and no longer than 40 lines. This prize is open to global entries and poems need to be written in English, be original and unpublished at the time of submission. Entries that are sent to us without the PayPal receipt number will not be accepted, so please remember to put the receipt number on each of your entries. Poems must be submitted in a word document, and if sending multiple entries be attached in individual documents. Entries after August 23rd will not be entered into the competition.

Sponsored by Marcus Beale Architects