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Robert Graves Poetry Prize

In partnership with Roehampton University

Judges: Fiona Sampson and literary agent, Peter Straus

£1000 prize for winning entry
Deadline for entries: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 - NOW CLOSED

Named after Wimbledon's own, Robert Graves, this competition is set to be a great opportunity for poets around the globe. The Prize will be given to the best single poem submitted, multiple entries are encouraged but poems will be judged separately. The Winner will receive £1000, and two runners-up will win £100 each, all three winning entries will be published in POEM magazine. There is also a separate category for young poets (under 19s) To qualify, entries must be original, unpublished at time of submission and written in English. Each poem should be no longer than 40 lines and should be single-spaced.

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Young Poets Under 19s Category

The young poets category of the prize holds an £100 prize for the winner, and has no entry fee. Poets wanting to enter the Young Poets under 19 category should email their entries direct to Please provide name, address, contact details and DOB. Deadline for entries is Wednesday 20th September 2017.

The 2017 Robert Graves Prize will be awarded following the Robert Graves Society Lecture given by Professor Paul O'Prey, at Wimbledon BookFest on Sunday 15th October 2017.

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