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Annual Waltham Forest poetry prize open for entries

You have until October 10th to submit your poems
By Waltham Forest Echo

Walthamstow poet Andreena will be choosing the winners this year
Walthamstow poet Andreena will be choosing the winners this year

This year’s Waltham Forest Poetry Competition is now accepting entries, with thousands of pounds in prizes available.

The competition is open to adults and children, with extra prizes available for anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough.

This year, the theme of the competition is “community” and the entries will be judged from award-winning poet Andreena Leeane, from Walthamstow.

Andreena’s poetry collection CHARRED was shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize in 2021 and she is the founder of Poetry LGBT Open Mic Night.


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Read the Echo’s coverage of the prize-giving from last year’s competition to find out more about what you’re up against.

The top prize is £400 for the overall winner of the adult poetry prize, with £200 and £100 awarded to those in second and third place.

The top three young poets will receive £50, £30 and £20, as will the three winners of the local poets’ prize, which is sponsored by estate agents Stow Brothers. There is also a prize for the funniest poem overall. 

Submit your entries by midnight on Monday, 10th October – for more details  or email [email protected]


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