Poetry Competition

How to Enter

Enter our poetry competition and write a Poem for Farnham.

There is a children’s competition, open to under-16s, and an adult one, and all you have to do is write a poem about Farnham – what it means to you, what you like or dislike, what the town feels like to you, its history, its people… anything you want to write which means Farnham to you.

1st prize: £25     2 Runners Up: £10 each

The Rules

Please ensure you read the rules carefully before entering the competition.

Entry implies acceptance of all the rules and failure to comply may result in disqualification.

  • Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a poetry evening on Saturday, March 12th at St Mark’s Church, Upper Hale, where the winners will be announced.
  • Send your poems to reach us by 5pm on Monday, February 28th
  • Send your entries by email to poetry@badshotleaandhale.org or by post to Poetry Competition, St Mark’s Church and Community Centre, Alma Lane, Farnham, GU9 0LT.
  • There is no word limit, but entries should be typed, double-spaced.
  • The under-16s poems will be judged by poet Coral Rumble and the adult ones by poet Ellora Sutton.
  • 1st Prize will be £25 and the next two runners up will each receive £10.
  • Entries will be read and judged anonymously so do not put your name on the pages of your poem.
  • The results of the competition will be announced on the Farnham Literary Festival website.
  • By entering, competitors accept that poems, with the authors’ names, may be published on Farnham Literary Festival website, in an  anthology, in local media and/or be read out on local radio stations for up to a year from the closing date without extra remuneration.
  • By entering, an acceptance of all the rules and is implied. Entries that fail to comply with rules will be disqualified.  No correspondence can be entered into and the judges’ decisions are final.

The Judges

Coral Rumble is an award-winning poet specialising in writing and performing for children. She has had four poetry collections published, with ‘Things that Should be in a Poem’ out soon. Her verse novel ‘Little Light’ was published last year and she has also written picture books and for children’s TV. You can find her at www.coralrumble.co.uk and she tweets @RumbleCoral.

Ellora Sutton, she/her, is a queer poet, museum professional, and critic. Her work has been published in ‘The Poetry Review’, ‘Interpreter’s House’, ‘Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal’, ‘fourteen poems’ and ‘Poetry News’, among others. She reviews poetry for ‘Mslexia’. She tweets @ellora_sutton, or you can find her at ellorasutton.com.